Andy lands huge Ouse chub!

Despite cold and dank weather for much of the week, BHAA members continued to catch some really big fish. Andy Moss decided that, after experiencing a number of blanks on previous visits, it was time for a move so he opted to fish a different stretch of the River Ouse. He started fishing at midday using bread crust as bait supplemented by small helpings of mashed up bread but he found light was failing and he was still biteless. The river looked perfect though so Andy baited a couple of swims at dusk and changed his hook bait to an off-the-shelf supermarket special. He fished the first of his baited swims for 4 hours without a bite and with falling temperatures. He moved to his second swim but it was not until 10.30pm that he had a confident bite. The fished turned out to be a new PB for Andy and was a scale-perfect 7lb 1oz chub. Now that it was it can take to catch one!

The cold conditions have done little to improve sport at Gingerbread Lake but reports have been received that the big mirror named ‘Cluster’ put in a second appearance, this time weighing in at an impressive 41lb 12oz. It was caught by an angler fishing in a deeper part of the lake.

Kevin Webb got fed up struggling for bites on the rivers so chose to have a change of scene fishing at McGregor Lake. His change of venue soon paid off as Kevin went on to catch two plump mirrors, the best a low double. Anthony Pogmore turned up the next day hoping for a bit of action too as the air temperature was only 5C. He need not have worried though as he went on to catch three mirror carp and a scale-perfect common. Pike anglers Pete Briscoe and John Lincoln were on hand to help land the fish which all fell to mini peach and mango flavoured boilies fished in conjunction with a small PVA bag of freebies.

Members are reminded that the Association’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the Biggleswade Rugby Club on 23rd March at 7.30 pm. One of the matters to be discussed will be the establishment of dedicated working parties to carry out some of the essential maintenance and upgrading work required. It is hoped to reward participants with a rebate on their membership subscriptions. Anyone interested in participating can register their interest at ‘’ by supplying their name, contact telephone number and by giving an indication of what they can contribute.