Big tench finally wake up!

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.

It has been a quieter week at New Road Lake with just a few double-figured carp being caught. A new member, Mark Kingsford had a surprise when a 17lb pike grabbed his boilie whilst he was carp and bream fishing.

Ollie Jenkinson, aged 12, had a great day at McGregor Lake catching mirror carp weighing 8lb 8oz, 8lbs and a nice eel too.

New club books will shortly be available although it may be a couple of weeks before they will be in the tackle shops. New members should be aware though that they are not valid for use until 16th of June.