Browning Youth Masters dates announced

One of the country's major tackle companies has announced dates and venues for this years Browning Youth Masters 2008.

The event is the largest national competition for young match anglers. This season they have selected 40 venues across the country in which you can qualify for the grand 100 peg final to be fished at Cudmore Fishery in late August.

The winner this year will become a "Browning Sponsored Angler" for one year as well as receiving fishing tackle to the value of £1,500.

Tickets cost £12 per qualifier and should be paid direct to the fishery. To enter you need to be 17 or under on the date of the final, (August 30).

Fishery details of our two local waters are as follows, if you would like to have the full list please feel free to drop me a line or call me on 01733-565159: Dents of Hilgay, West Fen, Hilgay, 01366-385661; Head Fen Fishery, Soham, 07971-574375.

*HOLBEACH AC came within a few minutes of a memorable victory in last Sunday's Angling Times/Van den Eynde Knock out event.

Fishing against JVAC and Wades Match Group on an out of sorts Ferry Meadows Lakes at Peterborough, they had three catches and a good weight advantage but a small perch in the dying stages by a Wades angler sealed their fate and Holbeach had to settle for the runner-up spot but more importantly no place in the semi finals.

Result: 1 C Green, JVAC, 7lb 6oz; 2 D Crofts, Holbeach AC,4lb 1oz; 3 C Hardman Wades MG 3lb 7oz.

Teams: 1 Wades MG, 22 pts; 2 Holbeach AC,24 pts; 3 JVAC 29 pts.

*IT looks as if we are at last starting to get some reasonable fishing weather and it has been reflected in the weekend's catches.

One water that has already seen a big improvement and should get even better is Button Hole Fishery just outside Wisbech.

In the latest Tuesday Evening match getting on for 500lb of fish were put to the scales. Top rod with 59lb 6oz was Steve Burridge. He drew peg 23 and fished a waggler with pellet up in the water, netting small carp steadily for most of the match.

Runner-up was Lester Pratt. He came close with 55lb 4oz, followed by Morris Addison on 45lb 5oz. Can I just remind you that these are open matches run each Tuesday night by Tony Moll? The draw is at 5pm and fishing is from 5.30pm till 9pm. For further details give Tony a call on 07828-190405.

*CORNER pegs still seem to be dominating the action in the Fenland Rods matches but that will change as the warmer weather arrives. For now though a good draw is essential on the new strips at Decoy.

In Sunday's club match on the Elm Pool Matthew Lutkin took full advantage of peg 13, bagging a level 74lb of carp on a luncheon meat and paste approach.

Kevin Lee on peg 23 was going well in the early stages of the match, catching on pellet up in the water then switching to meat in the latter stages to record a 60lb net of carp. Mel Lutkin came third on 39lb from peg 15.

*PATCHY sport on the lakes at Rookery Farm Fishery have seen some cracking match weights, some very good pleasure weights but also some poor results.

Like most waters a spot of sunshine would improve the action rapidly. On Jay pool local club Chivers AC found the going pretty tough, Joel Scott coming out on top with 17lb 8oz.

Joel fished a feeder to the far bank with red maggot the best bait. Zac Wiltshire came second from peg 1. He fished corn close in to record 16lb 2oz followed by Glen Chivers on 13lb 8oz.

*SPORT was a little better on the Rook Pool for the Ramsey AS lads, but not much, Andrew Kilby taking the honours with a level 25lb from peg 10. He fished a pole and pellet combination, catching small fish steadily all day.

Pete Bass did well to come second from peg two as he had a blustery wind to contend with all day. A feeder was his preferred method with luncheon meat on the hook. He finished on 19lb 8oz, followed by Keith Rayment on 11lb and Paul Kilby with a level 10lb.

*MORE and more of our local rods are heading over to the Head Fen Fishery as news of the cracking sport on offer gets around. Not only that but the matches are also qualifiers for a £1,500 jackpot final.

Val Coleman, fishing for the up and coming First Cast squad from King's Lynn, drew peg 15 and caught steadily all day, fishing pellet in the margins and down the middle to weigh in 85lb 12oz and take the top spot and a place in the grand final.

Result: 1 V Coleman, First Cast, 85lb 12oz; 2 J Millard, Cambridge Albion, 79lb 12oz; 3 C Gifford, Suffolk's Finest, 74lb 8oz; 4 S Jackson, Headfen Lakes, 74lb 6oz; 5 P Hendy, Browning Stanjay, 69lb 2oz.

*IT is not easy to make the frame in Decoy Lakes opens, especially on the Beastie pool, but I have a feeling that March youngster Alex Bates could be the one to do it on a regular basis before this season is over.

However, once again Van den Eynde rod John Whincup stole the glory, putting a mix of tench and carp to the scales from peg 8, weighing 87lb 8oz. His usual up in the water tactics with pellet scored well but several bonus tench taken early on made the difference. Tony Dawson came close with 85lb 8oz followed by Alex on a level 83lb, just one decent fish separating the top three anglers.

Saturday - 1 S Smart, Corby, 95lb; 2 R Edmundson, Ringer Baits, 88lb; 3 S Dow, Decoy, and L Marlow, Corby, both 65lb 8oz.

Tuesday - 1 S Smith, BCUK, 83lb; 2 K Wadge, Spalding, 61lb 8oz; 3 R Cuthbert, Webbs, 57lb.

*AT the recent Ramsey AS AGM club members were told of yet another good year for the club, bucking the trend of so many of our local angling clubs that have found it tough going over the past few years.

Good management has seen the club's finances in a sound position, so much so that they have decided not to increase prices for the forthcoming season.

So adult books remain at £15, OAPs at £5 and juniors will still be £3. Great value I think you will agree in this day and age where everything seems to go up year on year.

*THERE are a few team places left for the Head Fen Spring/Summer series to be fished on both lakes at the fishery.

It's £20 to enter a team of four anglers, match organiser Marcus Bailey expects a full house so get in quickly if you fancy your chances. Dates for the event are, May 11 and 25, June 8, 15 and 29. You can book in by calling Marcus on 07971-574375.