Stephen Chessum finally managed to catch a carp from Swan Lake that was under 30lbs, the fish being a 21lb 15oz mirror. By the way, he also caught another 30lb mirror making it no fewer than seven 30s for him this season! A few big carp have been caught by other anglers during the week but not reported to date.
Dave Albon caught a 15lb 11oz carp fishing at McGregor Lake but was downcast to lose a much bigger fish. He fought with the fish for nearly 20 minutes before it made one more powerful run stripping line from his tightened spool which enabled it to get around a snag. Some other anglers have reported similar experiences over the years with suggestions that a rogue catfish could be the culprit but no one knows for sure. Mark Snow was pleased to catch a 16lb carp when he fished into the evening on the lake. Bream were featuring in members’ catches..
Alan Wilkie fished at Gingerbread Lake targeting tench and bream so imagine his surprise when a 10lb pike decided to take his rubber maggot lure.
Carp have been actively spawning in both McGregor and Swan Lakes. Members are asked not to fish for them whilst this activity is ongoing to avoid stressing fish that may be already weakened through spawning.
The Association is finalising the acquisition of a new fishery in time for the start of the forthcoming season but more details will be provided on the website as soon as possible. The venue is known to hold specimen fish of several sought-after species.
Membership books are now available for the new season and will be valid from 16th of June. Some members may to asked to complete a simple questionnaire indicating which of the Association river stretches and still waters they have fished in the past year. This information will give the Association’s Board a better understanding of the future viability of waters. Alternatively, members can e-mail the information directly to the Association’s membership secretary, Neil Sampson, at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.