FURZTON went wild for Phil Bardel in Monday’s Bank Holiday Frank Swan memorial open – as he finished almost 100lb clear of his nearest rival!
Pulling the peg Gary Underwood won from two years ago, the Gonefishin-backed rod couldn’t go wrong as he netted seven carp to 17lb and a shoal of bream for 157-6 on feeder, while Maver MK’s Ian Smith had 60-2, mostly on the method, with Maurice Williams on 43-6 and Steve Ringer 28lb.
Midweek had seen Austin Maddock win the Ken Ball memorial veterans’ open for the second year in a row, this time with 25 bream and two roach on method for 61-5 as Steve Pauley had 34-8. Bill Lovelock had 31-7 and Geoff Ringer 28-11.
Steve is on the left of John Hewison’s picture with Austin centre and Bill – who must be heading for a telegram from The Queen anytime now – on the right.
That match alone contributed more than £200 to the Furzton Festival kitty destined for Willen Hospice. And Friday’s open for the disabled raised a similar sum as John Hewison came out on top with 14-10 – mostly roach – ahead of Denis Sanbridge 9-7 and Tom Mitchell 6-11.
The 18lb fin-perfect mirror CarpTalk that writer Steve Sharp is pictured with may not be the biggest ever to make this column... but it is one of six taken in a four-hour daylight session and shows there are still plenty of ‘lumps’ in the local canal!
Over at Alders, Gary Thorpe made the most of a flyer peg to win with 307lb as Chris Telling landed 286lb. Arriving half an hour late Trevor Price still made third with 245lb.
Osprey’s away do on Piddley Lake saw Loll Summers top with 104lb followed by Tony Winnick 85lb and Bill Boyne 84-8.
Fishing the Victoria AS Aylesbury lake, Calvert’s Dave Lewis had 76lb with club-mate Mark Penwell banking two carp for 31lb. Lewis made second in Calvert’s Claydon lake Monday open with 11-10 as James Lewis won with 25-10.
Three carp for 21lb put Wayne Robinson top in Towcester’s Bairstows match as Matt Brafield had 7-14 of bits and John Broughton 7-12 of roach.
Pegged on the ‘boatyard’ Mick Hefferon won Linford’s annual cup match with 12-4 of skimmers and roach. Alan Hursey had 5-2 and John Hough 3-12.
Charlie Mynard topped the over 11’s in Olney’s junior Ouse match at 2-15 as Philip Lee made 1-12 and Dylan Bull headed the under 11s on 1-7. SA Welding were top team.
Not everyone gets away with breaking fishery bylaws! Thanks to the Environment Agency, magistrates have fined two gents with distinctly Eastern European names £1,250 for livebaitng, during the statutory close season, on the Ely Ouse.
Fixtures: Sunday, Olney’s Fiesta Ouse open and, Tuesday Sep 11, Olney open 01234 240061.
Sat Sept 8, Furzton ladies charity open and, next day, pairs open on Tear Drops 1 & 2, also in aid of Willen Hospice, call 01908 320007 for either. Sept 23, Olney’s 60 peg Citizen Cup Ouse open – over £1,000 in prizes – call Two Brewers 01234 711393.