The Stanjay Tackle winter league is usually a reasonably small event spread over the Christmas holiday period, writes Ken Wade.
But with so much interest in our local waters due to the national winter league final the ranks have swelled somewhat as anglers from across the country got in on the action, giving them a chance to sample the waters before the big day.
That was certainly the case on Sunday in the final round, especially as the Twenty Foot drain at March was used for the first time. The venue was not in the original plans of the organisers but it seems to have come up trumps and could well be used in the final at the end of the month.
The top three came from the Twenty Foot, led home by James Drakulic with a fine net of tench topped up with roach weighing in 26lb 15oz. Rob Wright, who lives close to Parson Drove but fished for Browning Hotrods, came second and caught a net of roach weighing in at 25lb 14oz. March angler Bob Fitzjohn was third, putting 18lb 14oz to the scales.
Top individual over the four-match series was Will Freeman on 5 points, then came Wright with 7 and joint third Paul Kilby and Mark Dickerson on 9.
The big Drennan/Sensas Pairs match also came to a conclusion on Sunday and again there were some very good weights recorded.
On the River Welland Wisbech rod and Sensas Mark One man John Bates stole the show, netting roach all day, fishing bread and also groundbait and pinkie to weigh in 20lb 9oz. That was just enough to see off team mate Josh Pace on 20lb 8oz, then came Steve Bulbeck with 18lb 6oz.
Over on the River Glen it was yet another Mark One angler topping the field, Rob Hewison well out in front putting 15lb 7oz to the scales. Runner-up was Steve Hemmingray on 12lb 11oz, followed by Alistair Ogilvie on 12lb 7oz.
Top pairs on the day were Alistair Ogilvie and Alex Bates on a total of 30lb 12oz. Runners-up were John Bates and Arnie Palmer with a total of 28lb 5oz. So the Sensas Mark One lads had a great day’s action but nothing could stop overall winners Mark Pollard and Lee Klymczuk from taking a well deserved series win, despite slipping up a little in the last round.
Once again John Taylor topped the Tydd Gote midweek open match on the North Level Drain. He put 5lb 7oz of small fish to the scales. Runner-up was Mick Asker on 4lb 2oz.
The venue fished a little better at the club’s Sunday match. Leading the way with 7lb 9oz was Paul Bawden, Andy Greenwood came second on 6lb 11oz, followed by Colin Button with 3lb 10oz.
Gale force winds hampered the presentation of bait for the majority of anglers fishing the latest Rookery Waters match, but Vinny Easy made the most of his favoured peg with a win netting 20lb 10oz. Alternating between bread and corn around the pads he caught carp to 5lb. Runner-up was Kev Shellie, caught on the straight lead with bread and corn for 44lb 8oz, followed by Tony McGregor on 44lb 6oz.
Match winner Andy Adams is the man to beat over at Townsend Lakes right now, the local lad topped a small but strong field in the regular Sunday opens with 36lb 6oz. Fishing the Kingfisher pool, Andy caught carp and a few skimmers fishing the long pole with pellet.
Second went to Colin Begbie with a level 22lb taken on the pole with worm and caster, followed by Ricky James with 18lb 2oz, caught on the feeder.