Angling by Trevor Johnson: July 4

Terry Lancaster
Terry Lancaster

You are never too old to be a star.

And Terry Lancaster has proved it – again – by winning his fifth England Veterans’ cap in a row!

Mike Sando

Mike Sando

Early next month the MK super star will be heading out to Bosnia and the world vets’ championships.

But as few tackle-world sponsors seem to realise the value of the older guy – strange considering the age demographics of angling – honour comes with a price tag.

And like the rest of the England team ‘golden hand’ Terry (pictured when the world vets was staged on Furzton) is having to fund his own way in the tradition of the true Brit gentleman adventurer.

Best of luck mate – hope you hit double gold!

And he showed his class in Tuesday’s Alders open, winning with 184lb of carp to 9lb, with bro Charlie second on 144-14. Malcolm Talbot had 144-13...unlucky, that.

Maver MK’s Roger Clutton only weighed 2lb on the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham – but on a rock hard day it was enough to win his section and a place in the Evesham festival championship’s August final.

Mike Sando (pictured) had TWO 2lb+ rudd in one session...and some 50 other chunky rudd and roach as well! Fishing Towcester’s Astwell Mill he failed with the tench but still ended up with 20lb of redfins.

Phil Lee has caught a 6-9 tench from Olney’s Ouse.

Carp and barbel were on when Osprey fished Pidley (that really is its name) pond in Cambs and Loll Summers won with 103lb on corn and pellet. Rob Napper had 91lb and Tony Winnock 80lb.

Homeside man Jim Lewis topped with 15-12 (including a 7-12 slab) when Calvert ‘entertained’ DATS on Claydon lake, with clubmate Dave Lewis on 12-12. Nigel Steel had 6-4 for the visitors.

DATS’ Tear Drops do saw Richard Lattimer with four bream and bits for 11-4-4 ahead of Pete Whatley 7-2-8 and Steel 5-14-8.

Steve Chilton won MK vets’ golden peg sweep and the Mill Road cut match with 9-8. Colin Chart had 9-6 on t’other end peg and Mick Reynolds 7-3.

Towcester’s Castlethorpe cut was on form, Sunday, with Mick Boddilly on 6-11, Mick Goodridge 6-8 and Dave Martin 6-1 and a clutch of other weights over 4lb.

Bigger fish stayed away in Olney’s evening Ouse do. Barry Glidewell had 4-10 of bits with Jamie Knight and Pete Howley tied on 1-8.

Environment Agency tests on some dead Furzton bream showed no obvious cause of the mortalities. Spawning stresses and rapidly changing water temperatures are still thought to be the most likely culprit.

FIXTURES: Friday, canal sections 8A to 11A closed; Sunday, Furzton A, B & C closed until 2.30pm; Wednesday evening, MKAA junior teach-in Tear Drop 2, 01908 320007; July 16 Olney open 01234 240061.