The massive Fish ‘O’ Mania competition is becoming something of a magnet to our local matchmen.
We already have Steve Freeman and Josh Pace in the grand final, which carries a £32,000 prize, and at the weekend we very nearly had three.
Ben Townsend was at Tunnel Barn Farm Fishery in the Midlands and came so close to topping the huge field, missing out on a place in the final by just 12oz.
Townsend weighed in 123lb 14oz to take the runner-up spot, with the winner, Frank Donachie, going through with 124lb 12oz.
On the local match scene Deeping St James rod Ray Torrington made it two wins on the trot in the Decoy Over 55s match on the Beastie.
Drawn on peg 18, he took carp on cat meat fished close in to put 112lb 10oz to the scales.
Chris Saunders also fished meat close in to take the runner-up spot on 106lb 3oz and completing the frame with 105lb 11oz was Stan Dow.
Polish angler Peter Telszewski has put a lot of time and effort into his match fishing since he decided to switch from the specimen side of our sport and it looks as if it’s starting to pay off.
He has already won matches on a feeder but after getting himself a new pole and seat box he proved he can also adapt to other forms of match fishing very quickly.
On Sunday he fished the Webb’s Match Group fixture at North View Fishery, Gedney Hill, and topped a strong club field with 84lb 15oz of carp taken on the pole with pellet.
Second was Richard Knight, who fished the feeder for 79lb 11oz, followed by George Bates with 73lb 3oz and Martin Parker on 70lb 12oz.
JVAC were on the Oak Pool at Decoy Lakes on Sunday and it was newcomer Andy Kelk who topped the field with 128lb 13oz of carp taken from peg 28 on the pole with pellet and sweetcorn in the margins.
Chris Saunders fished the same baits but on a long pole line to give him the runner-up spot with 128lb 3oz followed by Roger Gowler. who had 123lb 11oz for third place.
RAMSEY & DISTRICT
The Ramsey & District Angling Society’s Sunday match was fished on Yew Pool at Decoy and John Price took the honours with 142lb 4oz of big carp taken from peg 15 on a small maggot feeder.
Second was Andrew Wilding. He was on peg 24 and also caught well on a feeder, although most of his fish fell to a pellet hook bait, for 131lb 12oz.
Pete Holland came third with 73lb 8oz followed by Andrew Rayment with 68lb 12oz.
The small carp lake at Kingsland Fishery can always be relied upon for a good day’s sport at this time of year and right through the summer months.
Sunday was no exception as the Cock Inn anglers found to their delight.
It was certainly a day to remember for Bob Mills as he recorded his first win with 103lb taken from peg 13. All his fish fell to meat presented on the pole close in and his best fish of the day was a 16lb specimen caught on the pole.
Runner up was Burt Currie with 93lb 1oz and third Paul Luxford with 77lb 13oz.