This weeks latest catches week ending 12/8/18
• Bonds Lake on form for multiple carp catches
• Father and son share 35-fish session
• Old Lake match won with 112 lb of bream
• Matchman’s pleasure session produces 44 fish
• Reports of 13 fish in a day on Temple as temperature drop and rain freshen lake
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
Bonds Lake has been in great form all summer, attracting lots of anglers to enjoy hectic sport with its huge stock of carp to low doubles.
A father and son’s catch from last week highlights what is achievable on simple tactics when David and Peter Kirk shared a catch of 35 carp to 11 lb on adjoining pegs, using feeder or straight bomb and pellets.
The Old Lake is another place where constant action is a regular occurrence. The latest Hackbridge AS match was won with 112 lb of bream, while matchman Mark Hathway had a pleasure session of 44 bream on feeder and dumbbell boilies or corn.
The big change in the temperature has freshened all of the lakes, combined with the rain, and there are unconfirmed reports of as many as 13 fish being landing in a day on Temple Lake, as a feeding trigger spurred them into activity.
This week’s weather looks to be a largely dry mixture of sunny spells with some cloudy skies and an average temperature of around 22 degrees C. Monday looks likely to start cloudy but becoming brighter in the afternoon, giving a high of 22, with more cloud but 23 on Tuesday, more sunshine and 22 on Wednesday, the chance of a morning shower but sunny spells and 19 on Thursday, a cloudy afternoon of 20 on Friday after a sunny start, and more cloud and 22 for Saturday and a bit warmer on Sunday. Overnight values should stay at a comfortable 14 or 15, apart from a dip on Thursday night into Friday to 11. Winds should remain from the west, starting as light-to-moderate north-westerlies on Monday and Tuesday, becoming south-westerlies and strengthening on Wednesday, lighter again and westerly on Thursday, a little stronger and south-westerly on Friday, and a little lighter again for Saturday, and then dropping right off on Sunday as high pressure edges in for a warmer and drier start to the week after.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
The Old Lake bream shoals continue to attract match and pleasure anglers, and keep them busy with regular action and big bags of fish.
The Hackbridge AS contest produced a winning weight of 112 lb for John Swann, just a week after losing his glasses at the lake.
A thoughtful angler handed them in, and with his sharp vision restored, John caught all day on pole or feeder at peg 37, filling several keepnets to win.
Runner-up was John Everiss with 89 lb from peg 2, on small PVA ‘tea-bags’ of pellets with pellets on the hook, ahead of Rob Draisey with 83 lb from next to the winner, on peg 38.
Steve Scott was fourth with 71 lb from peg 36, Mark Smith fifth with 66 lb from peg 32, and Dave Fyfield with 60 lb from peg 6.
Using the circulation pump to move water around the lakes has contributed greatly to the success of sport in this hot spell, along with the sprinkler, which are turned on each evening and run all night to keep the fish healthy and keen to feed.
Matchman Mark Hathway was among those benefiting, landing 44 bream in his midweek pleasure session at peg 11, along with a bonus 10 lb common carp.
The Purley angler used a Hybrid Method feeder and dumbbells or double corn hook baits, a year on from his 168 lb match catch of 50 fish.
And a young angler called Henry Davies enjoyed his first fishing session, with his dad, Jonno, landing five bream in three hours and being impressed by their size.
Carp catches on the Old Lake continue to keep anglers entertained. New Specimen Carp Club Member Colin Jarvis landed seven carp to 19 lb 10 oz from around peg 12 in his first session, on Mainline Cell bottom baits in open water.
Kevin North, from Croydon, had five fish to 20 lb on a day session at peg 36 on boilies cast to the island margins.
Polish angler Kamil Maslach caught a mirror carp of 10 kg (22 lb) and a common of 4.5 kg (10 lb) from peg 20 on Mainline Pineapple & Banana boilies.
Tim Hardy had three carp topped by an 18 lb common from peg 6, on a pop-up and bottom bait in a snowman presentation.
And Andy Hall shared an overnighter with a couple of mates as they landed plenty of bream and carp to 16 lb on 18 mm bottom baits or snowman presentations over loosefed offerings.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
The drop in temperature and stormy weather was always likely to produce a positive reaction in the carp in Temple, and there is a rumour of a large number of fish being caught in the last day or so.
Just prior to the change, Clive Elson banked a 26 lb 4 oz common carp from peg 1 on a JHBaits Nuti-B pop-up tipped with white corn and cast into open water
Pete Russell landed a 19 lb fully scaled from peg 9 on a balanced bait of half a Mainline Cell bottom bait and half a Pineapple pop-up.
And last week we reported how Friar Tuck has been landed again at 32 lb 4 oz, two weeks after being caught at exactly the same weight, this time by Jason Ostler.
Jason has sent us pictures of the fish, which came from peg 1 on Mainline Essential I.B. bottom baits in open water.
PLEASE NOTE: LEAD CORE IS BANNED ON BOTH TEMPLE AND THE OLD LAKE. PLEASE SEE KEN IN THE SHOP FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
Bonds has been in great form this summer, as indicated by how popular it has been, often the first lake to fill up on warm weekend days.
But it isn’t just the weather that anglers have been enjoying, because the sport has been a big attraction, too.
Just this week, father and son David and Peter Kirk enjoyed a day of 35 carp to 11 lb at pegs 6 and 7, David landing 21 fish on straight bomb and hair-rigged 8 mm pellets, and Peter 14 using a Method feeder and the same size of pellets.
One of the great things about Bonds is how a variety of tactics work, meaning visitors can fish in a way that they enjoy and still catch plenty of fish.
Pole or feeder, straight lead or waggler, or pellet waggler up in the water with bait fired over the top all work well, and the fish keep on the move, giving lots of anglers a slice of the action.
Milton Lake comes into its own at this time of year for tench, bream and crucians, along with a few bonus carp, either on waggler with a running line, or pole close in or up against the lily pads, where fish can often be lined up with a little-and-often loosefeeding approach.
Pegs in the 20s have been particularly productive of late, and with the weather cooling from its heatwave highs, there is likely to be a spike in sport between now and the end of the summer.