Angling round-up: January 12

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BIG perch after big perch – sometimes almost 30lb at a sitting – that was the Ouse around Stony before Christmas (another two page spread in this week’s Angling Times).

But since the turn of the year it is as though someone has thrown a switch... and the river is now yielding big chub after big chub! This week it was MKAA fishery officer Phil Oxley’s turn – bagging a 7-1 (pictured) on breadflake during a Saturday afternoon session upstream of Old Stratford.

That eclipsed the 6-13 banked a week earlier by Keith Ford in the ‘hangover’ open which, for seven days, had been reckoned to be the largest authenticated chub from upstream of the A5 – ever!

And keeping up the run, Roy Hefferon, fishing for Raiders, netted a 6-4 on caster, plus a five, on Toombes on his way to being top weight in Sunday’s MKAA winter league first round on 12-2. He also lost three others.

All four top weights came from a row of pegs with Eddie Ford, Olney, on 9-5, mostly perch, followed by Mike Buchwalder (GoneFishin) {correct spell} 7-10 and Dave Pearson (Ampthill Green) 6-8. Top teams were GoneFishin 20 points, Raiders 19, MK Angling Centre Black 17 and Ampthill 15.

With a full moon and the river temperature dropping 3 degrees in as many days (though at 5 degrees it was still 5 warmer than the same time last year) back-up weights were down with a match average of 2-9.

Somewhere (my guess is Adams or back of Newport) downstream of Stony, specci {correct spell} ace Jamie Cartwright has had a 7-12 Ouse chub from a ‘club controlled stretch’... on floatfished double maggot!

City lad Mark Haynes got the peg in Towcester’s Tove open, rattling out six chub on worm for 21-3! With four pegs in a row at Shutlanger {correct spell} providing the top three weights, John Mobly had 11-7 and John ‘the Bishop’ Broughton 3-7.

Beacon found small fish feeding on Stony Island where Austin Maddock won with 6-15 ahead of Brian Cooke 3-15 and Les Smith 3lb.

One of the few giving Furzton a whirl, Neil Pancholi fished FBI fishmeal-based boiles for carp of 20-8, 18-7 and 16-11.

Back on the Ouse, Calvert fished a scratchy section at Buckingham where Mark Penwell won with 3-13. James Lewis netted 2-1 and Dave Lewis 1-3. MK Vets did little better midweek on Newport’s Riverside, despite Ken Mott, Roy and Mick Hefferon putting in a lot of work opening up 34 swims.

On a cold and windy match day 20 fished with Barry Witteridge top, 2-1, followed by Roy Hefferon 1-13 and John Harvey 1-1.

Fixtures: Sunday Jan 15 Olney Ouse open 01234 240061. Monday February 6 Beacon AGM 7.30pm, The Inn on the Lake (formerly the Beacon).

Catches or matches to report? Tell Trevor Johnson on 01908 270000.