Cool weather reduces catches

The continuing cool and unsettled weather has brought a marked slowdown in sport on all BHAA’s venues. Carp seemed to spending much of their time close to the surface trying to benefit from what warmth the sun can inject.

Club bailiff Derek Orchard managed to get a single take fishing close to the near margins to his swim fishing at Gingerbread Lake. It turned out to be from a magnificent looking 33lb 8oz long common. Board member Kevin Webb was on hand to witness the weigh-in and photograph the fish. Dave Holland tried to catch tench using float-fished sweetcorn as bait but had to settle for catching roach in the 4-8oz bracket which fed avidly throughout the morning.

Peter Scoats has been getting to grips with the Sandy complex after joining the club this season and had successfully caught carp to over 20lbs fishing at McGregor Lake but more recently decided to concentrate his efforts on Swan Lake. Fishing into a cool breeze Peter caught a hard-fighting 23lb 12oz mirror to add to a 23lb 10oz common carp he caught on a previous trip.

Members may not be aware that the club is running a monthly photo competition with the winner being awarded a cash prize. Photos do not necessarily need to be of specimen fish as the club is interested in seeing how all types of anglers are faring on our waters. Where possible, the photos will be added to our website to keep members informed on how our fisheries are performing.

Finally, a thank you to those members who turned up to assist the working group in clearing a path for the forthcoming otter defences around Gingerbread Lake which will keep these destructive creatures from decimating our fishery. It is essential that gates are properly closed with the latches engaged bot to prevent wear on the gate hinges and, in the longer term, keep otters out.