News Update: 13th October 2019

The recent work undertaken to remove some of the dense weed beds at Gingerbread Lake seems to have triggered off a feeding response as no few than seven carp weighing over 35lbs each were reportedly caught during the past week let alone others below this level. Bailiff Mick Usher added that these captures still did not include some of the lake’s known big fish which remain to be caught.

At Swan Lake, two of the lake’s largest residents made their appearances. A single run during a recent daytime visit resulted in Steve Curtin landing the two-tone common weighing 36lb 6oz and later the big linear was caught by Mark Jeffries weighing 37lb 6oz. Paul Burton fished a single overnight session catching a striking 19lb 8oz fully scaled mirror carp.

Fraser Hayden put in an overnight session on McGregor Lake where he caught four carp weighing up to around 15lbs. Alan Wilkie fished a short afternoon session during which he caught a single carp weighing around 13lbs.

A recent suspected attempt by two individuals to remove carp from McGregor Lake was thwarted by one of our members and, as a result, bailiffing is being stepped up particularly during the night-time hours. Intelligence already gleaned has enabled the likely destination of any stolen fish to be determined and the identities of the two suspects who made off in a red van are being sought. The Police will be informed when and if more information is obtained. Members are asked to be especially vigilant in the coming weeks and to report any suspect activity to our bailiffs or to contact any of the club’s board officers. 

Members are informed that the concession to make use of the carp park next to ‘The Vanilla Experience’ (former Anchor Hotel) has been terminated. It is thought that this is probably due to damage caused by non-members poaching the nearby stretches of river who have not used the public footpath to access the water.

Following the resignation of two of the Board’s members, vacancies exist for two new board members to help in administering the club’s affairs. If you feel you could make a positive contribution and would like to apply to join the Board, please get in touch with the Chairman, Neil Sampson. Neil’s e-mail address is