River Nene not at its best for the big Winter League prac­tice match

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by Ken Wade AN­GLING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Over the past cou­ple of years the River Nene has pro­duced some out­stand­ing sport for those an­glers pre­pared to put the time in. Un­for­tu­nately these last few weeks of au­tumn have not been any­where near as good as we could have hoped for.

As we all know the Nene is now in the top list of rivers across the county that suf­fers from mas­sive wa­ter ab­strac­tion. That’s not a crit­i­cism, just a fact of life - we all need wa­ter with an­glers at the bot­tom of the chain.

Take my word for it, it re­ally does af­fect the fish­ing. A low, clear river with very lit­tle flow at all is a recipe for a dif­fi­cult time. Add a stiff down­stream breeze and bright sun­light and it was a won­der much was caught at all in the week­end’s big prac­tice match for the East Mid­lands Winter League opener this com­ing Sun­day.

Top rod with a mod­est 9lb 2oz was Hunt­ing­don-based Steve Welford.

The Brown­ing Hotrods an­gler drew Or­ton Down­stream and had a mixed bag but caught a lot of perch on a chopped worm line.

Run­ner-up with 9 lb 1 oz was Josh Pace, whose catch in­cluded a good tench.

So what can an­glers ex­pect this Sun­day? I am afraid to say it’s go­ing to be much the same with small fish nets the or­der of the day. Hope­fully a few bet­ter fish will show and a few more perch weights will be recorded but on the whole 5lb looks a good weight.

RAM­SEY AS

Ram­sey AS fished their club match at the week­end on the fen­land drain at Exhibition Bridge.

The pegs above the bridge were used which saw Adrian Wild­ing top the field with a very re­spectable 12lb of small fish, all taken on a slider float, a for­got­ten art for many.

Run­ner-up was Paul Kilby, who had an­other small fish catch weigh­ing 11lb 1½oz caught on the pole. In third place with 4lb 1oz was Ray Myring.

WEBB’S AC

The Horse­shoe Pool at Float Fish Farm Fish­ery was the venue for the Webb’s AC an­glers which saw the early pegs pro­duc­ing a head-to-head-bat­tle be­tween Dave Marzell and Neil Bourne.

At the fi­nal whis­tle Marze ll had a com­fort­able vic­tory tak­ing 93 lb 8 oz on the pole with paste.

I don’t of­ten wax lyri­cal about run­ners-up. As a rule few re­mem­ber for long who comes sec­ond, but I have to give a spe­cial men­tion to Neil Bourne.

For those that don’t know Bourne, he has only been match fish­ing a cou­ple of years and I am sure he will not mind me say­ing he suf­fers from a dis­abil­i­tat­ing dis­ease which dra­mat­i­cally im­pairs his con­trol of a rod or pole.

To take the run­ner-up spot with 63lb 12oz is a won­der­ful achieve­ment so well done Neil.

In third place with 56lb 1oz was Mick Lin­nell.

Dave Marzell won the Webb’s AC match at Float Fish Farm.

Chris Saun­ders won the JVAC match at De­coy Lakes.

Neil Bourne was the Webb’s AC run­ner-up.

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