The sun shone but the fish went AWOL!

The week started really well with another big carp being caught at Gingerbread Lake. Kevin Gormley spotted carp moving through his chosen swim and after a few hours he connected with the big fish, a 31lb 4oz common carp. Also, during his overnight stay he landed a good-sized tench too indicating that fish were starting to feed. However, a couple of hard frosts early in the week killed sport completely and when the sun eventually came out fish were more interested in basking in its heat rather than getting their heads down. It was a similar story on both Swan and McGregor Lakes where only the odd carp was to exhibit any signs of feeding. It remains to be seen what effect the very warm weather will have during the current week.

Biggleswade and Hitchin AA Ltd held its AGM during the week where members were informed that the Association had enjoyed another good year with a record and ever-growing membership. The Board sought the Meeting’s approval to introduce a two rod limit for all the waters at the Sandy Lakes Fishery from next season in an effort to relieve pressure on these popular lakes. Views were fairly divided on the move but in the end the Board’s recommendation was carried. Work was continuing on preparing Grace Lake for opening as a fishery from the start of next season but more help is sought from members on working parties to complete new swims and landscaping. Working parties are being held on the second and last Sunday of each month and the old proverb ‘Many hands make light work’ applies so, if you are able, why not come along? The lake has been divided into two distinct halves. Big Grace Lake has been stocked with crucian carp and tench but Little Grace Lake is still to receive a stocking of mixed silver fish namely bream, rudd and roach with the possibility of other species too.