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River Ivel bows out on a high

The final few days of the season saw the River Ivel return to its normal winter level giving anglers a last chance to bank a good fish before last Saturday’s deadline. Bob Kitchener landed an enormous chub weighing 7lb 3oz from the river. Bob reckons he catches the fish nearly every season and has watched its weight creep up annually. Neil Sampson was back on the Ivel where he caught three more chub in a short hour long session. His fish weighed 6lb 2oz, 4lb 10oz and 4lb 12oz and all fell to his cheese paste hook bait. Later in the week, he caught a couple more 4lb chub from the river and then took his son Matthew to fish with him on the River Ouse at Tempsford. Matthew caught his first ever chub, another 4lb beauty. Winston Pogmore fished the Riddy stretch of the Ivel but struggled to get a solitary bite until a change to luncheon meat brought him a 5lb 8oz chub.

John Cartwright fished on the BHAA’s stretches of the Ouse at Lavendon and Harrold but found catching fish hard going. He decided to end the season on the Ivel at Langford where he finally caught a nice perch weighing 1lb 9oz on link-ledgered lobworm. He later changed to float-fished red maggots and went on to catch a big perch weighing 2lb 15oz, a new personal best. Alan Wilkie fished the Ivel at Langford too catching 3 chub to over 5lbs.

Bailiff Dave Hallybone forgot to mention that, prior to catching his big carp from Swan Lake (reported last week), he had caught a super 12lb 6oz bream. A small oversight!

Carp were starting to move at Gingerbread Lake where several fish to 35lbs were caught but locating them was proving a problem for many anglers. However, as the lake’s water temperature rises, the fish should become increasingly active.

A few good quality carp have been caught at McGregor Lake with both commons and mirrors up to 18lbs being landed. Gerry Caplin made his annual trip to the venue where he caught a 5lb tench to make his journey from Suffolk worthwhile.

The local PAC will be holding a meeting at The Wingfield Club, 37 Church Street, Ampthill, MK45 2PL on 9th April when the guest speaker will be John Goole, the captor of the British River Record pike weighing 45lb 8oz. Entry will cost £4 for PAC members and £5 for non-members.