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New fish for both Gingerbread and McGregor Lakes

A total of fourteen carp up to 10lbs were introduced into Gingerbread Lake by AJS Fisheries. The fish were mainly heavily scaled mirrors and high backed commons. This means that the lake has received over 60 new carp recently with the biggest topping 27lbs. There were reports of bream, tench and the odd carp being caught throughout the week with John Murphy enjoying a catch of six good-sized tench and a 13lb 8oz mirror.

It has been a different story at Swan Lake where a number of great catches have been reported. Jim Stratford was one of the first anglers to benefit from the upsurge in action when he had three runs and landed two carp, a 21lb 8oz common and a 19lb 2oz mirror. Paul Clarke fished overnight to take a five fish haul with carp up to 17lbs. Mark Bailey had four doubles but did not weigh any of his fish. Membership Secretary Anthony Pogmore got in on the action too when he caught a personal best common from the lake, a 22lb 4oz specimen. Anthony’s fish picked up a Robin Red boily tipped with a sliver of artificial corn. Father and son duo Martin and Callum Sharp each caught a big carp from the lake. Martin’s was an 18lb specimen but Callum took the honours with a 23lb mirror. Thomas Pashley reported catching a couple of double-figured mirrors using zig rigs when he spotted loads of fish cruising near to the surface. Fraser Hayden resumed his quest for big bream but had to be content with a 9lb 9oz specimen.

Alan does battle with big Ivel chub

Crystal clear water and heavy weed growth made a formidable challenge for Alan Wilkie when he decided to fish an evening session a BHAA-controlled stretch of the River Ivel. Alan used a cube of luncheon meat as bait fished together with a single swan shot ledger. His tactics proved to be successful when he struck into a confident bite. After a tussle, Alan was able to get the fish to the net. It turned out to be an immaculate 6lb 4oz chub. He said that the fish was hollow and could well go over 7lbs later in the season.

After his success with bream at Swan Lake, Steve Davis opted for a change of venue and decided to give the little-fished Links Pool a try. He soon spotted a very large carp that readily accepted floaters but was reluctant to leave the protection of a dense lily bed. He opted for a change of swim when he found he had set up close to a wasps’ nest. After fishing for sometime on boilies without any action, Steve decided a change of bait was called for and cast out a trusted lobworm tipped with a small piece of artificial corn. The bit was soon picked up by a hard-fighting 8lb 7oz tench. He said that the fish was still full of spawn which may account for the lack of feeding fish that has been evident in recent weeks.

Spectacular bream catch from Swan Lake

Attention to detail was the secret of success for Steve Davis when he set out to catch some of the big bream that inhabit Swan Lake. He found an area of silt behind a gravel bar and put out a small bed of groundbait and swim fed over the top of it with a variety of different types of worms. Steve went on to catch no fewer than eleven of the lake’s big bream and a 24lb 7oz mirror carp too. Two of his bream topped the 14lb mark, the best weighing 14lb 4oz whilst several others were well into double figures. Steve reckoned the big bream had only recently spawned and would have easily topped 15lb in peak condition.. He urges anyone who catches one of these magnificent fish to return them to the water as soon as possible to avoid harming them whilst they are in a fragile state. Several other anglers landed the odd double-figured carp but found them generally unwilling to pick up boilies.

Changeable weather conditions play havoc with sport

A mixture of rain and shine seemed to have stopped the recent spawning frenzy and left the fish in a lethargic mood with many anglers not able to but a bite. Also, there have been surprisingly few anglers fishing the lakes at the start of the new season compared to previous years.

A second 30lb carp was caught recently at Swan Lake and was confirmed to be a different one to the lake record. The latest fish weighed 30lb 2oz and serves to demonstrate how well the fish are growing in this smallish lake. Another member enjoyed a mixed bag of double-figured carp, bream and a pike during a recent session.

Rain triggers bream and tench spawning!

Bream were feeding during the daytime at Swan Lake where John Murphy caught two weighing 9lb 14oz and 9lb 1oz. John had observed bream spawning in the side throughout the day. The lake water is very clear at the moment making fish very hard to catch on bright sunny days.

Eel and pike on the menu!

A late arrival at Swan Lake meant that Fraser Hayden was still erecting his bivvie in the early hours of the morning when his bite alarm sounded. Earlier, Fraser had put out a small bed of corn, mixed pellets and dead maggots and then fished Dynamite 10mm Peach and Mango boilies on the hook. The fish turned out to be an 11lb 2oz bream that could have easily topped 12lbs if it had been in peak condition. A second run just after dawn produced another big bream, this time an 8lb 5oz specimen.

Everythings new this week!

At a recent meeting with the owner of the Sandy Lakes fishery, it was decided to change the name of New Road Lake back to its original name of Swan Lake and already a new lake record has been set. Chris Harwood was using a Masterbaits1 ROC boilie when he hooked and landed a 32lb linear mirror carp. Chris had earlier suffered losing two other big fish that managed to break free. It was Chris’s second 30 from the lake and a new personal best. A few night permits are still available for the two Sandy Lakes and Links Pool for the coming season.

Derek lands his first 30 of the year

Club bailiff Derek Munro has not found the carp at Gingerbread Lake as willing to take his bait as in previous seasons but his patience was finally rewarded when he caught a 30lb 2oz mirror. Another of the club’s bailiff’s Colin Burge also got amongst the carp landing a 26lb 9oz mirror followed by a 20lb common.. Colin had found some old chocolate flavoured boilies tucked away in the back of his freezer and decided to give them a try, a wise decision. John Murphy was well pleased with the results of his last two visits to the lake catching a 17lb 14oz common carp, an 8lb 3oz tench and an 8lb bream. By the way, one of Del Orchard’s tench reported last week actually weighed 10lb 4oz and his other fish was over 9lbs. Barry Fox caught a 7lb 13oz tench using a cut down 15mm Cell pop-up boilie just 1oz below Barry’s personal best.

Dave ends a 20 year quest

Many years ago Dave Holland caught a near 8lb tench and since then he has been trying in vain to better it. Dave has been particularly frustrated when he kept hearing reports of carp anglers catching big tench and treating their capture with distain. He settled down for another day’s float-fishing in the factory bay at <strong>Gingerbread Lake</strong> little realizing this was to be his big day. His maggot hookbait was taken and his long wait was over because the fish lying in his landing net was a 9lb 2oz tench completely by-passing the 8lb barrier. However, on his next visit he was able to put the record straight when he landed a 6lb 9oz male tench followed by an 8lb 2oz specimen, breaking his former personal best twice in two visits, and another of 4lb 8oz. Again, it was float-fished maggots that proved to be the successful bait. Thereafter, rudd moved into his swim and pike soon followed them so he decided to call it a day. Neil Sampson was well pleased to catch an 8lb 4oz tench using a 10mm pop-up boilie as bait. Anthony Pogmore caught a 7lb 8oz male tench using a CC Moore’s ‘Live’ boilie to tempt the fish. Derek ‘Del’ Orchard reported catching a real mixed bag of specimens when he recently fished in the little-fished pump house bay. Del caught two double-figured bream and two tench to over 8lbs followed by a 17lb common carp. Another angler to give maggots a try for tench was Kevin Webb but Kevin had to be content with a 10lb pike and an eel. Paul Webb has been enjoying some good sport fishing for bream. Using halibut pellets as bait, Paul has recently caught 2 fish over 7lbs, 2 over 7lb 8oz and and 8lb 1oz specimen. Dale Walters has landed his 17th carp of the year when he caught five fish using sweetcorn as bait. Dale landed mirrors weighing 17lb 5oz, 21lb 9oz, 26lb 8oz and a small single-figured fish and the ‘cut-tail’ common carp weighing an impressive 32lb 10oz.

Big tench finally wake up!

The abnormally mild weather has at last triggered the big tench at Gingerbread Lake into feeding in earnest. The best specimen so far reported fell to Paul Elt weighing 9lb 11oz and was a new personal best for the specimen hunter. Paul baited his swim lightly and, after catching a few nice rudd, he went on to land the big tench at first light. Paul used a pva bag of crumbled boilies and a whittled down pop-up to tempt the fish. By the way, it was Paul who was the angler who had previously caught a 38lb mirror whilst fishing in two-bar bay. He spotted the fish roll and cast a single hook bait into the area which was enough to entice the big fish. Alan Wilkie has started his started his tench fishing campaign and already has chalked up some cracking fish with specimens weighing 8lb 10oz, 8lb 4oz, 8lb 3oz and 7lb 6oz using a small feeder rig and maggots as hook baits. Alan caught his fish throughout the day. Kevin Barrable caught his first carp of the year when he spotted some feeder bubbles in his swim. He cast a boilie to the spot and was soon into a 29lb 2oz mirror carp, a long lean fish. Paul Webb has found plenty of bream feeding in the evenings on halibut pellets fishing over a liberal helping of freebies. Quality rudd continue to be caught by anglers from a number of swims too.