Rivers and lakes come alive!

Many anglers decided to fish the rivers before the close season shutdown with some great results. Mike Wilmot fished a BHAA controlled stretch of the River Ivel at Sandy when late in the day he hooked and landed a super 7lb chub, a personal best for the angler. Lou Gilhart had found catching Ivel chub a difficult proposition throughout the cold winter months but in a two-day session he hooked and landed no fewer than 7 chub, the best weighing 5lb 8oz from the river in Sandy. Winston Pogmore fished with his friend Gerry Caplin on a little-fished stretch at Sandy catching a 4lb 10oz chub whilst Gerry was pleased to land a 5lb river bream on three maggots. Fraser Hayden had to fish late in the day before he saw any action fishing the River Ouse at Tempsford but then enjoyed a four fish haul of chub weighing 3lb 10oz, 4lbs, 4lb 2oz and 4lb 7oz all falling to small pieces of flavoured meat.

Several anglers reported getting bites on sweetcorn and maggots whilst fishing at New Road Lake, Sandy with bream the likely culprits. This was confirmed when Lou Gilhart landed the lake’s first double-figured bream of the year, an 11lb specimen. Some big pike were also spotted still actively engaged in spawning. A few carp were starting to feed at the Sandy Lakes complex where John Murphy landed a 16lb 3oz mirror and Nigel Cleaver a low double. Keen pike angler Andy Syddell has recently joined the club after reading about some of the big pike being caught regularly from BHAA’s lakes. Andy commenced fishing at 7am but, apart from a couple of pulls, experienced no takes until late into the afternoon. However, his wait was worthwhile as the fish turned out to be a pristine 20lb 2oz pike, a good way to open his account!