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Time for anglers to head to stillwaters


With the close season on Fenland Drains with us once again, it’s time to turn our attention to stillwaters across the area, writes Ken Wade.

Thankfully anglers will not go short of action as we have a huge number of waters within a few miles.

Unfortunately the slight problem has been the weather. Frosts at night seem to have been around since the turn of the year and fisheries have seen carp, in particular, showing little signs of wanting to feed in any numbers. That’s all going to change soon now though as we head further into spring and we can look forward to some cracking action.

For now though it’s a case of feeding moderately on a little but often basis. Maggot is a very good all-round bait, with pellet and corn alternatives. Feeder tactics have been the most productive method, with a long pole line also well worth a try. Very few waters have yet to produce in the margins, that will come as the waters warm up.

One water that has been around for some time now is Rookery Farm Fishery at Pidley, but now that March angler Alex Bates has taken over the reins with regard to matches I am sure we are going to hear much more as, of course, match results always give pleasure anglers a good guide as to how waters are fishing and what baits are best. The latest match at the fishery on the Magpie pool saw Rob Anstee taking first place from peg 1. He caught small carp and barbel regularly on pellet feeding micro pellet on a long pole line. Runner-up was March rod Tim Bates on peg 11 who took a net of carp for 36lb 4oz, followed by Geoff Arnold with 36lb and Rob Hewison on 31lb. The fishery is running regular Saturday open matches with the draw at 9am, fishing is from 10.30am till 4.30pm.

One fishery that usually produces good weights despite the winter weather is Townsend Lakes and on Sunday the Woodpecker Pool was again in good form.

Local rod Dave Priestly topped the field from peg 9 with a mixed bag taken on the pole with pellet for a level 62lb. Colin Begbie took second place with 46lb 14oz, followed by Harry Morgan on 36lb 14oz. There cannot be many anglers in the area that have not fished Decoy Lakes at Eastrea or at least heard of the top quality fishing on offer. It must be one of the top waters in East Anglia, some would say in the top ten right across the country.

It has started the New Year reasonably well and in the past couple of weeks 100lb bags have been taken. I should point out that pleasure anglers are welcome but I think most would agree this is primarily a match venue. Great for all the small clubs around the area though looking for a change of venue throughout the year.

North View Fishery at Gedney Hill has started to run into some good form, so I have been told. Lots of options here with both match and pleasure anglers made most welcome. It’s often forgot by anglers out of the area but it is well worth a visit.

I cannot wait to get back to Buttonhole fishery on the outskirts of Wisbech. It’s not yet produced the really big weights we have come to expect but any day now the carp are going to wake up and start feeding and when they do it’s a must-fish water. I must say very well kept too, clean and tidy and a great venue to fish.

One of the new waters in the area that has started to attract a lot of anglers is Float Fish Farm Fishery between Peterborough and Whittlesey. In a very short space of time it has already got a big following from our area. With quite a few lakes to choose from there seems to be something for everyone, including the specimen hunters amongst us.

Talking of big fish, watch out for the East Delph Fishery. It used to be a fine match water, but since the venue changed hands it’s already on its way to being a big fish angler’s haven. A lot of small fish have been taken out and replaced with much bigger carp and I hear that in the next week or so more fish are on the way. New owner James MacKay has big plans for the fishery so we can expect more news soon.

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