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Club scoops top award

BHAA was pleased to learn that two of its waters, Swan Lake and Gingerbread Lake, have been jointly awarded the best fishery status for the Midlands area in 2014 by ‘Anglers’ Mail’. This award recognises the efforts that the club has gone to in developing these two fisheries over the years with both waters approaching their respective peaks. The club is far from complacent though and plans to continue to invest in new fish stocks and to improve the facilities at both venues subject to available finances.

Hard frosts and bitterly cold winds kept most anglers away from the bank sides but Robert Livock still fancied another go at McGregor Lake for carp. He sensibly found a swim on the lea side of the lake from where he could get some shelter from the cold wind. After a couple of hours, he had a run and was pleased to bank a nice 10lb mirror carp. Throughout his stay, the odd carp continued to show so he was confident that there could be more action to come and, sure enough, later in the day he caught another carp, this time a 14lb 4oz mirror. He returned the following day but the fish had finally stopped feeding.

A new member, Nick Baldwin, has been fishing on the River Ivel for pike and was successful in banking a 14lb 8oz specimen.

Congratulations to Harry Grummitt, a life member of the Association, who has just reached 90 years of age. Before failing eyesight took its toll, Harry used to love fishing the Ivel close to his Biggleswade home usually float-fishing with maggots. In his later years, he managed to bank too double-figured barbel from the river on the same day on his light tackle. Harry said that his one big regret is not being well enough to go fishing ant more.