Over the winter months, Mike Broom left his carp rods at home to concentrate on fishing the River Ivel. He has fished on several stretches of the river controlled by BHAA targeting chub and perch. Mike has caught plenty of chub to 5lb 7oz long trotting with maggots and seven perch, four of which topped 2lbs with the best weighing 2lb 15oz. The perch all fell to red maggots drop shotting.
Martin Barnatt spent a few hours trotting maggots on the River Ouse at Manor Farm, Lavendon. Although he was unable to locate any of the larger specimens known to inhabit this stretch, he overcame a tricky downstream breeze to catch several dace small chub together with a brace of nice sized 2lb chub.
The awaited delivery of carp for restocking Gingerbread Lake is likely to take place in early march. The good news is that the individual fish will be heavier than was anticipated as they will continue to be fed by the provider.
Martin Barnatt decided to fish for chub in the River Ivel near Sandy where he caught three chub to 3lbs trotting bread flake sown the stream. However, a late change of tactics to cheese paste enabled him to finish the day on a high when he banked a 5lb 5oz chub. Robert Livock returned to the river in the early part of the week to catch two more chub weighing 3lb 12oz and 4lbs both on ledgered bread flake. Later in the week, he fished with membership secretary Anthony Pogmore but they could only manage a couple of smallish chub under 3lbs each. News of a 7lb chub being caught from the Ivel near Sandy has come to light but no further details are to hand at this point in time.