Buck­ing­ham in form de­spite the wind and rain

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By KEN WADE

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.

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