Another big pike falls to fly!

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!

Sport at Gingerbread Lake continues to be affected by drifting weed broken up by the recent strong winds making bait presentation difficult. However, one member who was fishing in the weedy channel area of the lake landed the lake’s largest resident, the mirror carp named ‘Cluster’ weighing an impressive 41lbs. This fish still seems to be growing each year and has topped the 40lb mark consistently since it was first caught this year in February.

Membership Secretary, Anthony Pogmore, spent a couple of days at McGregor Lake where he caught four hard-fighting mirror carp around 9-10lbs and a late season tench weighing 6lb 4oz . All his fish fell to 14ml boilies fished in junction with a white pop-up. Most of his fish were caught during the afternoon. There were carp being caught elsewhere in the lake too with the margins being particularly productive. Small carp and silver fish were falling to float-fished maggots although the numbers of fish caught were down on previous weeks.