Some of us still get a buzz on June 16th

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by KEN WADE

IT’s a big week in the world of an­gling as the new sea­son gets un­der­way to­mor­row.

I have been fish­ing for more years than I care to re­mem­ber but like many oth­ers around the coun­try I still get a buzz about fish­ing on open­ing day.

I know we can all fish still­wa­ters and even some canals all year round these days, but to fish a river on open­ing day is just, well, spe­cial.

An­gling is still by far the biggest par­tic­i­pant sport in the coun­try and over the next few days and through­out the first week­end of the sea­son an­glers young and old, ex­pe­ri­enced and novices, will be test­ing their skills against the fish, hop­ing for that catch of a life­time, but also just en­joy­ing the plea­sure of be­ing able to get out and fish nat­u­ral venues around the coun­try.

There is no doubt that a lot of an­glers have de­serted rivers, fen­land drains and canals for still­wa­ters. Even they can be chal­leng­ing at times but to be able to mas­ter a dif­fi­cult river or drain still gives many a great deal of sat­is­fac­tion.

So where can we head for over the next week, and what will the qual­ity of sport re­ally be like?

On the River Nene I would like to say that it should get off to a crack­ing start but in re­al­ity we could find it test­ing to say the least.

A very cold win­ter and with sum­mer not re­ally with us yet, I do be­lieve we are a lit­tle be­hind in our sea­sons this year and it could well take a cou­ple of weeks yet be­fore sport picks up.

El­ton and Or­ton locks will be a favourite venue for those af­ter bar­bel and they should be the ex­cep­tion to the rule. In fact I would say al­most guar­an­teed to pro­duce the goods.

Chub should show at Stib­bing­ton, Wa­ter Newton and Al­wal­ton and I have been told a cou­ple of huge shoals of bream have been spot­ted in the Mil­ton and Al­wal­ton sec­tions of the River Nene.

The city cen­tre could also pro­duce some bream weights right though to Fitzwilliam Bridge.

If you are af­ter early sea­son tench ac­tion then the Oun­dle area should be the sec­tions to head for.

Best ap­proach will be worm and caster on the pole line or a small feeder with red mag­got and worm hook bait.

If you are look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent then why not try for a River Nene carp.

There are a lot more carp in the river than was once thought, par­tic­u­larly from Mil­ton down to the city cen­tre.

You may have to do a lit­tle se­cret pre bait­ing but you could well be re­warded with some fan­tas­tic ac­tion.

My tips for just a few of the hot spots are Al­wal­ton, Mil­ton Ferry well be­low the stone bridge and above the locks at Or­ton.

The fen­land drains should be in a lit­tle bet­ter form with the likes of the North Level, South Hol­land and the top end of both the Twenty Foot and Forty Foot Drains all ca­pa­ble of skim­mer and bream weights.

We may well have to wait a lit­tle longer for the roach to start feed­ing in earnest.

It’s at this time of the year where feed­ing a sweet smelling ground­bait of­ten brings the best out of a swim, es­pe­cially on the drains, where skim­mers and bream are the main feed­ers.

If you are look­ing for plenty of bites you could give Fields End Bridge a try with Ash­line, Bower and Brig­gate at Whit­tle­sey also well worth a visit.

With some bet­ter news com­ing from a few an­glers that have reg­u­larly fished Ferry Mead­ows now that both lakes have been opened up to an­gling I think we can.

Weed is al­ways go­ing to be a prob­lem, but not in­sur­mount­able.

Fish­ing a long hook length and float­ing hook baits could well be the an­swer, but with more fish show­ing a con­ven­tional feeder ap­proach should also work well.

Fi­nally do not for­get your club hand­books of which all are avail­able from your lo­cal tackle shops and most im­por­tant of all your rod li­cence.

You may de­pend the En­vi­ron­ment Agency bailiffs will be out in force over the next cou­ple of weeks. You have been warned!

AT long last it looks as if some­thing is go­ing to be done about un­ruly be­hav­iour along the city em­bank­ment and in­deed on the River Nene through the city cen­tre.

We have all heard the fancy words for years about what should be done, what might be done and what could be done to im­prove the whole area, but the rhetoric has not been put into prac­tice.

How­ever, that all seems to have changed, mainly thanks to con­stant pres­sure from an­glers and a staunch sup­porter of the clean up cam­paign of the Em­bank­ment and River Nene, the ex-may­oress of Peter­bor­ough Mar­ion Todd.

I have known Mar­ion for a very long time now and her straight talk­ing, no-non­sense ap­proach looks to have fi­nally paid off.

An­glers should be very pleased and grate­ful for the time and ef­fort she has put in on our be­half.

FISH­INg the last match in the South Hol­land League Se­ries at North View fish­ery, ged­ney Hill, last Sun­day Spald­ing AC an­gler Andy Wil­son only need­ing a top 10 fin­ish and two points to seal a sec­ond vic­tory in this league in the last five years, hav­ing led the field from the sec­ond round match back in April.

As it turned out Wil­son’s third place weight of 45lb 3oz was more than enough to fin­ish with a 9½ point lead over run­ner-up graeme Fos­ter from the host club Deep­ing St James AC. The same club were also rep­re­sented by third-placed an­gler David Pearson.

A late run of form with a match­win­ning weight of 66lb 11oz came too late for ge­orge Bates to af­fect the out­come of this six-match league but the 10 points that came with this win did move him into joint fourth place and among the prize money.

WEBB’S AC took on Aquaflow from Northamp­ton at the week­end fish­ing a new lake to them at Rush­den Hall.

This old es­tate lake turned out to be a mixed fish­ery which took our lo­cal lads by sur­prise as they had gone ex­pect­ing to fish for carp.

Nick Carl­ton took first place with 42lb 12oz of carp but then the weights dropped. Dar­ren Pegg had a net of roach on mag­got for sec­ond place weigh­ing in 26lb 4oz fol­lowed by Lol Smith who had a mixed bag of roach, rudd and carp for 24lb 10oz.

The team match was very close with the host side, Aquaflow, weigh­ing in a to­tal of 142lb to Webb’s 151lb.

ROBERT Bell was a com­fort­able win­ner in the JVAC match fished on the Horse­shoe Pool on the De­coy com­plex at the week­end.

He fished up in the wa­ter net­ting carp close to dou­ble fig­ures for a fine 120lb 12oz. Mick King took sec­ond place on 98lb fol­lowed by Will Hadley with 87lb 6oz.

FEN­LAND Rods also fished the De­coy com­plex at the week­end, their match tak­ing place on the Oak Pool.

Top rod with a fine rod and line caught net of carp was Neil garner. He fished paste re­ally close in to record 95lb 7oz. In sec­ond place was the in-form Kevin Lee on 76lb 12oz fol­lowed by John Smith with 71lb 12oz.

This com­ing week­end the Fen­land Rods are at Kings­land Fish­ery on the small carp lake.

ONCE again lo­cal an­gler Pat North will be run­ning the Craig Kent Me­mo­rial match.

As usual it’s go­ing to be a drawn pairs event at Kings­land Fish­ery with the em­pha­sis firmly on the light -hearted side but also hop­ing to raise a good sum for char­ity.

It takes place on Sun­day July 11. Please tell any­body who is in­ter­ested to con­tact Pat on 01354 653247 for a peg and all the in­for­ma­tion.

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