At a recent meeting with the owner of the Sandy Lakes fishery, it was decided to change the name of New Road Lake back to its original name of Swan Lake and already a new lake record has been set. Chris Harwood was using a Masterbaits1 ROC boilie when he hooked and landed a 32lb linear mirror carp. Chris had earlier suffered losing two other big fish that managed to break free. It was Chris’s second 30 from the lake and a new personal best. A few night permits are still available for the two Sandy Lakes and Links Pool for the coming season.
Club bailiff Derek Munro has not found the carp at Gingerbread Lake as willing to take his bait as in previous seasons but his patience was finally rewarded when he caught a 30lb 2oz mirror. Another of the club’s bailiff’s Colin Burge also got amongst the carp landing a 26lb 9oz mirror followed by a 20lb common.. Colin had found some old chocolate flavoured boilies tucked away in the back of his freezer and decided to give them a try, a wise decision. John Murphy was well pleased with the results of his last two visits to the lake catching a 17lb 14oz common carp, an 8lb 3oz tench and an 8lb bream. By the way, one of Del Orchard’s tench reported last week actually weighed 10lb 4oz and his other fish was over 9lbs. Barry Fox caught a 7lb 13oz tench using a cut down 15mm Cell pop-up boilie just 1oz below Barry’s personal best.
Many years ago Dave Holland caught a near 8lb tench and since then he has been trying in vain to better it. Dave has been particularly frustrated when he kept hearing reports of carp anglers catching big tench and treating their capture with distain. He settled down for another day’s float-fishing in the factory bay at <strong>Gingerbread Lake</strong> little realizing this was to be his big day. His maggot hookbait was taken and his long wait was over because the fish lying in his landing net was a 9lb 2oz tench completely by-passing the 8lb barrier. However, on his next visit he was able to put the record straight when he landed a 6lb 9oz male tench followed by an 8lb 2oz specimen, breaking his former personal best twice in two visits, and another of 4lb 8oz. Again, it was float-fished maggots that proved to be the successful bait. Thereafter, rudd moved into his swim and pike soon followed them so he decided to call it a day. Neil Sampson was well pleased to catch an 8lb 4oz tench using a 10mm pop-up boilie as bait. Anthony Pogmore caught a 7lb 8oz male tench using a CC Moore’s ‘Live’ boilie to tempt the fish. Derek ‘Del’ Orchard reported catching a real mixed bag of specimens when he recently fished in the little-fished pump house bay. Del caught two double-figured bream and two tench to over 8lbs followed by a 17lb common carp. Another angler to give maggots a try for tench was Kevin Webb but Kevin had to be content with a 10lb pike and an eel. Paul Webb has been enjoying some good sport fishing for bream. Using halibut pellets as bait, Paul has recently caught 2 fish over 7lbs, 2 over 7lb 8oz and and 8lb 1oz specimen. Dale Walters has landed his 17th carp of the year when he caught five fish using sweetcorn as bait. Dale landed mirrors weighing 17lb 5oz, 21lb 9oz, 26lb 8oz and a small single-figured fish and the ‘cut-tail’ common carp weighing an impressive 32lb 10oz.
The abnormally mild weather has at last triggered the big tench at Gingerbread Lake into feeding in earnest. The best specimen so far reported fell to Paul Elt weighing 9lb 11oz and was a new personal best for the specimen hunter. Paul baited his swim lightly and, after catching a few nice rudd, he went on to land the big tench at first light. Paul used a pva bag of crumbled boilies and a whittled down pop-up to tempt the fish. By the way, it was Paul who was the angler who had previously caught a 38lb mirror whilst fishing in two-bar bay. He spotted the fish roll and cast a single hook bait into the area which was enough to entice the big fish. Alan Wilkie has started his started his tench fishing campaign and already has chalked up some cracking fish with specimens weighing 8lb 10oz, 8lb 4oz, 8lb 3oz and 7lb 6oz using a small feeder rig and maggots as hook baits. Alan caught his fish throughout the day. Kevin Barrable caught his first carp of the year when he spotted some feeder bubbles in his swim. He cast a boilie to the spot and was soon into a 29lb 2oz mirror carp, a long lean fish. Paul Webb has found plenty of bream feeding in the evenings on halibut pellets fishing over a liberal helping of freebies. Quality rudd continue to be caught by anglers from a number of swims too.
There has been a number of outstanding catches made at BHAA-controlled venues during the past week. A new lake record was set by Rob Underwood when he caught ‘Cluster’ from Gingerbread Lake at the mirror carp’s highest ever recorded weight of 43lb 1oz. Rob was able to confirm that the fish appeared to be recovering well from its recent brush with an otter. Dale Walters has been getting amongst the fish landing 5 carp to just over 20lbs. However, a move of swim put the icing on the cake for Dale when he caught ‘Baby Cluster’ weighing 37lb 6oz. He hooked another big fish that he could not get to the surface before it managed to escape. Dale’s son Clint set a new personal best when he landed a 30lb 1oz mirror and a second weighing 28lb 4oz. A member fishing the ‘Beach’ swim landed mirrors of 27lb and 28lb 8oz with both fish falling to artificial corn. Another member tempted a 29lb common from ‘Deep’ bay, an area generally neglected by the carp boys. Paul Webb was still catching the odd rudd to 1lb using float-fished lobworms as bait. Bream seem to be feeding avidly in many swims homing in on particles, corn and pellets. A few tench continue to be caught but they are still not really getting on the feed.