More big fish from Willen

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Another Willen big 30 poses for the camera with Jason Partlow – who has been having quite a run of the lake’s biggies of late, writes Trevor Johnson.

Though still trying for his first 40 from the venue, this one went 37lb while another man, recovering from a serious op, fished float-tackle match-style to bag several carp to 32lb in a morning session. Must have been quite a tonic, that.

Rumours are abroad that a 40 has been landed from Caldecotte by a ‘very secretive’ angler.

Talking of matches, MK Matchgroup’s John Kent has joined the Castle Ashby ‘specimen club’ – by landing a 25-7-8 carp during an open there.

As Bradwell’s big bream rush slowed to the occasional fish, Tackle Hub’s Bob Gale set out to be different. Finding everyone bite-less with their backs to the wind, he set up facing it, and is pictured with part of a catch which included several tench to 8-4, bream to 8lb and perch topping 2lb.

Continuing to boost local canal stocks, MKAA has added several hundred small chub to the local Grand Union. And within a couple of days Dave Gunning had caught 21 of them in a session, plus a 20lb canal common!

Since October Environment Agency officers and police have been swooping on local banks looking for rod licence dodgers. The first five ticketed have just appeared in court – receiving fines and costs bills totalling £1,050.

That averages £210 each and a criminal record for lack of a £27 annual licence (£18 for concessions) – and magistrates are likely to get tougher as more defaulters appear before them!

With more random patrols due, it can’t be worth the risk.

Osprey had a ball at Arrans in Essex as the top three totalled more than 1,000lb with Mark Newbold on 465lb, Chris Lovelock 322lb and Rus Hill 256lb. Lowest of 24 weights was 96lb...

Reporting through Willards, Steve Funnell had a 5lb tench from Linford’s cut.

Terrie Tapp memorial open, Tofts: Michel Buchwalder 92-5, Jim Murfitt 70-1, Jason Redgrave 59-14 – and £413 raised for Willen Hospice.

Potterspury annual outing, Wold Farm: Colin Meakins 90lb (mostly bream), Phil Wintle 69lb, Mick Goodridge 68-5.

Towcester vets, Tofts: Gerald Green 62-7, Tosh Saunders 35-7, Simon Cordingley 23-12.

MKAA vets, Tear Drops: John Harvey 21-2, Alan Ford 10-14, Steve Chilton 10-9.

MK spring league final round, Woolstones cut: Eamon Burke (Royal Oak) 6-1, Paul Cowern (Browning Gold) 5-14-8, Rob Dzialak (GoneFishin Blue) 5-8. Tackle Hub Gold beat Browning Black on weight for top team spot on the day. Three Browning teams filled the overall league frame.

Linford, Baileys: Lee Jones 10-3-12, Paul Chapman 8-4-4, Alan Ford 6-0-12.

Calvert, waggler-only, Claydon Lake: Derek Bishop 7-2, Dick Peerless 5-15, Ken Mott 4-14.

DATS, evening, Navvi: John Hough 3-14, Nigel Steel 3-9, Ernie Sattler 3-4.