April showers bring forth a deluge of fish

The last week has produced a number of outstanding catches from BHAA’s big fish venue, Gingerbread Lake. Simon Chalkley banked one of the lake’s most sought after fish, the mirror carp known as ‘Moonscale’ weighing 40lbs. It is, at least, the second time that this fish has seen the bank this year and both times it topped 40lbs. Big fish specialist Nick ‘the Greek’ Page has been enjoying some great catches in recent visits. In one day, he caught a carp known as ‘the long common’ weighing 35lb 4oz and banked another common weighing 33lb 8oz. On another day he landed a third common also over 30lbs weighing 32lb 12oz. He fished a quiet corner of the lake where he had a four fish haul despite losing another two fish. His fish landed included mirrors weighing 23lb 4oz, 22lb 4oz and 15lbs. Recently appointed bailiff Del Orchard caught another big mirror weighing 30lb 9oz using his dependable Premier Baits boilies. Fellow bailiff Richard Holding banked two carp on a recent visit weighing 32lbs and 16lbs. Mark Horspool caught 8 carp including fish up to 32lbs. Alan Cross had a three carp haul plus three bream between 2-4lbs. Alan’s carp weighed 32lb 10oz, 24lb 4oz and 16lb 2oz. John Murphy caught a nice 6lb 8oz tench during a daytime visit.

Mike Broom fished at another of BHAA’s carp venues, Swan Lake, where during the daytime he caught a 17lb 2oz common, 19lb 2oz mirror and 17lb 4oz mirror. Meanwhile, father and son duo Simon and Tom Tilsbury fished at nearby McGregor Lake where Simon banked a 16lb mirror and Tom caught two more mirrors weighing 11lbs and 15lbs.

A set of keys were reported lost at the Sandy complex belonging to Mr Wood. If anyone has found them, please could they contact him on (07949) 032011 or alternatively contact the membership secretary.

A big ‘Thank you’ is due to Dave Hallybone and his small team who have worked over the weekend to lay the hardcore at the Sandy Lakes complex to improve access and create permanent parking areas around Swan Lake.

On the wildlife front, more cuckoos have been heard at Sandy and, house martins, swallows and willow warblers all spotted confirming that summer is on its way. A pair of buzzards appear to be nesting at or near to Gingerbread Lake as they can be seen most days soaring above the lake and then dropping down quite low.