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Tydd Gote prepare for new season with restocking of fish

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With the new coarse fishing season on our Fenland waters starting on June 16 local clubs have been out on their waters preparing for the season ahead.

Tydd Gote Angling Club have had a healthy restocking of fish and have had several work parties out along the North Level Drain repairing and replacing fishing platforms to make life easier.

It's not been easy as materials had to be taken down to the water and then platforms put in place as close to the water's edge as possible.

Trevor Cousins (2236927)
Trevor Cousins (2236927)

The end-product has been great, though, and all the hard work has paid off. Now we just have to rely on Mother Nature and hope the fish feed when we get round to wetting a line.

The new club books will be on sale soon and are well worth the money, even more so now after all the work that has gone into preparing club waters.

Most of those heavily involved in the work parties in recent weeks took time off at the weekend to fish a club match over at North View Fishery which saw Dave Williams topping the field with 65lb 1oz. He caught in the margin with red maggot. Runner-up was Steve Barrett on 57lb 13oz, followed by Pete Emery on 43lb 15oz.

Buttonhole Fishery continues to see some very good weights taken in their regular Tuesday open matches. Leading the way in the latest contest was the in-form Andrew Carter.

He caught on the pole and pellet putting 72lb 14oz to the scales and scooped the Golden peg prize fund for winning off peg 4. John Bishop took second place from peg 17 with 52lb, followed by Neil Hyde with 37lb.

Bishop is the new leader in the points chart for these Tuesday matches with 33 points, followed closely by Les Barry on 30.

Watch out for Andrew Carter, though. He is lying in fifth place but a couple more good results and he will be right up there with the leaders. This coming Saturday will see the next qualifing match for the big prize money final in September, so call Chris Smith as soon as possible to get booked in on 07928 222462.

The Bank Holiday John Garner charity match fished on the Cedar Pool at Decoy Lakes saw most of the Fenland Rod anglers in action and several local rods also fishing this very popular event.

What a match it turned out to be with well over 2,000lb of fish taken for an average of 123lb.

Top rod was Kevin Lee from peg 12. He started on the long pole with meat but soon came into the margins, netting carp to double figures to finish with a massive 212lb 12oz.

Second place went to Dick Warrener on peg 22. He fished similar tactics to the winner, putting 180lb 11oz to the scales, followed by John Smith on 178lb 15oz and Kevin Bevis with 158lb 1oz.

Spratts AC fished on the small carp lake at Kingsland Fishery Trevor Cousins again topped a strong field, he put 160lb 8oz to the scales catching on pellet up in the water netting carp to double figures from peg 4. In second place was Peter Spriggs, he caught on paste and pellet fished shallow from peg 12 to finish with 129lb 13oz, then came Mac Campbell on peg 8 with 118lb 10oz, fishing sweetcorn close in.

Kingsland Fishery at Turves has become a regular venue for several local clubs and at the weekend Castaways AC had a match on the Small Carp Lake which saw Pete Molesworth taking the honours with 122lb all taken on paste close in. Runner-up was Dave Norville with 105lb followed by Justin Haynes on 83lb.

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