FURZTON, Lodge and Tear Drops fished up a storm for Sunday’s Angling Times national winter league final – with strong winds helping to get the bream on feed.
Top weight was 18 slabs for 71-14 caught at 60 yards on feeder from Furzton, followed by 59-4, 44-11, and one-time MKAA junior Martin Greene, currently with Kamasan Starlets, on 36-12. But sixth place among 100 rods went to a man on Lodge – with 21-9 of hemp roach – where midweek practice sessions had seen numerous double figure redfin nets!
Daiwa Dorking were crowned team champions, 33 points, with the most local of the 10 finalists being Garbolino Black Horse, 5th on 51.
Organiser Ken Wade said: “Those lakes are fantastic venues – it was great to bring the final to Milton Keynes.”
Is this picture a new species, a mutant strain, an escaped genetic modification...or a banana with fins what swims?
Whatever, Dave Stallward caught this gold-tinted perch from the canal near Black Horse bridge – six days after he’d caught it, or another very like it, from the same spot.
Jason Hurst, who took the picture, said Dave had shown him a snap of his first capture as they chatted by the cut. Jason walked off and, when he returned 50 minutes later: “He pulled up his net and showed me he’d caught it again, using three red maggots on a size 16.” Jason is not the only one who has never seen, or heard of, the like before.
Fished on Lodge, DATS’ match saw Alan Ford win with 22-13 of bream from the roadside as, behind the paddocks, Ernie Sattler had 11-8 of roach and Lee Jones 9-3-8.
Two 24 hour matches two months apart on Beacon’s big pit saw Derek Dickens undisputed winner with a series total of 167-9 – all carp to 26-8. Tony Beecham had 33-12.
MK Vets had a slow day on Brackley lake as Mick Reynolds won with 10-15, followed by Barry Witteridge 6-12 and Les Smith 4-10.
Charlie Lancaster topped Linford’s gale-lashed and boat-bothered Bolbeck Park cut match with 7-0-4 of skimmers and roach as Didder Hefferon netted 4-6 and Ron Dorrill 1-12.
Contrary to rumour, MKAA has NOT netted any fish out of Wappenham Water – and on Saturday Matt Osborne landed 15 double-figure carp from the venue.
Calvert’s match on Buckingham’s Woodfields lake went to Dave Lewis with 6-12 of perch ahead of James Lewis 1-1.
It was bits or nothing when John Lewis fished the Ravenstone Ouse. Bill Bradshaw had 4-12, Keith Hall 2-4 and Pete Sidler 1-12.
Ted ‘Tarzan’ Brown won Beacon’s little pit sweep with 4-13 followed by Pete Smith 4-11 and Brian Cooke 1-10.
Fixtures: Saturday, MKAA junior session Bletchley boatyard canal, call Nuala 01908 320007. Sunday, all Tear Drops booked for matches. October 1, Furzton Festival ladies match call Nuala.
Catches or matches to report? Tell Trevor Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01908 270000.