This 18lb mirror is probably unique in Britain – as it is now a ‘memorial’ fish!
Pictured about to go into Caldecotte, it is a living tribute to the late Jake Crawford who, tragically, drowned in the lake almost a year ago.
Then aged 21, the dedicated carp angler rated Caldecotte among his favourite venues – and it was his regular fishing mate, Warren Lawson, who came up with the idea of adding a fish in his memory.
Warren (in the green shirt), Jake’s dad Howard, his mum Jackie and sister Emma are pictured holding the fish, surrounded by family members, workmates, fishing colleagues and postal workers from Newport Pagnell, who had all contributed to a bill of more than £400.
In a moving, but surprisingly cheerful, ceremony the fish was admired by all and then carefully released, swimming away strongly.
Selected for its distinctive markings, it has a cluster of pale gold scales on its left shoulder under the middle of its dorsal fin.
Howard said: “We hope anglers will catch it in years to come, see that marking, think of Jake, and let us know his memory is alive and well.”
Jackie added: “We’d like to thank everyone who donated in memory of Jake.”
The stocking complied with all legal requirements.
Gonefishin Right stormed to a four point lead in the MKAA spring league second round on the Manor Fields and Mill Road cut... but their stablemates Gonefishin Left are in the overall lead (66 points) – six clear of Ampthill who are just one ahead of Maver MK Black.
The latter’s Bryn Wignall was top with 17-6 of Nagles’ bay bream, beating Right’s Mike Buchwalder 12-1 and Browning Gold’s Mark Davis 11-7-8.
Saturday’s individual league Tinker’s bridge opener went to Ernie Sattler with 11-6-4 of hemp roach as Paul Neave had 6-7-4.
Osprey’s Lakeside do fell to Neil Fenner with 103lb of carp as Richard Green had 99lb and Ian Millin 97lb.
MK vets scored a clear win in their latest clash with Towcester’s oldies – at Canons Ashby – as city ‘ex-pat’ Paul Barnes netted 22-12 of carp and bream with Ernie Sattler on 19-1. Tows’ Gerald Green came oh so close with 22-2.
Sunday’s Towcester mini Bairstows open was dominated by mini-carp as Dave Gibbins netted 8-8, Gerald Greene 4-11 and Dave Martin 4-2.
A mixed bag of more than 7lb (3.5 kilo) put Didder Hefferon top of Linford’s Wharf sweep with Ron Dorrill 2.38k and Mick Hefferon 1.5k.
Paul Chapman won DATS’s Cosgrove cut match with 5-10-8 as Ernie Sattler had 4-14 and Lee Jones 3-12-8.
Sadly Steve Pauley, aged 62 – a long-time regular on the MK-Newport match scene – passed away on Friday, following a short illness. He leaves a widow and a family.
Fixtures: Sunday, Towcester open, Wappenham Water, 07973 861174.