New lake record set in winter cold

Whilst almost every carp angler has long hung up his rods for the year, Little Paxton anglers Scott Parkin has continued to put the time in at BHAA’s big fish venue Gingerbread Lake setting a new lake record along the way. In the weeks preceding the recent freeze, Scott caught three big carp including the awesome ‘Cluster’ weighing in at a new all time high of 43lb 7oz. Also, he caught another huge mirror, a 38lb 14oz specimen and a superbly-conditioned 19lb common carp.

Fishing in sub-zero temperatures, BHAA member Paul Elt had a remarkable 14 fish haul of chub from the River Ivel near Biggleswade. His best fish weighed 6lb 2oz with another four fish topping the 5lb mark. The remaining fish were all around 4lb each. If you want to learn the method Paul used to catch his fish, you will have to purchase a copy of IYCF magazine in which he reveals all. A few weeks earlier, Paul fished on a BHAA controlled stretch of the Ivel from where he caught a 4lb 5oz perch to add to his impressive tally of big fish catches.

Over the next few months, the Club will be making strenuous efforts to prepare Grace Lake for its opening as a fishery on 16th June. Working parties will be held on every second Sunday and on the last Sunday in each month. If you would like to help in this work, please come along. The work will involve bank clearance, land restoration and the creation of permanent swims. The Board has sourced supplies of mature crucian carp and tench to get the fishery off to a flying start. Further species will be introduced in due course.

Complaints have been received of inconsiderate anglers allowing their dogs to foul the bank side in swims and not to keep their animals restrained. Unless this situation rapidly improves, the Association will have no hesitation in banning dogs from its fisheries again and/or banning the offenders. READ AND OBEY THE RULES CONCERNING DOGS.

Some irresponsible anglers seem to think it is acceptable for them to discard litter at McGregor Lake. Bailiffs have been asked to inspect swims and any angler found with rubbish in his swim risks losing his membership. PLEASE TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME WITH YOU.

It is with regret that we have learned of the death of Eddie Felstead. Eddie was a keen angler and bird watcher who spent many of his later years at the Sandy Lakes fishery until he suffered a major stroke. Also, he was the first Chairman of the newly-formed Biggleswade and Hitchin Angling Association after the two clubs amalgamated. During this time, he did a lot of work behind the scenes to help with the development of Gingerbread Lake as a prime fishery.