Buckingham in form despite the wind and rain
SEVERAL anglers headed home before some matches on the Decoy complex had even started as the weekend wind and rain really took its toll on sport.
A cold north easterly wind with lashing rain all day which was more akin to winter league fishing greeted those that did manage to brave the elements and wet a line. The words ‘we must be mad’ echoed across the fens as the fish refused to feed in most anglers’ pegs and waterproof clothing was deemed unfit for purpose after five or six hours of extremely heavy rain.
I was mad enough to give it a go after committing to the Hotpoint AC match on the Six Island Pool on the somewhat waterlogged Decoy Lakes. One or two went home to dry out but there were fish taken topped by an impressive 82lb caught by Colin Buckingham from peg one.
Buckingham fished a straight lead approach with luncheon meat on the hook as the pole was all but out of the question. Slightly better conditions in the bottom bay saw a head-to-head battle between Chris Shortland and yours truly. Both of us underestimated our catches as we struggled to stay dry and out of the wind, but at the scales he managed a couple of better fish to pip me with 50lb to my 46lb 15oz.
Not so lucky with regards to the weather were JVAC who saw most anglers retiring before the starting whistle had even been blown. Top rod on the windswept Cedar pool was Jim Regan, who took 56lb on the
angling correspondent pole and feeder, with Kevin Wilmot taking the runner-up spot on a level 50lb.
THE Cock Inn match saw a much smaller than average turnout for round three of the Summer League.
Those who did participate on the Kingsland Big Carp Lake endured much the same conditions as the rest of us. Despite the driving rain and wind there was surprisingly some good fishing, especially as the day went on.
Steve Smith won with a good 153lb lb net of carp caught on sweetcorn on the feeder, proving it was worthwhile braving the conditions. It was a personal best match weight for him and a club record. It took nearly an hour to get the fish feeding but then they came thick and fast right to the final whistle.
Second was Bob Vanti with 52lb 14oz of carp on the pole, sweetcorn and meat, followed by Gary Sell with 12lb 14oz of carp, caught on meat close in.
SOMERSHAM rod Neil Kidd did not draw that well in the Ramsey AS match on the Beastie Lake on the Decoy complex, pulling peg 20 out of the bag. It’s had no form to it at all but at least he had back wind. Putting his thinking cap on he decided to fish to peg 21 as it was not drawn and found fish on the feeder cast along the bank to top the bedraggled field with a very respectable 60lb 8oz. Runnerup from peg nine was Roy Whincup, who fished the pole on pellet for 51lb 4oz followed by Andrew Kilby with a level 31lb.
JAY Lake at Pidley is quite often windy at the best of times so you can just imagine what it was like on Sunday for Fenland Rods members. Top rod with a modest, but hard-earned, 26lb 10½oz was John Smith. He drew peg 27 and had a good late run of fish on pellet. Matt Lutkin came second on 23lb 1oz followed by Kev Lee with 21lb 10oz.
This week’s fixture will be on Kingsland Large Lake.
THERE are still a few places available for the much sought-after Northey Park Syndicate Lake, Pastons. The water holds a fine head of big carp and is a water for the keen specimen hunter so give owner Elliott Symax a call on 07889 711555 and he will fill you in on fish stocks and fishery details.
IT’S been a busy time for the Environment Agency in the Castor Backwater area. They have been positioning and constructing flow deflectors, the two fish refuges, bank restoration and cattle drinkers. They still have quite a bit more work to do as that has been halted by the high water levels of late.
There is still work left on the fencing and then they have told the controlling club of more restoration work to follow. The restored banks should see quite a few more spots which will be easier to fish from as before they were on damaged banks that were near impossible to put a chair down on with any amount of safety.
I popped down to have a look at work in progress just before the weekend and at first sight it does look strange, but should turn out to improve the area and indeed the fishing. Castor water bailiff Mark Smith looks after the water for the club and he is also a very keen angler.
He said: “It all looks good for the forthcoming season and I think it will be a good thing for the backwater and am very pleased with what’s been done so far and I am sure visiting anglers will also be impressed by the increased access to the water.”
DEEPING St James AC held their annual presentation recently which saw the presentation of 21 trophies for the 2011-12 season.
Top winner for the year was Ray Torrington who collected seven trophies, but it was his consistency throughout the season which saw him winning the Knockout Cup, the Armstrong Trophy for the highest points throughout the year and the Wade Cup which is a three match series.
In joint second was Andy Wilson and Stuart Redman who both collected four trophies apiece and young Peter Bell who won three trophies including the Social Cup for a fine winning weight at Decoy Lakes in a five-hour match of 174lb. Other trophy winners were David Marzell, Mark Horsley, Jeremy Hoare and Rob Allen.
WITH the bank holiday weekend coming up let’s hope the weather is a little kinder and we can all get out and enjoy a day’s fishing without getting soaking wet and blown off our boxes.
The carp are ready and willing to feed so do not be afraid to get some bait in. Luncheon meat and sweetcorn are still working well and red maggot is a must-have bait as it still works really well in the less than summer-like conditions.
There have been reports of a few carp being taken off the top so be prepared for some up in the water fishing. If bread is allowed at your chosen fishery that’s the bait to use. If not then pellet fished just under the surface should be just as effective.
Over the past couple of weeks some good nets of carp and barbel have also been taken from the margins at Decoy Lakes so make sure you put a bed of pellet, hemp or sweetcorn close in for later in the day. Railway Lakes has produced some good doubles from the big lake and with plenty of silvers, bream and carp showing on the shallow pool it could be well worth a visit. But to be fair most waters should be looking to hit top form any time now, let’s hope its this weekend.
ANGLING LEGEND: Bob Church with a fine rainbow trout taken from Rutland Water recently.
TROPHY WINNERS: From the left, Andy Wilson, Ray Torrington and Mark Horsley at the Deeping St James Angling Club presentation night.