This weeks latest catches week ending 15/12/19
• 22-bream catch shows potential for December sport
• Midweek match won with 43 lb of bream
• Carp angler lands six in a session on Old Lake
• Weather set to turn mild, reaching double figures by the weekend
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
There can’t be many places where you can go and catch 22 bream in daylight in December and it not be anything unusual.
But that’s the potential of the sport on offer at Bury Hill when even as we near the shortest day of the year this week, you can catch a bream almost every chuck from start to finish.
And even in the midweek match, when there is extra pressure on the water, it took 43 lb 8 oz to win, with backing weights not far behind.
There are also numbers of carp willing to feed on the Old Lake, and tench are still being caught, making the prospect of a 5 lb tench to start your winter a realistic prospect.
These catches were made at a time of cold nights, whereas at the end of this week and into the weekend there is forecast to be double-figure values, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
And with a good deal of cloud cover, instead of the recent bright conditions, the weather looks good for a zander or two, maybe to specimen size.
After a run of temperatures of around 7 or 8 degrees C recently, there should be highs of 10 or 11 from Thursday onwards, and night-time values of 7, 8 and 9, instead of the 2, 3 and 4 of the week that followed last Thursday’s Full Moon. Monday should be dry and cloudy with a high of 9, falling to 5 overnight into Tuesday, the wettest day of the week, with a high of 7, and reaching only 1 overnight as skies clear for a sunny but chilly Wednesday of 8, with 7 overnight into a day of sunshine and showers on Thursday and a mild 11, with 9 overnight into an overcast and showery Friday of 10, and 7 overnight into 10 again on a dry Saturday, with 7 overnight into a Sunday of 12 or possibly 14. Winds should start as moderate south-westerlies on Monday, turning into lighter south-easterlies overnight, but becoming light north-westerlies on Tuesday, then back to a bit stronger south-easterlies for a dry and sunny Wednesday, a little stronger on Thursday and still south-easterly, easing a little on Friday, before becoming moderate south-westerlies on Friday night into Saturday and stronger south-westerlies on Sunday. So, a switch to a milder spell as the week progresses, but this is likely to be followed by a return to chilly weather from midweek of Christmas week, with zero on Boxing Day night, at the end of the annual two-day closure.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
Bream can be finicky fish when the temperature begins to fall, but at Bury Hill they seem willing to feed even in the coldest weather.
It could be the aeration system, which keeps a constant flow of water through the lake, making them want to feed to replace lost energy.
But whatever the reason, they even get caught after ice-breaking sessions, and catches like the 22 fish landed by Alan Butler on Tuesday this week show the potential of the sport available in December.
Alan, from Horley, was fishing on peg 38, which offers a convenient cast towards the island, and his fish fell to a cage feeder and double red maggot, cast half way across.
In the Wednesday Open match, Geoff Vallance led the way with 43 lb 8 oz of bream from peg 34, on Method feeder, a tactic that produced the top four weights.
Runner-up was Steve Gardener, with 39 lb 6 oz from peg 36, ahead of Mark Hathway with 33 b 8 oz from peg 33, and Simon Ellis with 26 lb from peg 73.
On the carp front, Mark Cross managed five fish during his 48-hour session at peg 2, along with six bream.
Successful bait for his fish, which were up to 16 lb 8 oz, was single 15 mm Mainline Spicy Crab boilies with PVA bags of pellets.
And Barni Kocsis continued his recent successes, landing a 17 lb common and two tench to 5 lb from peg 18.
His fish fell to 14 mm CC Moore Pacific Tuna boilies and PVA bags.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
A slower week for reported catches on Temple, but the strong south-westerly winds could well produce another flurry of action, for those looking for an opportunity in between the frosts, especially with daytime temperatures creeping into double figures.
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The carp are catchable in good numbers, on feeder or straight lead to the island margins or in open water on a pellet waggler, or down the edge on a pole.
And there are also roach and perch to be caught on pole or waggler, especially now that the carp don’t pounce on any bait in the water.
Milton Lake is the place to head for if you want tench, bream, crucians and specimen roach, along with a chance of a bonus carp, either on waggler with a running line, or pole close in or up against the lily pads.
Fish can often be lined up with a little-and-often loosefeeding approach, using small baits and very small balls of groundbait, and are particularly active when the weather is mild.