Foot­ball hits the match scene

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports - by KEN WADE

DUE to the World Cup foot­ball, the match-fish­ing scene was very thin on the ground at the week­end. And many of those matches that did take place saw sev­eral start­ing and fin­ish­ing early.

Fen­land rods had a very early start at But­ton­hole Fish­ery but once the sun was up sport tailed off dra­mat­i­cally for many of the an­glers.

At the draw young Matthew Lutkin drew per­ma­nent peg six and he knew ex­actly what to do. Feed­ing heav­ily across to the far side bank with small feed pel­let all he had to do was wait for the carp to turn up and they duly obliged. By the time the fi­nal whis­tle had been blown Lutkin had used seven pints of pel­let and fished sweet­corn to en­tice a match­win­ning weight of 76lb 9oz.

Dave Stimp­son fished the other side of the is­land, again us­ing pel­let, for 45lb 7oz fol­lowed by Mel Lutkin on 42lb 9oz.

It’s back to nor­mal times this week­end when they fish the Mag­pie Pool at Pi­d­ley. I hear that the man­age­ment at Rook­ery Farm, Pi­d­ley, will be in­sist­ing on five-hour matches and that bar­bel will have to be put in sep­a­rate keep­nets while the hot weather con­tin­ues. So if you have a match at the venue it is prob­a­bly best to give them a call to check their cur­rent po­si­tion.

LAST week­end’s Whit­tle­sey AA club match was fished on Whit­tle­sey Dyke but with the match length only pro­duc­ing fish on ei­ther end the ma­jor­ity of an­glers strug­gled at times for fish.

Quite a bit of boat traf­fic did not help too much. De­spite putting colour into the wa­ter for a while the fish failed to re­spond.

On the far end peg Dave Jar­rett was the only one to have a de­cent weight. He put 4lb 11oz to the scales which was a mixed net of perch and eels on the worm line and small skim­mers on the mag­got taken on the pole over ground­bait.

On the other end was sec­ond­placed Paul Jep­son with 4lb 10oz and third was Paul Wright on 3lb 15oz.

IT was a big day for the JVAC lads fish­ing the Cedar Pool on the De­coy Lakes com­plex - and es­pe­cially for Lee Ken­dal and Dave Par­sons who were con­test­ing the fi­nal round of the club’s knock­out event in con­junc­tion with the club match.

Luck was on Ken­dal’s side as he drew one of the fan­cied hot pegs on the far end of the pool and won the event with a very re­spectable 105lb. He fished over to the side bank tak­ing his fish on lun­cheon meat over hempseed. The win also made him club cham­pion of the year.

Sec­ond place went to Will Hadley on 91lb fol­lowed by Dave Par­sons with a level 86lb.

DE­SPITE the clash with World Cup foot­ball, Deep­ing St James AC still man­aged a full house for the club sweep­stake on Spald­ing’s Lake Ross on Sun­day,

Ge­orge Bates re­gained his form af­ter an in­dif­fer­ent last sea­son. Drawn on the un­fan­cied side of the lake at peg 25 Bates de­mol­ished the op­po­si­tion with an-all pel­let caught catch of 99lb 10oz, al­most tre­bling the weight of sec­ond-placed man Hugh Man­nall, who weighed 38lb 6oz from peg 22.

Young up and com­ing an­glers are few and far be­tween these days so it was good to hear that the Deep­ing club have one or two start­ing to come through the ranks.

In this match ju­nior mem­ber Peter Bell com­pleted the plac­ings with 31lb 6oz from peg 16. At only 14 years of age Bell has been knock­ing on the door of suc­cess for some time, fre­quently pick­ing up sec­tion wins ahead of strong com­pe­ti­tion and he looks a great prospect for a top spot in the near fu­ture.

KINGS­LAND Small Lake was the venue for the Cock Inn club and the con­sis­tent Tony Brando fin­ished well out in front with 33lb 3oz.

He fished pel­let up in the wa­ter tempt­ing carp to dou­ble fig­ures. In fact run­ner-up Mick Sid­ney man­aged to land a fine 16lb 2oz mir­ror carp in his catch of 33lb 3oz which gave him sec­ond place.

Third was Dave Tay­lor, who caught on the feeder close in to the reeds for 22lb 12oz, and Andy Field­ing was fourth with 20lb 14oz.

Mick Sid­ney still leads the ta­ble with 85 points, closely fol­lowed by Tay­lor on 74, but we are not even at the half­way stage in the club cham­pi­onship event.

A CHANGE of venue didn’t prove a prob­lem for John Fur­nell in the Yax­ley Points match at Rave­ley on Sun­day as he com­fort­ably took top spot and the golden peg money.

The match re­mained a 50/50 match with com­peti­tors only be­ing able to fish with run­ning line (float or ledger) in the first half of the match be­fore a whis­tle was blown to in­di­cate that any method could then be used.

Fish­ing the end peg clos­est to the slacker he put 3lb 14½oz on the scales, but was fish­less for the last hour. Us­ing wag­gler two thirds of the way across he caught mainly skim­mers and roach on red mag­got for his win­ning weight.

Ivan Mar­riott was sec­ond with wag­gler fished red pinkie. Pegged next to the bridge he caught 1lb 8oz of roach, rudd and skim­mers, pip­ping Frank Bevilac­qua, who caught 1lb 7½ oz of roach and skim­mers on pinkie, us­ing a pole float on his run­ning line, be­fore switch­ing to the long pole.

TYDD Gote AC con­tinue to put in the fix­tures. In the Tues­day evening match Mark Lynn took the top spot with 5lb 8oz of small fish taken from the Black Dyke drain on the pole with pinkie. Run­ner-up with 4lb 4½oz was Bob Fitzjohn fol­lowed by Barry Stacey with 3lb 3½oz.

Thurs­day’s match on the same venue saw Ste­wart Den­nis tak­ing first place with a much im­proved 17lb 3oz net of fish which in­cluded a bream of 4lb. Dave Par­lett came sec­ond on 8lb 8oz fol­lowed by Andy Green­wood with 6lb 13½oz.

De­spite the scorch­ing hot day on Sun­day “whip king” Ray Groom put in a fine per­for­mance on the short whip crash­ing out an ex­cel­lent 14lb 14oz net of small fish to take first place again on the Black Dyke. Run­ner-up was Dick Paul with 12lb 15oz fol­lowed by Dave Par­lett on 8lb 2oz.

Sun­day’s club match will be a six­hour event, draw at Main Road Tydd Gote at 10am. Tues­day and Thurs­day matches both draw at 5.30pm.

RUT­LAND Wa­ter will be host­ing a Help for He­roes pairs fly-fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion and char­ity auc­tion on Satur­day Au­gust 14.

The em­pha­sis is on hav­ing fun and rais­ing as much money as pos­si­ble - spon­sor­ship forms are avail­able. Tro­phies and a wide range of prizes will be on of­fer and it should be a great day out fol­lowed by a meal.

Fur­ther de­tails and en­try forms are avail­able from Rut­land Wa­ter Fish­ing Lodge (01780 686441).

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