Pike bites off more than it can chew!

Fishing at Gingerbread Lake, Kevin Bacon cast out his baits in hope of one of the lake’s carp. He had a bite on one of his rods that saw his indicator move to the top followed by a couple of small pulls. He decided to strike and hooked into a fish which turned out to be a 24lb pike . A fellow angler commented that he had previously seen a big pike swim through his swim that appeared to be in some distress. They looked into the fish’s mouth to see if there might be qa problem and were surprised to see a large tail sticking out of its throat. The fish was extracted and turned out to be a tench well over 5lbs that the pike was having trouble digesting. The fish was returned to the lake minus its meal and swam away quite strongly. Bailiff Del Orchard reported catching a 27lb carp using his favourite Premier Baits’ boilies adding to an impressive list of catches for the angler and all caught in the daytime too.

Carp have feeding throughout the week at McGregor Lake with late afternoons and evenings being particularly productive times. Double figured commons and mirrors to around 15lbs have been caught but Robert Livock was well pleased to catch a 13lb 8oz fully-scaled mirror during a day session.

A few anglers have ventured on to the rivers where water levels and flow rates remain low but chub to around 5lbs were being caught often during the day. The bank side vegetation has yet to die back so, unless waders are worn, it will be difficult to free any fish that become tethered in the weed.

Our best wishes go to former Board member and Fisheries Officer, Martin Crouch, who has moved to Cornwall for a complete change of lifestyle.

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of club member Bob (the builder) Fairey who has lost a long battle with cancer. Bob often night fished at Gingerbread Lake until his illness prevented him from so doing. In recent times, he helped to repair the track at the Sandy Lakes complex single-handed using his own tipper lorry. Bob and his dog Buster will be greatly missed by all who new him.