Stan’s the right man for England
HunTingdon tackle dealer Stan Binge has been chosen to represent England in this year’s World Seniors Championship in Belgium.
Binge is well known on the local matchfishing scene and has had several very successful seasons particularly in the winter leagues.
He will now travel to Belgium in July as part of the five-strong national squad after he sealed his place at a trial match at Packington Somers Fishery in Warwickshire recently.
A competitive field saw nearly all anglers weigh in between 18lb and 22lb, with Binge’s 20lb 10oz just enough to secure him a place in the squad at the expense of several well-known names.
“I’m delighted to have been chosen. I’m already looking forward to getting out to Belgium in the summer.
“I didn’t really expect to be chosen, as it’s only seven weeks since I had knee surgery, but I’ve had so much support that the recovery has gone better than I ever expected.”
It’S always easy to blame conditions when venues fail to live up to expectation but it was certainly true last Sunday when Deeping St James AC fished the fifth round match in their South Holland League Series at Stretton Lodge Fisheries.
Gale force winds gusting down the match lake made it near impossible for anglers to fish the 13 metres needed to reach the features around the islands and it’s surprising that only one angler finished the match with a broken pole given the conditions.
Graeme Foster took good advantage of being drawn on one of the two pegs that are sheltered from the elements by a row of trees, winning the match with a 38lb 9oz catch and picking up a further 10 points to move him into second place overall in the league standings.
Stuart Redman took second place with 30lb 5oz, while Bob Sharp moved up the league by gaining nine points for his third place catch of 22lb 2oz.
the last match in this series will be fished on North View Fisheries at Gedney Hill on Sunday June 13.
WHILe quite a few clubs across the area have found it tough going over the past few years we have two local clubs, Whittlesey and Ramsey, that have enjoyed renewed interest thanks to some very good form on their waters.
Right from the start of the season you can expect some cracking action from the fen drains.
Whittlesey control huge lengths of the twenty Foot Drain where bream and tench are likely to be the target for those out over the first few weeks.
A little pre-baiting and even weed clearing often brings the fish in and should be well worth the effort.
I had a chat with club chairman Dave White recently and asked about a hotspot or two as he has been out and about taking stock of the club’s waters.
He said: “I noted at the weekend that Cock Bank was showing some early season colour with quite a good amount of rudd just under the surface so I expect this water to fish quite well at the start of the season.
“In fact all the Whittlesey AA waters are looking in good shape.
“the club is still looking for a bailiff and are desperate to find the right candidate to patrol our waters over the coming months and to be the eyes and ears of the water side activities.”
If anyone is interested in this position please phone Dave White on 01733 204170 for more details.
Here is another tip that may just surprise you.
If you are after a carp or two give Glassmoor Bank a try - once again you will have to pre bait but they are there and in some numbers with fish to 20lb plus on the cards.
the club run a very busy match calendar. the popular Saturday matches will continue this season and Whittlesey are now one of the few local clubs that cater for junior anglers running several evening events through the summer months.
Pike anglers are also well looked after. Stewart Leonard runs these sessions for adults and juniors throughout the winter months and of course the club also hosts the prestigious Angling times/Angling trust British Pike Championship.
Club handbooks should be in all the local shops by the weekend and the good news is that the price remains the same as last season - £15 for adults, £4 for juniors and £7 for senior citizens.
Onto Ramsey AS now and, much like Whittlesey, they have a cracking selection of fenland drains under their control.
early season action should see the likes of Staffurths Bridge and exhibition Bridge producing both bream and tench.
the Forty Foot Drain should also fish well early season with the hot pegs at the top end well worth a try.
For a pleasure session you will not go far wrong with a trip to the club’s water at Ramsey St Marys. It is full of fish with a bite most casts on maggot all but guaranteed.
tench and some big perch are also resident as are pike with fish well into double figures possible.
the club also have water at Benwick and the tiny Factory Bank is a noted winter venue for roach.
Club match secretary Keith Rayment runs a match just about every weekend of the season and also fits in the very popular thursday evening events which last year produced some fine fishing on the drains.
Junior anglers also have the chance to fish matches as the club run regular events on a Saturday throughout the summer months.
Club books are great value at just £15 for adults, £3 for juniors and £5 for OAP’s.
ONCe again it was a very busy week on the Decoy Lakes complex with most of our local clubs finding the fishing back to normal after the fish finished spawning.
Venue expert John Whincup took top spot in the tuesday Open fished on the Beastie Lake putting 84lb 3oz to the scales.
Weights were even better at the weekend. On the Willows ted Sargeant fished pellet up in the water from the early numbers to top a strong field with 90lb 1oz.
On the same day Nigel Baxter put 115lb 12oz to the scales to run out a comfortable winner on the Yew Pool.
Sunday’s Open saw Lee Marlow taking the honours with 118lb 9oz.
In the JVAC match on the Cedar Pool, Mike Mitchell came out on top with a level 86lb taken on the long pole with pellet.
Nick Carlton came in second fishing pellet and paste close in to record 72lb 8oz followed by Alan Warren in third place with 69lb.
RAMSeY AS attracted a really good turnout for their match on the Magpie Pool at Rook Farm Fishery Pidley.
Paul Rayner took advantage of a good draw on peg one to finish top with 85lb 8oz. He drew one of the more sheltered pegs and fished the long pole with paste netting small carp all day.
Runner-up with 69lb 12oz was Neil Adcock. He fished pole and pellet and was followed by Kevin Peacock on a level 68lb.