For several years Peterborough DAA have been trying to get the club back on the match fishing scene and after a lot of hard work from committee men, and in particular Andy Jackson, they have landed a much sought after Riverfest Qualifier.
It’s a real feather in the cap for the Peterborough DAA as it’s not easy to get onto the list of prospective venues let alone be granted one - such is the demand for this up and coming event.
There will still be a lot of work to be done, particularly on the pegs to be used, but I am sure they have already thought of that and by the time the big match comes around on the Old Nene at March on Sunday November 1 everything needed will be in place.
There will be five other new venues for the 2015 season, which means 12 more places for the final, and a bigger prize pot.
As it currently stands, subject to all tickets being sold, there will be 10 main prizes in the final ranging from £500 for 10th place, up to £12,000 to the winner.
The Angling Trust has been working closely with competition creator Dave Harrell to grow the popular event still further.
Harrell said: “We’ve said all along that it is our intention to keep growing this fantastic competition.
“These latest changes will allow an additional 240 anglers to take part and the prize money will grow considerably as a result.
“I am personally delighted with how the competition is developing and I’m looking forward to seeing it all unfold again from June.
“We’ve got some great new venues such as the River Nene just above Peterborough as well as established favourites.”
The final will take place on the River Wye at Hereford over the weekend of November 14/15.
Spectators will be welcome to watch the final free of charge and there will be a bookmaker present on both days for competitors and public to have a flutter.
Drennan Pair: Pollard on the mark on the River Glen
The third round of the Drennan Pairs four-match series on the River Glen and the Town Welland turned out to be much better than expected.
The River Glen in particular fished reasonably well.
Mark Pollard took the top spot individually there with a fine 17lb 6oz net of roach, some on bread punch with the majority taken on pinkie over groundbait.
Sensas Mark One stalwart Rob Hewison again produced a good weight off the river taking the runner-up spot with a level 13lb followed by Steve Hemmingray on 12lb 8oz.
On the Welland, a good draw above the town bridge saw Joe Oaks put a fine 22lb of quality roach to the scales. He caught on bread for most of the day.
Rob Wootton drew the boards and netted 20lb 6oz of roach for second followed by Phil Chesterton on 17lb 10oz.
At the top of the leader-board after three rounds are Pollard and Lee Klimczuk with a combined weight for the series of 88lb 2 oz.
Not too far off the pace are the Sensas Mark One duo of Martin Roper and Paul Spriggs with 76lb 10oz and with a good result in the final match they could still snatch the top spot.
Third with 66lb 8oz are Joe Roberts and Joff Woodgett.
Banking on Glassmoor
Pike anglers have been having a really good time on our local fenland drains with the North Level perhaps the pick of the waters at the moment.
The big surprise is that the really big fish have not shown, but between now and the end of the season on March 14 that could easily change.
Glassmoor Bank has seen a string of fish to 20lb caught recently so along with the North Level and the Forty Foot we could yet get to see a few really big fish taken any time soon.