Big chub heralds opening of rivers

Paul Swift took his ten year-old son Josh with him to McGregor Lake on Fathers’ Day. Paul caught a mid-double mirror carp but young Josh trumped this with an 18lb 9oz mirror.

Paul Follows fished at Swan Lake and was well pleased to open his account with a 28lb mirror carp. Fishing close by was Joe Hill who also got amongst the lake’s big carp by catching a mirror carp that just topped 30lbs and a hard fighting upper double common carp.

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.

Martin Barnatt tried fo chub on the River Ivel near Biggleswade but only managed to catch a few smallish ones up to 3lbs. He decided to call in at a BHAA controlled stretch of the river on his way home. He allowed pieces of bread crust to drift downstream and soon had a number of chub rising to them. In a relatively short period of time, he caught three of them weighing 3lb 13oz, 4lb 5oz and 5lb 10oz before the others lost interest.

The club was saddened to read of the death of Frank Guttfield, one of the early pioneers of specimen hunting, an angling author and columnist. Frank was a member of both the former Hitchin & District AA and Letchworth DHAA catching many large tench from their waters. He was often to be found dragging swims at Arlesey Lake and fishing for the lake’s tench in short evening sessions. He was known to many former HDAA members who will remember him fondly.

Please note that McGregor Lake will be reserved for another Over 60s Match on Wednesday, 15th of July. Grace and Swan Lakes will remain open for members to fish and McGregor Lake may be fished once the match is over.

The website will not be updated for the next couple of weeks but please keep sending in any catch reports as they will be entered once normal business is resumed. The availability of guest permits and casual night fishing permits will be suspended during this time too.