It’s a Bank Holiday bonanza as Decoy Lakes complex hits top form

Stan Dow won the Over 55s match on the Six Island Pool.
Stan Dow won the Over 55s match on the Six Island Pool.
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The Bank Holiday weekend saw some remarkable action as local waters hit top form.

And, not surprisingly, it was Decoy Lakes leading the way with some huge nets of carp taken from just about every pool on the complex.

Mick Linnell was a winner at Float Farm Fishery.

Mick Linnell was a winner at Float Farm Fishery.

The John Garner Invitation charity match was a big success on the Six Island Pool, not least for the fact that over £700 was raised for Cancer Research.

On the fishing front it was Matthew Lutkin who took the top spot, putting a fine 195lb 2oz to the scales from peg 21, all taken on cat meat.

The same tactics saw Dick Warrener take the runner-up spot with 178lb 12oz followed by James Garner with 105lb 8oz and Kevin Bevis on 103lb 14oz.

In the Saturday Open match on the Cedar Pool and the Elm Pool, Ken Humphries caught on red maggot and corn for a match-winning 171lb.

Then came Ben Townsend with 156lb followed by Ron Houlston on 150lb.

Mid week results were even better with Tom Edwards bagging two 200lb plus nets to top smaller matches, both wins taken on caster up in the water.

Not to be out done the Over 55s on the Six Island Pool got in on the action too with Stan Dow taking the honours from favoured peg 25. He used pole fished pellet, corn, and prawns to take carp to 6lb for 144lb 10oz.

First time visitor to the league, Steve Tyler, pole fished pellet from peg four for another all-carp net of 144lb 8oz.

Third was Alan Wiggins, who relied on his favourite paste baits for 129lb 7oz.

The Willow Pool was the venue for the JVAC lads and once again Andy Gausden produced the goods, albeit from fancied peg 25.

It was far from plain sailing though as the first half of the match saw him well off the pace. But it all came good in the end on the feeder and pole with red maggot to win with 143lb 2oz.

Runner-up with worm and caster was Lee Kendal with 130lb 9oz followed by Martin Freeman with 121lb 7oz.

As usual there was a good turn out on the Oak Pool at Decoy Lakes for the Bank Holiday Martin Howard Memorial match which saw Paddy Morley top a strong field with 164lb 11oz - all taken on meat close in.

Whittlesey rod Simon Godfrey came second with 153lb, then came Ernie Lowbridge with 118lb 3oz and John Whincup on 114lb 10oz.


There have been some very big weights taken from the Wagtail Lake at Float Fish Farm Fishery since it opened a few weeks ago.

Top rod in the midweek Over 55s match was Yaxley’s Mick Linnell. He was a clear winner with 72lb 14oz of carp, most taken on a small feeder with red maggot.

Mick King was second with 67lb and Tom Wilson with 65lb 9oz.