This weeks latest catches week ending 28/7/19
• 71 lb of bream wins midweek match despite heat
• Old Lake anglers share catch of 14 carp
• Return to normal summer temperatures after UK record high
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
Scorching-hot weather didn’t deter Bury Hill’s fish from feeding, but fewer anglers were willing to give it a go.
As a new record high was being set elsewhere in the country, and most of the South East had well over 30 degrees, fewer anglers ventured out in the heat.
But a midweek match still produced a winning weight of 71 lb 8 oz of bream, on Method feeder, and on other days there were carp being caught.
Two anglers fishing around the back of the island landed seven carp each, the biggest 18 lb, so those willing to brave the hot temperatures were rewarded.
A drop in values by ten degrees from last Thursday to Friday, at the end of the mini heatwave, means things are now a lot more comfortable, and some lengthy spells of rain have freshened up the water and added oxygen.
This coming week should give an average high of 22 degrees C, starting with a very sunny Monday of 23, with 16 overnight into a showery Tuesday of 20, with 15 overnight into a mainly dry Wednesday of 21, with 14 overnight into another fairly dry Thursday of 22 with a few sunny spells, then 15 overnight into a dry and fairly sunny Friday of 22 again, with 15 overnight again into a dry but cloudy Saturday of 22, and the same again on Sunday and Monday week. Winds should start as lightish south-westerlies, becoming strong on Tuesday and more southerly, still strong on Wednesday as the front moves through, but westerly, then lighter on Thursday and more north-westerly, and the same on Friday, becoming more easterly overnight into Saturday but lighter still, and the same on Sunday and Monday week. So, a refreshing week after the previous week, with a good south-westerly blow on Tuesday and Wednesday that should stir the fish into feeding, especially with the showers, before a more dry and sunny period through to the weekend.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
The Old Lake bream are known for their tolerance of extreme weather, as anglers who have broken a covering of ice to catch them in winter will testify.
And this week they proved that temperatures at the other extreme are also no deterrent to feeding.
Part of this is due to the oxygenation system in place at Bury Hill, which maintains a constant flow of water around the lake, keeping it fresh and the fish invigorated.
It took 71 lb 8 oz to win the latest midweek match, this time Tony Morrison finishing top, from peg 13.
He used a Method feeder cast to the island for his win, finishing ahead of Malcolm Heaver, on peg 16, with 46 lb 12 oz on groundbait feeder.
Micky Davies was third with 44 lb on pole and paste.
It’s a similar story with the carp, which have fed well for those who have ventured out this week.
Paul Jeffery and his fishing pal Paul Fletcher landed seven each, from pegs 74 and 75, both of them having a best of 18 lb.
The Epsom pair used 14 mm Monster Crab and Pineapple boilies and PVA bags, putting ten baits in each bag.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
It’s been a quieter week than of late on Temple, but that comes after a great run of catches, stretching back several months.
Over the past 13 weeks up to this one, all but two of them have produced 30 lb-plus carp, stretching back to April, and there were three ‘thirties’ caught for two of those weeks.
With water temperatures now having reached full summer level, and air temperature likely to soon have an edge of early autumn in it, with the arrival of August this week, the scene should soon be set for some memorable catches as the fish feel the urge to make the most of the warmth while it lasts.
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The carp are catchable in good numbers, now that temperatures are at summer level, on feeder or straight lead to the island margins or in open water on a pellet waggler, or down the edge on a pole later on.
And there are also roach and perch to be caught on pole or waggler, when the carp let you keep a 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 warm.