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Winter’s here so take care at busy March Old Nene open and on Fenland banks


It does look as if winter is finally going to catch up with us this weekend so anglers out and about on our Fenland waters will need to take extra care, writes Ken Wade.

We have had yet more rain recently and, with frosts arriving, some banks will be extremely difficult to get down to the water’s edge.

The big open at March on the Old Nene will be very busy and is bound to be one of the biggest events seen on the venue for some time, so be extra careful if you have been lucky enough to get a ticket for Sunday’s match.

Over last weekend we had one or two big matches which saw many of our local anglers taking part. It was round two of the Sensas/Drennan Pairs event which fished remarkably well considering the conditions, with both the Town Welland and the River Glen carrying extra coloured water.

On the River Glen it was Mark Pollard once again showing he is a class act, topping a very strong field with 16lb 6oz of roach taken on the pole with groundbait and pinkie. Wayne Swinscoe came second on 9lb 12oz, followed by Sensas Mark One rod Mike Kirby with 9lb 8oz.

The sport was not quite so good on the River Welland although winner Joe Oakes put the best weight of roach to the scales on the day, finishing with 18lb 13oz. Then came March rod Alex Bates with 10lb 9oz and Steve Bullbeck 8lb 11oz.

It was a good day for Joe Oakes as he also topped the pairs event with Alan Reynolds with a combined weight of 26lb 5oz. With two rounds gone it’s still tight at the top of the leader board, so plenty of opportunity to be involved in league honours with two matches to go.

Round five of the Barry Mason Winter League took place at Decoy Lakes on Sunday, with the match once again being fished on the Beastie Lake. This match is all about section wins throughout the series and the March rod has done a fine job with sorting out the pegging to ensure as many as possible are in with a shout.

Leading the way in this match was Martin Freeman, who drew hot peg 24 and caught on a small maggot feeder and then switched to a pellet feeder to finish with a very impressive 111lb 4oz.

Local rod Charlie Lawrence came second off the next peg with 81lb 5oz, taken on the feeder, followed by John Whincup with 49lb 8oz. A section win for Whincup will see him top the leader board, but anything can happen as winter sets in and the weights drop off.

Those fishing the recent Tydd Gote matches have been making the most of the conditions with some good nets being taken in both the Wednesday and Sunday matches.

Top rod on Wednesday was Len Chucksmith, who caught 9lb 12oz of skimmers on chopped worm and caster.

Sunday’s club match saw Darren Williams topping the field. He caught skimmers on the pole with worm for 12lb 12oz. Runner-up on 8lb 12oz was Barry Stacey, followed by Andy Lawrence with 7lb 7oz.

Townsend Lakes continues to fish well. In the latest match report from them Andy Adams took top spot on the Kingfisher Pool with 52lb 6oz, all on the long pole with pellet. Runner-up with 51lb 2oz was Stuart Almer, followed by Colin Begbie on 43lb 8oz.

Another water still in good form is the Magpie Pool at Rookery Waters. In the regular Saturday open match Jason Fulcher took the honours with 26 carp on red maggot to finish with 90lb 10oz. Second was Geoff Arnold with 58lb 4oz, followed by Dave Rawlings 52lb 12oz.

In the Wednesday over 60’s match all the locals filled the frame topped by regular to the venue Kevin Peacock. He fished soft pellet micro’s to put a fine 80lb 2oz to the scales. Then came John Belshaw with 39lb 14oz and Will Hadley on 32lb 8oz.

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