Barbel hunters miss out but it’s a pretty good start for the rest

Paul Smith with one of his barbel taken from Orton Locks.
Paul Smith with one of his barbel taken from Orton Locks.
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There were highs and lows to the start of the new season on rivers and drains across the area last week.

The bad news was the fact very few barbel were caught and I am sorry to say that trend has continued and will do so until the barbel have finished spawning.

Paul Spriggs with his tench caught on the North Level Drain at Tydd Gote.

Paul Spriggs with his tench caught on the North Level Drain at Tydd Gote.

Of those that were taken, there was a fine 14lb 1oz fish caught at Elton, another big fish fell to John Newman at Alwalton and Paul Smith caught several barbel in an early season session at Orton Locks.

There is much better news to report in general though with anglers taking advantage of the much quieter opening days as the new season started mid week.

There was a time when no matter what day of the week June 16 fell on, just about everybody took a day off work to wet a line. That, I am afraid, is no longer the case.

Those out found the upper reaches above Peterborough, such as Oundle, Wansford, Stibbington and Water Newton, fishing well and much further downstream at Orton the river hit top form with several cracking nets of fish taken.

John Means with his catch of bream from Stibbington.

John Means with his catch of bream from Stibbington.

Peterborough DAA head bailiff John Means caught 35lb plus of bream and skimmers from Stibbington and the following day caught close to 50lb of fish on the Orton Downstream section.

The Fenland drains also got off to a fine start.

On the North Level Drain, Tydd Gote angler Paul Spriggs put together a fine net of tench along with bream and skimmers, while on Glassmoor Bank two anglers shared a catch that included 15 tench.

On the Twenty Foot Drain Tony McGregor had one of the best nets reported over the first few days - over 200lb of tench and bream.

And Bob Fitzjohn caught tench and bream all day long at the Chain Bridge section.

All we need now is the roach to show and then anglers fishing the rivers and drains can be very pleased indeed with the start and there is no reason why it should not get even better.


JVAC achieved one of the best results of the weekend when storming to an emphatic win in the Angling Times Clubman Knockout event on Sunday.

They had a tricky second round tie at home to Rutlanders, a very competent side that fish the big commercial waters in Leicestershire as well as visiting Decoy Lakes, the venue for the match.

It was fished on the Horseshoe Pool, renowned as one of the better shallow fishing pools on the complex, and that’s where the JVAC team did the damage, winning the tie in fine style and going through to the semi-final.

Lee Kendal led the way from peg two, putting a massive 220lb 3oz to the scales, and was followed by Martyn Freeman with 187lb 4oz and Andy Gausden on 158lb 4oz.


The JVAC anglers not involved in the Angling Times Knockout event fished the Day Ticket Lake at Decoy.

Dave Parsons topped the list with 119lb 11oz of small carp taken on the pole with pellet from peg five.

Alan Warren was second on peg one with 88lb 6oz followed by Jim Regan with 86lb 9oz in third place.


City rod Dale Stones won the Oakham AC match on Westwood Lakes with 90lb 6oz. James Damien came second with 89lb 8oz followed by another Peterborough angler Dave Thornton on 86lb 14oz.