Whilst the odd carp is still getting caught, it is pike that have been feeding well at BHAA’s Sandy Lakes complex. Three pike over 20lbs have been reported with the best weighing 28lbs and the other two topping 25lbs. Details of their captors are not yet to hand though.
Anthony Pogmore decided to try his luck on the river Ivel but found many of his favourite swims difficult to fish because of a constant flow of leaves coming down in the current. He managed to find one swim where the leaves were not too much of a problem and, within a couple of minutes of casting out, he soon landed a nice perch around 1lb 8oz. His next two casts produced another two perch but then the swim died. He decided to move swim but returned to it later in the day to catch a fourth perch. His next visit produced only a single bite which turned out to be a nicely-conditioned 3lb 8oz chub.
Martin Crouch fished the River Ouse at Manor Farm, Lavendon where he caught two fine perch weighing 2lb 9oz and 2lb 13oz.
All BHAA membership books for the current season have now been sold and it has been decided not to get any more printed until next season. We are sorry if this decision has disappointed some potentially new members but it was taken to safeguard our fisheries from being over-fished. New members will be able to join the Association as soon as next season’s membership books become available.
Members are reminded that live baiting is strictly forbidden on the Association’s still waters and anyone found in breach of this rule faces the possibility of expulsion from the club. Dead baiting and lure fishing are the permitted methods of fishing for predators.
Also, members requesting guest permits or casual night fishing permits must allow sufficient time for permits to arrive. In future, no one will be allowed to fish unless in possession of the relative permit and our bailiffs have been informed of this decision and will act accordingly.
Innovate Baits tester Brad Hollidge fished an overnight session with a young guest, Conor, at BHAA’s McGregor Lake and had an astonishing catch of carp for so late in the year. Brad chose a swim from where he could cast into a small bay largely neglected by other anglers whilst Conor fishing nearby but cast his baits out more into the main body of the lake. Soon, Brad started getting runs during daylight hours landing 8 carp in just one hour. After each fish caught, he re-baited his swim heavily with freebies and ended up catching 16 carp including mirrors to 15lbs and commons to over 12lbs. Finally, a descending frost convinced him it was time to call it a night so he handed his swim over to Conor who had not been enjoying any success in his neighbouring swim. However, Conor soon caught three more carp in quick succession including a 13lb 3oz common, a new personal best for the youngster. A polish member has been catching several pike from the lake up to 18lbs lure fishing around the lake.
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:
Chairman Neil Sampson went on a short lure fishing trip to a club stretch of the River Ouse with Mike Parkinson. Neil caught a couple of perch around the 2lb mark and Mike caught a new personal best, a 3lb 12oz specimen. Later in the week, Neil had an afternoon session on the River Ivel after chub. He caught a super 5lb 9oz chub from the first swim he tried and then followed this up with an even larger fish, a 5lb 14oz specimen from the second swim he fished
BHAA members will be pleased to learn that several new stockings of fish are to take place in the near future. Grace Lake is to receive a further stocking of crucian carp at the end of the month with around 1000 fish to be introduced. In addition, around 500 tench will also be stocked at the same time. Orders have been placed for mirror and common carp to be stocked into both McGregor and Gingerbread Lakes early in the New Year. Finally, the Environment Agency will be introducing about 250 barbel into the River Ivel at Tempsford as part of its ongoing programme to establish the species into the lower reaches of this river. This will mean that the EA and the Association will have jointly stocked over 600 barbel into the river at Tempsford so far.
Chairman Neil Sampson has begun his winter campaign on the rivers and has got off to a great start. He decided to target a BHAA controlled stretch of the Ivel at Sandy from where he caught two cracking chub weighing 4lb 10oz and 5lb 6oz using cheese paste to tempt the beauties.
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.
The December meeting of the of the local Pike Angling Club will be held at The Wingfield Club, Ampthill on the 11th of the month when the recently retired ex-Chairman of the Angling Trust, Mike Heylin, will be present. He will be giving a talk on zander fishing on the river Severn as well as the first four years of the Angling Trust’s existence. Later in the evening, there will be a pike-based quiz to test your knowledge. Contact http://www.bedford-pac.co.uk for further details.
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.
Anglers pike fishing at Gingerbread Lake were catching the odd fish on dead baits and roach and rudd could be seen active on the surface on most days. However, there were few signs of feeding carp but lake regular John Murphy belatedly released a photo of a mirror carp he caught at the lake a few months ago. It was the carp named as ‘The Lookalike’ which is esily recognisable by its bulbous eyes. The fish weighed an impressive 42lb 4oz, its heaviest ever weight, and was John’s second carp over 40lbs from the venue.
Few reports of captures made from BHAA’s premier carp fishery, Gingerbread Lake, have been forthcoming in recent weeks but the grapevine has revealed that it has been producing some great results. Nick ‘the Greek’ Page caught two more carp during the week to bring his tally to well over thirty big carp since the end of August. So far, Nick has banked two big commons over 30lbs including the sought after Long Common but has still to land any of the named big mirrors. He reckoned he may have lost ‘Cluster’ recently though when he played a big mirror only to see it shed his hook at the net. Unlike many anglers, Nick has found the margins to be the most productive areas where as many other anglers seem obsessed with trying to cast across the lake. The likely, sorry, Luton lads have enjoyed some great catches banking several of the lake’s really big mirrors after heavily baiting an area of the lake. Bailiff Ricky Holden, another publicity shy angler, recently caught the sought-after ‘’cut-tail’ mirror weighing 28lb 12oz. Many of the carp are still down in weight following prolonged spawning during the hot summer but are beginning to pile on the pounds again as the winter approaches.
The Sandy Lakes fishery has continued to produce catches of carp too but most of the fish caught have been taken at dawn and dusk or during the night time.
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.
Anglers visiting Gingerbread Lake may well have noticed the piles of hardcore being delivered to the site. Over the weekend, this has been used to create parking areas around the lake which should enable anglers to park in close proximity to their favourite swims and avoid the risk of their vehicles getting stuck in the soft ground. It has been necessary to chain off part of the road bank to prevent the grass track from being rutted by inconsiderate vehicle users.