Points Match 1, The Cam, Baits Bite, 21st June 2020

Waiting for the draw we watched streams of bubbles rising from the depths for as far as the eye could see, was a large shoal of bream/skimmers patrolling? Thoughts went to last year’s new boy Russ Smith who in this same stretch landed a 4 lb 3 oz eel, maybe it was taunting us now that it had put on some more weight? The only distraction of more interest was the haircut sported by John Read, whoever did it was obviously out of practice and it destroyed his camouflage as the reflection from the scalping was like a beacon visible for the full match length!

Trevor finally got round to the draw but attracted some suspicion as he seemed to have forgotten to wash his hands of the ‘sticky mag’ as he picked out peg numbers 1 – 9 in just 10 draws, saving a higher number for himself in the favoured second section!

After all the excitement things soon settled into a more sober mode as a gusty downstream wind made presentation on the pole very difficult and bites were hard to come by. After ½ an hour it became clear that despite great expectations big weights were unlikely and every small fish was going to count.

News then arrived that Craig had found a good tench towards the A14 bridge end and that Jason and Gwyn nearer the lock were catching plenty of small roach. Hope nearer to me was raised when Kevin hooked a decent skimmer but after a short tussle he found himself having to pull harder than he wanted to keep it out of the weed and sadly parting company with at least a pound of fish was a depressing sight.

Rumour then arrived that Rob Turner had hooked a monster but it turned out that he had thought he was still at Mepal and had cast way over the river into the field beyond hooking a local teenager on a moped. It should be remembered however that last year he employed similar tactics and did find a few bream including a 5 lb + specimen.

With all excitement over the rest of the match was spent scratching for small fish although a glimmer of hope was raised when the wind eventually dropped to make the last hour slightly more productive. While Russ Smith couldn’t fish this year he did walk the bank with his wife to see how we were doing and sent the attached picture to record the event.

With all excitement over the rest of the match was spent scratching for small fish although a glimmer of hope was raised when the wind eventually dropped to make the last hour slightly more productive. While Russ Smith couldn’t fish this year he did walk the bank with his wife to see how we were doing and sent the attached picture to record the event.

Our next points match on 5th July has been moved from The Lark at Prickwillow to The Old West. As usual please book with Trevor if you wish to fish, details as per the club book.

Ian Claydon

Points match No. 1 Fished The Cam, Baits Bite on 21st June 2020
NameWeightPoints
lbozdr
Jason O'Dell810013
Gwyn Andrews710012
Craig Nicholas5*3011
Kevin Saunders415010
Adam Biggadike41209
Dave Keedy4908
John Read3907
Simon Deal21006
Ian Claydon2805
Ken Whitmore11504
Trevor Sturge01503
Mark Freeman01202
Paul Sumption0501
Jamie BruceDNW1
Bill ScottDNW1
Glen FreemanDNW1
Rob TurnerDNW1
Andrew LindsayDNW1
* included a tench of 3 lb 10 oz