City rod Lee lands a top national title in Nuneaton

John Whincup was a winner at Larford Lakes.
John Whincup was a winner at Larford Lakes.
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It’s been yet another fine week for our local anglers on the glory trail across the country.

In the midweek Railway National held on Makins Fishery in Nuneaton over 300 anglers took part including some from Holland and Ireland.

Lee Kendall with his trophy.

Lee Kendall with his trophy.

Top rod in the match was city angler Lee Kendall.

He told me after his win: “I’ve been trying to win the big Railway National for nine years and my best position to date had been fourth.

“Well today I beat 300 anglers to win it.

“It was a five-hour match so it was always going to be tough. At the halfway stage I was going nowhere with only one fish in the net and I couldn’t see anything happening for me.

“That was until I saw a fish swirl on the island at about 18 metres in front of me. So I set up a shallow rig on a long line and bingo!

“After that it was a fish a chuck and by the finish I had amassed 140lb 6oz.”

It got even better as the Peterborough team of four, Ernie Lowbridge, Paul McCarthy, Robin Kendall and Lee Kendall, took the runner-up medals.


There was more great news at the weekend as John Whincup topped a very strong field on the Maver Larford Lakes and in so doing qualified for the national final in a few weeks time.

He drew peg 80 on the Specimen Lake and caught two early fish on waggler then nothing for two hours.

Then he started to take an odd fish shallow on the pole and a great last hour saw him end up with 18 fish for 150lb.


In the Peterborough DAA match fished on the River Nene at Orton Upstream, it was John Means who topped the small but very good field with 21lb.

Means drew the upstream end peg and caught a decent bream and topped up with skimmers and perch all taken on the pole with maggot.

Runner-up Rob Wootton caught a big tench and skimmers for 14lb 12oz, followed by Rob Hewison, who managed to find roach willing to take hempseed in the latter stages of the match, finishing on 10lb 2oz.


In last weekend’s Rookery Waters £1,000 qualifier on the Magpie Pool it was Lee Marlow from peg 22 who topped a strong field.

He started on the Method for two hours with dead maggot before switching to a meat approach down the edge to take carp up to 8lb in his winning weight of 197lb 4oz.

Runner-up was Chatteris rod Jay Richardson from peg 13 with 185lb 12oz and third was Tony Evans with 181lb 8oz.

In the Wednesday Over 60s match, Kevin Peacock took the honours from peg one with 144lb 12oz. Runner-up was Dave Lack on 132lb 6oz.