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

The HAJAC Win­ter League got off to a re­ally good start at the week­end with a much im­proved turnout as well.

That was mainly due to the An­gling Trust Win­ter league Fi­nal be­ing fished on the venues next month and an­glers from around the coun­try joined teams to get some valu­able prac­tice in as well as fish­ing a big match.

No mat­ter what the rea­son it’s so good to see so many an­glers en­joy­ing some fan­tas­tic sport on our lo­cal wa­ters, a good show­case prov­ing once again just how good our fen­land wa­ters are at the mo­ment.

The Twenty Foot Drain at March was the venue that pro­duced huge weights with the top five an­glers all com­ing from this sec­tion.

Lead­ing the way was lo­cal rod Ray Malle. He drew well away from the foot­bridge but put a tremen­dous 41lb 5oz net of sil­vers to the scales taken on the pole and whip with pinkie and mag­got over ground­bait.

Just a few ounces be­hind with 41lb 2oz was Al­lan Don­nelly. He was much closer to the foot­bridge again catch­ing on the pole and whip.

There were some good weights from Fac­tory Bank and the Old Nene at March and Ben­wick with many an­glers putting dou­ble-fig­ure weights to the scales, but noth­ing to com­pare with the Twenty Foot.

Full Re­sult: 1 R. Malle, Tackle & Bates Se­lect, 41lb 5oz; 2 A. Don­nelly, Tackle & Bates, 41lb 2oz; 3 S. Win­ters, Tackle & Bates, 39lb; 4 J. Tay­lor, Sen­sas Mark One Black, 36lb 10oz. 5 R. To­mara, RAF, 32lb. Teams: 1 Tackle & Bates Se­lect, 17pts; 2 Sen­sas Mark One Black, 20; 3 Tackle & Bates,31; 4 Tackle & Bates Mis­match, 33; 5 Stan­jay Gold, 40.


Ram­sey Forty Foot Drain is an­other fen­land water in top form right and it pro­duced some fine weights for the Cast­aways an­glers in their match fished on the Nar­rows sec­tion.

Lead­ing the way was Paul Dotchin from end peg 13 with a chopped worm and caster ap­proach. He caught perch, roach and one good tench for a weight of 13lb.

As well as the odd big tench and perch there are plenty of small fish to tar­get and from peg nine Mike Mo­han caught well on the whip and pole to fin­ish with 12lb 9oz.

Third was Mel Sag­gers with 11lb 6oz from peg one fol­lowed by Des Dal­ton on peg 11 with 11lb 4oz.


The Whit­tle­sey AA match was fished at Beg­gars Bridge on the Twenty Foot Drain and what a venue this has been for the club.

Once again it was John Tay­lor tak­ing the hon­ours putting a fine 39lb 1oz of small roach, skim­mers and perch to the scales. They were taken on a cou­ple of lines feed­ing heav­ily with ground­bait, pinkie and squatts and fish­ing very pos­i­tive heavy pole rigs.

Run­ner-up with 25lb 14oz was Jeff Tut­tle­bee and third place went to Paul Wright with 25lb 10oz.


Tydd Gote An­gling Club got the new year off to a good start on the North Level Drain at Main Road with An­drew Kilby and Steve Bor­rett again go­ing head to head.

Kilby again just edged it with 7lb 6oz with Bor­rett net­ting 6lb 13oz.

Both had mixed bags al­ter­nat­ing be­tween far bank wag­gler and pole at 11 me­tres.

Third was Archie Green­wood on 4lb 8oz and Den­nis Houghton caught 80 fish for a hard earned fourth place with 4lb 5oz.

Wed­nes­day Open, Main Road: 1 J. Tay­lor 10lb 2oz; 2 P. Emery 9lb 14oz; 3 A. Green­wood 8lb 8oz.

HAJAC Win­ter League win­ner Ray Malle.

Whit­tle­sey win­ner John Tay­lor.

Cast­aways win­ner Paul Dotchin.

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