Who’s been eating all the pies then?

The most sought after fish in BHAA’s Gingerbread Lake for the last few years has been the mirror carp named ‘Cluster’ particularly as it was the only fish in the lake to top the 40lb mark. However, it now has a rival that looks to be well on its way to claiming its throne. Chris Tyrell fished an overnight session at the lake and landed another huge mirror carp weighing 41lb 8oz. The fish was in immaculate condition and has rapidly gained weight as a few years ago it only just tipped the 30lb barrier. It was caught around two years ago weighing 38lb but has since piled on even more weight to join the ‘40’ club. A number of the lake’s other large carp look set to exceed this barrier in the next couple of seasons helped on by the considerable amount of bait being introduced by carp anglers throughout the year. Dave Jones fished a short mid-week session in the factory bay catching a nice common. Most other anglers have found it difficult to get fish to feed despite signs of carp moving from time to time.

It has been a similar story at both Swan and McGregor lakes where sport has dropped off dramatically. McGregor Lake has proven to be the water where anglers have had the best chance of success with the odd carp and sizeable pike being caught. Jordan Smith reported catching a 13lb 2oz mirror using his own homemade boilies.

Thomas Finney ventured on to the IPA waters at Biggleswade for a spot of lure fishing. During the day he managed to catch three small pike and hook and lose some others. It was getting dark so he started to make his way back to the car park but could not resist a final cast with his Savage Gear 13mm 4play lure. It was taken almost immediately and, after a short tussle, Thomas managed to bank a nice double weighing just over 10lbs.

Within the next month, the Club is planning to net Grace Lake with the help of the Environment Agency when all of the fish netted will be transferred to the nearby McGregor Lake. It is hoped that Grace Lake will be restocked with specimen crucian carp and tench in time for the start of the new season. The Club has already got a quantity of health-checked fish earmarked for this purpose. Also, it is proposed that the new lake will be a ‘float only’ venue to enable more anglers to be accommodated.