Prospects look good for the new season on our rivers and drains

Dave Garner won the Fenland Rods match.
Dave Garner won the Fenland Rods match.
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There are just a few days to go now before the new season gets under way on our rivers and fenland drains.

On June 16 we can all wet a line on natural venues and with the River Nene holding colour I expect to hear of some big bream weights from the top end of the river at Stibbington.

There should also be plenty of skimmers and even a few roach spread around the city area, with Orton Downstream a good bet for some early season action.

The main action though is certain to be at Castor, Alwalton and Orton locks as anglers go looking for barbel.

The fly in the ointment is that at Castor, one of the main sections of the river for barbel, the controlling club, Peterborough DAA, have closed a small section where barbel are known to spawn.

Castor bailiff Mark Smith said: “Once again due to late spawning the club have taken the decision to close the section around the spawning ground from the cattle drink downstream of fast bend corner, upstream to the yellow top post (the gate peg swim), on both sides from June 16 until further notice.

“Notice signs will be put up and we will be monitoring the spawning daily and once we are happy it is over we will open it up again.”

On the Fenland Drains, the likes of the Twenty Foot and Forty Foot will be well worth a visit for bream and tench.

The South Holland Drain usually fishes well early season as well and you can expect some big weights from the North Level Drain with both bream and tench likely to feature in big catches.


I took the opportunity to fish the Fenland Rods match on Sunday out at Headfen Fishery, but, like quite a few waters around the area, the carp were intent on spawning and were not feeding in any numbers.

I had a decent draw and caught carp up in the water on a long pole line to finish fourth on the day.

Top rod was Dave Garner, an expert at the fishery and a pretty good hand when it comes to margin fishing with big baits for carp. He won with 84lb 2oz, taking all his fish on a large piece of luncheon meat.

Runner-up was Neil Garner with 64lb 12oz followed by Mac Campbell on 62lb 8oz.


One venue that stands head and shoulders above the rest at the moment is the Beastie Lake on the Decoy Lakes complex as the JVAC anglers found out on Sunday.

Match-winner Lee Kendal drew peg 28 and produced a fine 201lb 9oz to top a very strong field. He caught a few fish shallow but it was his inside lines that came good for him, with a worm and caster approach proving too good for the chasing pack.

Not too far off the pace was runner-up Andy Gausden drawn on peg five while third place went to Lee Marchant. He fished red maggot all day to finish on 183lb 12oz.