Shelling out for charity REALLY paid off for city lad Mark Tyrrell: with two new PBs – including a 50-14!
And, no fat lady lured in the south of France, that prize fish came from a British water.
Entering GoneFishin’s Willen Hospice prize draw turned up trumps for Mark when he pulled the main prize...a session on tackle supremo Kevin Nash’s whacker-stocked private carp lake.
And what a blast that turned out to be as he bagged carp of 34-5, 48-12... and the massive 50 pictured.
His downside must be wondering what to do for an encore!
The draw, together with matches organised by GoneFishin staff as part of last year’s Furzton Festival, raised more than two grand – a major contribution to the £3,500 handed to the hospice at MKAA’s AGM.
Skimmers were on the munch for some in the MK spring league second round, on the Manor Fields to Mill Road cut, with Maver MK Green’s Ian Bagshaw landing 14-9 and team-mate Bryn Wignall 12-11.
Black Horse Black man Lee Newson was third, 9-5-8, with his side top team on the day ahead of Maver Green and Browning Northampton. The latter lead the 14 team field, with two rounds to go, on 76 points. Black Horse White have 74 and Maver Green 71.
Osprey had a ball at Arrans – their top five sharing almost half a tonne of carp! Top weight was Ed Blaine’s 293lb, with Peter Archer on 243lb and Ian Millin 237lb.
MK Vets’ Canons Ashby sweep saw Ernie Sattler among the silverfish to win with 45-14 as Paul Chapman had 36-3 and Dave Ridgeway 29-14.
Grand old geezer Ron Dorrill topped Linford’s wharf canal sweep with 14-8 of bream, way ahead of Dave Tysoe 5lb and Mick Hefferon 3-4.
A canal open at Yardley wharf, a ‘practice’ for the Angling Trust pairs qualifier there this Sunday (07711 086436), saw Chris Howard with 16-4 of skimmers. Tosh Saunders had 9lb and Barry Oliver 8-14.
Towcesters’s Bairstows do went to Mick Goodridge with 10-8. Dave Martin had 4-12 and Gerald Green 2-12.
Day tickets on most MKAA waters increase from £6 to £7 on June 16. But a new canal ONLY one will be £5. Concessions (juniors etc) £4 on all MKAA waters.
Goi ng to extremes in the ski-tow corner of Willen South – wading right round the weed bed to place baits and then trying to play fish ‘round the corner’, frequently breaking off on them – has been outlawed. Future offenders could be banned from all MKAA waters.
Beware: if you haven’t renewed your rod licence (due from April 1) EA ‘enforcers’ have already made two sweeps of this area... and will be back!