This weeks latest catches week ending 17/5/20
• Temple’s Two Tone at 33 lb tops hectic reopening
• Anglers flock to fishery and find fish keen to feed
• Social distancing observed along with card payments
• Old Lake catches of up to 28 carp per angler
• Bonds producing carp to 16 lb
• Temperatures set to reach mid-20s
FISHERY OPENING TIMES
The fishery currently opens for day ticket fishing at around 7.00am. Current closing time is approximately 8.00pm.
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
The easing of lockdown brought big numbers of anglers to the fishery over the first days and plenty of action after eight-weeks without wetting a line.
Demand for pegs was high across all four waters, among day ticket and night anglers, many planning sessions lasting for several days.
After such a prolonged quiet spell, there was uncertainty over how the fish would respond to having the banks occupied again.
But anglers weren’t disappointed, as good catches of all species were recorded on lots of different methods and baits.
Biggest fish reported was Two Tone at 33 lb from Temple, last recorded back in September last year at 34 lb 8 oz.
And lake regular Richard Urquhart landed 28 carp to 24 lb in the first few days, on a four-night session from Wednesday from a swim behind the island.
Demand for swims should ease a little as more anglers get their ‘fishing fix’, and supplies of bait in the tackle shop should be boosted with the return to full production by the maggot farms.
And with 75 well-spaced swims on the Old Lake and another 50 on Milton and Bonds Lakes, there should be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the lively sport in the warm spring weather forecast for this week.
There’s lots of warm, sunny conditions in the forecast, with pleasant south-westerly winds and temperatures that could reach the mid-20s, with little chance of rain.
Monday should bring blue skies for most of the day and lightish westerly winds, giving a high of 21 degrees C, staying just in double figures overnight into a very similar day on Tuesday but maybe just a degree warmer, at 22, staying at 10 overnight, with the same or maybe a little higher on Wednesday though with a bit more of a south-westerly direction to the wind, and 11 overnight. Thursday is likely to be more cloudy but still 22 or higher, and 12 overnight into a Friday of 18 with a bit more sunshine and winds becoming stronger and more westerly again, with 10 overnight into a similar but sunnier Saturday of 16 with gusty winds, and 9 overnight into a much sunnier Sunday of 18, before warming up again for Monday week. So, a very pleasant week to be outdoors, and with a fishy wind, cooling after the midweek high going into the weekend.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
Bury Hill is back after the enforced layoff and keeping anglers entertained with some impressive catches.
Carp angler Richard Urquhart led the way from the start on Wednesday with a total of 28 carp to 24 lb during his four nights on the lake, fishing around the back of the island using Steamies baits.
Plenty of anglers are catch three or four sizeable carp per day session, while bream anglers are landing up to 20 fish per visit, despite a couple of frosts, which always make things a bit more difficult.
Although matches will have to wait for a while, so popular was the lake with pleasure anglers that the six gallons of maggots stocked in time for ‘Reopening Day’ were all sold on the first day, but more supplies have been sourced and should be available from Monday.
Swims have been allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so an early start is recommended to get a wider choice.
Opening time is 7am, but some anglers have been queuing from 6.15am, even before staff arrive at 6.30am.
By 9.30am the car park has been full each day, and all pegs taken, until a night angler packs up, usually in mid-afternoon.
A maximum of eight night anglers, all of whom are members, has been implemented on the Old Lake, to allow day ticket anglers a good choice of swims to fish
Tickets are being checked at the gate and spot checks around the lake, to prevent anglers reserving swims while a friend buys their tickets.
And the sharing of swims is only being allowed by members of the same household, with a limit on one non-fishing guest per angler.
Boat fishing has been suspended until they can be fully cleaned after each session.
Lots of new faces are being seen around the lakes, as anglers return to the sport of fishing to get some fresh air, and staff in the shop report that the phone has hardly stopped ringing for the first few days since reopening.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
The banks of Temple are busy with carp anglers eager to get outdoors and make the most of the good weather and prime time of year for fish feeding in numbers.
May has always been one of the best months on Temple, and the capture of Two Tone at 33 lb shows that the fish have not been spooked by the sudden arrival of lots of anglers after months of inactivity.
Full details of the capture have yet to be confirmed, because most of the anglers filling the 12-swim limit at the 15-swim lake (to allow anglers to move) are doing four- or five-day sessions, and usually report their catches at the end of their stint.
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Lots of action to be had on Bonds, and fish as big as 16 lb have already been landed.
Legered halibut pellets, Method feeder and meat cubes float fished in the margins have all accounted for numbers of fish, as have soft pellets.
Good numbers of tench and crucians being caught, up to 15 per angler, though the days when there hasn’t been an overnight frost have been best.