This weeks latest catches week ending 23/12/18
• Christmas break and fishy winds for the weekend after could be feeding trigger
• Final Sunday of 2018 a good bet for action
• Chance to blow the cobwebs away between Christmas and New Year
• Brace of commons for Old Lake angler a sign of the potential
• Zander catches continuing to keep anglers busy
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
A combination of this week’s two-day closure over Christmas and the arrival of milder temperatures and strong south-westerly winds soon after could produce some great sport next weekend.
The annual shut-down is the only time when the lakes’ residents are not being fished for, along with New Year’s Day, and the lull in activity on the banks can often make the fish feed more confidently.
With the thermometer expected to reach double figures next Saturday night and through Sunday into the week after, there is a good chance that those who get out on the bank between Christmas and New Year will be well rewarded for their efforts.
A brace of common carp to 18 lb for Andy Jones on the Old Lake in the mid-December mild spell indicates that the fish are willing to feed given favourable conditions. So visitors to the Old Lake, Bonds, Milton Lake and members of Temple Lake could well find themselves enjoying a spell of warm winter sport, especially after some chilly nights over Christmas, and with the chance of frosts and ice around the corner in January.
It’s looking like a very calm and settled week of dry weather ahead, starting with the sunniest day on Monday and a high of 7 degrees C, after a mild night on Sunday night, though Monday night could be the coldest of the week, under clear skies, leading into the two-day shutdown until Thursday, which should also be a cloudy 7 degrees, having been 3 overnight. Friday should be a cloudy 7, with 4 overnight into another cloudy 7 on Saturday, but then there is expected to be a milder night of 6 into a Sunday of 11 as a run of double-figure days and mild nights arrives. Winds should start as light north-easterlies on Monday, but by Thursday they should be south-westerlies and even lighter, becoming more southerly but still light on Friday, before gaining strength and changing from westerlies to south-westerlies on Saturday night, to produce a strong south-westerly blow through Sunday and for a good part of the week after. So, a very calm week, due to the influence of last weekend’s Full Moon and the high pressure that it brings, but once that influence wanes, the swing back to strong south-westerlies and double-figure values should be just what the fish have been waiting for.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
Winter fishing at Bury Hill is all about taking advantage of the mild spells, and Andy Jones, from Wimbledon, did just that with common carp of 18 lb and 14 lb 8 oz.
Andy was fishing peg 32 with Nash Scopex and CC Moore Live System boilies to tempt the fish.
Zander anglers are continuing to get plenty of indications, the challenge being turning the bites into fish.
With the banks quieter at this time of year, it is possible to rove around and drop into several swims, to try to locate a group of fish, increasing the chances of success.
The recent rainy spell means that the water is suitably coloured to encourage all species to feed more confidently, and with no fishing for two days, the change in conditions soon after fishing resumes after the holiday could be a perfect opportunity for those who make the most of the chance before the New Year’s Day closure.
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.
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.