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8-year old Lewis tames a monster pike and Darren scores with a zig-rig!

There has been a host of exciting happenings on BHAA’s waters this week with some great catches and news of further restockings carried out by this ambitious club.

Alan Davies returned to Gingerbread Lake for a two-day session after pike and landed no fewer than ten pike. His haul included seven doubles up to 19lb 5oz and a super 22lb 9oz specimen. Alan commented that the two twenties he has caught in recent weeks had both recently spawned. Other anglers reported plenty of action from pike around the lake as they actively fed. Darren Davidson spotted some carp moving about on the surface of the lake and cast a zig-rig to them baited with coloured foam and a couple of maggots provided by Alan Wilkie who was tench fishing close by. Within 10 minutes, Darren’s bait was taken by a massive 39lb13oz mirror carp, a pb from the lake for him.

Alan saw some action too in the form of a pristine conditioned 6lb 3oz tench. Andrew Stapleton places faith in his homemade boilies and this was confirmed by his capture of another big carp, a 28lb 13oz mirror during an overnight session.

During the week, around 50 heavily scaled and fast-growing mirror carp were stocked into the Links Pool to further improve sport. Club chairman and EA officer Neil Sampson said they were some of the best looking carp he had ever seen and were supplied by Sport and Leisure Fisheries.

Another 100 mirror and common carp have been stocked into the prolific McGregor Lake where sport has been hectic. It was somewhat ironic that hardly a single carp was caught from the lake on the following day! Earlier in the week, Gary Page landed 8 carp and two sizeable bream during a day visit to the venue. Gary said that mini boilies fished with small PVA bags of particles accounted for his fish. Anglers have been targeting an area of the lake which is very shallow and often neglected by most anglers. The fish have been feeding avidly in the shallow water and numerous carp were caught with fish weighing into double figures. The catch of the week though fell to 8 year-old Lewis Vereecque who was fishing for carp with his Granddad Barry Fox. Lewis was using a barbless hook baited with a spicy tuna boily. He had a run and struck into a good fish which he played slowly towards the net watched by Barry. Imagine their surprise when they found the fish to be not a carp but a huge pike. The fish was netted for Lewis and it topped the scales at 23lb10oz, one of the largest caught from the lake.

Action has finally started to improve at New Road Lake too with reports of several carp being caught to high doubles as the warmer weather starts to have an effect. Also, the odd big bream was putting in an appearance. The prospects look very good as the warmer weather is forecast to continue.