Tench starting to move

There have been plenty of fish showing at Gingerbread Lake as the water temperature continues to rise with a number of good-sized carp caught and several of the recently stocked ones. Most of the smaller stock fish have been caught from the factory bay where they were introduced. John Murphy landed a cracking early season tench weighing 8lb 6oz, a new personal best for the angler. On his next visit, he caught a 9lb plus pike which took a liking to his particle bait.

Bailiff Dave Hallybone landed another two carp during an overnight stay at Swan Lake. He said that the fish still seem to be feeding during the hours of darkness making day wishing a less attractive option at the moment. It was a similar situation at McGregor Lake where carp are still really active at first light crashing out all over the lake but as soon as the sun is up they stop their activity immediately. Barry Fox decided on a day’s float-fishing in the channel behind the long island. Using two maggots fished just off the bottom, he caught two of the recently stocked mirrors and a skimmer bream. There were signs of pike still engaged in spawning activity around the margins of both Swan and McGregor Lakes too which can provide a rich food source for other species.

On the wildlife front, ravens are now quite frequent visitors to the Sandy complex and can often be seen being chased by smaller crows. Sand martins have been observed feeding on fly hatches at McGregor Lake. We still await the return of the cuckoos and warblers from their wintering habitats in the south.