THE Ouse perch boom continued apace this week – with big stripeys queuing up to grab match anglers’ baits.
And, on that score, would-be winners are buying up worm stocks so fast that some local tackleshops have had to increase their weekly orders!
Big bag of the weekend was Gary ‘lucky peg’ Britton with 26-13 of fish to around 2lb to win the MKAA club get together on DATS’ Stony Main – with Lee Jones not to far behind on 21-8.
Pete Whatley had 18-9-8 and Chris Malia 8-15-8 as Steve Schubert had the biggest perch of the match at 2-13. All the weights came from a handful of pegs either side of the A5 bridge.
One man at least managed to get among the chub, though...and how!
Wagglering double red maggot on a size 16 barbless on Toombes Meadow, Tony Witten (pictured above) had double figures of small perch, and then smashed his chub PB – twice – with fish of 6-9 and 6-12! His other river catches this year include a 5-5 tench from Emberton Park weir.
Downstream at Olney, in Saturday’s Spooner Cup, Paul Caton also topped the 20lb mark, just, with 20-2 which included a 5lb tench and perch to 2-4. Les Wallis had 5-5 and Roy Hefferon 5-0-12.
And still further down, Northampton Nene’s Newton Blossomville Ouse match saw Paul Minney with six perch to 3-10 for 14-10. Dave Gibbins had five for 10-10 and Tom Newbury 6-15.
Maver MK (Matchgroup) could finish runners-up in the Castle Ashby AT winter league, having finished third in Sunday’s penultimate round. Starlets are the bookies’ bankers with 9 points overall. MK are on 19 and just 6 points span them and the following five teams.
Osprey’s Lakeside near Towcester trip saw Mark Brown win with 80-12 of carp on poled corn. Chris Younger netted 68lb and Matt Grant 50-8.
Dave Lewis topped Calvert’s Claydon lake sweep with 22-13 – which included bream to 6lb. Barry Smith had 14-2 and James Lewis 10-10.
Terry Lancaster and Mark Pollard tied on 6-13 (all bits) in Olney’s final Tuesday Ouse do of the season. Paul Caton had 6-3. Sunday’s pike and perch club match had gone to Kevin Lake with six snappers for 25-4 as Barry Testro had 11-2 and Adam Short 9-6.
Beacon found it tough on Stone Park where Austin Maddock led with 1-10 ahead of Steve Emmerton 1lb and Ted Brown 0-14.
Seasonal festivities started early for Ben Hough when he won Linford’s Christmas canal match on the wharf with 4-13-8. Mick Hefferon had 4-8-8 and Charlie Lancaster 2-11.
Towcester fished their Gayton arm canal to do marginally better than if they’d fished a roadside puddle. Mick Goodridge had 0-10-8 and Tony Hirst 0-9. No one else weighed.
Plea from MKAA: If you see dipsticks dumping newspaper bundles at Bradwell lake, please get their car number and pass it to the committee.
Fixtures: Sunday: interclub4, Stony Main. December 3: MKAA Ouse fur & feather, tickets from local tackle shops.
Catches or matches to report? Tell Trevor Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01908 270000.