Phil Robertson had a day’s pike fishing with his son-in-law at New Road Lake and was well pleased to catch a 15 pounder during his visit. The fish took a float-fished sardine. However, the fish had the last laugh when it gave Phil a nasty bite on his finger to remind him of his capture!
The Environment Agency has recently stocked more juvenile barbel into several stretches of the River Ivel as part of its programme to establish the species in the river. A consignment of around 200 fish were released into Sawmills Pool which means than nearly 1000 fish have been stocked into this stretch of the lower Ivel in recent years.
The recent return to milder weather has kept carp active at Gingerbread Lake where fish can be observed on most days leaping on the windward side. Gary Exton had a red letter session recently by landing no fewer than three big carp as well as losing another two good fish. Gary’s fish were reported to weigh 19lbs, 21lbs and 26lbs.
Carp were still actively feeding at McGregor Lake with fish to low doubles being caught on most days. Bream also featured with numerous fish around the 4-5lb mark being caught. Most carp baits were being accepted by the fish including boilies, mini-boilies and pellets. Barry Fox decided to go after the lake’s pike again and chalked up another two doubles on his latest trip. Barry has now converted to using only single hooks and has found no problem in hooking fish using small dead baits.