It's looking up on the match front on the River Nene
At last it looks as if Peterborough & District AA are getting club matches up and running again on their waters.
It’s been a very long time coming but already a small fixture list has been produced and after a successful match at Orton upstream on Sunday hopes are high that over the next few months anglers can be persuaded back to club matches on their waters.
It will not be easy but there is a need for river matches as you can see from other clubs right across the country. In a couple of weeks time the club host a Riverfest event at Orton which has all but sold out, that’s surely proof if ever it was needed.
Sunday’s club match was fished at Orton Upstream and saw most fishing enjoy some reasonable sport given the difficult conditions.
Top rod was Dave Norville drawn on peg one. He fished hempseed in the clear conditions and caught well on a long pole line to finish with 10lb 1oz.
Runner-up was Nigel Briggs, who had a mixed bag of fish taken on bronze maggot for 4lb 8oz, then came Mike Smith with perch and an eel weighing in 4lb.
The Tuesday club also fished the River Nene at Orton last week, with Mel Saggers topping the field with a net of perch and roach for 8lb.
Mike Smith came second on 6lb 14oz, followed by Fred Tame with 6lb 7oz.
Ramsey AS fished the Adult Pairs match at the weekend at Exhibition Bridge.
Individual winner was Paul Kilby, who caught a good net of skimmers on the pole fishing red maggot over ground bait to put 10lb 10oz to the scales.
Vern Edgley came in second. He caught a small tench and added a few small fish to finish with 4lb 8oz, then came Simon Wagstaff with 4lb 2oz.
The pairs event went to the top two individual anglers Kilby and Edgley.
Tydd Gote anglers have been very busy of late, fishing their club waters three times over the past week.
John Taylor started the ball rolling in the Wednesday open match fished on the North Level Drain.
He caught a net of skimmers, roach and bream for a match-winning 16lb 4oz.
Runner-up was Colin Burton with 8lb 12oz, followed by Pete Emery on 8lb 8oz.
Thursday’s match on Black Dyke saw Andy Greenwood out in front with a modest 5lb 5oz of roach. Then it was Dave Williams with 3lb 5oz and Rob Wright on 2lb 12oz.
It was back on the Main Drain for Sunday’s match which saw top rod Paul Bawden putting a fine mixed bag of skimmers and roach to the scales along with three decent bream to finish with 15lb 1oz.
Pete Emery came in second with 10lb 2oz, then it was Andy Greenwood with 8lb 6oz.
JVAC had a big turnout on the Yew Lake on the Decoy complex on Sunday which saw Ernie Lowbridge top the field with 111lb 2oz.
He caught on caster and worm from peg 16.
In second place was Kev Wadge, who caught some big carp from the margins for 108lb, followed by Barrie Nicholls in third place on 98lb 2oz.