Angling by Trevor Johnson: July 19

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THEY who fish furthest out don’t always catch the most – and father and son Ben and Callum Hewer have just proved it on Furzton.

Stantonbury lad Callum, 13, thought he would be left behind because he could ‘only’ fish at 60 yards while his dad was on the 100 yard mark. But Callum (pictured) out-caught his dad – for the first time ever – by five fish to one and upped his personal best with this 23-7 common.

On Bradwell lake, Martin Burr (pictured below) bagged a 12lb bream and, unusually for the venue, caught it fairly close in and during daylight. A couple of weeks earlier his mate Tony Carter had had tench of 6-8 and 7-8 within an hour of each other.

Thanks to the rain, most have stayed away from the rivers, but Alan Lambert tried the Toombes Ouse – and had best part of 20lb. Fishing double bronze under an Avon float in the crease ‘tween flow and slack he had three bream to 5lb, perch to a pound, some ‘netter’ roach and a few dace.

Bailiff Richard Morgan has been having a ball with carp on floating dog biscuit at Wappenham Water, and in one evening session landed 17 to 16lb.

This week’s Alders Pines lake open saw Gary Thorpe win with 194lb as Trevor Price had 191lb and Tony Taylor 160lb.

Osprey’s second division crew’s journey to Tay lake, Pidley, paid off for Matt Grant who won with 72-8 of carp, tench and chub. Alan West had 58-12 and Steve Grant 58-6.

Four decent carp plus skimmers put Dave Lewis top of MK Vets’ Clattercote match with 40-1 on feeder. John Hewison had 31-12 and Austin Maddock 28-10.

Paul Chapman won DATS Tuesday evening Black Horse cut do with 7-1 as Mark Haynes netted 6-2. Pete Watley had 4-11. With four rounds left Ernie Sattler leads by 26 points.

Darren Pannell won Towcester’s Gayton arm cut sweep with 4-4 of bits. Graham Martin and Andy Johnson tied on 3-4.

Thursday saw the national launch of the Canal & River Trust – a new charitable body replacing government owned BW in control of our canal network – reach Stoke Bruerne. As an angling representative I was genuinely impressed that so many people with diverse interests seem hell bent on working together to make it a success, and strongly believe we need to be part of that.

That said, none of the fancy videos featured an angler: boaters, bird watchers, cyclists, walkers and all, yes – but no-one actually fishing. I see that as a sad PR gaff undermining the ‘we’re all in this together’ theme.

First come first served – and a strict 60 peg limit. That will be Olney’s popular Citizen Ouse Cup on September 23. With the club putting up £500 for the winner, there should be several other good money prizes as well. So if you want to be in it, diary that date now.

Catchesor matches to report? Tell Trevor Johnson at angling@intermediauk.com or on 01908 270000.