This weeks latest catches week ending 16/2/20
• Good conditions for zander in final month of predator season
• Coloured water from rain should encourage feeding
• Predator Day produces fish despite the storm
• 23 lb Old Lake carp and several tench a sign of more activity
• Temple Lake angler lands 23 lb 10 oz common
• Milton Lake producing some crucians and good numbers of roach
FISHERY OPENING TIMES
The fishery currently opens for day ticket fishing at around 7.00am on weekdays; 6.30am weekends and Bank Holidays. Current closing time is approximately 5.00pm.
TACKLE & BAIT SHOP OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!
Open 7 days a week, 362 days a year, when you need it!
• PLEASE BE AWARE, ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ROD LICENCES ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM THE TACKLE SHOP. THEY CAN BE OBTAINED FROM POST OFFICES AND ONLINE AT www.postoffice.co.uk/rod-fishing-licence
• The predator fishing season begins on October 1 and finishes on March 14.
THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
Storm Dennis has topped up the lakes with mild rainwater, and the extra colour is ideal for encouraging the Old Lake’s zander to feed.
The 18 anglers who braved the bad weather on Saturday for the Stoney & Friends Predator Day landed a number of fish, and there were signs that other species had been encouraged to feed.
One angler fished for carp instead of pike and zander, and was rewarded with a 23 lb fish and a couple of tench, which are often keen to feed before winter is over.
Lake regular Mike Holcombe has sent us a picture of his 5-6 lb zander, which was reported last week.
An angler on Temple Lake who braved the storm was rewarded with a 23 lb 10 oz common.
Dave Hopkins showed that windy weather does make carp interested in feeding, if you can cope with the conditions.
Temple first-timer Jason Vanarkadie has sent in a picture of his 25 lb common, reported last week, caught in the difficult conditions, at peg 14.
And anglers on Milton Lake are beginning to catch a few crucian carp, with the mild temperatures, along with good numbers of roach, which are there to specimen size.
Temperatures look set to stay in double figures or just a fraction below for this week, as the winds reduce in strength after the recent lively spell, though with still enough force to stir up the bottom and get fish feeding.
This week’s weather is expected to have a bit of everything, from sunshine and showers to a few coolish nights but double-figure daytime highs and some gusty winds.
Monday should be the sunniest day, but changing to showers in the afternoon before a return to sunshine for the evening, and a high of 9, but falling to 3 overnight into a dry but less sunny Tuesday of 9, falling to 3 overnight into a Wednesday with a dry morning but a showery afternoon and 8. It should then stay at 7 overnight due to the cloud and give a high of 10 on Thursday, but with showers on and off throughout the day, then falling to 3 overnight into a drier Friday with some sun and a high of 10 again, staying at 7 overnight into another dry day on Saturday but with more cloud, giving a high of 12. It should then stay at 8 overnight into a similar Sunday of 12, staying at 10 overnight, and double figures by day on Monday week. Winds should start the week as gusty south-westerlies on Monday and Tuesday, becoming more westerly on Wednesday, back to south-westerlies and a little stronger on Thursday, similar and more westerly on Friday and Saturday, and easing slightly on Sunday. So, an in-between week that isn’t mild or cold, not as windy as last week but not calm, and not dry but with a fair few sunny spells, but turning milder in time for next weekend.
FOR ALL THE VERY LATEST CATCHES AS THEY HAPPEN, CHECK-OUT THE BURY HILL FISHERIES FACEBOOK PAGE AT www.facebook.com/BuryHillFisheries
OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
There’s just one month left of the predator season on the Old Lake, and it can be a time when the biggest fish become more active, especially if conditions are right.
The two recent storms have put lots of colour in the water and boosted the level with mild rainwater, which could be enough to trigger a feeding spree.
The 18 anglers who took part in the Stoney and Friends charity Predator Day last Saturday were still able to catch a few pike and zander, despite the storm.
And Mike Holcombe’s recent 5 lb fish shows that even in less-than-ideal conditions of bright sunshine, fish can still be caught, Mike’s fish falling to a legered roach section.
One angler on the Predator Day fished for carp and landed one of 23 lb, along with a couple of tench. The lengthening days are often an important trigger to tench to start feeding, and even before winter is over it is possible to target them given favourable conditions.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
Braving Storm Dennis last Saturday led to Dave Hopkins landing a 23 lb 10 oz common from peg 9, fishing a blowback rig and single 15 mm Mainline Cell boilie, and getting the run at 4pm
Last week we reported how Jason Vanarkadie had landed a 25 lb common on his first trip to the lake, and he has sent us a picture.
Jason’s fish fell to a 14 mm Bumbleberry Supreme purple pop-up, using a PVA bag of pellets alongside.
• For more Bury Hill catches, follow us on Facebook at:
PLEASE NOTE: LEAD CORE IS BANNED ON BOTH TEMPLE AND THE OLD LAKE. PLEASE SEE KEN IN THE SHOP FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
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.