Autumn Gold!

Crystal clear water at Gingerbread Lake has had a dramatic effect on anglers’ catch rates in recent weeks with the lake’s big carp showing little interest in anglers’ baits which keep being introduced in large amounts. However, in recent weeks, a few of the bigger carp have started their autumnal feeding. Barry Fox fished a day session using only a 10ml boilie as bait together with a handful of freebies. His tactics proved to be successful as he went on to catch a personal best mirror carp weighing 31lb 2oz, a fish easily recognizable by clusters of scales on each of its flanks. Colin Burge also reported catching another 31lb plus mirror carp during a short day session using only a hookbait supplemented with a PVA bag of crushed offerings.

Colin Webb ledgered lobworms at McGregor Lake where a single run produced a 14lb 10oz mirror carp for him, his best carp from this developing venue. Barry Fox and his grandson Lewis visited the same venue too. Barry caught a 10lb common carp but Lewis took the honours by landing a cracking tench weighing 7lb 4oz as well as a 6lb bream. Barry said that Lewis possesses the Midas touch as the youngster has already 20lb plus pike and double-figure carp to his name. Many of the young anglers who attended the Open Day have continued fishing this prolific venue and have been bagging up on plenty of silver fish from the new swims constructed along the railway side.