Practice makes perfect for Kelly on the Old Nene

Ernie Lowbridge.
Ernie Lowbridge.
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The last round of the East Midlands Winter League looks as if it’s going to be a cracker judging by the result of Sunday’s practice match on the three venues to be used - the Old Nene at Benwick, Factory Bank at Ramsey and Raveley Drain.

It was the section at Benwick that produced the winning weight of 26lb 6oz taken by Stanjay Tackle squad member Mick Kelly. His catch consisted of six tench and a brace of bream.

The shock of the day was Pete Wills producing 17lb 10oz of rudd and small roach from Raveley Drain, a venue that had not been in great form but in fact fished very well. He drew the hot peg just to the left of the bridge.

Andy Mead came in third from Factory Bank with 14lb 9oz, then came Rob Hewison with 14lb 7oz and John Price with 14lb 4oz.

There should be some good individual weights this weekend but all eyes will be on the team event.

Browning Hotrods have all but secured a place in the final so that just leaves Maver Image and Stanjay Tackle to battle it out for the runner-up position.


In the Barry Mason Winter League fished on the Beastie Lake at Decoy, the in-form Chris Barley took first place to go with his match win on the same venue in the Tuesday Open match.

Drawn on peg 29, Barley caught 66lb 7oz on a short pole line with maggot.

Adam Playford came second from peg 13, fished a small pellet feeder for 63lb 13oz, followed by Kevin Wadge on 60lb 14oz.


In the JVAC event split over the Oak and Cedar pools at Decoy, it was those on the Oak who saw the best of the action, with Ernie Lowbridge taking top spot with a net of carp taken on a small pellet feeder for 112lb.

That was just enough to see off the challenge of John Savage with 103lb 9oz.

Over on the Cedar Pool, Roy Whincup put 69lb 5oz to the scales to take first place with Andy Kelk (59lb 12oz) runner-up.


Paul Kilby is proving to be a very difficult angler to beat in the Ramsey AS club matches.

He won again at Ramsey St Mary’s with 19lb 14oz caught on the waggler with maggot and also took a bonus tench on chopped worm.

In second place was Ivan Steels with 18lb 15oz followed by Andrew Wilding with 17lb 8oz and Ray Myring with 9lb 13oz.