Darren's roach trip pays dividends

PUBLISHED: 14:49 29 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:16 28 May 2010

THERE was plenty of action on the Fenland rivers and drains at the weekend and the Nene, around Peterborough, fished extremely well. It was around Orton Weir where Darren Page netted 29lb of roach to beat 77 other anglers to win the Peterborough AA open m

THERE was plenty of action on the Fenland rivers and drains at the weekend and the Nene, around Peterborough, fished extremely well.

It was around Orton Weir where Darren Page netted 29lb of roach to beat 77 other anglers to win the Peterborough AA open match. More than half of the anglers landed more than 15lb of roach and 10lb was needed to win a 10-peg section.

The Old Nene, through March, is also fishing well with 12oz skimmers showing and roach to 8oz being taken on hemp out of most swims.

On Sunday, the March and District Club fished the Old Nene and I came out on top with 8-12 of skimmer bream, most of which were caught on pinkie over groundbait, using a nine-metre pole.

Over at Manea, on Sunday, the Manea Club fished the Old Bedford, and Barry Leonard took the honours with 5-08 of rudd and roach. This weekend, Manea compete on the Old Nene, above the bypass bridge.

The Sixteen Foot is still in good form with plenty of tench showing at Cottens Corner and bream and roach are feeding on the middle level, at Crooked Corner and Magdalene Road bridge. Both sections can be fished on a day ticket bought on the bank.

On the lakes, Fields End Water is returning plenty of double-figure carp from the Old Lake and the Match Lake.

It was on the Match Lake that the Setchell Friends Club held a five-hour match and father and son Martin and Wayne Harvey took the top two spots with 43-06 and 40lb respectively.

On Sunday, Stagecoach Buses held a match on the Pool and, in a tight finish, Steve Ferguson edged top spot with 35-05.

March angler Tim Bates won the Fenland Rods match on Decoy's Willows Lake with 64lb.

On the same venue, Pete Rayner won the Mill View Club's match with 78lb and in the other half of the match, on Four Islands Lake, Colin Varney won with 38-04.

Townsend Angling Club fished Virginia Lake, Marshland Smeeth, at the weekend and Peter Church topped the list with 17-09.

Finally, on Sunday, Wimblington Angling Club will be holding a club match at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough. The draw is at 8am with fishing from 9am-3pm.

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