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Rivers fishing well at the start of the new season

The wet weather experienced over the winter and spring has resulted in water and flow levels remaining good in the River Ivel with many swims still clear of weed. Numerous barbell have been caught up to, at least 17lbs. BHAA member Daryl Close Dave fished an evening session catching four chub to 5lb 6oz, a 5lb plus bream and a 13lb 2oz barbel.

Ray Albon ventured down on to the River Ouse at Tempsford to see if he could tempt a barbell but ended up catching a variety of other fish. Using maggot feeder tactics, he caught a 6lb tench, a good-sized bream and an eel.

Kevin Barrable fished overnight at Gingerbread Lake but decided a move of swim was called for in the early morning. He cast his boilies towards an overhanging tree just clipping its branches. It was not long before he had a run and he found himself connected to one of the lake’s big carp. The fish was netted, photographed and weighed and turned out to be the mirror carp named ‘Moonscale’ weighing an impressive 41lbs, a new personal best for the Barton le Clay angler. Anthony Pogmore was pleased to catch another big tench, a herd fighting 7lb 11oz fish whilst fishing in the factory bay. His brother, Winston Pogmore opted to fish in two-bar bay using cockles as bait and ended up with a 2lb plus eel. Towards the end of the week, the high pressure weather conditions triggered off another frenzied spawning session by the lake’s carp where the weed beds were torn apart by the spawning fish.

A new member, John Fish, fished his first overnight session at the club’s second big carp venue, Swan Lake, and got off to a cracking start by landing a 26lb 8oz common carp before having to leave for work the following morning.

Members fishing at McGregor Lake have reported catching consistent bags of roach, bream and small carp of around 30lbs per time. Another member caught a big eel too to confirm that all of the club’s still waters hold this declining species.

The contractor has completed work on the entrance road to the Sandy Lakes complex eliminating all of the potholes. Members are requested to drive slowly along the gravel part of the road to avoid damaging the surface.

Membership books are disappearing fast once again so, if you have not yet joined or renewed your membership, please do not delay too long to avoid disappointment.