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News Update: 19th February 2019

Winston Pogmore made his first trip to his favourite stretch of the River Ivel at Tempsford in search of a chub or two. Fishing with link-ledgered bread flake, he soon hooked into a powerful fish that turned out to be a specimen 5lb 2oz chub.

Success at British Lure Championship

Congratulations to BHAA member Joanna Davies who was the last qualifier place for the British Lure Championship organised at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough. Lure fishing is becoming very popular lately and Fox in conjunction with Anglers Mail have launched this competition. There were 10 qualifiers for the final and Joanna won the last of these places. The final to select the British Champion will be held at Chew Valley and is to be televised by Sky Sports.

Neil blitzes Ivel chub

Gingerbread Lake recorded its biggest pike of the winter when a member banked a 20lb specimen which makes it the third BHAA venue to produce 20lb plus pike this season. Barry Fox fished for a few hours during the week as was soon into a decent pike, a 9lb specimen.

Big pike bring some winter cheer

Whilst the odd carp is still getting caught, it is pike that have been feeding well at BHAA’s Sandy Lakes complex. Three pike over 20lbs have been reported with the best weighing 28lbs and the other two topping 25lbs. Details of their captors are not yet to hand though.

Spectacular catches as temperatures continue to rise

Alan Wilkie confirmed his recent catches from Swan Lake as being an 18lb 6oz common carp, a 20lb 13oz mirror carp and a 10lb 9oz bream. Alan said his two carp fought long and hard as he was only using light tackle intended for bream. His son Paul visited the lake for the first time since joining the club and soon spotted a good-sized carp surface near his swim. He cast his baited rig to where the fish had risen and, within a few minutes, had a run.

Local PAC Meeting

The newly-formed Bedford PAC RA 106 will be holding its inaugural meeting on the 14th of November featuring none other than the Pikers’ Piker, Dennis ‘Digger’ Moules. The longstanding PAC stalwart, Regional Liaison Officer and author will be giving a talk on ‘Fifty Years of

Like London buses!

Mark Horspool struck gold on his latest visit to BHAA’s Gingerbread Lake where plenty of sightings of carp have been made but few fish caught. Mark was elated to have caught a 30lb plus common carp but only a few hours later he had a second run that resulted in him catching another huge common. His fish weighed 30lb 14oz and 32lb with one of the fish a long lean fighting machine whilst the other was a superbly proportioned specimen. Another member to catch a big common was Mark Arnold who landed a 33lb common, a new personal best for the angler.