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Spectacular bream catch from Swan Lake

Attention to detail was the secret of success for Steve Davis when he set out to catch some of the big bream that inhabit Swan Lake. He found an area of silt behind a gravel bar and put out a small bed of groundbait and swim fed over the top of it with a variety of different types of worms. Steve went on to catch no fewer than eleven of the lake’s big bream and a 24lb 7oz mirror carp too. Two of his bream topped the 14lb mark, the best weighing 14lb 4oz whilst several others were well into double figures. Steve reckoned the big bream had only recently spawned and would have easily topped 15lb in peak condition. He urges anyone who catches one of these magnificent fish to return them to the water as soon as possible to avoid harming them whilst they are in a fragile state. Several other anglers landed the odd double-figured carp but found them generally unwilling to pick up boilies.

Remarkably few people were targeting McGregor Lake but those who did enjoyed plenty of action from the lakes carp and bream and with the odd tench that was caught.

The first 30lb plus carp of the new at Gingerbread Lake was caught by Kevin Barrable. The fish, a 33lb 10oz mirror carp, was hooked no more than a rod’s length out from the bank and was the angler’s first 30 from the water after previously catching a number of upper 20s last season. A few small doubles were reportedly caught too along with several good-sized tench.

Fraser Hayden decided to start the new season off fishing a BHAA-controlled stretch of the River Ivel. Dribbling in a small handful of boilies from time to time, he managed to tempt five chub including four 4lb plus fish, the best weighing 4lb 14oz. Ray Charter fished at Sawmills Pool for chub but found all he could catch was an almost endless supply of dace which is nice to know as the species has been in decline for some years.