Huge river pike caught

Alan Lawrence spends much of his fishing time in pursuit of specimen fish in the River Ouse from where he has caught barbel well into double-figures and carp over 30lbs in recent years. However, Alan decided to fish for pike on a BHAA controlled stretch of the river using float-fished lamprey as bait. Trotting his bait alongside an old reed bed, Alan landed pike weighing 14lb 7oz and three others around the 7lb mark but capped his day with a huge 26lb 5oz specimen. This is the largest pike reported from a club stretch of the Ouse although a 27lb specimen from the Ivel remains the club’s river caught record.

Pike have been active at Gingerbread Lake too where Barry Fox caught fish throughout the day including an 18lb specimen. Winston Pogmore fished the same swim on the previous day catching 5 pike to low doubles. Winston used roach deadbaits to catch his fish and both anglers fished with single hook rigs to minimize harm to the fish. Paul Webb has been enjoying some terrific sport on float-fished lobworms in the factory bay where he has caught perch to 2lbs and a late season male tench weighing 7lbs. Also, Paul reckons he lost a big perch around the three pound mark when it slipped his hook after becoming entangled in some marginal weed. Big carp have remained active during the week but seem to be spending much of the time near to the surface well out in the lake. Kevin Gormley caught a carp when he cast his hook bait together with a bag of freebies close to a rush bed. As he was setting his indicator, the bait was taken immediately. Later in his session, Kevin hooked another big fish that buried itself in dense weed where it eventually gained its freedom. A few big bream have been feeding during the daytime with both John Murphy and Anthony Pogmore landing specimens in the 8-9lb category.

Carp have remained active in the Links Pool with fish to low doubles being caught. The troublesome lily beds are now dying back making it a little easier to land some of the big carp that inhabit this little-fished venue.

Sport at McGregor Lake has become a bit patchy of late despite the continuing mild weather. Robert Livock had a good day though landing two carp to low doubles and two bream in the 4-6lb bracket. Perhaps, it is time for anglers to start thinking about reducing their bait sizes and quantities of freebies being introduced as heavy baiting can be counter productive in the winter months.

The Association has some exciting developments in train which it hopes to be able to give further details on in the coming weeks.