Hewison a HAJAC hit on the Old Nene at Benwick

The HAJAC Winter League got under way at the weekend and with 11 teams taking part on our usually reliable winter venues some cracking sport was expected.

John Taylor.

Drain was nothing to rave about

One of the big disappointments of the weekend was the form of Raveley Drain, venue for a Peterborough & DAA club match.

John Whincup.

A comfortable win on the Willows for Whincup

The Decoy Lakes Saturday Open was on the Willows Lake and that just happens to be one of John Whincup’s favourite venues.

Stephen Brader caught this 25lb 12oz carp  on the Sand Lake at Float Fish Farm Fishery.

Bold plans afoot for the Float Fish Farm Fishery in 2018

Float Fish Farm Fishery has been really busy with matches throughout the holiday period.

Alex Bates.

You just can’t beat the Old Nene at March in winter

At times it can be all too easy to pick out a few venues across the country that fish reasonably well through the winter months.

Angling action at Tydd Gote AC.

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For seceral years angling clubs right across the country have been struggling to attract more anglers back onto natural waters.

The Flaot Farm winners from the midweek Christmas match

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The Float Fish Farm Fishery mid week match saw a big turnout lining the banks of both the Wagtail and Horseshoe pools even though anglers don’t expect big catches at this time of year.

Another Whittlesey win for ace angler John Taylor.

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A late change of venue from those running the Whittlesey AA matches onto the Twenty Foot Drain turned out to be an inspired move as it produced one of the best results of the season.

Afzal Din with his unusual catch from the Nene. Is it a sea trout or a salmon?

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A spot of predator fishing for Afzal Din produced a very unusual catch on Sunday morning.

Hotrods take title but not in the way
they’d have liked

Hotrods take title but not in the way they’d have liked

There was very little fishing going on at the weekend as the winter weather certainly took its toll.

Some hardy souls fishing the Peterborough DAA match on the River Nene at Stibbington on Sunday.

Wayne wins on the Jay Lake

Saturday’s Rookery Waters winter qualifier was split over two lakes.

Mark Smith with his 6lb 5oz chub.

Patience pays off as bailiff Mark lands a couple of wonderful chub

To say fishing on the Nene this season has been hard is perhaps overstating things, but good nets of roach, skimmers and bream during low and clear conditions have made it tough at times.

Alex Bates won the East Midlands Winter League practice match.

Frosty reception expected for the final round

The final round of the East Midland Winter League is coming up this weekend on five sections on Factory Bank and another five over on the Old Nene at Benwick.

Bob Mills.

Sweetcorn just the job for Bob

Round Two of the Cock Inn/Hotpoint Winter Series fished on the Four Islands Pool at Decoy Lakes saw most struggle to get a few silver fish to feed let alone carp.

Ray Malle.

Ray rules the roost with roach

We have several really good winter venues to fish over the next few months and it looks as if the River Welland through Spalding could well rival a few after a small open match on it last weekend.

Dave Garner is pictured at the Fenland Rods annual presentation evening with the Champions Cup. Other winners were: Pairs - Kevin Lee and Peter Parlett; Handicap Match - Parlett; Cup Match - Mac Campbell.

It’s a brilliant day for Hotrods on the Old Nene at March

The penultimate round of the East Midland Winter League saw anglers lining the banks of the Old Nene at March more than a little worried the fish would not show up after two heavy frosts.

Ivan Marriott.

Father and son lead the way

It was a Marriott one-two in the latest Yaxley, Farcet, Holme and District AC points match fished at the Bower.

Tony McGregor.

McGregor’s Magpie magic

In the latest Rookery Waters Winter Series match March angler Tony McGregor took first place on the Magpie Pool with a very respectable 70lb 13oz from peg seven.

John Whincup.

Whincup’s a winner on the Beastie

There was a good turnout for the Decoy Sunday Open match which saw anglers spread over both the Horseshoe and Beastie Lake.

Richard Bond won at Rookery Waters.

You can’t beat the good Old Nene at this time of year

Sometimes I don’t think anglers in the area realise just how good our local fenland waters are, particularly at this time of year when winter settles in and we have some heavy frosts to contend with.

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