Angling by Trevor Johnson: January 10

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SNATCHING a fleeting window ‘tween floods, Rob Buckner got his year off to a flying start with this mighty 6-11 Ouse chub.

Fishing his favourite stinky cheese and garlic paste on Whitings tempted the big ‘un (pictured above) and a 3-8, Saturday. Now he’s out to beat his last season’s 7-4 best.

These days there’s no winter break for the hardier carpers – and Richie Salive (pictured) celebrated New Year’s Day with this big local double.

YoungsterJack Moroney has landed a 12-12 barbel from Olney’s Ouse, and over the festive break Nigel Laurie – reporting through MK Angling Centre – had whiskers of 11 and 8lb from Newport’s flooded Ouse, having put in a lot of hours for his brace.

They thought it was all over when Ernie Satller drew ANOTHER end peg in the latest MK club get-together... and it was! He won the match and scooped the near £400 – accumulated over two years – ‘golden peg’ pot.

He was about as popular with some others as George Osborne at a benefit claimants’ forum, but Ernie was delighted with his 3-10-4 win on DATS’ Navvi section. Rus Nash had 2-13-8 and Rob Dzialak 2-10-8.

Newport’s Riverside Ouzel open produced some cracking weights, Sunday. Dave Tebbutt won with 18lb of roach and three perch to 3lb for 24-10. Martin Greene had over 250 small roach on whip for 21-12 as Steve Rose landed 19-2 of quality roach.

Flooded off the Ouse, MKAA’s ‘hangover open’ turned out to be a real headache on the Tuborg strait cut. Rupert Ash had 2-15, Paul Chapman 1-11-8 and Gordon Metcalf 1-4-12.

Towcester vets’ Astwell Mill do saw Tosh Saunders with 12lb of roach as Gerald Greene had 7lb and Grenville Read 5-1.

Sunday found the Ousebank Way section, Stony, in good form for a DATS’ knock up with Paul Chapman on 9-7 of roach, ahead of Ernie Sattler 7-14-4 and Rus Nash 4-10.

A peg next to the H3 bridge on Linford’s boatyard saw John Harvey top MK vets’ first do of the year (having also won the last one of 2012) with 6-15 of roach and skimmers, as Tony Richardson had 4-14 and John Hewison 3-6-4.

The mood was a little downbeat as, sadly, long-time member of the crew Reg Quillan had died just before Christmas.

Linford’s Wharf match went to John Hough with 4-15 of roach and perch followed by Steve Funnel 2-6.

Most caught in Calvert’s Buckingham town centre Ouse match, with Tony Richardson on 3-7, Dave Lewis 2-15 and Mark Penwell 2-12.

And fishing gnome Ken Mott topped Beacon’s Brush Mill Ouse sweep with 4-8. Austin Maddock had 3-2.

Fixtures: Sunday, start of teams of four winter league 07703 556788. Feb 1, Newport river open, 07718 392639. Feb 4, Beacon AGM, 8pm, The Inn on the Lake.