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New Fenland Feeder Championship may get anglers back onto waters

By Pete Woodhouse

The King of the Fens series did not attract as many anglers and teams to the Fenland drains as we have seen in the past.

But the new Fenland Feeder Championship run by tackle dealer Alex Bates could well be the catalyst to getting anglers back to our waters and onto natural venues again.

The series certainly got off to a fine start on Sunday with a good attendance lining the banks of the North Level Drain at Tydd Gote.

Leading the way with a fine 40lb 7oz net of bream was Arnie Palmer.

Arnie Palmer, winner of the Fenland Feeder match on Sunday. (3322974)
Arnie Palmer, winner of the Fenland Feeder match on Sunday. (3322974)

The conditions were far from ideal but most caught fish. Leading the chasing pack was John Bates with 11lb 2oz, followed by John Price with 8lb 8oz and Rob Hewison on 8lb 1oz. The match also incorporated a pairs event which saw Dave Williams accompany match winner Arnie Palmer to finish top with a combined total weight of 46lb 3oz.

In the Sunday open match at Townsend Lakes Paul Hollingsworth stole the show with a fine 130lb 10oz net of carp from peg 21 fishing close in on the pole with pellet. His weight was far too good for the rest of the field which saw Derrick Upson taking second place some way behind on 65lb 10oz. He caught on casters down the middle, then later close in with pellet, followed by John Boughen with 63lb 4oz.

Fenland Rods fished the Emily Lake over at Fraser’s Fishery on Sunday. Considering the weather and a drop in temperature, the lake fished quite well. Unfortunately half the lake suffered from high winds whilst the other half was like a mill pond which made it tough going for some. Top rod was Tony Nisbett, fishing his usual 4mm pellet close. He put an impressive 94lb 3oz to the scales, catching all day. In second place was John Smith fishing close in with paste. He had a good run of fish at the start but couldn’t keep them coming, finishing with a level 62lb. Third was Kevin Lee on 59lb 15oz, followed by Les Bedford with 56lb 2oz.

In the latest Spratts AC match it was Trevor Cousins once again taking the honours, this time on Kingsland Large Lake. Trevor once again put his shallow fishing skills into action dobbing some very big carp off the top to finish well clear on 180lb 3oz from peg 11. Bob Allan came in second he fished a pellet and paste approach for 77lb 9oz, followed by Peter Spriggs, also fishing paste, weighing in 73lb 7oz.

The regular Tuesday evening matches are still attracting a good field over at Buttonhole Fishery, in the latest match it was Paul Pleasant who took first place. Drawn on peg 5 he decided to go on the long pole tight to the island and it proved to be the right approach netting a fine 140lb 14oz. Runner up on the night was Jimmy Brooks on peg 19 he weighed in 108lb 14oz then came the consistent John Bishop with 78lb and he is now the current leader in the Tuesday series with 67points followed by Mark Turner on 50.

In the Saturday match John Bishop took the honours with 111lb 8oz from peg 8, then came Darren Jackson on 91lb and third with 90lb 1oz was Joe Bourn.

There are only three matches left in the Saturday series to qualify to the Grand Final and with the prize fund well over the £3,000 mark its time to get your name on the list.

The remaining Saturday dates are: Aug 4, Aug 18, Sept 1.

For all match bookings call Chris at the fishery on 07928222462.

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