IN A CLASS of his own! That was Gary Britton as he bagged 22-7 of roach in Sunday’s Newport teams-of-three opener.
Fishing caster on the whip six metres to hand for Team Caster, he paralysed the opposition on a gin-clear Lovatt at Riverside.
Five pounds adrift, Olney Red’s Kevin Osborne landed some 17lb of bream and perch with Martin Greene – GonefFishin Red – on 9-6.
But with league places decided on points, Team Caster only just scraped home, on 31 points, as Team Raiders clocked 30 and Old Scrotes 26. Thirteen teams fished.
Bletchley’s Bill McDonald (pictured, above) had a new personal best, using his MKAA season ticket to access Oxford & District’s River Cherwell, in the form of a 3-12 perch. Using worm on the lead he also had three around the 1lb. A trip to the Royalty on the Hampshire Avon late last year had seen him get a PB 12-4 barbel.
Barry Mason (pictured with part of his catch) won the latest sell-out Alders open with 203-12 of carp on bread and lead. Josh Blavins had 128-7 on maggot with Mal Talbot on 111-11.
Osprey’s long haul to an Essex lake saw Mark Wilson top with 69-12 of carp ahead of Barry Earnshaw 63-14 and Matt Grant 53lb.
White Hart found some nice fish on the Stony Ouse as Don Brown had eight Brush Mill bream on floatfished worm for 26-6. Martin Searle had 6-1-4 of perch – including a 3-11-4 – and Dennis Walden a 3-7-8 chub from the weir.
A touch of rain set the Lovatt up nicely for MK Vets’ midweeker – and Ernie Sattler showed his class by bagging a 3lb bream and a mass of bits for 19-3. Nigel Steele totalled 16-14 and Les Smith 6-6. Also midweek, Fred Kingslake, practising for a match, managed 11 chub for 40lb from Whitings.
Steve Schubert had a runaway win in DATS’ Stony Island do after landing four chub to 5-3 for 11-13-8 and losing three bigger ones. Don’t ask... the others all blanked!
Steve Emerton topped Beacon’s Stony Ouse match with 10-2 of perch as Austin Maddock had 3-4 and Gary Allen 2lb.
Everyone had at least a couple of pounds in Towcester’s Castlethorpe cut match, including Graham Martin on 5-7, Mick Goodridge 4lb and Darren Pannell 3-1.