All-out attack for tench pays off for Slater in the big March Open

Cam Marshall won the East Delph Match group match.
Cam Marshall won the East Delph Match group match.
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The Old Nene through the fenland town of March has been in great form since the turn of the year and once again it did not disappoint in the last big match of the season on the venue.

A very good turnout of anglers from all over eastern England saw the river in fine form with double-figure weights spread throughout the match length.

Top rod from the end peg along the bypass section was Steve Slater, whose all-out approach for tench paid off handsomely.

Feeding heavily with chopped worm and caster, Slater caught eight big tench and topped them up with around 5lb of rudd to finish with 31lb 5oz.

Second place went to March angler Paul Constable. He drew right at the other end of the match length and fished a groundbait and pinkie approach, netting a good skimmer along with a small tench and 14lb of roach weighing in 18lb 4oz.

Mick Burrell came third with 16lb 7oz followed by match organiser Bob Fitzjohn with 14lb 5oz.


Saturday’s Whittlesey AA match was fished on the Whittlesey Dyke that runs at the back of the town.

Winter weights have not been so good this season and once again anglers had to work hard to put fish in the net throughout the day.

Matchwinner John Hudson took good sized roach and rudd to finish with 11lb and runner-up Mick Smith caught roach and perch for a weight of 6lb 4oz.

Chris Bishop was third with 5lb 3oz followed by Ian Benton with 4lb 14oz.


Sunday saw the first match of the Conservative Club’s summer campaign, although the weather was far from summer-like with a strong wind blowing down the Elm Pool at Decoy.

Putting all his vast experience to good use on a difficult day was Terry Tribe. He took a comfortable victory on peg nine fishing a long pole line, feeding micro pellets and fishing a soft expander pellet on the hook.

He took carp to 6lb along with a good bag of F1s for a match-winning 84lb.

Mark Parnell took second place with 31lb 8oz followed by Alan Porter on 24lb 8oz.


JVAC took up both the Oak Pool and Four Islands Pool in their Sunday match.

Way out in front from Oak 11 was Andy Kelk. He fished a small bomb with pellet to weigh in 127lb 14oz.

A few pegs away was Andy Gausden, who opted for a maggot and waggler approach for a level 50lb.

Alan Warren was third with 49lb 10oz.

It wasn’t so good on Four Islands. Lee Kendal drew fancied peg four in one of the corners and took full advantage fishing pole and maggot for 54lb 3oz.

Steve Dawkes came second fishing pole and pellet for 43lb 5oz, with Jay Richardson third on 41lb 12oz.


It was a day for the feeder anglers on Sunday in the East Delph Match Group fixture on the Two Island pool on the Float Fish Farm Fishery.

Three anglers stood out with Cam Marshall taking top spot with 81lb 8oz. He caught on a small lightweight feeder fished over to the island netting carp, all taken on red maggot.

Ian Frith was second with a level 81lb and third place went to Ted Rowe with 73lb 8oz.

Both used the feeder approach.