Seaman’s big overnight bag
THERE were some reports of good bream and tench catches at the weekend but the best was at Reed Fen, on the Old Nene, where Keith Seaman fished all night to land 151lb of tench and bream. Keith s net included a fine 6lb 8oz tench. Elsewhere, Jack Arnold,
THERE were some reports of good bream and tench catches at the weekend but the best was at Reed Fen, on the Old Nene, where Keith Seaman fished all night to land 151lb of tench and bream.
Keith's net included a fine 6lb 8oz tench. Elsewhere, Jack Arnold, from Lincoln, landed eight tench to 5lb at Chain Bridge and John Adcock, from Downham Market, netted 60lb of bream at Cottens Corner, on the Sixteen Foot.
The River Nene, in Peterborough, is fishing really well, even with the extra flow, and the best stretches are the embankment and the north bank.
The Old Nene, in March, continues to do well and plenty of small fish, as well as the odd tench or bream, are showing.
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For the big fish, the best stretch is above the bypass bridge or below the old railway bridge. It was here that junior Daniel Hall caught skimmers, tench and bream on Saturday.
On the match front, Manea Angling Club fished the Old Bedford, at Welches Dam, and Tom Boswell needed only one tench and a couple of small rudd to win with 4lb.
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March joined up with Wimblington Angling Club to fish the Silver Fish Lake, at Kingsland, and Shaun Strachan came out on top with 42lb of crucian carp.
Close behind, and sitting on the golden peg, was Alan Bumstead, who missed out on a good pay day by 1lb 8oz.
March juniors fished the Old Nene last week and Devlin Bates hooked a tench, a bream and a few small fish to win with 9lb.
The Angling Times Winter League final takes place on the Old Nene, Peterborough, in a couple of weeks and there have been plenty of matches held there.
Ben Leach won Sunday's match from peg three on the north bank. Ben landed 15 bream in a net of 43lb, on feeder using maggot and worm hook bait.
On the lakes, Peterborough's John Wincup won Decoy's Saturday open on Cedar Lake with 42lb.
The next day, Doddington's Barry Mason took top spot on the Six Island Lake with 75lb.
At East Delph, Cam Marshall won with 99lb while Martin Woods won the midweek open, on High Flyers, Ely, with 359lb.
Still at Ely, 'Titch' Marshall won Saturday's match with 391lb and Wisbech's Dave Pearce Junior took top spot on Sunday with 321lb.
The same names were in the frame at Cross Drove and Woods won Wednesday's match with 73lb while Pearce Junior headed the list on Saturday with 89lb of carp and skimmer bream.
Mill View Angling Club visited Rook Lake, at Pidley, and Chris Saunders needed only 26lb for top spot.
But it was a different story on Magpie Lake where Fenland Rods were in action and John Smith came out on top with 88lb. Weights in excess of 60lb were needed for a top six spot.
Townsend Angling Club found the going tough in the strong winds and Peter Church won with 26lb, taken on cat meat.
The March club moved their Tuesday evening match from the Twenty Foot, at Chain Bridge, to the bypass section of the Old Nene, because of weeds.
But it proved to be a good move for me when I won with a net of 17lb 1oz, made up of two tench, one bream and several skimmer bream.
Finally, Manea Angling Club will also be fishing the bypass section of the Old Nene. The draw is at 7am. March and District are on the Sixteen Foot, draw 8am, and Mill View will be at Decoy, draw 8.30am.