Slater dominates with some terrific tench on the Old Nene at Benwick

HAJAC Winter League winner Steve Slater.
HAJAC Winter League winner Steve Slater.
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The HAJAC Winter League produced some amazing winter weights on Sunday.

The Old Nene at Benwick was the place to be despite many predicting Factory Bank would produce all the leading weights.

This is a big league now with more and more anglers from further afield looking to get in on the cracking sport this area has to offer.

Top individual was Steve Slater. He drew peg eight just out of Benwick village and proceeded to dominate right from the off as tench after tench fed.

Slater put in a lot of worm and caster which came as a surprise to many on the sections as they had expected roach weights to take all the leading prizes.

By the final whistle Slater had taken nine tench, a good bream and topped up with several very big perch for a match-winning 40lb 6oz.

Runner-up with 27lb 12oz was James Drakalic. He also caught tench, switching to his chopped worm line after catching over 200 small roach from his peg on the wires further upstream from the winner.

In third place and making a welcome return to our local match fishing scene was Pete Wills with tench, perch and roach weighing 17lb 5oz.

On the team front Sensas Mark One put a very consistent team card in to finish the day with just 21 points.

Stanjay Gold were second and Maver Bait Tech third.


The final round of the Bag Em/Guru Winter Series run by March rod Barry Mason came to an end on Sunday, with the Beastie Lake on the Decoy complex once again proving a hard nut to crack.

Venue regular Nigel Baxter took the individual honours with a level 50lb of F1s all taken close in with red maggot from peg nine.

Mason was on peg 13 and put 47lb 6oz to the scales for second and was followed by John Whincup with 39lb 4oz.

Whincup and Baxter both finished with seven points overall but the series winner was Whincup. He took the honours with an overall weight of 303lb 7oz with runner-up Nigel Baxter having 255lb 1oz.

Simon Godfrey took third place with eight points followed by Rob Goodson and Mason on nine points.


JVAC split their members up onto the Horseshoe Pool and Four Islands at Decoy and Mick King returned to form on the Horseshoe to finish top with 55lb 5oz of mirrors and a few F1s on the pole with pellet from peg one.

Dave Parsons came in a close second with 50lb followed by Gus Gausden with 42lb 12oz.

On Four Islands, Terry Tribe fished red maggot from peg five to come out on top with 41lb 10oz. Then came Nick Carlton with 30lb 11oz followed by Andy Gausden with 29lb 7oz.