Three 30s caught at Gingerbread Lake

The recent stocking of some new carp into Gingerbread Lake seems to have enlivened the water as plenty of carp have been caught from all around the lake. A tench angler was fishing in ‘two-bar’ bay when he saw a big fish top in an area difficult to cast two. Nevertheless, he managed to cast a boily into the area where the fish had surfaced and, before long, he had a run. The fish was landed and turned out to be a 38lb near leather mirror carp, one of the lake’s biggest residents. Steve Bull has continued his run of big carp with his latest capture, a 31lb common carp known as the ‘long common’ which he caught on corn over a bed of freebies. Steve also caught a 13lb mirror carp on a surface fished bait. Michael Cooney fished in the factory bay and was confident of catching as there were signs of carp activity around his swim. Michael went on to catch an immaculate 30lb linear mirror carp and was unlucky to lose another good fish. Dale Walters fished the ‘dugout’ swim and enjoyed plenty of action landing 5 carp to just over 20lbs plus a couple of big bream. Paul Webb always comes up with something out of the ordinary and this week it was a 4lb 4oz eel that took his lobworm bait in the bridge bay. Tench angler Matthew Jellis was well pleased to land two big tench, one weighing just under 8lbs and the other closer to 9lbs as well as a 10lb common carp that tested his tackle. Anthony Pogmore also caught a good-sized tench around 7lbs using a method feeder and plastic corn. Overall, it was a bit of a strange week though with some days carp being seen cruising the surface and on other days not a sign of a fish anywhere.

Fraser Hayden continued with his quest for a big bream at New Road Lake and laid down a sparse covering of corn, pellets and some broken boilies. Just as dawn was breaking Fraser landed a lovely 11lb 7oz bream. Although the days were really hot, his unhooking mat was still frozen. Tom Murphy broke his personal best when he landed a whopping 20lb mirror carp whilst fishing with his grandfather, John.

Lily pad beds are beginning to emerge at the Links Pool and carp have made an instant beeline to them for cover and protection but no reports have been received of any fish captures.

On the wildlife front, cuckoos can be heard throughout the days and there are plenty of grass snakes swimming around too. A mallard has been parading her 15 ducklings at Gingerbread Lake but already crows have managed to relieve her of a couple.

Night permit holders are reminded that they must renew their permits by 30th April or risk losing them as there is a long waiting list of anglers wanting to secure one.