Rapidly falling temperatures have brought about a dramatic slowdown in sport but nevertheless some BHAA members have made some great catches. Ollie Jenkinson fished a BHAA-controlled stretch of the River Ivel from where he caught a new p.b. pike, a super 19lb 20z specimen. Club Secretary Alan Davies, a keen pike angler, went after chub fishing on an undisclosed stretch of the river and landed three big chub with two over 5lbs. His best was a 5lb 12oz specimen followed by a 5lb 8oz fish and a 4lb plus one too.

Alex Smalley was on hand to photograph another big pike, this time a 19lb 2oz specimen caught by club member John Smith whilst fishing at Gingerbread Lake. Alex caught another good pike too, a superbly proportioned 13lb 9oz fish.

Whilst many carp anglers have hung up their gear for the winter, Peter Housden has continued to persevere at Swan Lake. On a recent visit, Peter banked a 19lb 1oz common carp and was gutted to lose another big fish during his session.

The drain down of Grace Lake at Sandy has been completed and work will begin on the removal of silt from the shallower half of the lake. Officers were surprised to find that the other half of the lake was, at least, 10ft deep and free of any snags. The plan is to extend the dividing promontory of land to create two smaller lakes into which different species can be stocked.