ANGLING

Angling - East Mid­lands Win­ter League

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Ken Wade ANGLING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The penul­ti­mate round of the East Mid­lands Win­ter League took place on the Old Nene at March, now re­garded by many as the best win­ter roach venue to be had any­where in the coun­try.

In this match just about ev­ery an­gler put dou­ble-fig­ure nets to the scales, which was quite re­mark­able.

A qual­ity line-up saw former world cham­pion Bob Nudd top the field with 30lb 12oz. It was a near per­fect dis­play of short whip fish­ing on bread punch as you would ex­pect from Nudd, who is still one of the best in the coun­try at this style of fish­ing.

Brown­ing Hotrods’ Ricky Young was sec­ond with 28lb 4oz fish­ing punch to start with but switch­ing to pinkie and hemp on the wag­gler later in the match to keep the fish com­ing.

John Wee­den was third putting a fine 27lb 1oz fol­lowed by Rob Hub­bard with 26lb 13oz.

On the all-im­por­tant team front Brown­ing Hotrods’ great run came to an end and they could only make third on the day be­hind Stan­jay Gold, then came Ma­trix Im­age.

Brown­ing Hotrods re­main league lead­ers with eight points but now Stan­jay Gold are sec­ond with nine and it’s go­ing to go down to the wire on the March Twenty Foot Drain and Ram­sey High Lode at Fac­tory Bank in two weeks time.

FRANK BEVILACQUA ME­MO­RIAL

The Frank Bevilacqua Me­mo­rial match was a re­sound­ing suc­cess with friends old and new en­joy­ing a bit of ban­ter, a few tears, lots of laugh­ter and plenty of fish . . . just as Frank would have wanted.

The match was split over three venues, Ram­sey St Mary’s, Rave­ley Drain and Ram­sey Nar­rows.

Sec­tions were paid by de­fault so on Rave­ley it was Chris Gale lead­ing the way with 10lb, while on Ram­sey St Mary’s Rob Wright weighed in 11lb 1oz, then came Lionel Wha­ley and Keith Wood­cock on the Nar­rows, both with 6lb 14oz.

Top in­di­vid­ual over all three venues was Markus Billen, vis­it­ing from Ger­many. He drew at Ram­sey St Mary’s on the Old Nene and caught roach, perch and a few skim­mers on the pole and whip for 17lb 7oz.

Over­all plac­ings on a con­ti­nen­tal type pay out were: 1st Markus Billen, St Mary’s, 17lb 7oz; 2nd Paul Wright, Rave­ley, 16lb 5oz; 3rd Andy Bull, Nar­rows, 9lb 6oz; 4th John Tay­lor, St Mary’s, 16lb 3oz; 5th Mel Sag­gers, Rave­ley, 11lb 4oz; 6th Chris Hard­man, Nar­rows, 7lb 8oz.

A lit­tle over £360 was also raised for the Bri­tish Lung Foun­da­tion.

DEEPING

The first round of the Deeping St James AC In­di­vid­ual League Se­ries was held on their stretch of the River Nene near Wans­ford and the river was in a dour mood. Al­though it was mild, the clear wa­ter and a down­stream wind made con­di­tions dif­fi­cult.

Gra­ham Wright won with 2lb 15oz on peg 17. He caught a few roach and dace down the mid­dle and perch close in.

Sec­ond was Ray Tor­ring­ton on peg 16 with 1lb 2oz.

FEN­LAND RODS

What a year it’s been for Fen­land Rods an­gler Kev Lee. At the club’s pre­sen­ta­tion evening at the Fal­con Ho­tel in Whit­tle­sey, he swept the board win­ning all four awards in­clud­ing the Club Cham­pion Cup, Club Cup, Hand­i­cap Cup and Drawn Pairs with Tony Nes­bitt.

East Mid­lands Win­ter League win­ner Bob Nudd.

Cast­aways win­ner Mel Sag­gers.

Rook­ery win­ner Dave Rawl­ings.

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