Retired Kirlew jumps into the lake

ANGLING : Retired Kirlew jumps into the lake despite a heart bypassIT was an eventful day for several of the anglers fishing the Ramsey match on one of the new lakes at Decoy.
For half the field it was a pleasant day’s fishing with back wind and plenty of carp showing, but for the rest it was fishing in almost arctic condition with rain, and hailstones blowing straight into their faces.

Match winner Adrian Wilde was busy all day, taking small carp on pole and pellet to finish with 71lb 2oz. In second was Kevin Eldred, who fished sweetcorn and pellet to weigh in 48lb 3oz with Frank Bevilacqua third on 38lb 7oz.

I have heard of anglers doing some entertaining things over the past few seasons when their tackle is blown in to lakes and rivers, but if you have been retired for several years and also had a heart bypass, I would have thought the last thing you wanted to do was jump in a lake at Decoy – but that is exactly what Stanground rod Pete Kirlew did halfway through this match.

It all ended on a bright note though – Kirlew retrieved his top kits, went home to dry off and had a hearty Sunday lunch coming off none the worse for wear.

• THERE is just no stopping Tony Evans on the Beastie Lake at Decoy.

Fresh from his festival victory, this match saw him score yet another win finishing with 112lb 8oz. Drawn on peg 13 he took a net of small carp short on the pole with pellet.
Pushing him hard was Neil Parkinson with 107lb 8oz from a few pegs away. Parkinson took six big carp and around 80lb of small fish again on pellet.

Result: 1 T Evans, Spalding, 112lb 8oz; 2 N Parkinson, Daiwa Trentman, 107lb 8oz; 3 D Carlton, Decoy, 94lb 12oz; 4 S Dow, Decoy, 93lb 8oz.

• BLUSTERY conditions saw weights a little lower for the Sunday match, which saw Neil Parkinson reverse the previous day’s result taking the top spot from unfancied peg two – catching small fish steadily all day on castor to finish with 95lb.
Result: 1 N Parkinson, Daiwa Trentman, 95lb: 2 T Evans, Spalding, 94lb 12oz: 3 R Edmundson, Decoy, 84lb: 4 L Pullen, Ultimate, 81lb:

• IT is a busy time for local clubs, bank clearing work is well under way on the River Nene from Wansford right through to the Dog and Doublet Sluice at Whittlesey. Work has also begun on some of our Fenland water ways ready for the new season. It is also AGM time, the latest club to hold theirs is the Yaxley/Farcet/Holme Angling Club. Farcet club is the venue tomorrow, starting at 8pm.

• THERE were no big weights recorded in round two of the Milton Keynes Spring League fished on the Grand Union Canal, and there was little joy for the Peterborough side, but a cracking performance by Wades Match Group Black saw them take third on the day and they are now moved fifth in the league.

Result: 1 D Carter, Shimano Tipton Silver, 10-11-0; 2 S Lathwell, LBC, 9-6-0; 3 K Green, Warrington Red, 8-1-0.

Teams: 1 Warrington Red, 86pts; 2 Shimano Tipton Silver, 84; 3 Wades MG Black, 72.
League: 1 Shimano Tipton Silver, 160pts: 2 Warrington Red 159; 3 Lakes Lane Lads 142; 4 WBC VDE Black 133; 5jt Wades Match Black and Milton Keynes Sensas Orange both 126.

• IT proved to be a tough weekend for those fishing the new lakes at Decoy, the JVAC match was won by Lee Annis with just 21lb 3oz. Runner up was Adam Lowbridge with a level 20lb followed by Barry Gilson with 19lb 12oz.

There was better sport to be had on the more sheltered Four Islands pool, venue for round three of the Allsorts Spring League. Top rod with a net of F1s and tench was Eugene Weetman who took his catch on sweetcorn and cat meat to weigh in 49lb 15oz. Hot on his heels was Lee Covell who fished pellet and paste to finish with a level 45lb followed by Lee Marchant on 33lb 12oz. It is tight at the top of the series board with just the odd point separating Covell and Weetman.

• THOSE fishing the latest Black Bull club match on the Oak Pool at Decoy struggled for bites, but there was a silver lining for match winner Gary Whitwell, or should I say gold as he weighed in just 12lb 2oz which was enough to win the match and also take home a hefty £100 extra prize for winning the match off the drawn “Golden Peg”. Second on 8lb 12oz was Paul Powell followed by Mark Harwood with 8lb 4oz.

• DESPITE a poor weekend weather-wise most of our local stillwaters have been in cracking form.

Decoy, as we all know, has been producing some big weights and I have heard of some outstanding catches from Weston’s Lake out at Peakirk.

Last weekend saw me doing the rounds on several local waters. The likes of Railway Lakes have fished exceptionally well in the evening to those fishing pole and pellet in the margins.

Carp have started to show at Eldernell and I have been really impressed by the form of the Silver Fish Lake at Kingsland. When this lake was first opened, anglers struggled at times to put more than a few pounds of fish to the scales.

But over the last 12 months it has improved beyond all recognition and is well worth a visit. Northey Park is another fishery in form with the likes of Swallow and Canal producing plenty of small fish with much better samples showing on Rio Lake.

• IT was another very good week at Rutland Water with some excellent bags coming from the south arm, with a lot of over wintered fish around the 3lb mark.

Two local anglers Jamie Weston from Exton, and Luke Shevlin from Ryhall, weighed in 16 fish for 46lb 12oz. Shevlin’s best fish was also the best rainbow of the week and weighed 5lb 3oz. Weston’s best fish weighed 3lb 8oz.

Anglian Water’s fly fishing team were triumphant at the Water Industry Game Fishing Championships at Derwent Water. Team members came from this area and many of AW’s fisheries and included Paul Friend, Jon Marshall, John Mees, John Seaton, Paul Shaw, Darren Smith and Chris Evans (reserve).

• THE top 100 anglers who were invited to fish the Bob Church Classic at Grafham Water had some great sport despite a bitterly cold wind.

This annual event always attracts top fly fishers from all over the UK and Belgium with the winners of major events and members of national squads all competing for the prestigious trophy.

The winner was Graham Pearson from Rutland, who caught 14 trout for 26lb 8oz, well clear of the runner-up – Cambridgeshire’s Simon Kidd with 10 fish. Peterborough’s Tony Curtis was fourth.

The morning sport was difficult but the reservoir burst into life in the afternoon with the top 19 anglers all reaching the six fish limit followed by catch and release scoring two pounds per fish.

Grafham Water has fished well with the majority of fish taken on buzzers and diawl bachs or sparkler boobies and lures from the Hill Farm/Hedge end area and the Seat and sludge bank.

• THE Riverside Road and Mill corner look to be the two hot spots at Ringstead Grange where most of the fish are now being taken on floating lines with small black or green buzzers.

• IT has been a difficult week for boat anglers at Eyebrook, who laboured in the breezy conditions.

But Tony Tibbert and Stuart Bilsdon certainly showed the way with a fine 16 fish for 32lb between them, and another eight caught and released, while fishing Buzzers and Diawl Bachs off the Cow Shed area.

Bank anglers generally had a better time of it, taking advantage of the more sheltered Leicester bank

Peterborough Evening Telegraph – Peterborough,England,UK

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