Ken­dall leads the way in big me­mo­rial match

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily - By KEN WADE

ARE we ever go­ing to get any de­cent weather so that we can re­ally en­joy our sport?

It’s no plea­sure fish­ing in freez­ing con­di­tions like we had to en­dure at the week­end again and then to top it off we had a strong wind and driv­ing rain once again.

Thank­fully weights held up quite well at just about all of our lo­cal wa­ters but it would be a pleas­ant change to fish in a tee-shirt in­stead of con­tin­u­ally hav­ing to get the wetweather, win­ter cloth­ing out.

It’s hard to be­lieve we are still in a state of semi drought when for over a month now I don’t think we have had more than a hand­ful of dry days. April show­ers should surely give way to a least a few rea­son­able week­ends, hope­fully start­ing this Satur­day!

With­out doubt one of the big­gest matches of the week­end was the sec­ond an­nual Martin Howard Me­mo­rial event which saw Help­ston an­gler Lee Ken­dall emerge as a pop­u­lar win­ner at Six Is­lands Lake, De­coy.

Held in mem­ory of one of the area’s lead­ing match an­glers who died sud­denly two years ago, the com­pe­ti­tion was fished by Martin’s friends and fam­ily and Ken­dall tri­umphed with an im­pres­sive catch weigh­ing 133lb 10oz.

He used pole and 4mm cubes of lun­cheon meat from peg 15, switch­ing be­tween three ar­eas of the swim to keep carp and F1s com­ing through­out the six-hour event. His big­gest fish went over 10lb.

“I fan­cied the peg when I drew as I knew this had won a match on the lake the pre­vi­ous day. The wind was blow­ing into my corner and I just knew there would be a lot of fish there” said Ken­dall, who fed just a tin of meat and half a pint of 2mm pel­lets to keep the fish happy.

Way be­hind on 98lb 11oz was run­ner-up Mar­tyn Free­man, who used pole and pel­let from peg six.

Re­sult: 1 Lee Ken­dall, 133lb 10oz; 2 Mar­tyn Free­man, 98lb 11oz; 3 Dale Stones, 92lb 4oz.

IT was a dif­fi­cult day for the Con­ser­va­tive Club an­glers on their trip out into the fens last Satur­day to fish the Wil­lowcroft Fish­ery.

They were on the Horse­shoe Pool which by the looks of the re­sult has still to re­cover from this wet and cold spell.

With no big fish show­ing in any num­bers those tar­get­ing the small sam­ples had the best of the ac­tion with just about all the win­ners catch­ing on red mag­got.

Top rod with a mod­est 27lb 5oz was Bill Ringer fol­lowed by Bob Walker with 24lb 7oz and Gra­ham Rootham on 20lb 14oz.

ON Sun­day the Cock Inn AC club were on the Cedar Canal Lake at De­coy and a good day’s sport was had by most an­glers.

All were keen to do well in round four. There’s been a good vari­a­tion of win­ners so far in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion and Sun­day was no dif­fer­ent, with an­other new name on the win­ners’ list.

ET AN­GLING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Top rod on the day went to Tom De­pair with 55lb 10oz from peg seven - mostly bar­bel, caught on mag­got close in on the pole.

De­pair fed heavy from the start and it cer­tainly paid off, with fish com­ing thick and fast dur­ing the sec­ond half of the match. He has had a great start to this year’s cam­paign, with two third places and a first, keep­ing him up there near the top of the leader board.

Sec­ond place went to Dave Tay­lor with 45lb 14oz of mainly carp caught on pel­let on the pole, fol­lowed by Steve Smith with 45lb 7oz of carp, caught on the feeder from the far bank, on corn.

JVAC were on the in-form Six Is­land Pool on the De­coy com­plex on Sun­day and the lake pro­duced a crack­ing match.

Top rod from hot peg 15 was Mike Mitchell, who fished the pole with lun­cheon meat to put a fine 115lb 1oz to the scales.

Andy Gaus­den came in sec­ond from peg two. He fished the pole and pel­let ap­proach and also took fish in the mar­gins on sweet­corn for 94lb 10oz.

Third place went to Paul Wright on 89lb 3oz fol­lowed by Alan War­ren with 88lb 9oz.

This com­ing week­end JVAC take on Head­fen Lakes AC in round two of the An­gling Times VDE Knock­out event.

The match takes place on Sun­day at De­coy Lakes on one of the strips at the bot­tom end of the fish­ery. It prom­ises to be a tight af­fair.

Head­fen have been prac­tic­ing hard but JVAC are the lo­cal lads and know the wa­ters re­ally well which should be enough to see them through to the na­tional stages.

LO­CAL clubs have seen at­ten­dances at most of their matches suf­fer­ing be­cause of the weather con­di­tions but Ram­sey AS seem to be one of the clubs buck­ing the trend with club match sec­re­tary Keith Rayment hav­ing to use both the Lou’s and Four Is­land Pools at the week­end.

Top in­di­vid­ual with 102lb 14oz was Josh Pace. He took 80lb plus of fish on a pel­let feeder fished tight across top­ping up with carp to 4lb in the mar­gins from peg 12 on Lou’s.

Run­ner-up was Pete Hol­land with 98lb 12oz all taken on pel­let up in the water fol­lowed by An­drew Rayment on the same lake with 94lb 11oz.

The pairs event went to Pace and Terry Mote with a com­bined weight of 166lb 5oz fol­lowed by An­drew Rayment and Malc Shaw with 120lb 15oz.

KINGS­LAND Fish­ery near Turves is start­ing to fish well with lots of the big fish show­ing so it will not be long be­fore we can all get some float­ing bait ac­tion go­ing there.

Sun­day’s Fen­land Rods match was at the venue and as the water is well known these days for big fish catches it was no sur­prise to hear of sev­eral catch­ing some of them.

Kev Lee is a top rod at this kind of fish­ing and took the field apart even though he found it tough go­ing in the early stages of the match. He was straight out on meat right from the off but had only the odd bite, but a switch to a pel­let and paste ap­proach close in saw a com­plete turn-around as fish af­ter fish came to the net.

By the final whis­tle he had taken carp well into dou­ble fig­ures to fin­ish with 129lb 9½oz. Run­ner-up was John Garner, who fished sim­i­lar tac­tics weigh­ing in 87lb 8oz fol­lowed by Mac Camp­bell with 64lb 9oz.

This week­end Fen­land Rods AC will be fish­ing the Wil­lows at De­coy Lakes on the early num­bers.

HAD­DON Lodge Fish­ery con­tin­ues to fish well and in the lat­est sweep­stake on the venue Stam­ford’s Ge­orge Bates took the hon­ours last Sun­day with an 18lb 10oz pel­let caught catch from the lakes peg seven.

Martin Har­wood fished sim­i­lar tac­tics from peg 12 for the run­nerup spot with 15lb 7oz fol­lowed by Lee An­nis on 12lb 7oz from peg 13.

THE De­coy 55+ Sum­mer League has al­ready proved a big hit with lo­cal rods and af­ter tak­ing round five on the strips, ‘Mr Con­sis­tency’ Mick King made it back to back wins with an­other three-fig­ure bag of carp in this lat­est match fished on the Wil­lows.

Drawn on the un­fan­cied peg 21 in the bay, King con­sol­i­dated his lead in the league by mak­ing good use of va­cant pegs ei­ther side by feed­ing and fish­ing pel­lets close to the mar­gins for carp to a 4lb best in a win­ning 109lb.

Jay Richard­son was run­ner-up again tak­ing mainly carp and some qual­ity bar­bel for 91lb 6oz to pel­let and paste tac­tics from peg 11, with Gus Gaus­den third on 88lb 4oz.

THE HAJAC an­nual meet­ing will be held to­mor­row at the Five Alls Pub, Ben­wick.

Over the past few years Roy Whin­cup, along with sev­eral oth­ers, have worked won­ders with HAJAC, par­tic­u­larly on the match fish­ing front which has seen the win­ter league be­come one of the most pop­u­lar win­ter events in the lo­cal an­gling cal­en­dar.

There are sev­eral things to dis­cuss on the agenda in­clud­ing, fees for 2012/13, kono­raria and the elec­tion of of­fi­cers. Then they will get down to the se­ri­ous stuff - fix­tures and venues for next sea­son, match rules and fi­nally pools for the events.

Whin­cup would like as many clubs rep­re­sented as pos­si­ble. It could be a very im­por­tant sea­son as this win­ter league could well be the only one run­ning if the wor­ry­ing ru­mours about the An­gling Trust League not go­ing ahead are proved true.

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