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David Rainbow found some old tiger nuts that needed using up so he decided to try fishing with them at Swan Lake for carp. Also, he spodded out plenty of other goodies as he wanted to get rid of more bait that had been cluttering up his freezer. A good run late in the morning produced a cracking 10lb 8oz bream that showed signs of having recently spawned. Earlier in the week, John Murphy had a single run which resulted in him catching another good-sized bream, an 8lb 4oz specimen.
Mark Collins had another big catch of carp fishing at Gingerbread Lake including the mirror carp known as ‘Cluster’ weighing 43lb 14oz, a 34lb mirror and four more big carp. Later in the week, the warmer weather triggered off a spawning session but, in between their spawning activity, the carp continued to feed. Floater king Chris Tysoe was at the lake and got the carp feeding catching no fewer than five carp during the day including Cluster for the second time in a week.
John Murphy was getting bream bites from the moment he cast out into Gingerbread Lake but, after a heavy shower of rain, carp started topping in several areas of the lake. Soon afterwards, he had a run and struck into a fish which immediately surfaced before going down and hugging the bottom. John suspected that he was into a good fish and when netted it turned out to be the mirror nicknamed ‘The Lookalike’ weighing 42lb 4oz, the third different 40 pounder to be caught from the lake this year. Later in the week, Ian Fisher caught another cracking carp, this time a pristine 25lb common carp.
Teenager Conor Young caught his first ever 20lb plus carp whilst fishing overnight at Swan Lake. His fish was a 23lb 8oz mirror carp that put up a desperate scrap for nearly 30 minutes before being finally landed. Conor’s fishing companion, Kaleb, was well pleased too landing two big bream weighing 12lbs and 10lbs. Another teenager, Brad Hollidge, recently caught a 20lb 2oz mirror carp from the lake using a pop-up boilie.
Yanis Spalis has fished at Gingerbread Lake for the past two years but openly admits that it has been a bit of a struggle to get to grips with the lake’s big carp. However, this year Yan had already banked a couple of good-sized carp but was still anxious to catch that elusive 30 pounder.
Since the spring floods, all of Gingerbread Lake’s known big carp had been caught with one notable exception, ‘Cluster’, the lake’s record mirror. The doom and gloom merchants were beginning to speculate as to whether the big fish may have escaped or even died. Ian Warner was able to put their minds at rest though when he finally caught the fish weighing 41lb 3oz together with another big mirror weighing 25lbs. Ian Fisher has concentrated on fishing swims often neglected by other anglers and his tactics reaped huge dividends for him in the form of two 30lb plus mirrors caught on the same day. The two fish weighed 30lb 4oz and 31lbs respectively. Polish angler Slawek ‘Figo’ Figura caught another of the lake’s sought after residents, the cut-tail common carp weighing 29lb 12oz. Another big mirror carp weighing 39lbs was caught too thought to be the fish known as ‘The Lookalike’ or ‘Cluster Clone’. Keith Hoggett reported catching a stunning brace of fish on pellets, a 10lb 4oz bream and a surprise 20lb pike.
Ian Fisher baited a quiet corner at Gingerbread Lake that had received little attention from other anglers. He fished the swim the next day and was rewarded with the capture of a 24lb mirror carp. Later in the week, he re-visited the swim and caught a double-figured carp too. A few tench were caught during the week including a 5lb 12oz male tench by Dave Holland. Dave found bites hard to come by and very finicky. John Murphy had a surprise catch when a 13lb 5oz pike picked up his bait intended for carp.
The improving weather has really started to get fish feeding with specimens of several different species caught. Richard Bartlett caught three carp from McGregor Lake with the biggest weighing 13lb 6oz. Richard was using fishmeal boilies as bait. Peter Biernis caught a small carp around 6lbs on hair rigged sweetcorn whilst Mick Duffy tempted two bream around 4lbs each using red maggot and a pinkie. Craig Garwood caught a nice double-figured mirror too.
Tom Warren broke his p.b. when he hooked and landed a common carp weighing 27lbs from the same venue. Tom was using a chod rig fished close to some dense weed beds. Fraser Hayden thought it might be timely to try for the lake’s big bream so he opted for an overnight stay. He baited sparingly because of the low water temperature and then cast out two swim feeders baited with mixed particles. In the depths of the night he had a run that turned out to be a pristine 17lb common carp.
The next meeting of the local PAC will now be held on the 9th of October at The Wingfield Club, 37 Church Street, Ampthill. Bedford Mk452PL at 7.30pm when it is planned to have another celebrity guest speaker lined up.