Lakes come alive after spawning is over

Mark Ridgeway had a fantastic nine fish haul during a recent 2 night session at Gingerbread Lake catching fish off both the surface and bottom of the lake. He caught three carp off the surface weighing 20lb 4oz, 23lb 6oz and the big mirror known as ‘Moonscale’ at 40lb 8oz. He went on to land another six fish using bottom baits weighing 15lbs, 17lbs, 20lbs, 27lbs and 33lb 4oz plus a small stockie. Alan Bates saw a huge carp roll to the side of his swim and cast his bait and a bag of krill pellets into the vicinity of the rise. A few hours later, his bait was picked up and he went on to land a nice 20lb mirror. Needless to say, it was not the fish that Alan had previously seen surface near his swim. Richard Holden has kept a few intimate areas of the lake baited so that he can fish them in short sessions. His tactics recently paid off when Richard caught a 33lb common carp within a couple of hours of casting out. On another occasion, Richard was fishing with a friend, Eoghann Thomson, when both anglers found themselves playing big tench at the same time. Both fish were landed and each topped 9lbs. It was Richard’s 5th tench over 9lbs from the lake this season. John Murphy finally got off the mark with a 17lb 10oz common despite missing a screaming run earlier in the day. Also, he landed a tench of around 7lbs plus a good-sized bream during his daylong session. Steve Mole caught five of the lake’s big bream whilst fishing for carp but was pleased to see some action during his stay.

Another of BHAA’s up and coming big fish waters, Swan Lake, has been fishing well too. Cavanagh Fletcher caught a cracking common carp during an overnight stay that topped the scales at over 30lbs and has since caught several other good-sized carp. Marc Snow had no fewer than four 20s during an overnight stay weighing 27lbs, 26lbs, 24lbs and 21lbs. This lake currently holds a good head of quality roach but only a few anglers bother to target them.

There has been plenty of action at McGregor Lake where carp from small stockies to upper doubles have been on the feed. Robert Livock has been catching regularly during daytime sessions banking carp to 14lbs during the week.

Sadly, Walker’s Pitch has now closed but persons wishing to renew their membership or join the club can do so at The Bus Stop Shop (Newsagent) on the market square in Biggleswade and at Gilbys (Iron mongers) in the High Street in Sandy as well as at other outlets listed on the Association’s website.

The club will be holding an Open Day at McGregor Lake on Saturday, the 24th of May, designed for novice anglers which will be open to non-members. Trained coaches will be on hand to provide tuition and assistance throughout the day. Refreshments and drinks will be provided too at the club’s expense. Fishing will start from around 8.30am but participants can come and go when they like.