ANGLING: Ringer comes so close to victory

A cold week but the temperature shot up for Don McKinness when he banked this Stanwick 37-12
A cold week but the temperature shot up for Don McKinness when he banked this Stanwick 37-12

Up against the cream of European matchmen, Steve Ringer came oh so close to winning his second Walterland Masters in three years!

Fishing the 180 peg prestige match on a ‘big’ canal in Hungary, he won his section on day-one and made second-in-section on day two.

That gave him three points – a score shared with four others...and he finished up fourth overall on weight, with his Diawa team fifth from 36.

There were some big fish about, too. The day-two winner included a 38lb carp in 
his catch, caught on the pole fishing to full international rules!

STANWICK top rod this week was Don McKinness with a 37-12 from Elsons. Alex Grice had three to 26lb and Nathan Tabor a 22 and two 25s. Dan Wright netted a 21-10 from Mallard.

SPORTS & Social (SAS) Alders: Lee Cox 119-6, Stuart Cheetham 82lb, Steve Potter 71-7.

MEADOWLANDS spring league final round: Bas Byrd 104-10 (four points clear at top of table). Ian Coxon 98-4, Wayne Colloff 88-8.

WHITE Hart Flore, Tofts: Tom Griffiths 95-8, Mark Wheeler 82-7, Darren Gibson 54-4.

TOVE Valley, Lakeside: Richard Latimer 68-8, Darren Pannell 55-2, Pete Gibson 52-12.

CASTLE Ashby: Weddy, Brickyard, Terry Fielding 36-2, Steve Smith 35-8, Frank Pizamenti 33; Sat, Brickyard, Keith Garrett 39lb, Pizamenti 22-8, Courtney Hewlett 17-12; Sun, Grendon, Steve Shakespeare 40-8, Hewlett 33-12, Pete Lovell 26lb.

TOWCESTER Vets, Cosgrove canal: Graham Martin 12-13, Terry Robinson 8-8, John Balhatchett 6-10.

TOWCESTER, Silver Lake: George Mynard 12-5, Bas Eaton 10-8, George Cooke 8-4.

FLORE & Brockhall, Barby Banks: Terry Smith 12-12, Ken Cadd 10-6, Bob Prowse 7-10.

CASTLE silverfish, Canons: John Lewis 10lb, Bob Spencer 9-14, Dave Cantrell 8-8.

FINEDON, Rysons Lake: Barry Lawrence and Steve Amos both 2-10, Roger Brain 2-5, Dave Ross 1-13.

WARNING: four-day canal boat fest, Braunston, starting April 29, expect extra boat traffic before and after.

PLEA for help: Towcester are making big strides improving Astwell Mill and looking for help on May 1 and 15 to help renew platforms. Willing helpers please call Richard, 07824 442201.

FROM June 1 ALL Nene daytickets will be a fiver whether full, evening or junior...anyone under 17 buying one can trade it in for a FREE season ticket. The club’s AGM also voted to freeze season card prices.

FANCY a shot at £15,000? That cash could be split between the top four pairs in this year’s national canal pairs championships if it is a series sell-out.

There are a few places left in the 50 peg Milton Keynes qualifier, September 24, and on the Aylesbury Arm, July 30. To find out more call 0115 9061301 or visit