Open Day, a success story

BHAA held its second Open Day of the year at McGregor Lake, Sandy and what a super day it turned out to be. Over 20 people attended ranging from youngsters to older anglers returning to fish after many years. Also, a number of visitors used it as an opportunity to have a look around the Sandy Lakes complex and all it has to offer. It is pleasing to report that ALL those who fished caught plenty of fish mainly roach, bream and gudgeon, a species that appears to be making a welcome return. The coaches put out a ledgering rod baited with boilies meant for the lake’s carp and throughout the day several carp were caught up to 14lbs. One of the lads who attended was a french exchange student, Malo, and he was encouraged to play the biggest carp to the net, a hard fighting mirror. Malo is a keen angler himself and it was the biggest fish he had caught so you can imagine his delight. Throughout the day, the smaller fish were transferred to an aquarium kindly provided by James Hooker of the Environment Agency and by the afternoon it was quite full. All the fish were safely returned to the lake at the end of the day. Also, there were plenty of refreshments available to fortify the novice anglers against the effects of a cool north-westerly breeze. A big ‘Thank you’ to Adam Savage, Conor Young and ‘Naynay’ who helped with supervising the youngsters throughout the day and to Barry Richardson who had strimmed a number of swims prior to the event.

Earlier in the week, Robert Livock fished a day session at the lake where he had eleven runs landing 5 carp to 11lb 8oz and a 4lb 8oz tench. Simon ward had similar success at the lake too catching a number of carp during a short session. Ray Wyka caught a 10lb 7oz mirror and Anthony Pogmore netted another of around 11lb 8oz. It appeared that the carp were most active before the sun got on to the water and late in the afternoons when it began to wane.

Neil Sampson, the club’s chairman, reported catching a 21lb mirror carp from Swan Lake during an overnight session and another small tench again raising suspicions that someone has been moving fish without the club’s permission or EA consent. Swan Lake has produced, at least, three different 30lb plus carp so far this season showing that it well on its way to becoming another big fish water.

Bailiff Del Orchard decided to fish in the factory bay after spotting a big common roll on the surface. However, his first day only produced a couple of large bream but, undeterred, he returned two days later to catch a cracking 29lb common carp, possibly the one he originally spotted. All his fish fell to Premier Baits’ boilies fished at medium range. John Murphy was another angler to catch a number of large bream whilst carp fishing in the factory bay. He said that all the fish gave him screaming runs and fought well too. Anglers float-fishing in the factory bay were enjoying some good sport with roach taking freely throughout the day.

The Allum family was back fishing on the River Ouse at Tempsford where Paul Allum was pleased to catch a 3lb plus chub only to trumped by his son Paul (jnr) when he netted a 4lb specimen as light faded. Paul Allum has been appointed a club bailiff and will be keeping an oversight over our river stretches and he can converse in Polish too for the benefit of such members.