Braving the cold waters

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Frost on frost plus bitter winds made fishing grim for most at the weekend... whether on canal, lake or river.

But White Hart’s Barry Neal still managed a nice warm glow of success on Whitings – winning his club’s match with four chub and bits on stick-floated maggot for 13lb.

Mick Elsom had smaller chub and some roach on the pole for 8-8 from Stone Park for second spot, with Dennis Walden third (Whitings) on 7-6 as 11 anglers totalled 47-9.

When an EA fishery team led by Alex Malcolm (thanks for being out there in the cold lads) test-netted what is likely to become a new MKAA water, all they could find in four acres was sticklebacks.

And that made MKAA development officer Mike Reveler, who had persuaded the rod licence-funded experts to give the lake the once over, a happy man as it means the association can start stocking with a clean sheet.

Alder’s winter league final round saw Rushden Sports top on the day with 36pts followed by Got Black 26 and Chiltern 22, which put Black top of the league on 187 with Rushden on 140 and Got Red 134.

Tuesday’s ‘affordable’ Alder’s open started with communal ice-breaking... and Trevor Price found 33lb of skimmers enough for his third win in a row. Mick Woods had 25lb and Richard Brain 24lb.

Stony’s ‘Island’ Ouse was on form for the club’s Christmas match as Chris Malia netted 12-9 of roach and good perch. Steve Chilton’s 9-7 included a 3lb stripey. Paul Hamilton had 7-14.

A fiar few fish were on the move for Olney’s Ouse fur & feather, despite the river rising several inches over night. Paul Caton was top with 12-5 of roach and dace – alternating punch on pole with wagglered maggot. Pete Hawley lost two big perch but still weighed 6-7. Alan Lambert had 6-6 and Jim Martin included a 5-7 tench in his 6-2.

MK vets’ midweek festive do on the Stony Ouse had seen Steve Chilton top, again, on 8-4 ahead of Didder Hefferon 6-7 and Mick Hefferon 6lb.

Golden oldie Charlie green topped Calvert’s Buckingham town river sweep with 4-1 as wife Dawn made second on 1-3. James Lewis had 1-2.

Towcester Broadwater Tove was in dire mood when Tony Hirst won with 1-12. Mick Goodridge had 1-8 and Darren Pannell 1lb.

Gonefishin’s ‘office outing’ – drop-shotting on the cut back of ‘the works’ saw young Colin Campbell with a 5lb pike... as everyone else blanked.

Fixtures: Sunday, Sunday, Alders Christmas open 07860 235655; Dec26 MKAA get-together on Stony Main and Jan 1 hangover open on Brush Mill, call 07703 556788 for either.