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New coarse fishing season in Fenland underway on June 16

By Pete Woodhouse

The new coarse fishing season on Fenland Drains and rivers gets underway on June 16 and the very popular King of the Fens League will once again be taking place this season.

It’s a teams of three event with four rounds fished through early summer starting on Sunday, June 17, on the North Level Drain.

Round two is on June 24, again on the North Level, followed by matches on the Middle Level on July 8 and 15. John Bates is running it again and you can contact him via Facebook for all the details on the pools and draw.

Matt Arnold (2341245)
Matt Arnold (2341245)

Townsend Lakes’ latest open match fished on the Kingfisher pool saw John Whitcombe taking the top spot from peg 14. He caught on the pellet waggler and pole with meat to finish on 91lb 8oz. In second place was Sammy McSpadden, who caught skimmers early before switching to the margins for 82lb 6oz, followed by Sam Clayden with 49lb taken on a small feeder

Fenland Rods fished Headfen Fishery at the weekend and for those in the early numbers on Trev’s Lake the bites came thick and fast, but unfortunately away from the hot pegs anglers struggled. Out in front with a fine 136lb 2oz catch was Tony Nisbet on peg 1. He fished pellet to the edge of the reed, netting carp, tench and bream. On the next peg was Mac Campbell, who put 104lb 8oz to the scales to take second, followed by Matthew Lutkin with 78lb 1oz.

There is just no stopping Trevor Cousins. He topped the Spratts AC match fished on the Cedar Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex last Friday with a very impressive 169lb 7oz net of carp taken from peg 8. He started well on a Method feeder before switching to the pole with pellet shallow and rounded off the day in the margins catching carp to 9lb on meat. Runner-up was Bob Allen with 115lb 13oz caught on paste close in, followed by Peter Spriggs with 115lb 13oz.

Booking his place in the Buttonhole grand final after topping a good field in the latest qualifier on Saturday was Matt Arnold. He drew peg 8 and fished a long pole to the island to finish with 85lb 1oz.

In second was venue expert Steve Poole, who weighed in 65lb 4oz. He also caught to the island but had a few fish late on from the margins. Third: John Whitcombe, 61lb 4oz.

That was round 13 of 20 qualifiers so time is running out if you would like to get to the final. The next round will be on June 16 and you can book by calling Chris Smith on 07928 222462.

There was another good turnout for the Tuesday evening match at the fishery which saw John Bishop taking the honours. He drew hot peg 8 and put 92lb to the scales. Runner-up was Ray Malle on peg 20 with 55lb, then came Andrew Carter on 36lb.

Rookery Waters had three matches to report on this week starting with the Wednesday Over 60’s match fished on the Jay Lake. Top rod was Chris Saunders with 84lb 12oz, all carp taken on the pole with pellet. In second with 76lb 8oz was Alan Owen, followed by Will Hadley on 74lb 8oz.

The Thursday Summer Qualifier was fished on the prolific Magpie Lake and with the field spread out there were always going to be some decent weights. Steve Hayward took first place on peg 5. He fished the pole shallow and in the margins for 151lb 14oz. Runner-up was Graham Welton on 151lb 2oz, followed by Steve Tyler with 84lb 2oz.

There was a very big turnout for the Saturday Summer Qualifier Open so, with two lakes being used for the match, a continental pay-out was in place to make the pay-out as fair as possible. On Jay Lake the top spot went to Tim Bates, who caught on worm for 141lb 6oz from peg 34. On Raven Pool Richard Bond led the way. He caught on the pole with pellet over groundbait for 154lb 14oz (results on left).

Jay Lake: 1 Tim Bates, Peg 34, 141lb 6oz; 2 Ashley Prestige, Peg 41, 140lb 6oz; 3 Jimmy Brooks, Peg 39 139lb 14oz.

Raven Lake: 1 Richard Bond, Peg 9, 154lb 14oz; 2 Matt Wiley, Peg 23, 135lb 10oz; 3 Vince Cross,Peg 2, 133lb.

Final top four based on a continental payout: 1 Richard Bond, 154lb 14oz; 2 Tim Bates, 141lb 6oz; 3 Matt Wiley, 135lb 10oz; 4 Ashley Prestige, 140lb 6oz.

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