The big Christmas March Open never fails to attract a huge following.
Despite the slow decline in anglers wanting to fish natural venues, the Old Nene at March is one of the few exceptions that always draws anglers from all over the country.
A whole host of star anglers took part in Sunday’s match and with every section right along the match length producing double-figure weights you could see why.
Leicester angler Rob Wootton has had a fantastic year getting good results on all kinds of venues and he could still work his way into the England squad.
He drew one peg below the bypass bridge, not the best of draws on current form, and caught roach right from the off, first with bread punch and then making the decisive switch to hempseed in the later stages.
At the weigh-in he put a fine 28lb 3oz net of roach to the scales with Sensas Mark One rod Rob Hewison bagging ove 300 small roach on bread punch from one of the hot pegs along Nene Parade to claim second spot with 23lb 4oz.
Barry Wigginton from Lincoln came in third with 22lb 11oz.
Organiser Bob Fitzjohn should be congratulated on running a great match once again and producing prizes right down to 16th place.
GURU/BAG EM LEAGUE
Round Four of the Guru/Bag Em sponsored Winter League run by match ace Barry Mason saw some of the field struggling for bites on an out of sorts Beastie Lake on the Decoy complex.
Despite the relatively mild weather the fish seem to know when it’s time to shut up shop for winter on this lake.
Having said that, match-winner Chris Barley put a very respectable 78lb to the scales to take a comfortable victory.
Drawn on peg 13, Barley fished a short and long pole line fishing red maggot all day on light lines and small hooks to completely dominate the rest of the field.
Second place went to Nigel Baxter, who was on peg four and caught the majority of his fish on a small maggot feeder fished over to the island for 59lb 9oz.
Third place with 49lb 8oz went to Simon Godfrey. He was on peg 24 and yet again red maggot did the business on the pole and small feeder.
Match organiser Mason was last into the prize list with 43lb 2oz.
Whittlesey Angling Club moved off their own waters to try the Old Nene at Benwick and despite less than favourable conditions the venue hit top form.
Mike Mohan stole the show, finishing with three tench and a good net of small fish weighing 17lb 10oz.
Runner-up was Ian Benton, who caught two tench and a bonus perch in his 13lb 12oz, while Dave White had a good mixed net of roach and perch weighing 13lb 11oz for third.