Jason Hedley and his son Corey decided to try for pike at the Sandy Lakes complex but found McGregor Lake frozen over apart from a small area at the far end of the lake. After three or four hours with no action the pair moved on to the nearby Swan Lake and between them had three takes lure fishing catching three small pike. Jason put their success down to slow retrieves as all the fish were covered in lice indicating that they had been lying dormant for some time.
Fraser Hayden was keen to catch a fish in the snow so he ventured out to a BHAA controlled stretch of the River Ouse at Tempsford. He managed to get just one bite but the effort was well worth it as it turned out to be a pristine 5lb 4oz chub. The successful bait was 10mm mini boilies.
During the week, over 2000 young mirror and common carp supplied by Fishers Pond Fishery were stocked into McGregor Lake to further boost sport at this prolific fishery. Carp have been feeding with Alan Wilkie and Mick Broom banking double-figured fish to 14lbs. The pattern emerging was that the fish were feeding late in the afternoon and into the night.
BHAA member Thomas Finney tried out a new lure on an undisclosed club water. He cast his lure alongside an overhanging bush and had a violent take. The fish turned out to be a magnificent pike weighing 27lb 9oz, a new p.b. for the Sandy angler.