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Hot weather playing havoc with daytime sport

Mick Day returned for another day at McGregor Lake where he again opted to fish a swim often passed over by fellow anglers. Casting along the margins either side of his swim brought him more success in the form of two nice mirror carp weighing 16lb 4oz and 12lb 8oz plus a good-sized bream. Barry Arnold almost mimicked his catch when he caught another 16lb 4oz mirror and an 11 pounder too. Roy Keeble has had a break from carp fishing in the daytime to target other species in the lake. Waggler fishing with sweetcorn as bait produced a steady stream of beautifully conditioned roach and bream for him throughout the day plus a bonus 8lb 10oz mirror carp for good measure.

Last of the Summer wine?

Anglers fishing at McGregor Lake have found carp to be feeding during the daytime with fish often jumping out over much of the lake. Kevin Webb decided to try Denham Baits’ ‘The Element’ boilies and, within 15 minutes, he netted a nice 10lb mirror before the fish stopped feeding. Winston Pogmore went to the less popular shallow end of the lake where he caught a 12lb 2oz mirror using Richworth’s ‘Tuity Fruity’ boilies and was unlucky to lose another good fish en route to the net.

Winter Warmers!

Robert Livock managed to fish the River Ivel at Sandy on a morning when the river was not in flood but it took nearly an hour before his rod tip registered a delicate bite. He recast and the same thing happened again with just a minor tremor. However, on his third cast his bait was taken and he struck into a powerful fish. When it was finally netted, it turned out to be a pristine 9lb 12oz common carp. He recast to the same spot and, within a few minutes, found himself playing another good fish, this time another common carp weighing 8lb 8oz. Later in the session he finally landed his intended quarry, a 4lb chub and called it a day before 1pm.

Ollie gets some festive joy!

While many anglers have not even dared to venture out in the recent cold weather, 13 year-old Ollie Jenkinson got off to a flying start to his winter campaign. Ollie decided to target pike on one of BHAA’s lakes using a float-fished joey mackerel as bait. His reward was a cracking 18lb 8oz pike. Apart from the odd jack pike, there have been little or no reports of any worthwhile catches during the latest cold spell.

Chris feeds the birds to get to big carp!

Floater king Chris Tysoe was confronted with an array of birdlife that barred his way to getting amongst the carp at Gingerbread Lake. He ended up patiently feeding five swans, numerous mallards and gulls with around 6 kilos of floaters before he had an opportunity to cast out his own floating bait. However, his perseverence was rewarded when a big carp took his bait on his first cast. The fish turned out to be a 32lb 8oz heavily scaled mirror carp. Chris Tyrell fished overnight but had to wait until the next morning before getting a run on his ledgered boilie. The wait was more than worthwhile though as Chris went on to catch a 28lb 12oz common carp. Barry Richardson’s first season at the lake has seen him catch several big tench and bream but the lake’s carp had so far eluded him. The wait was over when his margin fished boilie was picked up by a whopping 34lb mirror carp. Barry said the fish was a personal best for him. There was plenty of sport to be had float-fishing with anglers catching some nice rudd to just under 1lb on sweetcorn whilst roach were feeding aggressively on bread flake.