With very few anglers fishing the River Nene over the past couple of weeks since the venue went clear, I was a bit surprised to hear that a bogus bailiff had been riding along the North Bank trying to get day-ticket money out of anglers.
The venue has not been in good form of late but I suspect all the big weights recorded over the past month has encouraged anglers to keep coming back for more.
Anyway, if you are approached on the North Bank, or indeed on any of our local waters, do ask to see a bailiffs warrant card, which should have a photo of the bailiff with his details.
Peterborough DAA have three main bailiffs that regularly patrol their waters, Jon, Eddie and Jason, if you are in any doubt call the phone number on their warrant cards to ensure they are genuine.
n One of the better lakes on the Decoy complex is the Six Island Pool.Some big weights have been taken there recently so anticipation was high in the Cock Inn camp as they made their way down to the venue for Sunday’s club match.
Everyone caught well with most areas producing well, but the in-form Steve Smith proved to be too strong for the field making it three wins in a row with an impressive 111lb 7oz.
Fishing on peg 16, Smith fished a small flat bed feeder netting carp and barbel on hair rigged sweetcorn.
Mick Sidney came in second. He fished luncheon meat close in on the pole from peg four to finish with 100lb 10oz. Third place went to Andy Fielding, who put 76lb 7oz to the scales all taken on red maggot.
n Fourteen Deeping St James AC members made the short trip up the A1 to fish Stretton Match Lake competing for the Dennis Clark Cup.
This is not a big weight water, rather one you have to work hard at to keep the fish interested.
Not for the first time match-winner Stuart Redman came up with a different approach to most of the others. He fished the long pole with double maggot hook bait over ‘sloppy’ groundbait, for a winning weight of 41lb 4oz.
Second with 39lb 10oz was Ray Torrington, who fished the Method feeder with hair rigged pellet and later in the match in the margins with cat meat.
Mick Wright fished maggot over pellet and caster for 36lb 6oz giving him third place.
n The smaller lakes at the bottom of the Decoy complex are getting heavily fished through this summer period yet apart from the odd week they have performed quite well.
In Sunday’s Hotpoint AC match, Peter Howson drew well on peg 13 and took the top spot with a level 65lb - all taken on luncheon meat fished at full depth.
Runner-up was Vince Stapleton. He drew close to the winner finishing on 41lb 8oz - all taken on a small feeder. Third place went to Kevin Schneider, who was on peg six and took his fish close in on meat weighing 31lb 8oz.
n In the Saturday Decoy Open fished on the Oak Pool, Danny Carlton took the honours with a net of carp taken on the long pole with red maggot early on in the match followed by a good spell late on fishing close in with luncheon meat. Shaun Coton came in second followed by John Whincup with 97lb 4oz.
With the usual pellet approach obviously not working that well on the new channels at Decoy, Ted Sargent decided on a caster approach and it paid off handsomely in Sunday’s open match, this time fished on the Oak Pool.
Sargent was the only angler to break into three figures, netting carp to 6lb up in the water with casters.
Carlton came second with 94lb 10oz taken on maggot followed by Simon Godfrey with 91lb 14oz.
n In the open held on Jay Lake at Rookery Farm Lakes, Pidley, it was Dave Rawlings that came out on top, weighing in 72lb.
The Huntingdon rod fished the long pole over to the far bank with pellet and sweetcorn finding a few better samples that gave him the edge. Runner-up was Kevin Medlock with 57lb 12oz, then came Jeff Hunt with 55lb.
This Sunday the open match will be on the Magpie Pool with the draw at 9am and fishing from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Any interested parties should contact either Roy Whincup on 07817 694359 or Kevin Medlock on 07920 181014
n It was two wins out of two for Ivan Marriott in the first Points Cup match for the Yaxley, Farcet, Holme and DAC on the Bower in Whittlesey.
Marriott only needed six skimmers and a couple of roach for his match-winning weight of 4lb. He caught all his fish on bread punch in the middle of the very clear water.
John Furnell was ssecond with 2lb 6½oz and Frank Bevilacqua third with just 15½oz.
n Tydd Gote AC had their usual three-match run of fixtures last week, all fished on the Black Dyke section.
In Tuesday’s match, it was Mark Lynn who took the honours with 5lb 2oz of small roach and skimmers taken on the whip with pinkie. In second place was Dave Sippitts with 4lb 2oz followed by Andy Greenwood on 4lb 1oz.
It was Mark again coming out on top in the Thursday evening match, this time with roach taken on the pole with red maggot. Runner-up with 6lb 6oz was Andy Greenwood followed by Rob Wright on 6lb 2oz.
Small fish were again in evidence in the bigger Sunday club match, Colin Gibbons taking the honours with 8lb 6oz. Then came Ray Groom with 7lb 13½oz followed by Alan Lemmon with 6lb 1oz.
n Sunday’s Ramsey AS club match on John Warwick’s section of the fen drains, was won comfortably by Paul Kilby with 21lb 6oz.
Fishing a chopped worm and caster approach, he finished with three tench and five good eels topped up with skimmers and perch.
Ivan Steels came in second with a net of skimmers taken on the tip for 8lb 8oz followed by Andrew Kilby on 7lb 15oz and Harry Young with 7lb 14oz.
n It was running line only tactics in Sunday’s JVAC club match fished on the Beastie Pool, not that easy for some yet the result showed that the pole approach is not the only method worth a try these days.
Top rod with a fine 108lb 8oz from peg nine was Adrian Wylde. He fished a waggler close in with both meat and pellet. Runner-up was Nick Carlton on 97lb 7oz followed by Lee Kendall with 91lb 2oz.
n Terry Mott continued his fine run of form with yet another match win in the Webb’s AC match fished on the Jay Lake at Pidley.
Mott fished pellet and paste close in to record 55lb 9oz from peg 25.
In second place with 49lb 3oz was George Scally, who fished the feeder then switched to paste close in to finish on 49lb 3oz. Arran Coulson came third fishing the feeder for 43lb 3oz.