The hot weather is not helping anglers fishing our local rivers and fenland drains. In fact after a great start to the new season sport has rapidly gone downhill.
Talking to anglers targeting barbel, it would seem the season has yet to get going at all with only Orton Locks producing any form.
The fish are still spawning at Castor and Alwalton has only seen the odd decent fish taken.
Even the form of Ferry Meadows took a dip last weekend with anglers leaving for home well before the final whistle in the latest Steel City open on Sunday.
There is, however, better news from stillwaters with carp more than willing to feed in hot and humid conditions.
Northey Park Fishery has been in very good form in recent weeks and is an ideal fishery if you want peace and quiet.
Float Fish Farm Fishery once again produced some very impressive weights for pleasure anglers and matchmen alike and with Home Lake and Sands Pool both producing huge weights to pleasure anglers and specimen hunters, the fishery is well and truly established as a very good all round venue with pools to suit all anglers.
Weston Lake at Peakirk has fished well as has Kingsland Fishery and with carp to 30lb coming out of the deep pool at Railway Lakes anglers really are spoilt for choice right across the area.
KING OF THE FENS
The result of the King of the Fens League match at Tydd Gote on the North Level Drain from Church Lane to Main Road on Sunday was disappointing.
Top rod from the Owl Box section was Huntingdon’s Duncan Ray. He had a big bream and a good net of skimmers taken on a groundbait feeder for 24lb 8oz.
Runner-up was Phil Speakman from the Church Lane section. He had a tench and lots of perch in his catch of 21lb 6oz. Paul Spriggs was third on 12lb 14oz.
With two rounds fished, Browning Hotrods and Sensas Mark One White are joint top on five points.
This week’s results from Ramsey & District Angling Society also show a drop in form from the club’s usually productive venues.
Keith Rayment took first place in the Thursday evening match on Factory Bank with a net of small fish on pinkie for 3lb 6oz. Paul Kilby came second on 3lb 1oz, followed by Ivan Steels with 1lb 12½oz.
Those that fished Exhibition Bridge on Sunday in the running line only club match fared no better.
Top rod with a good tench and a few small fish was Vern Edgley with 5lb 9½oz. The win also gave him the golden peg prize, so at least one angler in the match went home happy.
Harry Young came second with 2lb 13oz followed by Keith Rayment with 1lb 4½oz.