The heat is on as Hotrods scorch to victory on the North Level Drain

Mark Pollard won the East Midland Winter League opener.
Mark Pollard won the East Midland Winter League opener.
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Sunday saw the start of this season’s Angling Trust East Midland Winter League series with the first round taking place on the North Level Drain at Tydd Gote.

With no big fish to cause much of an upset it was heads down and concentrate on a small fish approach.

And that played right into the hands of Browning Hotrods, who completely dominated proceedings and look a formidable team on these types of venue once again.

They came back to HQ with a very good 21-point scorecard which included several section wins.

Top individual angler was Mark Pollard fishing for Huntingdon-based Stanjay Gold. There are few better anglers around when it comes to catching small fish on the pinkie and squatt and he did very well to put 11lb 9oz to the scales from Clough Bridge to top a strong field.

Runner-up Alistair Ogilvie was back fishing for Sensas Mark One and showed he has lost none of his touch on fenland drains putting 10lb 10oz to the scales.

The next round is on the Great Ouse at St Ives, so a complete change of tactics will be required, but with it being local to Browning Hotrods another win would really put the pressure on the chasing pack.

So I expect a full turnout on Sunday for the practice match as other teams try to work out their tactics ready for round two.

Result: 1 M. Pollard, Stanjay Gold, 11lb 9oz; 2 A. Ogilvie, Sensas Mark One White, 10lb 10oz; 3 M. Caldecote, Stanjay Gold, 9lb 12oz; 4 T. Nash, Browning Hotrods, 9lb 3oz; 5 S. Clark, Maver Image, 8lb 15oz; 6 A. Kendall, Browning Hotrods, 8lb 13oz.

Teams: 1 Browning Hotrods, 21pts; 2 Stanjay Gold, 24; 3 Sensas Mark One White, 31; 4 Maver Image, 37; 5 Sensas Mark One Black, 45; 6 Stanjay Tackle Silver, 49.


In the regular Saturday Open at Rookery Waters it was Tony Dawson who finished way out in front.

Dawson is all but unbeatable at the venue right now and I don’t think he has been out of the frame over the past 10 weeks.

Fishing corn and maggot over pellet he put 161lb 6oz to the scales.

Runner-up was Ben Townsend on 142lb 10oz and then came Kevin Peacock with 114lb 2oz.

In the Over 60s midweek encounter, the consistent Chris Saunders ran out a comfortable winner with 112lb 10oz. John Belshaw was second with 79lb and Roger Archer third on 77lb 10oz.


Six Islands was the venue for the Conservative Club and anglers struggled for bites in the first half of the day.

Winner was Bob Walker who was out in front once again with 71lb 4oz. He fished a pellet waggler for most of the match from peg 11 taking most of his fish on double red maggot. Runner-up was Bill Ringer on peg one. He caught up in the water on soft pellet and caught a few better fish late on in the margins for 53lb.

Then came John Newman with 50lb from peg eight.