Angling round-up: August 24

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IT MIGHT look like a baby combine harvester on steroids...but this hi-tec weed cutter could be the answer to many local anglers’ prayers.

Bought and operated by MK Parks Trust, it can clear acres of swim-choking weed in a single day and, amphibious, can trundle straight up banks to dump its harvest well clear of the margins.

And not limited to Parks Trust waters, it and its operator can be hired at commercial rates and, pictured here by Phil Oxley, is seen clearing a local club lake.

A porky pig of a 7-2 tench, presumably as yet unspawned, was caught by Roger Stratton during a session on Dimmocks when he was happier than usual to get a good’un – being somewhat in need of a face-saver at the time!

He said: “Being helpful like (as always) I’d told a lad fishing in 18 inches of water to fish the deeps as he wouldn’t get any tench in that spot. Then he promptly caught two, one after the other. I’ll keep my mouth shut in future...”

As ‘Essex-based’ Team Raiders finished 16th in Saturday’s Division 2 national on the Basingstoke canal...their 10 man squad had ended up including no less than six Milton Keynes aces – John Hewison, Dave Shultz (7th in section), Steve Davis, Paul Neave, James Mead and Gary Britton – all honorary Essex boys for the day.

Oakwood Angling had a clear win. Browning Matchgroup, which this year fished MKAA’s spring league, were 24th. Northampton Nene made 39th, Kings Arms & Cheshunt 42nd and Tring Anglers finished 46th from 47.

MK Vets’ trip to Brackley’s St James lake saw Paul Barnes win with 25-6 of bream on feeder as Les Smith weighed 19-12 and Tony Richardson 11-6. It was also the final Ted Brown trophy round, with Ernie ‘can’t be beat’ Sattler overall winner on 363 points, 17 clear of John Harvey.

Top rod in Olney’s floral fiesta Ouse open turned out to be Tony Sinfield with 16-12 of bream (to 5-12) perch and tench on worm. Paul Chapman had 7-3 and Roy Hefferon 6-13 as 32 fished.

His first visit to Bradwell lake, Sunday, saw Kieran Perry bag a 6lb tench while Jeff Arnold had a 21lb carp.

Home club Calvert took two of the top three spots in a Claydon lake interclub as Mark Penwell had 28-1 and Dave Lewis 16-2. Beacon’s Steve Schubert had 20-12.

Towcester Vets, Heron Lake, Linford: Mick Read 8lb, George Cooke 6-1, Tosh Saunders 4-12. Linford, Brickyard: Ron Dorrill 6lb, John Hough 3-12. Beacon, Lodge lake: Austin Maddock 5-2, Brian Cooke 3-10, Gary Allen 2-12.

Towcester v Flore & Brockhall, Northampton Arm: Jim Tanser (F&B) 4-7-8, Darren Pannell (T) 3-15-8, Steve Smith (F&B) 3-2. Flore won 11-14 to 8-15.

Fixtures: Furzton Festival disabled open tomorrow (Friday) 01908 608944; Monday (29th) – Frank Swan memorial open 01908 506678. Lake open for general fishing morning Saturday 27th to midnight Sunday 28th.

Sunday 28th, MKAA multi-club Deans Road cut, turn up 8am for draw. September 13, Olney Tuesday Ouse open 01234 240061.

Catches or matches to report? Tell Trevor Johnson about it at or on 01908 270000.