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Big carp start to feed in earnest

The recent day’s heavy rain caused the outflow ditch at Gingerbread Lake to flow in reverse with water entering the lake. Bailiff Richard Holden decided to fish close to the bank where the flood water was entering as he has found on previous occasions that carp take advantage of such conditions for feeding. He went on to capture the mirror carp known as the Lookalike weighing 40lb 2oz. Lee Wilcox was the latest angler to catch another lake favourite, Moonscale, weighing 43lb 10oz during the daytime too. Ian Blayney caught a 25lb carp whilst another of the club’s bailiffs, Derek Orchard, reported catching around 10 of the recently stocked VS Fisheries carp and two 13lb bream.

The milder weather has resulted in some big carp being caught at Swan Lake too with head bailiff Dave Hallybone catching a 34lb 12oz linear mirror. Another big carp of 28lbs was caught that had put on around six pounds in weight since it was caught earlier in the year.

McGregor Lake was waking up too with some good roach around the 1/2lb mark being caught throughout the day. Former Walker’s Pitch proprietor Simon Carr visited the lake for a short session and caught a double-figured carp on a cool day.

Work is shortly to begin on the construction of an otter fence around Swan Lake but the lake will remain open during the work. Members are asked to look out for heavy plant that will be operating as part of the construction work. A working party is being held at the lake on the 9th of April and members are invited to come along and help and to bring with them a spade or a fork to help finish off the fencing.

The Club’s AGM was held during the week when members were informed about the major works planned for both Sandy and Gingerbread Lakes. Also, it was agreed that all membership rates will remain unchanged in the coming season. It was pleasing to report that Andy Davis of Andy’s Angling Centre in Shefford has been awarded life membership of the club in recognition of the support he has given in selling membership books over many years.