It was freezing cold but Baxter was red-hot on the Beastie again

Anthony Watling won the Stanjay Series match.
Anthony Watling won the Stanjay Series match.
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With most of the lakes on the Decoy complex frozen over for several days, midweek matches had to be cancelled and even the weekend fixtures were in doubt.

The Saturday Open did go ahead and Simon Godfrey finished out in front from peg 22 on the Beastie Pool.

He put 28lb 9oz to the scales with just one carp to add to a good net of roach and skimmers taken on maggot.

Second place went to Shaun Waterfall with 22lb 14oz followed by Danny Carlton on 7lb 3oz.

There was a much better attendance for the Sunday Open, again fished on the Beastie Pool.

Fishery expert Nigel Baxter put a net of skimmers and roach to the scales taken on maggot close in to run out a comfortable winner with 27lb 7oz.

Runner-up with 21lb 5oz was Tony McGregor, then came Andy Leathers with 19lb 13oz.

JVAC

JVAC decided to fish both the Four Island and Six Island Pools for their weekend match, which was a wise decision as neither produced a great result despite some very respectable leading weights.

Topping the field on Four Islands was Alan Warren on peg six. He caught on the pole with pellet steadily all day for 45lb 8oz.

Runner-up from peg three was Jay Richardson, who caught on red maggot putting 32lb 8oz to the scales.

Over on Six Islands it was Barry Gilson leading the way. He was on peg 13 and caught on the pole with maggot and cat meat for 36lb 14oz.

Then came Andy Kelk, who fished red maggot for 25lb 8oz from peg eight.

RAMSEY

Looking at the Ramsey AS result sheet that came in from the usually prolific Factory Bank, it just shows you how badly the latest round of frosts affected our sport over the past week.

Andrew Wilding took the honours with a modest 6lb 4oz of small fish taken on bread.

Andrew Kilby came second putting 6lb 1oz to the scales followed by Frank Bevilacqua on 5lb 10 oz and Mick Arling with 5lb 5 oz.

WHITTLESEY

It was also tough going on the Whittlesey Dyke.

Deeping rod Mike Smith won this one from the peg next to the railway bridge with a net of perch weighing 3lb.

From the far end peg beyond the rail bridge John Taylor still managed to get bites and catching 120 small roach and perch on the pole he put 2lb 13oz to the scales to take second place.

On the other side of the rail bridge Mick Arling caught near to 100 fish, again small roach and perch, to finish with 2lb 6oz.

STANJAY SERIES

The tiny Raveley Drain was the surprise choice of venue for round three of the Stanjay Series.

Margin ice was a problem for most of the field and had to be cleared, but once that job was done it did fish quite well.

It turned out to be a hard but fair match with only small fish showing apart from the odd rudd, perch and skimmer to 6oz.

Out in front with 8lb 10oz was Anthony Watling. He drew half way between the bridge and sluice gate and took a net of small roach on the whip with groundbait and pinkie.

Runner-up was Lindsay Naylor, who caught on a long whip line weighing in 8lb 5oz.

There was a tie for third place between the in-form Rob Wright from March and Dave Rawlings with 8lb 4oz.