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Huge pike caught at McGregor Lake

The return of milder weather has seen plenty of anglers fishing on the lakes as the rivers have been in spate following recent deluges. Barry Fox decided to go piking at McGregor Lake after the ice finally melted. Sport was slow as, although Barry experienced a couple of runs, fish kept dropping the baits. He had been casting his bait in the margins but decided on a change of tactics. He baited with a smallish mackerel tail on a uni-trace using barbless hooks and cast it out into the main body of the lake. After a long wait, his bobbin registered a take which soon developed into a strong run. Barry struck and soon realised he was into a good fish that surfaced some distance from the bank. The fish was soon landed though and Barry’s scales recorded a weight of 24lb 14oz, one of the largest specimens reported from this popular water. After photographing, the fish was returned to fight another day.

BHAA’s fisheries officer, Martin Crouch, targeted a BHAA-controlled stretch of the River Ivel at Tempsford fishing for chub. Light was fading before Martin had a good bite that turned out to be from a 5lb 9oz chub and made his trip more than worthwhile.

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