Open Day at McGregor Lake a roaring success

Around 30 youngsters attended the BHAA’s Open Day at McGregor Lake and even the sun stayed out for most of the day too! They were soon benefiting from intense tuition and advice provided by the club’s three qualified coaches and other experienced anglers in attendance. There were plenty of fish caught throughout day with a variety of methods employed such as float-fishing, swim feeding and ledgering with boilies for the lake’s big carp. Species of fish caught included perch, roach, bream, rudd, hybrids and some good-sized carp. The catch of the day was made by Conor Young who landed a whopping 12lb 12oz mirror carp and another just under 10lbs. Conor was using spicy tuna flavoured boilies bought from Walker’s Pitch, one of the event’s principal sponsors. The big carp easily broke his previous personal best as did fish caught by many of the other participants. The club provided hot and cold drinks throughout the day and a good supply of biscuits to nibble on. A fuller report of the event together will appear in next week’s report along with photos of some of the youngsters and their catches. Our thanks go out to our many generous sponsors who will be included in the report too. Also, a big ‘Thank you’ is due to the club’s officers who planned the event and made it such a success. A second Open Day is planned for September so keep a look out for more details in the next few weeks and remember that everything will be provided free of charge.

Earlier in the week, Bradley Curtis caught double-figured carp to 15lb 2oz fishing in one of the less popular swims at the lake. He caught his fish on ledgered boilies accompanied by a small PVA bag of freebies.

Nick Jarrold was fishing at Swan Lake where he caught his biggest carp from the venue, a 27lb 8oz mirror carp that fell for a floating bait. The fish put up such a scrap that it killed sport in the swim for the rest of the day. Earlier, Nick had caught another good fish, a 19lb common carp using the same method from the swim.

In recent weeks, Nigel Cleaver has been fishing the Links Pool at Wyboston with some success. Nigel has caught a 12lb common carp, his favourite sub-species, and some good-sized bream too.

Sport at Gingerbread Lake has remained patchy although some carp have been taken from the Channel area by anglers prepared to fish amongst the weed beds. It is likely that sport will not pick up again until the water temperatures start to cool and some more stable weather conditions are experienced.
Anglers who fish the Association’s stretch of the river adjacent to Langford Road will find a spanking new bridge to provide access from the Rugby Club on to the stretch. The bridge was constructed by Lewis Feneley’s firm Supreme Scaffolding and kindly donated to the club. It replaces a bridge that had seen better days but had become hazardous in recent years.