All’s well on the Wel­land again af­ter dis­mal pe­riod

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Angling - By Ken Wade ANGLING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Over the past few years there can be lit­tle doubt that the Old Nene at March has be­come the top win­ter venue in East Anglia.

Con­sis­tent weights of roach, skim­mers and at times tench has en­sured an­glers from all over the coun­try still try and get onto at least a cou­ple of the pop­u­lar win­ter open matches.

The River Wel­land through Spald­ing used to be its equal but af­ter a dis­mal pe­riod where it would seem fluc­tu­at­ing water lev­els moved the shoal so froach around and per­haps even out of the length at times, an­glers even­tu­ally turned their backs on it.

Thank­fully though con­di­tions have changed this year with much more water through the length.

And when match or­gan­is­ers Wayne Swin­scoe and Roy Whin­cup plucked up the courage to put a pairs se­ries on to the Wel­land there have been some some star­tling weight so froach, prov­ing once again that you can never write a venue off no mat­ter how bad we think it may be fish­ing.

That’s food for thought on the likes of the River Nene too by the way. It’s not been match fished for sev­eral years now, yet I am con­vinced there is still a mas­sive head of fish in some sec­tions and would com­fort­ably hold matches once again if some­one was brave enough to give it a go.

Last week­end round two of the Maver Bait Tech Pairs event on the Wel­land through Spald­ing pro­duced some out­stand­ing weights.

Out in front with a fan­tas­tic 35lb 4oz net of roach was Rob Woot­ton. He fished on the rushes to­wards the town bridge end and took fish to a pound on bread punch.

Wis­bech rod Martin Roper came in sec­ond with 33lb 4oz fol­lowed by match or­gan­iser Wayne Swin­scoe with 30lb 12oz.

On the pairs front it was Chris Jenk­in­son and Swin­scoe, who won with an ex­cel­lent com­bined weight of 57lb 8oz.

Re­sult: 1 R. Woot­ton, 35lb 4oz; 2 M. Roper, 33lb 4oz; 3 W. Swin­scoe, 30lb 12oz; 4 R. Whin­cup, 29lb 5oz; 5 L. Dar­ler, 27lb 13oz; 6 A. Bates, 27lb 12oz. Pairs: 1 W. Swin­scoe and C. Jenk­in­son 57lb 8oz.

Deep­ing St James AC held their Cyril New­man Cup match at Deep­ing Road­side on Sun­day but found that the fish had moved from the favoured area around the road bridge.

Start­ing the new year in fine style was Ray Tor­ringtonon peg four. He caught roach steadily through out them atchon bread punch over liq­uidised bread but switched to worm later in the match to take some qual­ity bonus perch to fin­ish with 10lb ½ oz.

Sec­ond from un­fan­cied peg eight was long- serv­ing club mem­ber Mick Wright, who fished bread punch on the whip to take 7lb 7oz of roach. Third from the top end by High Locks on peg 24 was Roger Bid­dle with 5lb 4oz of roach and dace.

Next week’s match will be the fourth round of the Deep­ing In­di­vid­ual League Se­ries sched­uled for the River Nene at Wans­ford sub­ject to river con­di­tions. De­coy Lakes Open Re­sults

Tues­day, Wil­low Lake: 1 N. Bax­ter, 54lb 10oz; 2 A. Leathers, 48lb 1oz; 3 J. Richard­son, 43lb 15oz;

Satur­day, Beastie Lake: 1 B. Ma­son, 65lb 3oz; 2 S. Free­man, 56lb 13oz; 3 M. Free­man, 47lb 5oz;

Sun­day, Beastie Lake: 1 S. Free­man, 92lb 14oz; 2 MFree­man, 50lb; 3 D Proud, 47lb 2oz.

Rob Woot­ton caught a fan­tas­tic 35lb of roach.

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