This weeks latest catches week ending 3/3/19
• 28 lb Temple carp is sign of sport to come
• Fully scaled fish likely to herald annual feeding spell
• Bonds Lake angler’s 11 carp to 14 lb
• Good numbers of zander as season enters final fortnight
• 22 lb Old Lake common among many fish showing
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• The predator fishing season begins on October 1 and finishes on March 14.
THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
After a quiet winter for catches on Temple Lake, due to the low temperatures, there are signs that the fish are moving around now and taking an interest in feeding.
The capture of a 28 lb fully scaled this week, by Sam Hepburn, shows that the bigger fish are taking an interest in baits once again, and a couple of doubles also landed suggest that the recent mild weather has stirred fish into activity.
On Bonds Lake, there is already plenty of interest in baits from the large population of carp. Chrissie Wiggins had 11 in a session, the biggest 14 lb.
The Old Lake is also showing signs that fish are moving around more, Dan Wood landing a 22 lb common this week amid the extra activity.
And the predator anglers are making the most of the last fortnight before the close after March 14, by getting among the fish in the hope of landing a late-season specimen, the captor of last week’s 11 lb 1 oz zed coming back for some more action.
We may not have the warm, sunny weather of the end of February this week, but the combination of mild temperatures, south-westerly winds and overcast conditions are likely to be very favourable for a few fish, as each day makes the lake’s various species more interested in feeding. Monday is expected to be the tail-end of Storm Freya, with south-westerly winds easing, but some heavy showers in the night, up to daylight, but dry for the rest of the day, with a high of 10 degrees C, falling to 4 overnight into a dry and sunny Tuesday of 11, with eight overnight into a showery Wednesday of 12, and 7 overnight into a sunnier Thursday of 9, but falling to 3 overnight into a dry and sunny Friday of 9, with 6 overnight into a damp Saturday of 11, but with some sunshine, and 4 overnight into a similar Sunday, before some cooler conditions move in. The strong winds of Freya at the weekend should ease on Monday morning to become lightish south-westerlies, increasing in strength from midday and becoming more westerly up to midday on Tuesday, but then easing and returning to south-westerlies on Tuesday night, though strengthening again on Wednesday as a low front moves through, still strong on Thursday but more westerly, becoming lighter on Friday and more south-westerly in the evening, gaining in strength again on Saturday with more westerly, and the same on Sunday. So, an active week of warm, wet fronts separated by dry and sunny spells, with Wednesday a prime day, due to its strong south-westerlies, the mildest temperature of the week and mild nights before and after it. And with cooler weather around the corner, this week offers real a window of opportunity.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
March is a prime month for a big zander, and with mild temperatures and overcast days, this next week and a half could produce something special.
Good numbers of fish are still being caught, last week’s 11 lb 1 oz captor, Martin Chennell, landing another three on Friday afternoon, the biggest 6 lb, this time around the back of the island, on peg 70, on freelined roach sections.
And father and son Karl and Sam Self, from Battersea, also had three fish, to 6 lb 8 oz, from pegs 3 and 4, on small pieces of roach, Karl the captor of the biggest.
And on the carp front, Dan Wood, from Eastbourne, made the most of an increase in fish activity by landing a 22 lb common, from peg 2.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
After last week’s 18 lb 8 oz mirror carp to Mark Savage, there was a 28 lb fully scaled this week, to Sam Hepburn, suggesting that a corner has been turned in terms of temperature and light levels.
Sam, from Chertsey, was fishing peg 8 last Wednesday when he landed the fish, on a Mainline Cell wafter cast tight to the island.
There was also another double-figure fish caught, indicating that carp activity is on the increase, and there could soon be fish being caught on a regular basis.
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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.
Chrissie Wiggins, from Epsom, had a lively day on Tuesday, landing 11 carp to 14 lb on popped-up bread and 6 mm wafters.
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.