Dusty’s day to remember
MARCH and District Angling Club took the team honours in the final round of the HAJACS Winter League. Sunday s match was held on the Forty Foot, at Ramsey, Cockbank and Whittlesey Dyke, and all three venues performed well. The individual winner was Dusty
MARCH and District Angling Club took the team honours in the final round of the HAJACS Winter League.
Sunday's match was held on the Forty Foot, at Ramsey, Cockbank and Whittlesey Dyke, and all three venues performed well.
The individual winner was Dusty Kiddle, who landed three tench, two bream and several perch for 25lb. Jon Young, from March, won his section and I finished second in mine to end the day in fifth place overall with 15lb 8oz.
On the team front, March's victory gave them 27 points and put them in fifth place. Stanjays finished second but that was good enough to give them the overall team honours. Mill View finished ninth.
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The series' individual winner was Andy Leathers while I finished third. Joining me on the March team were Alan Owen, Jon Young, Mick Pool, Stu Wilson and Shaun Strachan.
The March anglers will be taking part in various matches on Sunday. Ten of them will be fishing against Mill View and JV Angling Club in the Angling Times Clubman competition, on the Magpie Lake, at Pidley. Others will be fishing the final round of the Chatteris Club Winter League, on the narrow section of the Forty Foot.
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Both matches have an 8.30am draw and start time of 10am. The Winter League match finishes at 3pm and the Angling Times match at 4pm.
The Manea and Mill View clubs hosted Angling Times pike qualifiers on Sunday and the Manea match, on the Sixteen Foot, at Stonea, must have been one of the best to be held in the area for a long time.
The 11 anglers landed no fewer than 65 pike weighing-in at 330lb. Steve Newell headed the list with 14 fish and a net of 77lb and Barry Linney, sitting on the next peg, was second with seven fish and 69lb.
Terry Wapple hooked the day's biggest fish at 21lb.
The Mill View pairs match was on the Twenty Foot and the 15 pairings put 200lb of pike on the scales. The biggest fish of the day weighed-in at 17.5lb
Father and son Hughie and Wayne Coulson won the match with six fish and a total of 46.5lb.
The cut-off channel, at Hilgay, is still fishing well and you would have needed 15lb to finish in the top six of Saturday's open match.
King's Lynn angler Dave Burton came out on top with 18lb 15oz.
With only two weeks of the river season remaining, now is the time to get out there. The Old Nene, at Benwick, is well worth a visit, as is the Twenty Foot, at March.
The High Flyer lake, at Ely, produced more good weights at the weekend and John Liddell netted 154lb to win Saturday's open.
At Decoy, Doddington angler Barry Mason won Sunday's match on the Beastie lake with 59lb 4oz.
Both lakes at Doddington have also done well during the past week. There are plenty of roach showing in the Old Lake and the Pool has been restocked over the winter with small tench and carp.
Finally, the Manea Pike Club's match on the old Bedford, at Welches Dam, on Sunday, will be drawn at 7.15am. Fishing will take place from 8am-1pm.