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Neil bags another big eel

Club chairman Neil Sampson decided to try for the big tench that inhabit Gingerbread Lake and opted for a swim in two-bar bay. Neil could not tempt any tench to feed but still ended the day with a bumper catch. His first fish was a huge 4lb 13oz eel which was his second largest specimen from the lake. Later, a move of swim to the 20/20 swim produced 4 bream to 9lbs and a smaller eel for him. The hot and humid weather resulted in many of the lake’s big carp being seen cruising the surface giving a mouth-watering display to the anglers there. A number of 20lb plus carp were caught including a 25lb specimen by Colin Burge who was also fishing in two-bar bay and a bag of 3 20lb plus carp for another angler fishing the dugout swim.

There were carp galore on show in the Links Pool too but few anglers had targeted this venue so reports of catches were scant.

It was a similar story at New Road Lake where carp of all sizes have been observed in large groups particularly around the island and in the shallows at the far end of the lake. Early mornings and evenings were popular times for the odd carp to get caught but, as the temperatures rose, fish started to become more active in the daytime taking surface baits. John Murphy enjoyed a four fish haul with mirrors weighing 17lb 4oz, 17lb 8oz and 13lb 10oz plus a 10lb 2oz common. Alan Wilkie landed three carp on consecutive visits including an 18lb mirror. Tom Pashley kept up his run of good fish with a 16lb 10oz mirror caught from the container side. Barry Fox fished overnight with his grandson Lewis and it was 8 year-old Lewis who was the first to respond to a storming run. The fish turned out to be a 17lb 4oz common carp. Membership Secretary Anthony Pogmore got in on the action too landing a 14lb 10 oz mirror which took his boilie within an hour of casting out.

No specific reports have been received for McGregor Lake but it is known that there have been a steady run of catches of carp and bream throughout the week both at night and during the day…

Prospects look good as long as the hot weather persists.

The club takes pride in the cleanliness of its fisheries and endeavours to keep them free from litter and other mess. It is disappointing that a few selfish members do not share this aspiration as one angler has used the lakeside at Gingerbread as a toilet whilst another who fished at McGregor Lake thought it was OK to discard bags of dog waste into the bank side vegetation. If the culprits are caught, they will be expelled from the club. Please take such waste home for disposal or ensure that it buried well away from swims.