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Two 40s landed

Bailiff Richard Holding opted to fish at the opposite end of Gingerbread Lake from where the bulk of carp activity had been in recent weeks. Richard went on to catch a 40lb mirror thought to be ‘Cluster’ at first but may turn out to be a new 40. Mark Collins fished for a couple of days but banked two more big carp, mirrors weighing 27lb and 40lb, the latter being ‘The Lookalike’. Also, Mark said that during the night he caught several tench up to around 7lbs. Another of the club’s bailiffs, Derek Orchard added two more big carp to his tally by catching a 21lb common one day and then returned to catch a 23lb mirror carp. Lake regular Gary Exton had plenty of action from big bream and tench which were not his intended quarry but later managed to add a couple of carp to end his session. The hot weather towards the end of the week has brought many of the lake’s tench and carp on to the surface which is usually a prelude to spawning.

Mike Broom has continued to catch regularly at Swan Lake. During the week, Mike landed an 18lb 45oz mirror and a 22lb 10oz common. Later in the week, he returned to catch a 15lb 8oz fully-scaled mirror and yet another big bream. Also, he banked another big bream during his overnight stay. Head bailiff Dave Hallybone has caught over 20 carp from Swan Lake since the Spring including near 30lb commons and mirrors.

Ross Hallybone recently had an 8 carp haul fishing at McGregor Lake that included mirrors to 18lbs. Robert Livock found the lake busy with fellow anglers but found a swim vacant at the shallow end of the lake. He went on to catch two 2-3lb bream and an 11lb mirror.

A member recently fishing at Grace Lake reported catching a big bream but we are still awaiting reports of activity by tench and crucian carp which have been heavily stocked in the last two years.

A diary date to note is that on Saturday the 31st of May, the club will be holding an Open Day at McGregor Lake designed for novice anglers which will be open to non-members. Trained coaches will again be on hand to provide tuition and assistance throughout the day. Refreshments and drinks will be provided too at the club’s expenses. Fishing will start from around 8.30am but participants can come when they like.

Last week, the imminent closure of Walker’s Pitch was reported but proprietor Simon Carr has informed us that the shop will remain open until the end of the month and membership books will still be available for persons wishing to renew or join. Two new outlets have been arranged for the sale of club books, Gilbys of Sandy located in the High Street in Sandy and The Bus Stop Shop (newsagents) in Biggleswade’s market square (from 1st of June).