Skip links


Damon finds the big carp!

Damon has found several of the lakes big carp holding up in the area and has gone on to catch the mirror nicknamed ‘Baby Cluster’ weighing an impressive 36lb 6oz, a linear mirror weighing 31lbs, a heavily-scaled 26lb mirror and a 25lb 2oz common carp. Colin Burge moved back into one of his old favourite swims in the factory bay and had a hectic session catching 5 tench to 7lb 4oz and a good-sized bream.

Big pike is still pinching fish!

A crafty pike at Gingerbread Lake has found an easy way of supplementing his diet by grabbing fish off anglers’ lines as they wind in. Winston Pogmore was the latest victim to fall foul of the marauding pike estimated to weigh around 20lbs. He decided to try to catch it using a small lure but after catching eleven perch he decided to call it a day. On a previous visit, he caught one of the new carp stocked into the lake, a small heavily-scaled mirror that put up a tremendous scrap. Tench, bream and the odd carp have been caught by anglers with many fish now releasing feeder bubbles as they forage on the bottom. Anthony Pearson has managed to pick up a carp on each of his last three visits and his latest catch was a 31lb common carp. Harold Hunt had a fairly hectic session catching a couple of good-sized bream, losing a carp and then catching a huge 9lb tench. All of Harold’s fish fell to boilies.

New fish for both Gingerbread and McGregor Lakes

A total of fourteen carp up to 10lbs were introduced into Gingerbread Lake by AJS Fisheries. The fish were mainly heavily scaled mirrors and high backed commons. This means that the lake has received over 60 new carp recently with the biggest topping 27lbs. There were reports of bream, tench and the odd carp being caught throughout the week with John Murphy enjoying a catch of six good-sized tench and a 13lb 8oz mirror.

It has been a different story at Swan Lake where a number of great catches have been reported. Jim Stratford was one of the first anglers to benefit from the upsurge in action when he had three runs and landed two carp, a 21lb 8oz common and a 19lb 2oz mirror. Paul Clarke fished overnight to take a five fish haul with carp up to 17lbs. Mark Bailey had four doubles but did not weigh any of his fish. Membership Secretary Anthony Pogmore got in on the action too when he caught a personal best common from the lake, a 22lb 4oz specimen. Anthony’s fish picked up a Robin Red boily tipped with a sliver of artificial corn. Father and son duo Martin and Callum Sharp each caught a big carp from the lake. Martin’s was an 18lb specimen but Callum took the honours with a 23lb mirror. Thomas Pashley reported catching a couple of double-figured mirrors using zig rigs when he spotted loads of fish cruising near to the surface. Fraser Hayden resumed his quest for big bream but had to be content with a 9lb 9oz specimen.

Alan does battle with big Ivel chub

Crystal clear water and heavy weed growth made a formidable challenge for Alan Wilkie when he decided to fish an evening session a BHAA-controlled stretch of the River Ivel. Alan used a cube of luncheon meat as bait fished together with a single swan shot ledger. His tactics proved to be successful when he struck into a confident bite. After a tussle, Alan was able to get the fish to the net. It turned out to be an immaculate 6lb 4oz chub. He said that the fish was hollow and could well go over 7lbs later in the season.

After his success with bream at Swan Lake, Steve Davis opted for a change of venue and decided to give the little-fished Links Pool a try. He soon spotted a very large carp that readily accepted floaters but was reluctant to leave the protection of a dense lily bed. He opted for a change of swim when he found he had set up close to a wasps’ nest. After fishing for sometime on boilies without any action, Steve decided a change of bait was called for and cast out a trusted lobworm tipped with a small piece of artificial corn. The bit was soon picked up by a hard-fighting 8lb 7oz tench. He said that the fish was still full of spawn which may account for the lack of feeding fish that has been evident in recent weeks.