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Heat makes fishing on Fenland drains testing


By Pete Woodhouse


The hot, sunny weather continues and shows no signs of easing up, making fishing on our Fenland drains testing to say the least.

Thankfully, though, some reasonable sport has been reported over the past week with the North Level and South Holland drains getting lots of attention from pleasure anglers.

In the latest Tydd Gote match on the North Level Drain the ever-consistent John Taylor took the honours with a net of small roach, rudd and skimmers, weighing in 7lb 5oz.

Joe Bourn,Match winner in the Tuesday open at Buttonhole Fishery (2808091)
Joe Bourn,Match winner in the Tuesday open at Buttonhole Fishery (2808091)

Pete Emery came second on 5lb 7oz and with a few other good weights most enjoyed a good day’s sport with plenty of bites.

Most of the match action has been on stillwaters last week and it would seem the carp love the warm weather as some huge weights have been taken of late.

In the latest Spratts AC match fished on the Kingsland Silver Fish Pool Trevor Cousins recorded a massive 265lb 8oz net of fish. Fishing a large pellet he tempted carp after carp all day close to the surface, netting fish to 9lb.

Peter Harrison came in second. He fished a small feeder with sweetcorn and pellet, later catching in the margins with meat to finish on a level 80lb.

In third place was Martin Parker, another angler on the feeder. He put 71lb 12oz to the scales, catching on pellet.

There was a good turn-out for the popular Fenland Rods members Club Cup match which saw them on the Cedar Pool, one of the most productive lakes on the Decoy Complex right now.

Despite the hot weather, the weights were very impressive considering there was a match fished on the venue the previous day.

Peg 20 was the hot peg to draw and out it came when top rod Kevin Lee put his hand in the draw bag, so most were fighting for the runner-up spot.

That’s the way it turned out as well. Kevin is in great form right now and give him a good peg and you can expect a big weight and by the final whistle he had caught 200lb, catching all his fish on cat meat really close in all day.

Neil Garner put a very respectable 157lb 8oz to the scales to take the runner-up spot, then came Mac Campbell with 154lb 11oz and John Smith on 150lb.

There was also a very good turn-out for the regular Tuesday evening match at Buttonhole Fishery. With the very hot weather we have been having of late I suspect it was very pleasant indeed to fish through the evening when the temperature started to drop.

First place in the latest match was Joe Bourn, who took the top sport from peg 10, not considered by regulars to be a great peg at the moment, so a good effort from the venue regular.

Joe caught on the pole, fishing cat meat throughout the match, to put 89lb 8oz to the scales. Runner-up from peg 4 was Andy Carter, who came a close second with 83lb, fishing paste over pellet close in.

In third place was the ever-consistent John Bishop on peg 21 with 61lb 10oz.

There was no tournament qualifier last week, the next one being on Saturday, July 14.

Time is running out for you if you fancy getting into the big money final with only five matches left – so make sure you book early to ensure your place in the draw by calling Chris Smith on 07928 222462.

This coming Sunday there is an open evening match at Buttonhole Lake, the draw will be at 5pm, fishing is 6pm-9.30pm.



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