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. After an uncomfortable night, his second day resulted in another three tench coming to the net weighing 7lb 10oz, 4lb 12oz and 7lb 8oz to make it a worthwhile trip. Colin Kingham has started to get some regular action after catching a 26lb mirror carp a couple of weeks ago. A more recent visit brought him three more carp but they were all small mirrors stocked by the club this season. The water levels have risen by around a metre in the lake and most of the man-made swims are currently under water but most are still fishable.
Mick Day has been trying to catch a decent pike from a local club fishery but, despite catching many pike, he has struggled to get any much above 10lbs. He decided to try his luck at Swan Lake using sprats as bait. He was soon into a fish which turned out to be a 9lb pike, nothing to write home about! His luck was to change on his next cast when he struck into a powerful which turned out to be an 18lb 4oz specimen.
After the rain finally stopped, some warm sunshine brought groups of carp on to the surface at the Links Pool where they were swimming about with their backs out of the water. A few anglers were tempted to try for them but no reports of any captures have been forthcoming.
Work continues at Grace Lake to get this new fishery ready for opening in June but the recent rains has raised the water level by a couple of feet. However, several swims were created by the removal of dead or overhanging branches that were blocking them.