Ramsey Narrows expected to produce big weights but around the bridge on Twenty Foot sees best action
The big match of the weekend was undoubtedly the East Midland Winter League practice match fished on the Twenty Foot Drain at March and Ramsey Narrows, writes Ken Wade.
With the top teams preparing for the final round this weekend, it was a star studded line-up on both venues.
Everyone was expecting the Ramsey waters to produce the big winning weights but in fact those around the bridge on the Twenty Foot had the best action.
Drawn here was Abbi Kendall, an England Ladies international, and she showed her class. Against some very accomplished match anglers she completely blitzed the field with an outstanding performance on the pole, with 38lb 4oz. Right from the off she was into fish, feeding groundbait and fishing pinkie over the top, putting over 400 fish on the scales.
Runner-up was Paul Cowern. He weighed in 28lb 14oz, followed by rising star Josh Newman on 27lb 7oz. It’s going to be an exciting finale to this year’s event.
Browning Hotrods are favourites to take the title, but the slightest slip-up and Stanjays Tackle will take full advantage. If it turns out to be a real struggle and Matrix Image get a cracking draw, who knows what will happen.
I have been told the sections for this weekend’s match will be as follows:
n two sections at the Old Nene, Benwick (A and B);
n three on the Twenty Foot Drain, either side of the footbridge. (C) 4 pegs upstream and 2 downstream of footbridge, (D and E) sections below C downstream of the footbridge;
n five on the High Lode at Factory Bank (F, G, H, J and K).
Please arrive early at the Five Alls, Benwick, for a prompt 8am draw.
Fishing will be early to avoid weighing in the dark on one of the shortest days of the year.
Grzegorz Chalet, a new name on the winner’s list in the Tydd Gote club, took the honours at their match on the North Level at Main Road with a hard earned 13lb 8oz of roach caught on the long pole line fishing pinkie over groundbait. It was a deserved win for Grzegorz who has been challenging the top spot for a while now and despite a slow start and poor last hour he still did more than enough. Runner-up was Andrew Kilby on 12lb 14oz, then came Pete Emery who found some fish on his waggler line to weigh in 10lb 6oz and third place.
Wednesday Open Main Road: 1 John Taylor 9lb 9oz; 2 Pete Emery 9lb 3oz; 3 Dennis Houghton 7lb 15oz.
The winter weather is starting to play its part on fisheries around the area now as it becomes harder to put big weights on the scales. In the latest Rookery Waters Over 60’s match fished on the Jay Pool match winner Allan Owen on peg 2 fished maggot all day to put together a very hard earned 55lb 8oz. Runner-up was Roy Whincup on peg 14 with 42lb 7oz followed by Vic German on 38lb 10oz.
In the big Winter Qualifier at Rookery on Saturday fished on the Magpie and Raven Lakes high winds were more of a problem than usual making it difficult to present a bait properly.
On Magpie Simon Skelton on peg 32 took the honours, he put a winning 80lb 11oz on the scales. He fished maggot over micro pellets on the pole for the lake win. Second on the lake went to Dennis Page on peg 5 with 75lb 6oz followed by Tim Bates with 62lb 10oz.
On Raven lake Tom Edwards on peg 8 fished a short pole line with maggot to win the lake with 39lb 13oz. Runner-up was Ricky Ashwell on peg 29 with 32lb 4oz, then came Nigel Fawkes on 31lb 2oz.
Top Four – Based on a continental payout: 1 – Simon Skelton – Magpie – 80lb 11oz; 2 – Tom Edwards – Raven – 39lb 13oz; 3 – Dennis Page - Magpie – 75lb 6oz; 4 – Ricky Ashwell – Raven - 32lb 4oz.