It has been quite a busy period for anglers since the old season drew to a close on March 14.
Stillwater fishing got into full swing with more anglers than ever switching over, perhaps due to the relatively mild weather we had. Busiest of all were the Wisbech based Sensas Mark One lads, they took on some of the best teams in the country recently in the semi-final of the Angling Trust Winter League at Lindholme Lakes, Yorkshire.
It was always going to be a tough job and despite a lot of last minute practice sessions they fell just short of the mark, taking fifth place on the day, very respectable in such company but two places away from a place in the final.
There was slightly better news in the second semi for the Browning Hotrods team, they came agonisingly close to a final place on the out of sorts Stainforth and Keadby Canal, failing by just one point to go through.
Sport seems to have got better at most stillwaters recently.
At Buttonhole fishery the Tuesday evening events are once again proving to be very popular, in the latest match Dave Rodwell came out on top with 66lb 12oz. Phil Hurn took second place on 47lb 10oz followed by Lester Pratt with 33lb 5oz.
Saturday’s Buttonhole Qualifier for the grand final later in the year was well attended with a big jackpot waiting to the winner of the final.
Top rod was “Dusty” Kiddell, he drew peg 20 and fished a straight lead approach taking carp to 8lb in his match winning 116lb 14oz net. John Preedy led the chasing pack with 75lb 4oz all taken on the pole with pellet followed by Vic Churchman who used meat for 72lb 15oz. Spratt’s AC
The spring season got underway with a visit to Oak Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex. Top rod was Bryan Lakey with 76lb. Bryan concentrated on his inside line fishing meat and corn from peg 30, netting carp to double figures.
Colin Varney was not far off the pace, 68lb 8oz fishing the long pole with pellet. Third place saw Mick Raby netting 56lb 8oz.
An unexpected frost the night before the open match on the Magpie Pool saw weights a little lower than expected, although I would think match winner Sean Coaton would be well pleased with his 57lb 7oz weight taken from peg 14. He alternated between the long pole line and close in netting carp to double figures.
Second place went to match organiser Roy Whincup, soft pellet netting 45lb 3oz followed by Martin Caldicote on a level 44lb.
This week’s match will again be on the Magpie Pool, you would be advised to book in with Roy on 01487 822333.
Fields End Water
I know this Doddington venue has become very popular over the past few years, they welcome our local clubs and indeed several from further afield have also started to visit regularly.
Last season they ran some very successful Senior Citizen matches and fishery owner Charlie Broughton has been in touch with me to let me know that they will be running these matches again this year starting the first one on Tuesday. The draw will be at the fishery at 8.30am and fishing from 9.30am. Contact Charlie on 01354 740199 or 07921 367336 for further details.