The first weekend of the season got off to a great start on some of our local waters with reports of bream and tench showing on Fenland drains, writes Ken Wade.
The Old Nene at Benwick was one of the hot sports along with Cock Bank and Glassmoor Bank where both tench and bream showed.
Best tench taken that I have heard of so far came to the scales at a little over 6lb but I am sure we are going to see even better fish taken.
I was out on Sunday looking at waters right across the Fens and was a little disappointed to see so much water and very few anglers about. Even along the March Twenty Foot, a noted early season hot spot, not that many anglers were taking advantage of the good conditions – perhaps Father’s Day had something to do with it!
Prospects look very good indeed for the week ahead so get out and wet a line. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Fenland Rods had a good turn-out for their latest match at North View Fishery, Gedney Hill, which saw some very good weights recorded. Mac Campbell is having a fine run of form, in fact has been regularly in the frame for several months now. It does help when you draw well, but as we all know you still have to catch the fish even from the good pegs. He led the way from peg 2 catching well all day close in on cat meat after a poor first hour trying to catch carp up in the water on pellet. At the whistle Mac put 112lb 6oz to the scales and also took home the golden peg prize money. At the very next peg was Les Bedford, who used similar tactics to the winner but fell just short with 88lb 10oz. Third place went to Matt Lutkin on 73lb 8oz, then came John Smith with 65lb 9oz.
Those fishing the popular Buttonhole Tuesday afternoon/evening match had to endure yet another horrible wet night but thankfully the fish were on the feed and they had a very close result at the top of the leader board with only 1oz separating the top two. Mark Grange with 109lb 2oz of carp took the honours, he caught on the feeder with pellet and some big fish from the margins on meat late on in the match. Runner-up by the narrowest of margins was Nathan Goodenham with 109lb 1oz of carp, the majority caught on the straight lead and pellet. In third was Andrew Carter with 86lb 10oz.
There was a good turnout for the latest Spratt’s AC match fished on the Six Island Pool over on the Decoy complex. Well ahead of the chasing pack was Peter Parlett, who drew peg eight and caught close in on meat catching carp and barbel for a winning 139lb 6oz. In second place came Trevor Cousins. He also fished meat for most of the day catching on a short pole line to finish with 116lb from peg 22. The consistent Bob Barrett came third from peg 11. He caught on sweetcorn from the margins, mainly barbel for a level 97lb.