Angling round-up: Frosty welcome for anglers at Open
THE fourth Town Open took place on the Old Nene through March at the weekend and once again, a sharp frost greeted the anglers. The bypass section was covered in ice for the third time in four matches but it did fish well and more than five pounds was nee
THE fourth Town Open took place on the Old Nene through March at the weekend and once again, a sharp frost greeted the anglers.
The bypass section was covered in ice for the third time in four matches but it did fish well and more than five pounds was needed to win the 8 to 10 peg section.
Nene Parade once again produced the winning peg but the next two were in the bypass section. The lucky angler, who was sitting at the same peg as the winner of the December Open, was Colin Adams from Cambridge. He fished with bread all day at four meters to net a winning weight of 18-02.
Second place went to Richard Lattimer from Milton Keynes who fished a chopped worm and caster line that produced three tench for nine pounds and a hemp line that brought in seven pounds of roach for a total weight of 15-13.
On the next peg was March angler Mick Pool who fished chopped worm, all day to bring in 15-09 that included four tench and some perch.
Dave Roe, from Norwich, was fourth with 13-08, Stuart Northrop fifth with 10-11 and Mark Pollard sixth with 10-10.
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March anglers took the next three places, Adrian Hunter (10-01), Alex Bates (9-15) and Paul Ringham (9-02). All three won their sections and I won mine with a 5-08 total.
The next Town Open is on February 12 and there are still some tickets available.
The Townsend Angling Club fished a sweepstake match on the Oak Lake on the Decoy Complex, near Whittlesey and Dave Miller came out on top with 31-15 of carp taken on maggot using a pole. Martin King used a waggler rod approach to take second place with 31-00.
Barry Pearson was third with 26-00 followed by Alan Driver's 22-08, Ray Wilson's 19-08 and newcomer Stephen Miller who, fishing his second match for the club, landed 14-12 of carp after blanking in his first match.
The Manea pikers travelled to the 20 foot at March on Sunday morning and fished the Shepperson Bridge section. Tom Mitchell only needed one pike for the top weight of 7-15. Gary Heaps was second with 6-05 and Billy Pope was third with 5-00.
This Sunday, the Manea boys will be closer to home and fishing the Old Bedford river at Welches Dam.
The Hajac Winter League held a practice match on the 20 foot on Sunday in preparation for this Sunday's first round league match.
Brett Kiddie took top spot with 9-15 that included a tench and plenty of small roach. Josh Pace was second with an all-roach catch of 8-04 and Ian Benton was third with 7-15.
Two teams from March will be taking part in the draw for this match at the Windmill Rooms from 8am.