Angling round-up: August 18

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A FEW days of warmer weather really got Furzton’s carp on the feed – and one of those to benefit was youngster Craig Cairns (pictured) who had this fine 21lb common as part of an eight fish single-session catch.

Bradwell lake was a happy hunting ground for some, at the weekend, too as Helen Havens netted a tench said to have hit the magic 10lb mark – and Russell Wallace bagged a 24lb common on boilie.

Last week city rod Michael Buchwalder – who started out in the MKAA junior squad – had been in Dorking’s Division One national-winning line-up. This week another MKAA junior national side graduate, back in the 90s, is in the news. Matchman Phil Ringer (pictured with PB 26lb carp from Stanwick) has just signed up as a consultant with mega tackle firm Daiwa.

Already a full-time angler – who made his mark by winning the first ever £25,000 Fish O’Mania final – Phil, who lives in nearby Northampton, reckons he’s landed the best angling deal of current times.

Still starting out Romany AC’s Lee Barden, 16, has just notched his first match win with 98-9 of small carp on floaters from Lakeside near Towcester.

Kamasan Starlets have won MKAA’s summer league, overtaking series leaders Maver Bait-tech in the final round at Furzton. On the day the totalled 38 points with Maver MK Green on 32 and Fox Black Horse, losing out on weight, finishing third.

Maver MK Black’s Roger Clutton had top weight with 15 bream for 38-9 as Starlets’ Maurice Williams netted 35-12 and MK Green’s Gary Underwood 28-8 – the latter’s squad-mate Ian Smith finishing series individual champ.

Final table: Starlets 127, Bait-Tech 123, ‘Horse 120, MK Green 118, MK Black 112, Olney 80, Ampthill Blue 79, MK Angling Centre Black 77, Team Towcester 76, MK Angling Centre White 74 and Ampthill Green 64.

Bream were queuing up for Austin Maddock in Beacon’s Grove Church cut match as he won with 25-4. Pete Smith had 13lb and Brian Cooke 4-6.

Calvert’s Itters Pit match saw Barry Smith top with 21-11 of silvers and perch. James Lewis had 19-10 and Derek Bishop 10-5.

MK Vets’ Mill Road canal match attracted a record 32 rod entry and raised £90 for WIllen Hospice in memory of Dave Bacon. Tony Richardson won with 8-1 ahead of Roger Tebbutt 5-13 and Ernie Sattler 5-3.

Osprey’s trip into Warwickshire saw Andy Quarnby win with 126-6 of small carp from Tunnel Farm, followed by Brian Ritchie 602 and Lol Summers 58lb.

Richard King had a runaway win in Towcester’s do at Napton – putting together 135lb of carp to 15lb. Nigel Baker netted 30lb and John Broughton 14lb.

Roy Hefferon won Linford’s Birds bridge canal sweep with 7-6 of bits as John Hough caught 4-12 and Ron Dorrill 2-4.

Fixtures: Furzton Festival – Wednesday August 24 through to bank holiday Monday (29th) – details from local tackle shops and MKAA website, but late cancellation of a 24 hour sponsored match also means the lake will now be open for general fishing from the morning of Saturday 27th through to midnight Sunday 28th.

The festival kicks off with an old geezers’ special – the Ken Ball memorial veterans’ match August 24, call 01908 565446.

Catches or matches to report? Then tell Trevor Johnson all about it at or call on 01908 270000.