Inspired by recent catches made by his grandson Conor, Angus ‘Jock’ Young decided to take up angling again after a gap of many years so that he could accompany him on his fishing trips. Jock had never caught a carp and it was not long before Conor was able to catch a small mirror weighing 7lb 10oz whilst the pair were fishing at McGregor Lake. Shortly afterwards, Jock hooked but lost a good-sized carp within yards of netting it which left him feeling distraught. However, Jock was determined to break his duck and returned to the lake and soon landed a couple of bream around the 4lb mark. A screaming run followed and Jock found himself connected to another carp which this time he was able to land. It turned out to be a 9lb 14oz mirror, his first ever carp at the age of 74!
Mild conditions over the previous week saw big carp at Gingerbread Lake feeding in earnest. The ‘floater king’ capped his season with a three fish haul that included ‘Cluster’ weighing 42lbs and two more carp over 30lbs. Kevin Webb has enjoyed a late season purple patch firstly by catching three good-sized tench. He returned to the lake at the weekend to find most of the popular swims occupied but managed to find one available at the far end of the lake. Almost immediately Kevin observed fish bubbling in his swim and the odd fish rolling on the surface. It was not long before he had a run on his Sticky Baits pop-up boilie which turned out to be a 32lb mirror carp equaling his previous best caught some years ago. Kevin Gormley only joined the Association in September but has already landed nine carp over 20lbs. His latest capture was a scale perfect 32lb common carp. Earlier in his session, Kevin had a couple of bites that did not materialize into runs so on the third occasion it happened he decided to strike resulting in the big common. Anthony Pogmore landed a 29lb 8oz mirror using a small white pop-up in conjunction with a fishmeal boilie.
A new member, Thomas Finney, went to Swan Lake for the first time having heard of another angler having success on a fly and decided to give it a go himself. Within three cast Thomas caught a jack pike but then a move of swim brought another take. This time he struck into a solid weight and, after a 10 minute fight, landed a big pike. Unfortunately, Thomas did not bring his scales with him but it was a personal best and the biggest fish he had caught on a fly. He ended the day with another small jack and a nasty bite, a present from his big fish!
Ray Wyka spodded out a bed of particles into his swim at McGregor Lake and the bites began soon afterwards. He ended up with a catch of nine bream and three carp but reckons he caught and returned the same bream no fewer than three times during the day. He is sure it was the same fish as it had a misshaped mouth which made it easily recognizable and it is a fish he has caught on previous visits too. Earlier in the week Ray enjoyed a five fish haul of carp with fish around the double-figure mark. He said that all his fish fell to 10ml boilies.
Paul Daniels has been adopting a novel way of catching pike at Swan Lake, fly fishing. In recent weeks, Paul has caught several pike using this method ranging from small jacks up to double-figured specimens