It was good to see a big match back on our local rivers, writes Ken Wade.
With a good turn-out on the Great Ouse around St Ives and Godmanchester hopes were high that some decent catches would be taken after good midweek results.
Unfortunately for those looking to get some practice in for this Sunday’s second round winter league fixture a low, clear and cold river saw very few going home any the wiser. In fact it was a struggle for most, although the leading weights were respectable.
Top rod was former World Champion Bob Nudd who put a match winning 10lb 11oz to the scales. Bob now lives in March and fishes the winter leagues for Stanjay Tackle and put in a masterly performance from his peg on the recreation ground section at Godmanchester.
He caught half of his catch on a chopped worm and caster approach, netting some good perch, and half fishing bread punch. There was a tie for second place between Stan Binge and Steve Joyce, both caught on bread punch to weigh in 10lb 14oz.
With very little rain forecast for this week and more cold nights expected we could see a very difficult match on Sunday, which in turn could well throw up a few surprises on the team front.
In the Fenland Rods match fished on Six Islands on the Decoy complex there was a good turn-out for the Club Cup Match a venue that rarely fails to produce. Alas the night before was cold and on the day the lake was like a mill pond resulting in a very difficult match. Matthew Lutkin fished peg 17 with maggot and won the match with a level 70lb, mainly barbel and small carp. In second place was Kev Lee on peg 14 with 58lb 7oz which included a fish of 15 lb, then came Dave Garner with 36lb 15oz.
In the first Saturday winter qualifier open at Rookery Waters it did not take long for Tony Dawson to book his place in the two-day final in March 2016.
Using maggot and lightly fed groundbait was the key to his very impressive 131lb 6oz winning weight. Second spot went to Littleport angler Mark Cross who put a fine bag of small stocky carp onto the scales, all taken on expander pellet for 120lb 14oz, followed by Ricky Ashwell with 86lb 6oz.
Mac Campbell topped the latest Spratts AC match fished on the Lou’s Lake at Decoy. He caught 92lb 10oz of carp from peg 9 fishing close to the margins all day. Martin Parker came second from peg 11 fishing the feeder recording 66lb 6oz, then came Trevor Cousins with 50lb 8oz.
The midweek Tydd Gote match saw Len Shucksmith put a very respectable net of skimmers to the scales to win with 13lb, most taken on a worm and caster approach. Runner-up was Andy Greenwood on 6lb 14oz, followed by John Young with 6lb 1oz. It was Graham Barry leading the way in Sunday’s club match, he caught skimmers on pinkie over groundbait for 5lb 10oz.
Runner-up was Sammy McSpadden 5lb 6oz and third on 5lb 2oz was Dave Williams.