THE mini heatwave that arrived at the weekend would not have pleased the farmers or indeed gardeners, but surprisingly anglers saw catches soar as the fish went on a feeding spree.
Normally a hot bright day or two will see catches plummet with fish only feeding at dawn and dusk.
Take Round One of the King of the Fens match. It started a little overcast but by the time the all-in whistle sounded it was already reaching 20c and very sunny, possibly the worst conditions for bream weights, let alone a few roach and skimmer.
Yet the North Level drain from Raisons right through to the Main Road Bridge produced an excellent result with young Shaun Higgingbottom taking the honours with 50lb of bream. On the noted Ash tree peg, the Maver Bait Tech rod fished a feeder with worm and red maggot hook baits.
Runner-up from the opposite end of the drain was “Spike” Milligan on a similar method to finish on 46lb 7oz. The Wisbech-based Sensas Mark One rod John Bates came in third. I doubt we will see a much better match result all season.
The Maver Bait Tech Purple team took Round One with an excellent 15 point scorecard, followed by our local lads Sensas Mark One on 23 points.
Result: 1 S Higginbottom, Maver Bait Tech, 50lb; 2 S Milligan, Garbolino Lincs County, 46lb 7oz; 3 J Bates, Sensas Mark One, 31lb 11oz; 4 D Bontoft, 21lb 11oz; 5 J Price, Sensas Mark One, 19lb 15oz; 6 J Taylor, Sensas Mark One, 14lb 11oz.
Teams: 1 Maver Bait Tech Purple, 15pts; 2 Sensas Mark One White, 23; 3 Maver Bait Tech Gold, 25; 4 Sensas Mark One Old Boys, 26; 5 Image Vets, 27; 6 FM Stanjay Gold, 28.
Tydd Gote AC fished the Black Dyke for their three fixtures last week. On Tuesday Andy Shortland took the honours with a net of skimmers and roach weighing 6lb 8oz. In the Thursday evening match Dave Parlett ran out a comfortable winner, netting a decent tench along with skimmers and perch for a level 8lb.
In Sunday’s Summer League Ray Groom fished the whip putting a net of small fish for 7lb. Runner-up with 4lb 13oz was Colin Gibbons followed by Dave Parlett on 4lb 9oz.
The club run regular Tuesday and Thursday matches, drawing at 5.30pm followed by a Sunday Summer League match. Draw is at 11am.
At the Yew Pool on Sunday, a pairs match saw Dick Warrener and Mel Lutkin taking the honours with a six point tally, Dick putting 56lb 11oz to the scales with Mel a level 70lb.
Runners up were Alan Crain and Matt Lutkin with eight points, Lee Burton and Kev Lee third on nine. Kev Lee returned to form on the individual front, bagging a match win with 137lb 12oz followed by Matt Lutkin on 96lb 5oz and Tim Bates 84lb 8oz.
Fields End Water Fishery at Doddington was in good form for the midweek OAP match which saw Don Burton score an emphatic win with a level 85lb from peg 8. Don fished up in the water for Ide and on a feeder for carp. Runner-up with 66lb 4oz was Les Palmer followed by Gus Gausden with 62lb 12oz.
In the Saturday open match Carl Gifford took the honours on peg 14 fishing the Kingfisher Pool, on the pole with pellet and sweetcorn.
There was a slightly better turnout for Sunday’s match on Woodpecker. The consistent Ricky Young topped the list with 61lb 11oz taken on the pole with luncheon meat. Andy Carter came second with 6olb 5oz, then Allan Owen 47lb 1oz.
It was tight at the top in the midweek match on the Oak Pool at Decoy Lakes, Trevor Cousins just taking first place with a level 95lb. Trevor fished meat close in netting carp to 6lb. Pushing him all the way was Colin Varney with 92lb 8oz. Colin fished pellet, followed by Mac Campbell with 67lb.
The fourth Craig Kent Memorial match took place on Sunday at the sun drenched Kingsland big carp lake and first place in the drawn pairs event was Ian Darrington with 60lb 14oz and Ken Shearing 21lb 7oz for a total of eight points. Second Pete Rayner 40lb 4oz (2) and Shane Webb 14lb 2oz (10), third Derek Yorke 23lb 10oz (5) and Ray Skillcorn 18lb 3oz (8).
A total of nearly £400 was raised for the local Macmillan Nurses who gave Craig such good support during his illness. Special thanks also to Richard and Teresa at Kingsland for all their help.
Metal Box AC fished at Headfen on the Snake Lake which was in fine form. In first place with a cracking weight of 161lb 2oz was Shaun Buddle, Shaun fished meat over a bed of hemp. Runner up on 115lb 10oz was Rodney Melnyk, followed by Roger Archer on 75lb 10oz and Tony Campion with 49lb 14oz.
Headfen Open, Trevs Lake, Saturday; 1 R Bond, Bury St. Edmunds, 74lb 10oz; 2 M Ayers, Dents, 63lb; 3 S Jackson, Headfen, 60lb 2oz.