This weeks latest catches week ending 19/1/20
• Carp gatecrash bream match in mild weather
• One angler returns 50 lb of accidental captures
• Ten bream wins Saturday league contest
• Train-travelling Chris Bean still catching carp despite a frost
• Calm week ahead with sunshine and little chance of rain
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
The mild weather ahead of the weekend freeze proved to be a prime feeding window for the Old Lake’s carp and bream, as match anglers found in the second of Steve Gardener’s Wednesday Opens.
Usually there are few carp hooked, because they don’t count and so tactics are designed for bream. But this time the mild weather had them hunting for food, and seven were landed, including around 50 lb of carp to 20 lb for Geoff Vallance.
The match produced 18 double-figure nets of bream, Steve winning with 34 lb 8 oz from peg 70, behind the island.
There were also numbers of bream caught in the Saturday League, organised by Brian Spiking, though falling temperatures by then meant top weight had dipped to 16 lb 5 oz.
Straight after the match, train-traveller carper Chris Bean dropped into his favoured peg 2, which had produced the matchwinner, and despite a heavy frost on Saturday night he still had a 12 lb carp.
The mild weather has given way to temperatures more like normal for January, of 7 or 8 degrees C at best, with some frosty nights to start the week, but with sunny days, and then the second half of the week and into the weekend should be just about frost free and increasingly mild.
Sub-zero temperatures on Saturday night, Sunday night and Monday night are expected to set the tempo for the start of this week, with values struggling to get above 5 degrees C on Monday, despite a good spell of afternoon sunshine, and similar on Tuesday with 4 degrees, but probably staying at zero overnight into Wednesday, which is when cloud cover is likely to make things a bit more mild, with 5 by day and then 3 overnight into a cloudy Thursday of 7, with 2 overnight into a similar day on Friday and 7, staying at 5 overnight into a slightly less cloudy Saturday of 9, with 6 overnight into a Sunday of 10 and the same on Monday week, before a dip on Tuesday and Wednesday, recovering on Thursday to 11. Winds look set to be very light during the week, starting as north-westerlies on Monday and Tuesday, becoming north-easterlies on Wednesday, easterlies on Thursday, and moving round on Friday to a more southerly direction, before a change on Saturday to slightly stronger south-westerlies, but still only moderate, and on Sunday stronger and on Monday week stronger still, continuing that way into Tuesday and Wednesday before falling away on Thursday of that week. So, a very different few days from the previous week, but a chance to get over the recent gales, with some sunshine and increasingly mild conditions in time for the weekend, with a good south-westerly blow developing on Sunday and lasting for three days.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
When the Old Lake carp want to feed, there’s no stopping them, including using baits and tactics intended for bream.
The 19 anglers in the Wednesday Open landed seven, despite tackle more suited to landing fish a quarter of their size, and Geoff Vallance had three of them, the biggest around 20 lb, for about 50 lb of fish that didn’t count and went back unweighed.
Steve Gardener won this second match in his series, landing 34 lb 8 oz of bream on pole or feeder from peg 70.
Not far behind and finishing equal second were Mark Hathway, on peg 12, and Paul Hoffman, on peg 32, both with 32 lb 12 oz.
Terry Harrison was fourth with 29 lb, from peg 75, with Mark Parrett fifth with 25 lb 12 oz, from peg 37.
The Brian Spiking League match, the following Saturday, produced a winning weight of 16 lb 5 oz, for Paul Taylor, fishing peg 2 with quivertipped double dead red maggot at 35 turns of his reel, to land ten bream.
And Chris Bean took over at peg 2 afterwards for a 48-hour carping session, and had a 12 lb one during his first night, despite a heavy frost.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
A slower week for reported catches on Temple, but the milder spell and strengthening south-westerly winds this coming weekend and into the start of the week after could produce another flurry of action, before temperatures take a dip again.
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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.