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Mac steals the show at Magpie Pool

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I had the pleasure of fishing the latest Fenland Rods fixture on Sunday; they were booked onto the Magpie Pool at Rookery Waters fishing the low numbers.

I drew peg 4, a reasonable area, but unfortunately I failed to trouble the scalesman.

Leading the way from peg 12 was Mac Campbell. He fished down to the rushes with corn and meat on the pole to finish with a very respectable 109lb 8oz.

Mac Campbell. (2466204)
Mac Campbell. (2466204)

Dave Garner was another angler fishing close in. He used a rod and line approach to finish on 84lb 10oz, followed by Colin Grey with 82lb 12oz.

The Townsend Lakes open was fished on the Cuckoo Canal using the canal carp side pegs.

Top rod with a fine 155lb 4oz was Steven Hillman. He drew peg 9 and caught on the pole with maggot steadily all day to record 155lb 4oz.

Leading the chasing pack was Colin Begbie. He was on peg 19 and preferred a pole and pellet approach with saw him put 124lb 6oz to the scales. Johnny Clark came third with 9lb 12oz, alternating between maggot and pellet on the pole.

The Tuesday evening series of matches continues to produce some close matches. In the latest it was Johnny Clark out in front, who drew peg 4, starting on a pellet waggler before switching to the pole to record 53lb 1oz.

Coming a very close second was Mark Turner. He was on peg 21 and put a level 51lb to the scales, followed by John Whitcombe with 47lb 8oz, having a good late run as the light faded.

John Bishop is a clear league leader in the Tuesday series on 43 points, followed by Les Barry and Mark Turner on 30 points each.

There was no open match at the fishery this weekend but a fine weight of 164lb 9oz took the honours in the Metal Box club match on the water. John Buckenham was on peg 21 and caught on a small Method feeder before switching to his pole line.

John Buckenham (2466209)
John Buckenham (2466209)

The start of the new season on Fenland drains gets underway this Saturday, June 16. For those who have not been trying their hand at commercial waters it’s very important you remember to get yourself a new rod licence.

The first weekend is nearly always a busy time and you can expect to see Environment Agency bailiffs out and about checking to make sure everyone fishing has the required rod licences.

When it comes to purchasing a fishing rod licence there are a few ways in which you can get one. The first is to visit the official government website and purchase your rod licence online via https://www.gov.uk/fishing- licences/buy-a-fishing-licence

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