A cold north easterly wind blowing across the area and several cold nights leading up to the weekend put paid to any really big weights.
That was more than evident in the practice match for this coming weekend’s East Midlands Winter League match to be fished on the Great Ouse around Huntingdon and St Ives.
The river was low and clear and coupled with very little flow some feared the worst. And indeed it was hard work for many of the competitors.
Former world champion Bob Nudd stole the show, putting in a masterly performance on the pole from the recreation ground at Godmanchester.
He fished the first half of the match on bread punch then switched to a chopped worm and caster line which gave him the edge. He put several good perch to the scales to finish with 10lb 11oz.
Joint second was Stan Binge and Steve Joyce. Both fished bread punch all day and put 10lb to the scales.
The top weights may have looked impressive but it belied the fact that for quite a few it was a case of scratching around for a few bites all day.
Looking ahead to this Sunday, I’m sure locals Stanjay will do well and Browning Hotrods will be up there for sure. But I can’t see Maver Image slipping up again and Sensas Mark One will be eager to make amends for their slow start.
Even at the usually prolific Decoy Lakes complex some club matches were spoiled by the conditions.
JVAC fished the Willows and big weights were never going to happen.
Out in front from peg 15 was Clive Cole, who fished the pole with pellet to finish on 79lb 5oz.
Tom Cole on peg 30 came in second, again fishing the pole with pellet for 70lb 12oz, and third with 62lb 1oz was Jim Regan.
On Lou’s Lake it was much the same for Cock Inn AC with weights much lower than expected at this time of year.
The good news was that Werrington angler Danny O’Brien won his first ever match with 57lb from peg six using a prawn hook-bait.
Second from peg 14 was Steve Smith on 35lb 14oz followed by Chris Shortland with 35lb from peg one.
Club secretary Smith said: “Nobody in the club deserves this win more than Danny. He’s a great club member, always present, never moans, and just loves the day out.
“Over the last couple of seasons he has put a great deal of effort into his fishing and today he got his reward.”
Fenland Rods fished their Club Cup match on Six Islands at Decoy and here the honours went to Matthew Lutkin with 70lb on peg 17.
Second was Kev Lee on peg 14 with 58lb 7oz ,which included a fish of 15 lb, then came Dave Garner with 36lb 15oz.