Fishing for fun at Furzton Festival

MICHAEL Buchwalder in the Frank Swan memorial
MICHAEL Buchwalder in the Frank Swan memorial

Like him or loathe him...Phil Bardell would have to be odds-on favourite in any 'book' on Furzton Festival matches having just won his sixth in seven years!

This time it was his first Ken Ball memorial vets' win – he's topped two float onlys and three Frank Swans in years past – as he netted 99-5 (including carp to 21-14) from THE much-favoured peg behind the island which he has now drawn FOUR times.

MICHAEL Weeks (8) showing off his new PB

MICHAEL Weeks (8) showing off his new PB

Way behind him in Wednesday's match, which raised £200 for Willen Hospice, Myles Phillips had 38-10 and John Hewison 35-10.

Saturday's 'float only' saw Paul Abbott and 'Mitch' both net 21-7 of bream and skimmers with Rob Dzialak on 19-19.

Carp from the far bank (thanks you Parks Trust for allowing use of the out-of-bounds bank for the festival) ruled again in Monday's Frank Swan memorial open with Terry Davis on 101lb with Michael Buchwalder getting 43-3 at the next peg, and Mirca Pereduca third on 41-2.

The latter two matches – organised by GoneFishin – raised some £850 for the hospice, with the proceeds of next month's carp match to come. Well done everyone.

BRADWELL tench for Jamie Boomer

BRADWELL tench for Jamie Boomer

WILLEN South bounced back into the big tench stakes this week when it produced a fit-looking 9-4 to a carper. At Bradwell Jamie Boomer had a 5-8 and Arthur Terrill a 4-5.

MICHAEL Weeks, aged 8, has a new PB carp after landing the 19-1 unaided from Furzton...but needed a little help from Chris Denton to hold it up while dad Gary took the snap. Lou Smith caught a 20-13 on Lodge.

NINE runs produced eight fish Big Pit fish for Paddy Sheehan, topped by a 22lb leather, while Ian Eaglestone a 6-8 bream. Ade Watson has been having fun on float on an Abbey Pit seemingly alive with chunky rudd.

MAVER MK's Phil Wintle and Dave Martin were fourth and fifth in sections in last week's 470 peg Division 1 Trent national as the team made 38th from 47.

PAUL Caton won Saturday's 33 peg 7-9 Willington Ouse series final with 7-9 of silvers. James Drakulik 7lb and Steve Clarke 6-6. Dave Tebbutt fell in...

TOWCESTER/Nene, Bishops Bowl: Brian Beard 75lb, Rob Pottering 72lb, John Broughton 65lb.

OLNEY Ouse: Graham Prince 7-9 (roach), Pete Hawley 6-1, Dave Walsh 0-11.

FIXTURES: Sep 14-16 Furzton Fest carp match, GoneFishin 01908 313158; Sep 23, Olney Ouse, Ron Bull memorial open guaranteed £500 prizes, 01234 240061;