Despite favourable weather conditions for much of the past week, catch reports have been few.
Alan Wilkie decided to try for bream and tench at Swan Lake and prepared his swim by casting out two or three spods of freebies. The tactic soon produced bites for him with a bream and tench being landed and a second bream lost. The weights of the fish were a little disappointing with none topping 5lbs. He was later joined by ‘What on?’ John West whose time on the bank is limited by family commitments these days. John had a run shortly after casting out which resulted in him catching a nice 22lb mirror carp.
Another member turned up and found most of the popular swims taken so he decided to fish a swim neglected by many of the regular visitors. It proved to be a wise move for a run produced one of the lake’s sought-after carp, a mirror known as the pound coin fish weighing 30lb 6oz. On a previous visit the angler fished at McGregor Lake where he caught another big carp, a 26lb mirror carp.
On the wildlife front, a member recorded seeing no fewer than 37 different species of bird from his swim in a single day. They were – cettis warbler, sedge warbler, reed warbler, blackcap, chiffchaff, robin, blackbird, song thrush, wren, blue tit, great tit, greenfinch, magpie, jay, rook, carrion crow, jackdaw, red kite, buzzard, kestrel, sparrow hawk, mute swan, Canada goose, greylag goose, cormorant, coot, moorhen, mallard, black headed gull, common tern, oyster catcher, swallow, swift, sand martin, greater spotted woodpecker, lapwing (green plover) and kingfisher. This list is by no means exhaustive as great crested grebe, water rail, pheasant, raven, egret, tufted duck, cuckoo, house martin, heron and wood pigeon are often to be seen too. Later in the year hooby, log tailed tit, barn owl, merlin, tree creeper, nuthatch, field fare, redwing and even partridge can be spotted from time to time. At Gingerbread Lake, osprey, black swan and red breasted merganser have all put in appearances together with several species of duck.