One fish doesn't make a winter...but Karl Seidler's near four-pound perch could be an omen of a good stripey season to come on the Upper Ouse?
With big river perch seemingly rarer than rocking horse droppings all summer, Karl Seidler set the grapevine throbbing with a Bradwell Lake Ouse 3-14 on Friday morning.
And it took some landing as on 16 to 2lb line, centre-pin and light rod. Catching silvers on double maggot, he hooked the biggie after letting his float trot that bit further downstream.
Yards away Keith Cross bagged a 26lb Bradwell Lake common while, elsewhere on the river, Mark Fisher had his first ever 5lb plus chub.
MICHAEL Buchwalder has been at it again – framing in big matches that is! Two weeks after sharing £16,000 and the world pairs title with buddy Rod Scott in Ireland, the lad added a Feedermasters Champs third place this weekend.
That brought him £2,500 for a two-day 56lb of bream on Bough Beech in Kent as Steve Ringer earned £4,000 with 60lb and Darren Cox scooped the £12,000 top spot with 67lb.
ON a much lower pay-day GoneFishin co-boss Gary Underwood won the Waters Edge Black Horse Lake open with 63-1 of slabs. Phil Bardell had 50lb and Richard King 47-12.
DAVE Tebbut was in winning mode, too – topping the Sherington Bridge Ouse open with 14-9, mostly small perch. Pete Hawley had 9lb of roach ahead of Paul Hamilton 7-6.
DOING a midweek photo-shoot for Matchfishing magazine, on Tear Drops, Jon Arthur netted a shoal of silvers and a couple of tench.
MK Vets, Clattercote: Richard Lattimer 25-6, Paul Chapman 20-14, Dave Cantrell 18-1.
KINGFISHER, Tear Drops: Dell Rowland 13-7, Steve Chilton 8-3, Steve Carr 7-7.
CALVERT, Claydon Lake: Dave Lewis 10-11, Les Smith 9-12, Tony Richardson 8-2.
A 30-5 new PB common was Tony Snelson's reward on the Big Pit, along with a 7-12 bream. Tyler Fitzpatrick landed a 23-8 from Furzton – several others had big doubles and low 20s – then moved to Willen for a 9lb bream.
LODGE carp have been well on the move again with plenty of fish to low 20s coming out while Toni Richards had a 4-6 tench. The canal – water temperature down almost 10 degrees Fahrenheit in a week – produced perch to 2-9 for MK Piker.
NEWPORT have added 250 tench to around eight ounces to the Big Pit and Abbeys.
FIXTURES: Saturday, MK Individual league final round; Oct 15 Towcester open (Castlethorpe cut) 01908 563617.