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Venue on outskirts of Wisbech put itself on map due to hard work of new owners

By Pete Woodhouse

Buttonhole Fishery on the outskirts of Wisbech may not be the area’s biggest venue but over the past few months has put itself on the local angling map, writes Ken Wade.

That’s all down to the hard work new owners Bev and Chris Smith have put into the fishery since they took it over.

Local clubs have always known there was a good head of fish to be caught but now the fishery is much more than that. The whole complex has been rejuvenated, culminating in the grand final of the summer series that took place over last weekend.

Anglers had to win qualifying matches throughout spring and summer to make the final and what a line-up we saw competing for a share of the massive £3,450 payout.

With most of the pegs in on both days no one was ever going to run away with it and, as it turned out, Steve Poole took section wins on both days to secure the top spot with a relatively low combined weight of 78lb 4oz. Steve fished pellet on both days and after having the most wins before qualifying with four was always in with a chance.

Steve Poole Buttonhole 2 day winner. (4197004)
Steve Poole Buttonhole 2 day winner. (4197004)

Runner-up was Matt Bunting, who ran out a comfortable winner on the opening day, in fact the only one to break into three figures with 109lb 6oz. Third place went to Steve Freeman, followed by Dan Simper in fourth with Andy Kelk fifth.

Fenland Rods fished the in-form Elm Pool over at Decoy Lakes on Sunday which saw Mac Campbell out in front with 130lb 7oz from peg 17. After a slow start, the fish moved into his swim late on, falling to meat and corn. In second place was Kev Lee on peg 14, 128lb 10oz, one of his fish at 14lb 10oz. Tony Nisbett was third with 124lb 2oz, followed by John Smith with 112lb 15oz.

Spratts AC match was also fished on the Decoy complex, they fished the Horseshoe Pool which saw Peter Harrison top the field from peg 11 with 113lb 11oz. Peter fished a Method feeder for most of the day with sweetcorn his best bait. In second place on the next peg was John Garner, he put a level 100lb to the scales all taken close in on meat and pellet and third with 81lb 12oz was Mac Campbell.

Saturday Winner at Rookery Waters Josh Pace in action. (4197009)
Saturday Winner at Rookery Waters Josh Pace in action. (4197009)

Andy Hawkes was a comfortable winner in the Townsend Lakes open match fished on the Kingfisher Pool, he drew peg 32 and caught in the margins fishing red maggot over catches for 110lb. In second place was Colin Begbie with 63lb 4oz, all taken on a small banjo feeder close in followed by Michael Fish on 61lb.

There no joy for the Sensas Mark One sides competing in the Eastern Region Shield fished on the Great Ouse, after their fine win in the recent Division Two National hopes were high of another victory but it was not to be. The strong Matrix Image side took the honours on the day, so now our local side will now concentrate on the forthcoming winter league series and will be looking for the top spot in this six match series.

In the Saturday Winter Qualifier at Rookery Waters fished on the Magpie Lake there was a lower than expected turn out, but those fishing had more room and once again some huge weights were recorded. Top rod was Josh Pace on peg 36, he fished maggot and pellet in the margins for 389lb 10oz. Taking the runner-up spot with 336lb was former lake record holder Tony McGregor on peg 34, he fished pellet and caster in the margins followed by Dennis Page on 232lb 12oz from peg 27.

A good turnout for the midweek Over 60’s Open on Magpie Lake saw Kev Gammon on peg 33 topping the field, he fished cat meat down the edge to put 257lb 4oz on the scales. Runner-up was Clive Robinson on peg 22 who weighed in 154lb 8oz, with Roy Whincup third on 221lb 4oz.

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