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A soaking for Rob but he’s not complaining!

Rob Hammond was fishing overnight at Gingerbread Lake and was sheltering in his bivvy from heavy rain when his bite alarm sounded a run. Rob connected with the fish which turned out to be a new p.b. for him in the form of an immaculate 33lb 8oz mirror carp. By the time the fish was returned to the lake, Rob was well and truly soaked but he could rest contentedly for the rest of the night. Lake regulars Jarred Cooper and Steve Sewell caught three low twenties between them all on S2t bait. Alan Wilkie had another multiple catch of tench landing three fish all over 6lbs, the best weighing 7lb 4oz.

The succession of overnight frosts all but killed off sport at New Road Lake but towards the end of the week Alan Wilkie managed to catch an 18lb 4oz mirror during an overnight session. During the daytime, carp were observed crashing out on the surface but they showed little inclination to feed.

It was a different story on McGregor Lake where groups of carp made a beeline for the shallow end of the lake which benefited from the effects of the warm sunlight. Anglers who fished this part of the lake caught several carp to 13lbs when many of the swims in the remainder of the lake produced little action. One angler who fished overnight though reported winding his lines in early into his session as he was getting almost constant action throughout the night and he needed to rest!

A disturbing photograph was submitted showing a 7lb tench whose tail had been clearly clipped by some selfish idiot who obviously had no regard for its welfare. It transpires that this is not the only tench to have suffered tail docking at the hands of this despicable individual. The club will not tolerate such behavior and would appeal to any member who may have knowledge of the culprit to get in contact with the membership secretary or fisheries officer. Anyone who is prepared to mutilate a fish for whatever reason has no place in our club and is a disgrace to the sport of angling. Anglers pride themselves in the welfare of the fish they catch but this sick person does not share these values.