Angling: Top performances from the youngsters

Lucio Melillo
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The local fishing scene is blessed with some outstanding young talent.

In the latest Rookery Waters £1,000 qualifier fished on the Magpie Pool some very good weights were recorded.

John Whincup won the Decoy Open on Willow Pool.

John Whincup won the Decoy Open on Willow Pool.

Winner from peg 27 was rising star Tom Edwards. The youngster from Bourne fished shallow tight to the pads on banded pellet to catch carp to 5lb then switched to his margins with dead maggots over groundbait to finish on 200lb 4oz.

Runner up was another young angler from Boston Davis Gurton who weighed in 167lb 2oz from peg 34.

Third place went to Kevin Peacock on 143lb 6oz.

And over at Haddon Lodge, plenty of carp showed in Sunday’s match as another top prospect Lucio Melillo took the top spot with a 33lb 13oz net.

Runner up was George Bates with a net of bream and skimmers for 32lb 7oz, followed by Lucio Melillo senior on 25lb 6oz.


There was a very close finish to the second round of the Wade Cup when Deeping fished the Oak Pool at Decoy.

The in-form Jon Bowland just managed to keep the field at bay from peg 7.

Jon fished the long pole on pellet for the first half of the match before switching to the margins fishing worm over dead maggot to weigh 122lb 9oz.

Coming a very close second on peg 9 was Paul Dotchin who fished cat meat close in at full depth to weigh 121lb 4oz which gives him a comfortable lead with one match to go in the series.

Ray Torrington was third from peg 1 with 86lb 2oz.


Hotpoint AC were at Decoy fishing the Horseshoe Pool with mixed results.

Top rod from peg 7 was Frank Herring and right from the word go he was into fish from the margins fishing cat meat and was well clear as the final whistle was blown putting a fine 169lb 10oz to the scales.

In second place on peg 14 was Paul Faulkner who fished pellet and paste close in for 117lb 12oz and then came Pete Sanderson with 117lb 2oz on the feeder from peg 2.


The results from Ramsey & District Angling Society club matches show the differing fortunes of the fenland waters and a commercial fishery.

In the club match on Factory Bank, Paul Kilby on the end peg took first place with a tench and a few small fish for 6lb 1oz. Ivan Steels came in second with 5lb 2 ½ oz followed by Keith Rayment with 1lb 14 ½ oz.

But in Sunday’s match on the Damson Pool at Decoy Lakes Andrew Kilby fished red maggot all day from peg 26 to record a fine 135lb 12oz net. Harry Young came second, netting a few better fish on pellet for 116lb 8oz, then came

Keith Rayment with 94lb 8oz.

Some local waters still fished well considering the wintry conditions.

In the Decoy Open fished on Willow Pool it was John Whincup leading the way with a fine 182lb 9oz.

He started on pellet fished up in the water on peg 29 but once the rain set in he quickly changed to a small pellet feeder and caught well right up to the final whistle.

Peterborough Conservative Club fished the same pool the day before with Terry Tribe topping the field with 126lb 2ozs with pellet and red maggot.

Andy Perry took first place in the Webbs AC match at Buttonhole Fishery catching 107 6lb on a small Method feeder.

Steve Smith won the Cock Inn match at North View Fishery, Gedney Hill with 145lb 14oz ahead of Gary Sell and Bob Mills.

JVAC had a split match on two lakes on the Decoy complex, using both the Four Island and Lou’s Pool.

And some very impressive weights were taken.

The top two on Four Island’s were Mick Mitchell with 128lb 8oz of carp and barbel taken from peg two on pellet followed by Ray Pauley who performed well to catch 124lb 5oz.

Over on Lou’s it was Nick Carlton on peg 7 who took the top spot.

He caught on a small Method feeder over to the far side with sweetcorn, weighing in 155lb 15oz.

Runner up was Dan Abbott with 135lb 2oz.

Fenland Rods fished the Six Island pool at Decoy Lakes and many struggle d with the conditions while others with a back wind and a little shelter got on really well.

First place from fancied peg 18 was taken by Neil Garner.

With the strong wind blowing down the channel Neil decided to fish cat meat in the middle and it paid off handsomely as he caught from start to finish putting 131lb 9oz to the scales.

Runner up was Matt Lutkin on peg 9.

He fished on meat toweigh in 119lb 9oz followed by Mac Campbell with 115lb 10oz.

This week’s match is on the Snake Lake at Head Fen Fishery.