Angling by Trevor Johnson: August 29

Trevor Blackwell
Trevor Blackwell

Lightning may not strike twice in the same place but Phil Bardell did, winning the Frank Swan Memorial open two years on the bounce!

And topping Monday’s match – part of the Furzton Festival – with 132lb of carp and bream on feeder, he did it from the same peg he’d won from the year before.

Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton

Can he do it a third time?

Towcester’s Richard King took second spot with 66-8. Olney’s Paul Hamilton caught 33-12 as Maurice Williams and Kingfisher clubman Keith Harrison tied on 29lb.

Hamilton had also topped the midweek Ken Ball memorial festival vets open with 55-8 of Furzton bream on worm as England vet Terry Lancaster netted 37-5 and Towcester’s Gerald Green 26-4.

Saturday’s ‘float only’ event – a first for the festival and – like the Frank Swan open, organised by the GoneFishin lads – was marred by a downpour but produced weights exceeding the expectations of some.

Martin Greene won with 39-11, mainly roach on the pole, as Ray Baker had 36-6-8 of waggler skimmers, Richard Lattimer 31-6 and Gary Underwood 27-4 of perch.

Friday’s ‘disabled and friends’ do went to John Hewison on 11lb as Nuala Gray had 7-4 and Harry Butler 6-7.

So far this year’s Furzton Festival looks set to raise some £1,200 for Willen Hospice.

Willen has been coming alive for some and Trevor Blackwell, pictured by bailiff Mike Reveler, included this 6lb tench in a 70lb+ mostly bream catch from the north.

On the south lake (the weed piles have now been cleared) two guys were seen by Mike to have their best ever weekend’s fishing – sharing some 460lb of tench and bream.

And Damon Walmsley has had mirrors to 29-8.

MK Angling Centre – set to close at the end of September if not before – has started its final sale.

Towcester’s Stockton do saw Dave Martin with 98-13 of carp as George Cooke landed 74-3 and John Broughton 71lb.

Newport’s Abbey pits open (and £90 golden peg dosh) went to Paul Abbott with Dave Tebbutt 9-3 and Steve Glidewell 6-8.

Ernie ‘golden parts’ Sattler was top in Kingfishers’ Mill Road cut do with 8-7 of pellet skimmers while Lee Jones had 6-3. Keith Harrison and Russ Nash tied, 5-6.

Following a working party weed clearance session on Claydon lake, Saturday, Barry Witteridge won Sunday’s Calvert sweep with 6-5 as Dave Lewis had 4-12 and Les Smith 4-11. Witteridge and John Weatherall topped Monday’s pairs do with 14-5.

John Hough took Linford’s annual cup on the Wharf with 5-2. Mick Hefferon had 4-13 and Pete Wattley 3-13.

FIXTURES: Sunday, Olney Fiesta Cup and September 10, Olney open, 01234 240061.

Furzton Festival opens – 01908 320007: Wednesday (4th), juniors, Bletchley canal; Saturday (7th) Ladies, Furzton; Sunday (8th) Mixed Pairs, Teardrops 1 & 2.

Sept 22, Citizen Cup, Olney Ouse, £500 top prize, limited to 60 tickets, call 07795 124165 or email ronbull444@hotmail.com.