This weeks latest catches week ending 24/3/19
• Biggest fish this year in brace of ‘thirties’
• Mirror carp of 37 lb 5 oz and 32 lb 3 oz for Mark Savage
• Friar Tuck out at 33 lb 8 oz
• 15-carp catch on Bonds fishing with no free offerings
• Sunday sweepstake won with 61 lb of Old Lake bream
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
Three ‘thirties’ reported this week show that the corner has been turned in terms of the willingness to feed among Bury Hill’s biggest residents.
Mark Savage led the way with the capture of a 37 lb 5 oz mirror and a 27 lb 4 oz common in one day, and added a 32 lb 3 oz mirror in the same session.
And Neil Budd landed Friar Tuck at 33 lb 8 oz, demonstrating that the fish are actively searching for food now.
That’s been the case for a while now on Bonds Lake, where multiple catches such as Danny Pye’s 15 carp in a session are becoming more common.
And Danny proved the point by returning a few days later with his partner and sharing another 12 fish between them.
The Old Lake bream are also into spring feeding mode, the Andy Ryan Sunday Sweepstake being won by Andy himself with 61 lb of bream on Method feeder and yellow mini boilies.
And the Old Lake carp are also stirring, John Taylor landing a 23 lb common and two upper-double mirrors from peg 11.
Ray Harding has sent in pictures of Two Tone, which he landed at 35 lb 12 oz, and his 24 lb common, as reported last week.
It’s looking like a calm, dry, mild and settled week with a good helping of sunshine and double-figure values, but enough cloud cover to give the fish the confidence to feed. Monday looks like being the sunniest day, with blue skies and a high of 12 degrees C, having avoided the frost of the night before, going down to just 5 overnight from Sunday, but there is likely to be another dip to 2 overnight into Tuesday, which should reach 11 and also be sunny, but turning cloudy in the afternoon, which should keep the temperature at 5 overnight into Wednesday, which is expected to be the cloudiest day of the week. A high of 11 should go no lower than 5 overnight, into a slightly less cloudy Thursday of 12 with 5 overnight into a much sunnier Friday of 13, with 5 overnight into a fairly sunny Saturday of 12, and 4 overnight into a cooler Sunday of 10. With high pressure firmly in charge, winds should start at moderate on Monday, from the north west, falling lighter in the evening and very light on Tuesday and Wednesday, still light but a bit more westerly on Thursday, then turning south-westerly on Friday, still light, and swinging round on Saturday to south-easterlies and then north easterlies, stronger for Sunday, but then lighter again for the start of the week after. So, a pleasant week to be outdoors, now that we are into spring, and with the clocks going forward next Sunday, there will be an extra hour of fishing time in the evenings.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
The bream fishing continues to provide plenty of action, despite some frosty nights recently.
It took 61 lb to win the Andy Ryan Sunday Sweepstake, and yellow seems to be the colour to go for in terms of hook baits.
Andy drew peg 38, which is where Mark Hathway caught his 168 lb record the summer before last, and used a Method feeder in open water, with yellow 6 mm Sonubaits Band’um cylindrical boilies.
Runner-up was Norman Youldon with 37 lb, also on Method feeder, ahead of Andy Leaman, with 36 lb on pole or ’tip.
The Duke’s Head pub at Wallington contest, fished by 20 anglers, was won by Brian Spiking with 42 lb 11 oz of bream on pole, from peg 9.
On the carp front, John Taylor was kept busy during his session, landing a 23 lb 1 oz common and mirrors of 19 lb 3 oz and 18 lb from peg 11, on 18 mm Mainline Cell baits.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
Two ‘thirties’ in a session shows how much sport has picked up on Temple, and a third ‘thirty’ in the same week shows what is possible now that the daylight hours are longer.
Mark Savage started his session with a 37 lb 5 oz mirror at 6am, and followed it with a 27 lb 4 oz common at 4pm, following that with a 32 lb 3 oz mirror.
Mark was fishing peg 9, casting to the far left-hand margin, tight in, using trimmed Pineapple pop-ups with a Ronnie rig and Liver stick mix.
Neil Budd landed Friar Tuck at 33 lb 8 oz and a fully scaled 20 lb fish, from peg 13 on single 15 mm Mainline Essential I.B. baits over a bed of hemp.
The last reported capture of Friar Tuck was back in the summer, by Matt White and Jason Ostler, weighing 32 lb 4 oz both times, and when it was caught last May it was the first reported capture for over a year, at 31 lb 4 oz to Jon Botting.
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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.
Danny Pye, from Sutton, landed 15 carp, including three doubles to an impressive 15 lb 2 oz, which was a common, during a Sunday session.
He used 15 mm Coconut Crème boilies, fishing just single hook baits with no freebies, in the margins and across to the island.
And he came back for more the following Saturday with partner Kim White and shared another catch of 12 carp to 12 lb 12 oz, fishing the same area, pegs 7 and 8, but this time using PVA bags of pellets and casting tight to the island.
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.