Records continue to be broken!

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.

Head bailiff Dave Hallybone has been catching regularly at New Road Lake on Trent Baits boilies where this week his best fish was a 25lb common carp in addition to several doubles. Martin Barnatt had a cracking session with bream catching a 7 pounder, 3 over 9lbs, 3 over 10lbs and a new personal best of 11lb 10oz. Barry Fox broke another personal best too when he landed a 21lb common carp and lake regular John Murphy caught a 17lb 6oz mirror. Several other anglers were reported to have caught double-figured carp too. In the early part of the week, the hot weather had triggered off some spawning activity which obviously affected catch rates.

Sadly, we must report the death of Paul Saunders from Henlow who was a regular visitor to Gingerbread Lake before ill health prevented him from fishing. Paul was a popular member of the club and a very good angler to boot catching the much sought after Cluster. He will be greatly missed by many of his friends.