Angling roundup: Will power wins the day at Decoy

Chris Shortland won the Cock Inn match. Photo supplied
Chris Shortland won the Cock Inn match. Photo supplied
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JVAC anglers had the comparative luxury of being able to fish two lakes for their latest match on the Decoy complex.

Will Hadley put 78lb 12oz to the scales from peg 15 on the Elm Pool to win on his lake. He fished the pole close in with red maggot.

Mike King on opposite peg 10 had to fish long to contact the fish but managed second with 57lb 3oz followed by Daniel Abbot with 47lb 5oz.

It was much tougher on the Cedar Pool where Dave Parsons won with 34lb 10oz caught with the pole and pellet approach from peg 14. Runner-up was Andy Gausden, who caught on red maggot for 33lb 14oz, followed by Mike Mitchell with 33lb 12oz.


In the midweek Decoy Open on the Beastie Pool top rod from peg nine with 73lb 12oz was Chris Barley. He caught all his fish on single red maggot at seven metres.

Peg nine once again showed its form for the bigger Saturday Decoy Open match on the Beastie Pool.

Lucky recipient was Simon Godfrey, who caught on single red maggot late in the day to finish top with 37lb 11oz.

Danny Carlton came second with 29lb 8oz just ahead of Nigel Baxter with 29lb 2oz.


It has been tough going for those fishing the Cock Inn winter series on the Four Island Pool at Decoy lakes and Sunday was certainly no exception.

Chris Shortland has had a dismal series but it all came good for him in this match topping the field with a well earned 24lb 6oz net of F1s taken on a straight lead approach with sweetcorn.

Runner-up was Gary Sell, who weighed in 19lb 9oz, then came Pete Sanderson with 11lb 14oz.


Horseshoe Lake at Float Fish Farm Fishery was once again the venue for the Webb’s AC club and my goodness they did well to stick it out.

Despite the sun shining all day, the conditions were far from ideal and that was reflected in the modest weights recorded.

Top rod with 14lb 5oz was Ken Allen. He caught on the feeder with red maggot.

Martin Harwood came in second on 10lb 10oz, followed by Richard Knight with 7lb 1oz.

Forum at the Chequered Skipper

Those anglers that have ventured onto the River Nene around Peterborough over the past few months have been rewarded with some of the best sport seen for many years.

Huge nets of bream have been taken from the city embankment, Orton up and downstream and into Alwalton too.

Roach weights have been tremendous right through from the city up and beyond Stibbington.

Even roach weights well into double figures have been taken in recent weeks along with one or two winter barbel.

Some exciting times are ahead for those that want to get back onto natural venues and over the next few weeks it’s hoped that there will be some fantastic news to report on forthcoming events that are in the pipeline for next season.

With that in mind the Angling Trust have arranged a regional forum to be held at the Chequered Skipper in Ashton, near Oundle, on February 18.

Tea and coffee will be served from 6.45pm and the meeting will begin at 7pm.

The event is free to attend and is open to all anglers and fishery owners.

To help manage numbers please email before February 15 if you would like to attend.