More of the same on the Nene will delight matchmen

Gavin Butler won �1,000 at Rookery Waters.
Gavin Butler won �1,000 at Rookery Waters.
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I am sure everyone connected in any way with Peterborough & District AA will have been very pleased indeed with the result of Sunday’s Riverfest match which took place on the River Nene above and below the locks at Orton.

For too long now local matchmen have been starved of matches on this once prolific section of the river and although none of the locals that took part managed to claim any of the three places on offer to see them through to the grand final, all will have been happy to be back fishing a big event on our local water.

Top rod on the day from the fancied end upstream peg well above the locks was Shakespeare-backed Tony Marshall.

He fished the long pole all day in very windy conditions yet still put an excellent 52lb 9oz to the scales.

In the same section was runner-up Dave Shultz, who also had a big bream weight finishing on 28lb 8oz. Third was James Robins on 13lb 10oz.

The hot-spots were on the upstream pegs but there were still some decent nets of fish recorded from the downstream section. So hats off to the team of PDAA committee men and bailiffs who prepared the pegs and ran a very good match.

Let’s hope they keep it up now and run a few more matches on the venue. Give the anglers plenty of notice, advertise it well and we could yet see a the revival of a thriving match scene on the River Nene around Peterborough.


After 33 qualifying rounds, 56 anglers battled it out in the £1,000 grand final on Rookery Waters at Pidley.

Day one was a blisteringly hot, sunny day where temperatures reached 30 degrees so conditions were far from ideal.

Top spot on Jay Lake was taken by Gavin Butler on peg 30. He took 64lb 12lb of mainly carp up to 5lb on the long pole.

Over on the Magpie Pool it was Peterborough angler Martyn Freeman who ran out a comfortable winner. He fished shallow to the lily pads at 12 metres to take carp steadily all day to amass a very impressive 204lb 10oz.

Totally different conditions greeted the anglers on day two. With strong winds gusting at 30mph and heavy rain forecast mid-afternoon, the change in pressure and temperature made the lakes switch on and produce far better weights than expected.

Leading the way on Jay Lake was Mark Pollard. He put in an impressive display on the long pole to the far bank to comfortably win the lake with 104lb 10oz of carp up to 10lb.

Magpie produced a few surprise results from pegs that had not performed on the previous day.

There was no stopping eventual winner Gavin Butler though. He took top spot in his section from peg seven.

The Lincolnshire-based rod fished shallow at 16 metres and down the edge to finish up with 186lb 10oz.

Result: 1 Gavin Butler 2 points – total weight 251lb 8oz (£1,000); 2 Jimmy Brooks 2 points – total weight 199lb – £500; 3 Tom Edwards 3 points – total weight 235lb 12oz – £250.


Webb’s AC fished the small carp pool at Kingsland Fishery at the weekend with Mick Humphrey taking first place fishing shallow with pellet for 127lb 14oz.

Not too far behind was Gordon Harmer with 122lb 5oz. Then came Alan Forest with 80lb 2oz.