Big chub caught from overgreen stretch

John Cartwright had a couple of hours to spare so decided to return to an overgrown stretch of the River Ivel known as Wells Meadow where, on a previous visit, he had managed to catch a personal best perch. Armed with a tin of maggots, ground bait and some prawns, he chose a swim close to where he had previously caught his big perch. He decided to link ledger a large prawn which produced a good bite for him. After a short fight, the fish was netted and turned out to be an immaculate 5lb 9oz chub, a fish that will probably be well over 6lbs by the end of the winter months.

Mick Usher opted for a couple of nights at McGregor Lake, Sandy but found the fish far harder to catch than he had anticipated. None the less, over the two nights Mick was able to bank 6 carp to low doubles plus a few good-sized bream around the 4-5lb mark. Ray Wyka fished later in the week but could only manage to tempt an odd carp and bream concluding that the recent heavy rain had chilled the water and stopped the fish from feeding.

It is sad to have to report that Ray Charter, a long-term member of the club and club bailiff at Tempsford passed away recently. Ray’s contribution to the club was very much appreciated. Also, a former bailiff at Gingerbread Lake, Brian Cousins, has also passed away. Several years ago, Brian used to patrol the lake along with his golden Labrador and once helped to rescue several large carp that had got themselves trapped in small pools after recent flooding. Both will be greatly missed.