It was tough going for many in round two of the East Midlands Winter League at the weekend.
It took place on the Great Ouse around St Ives and Huntingdon and, just as it was in the practice match the previous weekend, the recreation ground waters at Godmanchester produced all the leading weights.
That led to a few disgruntled anglers in other sections where bites were hard to come by. But conditions have to be taken into consideration. With no rain to push flow and colour through the river, sport was always going to be tough.
We have all fished much worse venues and under considerably worse conditions.
We could have sharp frosts leading up to round three on the Old Nene at Benwick, usually a very good venue, and that too might be difficult.
Leading the way in round two was Sensas Mark One rod Josh Pace. He put a fine net of roach, skimmers and perch to the scales to take a very comfortable victory with 22lb 11oz.
Second place went to Rob Wright on 16lb 6oz, with Mark Pollard third on 16lb 2oz.
On the team front Maver Image put in a fine effort to take first place, followed by Browning Hotrods with Stanjay Gold third.
Browning Hotrods now head the league after two rounds on three points, then come Maver Image and Stanjay Gold with five.
Result: 1 J. Pace, 221lb 11oz; 2 R. Wright, 16lb 6oz; 3 M. Pollard, 16lb 2oz; 4 D. Rawlings, 12lb 11 ½ oz; 5 M. Roper, 8lb 6oz; 6 J .Weedon, 8lb 2oz.
Team: 1 Maver Image 24 pts; 2 Browning Hotrods 28pts; 3 Stanjay Tackle Gold 33pts; 4 Sensas Mk One White, 33pts; 5 Stanjay Tackle Silver, 39pts; 6 Sensas Mk One Black, 56pts.
Just about every club I know across the area has anglers in their midst that turn up every week, come rain or shine, no matter what the fishing is like and basically they are the backbone of the club.
Most rarely win but when they do it’s worth applauding.
And that was the case in the JVAC match on the Oak Pool at Decoy at the weekend when Carl White took the honours.
He helps run the club and when you consider JVAC has some of the very best commercial anglers within their ranks, to frame is considered good, to win puts you up there with the best.
White drew peg 26 and caught big carp regularly all day alternating between a feeder and straight lead to finish with 105lb 12oz.
Runner-up was Nick Carlton with 98lb 12oz taken on the pole with maggot, followed by Roger Gowler on 97lb 8oz.
Beastie Lake at Decoy was the venue on Saturday for the Conservative Club and John Newman once again took top spot.
He drew peg five and fished close in all day catching skimmers and barbel to finish on 75lb 4oz.
Runner-up from peg 14 was Terry Uff, who caught carp on paste for 59lb 11oz, then came Alan Porter with 54lb 15oz