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BHAA members will be pleased to learn that the stockings of fish reported last week have already taken place with crucian carp and tench going into Grace Lake and young barbel being stocked into the River Ivel at Tempsford by the Environment Agency
Pike anglers have been out in force on all of the Association’s main lakes. A 20lb specimen was reportedly caught at Swan Lake whilst McGregor Lake has produced a number of good-sized fish to 17lbs. Carp were still feeding in Swan Lake but nearly all of the action was taking place in the hours of darkness.
A hard overnight frost greeted Robert Livock when he arrived at McGregor Lake on the Sandy Lakes complex. Nonetheless, the lake is capable of producing the odd run even in the coldest conditions. He cast his boilies out towards one of the lake’s islands and was soon getting small signs of fish activity on his bite indicators. Before long he experienced a confident run which he struck into. The fish was netted after a dogged fight and turned out to be a common carp around 10lbs. He fished on with renewed confidence but it turned out to be the only action for the day.
The Association was saddened to here of the loss of Ron Stapleton, a keen carp angler, who has been fishing at Gingerbread Lake for several years along with his son Andy. Our sympathies go out to Andy and his family at this sad time.
Despite some glorious late autumn sunshine, overnight frosts appear to have had a profound effect on the fish’s feeding habits. Barry Fox returned to Swan Lake keen to carry on with the frantic action he had enjoyed from pike the previous week. He had another take soon after casting out his dead baits but the fish dropped the bait and that virtually was the end of sport for him for the day.
Anglers fishing at Gingerbread Lake have been reluctant to disclose their catches of late but a report of one angler landing no fewer than eight carp in a two day session has been received with the best fish weighing 31lbs. Ian Fisher reported catching a late season tench which tipped his scales at 8lbs.
John Cartwright had a couple of hours to spare so decided to return to an overgrown stretch of the River Ivel known as Wells Meadow where, on a previous visit, he had managed to catch a personal best perch. Armed with a tin of maggots, ground bait and some prawns, he chose a swim close to where he had previously caught his big perch.
Anglers fishing at McGregor Lake have found carp to be feeding during the daytime with fish often jumping out over much of the lake. Kevin Webb decided to try Denham Baits’ ‘The Element’ boilies and, within 15 minutes, he netted a nice 10lb mirror before the fish stopped feeding. Winston Pogmore went to the less popular shallow end of the lake where he caught a 12lb 2oz mirror using Richworth’s ‘Tuity Fruity’ boilies and was unlucky to lose another good fish en route to the net.
Anthony Pogmore experienced a screaming run almost immediately after casting out but then had to watch the aforementioned duo for the rest of the day! Undeterred, he returned to the same swim the following day and caught 4 mirror carp and a common carp, the best weighing 12lb 10oz.
Membership Secretary Anthony Pogmore went to McGregor Lake but found the lake shrouded in dense fog. He need not have worried though for within a few minutes a screaming run produced a 13lb 4oz mirror carp for him using a snowman rig made up of a plum boilie and a robin red pop-up. Ray Wyka appeared who was fishing a nearby swim carrying a 13lb common he had just caught and then he followed that up with a 10lb mirror carp. Honours were even soon after though when Anthony caught a beautifully-conditioned 13lb 8oz common carp and then missed another screaming run. However, as soon as the sun broke through sport was over for the day.