City team wade into Grand Final
WhaT a weekend for the Wades Match Group in the Midland angling Times/Van Den Eynde Clubman Supercup semi-final.
Our city side are no strangers to the latter stages of this event but the match was fished on Moorlands Farm in Worcestershire which meant very long trips to put any time in on the water.
Inevitably it was a local side that took the top spot, Fitters AC from the West Midlands romping home with a 26-point score.
However on a flat, calm and out of sorts venue Wades got their tactics just about right and came in a very creditable fourth which was more than enough to see them through to the grand final on Tunnel Barn Farm in July.
Captain Dale Stones was delighted. He said: “We put the time in on a very difficult venue and thankfully our hard work paid off and we can now look forward to the final with some confidence.
“Once again though we are going to be up against some very good sides but all the lads are up for it and we will give it our best shot.” that was to produce 20 fish for his winning 108lb 11oz haul. fished the margins all day on soft pellet feeding little and often to weigh in 83lb 6oz.
Third-placed Jim Owen started at only four metres shallow and took fish from the off switching to the margins late on to finish with 81lb 8oz.
ANOTHeR angler returning to form was Dave Taylor. He finished top of the list in the latest Cock Inn match fished on the Six Islands Pool at Decoy Lakes.
Although most fish are usually caught through the summer months on the pole up in the water on this lake, Taylor opted for a feeder approach with meat to record 75lb 14oz.
That win moved him up the leader board in the club’s annual league table but he is going to find it hard to shake off ‘Mr Reliable’ Mick Sydney. He put in yet another solid performance on pellet and meat to finish second with 72lb 10oz.
Tony Brando came third and he had 62lb 9oz of carp caught shallow with pellet.
ONCe again Kev Lee showed the field a clean pair of heels in the Fenland Rods club match.
Fishing the Magpie Lake at Pidley, Lee drew peg 17 in the bay taking all his fish on luncheon meat to record 89lb 10oz. And having drawn the golden peg he also went home with an additional £100.
Runner-up with 73lb 14oz was Tim Bates. He fished pellet and paste close in.
Third place went to Kevin Bevis with 66lb 7oz all taken on sweetcorn.
IN the Ramsey AS match on the Horseshoe Pool there were several big weights recorded topped by Kevin Peacock with 141lb 4oz.
Peacock drew peg 1 and took a net of big carp on meat over pellet.
Runner-up from unfancied peg 16 along the back straight was Pete Holland. He fished up in the water with pellet to record 123lb 8oz.
Third place went to Roger Gowler on a level 86lb.
THe lads from Orton Fishing Club held their latest event at east Delph with first place going to Ged Mountfield with 26lb. Runner-up was Chris Gold Senior with 22lb followed by Richard Wilson with 9lb 8oz.
AT the weekend Stuart Redman topped the Webb’s AC club match on the Match Pool at Fields end Water Doddington.
He had 123lb 14oz of Orfe and small tench taken on a short pole line with caster and red maggot.
Local rod Terry Mott took the runner-up spot on 60lb 9oz followed by Nick Carlton with 50lb 10oz.
In the OAP’s match at Pidley it was Roger Abbott that came out on top. He had a net of small carp for 61lb 11oz. Second place went to John Pratt on 50lb 8oz followed by Audrey Abbott with 45lb 2oz.
THe JVAC awayday two-day festival on the Crockwell Farm fishery produced some fine action for the city lads.
Day One saw Pete Molesworth well ahead of the field with 130lb 2oz of carp all taken on the pole with maggot and caster fished close in.
Second was Adrian Wylde with 106lb 15oz followed by Chris White with 80lb 7oz.
Tom Parker topped day two with 145lb 2oz then it was Molesworth on 86lb 8oz followed by Lee Kendal with 83lb 13oz.
Molesworth had a very consistent event and comfortably took the honours over the two days.
IT was a very busy time on the Decoy Lakes complex once again last weekend with two opens running as so many anglers were booked in.
With a lot of fish showing up in the water once again it was John Whincup who stole the show, winning Saturday’s match on the Yew Lake with a massive 178lb 15oz net of carp taken close in.
Whincup followed that up with another win on Sunday, this time on the Beastie Lake with 148lb 6oz.
MORe news on the huge net found in the River Welland recently. The net was eventually taken out of the water but just about every fish in the massive net had died.
There are still so many questions left unanswered though. How long had it been in the river? Are there lots more? How long has illegal netting been taking place on this once prolific fishery? And more to the point can we do anything about it?
The environment Agency to their credit are at last making some serious attempts to catch the culprits, and if the newly formed task force can show its teeth and get a few prosecuted there is still hope waters in our area will return to their former glory days.