DOUR! That was most people’s weekend sport as two overnight frosts, plummeting water temperatures and a full moon, put most fish right off.
But the ‘old boys’ with time to fish midweek made the most of the preceding days, and Tosh Saunders topped Towcester vets Dog Lane, Napton match with 27-5 of carp with Andy Jones on 27-3 and John Mobley 18-6.
And Paul Chapman came up trumps in the MK vets do on Manorfields cut as he drew his favourite practice swim and won with 7-1 of bream, mostly caught in the first hour. Charlie Lancaster, with an empty peg either side, had 5-8 and Ian Greenhood 4-13 from an end peg.
Getting started on Lodge before the sun came up and cleared the mist worked for Chris Rogers (pictured) with a very decent for the venue 7-8 bream, one of 5lb and some nice roach.
Carp to 14lb featured in his catch when James Hewitt (pictured by Mike Sando) took his young son for a session on MKAA’s Wappenham Water.
Organised by Greens Norton’s John Buxton, a sweep at Heyford Fishery saw a few ‘stoopid’ carp prepared to feed with Mick Ribbons winning on 24-8 ahead of Neil Crozier 12-5 and Kevin Folwell 10-2.
In Towcester’s Astwell Mill bottom pond do, John ‘The Bishop’ Broughton had three tench for 7-11 from the house peg, followed by Mick Goodridge 5-11 and Tony Hirst 3lb.
Dats Cosgrove cut match saw Chris Malia, despite unseasonally heavy boat traffic, put 6-5-8 of bream on the scales. Ernie Sattler had 3-3 and Paul Chapman 2-12.
The Toombes Meadow Ouse was less productive for Kingfisher, Sunday morning, than it had been for their previous week’s afternoon match and Keith Harrison needed just 3-10 of perch on poled worm to win.
Phil Bennett had 3-2 and was unlucky to break two sections of his new pole doing it. Dell Rowland caught 3lb.
Roy ‘Didder’ Hefferon won Linford’s boatyard canal section do with just 2-6-8, followed by Mick Hefferon 1-8 and John Hough 1-3.
Maver Milton Keynes got a worst case scenario start in the Castle Ashby Angling Trust (formerly Angling Times) winter league...finishing bottom from seven teams of 10.
Osprey’s match, on Rolfe’s lake, Oxon, before the frosts arrived, saw Tony Taylor win with 11 carp for 104-6 ahead of Neil Riddy 76-10 and Kiran Chavda 68-12.
MKAA’s committee would love to hear from the clowns who left a broken tent, bottles, cans, two burned-out BBQs, numerous ‘T-lights’ and other assorted rubbish behind on Saturday night – all in the ‘no night fishing’ area of Lodge.
Fixtures: Sunday, MKAA get-together match, Olney Ouse, call 01234 240061.
Catches or matches to report? Tell Trevor Johnson on 01908 270000.