THE scales simply weren’t big enough to weigh the winner’s catch on Furzton, Sunday...but it was estimated at more than 250lb!
Angling Times winter league final practice match organiser Ken Wade’s scales only went up to 20lb, and he weighed Richard Taylor’s 13-carp catch at 195lb.
But that figure included three fish – which had ‘bottomed’ the scales and were all well over the 20 mark – at notional weights of 20lb each.
The Preston Innovations DELCAC man had them on feeder and mini boilie. Maver Bait-tec Boston’s Phil Chesterton had 11 smaller carp plus some bream from the next peg for 64lb...but reckons to have lost two 30s at the net. Kamasan Starlets Darren Bickerton made 3rd from Tear Drops 2 with 41-13 of bream.
“It was a really good match,” said Wade. “Most who weighed in had double figures. I’ll be bringing some bigger scales for this Sunday’s final.”
Olney ‘eternal’ teenager Jack Moroney (pictured) really came up trumps on Newport’s Sherington Road big pit with this cracking 29lb common.
Saturday’s National Junior AA championships saw more than 100 youngsters from all over England lined up on the local cut.
MKAA’s Matthew Oliver won gold in the juniors’ match with 1.91 kilo while team-mates Luca De Michlele and Olivia Bullock won sections, the latter also top lady in the event. Suffolk County won the team stakes with MKAA runners-up.
Suffolk County’s Reds also topped the 15 team Intermediates with their Gold side second, ahead of Wakefield 3rd and MKAA 4th. MKAA’s Thomas Morretti won his section.
Phil Lock landed four 20lb+ carp – including fish of 26-2 and 24-2 – plus three big doubles and a 3lb chub from Furzton, all on Mainline cell boilies.
Roach were on the move – albeit producing finicky bites – for Kingfisher (formerly Royal Mail) in Lodge’s D section, Sunday. Steve Chilton netted 7-13 with Mick Reynolds, who could have won had he not lost so many good fish ended with 4-15 of fish to 8 ounces. Keith Harrison had 2-7.
Beacon’s Tear Drop 4 sweep fell to Jeff Duiguid with 16-6 (including a 13-6 carp on light pole tackle) followed by Brian Cooke, 4-14 of roach, and Pete Smith 1-14.
Ernie Sattler was top of the grand-pops again in MKAA Vets’ do on St James lake at Brackley with 9-3 of roach as Les Smith took 8-12 of bream on feeder and Barry Witteridge 7-14. Unlucky Roy Ash banked carp of 15 and 17lb on the pole...but they didn’t count in this match!
Dats’ match on the Stony main Ouse went to Kev Nightingale with 7-13 as Mick Harnett had 5-15 and Gordon Metcalfe 5-4-8.
One swim on Olney’s Ouse provided Richard Mynard with his PB river bream at 5-12 and Dave Philipson with a 5-12 tench...both within a few days of each other.
Fixtures: Sunday MKAA’s Ravenstone, Toombes Meadow, Furzton, Tear Drops and Lodge lake closed for matches. September 13, Olney Ouse open 01234 240061. October 1, Furzton Festival ladies match call Nuala 01908 320007.
Catches or matches to report? Then tell Trevor Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on MK 270000.