This weeks latest catches week ending 17/3/19
• First reported ‘thirty’ of the year
• Two Tone landed at 35 lb 12 oz by Ray Harding
• Four other Temple ‘twenties’
• Zander angler lands 25 lb PB carp on a roach
• Father and son share 17-carp catch on Bonds
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• The predator fishing season begins on October 1 and finishes on March 14.
THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
The capture this week of Two Tone by Ray Harding, at 35 lb 12 oz is an indication that the fish in Temple Lake are coming out of their winter lethargy and taking an interest in anglers’ baits once again.
The first reported ‘thirty’ since the end of October should be the start of regular captures as the biggest fish in particular start feeding in earnest.
A 27 lb 8 oz common by Aaron Warner, who also had a 21 lb fully scaled, and another fish of 24 lb for Ray, are a further sign that things are stirring, especially with the arrival of spring this week, with the Spring Equinox and Full Moon on Thursday.
The Old Lake carp are also getting more of an appetite, Anthony Ashbolt getting a big surprise when a personal best 25 lb mirror picked up his roach section bait intended for a zander, the day before the predator season closed.
Bonds Lake is providing some great sport, father and son regulars Martin and Alfie Swieton, switching from the Old Lake to share a 17-carp catch to 11 lb 10 oz.
And there are good numbers of bream being caught in the mild conditions, which should reach 13 degrees C this week, with little in the way of rain or strong winds likely in the settled conditions.
The temperatures looks set to rise slightly in the middle of the week as skies cloud over, and then fall slightly at the end of the week and the weekend as clear skies and sunshine return, with high pressure in charge, but bringing cooler nights. Thursday looks like being the mildest day, and is also the Full Moon and the official first day of spring, being half way between the shortest day and the longest day, with daylight and darkness equal at 12 hours, sunrise and sunset being around 6am and 6pm, and from now on more daylight than darkness until late-September. After a chilly night of 3 degrees, Monday should be very sunny but with the chance of a short shower in the afternoon and reaching 10, staying at 5 overnight into Tuesday, which should be dry and cloudy but 11, falling to 7 overnight into a more overcast Wednesday of 13, and 8 overnight into a similar Thursday of 13, with 8 overnight into a similar Friday of 12, and 6 overnight into a Saturday of 11, but with more sunshine, and 3 overnight into a Sunday of 14 and rising to 16 by Tuesday week. Winds should start the week as gusty westerlies, becoming lighter as Monday progresses and becoming a bit more south-westerly later in the day, lighter still and more westerly on Tuesday, lighter again on Wednesday but becoming more south-westerly later in the day and into Thursday but then changing after the Full Moon to stronger northerlies on Friday, and then strong south-easterlies and easterlies for Saturday and Sunday, staying as easterlies as the high pressure builds and the temperature rises. So, a new page is being turned in the season and the conditions, as overcast and mild gives way to warm and bright.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
The Old Lake’s carp are showing more of an interest with every passing week, though the biggest fish reported fell to a zander angler finishing his season the day before the close.
Anthony Ashbolt, from Godalming, was fishing peg 24 with a one-inch section of roach, cast three rod-lengths out, when it was picked up by a 25 lb mirror carp, providing him with a personal best for the species.
And round the back of the island, on pegs 74 and 75, Dan Nash and Adam Rogers, from Horley, shared a catch of five carp, the biggest a 15 lb mirror, on an overnighter, using 18 mm Mainline Cell boilies tipped with 10 mm Cell wafters.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
After a long, slow winter, there are signs that sport is about to accelerate, with the capture of the lake’s first reported ‘thirty’ of the year.
Ray Harding got things off the mark with Two Tone at 35 lb 12 oz, the fish’s first reported capture since John Keatley landed it at 32 lb 8 oz in September.
Jon Botting had Two Tone in May last year at 36 lb 2 oz.
Ray was fishing peg 6, using an 18 mm Sticky Baits Manilla wafter in open water over a scattering of free offerings, and he also had a 20 lb common during the 24-hour session.
And he was in action a few days before that, landing a 24 lb common last weekend, from the same bait in the same peg, this time cast to a gap in the island.
Another Temple regular, Aaron Warner, from Carshalton, was also successful, landing a 27 lb 8 oz common and a 21 lb fully scaled from peg 15, on a single bottom bait in open water, over a bed of hemp.
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The carp are becoming increasingly catchable, now that temperatures are on the rise, and there are still roach and perch being caught on pole or waggler tactics, along with a few accidental carp.
Father and son Martin and Alfie Swieton decided to try somewhere more sheltered after a windy start on the Old Lake that produced several bream, and were rewarded with a 17-carp catch on Bonds.
The biggest fish weighed 11 lb 10 oz, and all fell for pink wafters cast tight to the island over 6 mm pellets.
And Richard Nathan, from Carshalton, had five carp, four of them doubles, the biggest 11 lb 14 oz, on Pineapple or Monster Crab boilies over loosefed pellets.
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, especially now that the weather has become milder.