Season-opener win all his Owen work

PUBLISHED: 09:55 17 March 2006 | UPDATED: 21:46 28 May 2010

THE river season may have ended on Tuesday it re-opens on June 16 but there is good news as the lake and reservoir season now gets under way. It needs to warm up a lot before any good sport will be on the cards and last Saturday proved that as Fields

THE river season may have ended on Tuesday - it re-opens on June 16 - but there is good news as the lake and reservoir season now gets under way.It needs to warm up a lot before any good sport will be on the cards and last Saturday proved that as Fields End Water held its first Saturday Open match of the season.Alan Owen, with his second win in two weeks, only needed 10 pounds for top spot, while second place went to Ray Wilson with 6-04. The next Saturday Open here isn't until April 1 and, hopefully, it will be warmer then.Last Sunday, the Old Nene through March was lined with anglers for the sixth Town Open and once again Nene Parade was the place to be.Andy Mead made the journey from London to take top spot with 12-09. He fished pinkie over ground bait for the first three hours to take 110 small roach and then switched to hemp to take a better stamp of roach to four ounces.Daniel Webb was second, also drawn on Nene Parade, and was just five ounces behind the winner using bread punch all day to land 160 roach for 12-05.Brian Harding was third with 10-12, Rob Lincoln fourth with 10-02, John Taylor fifth with 9-09 and March angler Martin Kirk was sixth with 8-08. Martin was drawn on the bypass section and also won his section. Paul Ringham from March also won his section from behind the swimming pool with 7-01.The final of the Chatteris Winter League also took place on Sunday and only two anglers landed fish, and these were hooked in the last 10 minutes of a five-hour match.John Roper landed three small roach off the end peg and Dave Woodley had one fish from the next peg to John. Alex Bates started the match in top position and had enough points to win the league. Dave Priestly came in second, Dave Woodley third, Rob Graves and John Roper were equal fourth and I was sixth.Also, on Sunday, the Townsend Angling Club held a sweepstake match on Yew Lake on the Decoy Complex, at Whittlesey, and Ray Wilson went one better than the day before and came out on top with 18-09, all taken on a feeder using ground bait in the feeder and a worm and maggot cocktail on the hook.Martin King was second using the same method and was only two ounces behind the winner with 18-07. Alan Driver was third with 13-12, followed by Bill Moate (11-11), Steven Miller (11-03) and David Miller (9-10).The Manea Pikers travelled to March and fished the Twenty Foot river near Chainbridge and Steve Newell landed three pike for a winning total of 17-07. Gary Heaps was second with eight pounds and Barry Linney came in third.Finally, the March and District AA will be holding a committee meeting on Wednesday, March 22 followed by a team meeting - any member is welcome.The committee meeting will start at 8pm and the team meeting at 8.30pm. The club's annual meeting will be held on April 5.

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