News Update: 9th June 2024

Karl Franklin has been enjoying a great season fishing for bream and tench rather than carp which most other anglers seem obsessed with catching. This week, he found fish not to be in a feeding mood but still managed to catch a 7lb 13oz bream to make his day session worthwhile. During the week, the odd tench was still being caught although many fish were off the feed probably waiting for spawning conditions. Colin Hewitt caught a 6lb 6oz tench using sweet corn as bait. Later, he changed to maggots and soon hooked a small perch which was grabbed by a 7lb pike as he wound the perch in. Both fish were landed!

Alan Wilkie decided to fish McGregor Lake where some spawning had already taken place with fish more likely to feed. Fishing with a small baits over a couple of spodfuls of free offerings, Alan went on to catch 5 bream in the 4-6lb range together with a 19lb 2oz common carp and a mirror carp estimated to weigh between 14 and15lbs. Anthony Pogmore was another angler to opt for a change from fishing at Swan Lake and in a short spell caught a 16lb 14oz mirror carp ant two bream also in the 4-6lb range. Lloyd Gadsby fished overnight at McGregor Lake where he caught a 21lb common carp in pristine condition followed by 14lb and 17lb mirror carp. Mike Baldwin has continued with his bream fishing exploits by catching a colossal haul of 42 bream for a total weight of 214lb 10oz averaging over 5lb per fish. Roxie Xie caught a nice mirror carp too during a day session.

There have been few reports of catches made from Gingerbread Lake, but it is known the lake has been fishing well. For example, Mick Usher fished overnight banking five carp with two over 30lbs, two over 20lbs and a smaller 13lb mirror.

Membership for the coming season 2024/5 is now closed as all books and permits have been sold.

Members are asked to note that bait boats will no longer be allowed on Swan Lake from 16th of June and notices will be displayed to this effect. Gate locks will be changed at Sandy and Eaton Socon fisheries in the evening of 15th of June so any member fishing at such time must have both the old and new keys with them to avoid getting locked in.

There have been continuing acts of vandalism where fencing around the lakes has been pushed down presumably to gain illegal entry. Members witnessing any suspicious activity are asked to report the matter to any club official or bailiff as soon as possible.

The next working party will be held at the Sandy fishery on the 27th and 28th of July where there is much work that needs undertaking. Please note these dates and if you can please come along and help. Just inform Louis Horne beforehand (his contact details are in the membership book).

There has been a public notice that access to New Road at Sandy will be restricted from 17th of June to enable works to be carried out. This may affect access to the sandy Lakes fishery whilst this work is being undertaken.

Night permit auction for charity:

The club secretary, Ang Davies is once again offering members the opportunity to bid for a night fishing permit for Gingerbread Lake for 2024/5 and another for Swan Lake. Permitswill be given to the highest bidder with the proceeds going to the Tackling Minds charity. Bids can be made by e-mailt to or by text message/phone to 07540383400. The closing date for bids will be 12pm on the 14th of June after which time the successful bidder will be contacted.