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.

The odd carp, tench and bream was still being caught by anglers fishing at Gingerbread Lake but an abundance of weed beds and natural food were making it difficult to entice fish into feeding. Bailiff Colin Burge reported seeing many large carp milling about in weed beds well out into the lake which may well be a precursor to another spawning session. During the week, the Association will be stocking a number of good-sized carp supplied by AJS Fisheries to further boost stocks.

New member Wayne Macrow fished at McGregor Lake. He cast out two lines baited with boilies and decided to float fish with his third rod. The two rods baited with boilies remained lifeless but it was a different story on his float rod. Wayne caught bream to 4lbs , good-sized perch and numerous roach and skimmers throughout the day. Several other anglers fishing with boilies found the lake’s carp reluctant to feed and were only able to pick up the odd fish. Members will be pleased to read that this lake too will be receiving a a significant stocking of carp as part of the delivery from AJS Fisheries.

Crystal clear water and a massive daphnia bloom were making conditions difficult to catch fish at Swan Lake too despite the odd carp being spotted jumping out indicating that they were still feeding. Three young members fished overnight using spicy shrimp boilies and were unlucky to hook and lose three carp. Each time the fish dived into thick weed and were able to get free.