News Update: 20th March 2021

The river fishing ended on the 14th of March and keen chub angler and club Chairman Neil Sampson was hoping he could finish on a high. His wish was granted when he caught a super 5lb chub whilst fishing on the river Ouse at Tempsford.

Steve Curtin had spent most of the winter months fishing for chub and barbel on the upper Ouse above Bedford but decided to visit Swan Lake for the first time this year targeting the lake’s carp. He got off to a cracking start by catching a 30lb 6oz common carp using a small handful of his homemade boilies to entice the fish. David Flint has enjoyed some great sport recently catching four carp all over or around the 20lb mark including a pristine 24lb mirror carp. Both the aforementioned anglers caught their fish during the daytime. Mark Jeffries completed a day and night session on the lake when he caught two mirror carp, the largest weighing just under 20lbs.

Clive Day spent a day fishing at McGregor Lake where carp have been hard to come by of late. He presented a popped-up boilie close to some marginal reeds and managed to tempt a 17lb mirror carp during his session.

The Association held its Annual General Meeting at The Chequers PH in Blunham when members who attended were appraised of how the Association had fared over the previous financial year and an outline of some of the develop projects that are being planned to maintain and improve our fisheries. During the evening, members had the opportunity to ask the Board questions on the topics reported. In the coming season all membership books will be administered through the membership secretary with any vacancies to be filled from waiting lists. Books will no longer be available to purchase in tackle shops and other outlets. Similarly, night fishing permits will be dealt with by the night fishing secretary who also has a waiting list of members seeking them.

Over the coming weeks, members will find metal guards put over the holes in the gates which allow access to the locks. The guards are hinged so can be easily lifted but are designed to counter the risk of unwanted predators gaining access through the holes. Hopefully, the guards should not cause any great difficulty for members to use but are an essential precaution.