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David catches another huge barbel

BHAA member David Rainbow fished a stretch of the River Ivel near his home in Biggleswade after the weed started to die back. David arrived at his swim just after dawn and used a small bait dropper to deposit a small bed of hemp. He then used a swim feeder filled with maggots and a small size 14 hook baited with them too. Within an hour, he had a violent bite which saw his rod top pulled round and, as soon as he struck, he knew he had hooked a big fish. After a heart-stopping fight, David was finally able to net the fish, a whopping 15lb 10oz barbel and a new personal best. David said that sport was often hit and miss with different species feeding at times. For example, on a previous visit, he found himself catching nice perch around the 1lb mark from the same swim and then chub of 4lbs and 4lb 4oz. Chairman Neil Sampson fished a BHAA-controlled stretch of the river catching chub of all sizes with fish weighing 4oz, 2lb 8oz and 5lb1oz.

Anthony Pogmore and Robert Livock returned to McGregor Lake till hopeful of catching the odd carp. Within the first hour, Robert had a good run and netted a plump low double mirror. Throughout much of the day, both anglers experienced the odd violent bite but no runs until Anthony had an absolute screamer in the early afternoon. His fish turned out to be another mirror but this time it was only a single-figured fish. Both anglers fished with boilies albeit each using his chosen size and flavouring.

There has been plenty of action from pike at Gingerbread Lake by anglers using lures but most of the fish have been relatively small jacks. It seems that the bigger pike are more wary and are generally caught on static dead baits.

Bailiffs have reported a few members unable to produce their membership books. These individuals are breaching club rules and may be asked to pack up and leave in future.