This weeks latest catches week ending 30/9/18
• 35 lb personal best common from Temple
• Bonds lakes produces 17 carp to 15 lb for newcomer
• 20-crucians catch wins Milton Lake match
• Charity competition raises £1,100
• Predator season begins on Monday
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• The predator fishing season begins this Monday, October 1 and finishes on March 14.
THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)The big carp catches from Temple Lake continued this week with a personal best 35 lb 9 oz common for regular Mark Constable.
Mark also landed a 21 lb fully scaled, and there were ‘twenties’ for Sam Brett, at 29 lb, and Steve Willets, at 28 lb 10 oz.
Bonds Lake is still the place to head for when it comes to numbers of carp, the best reported this week being 17 fish to 15 lb for newcomer Johno Davies, on traditional waggler and pellets.
Despite the cooler temperatures, Milton Lake is still a good bet for a bag of crucians, Billy McKinley winning the Priory Farm AC match with 20 and a tench for 30 lb exactly.
Last Sunday’s charity competition in wet and windy weather raised £1,100 for Children with Cancer, the 75 pegs having been donated by the fishery for the event, and 57 lb was needed to win.
And predator anglers have been sharpening their hooks ready for the start of the new season tomorrow.
With lively action and big fish usually the pattern in the first few days, before the zander wise-up to the fact that they are being fished for, it’s worth taking the chance to give fish baits and lures a try for the first time since last year, with the potential for a personal best.
It looks like being a dry week with a fair bit of sunshine and an average high of 16 degrees C and no more than moderate winds, though from a range of directions. Monday should be a very sunny 13, but with a chilly start, having gone down to 6 overnight from Sunday, but with cloud cover in the evening into Tuesday keeping overnight values at no less than 8. Tuesday should be the warmest day, at 17, due to the cloud cover, which means not a lot of sunshine, but double figures overnight into Wednesday with a high of 16, which looks likely to also be cloudy but with a bit more sunshine, and double figures again overnight into a cloudy Thursday of 17. Double figures again overnight should lead into a sunnier Friday of 17, and a very mild night of 13 leading to a sunny Saturday and also Sunday of 15, but with the week’s coolest night on Saturday night as a pattern of cool nights and bright days with easterly winds sets in. Winds should begin as moderate north-westerlies on Monday, strengthening a little on Tuesday and becoming more westerly, before falling light on Wednesday and becoming south-westerlies on Wednesday night and into Thursday, before changing to south-easterlies on Friday, but still light, strengthening for the weekend and more northerly, though becoming north-easterly for Sunday. So, after Monday’s sunshine, the overcast weather of Wednesday and Thursday should be prime conditions for zander, especially given the mild temperatures overnight from Tuesday into Wednesday and from Wednesday into Thursday.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
Wet and windy weather for the annual charity competition didn’t deter competitors, who raised an impressive £1,100 for Children with Cancer.
Strong north-easterly winds made presenting baits difficult on the Front Bank, but anglers who were sheltered behind the island in the high-number pegs fared much better.
Dave Johnson and John Swann both landed 57 lb 9 oz of bream to share the honours on the day, while 30 lb was needed to do well on the Front Bank.
October 1 is the official start of the predator season, when anglers can fish for pike and zander using single-hook rigs and lures.
The first couple of weeks are usually marked by a flurry of impressive catches on a variety of small fish baits, before things settles into a pattern of trying to outwit fish using resistance-free running rigs and even quivertips or floats to hit shy bites.
Small sections of sardines and roach are among the favourite offerings, and overcast days or the fading light when it has been sunny are the best times for action.
Moving swims is always wise if action is slow, because the fish can be gathered in certain areas, and action can be had as soon as you drop on them.
And the rewards are there for those who persevere and experiment, learning from every visit. Last season, which ended in March, David Pocock landed over 100 zander in the five-and-a-half months that it was open, while Mike Holcombe landed over 50 from January 1.
Last season’s biggest reported zed came right at the end, when an 11 lb 2 oz fish fell to Steve Smith, from Cheam, but the first fortnight produced fish to 10 lb 8 oz, to Ed Spring, who had an 8 lb 1 oz on the same visit, and catches of 12 fish in a session were also achieved.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
This week’s catches take Temple’s tally to 20 fish of over 30 lb in the past seven weeks, including last week’s capture of Nemo at 44 lb 1 oz.
Taking the number to 20 was Mark Constable with a 35 lb 9 oz personal best common from peg 11.
Mark also had a 21 lb fully scaled, both on 12 mm JHBaits High Attract Black Pepper Pinkies pop-ups over a scattering of Hull Particle bait.
Also in action was Sam Brett with a 29 lb common, and Steve Willets had a 28 lb 10 oz common from peg 7.
Woking angler Steve was using 12 mm Sticky Baits Manilla boilies in a snowman presentation over free offerings.
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Bonds has been in great form this summer, as indicated by how popular it has been, often the first lake to fill up on warm weekend days.
One of the great attractions about Bonds is how 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 bait fired over the top all work well, and the fish keep on the move, giving lots of anglers a slice of the action.
Johno Davies, from Chiddingfold, got to grips with the fishing by using a small peacock waggler at full depth with 8 mm banded pellets.
Feeding small balls of groundbait and loosefeeding pellets, he landed 17 carp to 15 lb, a good number of them double-figure fish.
Milton Lake is the place to head for if you want tench, bream, crucians and 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.
The Priory Farm AC Saturday match was won by Billy McKinley with 20 crucians and a tench for exactly 30 lb from peg 2, on pole with maggots and pellets.
Runner-up was Jamie Cox with 15 lb from peg 4, ahead of Ian Farmer with 14 lb 6 oz from peg 22, and Ray Smee on 13 lb 2 oz from peg 21.