A lot more festive fun!

Last week’s report grossly understated the extent of catches made from Gingerbread Lake over the Xmas bank holiday period. Bailiff Derek Orchard said that the mild weather caused the carp at Gingerbread Lake to suddenly switch on with a total of around 30 carp landed. He landed 8 carp himself weighing up to 24lb 12oz whilst fellow board member Mick Usher caught the sought-after mirror known as Moonscale weighing 41lb 8oz. Many of the carp were caught during daylight hours including all of Derek Orchard’s fish.

Peter Scoats hit the jackpot whilst fishing at Swan Lake, Sandy. In a frantic one hour spell he caught two of the lake’s big carp, a 29lb 4oz mirror and a 25lb common.

Martin Barnatt tried to catch some perch from a BHAA-controlled stretch of the River Ouse. Although he could not locate any perch, he landed several small chub and a surprise 7lb bream.

Existing night permit holders for both Gingerbread and Sandy Lakes should be receiving invitations to renew their permits for the coming season. Please note that responsibility for night permits will become that of Dave Hallybone, Head Bailiff, henceforward and any requests for permits will be forwarded to him. Enquiries regarding night payments may be made to his e-mail address –

Following a spate of incidents involving people trying to gain unauthorised access to Gingerbread Lake and gates being left open, the board decided that the pedestrian gate under the bridge and the vehicular gate at the Tesco end of the track would be kept locked until the Spring. This is a temporary measure and the gates will be reopened thereafter. Members will find new signs on gates in the otter fencing requiring them to be kept shut and/or locked after entry or exit and this requirement will become a new rule for members to obey in the future. Similar signs are being installed at Sandy too.