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Hot weather keeps carp spawning

During the early part of the week, there was plenty of activity from carp at Gingerbread Lake but it was largely confined to spawning in the dense weed beds. By the end of the week, carp had ceased their activity with some fish observed just cruising around on the surface. Wayne Munro reported catching a 24lb mirror carp using an artificial dog biscuit as bait. Another member got a real surprise when a 23lb common carp picked up his feeder fished maggots. The odd tench was still being caught in the daytime by anglers prepared to target them.

Grace Lake is finally starting to produce consistent results with tench, roach and bream all feeding. One of the club’s bailiffs patrolling the lake noticed huge clusters of feeder bubbles but no one was fishing!

Anglers fishing at McGregor Lake continued to catch plenty of carp during the week from several swims. Paul Allum jnr. Reported catching a 14lb 12oz mirror carp, a new personal best for the angler who has only recently joined the club. Bream were also being caught on both float and ledger methods with maggots and pellets both accounting for plenty of fish.

Complaints have been received of some irresponsible anglers leaving their dog mess in swims. Please ensure that all such mess is cleared from both swims and pathways as otherwise they may risk dogs being banned in the future. Also, dogs should not be allowed to disturb other anglers by being allowed to roam away from their owners.

The club was saddened to hear of the death of Brian Richwood who has been a member of the club and its predecessor, Hitchin & District AA, for many years. He will be sadly missed by all who knew this colourful character who in later life became noted for his woodworking skills in making didgeridoos, the aboriginal musical instruments. Brian’s funeral will be held at the Crematorium in Bedford at 2.30pm on Thursday, the 3rdh of July.