Once again there was a good turnout for the popular Christmas March Open fished on the Old Nene at March.
As well as the local anglers there were also several from as far afield as Yorkshire looking to get some early indications as to what the venue is like as it’s going to be one of the fenland waters used for the Angling Trust Winter League final in February along with 150 pegs at Decoy Lakes.
And they weren’t disappointed with huge weights taken throughout the match length. It is, without doubt, one of the best winter venues in the country given the right conditions.
Sensas Mark One rod Dave Cooper, already a big match winner on the venue, drew down at Wigston Bridge on the noted culvert peg and took full advantage of a good draw netting 26lb 15oz of roach to top the strong field.
The first half of the match saw him taking roach after roach on bread punch but it was the switch to hempseed that gave him the edge with some quality fish.
Runner-up was team-mate John Taylor, an angler at the top of his game right now. He drew one peg below Wigston Bridge and caught all day on pinkie over groundbait to finish with 26lb 6oz.
Third was Rob Hurn on 25lb 3oz, then came Rob Johnson with 24lb 3oz.
On Saturday, Taylor completely dominated the Whittlesey AA match on the Queensway stretch from the same end peg on which he won the previous week.
Fishing pinkies over groundbait all day, he took a net of small fish to weigh in 9lb 1oz.
Runner-up was Andy Bull with 4lb 6oz followed by Mike Smith with 4lb 1oz.
DECOY WINTER SERIES
Round four of Barry Mason’s Winter Series at the Decoy complex was fished around the Beastie Lake on Sunday and venue regular John Whincup came out on top from peg 30 with 95lb 2oz.
He started on a small feeder but after two hours had little to show for his efforts but a switch to full depth on a long pole line proved to be decisive as he went on to take carp and F1s for the rest of the match.
Second place went to Nigel Baxter. He fished red maggot on a short pole line to take some big carp for 81lb 9oz.
Mason himself got back into top form putting 80lb 1oz of feeder-caught carp to the scales to finish third on the day.
Clear winner in the latest Webb’s AC match on the Horseshoe Pool at Float Fish Farm Fishery was young Harry Murphy.
He drew fancied peg one and caught a net of carp on a small Method feeder on pellet to finish with 75lb 4oz.
Runner-up was Mick Linnell with 37lb 7oz followed by Andy Perry in third place with 21lb 6oz.