John Cartwright was desperate to try out his Xmas present, a new centre pin reel, so he ventured out for a couple of hours to fish BHAA’s stretch of the River Ivel at Langford where he had not previously fished before. He found the river to be flowing well with a nice touch of colour. John trotted some bread through his swim and went on to catch his biggest ever chub, a 6lb 4oz beauty. After photographing, the fish was quickly returned and swam off strongly.
Robert Livock managed to fish the River Ivel at Sandy on a morning when the river was not in flood but it took nearly an hour before his rod tip registered a delicate bite. He recast and the same thing happened again with just a minor tremor. However, on his third cast his bait was taken and he struck into a powerful fish. When it was finally netted, it turned out to be a pristine 9lb 12oz common carp. He recast to the same spot and, within a few minutes, found himself playing another good fish, this time another common carp weighing 8lb 8oz. Later in the session he finally landed his intended quarry, a 4lb chub and called it a day before 1pm.
While many anglers have not even dared to venture out in the recent cold weather, 13 year-old Ollie Jenkinson got off to a flying start to his winter campaign. Ollie decided to target pike on one of BHAA’s lakes using a float-fished joey mackerel as bait. His reward was a cracking 18lb 8oz pike. Apart from the odd jack pike, there have been little or no reports of any worthwhile catches during the latest cold spell.
It was a different story at BHAA’s Sandy Lakes complex where the recent heavy rains have had little effect apart from softening the tracks around the lakes. However, it was still possible to park in close proximity to all four lakes. Pike anglers were enjoying some sport on Swan Lake with several smallish fish caught during the week. Although no reports have been received of recent carp catches, it is known that fish have remained active at night with several fish caught.