We hear a lot these days about how few junior anglers there are entering our sport, but few try to bring youngsters along to give it a try, writes Ken Wade.
However Tydd Gote is one club making an effort to change things.
At the weekend they put on a junior event with the help of several local anglers and businesses. The day was a roaring success.
The prizes were donated by Bagging Up Tackle, Emneth, trophies donated by Bob Bates and Stanjay Tackle. All the children got a goodie bag donated by Chris Lynn, with the pegging and bait provided free by Tydd Gote Angling Club.
The results are as follows: 1 Morgan Dowd (age 16) 4lb 13oz, 2 William Bates (8) 2lb 11oz, 3 Harry Collishaw (13) 2lb 6oz.
The biggest fish of the day went to Dowd with a 4lb 1oz tench and Henry Bates (6) was the winner of the under 10 year olds with 1lb 2.8oz. After the success of this event they are going to run another junior match in the autumn with the date to be arranged.
Buttonhole Fishery is well-known to many local clubs and pleasure anglers and it would seem more and more are finding out just how good this small fishery is. I took a trip over to the fishery at the weekend taking part in a Peterborough club match and was pleasantly surprised at its appearance since the last time I visited.
Owner Richard Button has obviously put a lot of time and trouble into maintenance and with some very exciting fishing on offer the compact complex is a pleasure to fish.
Unfortunately some of us found it tough going with the fish only coming on the feed late in the day.
Keith Morgan took the top spot, though, with a very respectable 178lb, all taken on sweetcorn, followed by Pete Molesworth with 111lb 11oz and Dave Arbon with 86lb 4oz. I know all enjoyed their day and are already looking at booking again next year.
Last week Richard had a club down from Yorkshire and they had a great time, too. Nick Guy put a massive 296lb 2oz to the scales – followed by several other big weights.
Then came the Buttonhole Tuesday evening match which saw local rod Andy Lawrence win from peg 4 putting 151lb 12oz to the scales.
Dave Corcoran came in second with 80lb 14oz, followed by Mark Grange on 73lb 14oz. In the Saturday open match weights held up well considering the bright and at times very hot conditions.
Out in front was venue expert Andrew Carter. He put 205lb 2oz to the scales from peg 1, all taken up in the water on pellet. Runner-up with 178lb 8oz was Mark Grange, followed by Adam Godfrey with 172lb 8oz.
Fenland Rods fished a difficult Oak Pool on the Decoy complex on Sunday, Kevin Lee returning to the top with a weight of 94lb 13oz all taken on meat from peg 29. Runner-up was John Garner 69lb 3oz, followed by Callum Judge 58lb 8oz.
The Kingfisher Pool at Townsend Lakes produced a close match at the weekend. Top rod with a net of carp taken on luncheon meat was Duncan Fuller with 73lb 12oz. Bob Smith came in second weighing 68lb 11oz, followed by Jason Vincent with 68lb 4oz.
This weekend the open match will be on the Kingfisher Lake again.
In the Wednesday Tydd Gote match fished on the main drain Len Shucksmith topped the field with 17lb 14oz, four tench taken on a feeder. Then came Andy Greenwood, 7lb 8oz of roach, followed by John Young with 5lb 15oz.
Dick Paul won the Thursday evening match on Black Dyke putting 10lb 4oz of bream to the scales. While in the Sunday club match back on the North Level Drain it was Andy Lawrence continuing his fine run of form topping the field with 14lb 1oz, three tench and some roach taken on the pole. Runner-up with 10lb 2oz was the consistent Andy Greenwood, followed by Dave Corcoran on a level 10lb.