Winds help bring out the big’uns

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Howling ‘mild’ weekend winds really warmed things up for some – especially on the cut – with roach and skimmers coming on strong.

At Cosgrove Nigel Steele topped DATS’ do with 19lb of skimmers to 12 ounces, with Paul Chapman on 6-2-8 and Steve Wright 5-2.

Reporting through Willards, Mick Nimo bagged 80 or more fish in a little over 90 minutes on the Galleon Strait, and reckoned he couldn’t go wrong on the punch, while at Peartree Bridge John Lewis man Pete Sidler – also on punch – had more than 40 redfins. And another guy told shop staff that, piking with mackerel tail, he’d had an 8lb catfish from Linford’s marina section.

Giving his favourite ‘stinky cheese’ an outing on the Wolverton Ouse Rob Buckner landed the 6-2 chub pictured. He’s already had numerous 4s this winter, which is a heartening sign that good fish are coming through to replace the real biggies which will eventually go the way of all flesh.

A 20lb pike from Red House pit has been reported through Great Linford Lakes Angling Centre.

MK Vets’ Alders’ pairs sweep saw Richard Latimer 84-6 (‘Latts’ fishing vets’ how time flies) and John Hewison 48-15 win, with Barry Witteridge 79-3 and Ron Bull 42-14 second.

Osprey, Pidley Lake: Gareth Price 40lb, Tony Winnock 24lb, Stuart Corp 23-12.

Towcester Vets, Castlethorpe cut: Chris Howard 8-3, Graham Martin 5-11 (147 fish inc five good rudd), John Balhatchett 3-10.

Linford, Brickyard canal: John Hough 5-8, Mick Hefferon 4-3, Mark Morgan 4lb.

Towcester, Castlethorpe canal: Paul Keal 3-10, Mick Goodridge 3-2, Chris Howard 2-10.

Calvert, Hill Cottage Farm: one of their worst results of the year with Del Bishop on 0-6 and Dave Lewis 0-1. The rest blobbed...but hot mince pies and drinks served up by the fishery owner helped cheer the lads.

Thousands more small barbel have gone into the local Ouse, story next week.

Fixtures: Sat, MKAA get-together on Stony Main, and Jan 1 hangover open on Brush Mill, call 07703 556788 for either; Sun Dec 28 Towcester silverfish do, Wappenham water 01908 563617.