Big bream are on the munch!

The spring weather is finally getting the fish to feed in earnest with some big fish being caught. Alan Wilkie spotted some big shapes on his fish-finder and decided to fish the area the next day. It proved to be a wise decision as Alan went on to catch an 11lb 5oz bream from the Sandy Lakes venue. Nigel Cleaver landed another big bream identical in weight to Alan’s fish. It was not only bream that were starting to actively feed for John Murphy landed two carp mirror weighing 18lb 8oz and 16lb 13oz whilst margin fishing. Barry Fox was well pleased with his latest capture, a 16lb 4oz mirror carp that took his mini boily tipped with an artificial maggot. Nigel Fearon caught a 14lb mirror too. Reports have been received of much larger carp being caught but their captors have chosen to remain silent. Winston Pogmore fished at McGregor Lake where he caught a 6lb 12oz tench and a single-figured mirror carp from a less pressured part of the lake.

Membership Secretary Anthony Pogmore opted for a day’s fishing at the Links Pool where carp were showing on the surface. He struggled for bites though until late in the day when he changed to a pineapple flavoured pop-up that was taken by a nice common carp within minutes of casting out. Fellow club member Paul ‘magic hat’ Webb was on hand to net the fish

Sport at Gingerbread Lake remained slow apart from the odd carp and tench being caught but no reports of any catches have been received from members.

At the club’s AGM, members were informed that subscription rates would remain unchanged for the coming season apart from modest increases in night permits where demand remained high. The board has reluctantly decided to curtail casual night fishing on all the still waters from next season to avoid them being over-fished. Only holders of night fishing permits will be allowed to fish overnight from next season. Non permit holders will be allowed on the waters from 7am to 5pm (October to March) and 4am to 10pm (April to September). Membership Secretary and Treasurer Anthony Pogmore was awarded life membership of the Association in recognition of his services to the club over many years.

Members were asked to report any sightings of otters and fish kills attributable to them to the fisheries officer so that their impact on our fisheries can be monitored.