Andy's handy catches

Maver MK'S Andy Jones got MKAA's summer league off to a blistering start '“ topping Sunday's opener with 68-5 of slabs!

Thursday, 14th July 2016, 6:00 am

And that was more than DOUBLE the 32-3 landed by Phil Bardell at the next peg...but the pair being in the frame did neither of their teams much good as Jones’ crew finished fourth and Bardell’s Tackle Hub Platinum last – sixth from six.

GoneFishin’s Steve Wright was third individual with 14-1.

Teams: Tackle Hub Silver 10, GoneFishin 12, TH Gold 13, Maver 14, Royal Oak 16, TH Platinum 19.

Canal & River Trust electro-fishing specialists have started removing as many zander as possible from the local cut – work part-funded by £2,500 donated by clubs and individuals.

Last week’s first sweep – Three locks to Peartree, where there should have been hardly any – yielded some 50 Zs, plus a 40lb Luton-stretch cat which is now in that club’s licenced lake.

The team are working their way north to Braunston.

Olney’s Ouse produced a 7-14 bream for Jamie Knight while down toward Turvey veteran Ron Kyte had a 6lb chub on flake, centrepin and crowquill. Yes...a genuine olde-world crowquill float!

On Bradwell Lake Andy Cooper had five tench to 7-4 plus some pound-roach in just three hours. Paul Abbott had four double-figure bream to 11lb from Caldecotte and Bob Gail an 11-11.

Claire Connor caught a 26lb PB common from Furzton. Ashley Holland had a 12lb Grand Union carp. Fishing Newport’s pits James Scobbie had an 18lb mirror (looks like an ‘original’) and Ade Watson perch to 2lb.

Osprey’s three-day Lakeside festival produced a stream of ‘ton-up’ catches. Day one, Ed Blaine 150lb, Chris Lovelock 108lb, Haydn Edwin 67lb; day-two, Lovelock 145-10, Blaine 94-10, Adam Griffiths 78-14; day three, Neil Fenner 121-15, Blaine 111-14, Lovelock 105-8.

Towcester, Wappenham: John Balhatchett 82-8, Kevin Elliott 41-8, Paul Robinson 38lb.

Kingfisher, Boddington: Neil Richardson 71lb, Austin Maddock 24lb.

MK Vets: Canons Ashby: Paul Chapman 49-9, Mick Hefferon 38-9, Paul Swain 31-3.

Towcester Vets, Barby Marshes: George Minards 41-14, Dave Prodger 40-12, Kevin Nightingale 21-1.

Calvert, Hill View Farm: James Lewis 32-12, Tony Richardson 14-3, Dave Lewis 3lb.

DATS evening league, Lodge: Phil Bardell 6-9-8, Ernie Sattler 5-15-8, John Hewison 4-15.

Linford, Wharf canal: Roy Hefferon 4-15, Nick Barker and Pete Whatley both 1-10.

FIXTURES: Sunday, Olney Ouse open 01234 240061 and charity open, Furzton, 07970 047606. Furzton fest: Aug 24, Vets, 01908 565446; Aug 27 ‘float only’ Aug 29 Frank Swan, Sept 23-25 carp open, all thru GoneFishin 01908 313158; Sep 10, ladies, Tear Drop 2, 01908 320007.

CLOSURES: Linslade area canal could be ‘difficult’ July 25 to Aug 1 – a thousand people plus boats expected for festival.