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Richard Purnell
Richard Purnell

Floods of almost biblical proportions virtually wiped out the end of the river season for most – but a few of us crept in under the bar, writes Trevor Johnson.

Cheesepaste and groundbait feeder brought Adam Short a 6-6 chub – Olney’s best-of-season – the night before the rains came, and was a great follow-up to the 8lb bream he’d had a week earlier.

Monday’s last day of the season saw a pair of ‘secret squirrels’ catching Ouse chub of 5lb and 6lb around Haversham.

And at Ousebank Way weir I had my best last-day-of-the-season ever with chub of 6-1 and 5-11 – a fantastic return on my previous day’s purchase of a Waitrose ‘Essentials’ loaf...marked down to 19p!

Yes, I’m tighter than a cork in a bottle...and who needs all these fancy HNV baits, anyway?

Fishing the Tove after having failed on the Newport Ouzel, Les Goodridge had the last-day catch of a life-time.

Just five days after the ‘tiny’ Tove had been carrying 10 feet of extra water – and had been 300 yards wide in places – he had more than 20lb of prime roach and dace in an afternoon ‘drop-in’ session, using 12 metres of pole to work double-bronze maggot under a busy road bridge which is little more than a culvert!

Kevin Osborne finished with a double figure, mostly perch, net on the Riverside Ouzel.

A Milton Keynes team – Phil Wintle, Ian Pretty and Phil Bardell – won this years six leg Meadowlands teams-of-three league by a country mile. They topped 15 teams with 83 points, ahead of Lowdowns 112, with Swan Baits and Dynamite Black tied on 125.

Saturday’s MKAA Grand Slam on Willowbridge cut saw Kevin Osborne float to the top with 7-7-8 of skimmers and perch as Dave Tysoe came oh-so-close with 7-6 and Pete Watley had 6-4.

Towcester and Nene’s joint canal sweep at furnace lane fell to Chris Howard with 14lb of skimmers on bread. Andy Kimpton had 10-4 and Tosh Saunders 5-13.

MK Vets’ Bradwell cut midweeker was another win for Kevin Osborne, 7-6, with Colin Chart on 4-8 and Dave Cantrell 3-4.

Calverts’s Claydon do went to John Weatherall, 2-1, as Barry Witteridge had 0-2. Don’t ask about the rest...

Local ace Ian Smith has finally made the big time: splashed across Angling Times’ front page. Shame about the wide-angle lens treatment making his fish look bigger. LoL.

Fixtures: April 6 MKAA AGM, Irish Club Bletchley; May 1 John Harvey Memorial open Black Horse Pit.