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Big pike is still pinching fish!

A crafty pike at Gingerbread Lake has found an easy way of supplementing his diet by grabbing fish off anglers’ lines as they wind in. Winston Pogmore was the latest victim to fall foul of the marauding pike estimated to weigh around 20lbs. He decided to try to catch it using a small lure but after catching eleven perch he decided to call it a day. On a previous visit, he caught one of the new carp stocked into the lake, a small heavily-scaled mirror that put up a tremendous scrap. Tench, bream and the odd carp have been caught by anglers with many fish now releasing feeder bubbles as they forage on the bottom. Anthony Pearson has managed to pick up a carp on each of his last three visits and his latest catch was a 31lb common carp. Harold Hunt had a fairly hectic session catching a couple of good-sized bream, losing a carp and then catching a huge 9lb tench. All of Harold’s fish fell to boilies.

Chub and pike continue to feed after cold spell

More reports of big pike have been received. Stephen Martin recently caught a 24lb 6oz specimen from McGregor Lake where Gary Page has been enjoying some good sport too catching specimens to 16lb. On a recent visit, Gary caught no fewer than six pike to 11lbs using lures. Meanwhile, Barry Fox opted to fish another of BHAA’s still waters to see if he could tempt a fish from a different venue. Barry mounted a small sardine on to a barbless Unirig and had a pick-up which he missed. However, the bait was soon taken again and Barry found himself playing another really big pike. The fish was landed and weighed and turned out to be a 23lb 4oz specimen giving the angler two 20s from different waters this season.