Twenty Foot shines as summer arrives

Anglers at the presentation after the Craig Kent Memorial match at Kingsland Fishery
Anglers at the presentation after the Craig Kent Memorial match at Kingsland Fishery

Summer at last arrived at the weekend and with it came a string of fine results.

Not just from the matches either, I heard of some really good pleasure weights too which is really encouraging after what seems like months of wet, miserable weather.

The fen drains have been in form with the Twenty Foot producing both bream and tench weights and the Old Nene above March saw skimmers, rudd and tench showing. One or two anglers also caught bream on the Old Nene at Halfpenny Toll, while at Benwick tench have been taken on the stretch close to the church.

Our local stillwaters all hit good form and I think can be relied upon for some cracking action over the next week, no one is quite sure how long this summer weather is going to last so get out and enjoy the fishing while you can.

One water I can recommend is Fields End Water Fishery at Doddington, it’s on fire right now, match weights have been excellent and pleasure anglers have also caught well. There are so many methods that work well here, lots of fish to be caught on good old fashioned maggot, or you could fish close in with paste over pellet. If you prefer the feeder then that’s a good option too.

On the match fishing side of things the regular Senior Citizens match saw some fine weights taken here topped by Alan Wiggins with 108lb 4oz, followed by Stuart Naylor on 85lb 8oz and Martin Parker with 58lb 4oz.

Spratt’s AC are regular visitors to the fishery, last Wednesday saw Mick Raby out in front with 113lb all taken on luncheon meat. Martin Parker came in second with 102lb followed by Peter Spriggs on 69lb.

Then at the weekend Taught Liners fished the water with Dave Russ taking the honours putting 59lb 8oz to the scales on maggot. Thomas Randall came in third on 39lb 4oz followed by Graham Canham with 33lb.


Kingsland Big Carp Lake at Turves was the venue for the latest Craig Kent Memorial match. The match was generously sponsored by and after a fabulous raffle a tidy sum was raised for as yet an unknown charity.

Thanks must also go to Richard and Theresa at Kingsland Reservoir for their help and generosity making the day most enjoyable.

It was drawn pairs event which saw Des Proud and Ken Shearing topping the leader board with five points, Des putting 80lb 6oz to the scales with Ken weighing in 64lb 12oz. Runners-up were Peter Chilton and Ian Darrington on eight points, with Stuart Wilson and Clive Turner coming in third.

Fenland Rods

This was the first time the club had been to Westwood Lakes at Boston and naturally there was a good turnout. No matter what the venue though Kev Lee is still the man to beat he came out top rod with 69lb 8oz, his catch included barbel to 7lb. Mel Lutkin came in second on 54lb 5oz followed by John Smith with 53lb 12oz.

This Sunday the club will be on the Oak Pool at Decoy Lakes.
Townsend Fishery

The open match on the Kingfisher Pool was much to Ricky Young’s liking, he put 58lb 8oz to the scales alternating between pole on the pellet fished out long and meat in the margins. Ricky James came second with 39lb 2oz followed by Harry Morgan with 31lb 12oz.

Manea Juniors were on the Cuckoo Canal which saw some cracking weights topped by Jordan Tweed with 103lb. Runner-up with 83lb 12oz was Tom Wayman, with Jacob Heaps third on 51lb 4oz.
Black Dyke on the North Level system came good last week with a string of very good catches. In the Tuesday match Dick Paul took the honours with 9lb 4oz, his catch included a tench of 4lb. Andy Greenwood came second on 8lb 7oz followed by Mark Lynn on 6lb 9oz.

Dick Paul again took the top spot in Thursday’s match, this time with 12lb 8oz, while on Sunday Dave Parlett returned to the top spot putting an excellent 20lb 14oz to the scales.

Tuesday and Thursday evening draw at Black Dyke at 5.30. Sunday draw at Black Dyke at 11am, fish 12-5.

Forty Foot Drain

This was in good form with lots of small fish showing for those fishing the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club match on the pump section. Match winner Mark Dunham had a good net of silvers topped off with a 4lb bream to secure first place with 9lb 6oz. Runner-up with 7lb 6oz was John Roper followed by Steve Newell on a level 7lb.