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Big chub heralds opening of rivers

It was the turn of tench to spawn for much of the week at Gingerbread Lake amongst the weed beds well out in the lake. Colin Kingham fished boilies placed close to a large weed bed from which he caught three carp during a daytime session. Two of his fish caught weighed 33lbs and 28lbs. John Murphy had bites all day long but they turned out to be from sizable bream that were in the area no doubt to feed off the tench spawn.

Specimen crucian caught from Grace Lake

Martin Barnatt decided to try for crucian carp, a species stocked into Grace Lake by the club in recent years. He opted for an early morning session and was rewarded by catching a 2lb 14oz specimen. A few other movements were registered on his float but these were made by small roach, a nice tench which unfortunately was lost and a terrapin, confirming the presence of this reptile in the lake.

High pressure all but kills sport

The photo competition winner for May was Alex Malcolm with a picture of a mid-double mirror carp caught by him at Gingerbread Lake. Members are reminded that there is the opportunity to win prizes up to £100 from some of the major angling newspapers that routinely receive copies of our website reports. For example, some of the enormous tench caught at Gingerbread Lake in recent months may have qualified for substantial prizes if photos of the fish had been taken.

Location –location – location!

The second Over 60s match was fished in blustery conditions at McGregor Lake and participants generally found bites hard to come by. The match was won by Dennis Hollidge with 10lb 5oz of silver fish, the only angler to reach double figures.