It’s the Gold that glitters in Winter League opener

Castaways winner Steve Stones.
Castaways winner Steve Stones.
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Round one of the East Midlands Winter League got under way last weekend and saw the Great Ouse at Littleport the chosen venue.

It’s been some time since this big river has been used and after a good practice match prior to round one hopes were high the venue would fish well.

East Midlands League winner Dan Abbott.

East Midlands League winner Dan Abbott.

And considering there was a frost leading up to the match, which saw roach hard to come by in some areas, most in the high-quality field sorted their tactics out well to finish with reasonable weights. The big surprise was that so many tench were caught. Usually once we get a frost very few are seen.

Top individual was Dan Abbott fishing for the Wisbech-based Sensas Mark One side.

He stuck with a feeder method throughout from peg 32 to finish with 12lb 1oz, which included three tench.

Second was Damien Green with 11lb 6oz, then came Graham Welton on 11lb 2oz and Dave Tebbutt with 10lb 5oz.

On the team front it was a strong Stanjay Tackle Gold side that took top spot with a very good 24-point score

The next round is on the Old Nene at March and there will be a practice match this Sunday, with the draw at the Railway pub at March.

Team result; 1 Stanjay Gold 24pts; 2 Browning Hotrods 31pts; 3 Matrix Image 32pts; 4 Sensas Mk1 Black 33pts; 5 Sensas Mk1 White 45pts; 6 Stanjay Silver 46pts.

PETERBOROUGH & DAA

On Sunday Peterborough & DAA ran a charity match at Ferry Meadows in aid of Cancer Research UK and £750 was raised on the day.

A cold night and clear water saw the bream hard to find, but many found roach and perch willing to feed.

Winner with 24lb from peg 92 was James Collison, then came Chris Hill with 23lb 8oz, followed by James Boughton on 21lb 14oz.

CASTAWAYS

Castaways Angling Club fished the Old Nene at Creek Cottage and Steve Stones won with a fine 15lb 8oz net of rudd and roach caught with a waggler and maggot approach.

Second was Mike Smith with 5lb 13oz followed by Steve Ashley with 3lb 10oz and Alf Johnson on 3lb 8oz.

It was a Graham Money Charity match in aid of St Barnabas which saw the club raise over £200 on the day.

RAMSEY

Ramsey & District Angling Society had three fixtures last week.

The midweek match on the Old Nene at Ramsey St Mary’s saw Matt Page celebrate his birthday with a win putting 11lb 4oz to the scales . He was on peg one and fished the whip with pinkie and maggot catching over 300 small fish. Next came Keith Rayment (8lb 2oz), Malc Sansome (6lb 9oz) and Ken Taylor (3lb 11oz).

On Sunday a club sweepstake was fished on The Narrows along the Forty Foot Drain. It was in great form and leading the way with 21lb 5oz of roach and perch from peg six was John Price.

Runner-up was John Payne on peg two with 18lb 6oz the ncame Malc Sansome (16lb 13oz) and Malc Hobbs (16lb 6oz).

The first of the club’s Angling Trust Pike Qualifier matches on Sunday along the Old Nene at Ramsey St Mary’s was won by Dave Marzell with two small fish going to the scales at 7lb 7oz. Next came Martin Smith (6lb 15oz), Tony Jakes (6lb 14oz) and Wes Binder (5lb 6oz).