Everythings new this week!

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.

Clint Walters spotted plenty of carp moving in his swim at Gingerbread Lake and it was not long before he missed a screaming run. Soon afterwards, his other rod was away and this time the fish did not escape. It was a 20lb 10oz mirror carp. Clint lost another carp and went on to catch two good tench too. Alan Wilkie fished a short session in the factory bay and was well pleased to catch an 8lb 13oz tench. Alan has also taken commons of 12lb and 17lb during the week. Ken Gates was fishing on maggots when a small fish he had just hooked suddenly became much heavier. The culprit turned out to be a whopping 19lb 8oz pike which Ken was able to land on his light gear. John Murphy caught an 8lb 2oz tench and an 8lb 3oz bream using his favourite Icelandic Red boilies. Barry Fox landed his best ever bream, a 9lb 12oz specimen together with a 12lb common carp using Mainline Cell boilies.

There have been some good catches of carp and bream made at McGregor Lake with the carp going into low doubles and the bream a good size too. Dave Holland recently fished this venue and was pleased to catch some of the lakes big tench, his favourite species, all on float-fished maggots.

The Association has acquired the exclusive fishing rights to the east bank of the River Ivel at Willow Hay. The former Cemex stretch will extend from the brick bridge down to the confluence with Stratford Brook. Parking will be in the roadway at McGregor Lake until a more permanent solution is found. The Club is also hoping to develop the former wash pits on the old gravel company site, to be known as Grace’s Lake, into a crucian carp and tench fishery. However, it is unlikely that the venue will be available for fishing until, at least, June 2012.

Supreme Scaffolding of Stotfold has kindly agreed to erect a new bridge to provide access to members from the Biggleswade Rugby Club’s land on to the club’s stretch of the river at Broom. It is planned that the work will be carried out in the coming week.