Honours even in winter league opener

PUBLISHED: 12:01 17 November 2006 | UPDATED: 22:22 28 May 2010

THE first round of the Chatteris Working Men s Club Winter League series was held on the Forty Foot at the weekend and, although plenty of fish were hooked, they were on the small side. There was a tie for first place between Stuart Wilson, who caught 285

THE first round of the Chatteris Working Men's Club Winter League series was held on the Forty Foot at the weekend and, although plenty of fish were hooked, they were on the small side.

There was a tie for first place between Stuart Wilson, who caught 285 fish, and Rob Graves after both anglers landed 9-06.

Down the road at the Stonea station of the Sixteen Foot, Manea Angling Club fished their final roach match of the season and Steve Newell netted quality roach, taken on hemp and tares, to win with 11-10.

On Sunday, the Manea club will return to the Sixteen Foot in pursuit of pike and zander. The draw time is 7.15am and fishing will take place from 8am-1pm.

The fourth round of the Angling Times Winter League took place on the Welland and Glenn rivers, near Spalding, on Sunday, and Huntingdon angler Ricky Young took the honours.

Ricky landed roach to 1lb on hemp to weigh-in 34lb, while on the team front, Dick Clegg Mark One dropped a place in the overall standings and now trail Browning Hot Rods.

The next round will take place on the drains around Ramsey and Benwick next week.

The Mill View tackle shop ran an ACA Pike qualifier on the Twenty Foot, on Sunday, and Martin Smith won it with 11-14.

The sport on the lakes and reservoirs has slowed a little and Steve Smalley needed just 45lb to win the Fields End Water open match, on Saturday.

Sunday's open, also fished on the Pool, was no better and the match was won with 44lb.

Mill View Match Group were fishing the Rook, at Pidley, where the sport was also disappointing. The lake has recently been topped-up and Pete Carter netted only 45lb to win the match.

On Sunday, Mill View travel to the Decoy Complex, at Whittlesey, and the matches will be open to everyone.

Anybody interested in taking part should contact Pete at the shop or by calling 01354 660566.

Elsewhere, the Silver Fish lake, at Kingsland Reservoir, is still producing a few tench and skimmer and the best approach seems to be chopped worm and caster.

On the rivers, Ramsey's Raverley Drain is looking good for roach and skimmer and you may also find a few pike there as well.

Finally, the second Old Nene open match will be contested in the centre of March. If the weather stays mild then the sport should be good.

I predict that you will need 15lb to be in the top six and 10lb to win a 10-peg section.

It is a great opportunity to fish alongside anglers like Bob Rudd, Norman Jepson and Shaun Strachan and there are still a few tickets left, so if you want to take part contact me on 07970 673439.

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