Angling: No surprise to see international ace Abbi lead the way

Pete Molesworth Junior won the Deeping St James match.

Pete Molesworth Junior won the Deeping St James match.

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Round Two of the HAJAC Winter League was fished on three drains in what turned out to be some of the worst conditions of the winter so far.

However, considering the freezing cold weather, there were some reasonably good winter weights.

A huge cheer went up when match-winner Abbi Kendal picked up the individual honours.

We should not, however, really be so surprised she topped a list that included some of the best local anglers around as she is already performing really well on the local and national match fishing circuit.

And her form over the past couple of years has not gone unnoticed by the England selectors. She is now a fully fledged member of the England Ladies squad and most expect her to be picked for a lot more international events over the next few years.

This match saw her draw half way along Factory Bank, where fishing the long pole with a light rig and feeding squatt Abbi bagged 8lb 10 oz of small roach to take first place.

Not far away was runner-up Andy Mead, who fished bread punch then squatt and pinkie to record 8lb 10oz.

Over on Raveley Drain, Trevor Oakman took third place with 7lb 12oz, just ahead of Roy Whincup on 7lb 11oz.

On the team front it was Stanjay Gold and Stanjay Silver that came joint top with 20 points apiece.

Third place went to Browning Hot Rods Elite with 27 points followed by Sensas Mark One Black on 29 points.

So after two rounds it’s Stanjay Gold leading the way with three points with Stanjay Posh hot on their tails with five and Browning Hotrods Elite with seven.

WHITTLESEY

After a very cold week it was thought that bites would be hard to come by, for those brave enough to fish the Saturday Whittlesey club match on the Bevills Leam along the Carrot Wash section.

But despite hail, sleet and snow right from the off the fish were in a feeding mood with everyone catching.

From a peg near to the bridge Jeff Tuttlebee caught a net of small roach and perch for a very respectable weight of 7lb 7oz . But he had to share the spoils with John Taylor, who had a net of better sized roach also to finish with 7lb 7oz.

Third was Mel Saggers. He stuck it out for tench, but instead caught a good net of small perch and a few roach to finish with 5lb 13oz.

DEEPING ST JAMES

With a bitingly cold north wind blowing straight down the River Welland on Deeping Roadside, the members of Deeping St James Angling Club had to contend with some appalling conditions when they fished for the Severals Fishery Cup.

Thankfully the venue was in good form with many rewarded with some very good quality roach.

Pete Molesworth Junior drew peg 11 and immediately found a good stamp of fish.

He fished at seven metres for most of the day with bread punch over to the far side using very little feed to take 29 fish for 14lb 5oz.

In second place on peg seven was Ray Torrington, who also fished bread for his 9lb 13oz, and in third place was Steve Cox on peg 12 with 7lb 2oz.