Winter favours the brave

Jamie Boomer
Jamie Boomer

Winter’s first few frosts sent droves of ‘butterfly’ anglers fleeing the banks for the duration but some of those still out there are having a real ball.

Among them Tackle Hub staffer Bob Gale got among the slabs on Tear Drops and finished up with some 75lb – a catch to rival any made during the height of summer.

And Neil Richardson, rumoured to have left carping in favour of match-style fishing, had better than 50lb, mainly crucians, from a small pond.

On the match front two clubs fishing Lakeside near Towcester on consecutive days found the venue’s carp climbing up their rods despite rapidly falling temperatures.

Tove Valley Matchgroup’s Chris Garrett scored his third successive win, with 100-5 followed by Maver MK trio Phil Wintle 76-8, Ian Smith 68-14 and Andy Jones 58-13.

Next day was even better as Chris Lovelock topped Osprey’s do there with 132lb, Followed by Mark Wilson 94lb, and Steve Carthy 91lb.

It was tight at the top in MK Vets’ midweek Canons Ashby do as Austin Maddock squeaked home with a two-carp-and some skimmers 32-1 – just five ounces clear of Bob Gale. Martin Cunniffe had an all silverfish 16-11 for third.

Glebe’s match on Heron saw Dave Jones the runaway winner with 21-4, way ahead of Dave Haddon 11-4 and Mark Bunyard 9-12.

Calvert opted for the Ouse in Buckingham, Sunday, where Derek Bishop walked it with 6-4 as Dave Lewis had 2-7 and Tony Richardson 1-9.

Linford’s Boatyard canal sweep went to Roy Hefferon with 5-10 with John Hough 4-5 and Mick Hefferon 4-1.

Kings Arms’ visit to the Stoke House cut saw Leanne Kehoe win with 4-11. Top bloke on the day was Peter Fish (that really is his name) on 4-6 with Steve Parker third on 4-2.

Olney’s Spooner Cup on the Ouse was a low scoring do as Graham Clipson won with just 2-14, a pound-and-a-half of which was one perch. Barry Glidewell netted 2-11 and Pete Hawley 2-2 – the latter’s efforts being enough to help him top the club’s annual points series.

Don’t bother fishing the cut between Great Linford (bridge 78) and Leighton Buzzard, Sunday – there is a canoe charity event.

Fixtures: Sun, Towcester Hesketh Trophy Tove open, 01908 563617; Tues Nov 3 and Sat Nov 7, Olney Ouse opens, 01234 240061.