The Clone slips up to the same angler

The May bank holiday weekend saw several big carp being caught at Gingerbread Lake from a variety of different swims including, at least, five over 30lbs. Darren Coles caught the mirror carp known as the Clone for the second time in a month again breaking the 40lb barrier at 42lbs. Bailiff Derek Orchard caught another big mirror known as the Mitsubishi fish because of a scale on its side resembling the car maker’s badge. It weighed 36lb 4oz. Norman Brinn caught two tench weighing up to 5lb 8oz, 6 bream weighing up to 9lbs and three carp. His carp were two commons weighing 27lb and 28lb 12oz and a big linear mirror weighing 34lb 9oz.

David Grant fished a three-night session at Swan Lake catching two pristine carp, a common weighing 25lb 6oz and a mirror of 28lb 3oz. He used MAD Baits’ boilies as bait. The lake now holds, at least, seven different carp weighing over 30lbs with one of them nearing 37lbs.

McGregor Lake has recently produced carp to 20lbs. Richard Bartlett finally struggled to get a take fishing his normal swim so decided to migrate a few yards along the bank and try another swim near some overhanging vegetation. He caught low to mid doubles from his new swim on three consecutive days.

Work to improve the entrance track to Sandy Lakes is planned to start in early June when it will be necessary to close the fishery whilst this work is being undertaken. Reports have been received of persons illegally fishing the Ivel in the close season and removing a sizable pike from Swan Lake where they climbed over the otter fencing. Any member witnessing such behaviour are asked to immediately telephone the Environment Agency’s hotline number 0800 80 70 60. This will enable the EA to build up a picture of the extent of such behaviour and where and when it is occurring.

Many members appear not to have read the Association’s rules or if they have blatantly disregard them. Recent examples include the otter gates being left open at Swan Lake endangering the whole fishery to otter predation; dogs being allowed to roam around off their leads and fouling swims and pathways; and the odd member using swims as toilets. All such behaviour will lead to the culprits being banned from the Association. Please READ THE RULES and abide by them.