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! Within half an hour, another run produced a second carp for him, this time a 9lb 4oz specimen. Jordan Smith made some coffee flavoured boilies and was well pleased to catch a lovely looking 8lb mirror carp on them.Robert Livock made his first visit of the year to the lake and was well pleased to land two mirror carp, the best weighing 11lb 8oz, and two bream. John Murphy was another angler to try his luck at this prolific water and landed a single fish, a 12lb 8oz mirror carp in the late morning.
Steve Bull had been observing signs of carp breaking the surface at Gingerbread Lake and decided to fish for them. He fished a small pop-up boilie over a bed of particles and was well pleased to catch and land a 33lb half-linear mirror carp. Another member reported catching a 28lb leather carp whilst fishing from the Dugout swim. It was his second fish from the lake, his first being an 11lb 2oz tench! A member who makes the long trip from Barnsley each time was pleased to catch a couple of double-figured carp whilst fishing overnight.
South African Thomas Finney went down to the River Ivel in Sandy to fish for perch. Fishing free-lined lobworms it was not until light was fading that he got a take. He struck and netted a superb perch estimated to be close to 3lbs. The fish was photographed and returned.
Members visiting the Association’s stretch of the River Ouse at Lavendon need to be aware that young bullocks are now in the meadows and, at present, can gain entry to the carp parking area. They have already given one members car a good licking! It is hoped that the paddock can be soon fenced off to keep them out.