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Final day of season sees fantastic Fenland sport from Benwick’s Rob


On the very last day of the coarse fishing season on our Fenland drains some fantastic sport was recorded, giving us all hope that, come June 16 when they re-open, we can expect an even better season than the last, writes Ken Wade.

Pick of the catches has to go to Benwick angler Rob Lincoln.

Rob is no stranger to big match angling and has fished and worked for some of the best teams in the country and now is a well-respected representative of fishing tackle giant Leeda UK. These days he only wets a line on the odd occasion but, my goodness, when he does he usually puts big weights to the scales.

Fishing the Forty Foot Drain on the Narrows section he took a huge net of tench, big rudd and a bonus perch of close to three pounds, all caught on a worm and caster approach with a red maggot and worm cocktail on the hook. The day before his catch the Ramsey club match also fished well with close to 50lb of tench winning it for Liam Darler.

Not to be outdone the Sixteen Foot drain saw several pike taken, including a fish of 30lb-plus. Unfortunately the captor was very reluctant to give any details other than its weight and he caught it on a roach dead bait. Good to know there are still some very big pike to target though.

Last weekend was once again very cold with a north wind making it difficult for the anglers out and about – although those fishing Townsend Lakes in their latest open on the Kingfisher Pool saw Sam Hawkes taking the honours with a fine 99lb 6oz net of fish.

Sam used a small Method feeder for most of the day, catching well on both pellet and sweetcorn from peg 13. Ashley Kinsey came in second fishing the pole and pellet approach for 28lb 2oz, followed by Del Maginn on 24lb, his net taken on red maggot.

Taking yet another victory at Rookery Waters in the fishery’s regular Saturday matches was Mark Pollard, alternating between corn and bread dobbing in various parts but concentrating on the lily pads from peg 2.

He caught steadily all day to end with 43 carp for 106lb 14oz. Runner-up again was Ben Townsend from hot peg 31. He had a slow start before catching late down the edge on maggots over groundbait.

In third place was Martyn Freeman with 46lb.

Another angler in top form is Tony Dawson, who took first place in the fishery’s Over 6o’s match on Wednesday from peg 13, netting 35lb 12oz. Chris Saunders was runner-up on 31lb, then came Steve Tyler with 25lb 10oz.

There are no open matches at the fishery this weekend as it’s the big two-day final being fished on the Magpie pool, with the draw at 9am.

With several resignations taking place there are places to fill on the top table to help run the HAJAC winter league and the other matches run throughout the season.

Clubs affiliated are asked to attend or be represented at the HAJAC AGM which will be held at The 5 Alls, Benwick, at 8pm on Tuesday, April 12. It will be an ideal opportunity to discuss the way forward for the HAJAC, any volunteers for officers and also match venues for next season.

Just a reminder the current fishing rod licence expires on March 31, so it’s important to get it renewed before going fishing on April 1 onwards. Prices are the same as last year. Go to the Post Office website or drop into your local Post Office and get one.

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