Football hits the match scene
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).