Huge haul from McGregor Lake

David Grant fished at McGregor Lake for two consecutive days where he amassed a huge catch of the lake’s carp getting through 3.5k of Mad Baits’ boilies in the process. Keeping his swim topped up with bait after each catch, he caught 20 carp during the course of his first day’s fishing with the best weighing 18lb 8oz, a mirror. On day two, the sport continued with him catching another 13 carp with best fish on the day being a 21lb mirror carp. All of the carp caught were mirrors except for three commons.

Mick Usher fished a 48-hour session at Gingerbread Lake where he had 14 runs landing tench to over 6lbs and three carp, the best weighing 23lbs. Kevin Webb fished on Sunday when most of the weekend anglers had gone home and was rewarded by the capture of a 17lb common carp and a 5lb male tench. Thick weed beds now cover much of the lake but membership secretary Anthony Pogmore managed to find one of the less weedy swims unoccupied. He fished snowman rigs over a scattering of Denham Baits’ boilies and it was not long before he spotted a big mirror carp break the surface over his baited area. An hour later, he had a good run which turned out to be from a recently spawned 28lb mirror carp. Later in the day, he added a low double VS mirror to his tally. Norman Brinn caught an 18lb carp from a weedy part of the lake and John Murphy was well pleased to land two tench and another VS mirror during a short daytime session.

Dave Holland has been enjoying some great sport floating fishing in the margins around Gingerbread Lake. On a recent trip, he was finding bites hard to come by despite seeing plenty of signs of fish feeding in his swim. Late in the morning, he decided to try fishing well off the bottom and immediately connected with a nice rudd around 8oz and, thereafter, it was a rudd nearly every cast as fed avidly. He returned later in the week to fish another part of the lake where he again found rudd to be feeding well but topped his visit off with the capture of a 5lb 9oz male tench. He reckons that rudd can be caught from practically every swim in the lake on either pellets or sweetcorn.

Former Hitchin & District AA members will be saddened to hear of the loss of one of the club’s ex Secretaries, Leslie Day, who passed away after a short illness aged 87 years. Les assisted in the running of the club for a number of years at a challenging time when waters were under threat. He was a keen match angler who ensured that the club maintained a vibrant match fishing section. He was made a life member of Biggleswade & Hitchin AA after it was formed. Our condolences and best wishes go to all his remaining family.