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Swan Lake producing some good catches

Matthew Earl fished overnight at Swan Lake for the first time this year and had a cracking result landing two big carp weighing 25lb 10oz and 21lbs. Another angler netted two of the lake’s big bream each weighing around 12lbs. Head bailiff, Dave Hallybone spotted a small group of carp surfacing near an overhanging bush so he cast his boilies to where he had seen the fish. The result was a 32lb mirror carp for him, an ideal tonic before his trip to France after more carp. Other anglers also caught a number of carp including one four fish haul.

The cooler weather in the latter part of the week seemed to put fish off the feed in McGregor Lake. Earlier in the week, Ray Wyka reported getting some good sport from bream in the 3-4lb bracket when they reacted to pellets being spodded out. Also, he caught some small carp weighing under 1lb each which were probably some of the fish that the club stocked into the lake last year despite being predated on by greedy cormorants. Other anglers were still catching plenty of the larger carp stocked into the lake in spring weighing between 2-3lbs. Robert Livock recently caught another good tench from the lake weighing 7lb 8oz, a fish that is easy recognisable as it has a prominent growth under its mouth. He found the lake’s carp less willing to feed though but still managed to net a 9lb 8oz mirror. It was a similar story for Paul Allum who took his son Paul with him for an overnight session. They managed to catch an 11lb mirror but, apart from that, there was little in the way of action.

Former fisheries officer Martin Crouch opted for Grace Lake where he caught plenty of roach throughout the day but could not temp any crucians or tench into feeding.

Gary Page landed another big common whilst fishing at Gingerbread Lake weighing 32lbs but was unlucky to lose another four carp which all gained the sanctity of nearby weed beds. Gary caught a couple of male tench too during his stay with both fish weighing around 7lbs.