Kinsey wins the £1,000 qualifier at a windswept Rookery Waters

Paul Faulkner won the Cock Inn match.
Paul Faulkner won the Cock Inn match.
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The second round of the £1,000 qualifiers at Rookery Waters took place on Saturday on the Jay Lake and despite the atrocious conditions it fished reasonably well.

With very little shelter from the high winds whipping across the fens it was a wonder any fish were caught at all.

But matchwinner from peg 10, Ashley Kinsey, caught a mixed bag of mainly carp weighing 57lb 12oz. He used maggots and pellet towards the far bank.

Second was Ramsey-based angler Josh Pace, who opted to fish down the middle in the deeper water with pellet. He took a net of small carp topped up with a bonus 5lb barbel to give him 48lb 14oz.

Third with a level 46lb was Amer Jawad, followed by Gavin Butler on 45lb 6oz and Rob Hewison with 37lb 12oz.

This Saturday’s open is again on the Jay Lake and today (April 2) sees the start of the midweek qualifier opens on Magpie. To book in contact Alex Bates on 07824 878492


The rough weather also affected sport at Townsend Lakes out at Outwell. Despite the fishery being well protected with trees it was still difficult to present a bait.

Top rod on the Kingfisher Pool was Colin Begbie with 35lb 8oz from peg 12 taken on the pole with pellet.

Bob Coulson fished a small feeder to the island for 28lb 2oz and second place, followed by Dave Corcoran with 26lb 14oz, again taken on a feeder.

The next pairs match at the fishery is this weekend (April 4). Give the fishery a call to get booked in.


JVAC managed to get two of the strip pools at Decoy to ensure most had back wind but even so poles were broken, brollies blown inside out and anglers went home early miserable and very wet.

Barry Nicholls was a comfortable winner from peg 10 with 87lb 10oz - all taken on the straight lead with sweetcorn.

Runner-up was John Sealy with 61lb 8oz followed by Roy Whincup with 60lb 5oz.


What a miserable day the majority of the Cock Inn anglers must have had on the Four Islands Pool at Decoy.

It was so bad some gave up early, one had to leave after breaking his pole, and in the words of club organiser Steve Smith: “The rest of us were just stupid to hang around for the weigh-in.”

The top three weights were, however, quite impressive. First place on the day and winning the winter series on the last match was Paul Faulkner from peg one with 59lb 2oz. He caught on soft hooker on the pole close in.

Runner-up Chris Shortland caught 53lb 8oz from peg two, and third with 51lb 9oz from peg eight was Pete Sanderson.

Second in the winter series was Steve Smith and third Gary Sell.