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Spawning was far from over at Gingerbread Lake with many of the lake’s carp congregated near to weed beds where they will have another spawning session once the temperatures rise again. Consequently, sport was patchy with many swims devoid of fish but there were carp to be caught if you could spot where they were. Kevin Barrable made his first trip to the lake in many months and chose a swim at the opposite end of the lake from where the previous week’s hectic action had taken place. He caught two tench around 6lb 8oz each casting to a rush bed but later spotted a small group of carp milling around to his left. He cast a bait in their direction and went on to catch a 29lb 14oz mirror. John Murphy caught an 8lb tench from the dugout swim but decided to try elsewhere on his next visit. A single run produced a 26lb 12oz common for him. Bailiff Derek Orchard had a day fishing in two-bar bay where he banked four carp to 18lbs but lost a much larger fish that straight rodded him, possibly a rogue catfish. Mike Broom added a 20lb common to his ever growing list of big fish and Yanis Spalis caught a 15lb mirror during a short daytime session. Alan Wilkie fishing nearby caught a 13lb 15oz mirror too. Trevor O’Dell returned to the lake following a spell of household D.I.Y. and got off the mark with a 19lb 4oz common.

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.

Stewart Howes and his son Josh fished McGregor Lake at the weekend catching two cracking mirror carp weighing 15lb 12oz and 19lb 10oz.