John Murphy had been desperately trying to get off the mark this year but with little success. He found himself the only angler at Gingerbread Lake with rain bucketing down but managed to fish from under the shelter of the tailgate to his MPV. After only an hour’s fishing he had a run and in the pouring rain played and netted a huge mirror carp. It turned out to be ‘Cluster’ which he weighed in at 44lbs, a new lake record. Ironically, whilst he was weighing the fish he had another good bite on one of his other rods. 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.
Another hardy soul Thomas Finney paid a visit to McGregor Lake for a short afternnon session using only a single rod. He noticed some fish moving and catapulted out some freebies in their direction. Within 5 minutes he had a screaming run which turned out to be a 13lb 10oz mirror. He went on to catch another two carp within a 45 minute window. Later in the week, he returned for another short session but was about to call it a day when an 11lb 8oz mirror took his bait.
During the week, several thousand small roach and skimmers have been stocked into Grace Lake together with a few more tench, the best weighing over 6lbs.
Members are asked to exercise extreme caution when trying to drive their vehicles on to the lakes as the ground is extremely soft and treacherous so don’t get stuck. One of our bailiffs has already had to tow two vehicles from around Gingerbread Lake that had become embedded. Instead, consider leaving them on hard standing and walk to any swims that are still fishable.