Yanis Spalis has fished at Gingerbread Lake for the past two years but openly admits that it has been a bit of a struggle to get to grips with the lake’s big carp. However, this year Yan had already banked a couple of good-sized carp but was still anxious to catch that elusive 30 pounder. He decided to fish a swim in the corner of one of the bays which was often neglected by other anglers who usually tried to bag one of the popular swims. Yan soon had carp topping in his swim despite a cold wind blowing for much of the day. It was not long before he had a good run which turned out to be a 32lb 4oz mirror, a dream fulfilled. The fish was returned after weighing and photographing but he decided to fish on as there were still signs of fish topping. Late in the afternoon, he hooked into another carp which turned out to be a 24lb common. He returned to the lake later in the week but found the swim occupied so decided to fish another swim in the channel that had been recently vacated by a night fisherman. Only a matter of minutes after casting out Yan found himself fighting another big carp. This time it turned out to be an even more impressive fish, the mirror carp named ‘Moonscale’ weighing 41lbs, and a new personal best for the angler.
A few carp have been caught at Swan Lake during the week up to low 20s whilst sport at McGregor Lake has improved with good-sized bream and roach being caught plus the odd tench up to 7lbs. The carp in McGregor Lake have been less obliging for, despite their large numbers, several anglers have failed to get any runs.