MONDAY’s Frank Swan memorial was a 52 peg sell-out – and a dream come true for Gary Underwood.
Queuing for the Furzton Festival headline event draw, he told fellow GoneFishin co-proprietor Richard Swan that, after years of missing the top prize: “One day I’m going to pull a flyer of a peg and win this.”
And six hours later he’d done just that – netting six carp to 16lb, three bream and two roach for 76-8!
On the way he’d lost two more carp – one in excess of 20lb – on white boilie and red maggot fished on method feeder.
Richard, who organises the match in memory of his father, the late MKAA vice president, Frank, said: “If I can’t win it I’d rather it was someone like Gazzer who knew and fished with my dad.”
Next up was Bob ‘Lucky’ Gale with 31-8 of bream, also from the islands bank, ahead of Pete Patton with 30-14. Showing his class by framing from the hotel bank, Geoff ‘granddad’ Ringer (pictured) had 28-6. Including the raffle the match raised £500 for WIllen Hospice and, overall, this year’s festival looks set to raise around £1,500.
First in the series had been a junior match – on Tear Drops for ease of whip fishing – which saw the U14s’ Mason Streeter win with 2-1 ahead of Jack Moroney (U17s) on 1-15.
The sell-out Ken Ball memorial veterans’ open saw Austin Maddock top with 25-12 of bream in a close fought-battle with John Harvey 24-1 and Steve Schubert 22-12 – on a day when bright conditions and soaring temperatures made fish finicky and led to sunburn for the unwary.
Friday’s match for the disabled was just the opposite, damp and miserable, and Harry Butler won with 8-12 as Ken Carpenter netted 5-8, Nuala Gray 5-4 and Henry Snell 5lb.
Over on Tear Drop 4 leisure angler Mike Currie fished popped-up sweetcorn to net a 23-6 common while Ross Purcell had a 22-11 mirror from Tear Drop 2 and Dave Cowling a 21-14.
Calvert rods took 1st and 3rd when they fished against Victoria AS at Dinton, with James Lewis on 19-2 and Barry Smith 8-11. Dave Lewis won Calvert’s Claydon lake pairs do on his own, Monday, with 19-12... Les Smith and Austin Maddock were runners-up, 19-1.
Towcester’s Bairstows match fell to Mark Read on 26-6 – nine small carp. John Broughton had 11lb – including a 10-10 carp.
Ron Dorrill topped Linford’s annual cup boatyard match with 5-8 of skimmers as Mick Hefferon netted 3-2.
MKAA’s ‘multi-club’ match on Dean’s Road cut, Old Wolverton saw Russ Nash top with 3lb followed by Ernie Sattler 2-9. The ‘golden peg’ pot remains intact at £99.
Gary Maton’s latest Wappenham Water outing saw the lad net more than a dozen double figure carp. They seem to like him, for some reason...
Fixtures: September 13, Olney Tuesday Ouse open 01234 240061. October 1, Furzton Festival ladies match call Nuala 01908 320007.