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Spratts AC ace Spriggs finds Eastrea Decoy Lakes in fine form

By Pete Woodhouse

Spratts AC found the Yew Lake on the Decoy Lakes complex in fine form for their latest fixture which saw Peter Spriggs on peg 19 taking the top spot with 128lb 6oz.

Peter caught on his favourite pellet and paste approach fished close in, his catch including a carp of 13lb.

Coming a close second was John Smith.

He fished paste and meat from peg 21 recording 124lb 12oz. In third place was Terry Tribe. He fished pellet and sweetcorn for 116lb 8oz from peg 29.

Tony Dawson (2094898)
Tony Dawson (2094898)

It was a difficult day for Fenland Rods anglers over at Head Fen Fishery, a fishery that saw the carp spawning earlier than most waters across the area, hence the poor weights taken.

It was a lucky day for match winner Tony Nesbet though.

He topped the field with a modest 16lb 11oz caught on sweetcorn towards the end of the match but the match win also saw him on the Golden Peg, so he picked up a nice fat envelope to offset a poor day’s sport.

Runner-up was Mel Lutkin with 16lb 8oz, followed by Mick Rawson on 7lb 4oz.

Fishing at Buttonhole has been good throughout the week, but like most waters will see carp spawning any time now.

There is a new leader on the Tuesday night match scene after Les Barry took first place from the popular peg 4 in the latest match.

He put 84lb 2oz to the scales and his ten points for the win just edges him top of the Tuesday night points table.

The runner-up spot went to experienced angler Andy Carter on peg 13. He caught late close in for his catch including a fine 13lb grass carp weighing in 67lb 12oz. John Clarke came third with 53lb 10oz.

Tuesday leaderboard: Les Barry 30pts; John Bishop 28; Mark Turner 25; Symon Spinks 15; Liam Wagg 15.

Andrew Carter (2103759)
Andrew Carter (2103759)

The young guns of the Fens showed the regulars at Buttonhole they are not going to get it all their own way in the Saturday Qualifiers at Buttonhole.

Two 16 year-olds, Will Evans and Liam Wagg, took first and second place respectively in a very competitive field.

Evans picked off the better carp, dobbing for them before coming shorter on his poleline, to put 78lb to the scales.

Wagg was on his pole fishing a hybrid feeder to the far bank ledge to finish on 65lb 10oz.

These two lads have already won the County Schools Cup when it was fished at Barford Fishery, representing Terrington St Clement, so they certainly know what they are doing.

There was a very good turnout for the Over 60’s Open at Rookery Waters last week, fished on the Magpie Lake which saw Steve Tyler on peg 24 taking the honours with 119lb 3oz of carp.

Steve fished groundbait and maggot down the edge.

Runner-up with 100lb 4oz was Pete Holland, followed by Clive Robinson with 94lb 13oz.

The Thursday open matches are now up and running at Rookery and they are also Summer Qualifying matches.

The latest, held on Jay Lake, saw Steve Haywood out in front putting 113lb 15oz to the scales from peg 44.

Second on the day was John Young on peg 19 with 96lb 1oz, with Barry Mason third with 85lb 5oz on peg 23.

The Saturday Summer Qualifier was also fished on Jay Lake.

This match was won by Tony Dawson on peg 40 who fished maggot over pellet to the far bank and down the edge to put a well-deserved 125lb 6oz on the scales.

Runner-up was in-form Josh Pace on peg 1, who fished maggot on the hook to finish with 112lb 4oz, with Mark Cross third with 94lb 14oz.

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