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John catches big pike from two different lakes!

One would have expected with the continuing mild weather the fish would have been feeding avidly but this was not the case as many anglers struggled for bites. John Lincoln ventured out on a really wet day and found Gingerbread Lake almost deserted. He had a take on a roach dead bait though which turned out to be a 15lb 12oz pike which made his trip worthwhile. Later in the week, he fished at another BHAA controlled lake and this time he opted for a smelt fished close to the margins. A single take produced another big pike for John, a 20lb 2oz specimen giving him his second 20 pounder this winter. Steve Bull reportedly landed a mid 20lb mirror carp whilst fishing at Gingerbread Lake on a day when there was little sign of active feeding.

Even sport at the normally prolific McGregor Lake was both slow and patchy. However, there have been a few carp caught late on during the day when most of the anglers have packed up and headed for home. Ollie Jeffries found this to be the case as light was beginning to fade before he had his first run. The fish turned out to be a nice conditioned 9lb 4oz mirror. He had only just returned the fish when his other rod was away. On this occasion, the fish turned out to be a smaller but welcome common carp in immaculate condition. Other anglers reported catching the odd carp or bream earlier in the week.