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Open Day at McGregor Lake a roaring success

Around 30 youngsters attended the BHAA’s Open Day at McGregor Lake and even the sun stayed out for most of the day too! They were soon benefiting from intense tuition and advice provided by the club’s three qualified coaches and other experienced anglers in attendance. There were plenty of fish caught throughout day with a variety of methods employed such as float-fishing, swim feeding and ledgering with boilies for the lake’s big carp. Species of fish caught included perch, roach, bream, rudd, hybrids and some good-sized carp. The catch of the day was made by Conor Young who landed a whopping 12lb 12oz mirror carp and another just under 10lbs. Conor was using spicy tuna flavoured boilies bought from Walker’s Pitch, one of the event’s principal sponsors. The big carp easily broke his previous personal best as did fish caught by many of the other participants. The club provided hot and cold drinks throughout the day and a good supply of biscuits to nibble on. A fuller report of the event together will appear in next week’s report along with photos of some of the youngsters and their catches. Our thanks go out to our many generous sponsors who will be included in the report too. Also, a big ‘Thank you’ is due to the club’s officers who planned the event and made it such a success. A second Open Day is planned for September so keep a look out for more details in the next few weeks and remember that everything will be provided free of charge.

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.

Big bream haul from New Road Lake

Alan Wilkie decided to target the big bream that inhabit New Road Lake and scaled his tackle down accordingly by using only small hook. Fishing into the light wind it was not long before Alan had his first taste of action, a cracking 10lb 6oz bream. This encouraged him to settle himself down for an overnight session which proved to be a hectic affair. Alan went on to land bream weighing 8lb 12oz, 11lb 2oz, 11lb 5oz, 11lb 6oz and 12lbs plus a bonus mirror carp of 13lb 8oz. A return visit saw him land two more bream including a 10lb 4oz specimen and a ‘baby’ of 6lbs. Pike angler James Hopper was pleased to break a p.b. with a 10lb 3oz bream whilst John Murphy added to his growing tally of carp with a 14lb 4oz mirror. Fraser Hayden fished an overnight session baiting his swim with a mixture of pellets and corn combined with broken boilies. Fraser went on to land a 19lb 8oz mirror and a 9lb 4oz bream Neil Large has been quietly enjoying some success at the lake with a best mirror weighing 28lbs so far. A guest of Mike Hames float-fished alongside the small island and caught quality roach and rudd throughout the day with hardly a minute’s break without some action. Barry Fox caught a 13lb mirror but his grandson, Lewis Vereeque took the honours when he landed a 9lb 14oz bream using 14mm chocolate malt boilies.

New Road continues to sparkle!

Anglers fishing at BHAA’s New Road Lake have enjoyed some tremendous catches confirming that the venue has finally come of age as a big fish water. Mark Bailey took his friend Martin Girdwood to fish with him hoping to catch some of the lake’s big bream as well as any carp. However, it was carp that were to dominate action throughout their stay with Mark landing 11 fish up to 26lb 3oz despite losing another four. Martin was well pleased too landing 4 fish to 20lb 9oz and losing another two. Phil Robertson and his son-in-law have enjoyed a dream start on the water and it was Phil’s turn when he caught a 24lb 8oz mirror carp during an overnight stay. The lake record has been broken too with the capture of a 31lb mirror carp but details of the captor are sketchy.

Lakes slow to respond to warmer weather

Anglers might have expected some improved sport following the much-welcomed milder conditions but the water temperatures are still very low and will probably take, at least, another week to recover before fish start feeding more avidly.