Angling round-up August 4

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LOCAL canal angling as you know it is under threat – and the only ‘realistic’ thing we can do about it is start eating the culprits!

Zander are moving south down the Grand Union, and Andy Shaw caught the three pounder (pictured) just the other side of Blisworth tunnel.

One was also recently caught at Stoke Bruerne...meaning there is only Stoke locks between them and the city length – if they aren’t here already!

When present in numbers ‘Zs’ can hunt in packs, driving prey fish into tight shoals and leaving whole lengths devoid of small fish. Gudgeon usually ‘disappear’ first.

The imported ‘pike perch’ is an alien species and can be legally killed, like red signal crayfish.

BW national fisheries officer John Ellis said: “The only realistic way to slow their spread would be for every one caught to be eaten. They taste nice.”

Willen Hospice won as a Furzton charity match, a 48 hour carp do, raised more than £1,000 for it at the weekend. Sponsored by CC Moore and GoneFishin, it was organised by Neil Richardson who also added £150 of his own to the prizes.

Pictured left to right: Winner Mark Tyrell had seven carp for 84-13 ahead of Mick Harnett, 48-10. Julie Willis-Compton won the biggest fish trophy with a 21 pounder, organiser Neil, and Mark Crompton third, 26-12.

Maver Bait-tech have a five point MKAA summer league lead but, with one round to go, just three points span the next three squads – Kamasan Starlets, Fox Match Black Horse and Maver MK Green – in the 13 team table.

Horse won on the day with 32 points while Bait-tech, MK Green, and Team Towcester tied on 27.

Bait-tech’s Alistair Ogilvei drew opposite the steps on Lodge to win with 15 bream for 71-11. Ampthill Blue’s Mark Wells caught two carp for 26-2 and MK Black’s Ian Smith, drawn on the steps – again – had 18-13.

Two rounds to go and Jack Jones still leads DATS’ Tuesday league by four points. Phil Bardell won the latest round (Lodge) with 28-4 of slabs. Chris Mayla had 9-12 and Ernie Sattler 9-4.

Ernie Sattler (21-5) was just one ounce clear of Terry Lancaster in MK Vets’ float-only Furzton match, with Alan Ford on 15-13.

Calvert took all top three spots they fished against Steeple Claydon on the latter’s Jubilee lake, with James Lewis 34-2, Tony Richardson 12lb and Roy Ash 10-10.

Ted ‘Tarzan’ Brown lifted Beacon’s Mount Farm match with an 11-11 bream brace. Brian Cooke had 10-9.

Olney’s final evening Ouse match saw Paul Caton win with 10-9 ahead of Jack Wilson 7-3. Charlie Mynard won the Dale Rogers memorial junior cup on 4-2 as Adrian Edwards had 3-5. Miss Freyer Carroll netted 2-14-0.

Linford’s wharf sweep went to Roy Hefferon with 7-13 of roach on the seed. Mick Hefferon had 6-9.

Fixtures: August 16, Olney Tuesday Ouse open and, August 20, Floral Fiesta open – call 01234 240061.

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