This weeks latest catches week ending 26/5/19
• Temple angler’s 35 lb common and two ‘twenties’
• Father and son land four PBs in an afternoon on Old Lake
• Two anglers each land 12 Bonds carp on Method feeder and pellets
• Temperatures set to rise into the 20s again this weekend
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
The run of Temple Lake ‘thirties’ continued for a fifth week with a 35 lb 9 oz common for Barry Mogg, along with a brace of 24 lb fish.
With the carp looking to have finished with spawning for now, there has been plenty of action on the Old Lake, and a better than average size of fish caught.
Whereas earlier in the season there were big hits of carp but without a ‘twenty’, father and son Rob and George Ford landed six fish in an afternoon, three of them ‘twenties’ and four of them personal bests.
Bonds is also fishing well for large numbers of carp, two anglers enjoying catches of 12 fish, to high-singles and low-doubles.
And there is plenty of action to be had with the Old Lake bream and Milton Lake tench, the latter feeding particularly well, anglers reporting tench to over 6 lb, and straight leger being the best way to catch them.
After a slight dip in temperatures expected over the next few days, things look to be building again for the weekend to get back into the 20s with warm south-westerly winds just in time for the weekend. Monday looks to be a bit cooler than the weekend just gone, at 17 degrees C, with sunshine and showers, having been 10 overnight from Sunday, and then 9 overnight into a Tuesday of 15 with a few more showers and the coolest night, at 6, into a more dry and sunny Wednesday of 17, with 11 overnight into a cloudy but dry Thursday of 19, then 11 into a slightly less cloudy and still dry Friday of 18, with 11 overnight into a moderately sunny Saturday but with 21, and a balmy 13 overnight into a very sunny Sunday of 22, with similar and 24 expected on Monday week. Winds should start as strongish westerlies on Monday, becoming a bit lighter on Tuesday and more north-westerly, similar on Wednesday but moving around toward the south west and strengthening a little, becoming strongish on Thursday with a bit more westerly, lighter on Friday, but becoming more south-westerly overnight into Saturday and light to moderate, with a bit more strength and a bit more south-easterly on Sunday, falling light on Monday week. So, a steady improvement in temperature and a drift toward south-westerly winds should mean an increase in fish activity and action.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
Father and son Rob and George Ford shared a great Saturday afternoon’s sport, landing four personal bests, including three ‘twenties’.
Twelve-year-old George led the way with fish of 18 lb, 23 lb and 24 lb, all PBs, beating his dad’s best, and Rob had fish of 12 lb 19 lb and 21 lb.
The pair from Sutton were fishing pegs in the 40s on the Long Bank, using 18 mm boilies in open water.
Thirteen-year-old Joe Budd also got among the bigger fish, landing a 25 lb carp during a session with his dad, Neil, at peg 22 on the Front Bank, using 20 mm Mainline Essential I.B. boilies.
In terms of numbers of fish, Paul Downey, from Banstead, was kept busiest, landing nine carp to 18 lb during 48 hours on peg 3, using 18 mm Mainline Cell baits in the margins over just a few loose offerings, to keep the bream away.
And Stephen Spear had seven carp to 17 lb on a short overnighter on Saturday at peg 20, including a 10 lb 4 oz orange koi, on 16 mm Sticky Baits The Krill boilies with PVA bags of ten freebies.
Last week we reported how Richard Urquhart shared a catch of 34 carp to 23 lb with Paul Downey, on 18 mm Mainline Cell wafters over free offerings, at pegs 14 and 16, casting towards the island, and Richard has sent in a picture of one of the best fish.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
Temple Lake continued its run of form with a 35 lb 9 oz common carp to Barry Mogg, from Hounslow, along with a brace of 24 lb fish, both mirrors, at 24 lb 14 oz and 24 lb 6 oz.
Barry, who has had a brace of ‘thirties’ for over 70 lb from Temple in past seasons, was fishing peg 10 over five days, using Sticky Baits Manilla or Mainline Cell baits to the island or the lilies.
And bailiff Sam Sawyers had a brace of ‘twenties’ during a weekend visit, in the form of a 28 lb 12 oz mirror and a 23 lb 4 oz common from peg 5, on 14 mm DSTR Baits Nut-Trix bottom baits over a big bed of freebies, tight to the island margins.
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The carp are catchable in good numbers, now that temperatures are climbing, and there are still roach and perch to be caught on pole or waggler tactics, when with carp let you keep a bait in the water.
Two anglers managed a dozen carp each in their sessions, Pawal Waess landing fish to 11 lb from peg 4 on 8 mm Mainline Cell pellets and a Method feeder.
And fishery regular Alan Derbyshire had fish to 9 lb on Method feeders of softened 3 mm micro pellets, and hair-rigged 6 or 8 mm pellets, tight to the reeds.
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 warm.