Angling by Trevor Johnson: March 21

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MK Angling Centre scooped three of the top four places in Sunday’s final round, but it was GoneFishin who took the MK winter league title!

With the match on the cut – postponed from the river due to flooding weeks earlier – hopes of good weights were not high. But the snow and rain-lashed match produced, at 3-8, the highest average weight per man of the series.

Paul Abbott (GF) had 7-13-8 of skimmers from the Red Lion end followed by MKAC men Mark Haynes 7-4 and Paul Neave (Willowbridge area) with 6-3 which included a 1lb crucian. League positions: GF 57, MKAC 51, Raiders 50, Ampthill 46, Olney 14.

Abbott was the series individual champion – four section wins in a row – with 20 points, one ahead of MKAC’s Ernie Sattler.

Good luck to Terry Lancaster and John Hewison (ages a state secret) who are in this weekend’s England vets’ team trials.

What a spotty! Gary Maton (pictured) blued part of his John Lewis bonus, LOL, on a trip to the Test in Hampshire for this 6-12 sea trout, plus some grayling and brown trout, while trotting sweetcorn using a ‘pin.

Despite water temperatures of just 2 degrees... the last day of the river season saw some landing cracking fish.

On the Towcester Tove (10 metres bank-to-bank at its widest) Mick Goodridge pole-fished for an incredible 25 chub, fish from 2 to 4lb and totalling a stunning 60lb plus, and lost five others. And he could have had more.... but had to stop to go and collect his kids!

On the Whitings Ouse Rob Buckner (pictured) used his trusty stinky cheese and garlic paste to tempt a 7-6 chub.

And having had a 5-10 from Adam’s Mill the previous day, I fished Passenham Meadow to land a 4-14, 4-8 and 4-2. The smaller two came on consecutive casts using punch on six metre whip (NO elastic) and 2lb bottom, which was a tad nerve-testing...

Fixtures: no fishing on Lodge and Wolverton Mill until June 16; Alders’ Easter festival March

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