Scally likes being beside the seaside
I WAS very surprised to hear that Webbs AC had decided to fish their ‘away weekend’ at the East coast holiday resort of Skegness.
It would not be everybody’s choice of a venue for three days of match fishing, but that’s where the hardy members of Webb’s AC ended up on the mixed fishery waters of Faulker Farm Lakes at Burgh-le-marsh.
Day one saw organiser George Scally take first place with a modest 22lb 2oz pelletcaught catch of bream to go top of the aggregate weight series followed by Mick Humphrey on 20lb 7oz with Ray Gregory third with 14lb 13oz.
Day two saw positions reversed with Humphrey weighing 22lb 5oz to pip Terry Moat into second place by just two ounces. Scally dropped into third place on 14lb 12oz.
The final day was again down to just ounces with Moat coming in at 22lb 8oz ahead of Scally’s 22lb 2oz, with Mick Goodman on 17lb 6oz in third place.
Scally took the series with an overall weight of 59lb with Humphrey on 55lb in second place.
IT was the final round of the Allsorts AC Spring League on Sunday which saw the local club fishing the Beastie Lake on the Decoy Complex.
The lake had been in good form and with the fish not quite ready for spawning, expectations were high.and for once the anglers were not disappointed.
Leading the way with a fine display of up in the water fishing was Lee Covell, whose match win saw him comfortably home in the league stakes too as he finished the event with just eight points.
Pete Molesworth and Carl Stones came joint second on 22 points followed by John Parnell with 25 points.
Back to the final day’s action and Covell drew just where he wanted to be - on the back of the spit, peg 13. He fished for most of the match on the long
ET ANGLING CORRESPONDENT pole line fishing hard pellet up in the water to record 144lb.
Pushing him all the way to the end was runner-up Parnell, who drew peg four, close to the main car park. He also fished shallow but did have a good run of big carp in the margins catching four fish for 30lb on sweetcorn to weigh in 134lb 8oz.
Jamie Bird claimed third place with 71lb 14oz all taken on the feeder and with most of the field putting 50lb plus to the scales the match was by far the best of the series.
LOCAL rod Gus Gausden is the man to beat right now at Decoy Lakes. He took the top spot in the latest 55+ match.
A good turnout saw both the Yew and Oak Pools being used with Gausden drawn on the Oak Pool peg 30. He fished shallow with pellet close in for most of the day netting carp to 6lb to weigh in a fine 150lb 5oz.
Jay Richardson bagged 137lb 13oz from the Yew pool again on pellet, with Nigel Baxter completing the frame coming third on 129lb 11oz.
IN the JVAC event on Sunday fished on the Six Island Pool at Decoy, Will Hadley halted the Gausden march topping the field with a modest 60lb 11oz from peg 14 on pellet.
Gausden came in second with 56lb 12oz followed by Darren Page on his very first venture into commercial match fishing with 52lb 2oz.
SIX Islands at Decoy saw most of the pegs taken for the Ramsey AS club event.
Match secretary Keith Rayment took the honours with 122lb 6oz from peg 11. He fished the pole, not too far out, netting carp to 6lb on luncheon meat.
Runner-up was John Hazelden, who was on peg 18 and finished with a level 91lb taken on sweetcorn and paste.
Third place went to Andrew Wylding. He was on peg 25 and weighed in 81lb 12oz and his catch included several big carp taken late on in the match.
ON Sunday the Cock Inn Angling Club visited the picturesque Horseshoe Lake at Decoy.
With this being one of the favourite lakes on the calendar, there was always going to be a good turnout. I managed to get an invite to this one and I was really pleased to fish as once again the lake didn’t disappoint - good weights were taken all round the lake, with over 10 pegs producing 50lb plus weights.
Top rod on the day after having a fabulous battle with the anglers either side of him was Steve Smith with 117lb 8oz of mainly carp, caught from peg 17 with sweetcorn close in.
Smith started on the Method feeder and got off to a flying start putting six fish in the net before most anglers had got started! He then switched to the margins and proceeded to bag up on good carp with one or two going into double figures.
They proved to be decisive as I was next peg to Steve and was always trying to catch up.
Fishing shallow with pellet I had lots of fish and plenty of bites after a slow start but by the final whistle had to settle for second place with 108lb 8oz.
Third place went to Mick Sidney. He also started well on peg 18 catching carp on sweetcorn close in but unfortunately the fish moved off and a poor last hour cost him, weighing in 85lb 1oz.
THE Fenland Rods lads on Sunday saw the pairs match split between Four Islands and Lou’s Lake on the Decoy complex.
It was tight at the top of the leader board with two pairs joint top with four points so they had to be separated by weight. Eventual winners were March rods Colin Barnes and Tim Bates with a combined weight of 151lb 13oz. Then came Dave Simpson and Kev Lee with 131lb 4½oz followed by John Garner and Clint Gumbs.
Individual winners were Mac Campbell on peg five on the Four Island Pool with 99lb 3oz and Dave Simpson on Lou’s Pool with a level 70lb.
BOB Walker took a fine 130lb 4oz net of carp to earn him the top spot in the latest Conservative Club match fished on the Oak Pool.
He caught right from the off fishing up in the water and in the margins with red maggot his best bait.
Coming close to the top was runner-up Peter Huddlestone, who caught well on sweetcorn netting 118lb 6oz from the margins followed by Peter Rudd on 71lb 8oz and Tony Ruddy with 56lb 15oz.
THE Cambridgeshire Police AC were on Yew Lake for their latest club match which saw two locals leading the way.
Jeff Rodgers topped the field with 93lb 10oz of carp taken up in the water with casters.
Runner-up was Stewart Cox, who fished pellet on the long pole line for 85lb 13oz followed by Simon Cook, who fished the feeder for 67lb 6oz.
IT’S been a really busy time on the Decoy complex with just about all the local clubs fishing there over the past couple of weeks and with the weather improving at last we have seen more and more anglers getting out.
Most of our other local fisheries have been in cracking form too so there’s plenty of choice for everyone and with a good week or so of weather in store some really big weights can be expected. We may even get a chance to fish for carp off the surface with bread.
THE Decoy Opens have been attracting quite a few new faces to the fishery but it seems to be the regulars that have proved hard to beat.
In recent matches John Whincup took the top spot on the Willows with a massive 223lb 8oz on the feeder with meat and followed that up with another win on the Oak Pool weighing in 146lb 14oz.
Nigel Baxter took the honours in the Tuesday event on the Beastie Lake with 116lb taken on sweetcorn, while on the Six Islands it was Peterborough rod Simon Dow topping the list with 156lb 7oz of carp taken on meat from peg
JOS Peters from Belgium won the Anglian Water Airflo Individual Final at Grafham Water with a total match weight including time bonus of 25lb 7oz. The best fish on the day weighed 5lb 2oz and was caught by Martin Williams who finished in second place with a total weight of 23lb 13oz.
BILL Coppin took the best rainbow of the week at Rutland Water weighing 6lb 12oz from the bank and it fell to buzzers.
CHRIS Mcallister, representing Aberdeenshire’s Raemoir Trout Fishery won the 2012 Troutmasters title fished at Grafham Water recently. He took home the Troutmasters Trophy and a cheque for £500. Second place went to Tony Lorrimer, with Richard Cooper representing Rutland Water taking third place.
EXCELLENT catches have been recorded from Ringstead Grange, a cracking water for those that prefer to fish smaller lakes. Plenty of rainbows averaging 2-2½lb have been caught by boat and bank anglers with the pick of the bunch going to city angler Gordon Ashman Junior at 5lb 12oz from the bank with another local angler Lee Skevington landing 10 rainbows with a number touching 5lb in his catch and release tally from the bank.