Big ones are biting again

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More big bream and carp have been falling to city rods – hopefully heralding some great summer sport to come, writes Trevor Johnson.

One of the front-runners had to be Concept Baits’ tester Dean Seath, who seems to have developed a magic touch on Willen where he banked the 12-13 slab of a bream, a new MKAA record.

He has also had a 31-12 common and a 30-1 mirror, among others, from the same water in recent weeks.

Over on Bradwell Lake Jon Parsons included a 12lb slab and a 7lb tench, on boilies, in an over-nigh catch, and others have had tincas of a similar weight of late.

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Reporting through the Tackle Hub Paul Abbott had three decent tench, a 6lb bream, 10lb of roach, and lost a carp estimated at 15lb+ at the net on Tear Drops, while another customer reckons he has had carp to 22lb from Mount Farm recently.

Feeder fishing single maggot on the canal at Linford Heidi Arnold, pictured, had quite a battle with a 14-9 pike.

Canal bream were on the munch – for some – in MKAA’s spring league second round, at Manor Fields, with Oakwood’s Dan Jones out front on 17-12 from the Fenny end.

Maver MK Black’s Barry Wignall had 9-4-8 and team-mate James Mead 8-15.

Maver Black won on the day and, with 60 points, are second overall with their Green crew one point adrift. Browning Gold lead on 70.

Osprey’s Decoy Lakes trip saw John Cosby win with 77-7 of tench and carp as Ian Millen totalled 76-14 and Pete Carter 76-4.

Towcester vets’ mid-weeker at Flecknoe went to Gren Read with 75-10. Bob Eales had 42-3 and George Mynard 22-8.

MK vets travelled out to Canons Ashby where Paul Barnes had 44-4 of skimmers and carp as Ernie Sattler came close with 41-3 and Martin Cunniffe put 31-15 on the scales.

Towcester’s Bairstows sweep was an all-too familiar match of two worlds as, pegged on carp around the islands, John Broughton had 16-12, Brian Beard 15lb and Barry Eales 11-8.

Out on the open water ‘cheap seats’ pegs Mick Goodridge was top man with 5-12 of squat and pinkie silvers.

Linford’s Fagin Cup do, on the Linford boatyard length, saw Ron Dorrill win with 7-6 of skimmers as Steve Funnell had 5-8 and Mick Hefferon 5-2.

DATS’ match on the Iron Trunk end of their Cosgrove cut saw Lee Jones on 5-7-8, nicely clear of Alan Ford 4-13. Paul Hamilton and Ernie Sattler tied on 4-11-8.

FIXTURES: Saturday, MKAA individual league 1st round, Groveway cut, 07703 556788; Tues May 6, DATS AGM 7pm at Stony Football Club.