While Gingerbread Lake seems to dominate the big fish scene, another of BHAA’s specimen waters is coming up fast on the rails. Conor Young has been fishing Swan Lake for a couple of years and has seen his catches steadily improve. Last week he caught a new personal UK best when he landed an immaculate mirror carp weighing 33lb 4oz. Callum Sharp has only fished four nights at Swan Lake but has amassed no fewer than six 20lb plus carp and four smaller doubles. His catches included common carp weighing 21lb 10oz, 21lb 12oz and 27lb 6oz and mirrors of 22lb 15oz, 20lb 1oz and 21lb 2oz. Several more tench have been reported being caught from the lake too while the lake is alive with quality roach.
Meanwhile, at Gingerbread Lake, one of the named fish, Moonscale, was caught weighing 35lbs well down on its top weight no doubt spawned out. John Murphy caught his best fish from the lake so far this year when he banked a 26lb 8oz mirror carp but had to wait well into the afternoon before getting a run. In contrast, Alan Bates had only a short time to weight when fishing in the factory bay before a 19lb 4oz carp picked up his red pop-up boilie. Another angler to enjoy success fishing in the factory bay was Trevor O’Dell who caught a 29lb 14oz carp whilst his fishing companion banked an 18lb 4oz carp from another part of the lake on a later visit.
Anglers were catching plenty of carp and silver fish at McGregor Lake with the channel behind the long island proving to be a bit of a hotspot. The best carp reported was an 18lb 8oz mirror carp.
There will be a working party on Saturday, 13th September, at Grace Lake to improve access around the lake and opening up swims. Any additional help from members would be welcomed. Please assemble next to the container at Swan Lake at around 8am.The next day, i.e. Sunday the 14th, a small working group will be at the Links Pool to remove the tree that has fallen into the water but no assistance is required. A third working party will be held at Gingerbread Lake on Saturday, the 14th of November, to undertake a number of improvements to swims. Again, anyone wishing to help is welcome to participate. Meet at the entrance to the lake around 8am.
Further complaints have been received from members concerning dog mess at Gingerbread Lake that has been left in swims despite a sign being put on the gate asking members to ensure that all such mess is cleared up. It is a shame that these thoughtless individuals are putting the concession to allow members to bring their dogs with them to our waters at risk. Rule 9 specifies the conditions that MUST be adhered to when bringing dogs on to club waters. Dogs MUST be kept on leads within the confines of the owner’s chosen swim and the owner MUST ensure that all dog litter is cleared up and removed. Any members witnessing a breach of this rule are asked to notify the membership secretary so that further action can be taken. Also, the club’s bailiffs have been asked to check that dogs are being properly controlled in accordance with this rule and will endorse any members book found contravening this rule.