Paul Elt braved near arctic conditions to fish but was rewarded with a number of cracking chub. During the day, Paul trotted maggots though his swim landing five chub to 5lb 4oz. As light started to fade, he opted for a change of tactics by switching to a maggot feeder and, within a few minutes, hooked and lost a good fish. He recast quickly and soon afterwards had another confident take. He struck and was soon playing his best-ever Ivel chub, a 6lb specimen.
With the lakes all frozen solid, the only fishing that was readily available was on the rivers but even there the plunging temperatures had taken their toll. One of the few anglers to venture out was Alan Wilkie who fished near to BHAA’s Sandy Lakes complex on the River Ivel. Alan employed similar tactics to those reported last week that enabled Fraser Hayden to catch an Ouse chub.
When Fraser Hayden arrived at Tempsford, his gauge recorded an outside temperature of only minus 8.5 degrees C. Undeterred, he made his way to The Jungle stretch of the River Ouse where he found the river devoid of any flow and a marginal temperature of just 3 degrees C, positively balmy!