FOR the first time in many weeks we had a bright, warm weekend without a hint of rain and it brought anglers out right across the area eager to wet a line after weeks of frosts, wind and rain.
Some of the fishing was not as good as we would all have liked at this time of year but it can only get better from here on in can’t it?
The big match at the weekend saw two of the area’s top clubs going head-to-head with our local lads JVAC reaching the semi-finals of the national Angling Times Supercup with a hard-fought victory over Little Downham’s Headfen AC at Yew Lake, Decoy.
Winning five pairs to Headfen’s three, the eight-man locals JVAC used a variety of tactics to beat the fenland team.
“Rather than have a strict team plan, we relied on the individual angler’s strengths,” said team captain Andy Gausden. “Some caught on the pole, some on the method, some on pellet, some on paste and some on cat meat. It was a good win against a good side who had put in a lot of practice and as captain I am very pleased.”
Individual winner was JVAC’s Nick Carlton who used method feeder with meat and pole with paste for an impressive 91lb 5oz from peg 22.
Almost opposite on peg nine was runner-up Headfen’s top rod, Alan Archer, who fished pole with paste for 81lb 5oz. A disappointing day for the Headfen team but a place in the semi-finals at Packington Somers in Warwickshire now awaits JVAC and with a very strong squad I would not be at all surprised if they do not go all the way to the grand final.
Keith Westaby 4lb 1oz Kevin Wilmot 42lb 12oz
Dave Priestley 40lb 2oz Andy Gausden 61lb 4oz
Alan Archer 81lb 5oz Adrian Wylde 57lb 15oz
Marcus Bailey 68lb 8oz Mike Mitchell 73lb 12oz
Ron Cuthbert 44lb 3oz Jon Preedy 61lb 12oz
Tim Dabrowa 57lb 15oz Nick Carlton 91lb 5oz
Steve Jackson 80lb 14oz Alan Warren 31lb 1oz
Dave Rodwell 64lb 1oz Dave Parsons 50lb 13oz
SHALLOW fishing dominated the latest JVAC match at Decoy’s Four Islands Lake, Mick King triumphing over a smaller than usual turnout due to the Knock Out Cup taking place on the same day.
King drew peg five and found lots of F1s and carp by pole fishing with pellets just a foot deep over by the island to his left, finishing on an excellent 122lb 8oz.
Will Hadley used similar tactics for his runners-up weight of 114lb 12oz from peg 10.
NEW to the match circuit this season is the Decoy 55+ series and already it’s pulling in some good attendances culminating in its best figures so far for the match on the Six Island Pool last Friday.
Top rod was Decoy regular Nigel Baxter. In windy conditions the Bag Um-backed rod fished a short pole line all day, putting a level 100lb to the scales all taken on pellet and paste.
Runner-up was Vince Hull from Sawtry, who weighed in 99lb 14oz followed by Kevin Peacock on 97lb 14oz.
The matches will continue throughout the summer months each Friday right up until the end of October using a full variety of venues on the Decoy Complex.
HOTPOINT Angling Club had a good turnout for their match on the Horseshoe Pool which resulted in a cracking match.
Three good leading weights were followed by a whole host of anglers who could also have pushed for the top spot if they had got the tactics right or managed to net the really big fish that were hooked and lost.
The low numbers provided the top three anglers and a real tussle for the top spot. Kevin Schneider led the way with a net of carp taken on the pellet waggler and paste in the margins for 89lb 4oz.
Runner-up was the in-form Colin Buckingham, who fished a maggot feeder and also a close-in swim on meat for 80lb 2oz followed by Chris Shortland on 74lb 7oz.
FENLAND Rods took to the Willow Pool on the Decoy complex at the weekend expecting some huge weights as results from previous matches, and indeed from the day before event which saw several three figure weights recorded on the venue.
Unfortunately the warmer weather saw the fish spawning and they were, in the main, uninterested in anglers feed.
Mac Campbell drew the fancied peg 23 and stole the show. Together with the golden peg of prize of an extra £42, he won the match with a weight of 73lb 13½oz, fishing close in on meat.
Runner-up was Tim Bates from peg 13. He caught in the margins on maggot for 58lb 10oz followed by Kev Lee with 55lb 6oz on paste.
THERE were some good leading weights in the Ramsey AS match on the Yew Pool at Decoy.
Top rod with 91lb 10oz taken on the feeder with pellet was Pete Sterry. John Payne came second with 79lb 2oz with Roy Whincup third on 70lb 8oz.
A LOT of local clubs only book the day ticket lake at Decoy if it’s the only one left to fish but it really is full of fish as the Webbs AC lads found out on Sunday.
The fish stocked in this pool are smaller, that’s for sure, but it does ensure plenty of bites.
Peterborough rod David Pearson worked hard with mostly small fish to take the honours with a level 65lb taken on paste from peg 14.
Terry Moat also fished the paste to finish with 59lb for second place from peg five, Alan Forrest filling the final spot with a 50lb 7oz catch on sweetcorn.
n QUEENS Fishing Club fished the match pool at Fields End Water, Doddington at the weekend and perhaps made the mistake of allowing Peterborough rod Stuart Redman into the fray and he completely dominated the club match putting a huge 132lb 10oz to the scales fishing maggot up in the water.
Ray Sladden came second with 68lb 4oz, taking his fish on a pellet feeder, followed by Paul Kirk with 65lb 12oz. It could be a while before Redman gets another invite from this club!
ONE local water that does not always get anglers talking quite as much as some other more prominent fisheries is Lovell’s Lakes at Tallington, yet the old established lake still remains one of the best day ticket big fish waters in the area.
On a recent five-day visit to the water, city specimen hunter Daniel Rathborn caught fish after fish including several doubles and one or two really big fish.
Go and give Lovell’s a try sometime soon. I do not think you will be disappointed.
WATER levels are still high but clarity is getting better by the day at Elinor Trout Fishery. In the past week some really good fish have been taken, topped by Denis Footman who banked a fine 9lb 1oz rainbow.
While the water was coloured black based lures and nymphs with a slow retrieve worked best.
THERE were three places up for grabs for entrance into the grand final of the Iain Barr World Bank Masters at Elinor on May 20. Ed Foster topped the field with 18 points and 11 fish. Ed Upton came second and the last to qualify was Paul Haskey on 13 points.
The Tommy Wood Memorial buzzer only match was also held at Elinor recently and despite the less than ideal coloured water some good bags were taken.
Pete Welch topped the field with 10lb 14oz, followed by Gordon Anthony on 9lb 15oz and Dave Jarrett with 9lb 14oz. A fantastic £519 was raised for the Sue Ryder Appeal, Peterborough.