Third different 40 of the year caught at Gingerbread Lake

John Murphy was getting bream bites from the moment he cast out into Gingerbread Lake but, after a heavy shower of rain, carp started topping in several areas of the lake. Soon afterwards, he had a run and struck into a fish which immediately surfaced before going down and hugging the bottom. John suspected that he was into a good fish and when netted it turned out to be the mirror nicknamed ‘The Lookalike’ weighing 42lb 4oz, the third different 40 pounder to be caught from the lake this year. Later in the week, Ian Fisher caught another cracking carp, this time a pristine 25lb common carp.


Rapidly falling temperatures have brought about a dramatic slowdown in sport but nevertheless some BHAA members have made some great catches. Ollie Jenkinson fished a BHAA-controlled stretch of the River Ivel from where he caught a new p.b. pike, a super 19lb 20z specimen. Club Secretary Alan Davies, a keen pike angler, went after chub fishing on an undisclosed stretch of the river and landed three big chub with two over 5lbs. His best was a 5lb 12oz specimen followed by a 5lb 8oz fish and a 4lb plus one too.

Second Open Day at McGregor Lake exceeds all expectations

Around 50 participants enjoyed themselves at BHAA’s second Open Day held at McGregor Lake with everyone who fished catching, at least, one fish. Fish caught were mainly roach, rudd and skimmers but the odd small carp and perch were also landed. Those who attended were a mixture of novice anglers and persons who had returned to the sport after gaps of many years. All tackle and bait was provided free of charge by the Club and there were both hot and cold drinks available throughout the day together with a variety of snack foods whenever the anglers fancied a break.

Autumn Gold!

Crystal clear water at Gingerbread Lake has had a dramatic effect on anglers’ catch rates in recent weeks with the lake’s big carp showing little interest in anglers’ baits which keep being introduced in large amounts. However, in recent weeks, a few of the bigger carp have started their autumnal feeding. Barry Fox fished a day session using only a 10ml boilie as bait together with a handful of freebies. His tactics proved to be successful as he went on to catch a personal best mirror carp weighing 31lb 2oz, a fish easily recognizable by clusters of scales on each of its flanks. Colin Burge also reported catching another 31lb plus mirror carp during a short day session using only a hookbait supplemented with a PVA bag of crushed offerings.

Gingerbread carp starting to feed

After a relatively long period of inactivity Gingerbread Lake’s big carp are finally starting to get their head’s down. Lake regular Colin Burge reported catching a 30lb 4oz specimen on a single tiger nut cast close to the margins in the factory bay. Bailiff Derek Munro was aware that two other big carp weighing 28lbs and 32lbs had been caught the previous week but was finding bream to be the only species picking up his baits. Derek’s luck was about to change though when a 34lb mirror carp decided to feed in the afternoon with the lake packed with bank holiday weekend anglers. Most of the remaining carp caught were either doubles or singles. John Murphy keeps catching the odd big tench whilst carp fishing and a 7lb 12oz specimen added to his list of recent catches.

Damon finds the big carp!

Damon has found several of the lakes big carp holding up in the area and has gone on to catch the mirror nicknamed ‘Baby Cluster’ weighing an impressive 36lb 6oz, a linear mirror weighing 31lbs, a heavily-scaled 26lb mirror and a 25lb 2oz common carp. Colin Burge moved back into one of his old favourite swims in the factory bay and had a hectic session catching 5 tench to 7lb 4oz and a good-sized bream.

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.