Club surprised by pike turnout

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DEEPING St James AC, supported by Anglers Mail, hosted The Welland Pike Championship at Crowland Bridge this week.

Although anglers had travelled from as far as Bolton and Guilford and a lot of interest had been shown in the weeks prior to the match, the club was surprised and disappointed with a low attendance.

The disappointment continued for the anglers with only three fish landed.

Drawn on peg 5 (downstream of the bridge) Ken Goode of Spalding was crowned Welland Pike Champion after landing a 7lb 4oz fish, caught on a herring’s head, float fished in mid-river.

Within minutes of Ken hooking his fish, Paul Goodsill, from Guilford, landed a fish of 4lb 1/2oz from peg 7 for the runners-up spot.

The third fish caught was an eel of about 3lb, a rare catch and illegible for the competiton.

Despite the poor attendance, DSJAC plan to host The Pike Pairs Championships at the same venue on February 19.

l DEEPING St James AC also fished their stretch of the River Nene at Wansford again on Sunday after last week’s match, on the same water, required double figures to win.

Andy Wilson came out on top, fishing from peg 4 with a good mixed net for 11lb 3oz. Andy fished the pole at 13m with a 2gm rig and double red maggot.

Second on the day, from peg 1, was Carl Fisher with an all dace catch for 9lb 7oz. All Carl’s fish were caught on the waggler and caster.

Stuart Redman took third spot with 8lb 11oz from peg17 at the far end.

Next week’s match will be on the Deeping roadside and anyone wishing to fish should call Andy Wilson on 07787 352762 or Carl Fisher on 07734 583567 because pegs are limited on this stretch.