Landing more than 300lb in a match and NOT winning would leave most anglers wondering just what they need to do for top spot.
That was the fate of Derek Smith and Charlie Lancaster – 333lb and 322lb – as Trevor Price roared ahead to claim the Alder’s sweep win with 369lb.
And with the carp gagging for his ‘stinky maggot’, that was his second triple ton of the year.
Sunday’s start of the river season saw surprisingly few people out on the local Ouse and Ouzel – except around Olney where the main hope (largely unfulfilled) was for barbel.
Among those who did catch was Peter Lima who had a 5-15 tench, Adam Short a 7-6 bream, and Les Wallis 2-14 perch.
Meanwhile Monday saw Roger Stratton net chub of 4-10 and 3-8 on floatfished bread at Newport Pagnell – and myself getting two roach for three-and-a-half ounces in as many hours on waggler near Stony...’nuff said?
Young Stefan Sadnani (pictured) made the most of a Furzton session to land carp of 18-8, 17-6, 17-2 and 7lb on Concept N1 boilies.
MK vets have a tradition of holding a ‘car park party’ complete with cake when one of their number hits their 80th year.
And this time it was Ron Dorrill’s turn – pictured by John Hewison with his spoon in the cake – surrounded by well-wishers. Candles are banned for safety reasons!
Ernie Sattler won vets’ latest do with 11-10 from the Black Horse cut, while Mick Hefferon had 6-3 and Dave McLennan 5-6.
Never mind the bait – you needed to be called Paul to frame in Newport’s Abbey pits series final leg.
Paul Neave won with 8-13, Paul Abbott had 7-5 and Paul Wright 4-8.
Lakes Lane Lads were top team on the day and topped the league 8 points clear of runnersup, Misfits. Dave Tebbutt took the individual title with 21 points.
Two carp and some bits for 13-10 put Mick Goodridge top of Towcester’s Bairstows do. Mick Boddilly had one for 3-12 and Les Goodridge 2-9.
Furzton was rock-hard for LBC’s club do. John Kent won with three bream for 7-2, Dave Martin had 6-6 and Steve Schubert 4-8.
The MKAA interclub match on Claydon Lake saw home-side Calvert sweep the board with Barry Witteridge on 5-9, Tony Richardson 5lb and Austin Maddock 4-6.
DATS’ Tuesday evening match, on the Galleon strait, saw Chris Malia with 4-14-12, Terry Lambert 3-14-8 and Lee Jones 3-13-8.
Elsewhere Osprey’s long haul to Piddley ended with Colin Taylor top on 33lb as Tony McGregor had 23lb and John Lawrence 20lb.
Note: Willen South closed to angling this Sunday (June 23).
Fixtures: MKAA junior teach-in Wednesday June 26 Lodge lake, MK 320007. July 7, MKAA summer league teams of four starts, Furzton, 07703 556788.