Slow start to the new season on our local rivers and drains

Stuart Redman broke the Horsehoe Lake record.
Stuart Redman broke the Horsehoe Lake record.
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Early reports from the anglers out at first light on opening day (June 16) suggest it has not been the best of starts to the new season.

There were no reports of any big barbel taken from the likely hot-spot at Castor and it was slow going for those after bream on the Embankment too.

Hotpoint AC winner Pete Howson.

Hotpoint AC winner Pete Howson.

It’s early days though and I’m sure a little extra flow will help to get the fish interested.

The really good news is that there does seem to be a lot more interest in natural venues at the moment. Let’s hope anglers stick with it and enjoy the quality fishing the River Nene and our local fen drains have to offer if you are prepared to put the time and effort in.


Float Fish Farm Fishery is the ‘new kid on the block’ when it comes to open matches.

But if recent results are anything to go by it’s going to become very popular indeed.

In the latest league match, which also doubled up as an open event, the Horseshoe Lake record was broken with matchwinner Stuart Redman topping the list with a fine 160lb 5oz.

He drew on peg four and fished the pole up in the water feeding soft groundbait and loose feeding caster.

Josh Line fished the feeder and later came in on the pole to take the runner-up spot with 111lb 6oz, followed by Jeremy Hoare with 108lb 3oz.


There were also some big weights taken on the same complex in the Whittlesey Angling Club fixture fished on the Wagtail Pool.

Richard Linnell took the honours from peg four fishing the pole at 11 metres on maggot for 142lb 14oz.

Runner-up was Andy Lawrence with 112lb with John Hudson third with 85lb.


The Monday evening three-hour match at Float Farm attracted a good field and with a £25 bonus for the winner weighing in 100lb plus there was added spice to the match.

Unfortunately winner Sam Hawks on peg six fell just short with 96lb 3oz fishing a pole and paste approach close in.

Next week fishery boss Dale Hudson has raised the stakes to £50 for the Monday night match on the Horseshoe Pool so I expect to see a sell-out event for that one.


Hotpoint AC fished the Four Island Pool at Decoy which saw a comfortable win for Pete Howson with 104lb 1oz.

Howson drew fancied peg five and after a slow start on the pole decided to fish over to the rushes. It’s always a gamble on that peg as the fish are big and difficult to get out, but he coped well.

Runner-up was Paul Faulkner on peg three. He caught on a variety of methods to weigh in 91lb 12oz.

Third with an 86lb 6oz net of mainly barbel was Tyrone Horn.


JVAC fished the Oak Pool at Decoy Lakes and out in front with 94lb 7oz was Chris Saunders.

He drew peg 22 and fished the pole with maggot netting carp to 8lb.

Runner-up on 86lb 2oz was Jay Richardson, who fished cat meat close in on peg 20, and Mike King was third from corner peg 15 with 81lb 5oz.