This weeks latest catches week ending 16/12/18
• Great carp and roach sport on Bonds
• Anglers using pole and maggots to catch both species
• Double-figure temperatures forecast for the weekend
• Winter solstice and Full Moon next Friday and Saturday
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
There’s some great sport to be had on Bonds Lake at the moment, fishing with pole or waggler and maggots and catching lots of carp but also roach to specimen size.
An angler had 15 roach to 1 lb 6 oz as well as eight carp to 12 lb during his session, and the combination of maggots and suitable tackle meant he could catch both species by fishing the same approach.
After the recent chilly weather, there’s a return to double-figure values forecast for next weekend, as well as an end to the easterly winds, which are expected to swing round to south-westerlies on Wednesday and to continue from that direction into the weekend.
And with the shortest day on Friday, daylight length will begin to increase from this weekend onwards.
After a wet weekend, Monday is expected to be dry and sunny, with a high of 9 degrees C, though starting chilly at 4 degrees overnight from Sunday, but followed by a mild 8 degrees overnight into Tuesday, which should reach 9, but with rain in the afternoon, and 7 overnight into Wednesday, which should also reach 9 and be largely dry. A cooler night of 5 degrees into Thursday should lead to a dry day of 8 with some sunshine, then 5 again overnight into Friday, which should reach 11, though with rain in the morning, followed by 8 overnight into a dry Saturday of 11, with 7 overnight into a similar Sunday. Winds should change from moderate south-easterlies into south-westerlies overnight between Sunday and Monday, becoming strong south-easterlies on Tuesday, but then lightish south-westerlies on Wednesday, moderate and more westerly on Thursday and stronger south-westerlies on Friday and into Saturday, becoming lighter on Sunday. So a welcome change to more fishy conditions from midweek and in particular for next weekend, with dry and milder weather forecast and a healthy ‘chop’ on the water to stir the fish into action. And with the week after likely to be one of flat calms, cool days and chilly nights as high pressure comes in following the Full Moon, it’s as well to take advantage of this weekend’s more favourable conditions.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
The Old Lake continues to produce carp and bream and a sprinkling of zander to anglers who look for signs of fish and keep on the move. When conditions make fish reluctant to search for food, dropping on them can often bring a result.
Watching for gentle bites and takes and making bite indication more sensitive is also one of the keys to success in the cooler conditions.
A Dean’s Casuals match in cold winds was won by Norman Youldon with 23 lb 8 oz of bream to 4 lb on feeder, ahead of Mark Hathway on 21 lb 12 oz.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
A slower week for reported catches on Temple, but on milder days there should be a good chance of some action.
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Bonds is a popular choice among visitors, because of its track record for producing multiple runs, and also because 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 baits fired over the top all work well, and the fish keep on the move, giving lots of anglers a slice of the action.
Steve Sprout, from Farley Green, had a memorable day with the lake’s carp and roach at peg 12, catching eight carp of up to 12 lb and 15 roach of up to 1 lb 6 oz, along with a 12 oz rudd, all on pole and maggots, fishing double or triple maggot on the hook.
The roach that remained in Bonds when many of the fish were moved to Milton Lake the winter before last have grown on, boosted by the high-protein feed from anglers fishing for carp.
With balanced tackle, it is possible to catch both carp and roach on the same tactics, not knowing what you are going to hook next when the float goes under, because maggots make a perfect winter bait for both species, as Steve proved.
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, where fish can often be lined up with a little-and-often loosefeeding approach using small baits.