Steve sets a new record for the Links Pool

The largest carp ever recorded from the Links Pool has been caught by Steve Alsford, a mirror carp weighing 34lb 4oz. The fish was part of a five fish haul that included mirrors of 26lbs and 8lb 3oz and a 20lb 4oz common carp. Steve hooked seven fish altogether during his session.

Paul Saunders was due to enter hospital for an operation but managed to get in one last day’s fishing beforehand at Gingerbread Lake. Paul chose a swim in the channel area that he had fished four times previously without success. He was beginning to think that this would be another blank day when he spotted a fish jump close to some rush beds on the far bank. He cast a bait to where the fish had risen and shortly afterwards he had a run. Paul managed to land the fish with some help from fellow carper Mark Bailey and it turned out to be a 31lb mirror carp. Paul was using Tails Up boilies as bait. Mark commented that all he seemed to be able to catch lately were big bream that he swore followed him around the lake! Jared Cooper caught a 20lb carp using Squid 2T baits and reckoned he lost two other fish. The habit if big pike taking boilies continues. This time it was Jon Course who experienced this phenomenon when he hooked and landed a 23lb specimen. Polish member Slawek Figura was well pleased to catch an early season tench, a cracking 8lb specimen.

Alan Wilkie had the misfortune to have one of his rods pulled in when the line snagged on the line clip shortly after he started fishing at New Road Lake. He returned to the swim the following morning and managed to hook his lost rod by casting out a weighted treble hook in the area. He carefully retrieved the rod and reel along with the culprit, a 13lb plus mirror carp none the worse for its ordeal. Davis Sappiano reported catching a 9lb bream from the lake but the big carp were still not feeding.

Gary Page confirmed that the fish were back on the feed in McGregor Lake when he successfully landed six carp to over 8lbs and bream to 6lb 10oz as well as losing another three fish. Dave Clark was another angler to get some action from the lake’s carp when he caught fish to mid-doubles during a day visit.