The early part of the past week with high pressure and hot weather made fish lethargic with few catch reports received. On Swan Lake, most of the action was at night or in the early morning before sunrise. Paul Burton managed to bank a fish during an overnight stay when he caught a 15lb 3oz mirror. Bailiff David Grant had a surprise capture when a 3lb 6oz eel picked up his bait and he intends to try to catch some more of these increasingly rare fish.
The welcome rain later in the week changed fortunes for anglers fishing at McGregor Lake with, at least, two anglers each having simultaneous runs. Glenn Last was fishing his first real session on the lake when he had two fish to deal with at the same time, mirror carp weighing 21lb 4oz and 18lbs. Fortunately, other anglers were on hand to help him land his second fish. It was the same situation for bailiff Stephen Chessum who found himself trying to cope with two fish on at the same time, mirror carp weighing 11lb 8oz and 13lbs 8oz. Also, Stephen’s brother Tim was another angler to benefit from the feeding spree brought on by the rain when he caught a cracking 19lb mirror carp.
With most anglers choosing to fish the lakes, Karl Franklin decided to target the River Ivel where he adopted a roving approach despite the extremely hot weather conditions. His tactics proved to be successful as he went on to catch several chub including a 5lb 2oz specimen from the Sandy area and then banked a surprise fish, a 3lb common carp.