The penultimate round of the HAJAC Winter League series saw a slight change of venues with the A section moved off the popular Old Nene at Benwick and onto the untried Bower at Whittlesey.
It made little difference to the result though, with Garbolino RAF taking the team honours with a 20-point score.
The big change however proved to be the demise of the strong Stanjay Gold side that had been leading going into this third round match.
They slipped up badly and could only manage sixth place. That result coupled with the Stanjay Posh side taking second place on the day sees last year’s winners Stanjay Posh go into this weekend’s final match with a two-point cushion.
Whether that will be enough is open to debate but it will take a very good team performance to snatch the trophy from the holders.
Stanjay Posh side also had the added pleasure of seeing team man Andy Mead top the individual list. He caught seven big tench and a few small perch on the “wires” at Benwick to put a match winning 27lb 13oz to the scales.
Drawn close by was Craig Shaw and the Garbolino RAF man put four tench to the scales to take the runner-up spot on 14lb 7oz. Team-mate Graham Welton came third with 11lb 1oz.
Teams: Garbolino RAF, 20 points; 2 Posh Stanjay, 24; 3 Sensas Mark One White, 25; 4 Silver Stanjay, 30; 5 Elite Browning Hotrods, 31; 6 Gold Stanjay, 34.
Individual: 1 Andy Mead, 27lb 13oz; 2 Craig Shaw, 14lb 5oz; 3 Graham Welton, 11lb 1oz; 4 Anthony Williams, 10lb 7oz; 5 Luke Butterworth, 8lb 12oz; 6 John Bates, 8lb 8oz.
League standings: 1 Stanjay Posh, 7 pts; 2 Stanjay Gold, 9; 3 Browning Hot Rods, 13; 4 Sensas Mark One White, 13; 5 Maver Bait Tech, 15; Garbolino RAF, 17.
If you are after a good days pike fishing before the season comes to an end then judging by the results for Ramsey & District Angling Society AT Pike Qualifier fished on The Narrows and high numbers of the Forty Foot, then it’s the area to try.
Out in front with two big pike, the largest going to the scales at 14lb 14oz, was Steve Trinder, who finished with a total weight of 25lb.
The best fish of the day was taken by runner-up Enzo Serino weighing 22lb 8oz.
Organiser Keith Rayment came in third with three fish for 13lb 2oz.
The following day the club fished the Old Nene at Ramsey St Marys which saw Paul Kilby put a fine 21lb 7oz net of fish to the scales. His catch was all the more special as he also landed a 15lb 12oz pike on the pole.
Rayment came second with 12lb 6oz of small fish and John Payne third with 12lb 1oz.
Over the past few weeks the usually productive pegs below Ashline locks on Whittlesey Dyke have been very patchy due to the fluctuating water levels and flow.
And in the latest Whittlesey AA match on the venue it was once again tough going.
This time anglers faced a very low and only slightly coloured water with only those fishing bread punch having any success.
It worked for Chris Bishop. In his first match of the season he took some decent sized roach to finish with 3lb 8oz.
Second was Frank Bevilacqua with 2lb 13oz and third Roger Biddle with 2lb 6oz.