Since re-joining BHAA a couple of years ago, Karl Franklin has been enjoying some great sport fishing the club’s Sandy complex where he has caught from both Swan and McGregor Lakes. Over the winter months, he has focused his attention on McGregor Lake from where
The unsettled conditions over the past resulted in an increased number of catch reports and signs that fish are now starting to feed more often. Regular visitor to McGregor Lake, Robert Livock, caught an 11lb common carp fishing alongside some branches that had fallen into
Sawn Lake has proven to be an even harder nut to crack with no fish reported caught and little signs of anything moving.
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.
The uplift in temperatures saw ice disappear from BHAA’s still waters. Bailiff David Grant was confident that carp in Swan Lake would be moving so decided to fish a three-night session. Two days and nights passed without any bites, but he remained determined to finish
Fraser Hayden fished overnight at McGregor Lake through strong winds and heavy showers using method feeder tactics. During the night he caught three carp weighing 6lbs, 11lb 9oz and 19lb 9oz to make his trip worthwhile.
Despite rocket bottom temperatures, Nick (the Greek) Page left fellow anglers in awe as he demonstrated that fish could still be caught when he fished during the daytime at Swan Lake, a water that is fast growing a reputation as being an exceptional big fish venue. Nick caught three cracking carp throughout his stay weighing 24lb 1oz, 33lb 4oz and 30lb 4oz.
In recent weeks, the Sandy lakes have produced pike up to 22lbs but there have been larger specimens caught from both McGregor and Swan Lakes in previous years.
Karl Franklin was back on the River Ivel after roach. He float-fished to catch a handful of roach in the 6-8oz range. Later, he tried for chub but could not attract any fish to feed.
On his last carp fishing trip to McGregor Lake, Karl Franklin only managed to bank a 3lb bream throughout the day and decided it was time to try for another species. He targeted a stretch of the River Ivel near Tempsford using his own home-made paste as bait