Carp have been spawning at Swan Lake too but not before Pete Housden was able to catch one of the lake’s larger residents, a 27lb common carp thought to be one stocked prior to the club going the fishing rights. Marc Snow caught a 24lb mirror carp from the same venue too. Mick Day returned to the lake to try to catch some more pike and he was successful in catching four fish, the best a 19lb specimen. Mick was using humble sprats as bait.
Conor Young was fishing with his young friend Aiden Jones at McGregor Lake where he helped him to land a 12lb 5oz mirror, a nicely proportioned carp. About half an hour later Aiden’s other buzzer screamed out and he was into another fish, this time a 10lb 5oz mirror. Whilst Conor was helping him to land this fish, Conor’s own alarm sounded and he rushed back to his swim to land a 9lb 5oz mirror, his first carp of the year. Conor went on to catch another carp over 8lbs to make it a lively session for the angling duo.
Steve Andrews made the long journey from his Hampshire home to fish at Gingerbread Lake only to find the rain bucketing down but nonetheless he decided to fish if only to avoid a wasted journey. His first day brought him three fish, a 5lb 2oz male tench, a nother weighing 4lb 8oz and a small carp around 8lbs.
The previous day, floater king Chris Tysoe caught another 40 using his favourite dog biscuits, a 40lb 14oz mirror. Chris Tyrell fished overnight without success but the next morning he caught a 30lb mirror carp and a big bream. Fishing alongside Chris was Dave Holland who was struggling to get even a knock on his float-fished maggots. He decided to try a single grain of sweetcorn and almost immediately it was taken by a 7lb 12oz tench. Anthony Pogmore kept getting bites from bream whilst carp fishing but finally hooked one late into the day, a fish over 9lbs that he quickly released as it was in breeding condition. The lake has since been flooded by the nearby River Ouse and it is likely to take a while before the level drops.