Kinsey is king of Rookery Waters

Ashley Kinsey rookery winner
Ashley Kinsey rookery winner
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The second of the £1,000 qualifiers at Rookery Waters took place on Saturday with the Jay Lake the venue, writes Ken Wade.

With very little shelter from the high winds whipping across the Fens it was a wonder any fish were caught at all, so considering the conditions the lake fished reasonably well.

Match winner from peg 10 was Ashley Kinsey using maggots and pellet towards the far bank. He caught a mixed bag of mainly carp with a few brown goldfish and chub to give him 57lb 12oz.

Second spot went to Ramsey, based angler Josh Pace who opted to fish down the middle in the deeper water with pellet.

He took a net of small carp topped up with a bonus 5lb barbel to give him 48lb 14oz. In third place with a level 46lb was Amer Jawad, followed by Gavin Butler on 45lb 6oz and Rob Hewison with 37lb 12oz.

This Saturday’s open is again on the Jay Lake and this Thursday sees the start of the midweek qualifier opens which will be fished on Magpie.

To book in contact Alex Bates on 07824878492.

The rough weather also affected sport at Townsend Lakes. Top rod on the Kingfisher Pool was Colin Begbie, who put 35lb 8oz to the scales from peg 12, taken on the pole with pellet. Bob Coulson came second. He fished a small feeder to the island for 28lb 2oz, followed by Dave Corcoran with 26lb 14oz, again taken on a feeder.

The next pairs match at the fishery will be this weekend (April 4). Give the fishery a call to get booked in.

Even if you do not have a partner, there are usually others who would still like to fish the match you can team up with.

I always get a feeling summer cannot be too far away when the Buttonhole Tuesday evening matches get underway. So I was pleased to hear this popular series of matches started again this week and will be run every Tuesday under floodlights.

The draw will be at the fishery at 5pm and fishing is from 5-9pm. Contact fishery owner Richard Button for all the details on 01945 430629.

The Tydd Gote AGM will take place on Tuesday, April 14, 7.30pm at the Butchers Arms at Parson Drove. All club members are more than welcome to attend, if only to see and hear how the club is run, plans for the 2015/16 season and even give them a hand if you have some spare time.

If anyone fancies taking part in a friendly competitive league in the summer on two of the Fens most popular water’s, catching a variety of bream, skimmers, roach, perch and the odd tench or two, then why not enter a team into the popular King of the Fens League.

Here are the details and contacts:

Teams of six. Team entry £120, (team and individual fully paid out). Pools £20. All in on the day and optional Team Pools on the day.

Dates, all Sundays: June 28, North Level, Tydd Gote.

July 5, North Level, Tydd Gote. July 19, Middle Level, Marshland.

August 30, Middle Level.

Contact John Bates for more information on 01945 467144 (home), 07709282965 (mobile) or e-mail

Finally do not forget to get your 2015/16 rod licence before you go fishing this weekend. If the weather is just a little kinder I am sure quite a lot of anglers will be out and about wetting a line for the first time this year.

But be warned the Environment Agency bailiffs will also be around checking to see you are legal and have a valid licence.

You can get them from the Post Office or on line. You have been warned!