Angling by Trevor Johnson: May 16

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There are carp twice the size of this 18-2 common in Furzton – but it was still a REAL red letter day catch for Rob WIlkinson!

For the 74-year-old battled with it for more than 30 minutes, having hooked it on three maggots and a size 16 to 4lb line on light waggler rod, before his mate Rob Nurshaw (who took the picture) could net it for him.

But he paid a price for his fun. Already suffering from a chronic bad back, he said: “I could hardly stand up for two days afterwards... but it was worth it.”

Across the city on another of MK’s great lakes, Steve Lindop (pictured) bagged an 11-2 bream – possibly MKAA’s best of season so far – from Willen on boilies, and a 13lb carp.

By the time you read this, this year’s MKAA books should be on sale in local tackle shops.

Alders’ Sunday do saw the carp mad on feed as Josh Blavins won with a mind-blowing 295lb ahead of Richard Brain 267lb and Trevor Price 241lb... and Jim Stubbins’ 206lb was ONLY good enough for 6th!

Osprey’s Lakeside pairs sweep saw Gary Page and John Lawrence win with 165lb as Page made top spot with 105lb followed by Neil Fenner 81lb and Keith Steadman 80lb.

A shoal of bream right next to Bowlers bridge helped Maver Image’s Tom Boyce to a runaway win in MKAA’s spring canal league third round – with fish to 4lb for 25-4.

Squadmate Dan Jones had 12-5 and Ampthill’s Stuart Kitely 10-8. Image made top spot on the day, 38 points, beating Browning Red 37 and Gonefishin Left 33.

With one round to go, Left are right on top of the 14-team table (99 points), followed by Red 90, Ampthill 89 and Image 88.

And another cut bream shoal, this one at Manor Fields, saw Dave Mclellan top MK vets’ do at 22-6. John Hewison had 4-14 and Ernie Sattler 4-13.

Bucko’s Holmes Farm charity pole championship round went to Jake King 50-7, as Lloyd Hayes had 49-10 and Jack Chennell 49-4.

Towcester’s Wappenham Water open saw John Balhatchet with 38lb of carp (and a 3lb barbel) with Kevin Nightingale on 35lb and John Broughton 31lb.

DATS’ Tuesday evening do went to Ernie Sattler from an end peg – again – on the Navvi cut with 8-15 which included a 4-14 carp. Gary Britton 6-6 and Mark Haynes 4-5.

Roy ‘Didder’ Hefferon topped Linford’s wharf canal do with 3.05 kilo ahead of Mick Hefferon 2.01 and Steve Fennell 1.75.

Newport’s Abbey Pits spring league opener, last week, saw Jim Drakulic top individual with 9-7 as John Hewison had 8-13 and Paul Abbott 8-11. Dizzy’s Drawbags took top team spot with 21 points.

Fixtures: Sunday, Towcester open, Bairstows, 07973 861174.