This weeks latest catches week ending 31/3/19
• Milton Lake back on form with 30-crucians catch
• Old Lake pleasure catch of 37 bream
• Two Temple upper-20s in four-fish catch to one angler
• 22-carp catch on Bonds on banded pellets
• Ten Old Lake carp to 17 lb in 24-hour session
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
It’s always a good indication of how things are warming up when Milton Lake’s crucian carp have started feeding well and are being caught in numbers.
Lake regular Alan Derbyshire showed what can be done when he landed 30 of them this week, along with two tench and a good number of other species on pole and red maggots.
And when the Old Lake bream can be caught one after another, you know that everything is becoming active again.
Mark Hathway landed 37 bream from the Front Bank on a pleasure session, while 73 lb won the sixth Steve Gardener midweek match in the series, anglers finding that the bream are now venturing within float fishing range.
The fishing on Temple Lake is about to take off, another two upper-20s landed, as part of a four-fish catch for regular Aaron Warner, following the recent run of ‘thirties’.
Bonds Lake has been in good form for a while now, and that continued with a 22-carp catch of fish to 12 lb for another regular, Paul Benefield, on banded pellets.
And the Old Lake’s carp are becoming more catchable by the day, Specimen Carp Club Member Claudiu Popa landing ten to 17 lb on a 24-hour visit, casting to showing fish.
With high pressure still in charge of the weather, there are some chilly night to come this week, but a lot of dry, calm and sunny weather, making the days seem very pleasant, but with a few April showers in midweek. Monday is expected to be the warmest day, with sunshine all the way and a very balmy high of 13 degrees C, falling to 5 overnight into a cloudy and wet Tuesday, when temperatures may not go above 9 degrees, and there looks set to be showers as a front moves through, and then a fall to 1 overnight into a similar Wednesday, with a bit less rain and a high of 8 by day, falling to zero at night into the same again on Thursday and 9, with 2 overnight into a cloudy but dry Friday and 11, as values recover. Friday night should be no lower than 5, with 11 again on a similar Saturday and 5 again overnight into Sunday, which should reach 14, getting warmer, drier and brighter into the week following. Winds should start at light easterlies on Monday, becoming westerly on Tuesday, and north-easterly on Wednesday, but even lighter, still light on Thursday but moving round to the south west during the day, becoming lightish northerlies on Friday, and changing from westerlies to north-easterlies during Saturday and Sunday and into the week after. So, generally pleasant conditions, if a little more chilly than of late, but set to get a good deal warmer soon.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
The bream fishing on the Old Lake is just coming into its own, as Mark Hathway showed during a midweek pleasure session on peg 14, with 37 of them to 4 lb, along with some skimmers.
Mark was fishing Method feeder to the island with dumbbells on the hook, or 14.5-metre pole with groundbait and pellets, using 6 mm expander pellets on the hook.
The sixth in the series of Stevie Gardener midweek opens produced a winning weight of 73 lb, for Simon Ellis, ahead of Paul ‘Tommy’ Hiller on 68 lb, and Steve Sanders with 66 lb.
The Old Lake’s carp are becoming more catchable by the day, Claudiu Popa landing ten during his 24-hour visit, the biggest 17 lb.
Claudiu was fishing peg 2 and casting to showing fish with snowman presentations, made up of NashBait Crab and Krill bottom baits with Sticky Baits Pineapple & N’Butyric pop-ups, along with small PVA bags of whole and crumbed Mad Baits The Nutz boilies.
Also in action with the carp was lake regular Richard Urquhart, from Croydon, who landed five doubles, the biggest 15 lb, on an overnighter on Saturday, also on peg 2, casting single 15 mm Steamies bottom baits to the far side, with no free offerings.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
A four-carp catch topped by two upper-20s shows that there’s plenty of activity now at Temple, Aaron Warner landing the fish during a five-night session at peg 13.
His 29 lb 8 oz common, 27 lb 8 oz mirror and commons of 18 lb and 17 lb fell to 12 mm Mainline Cell wafters over a bed of crushed baits.
Mark Savage has sent in a picture of his 32 lb 3 oz mirror, which followed his 37 lb 5 oz mirror, both reported last week.
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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.
Paul Benefield, from Leatherhead, had 22 carp to 12 lb on his Sunday visit, fishing peg 6 and feeding 4 mm pellets and using 8 mm banded wafters on the hook.
And Chrissie Wiggins, from Epsom, landed over 20 carp from peg 10, fishing a pellet waggler set 3-4 ft deep, and 6 mm banded pellets.
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.
Alan Derbyshire, from Epsom, demonstrated that the crucian carp in Milton are on the feed by landing 30 of them, along with two tench and a few small fish of other species on 13-metre pole and single or double red maggot, feeding tiny balls of groundbait and dead maggots, at peg 2.
Dave Gowers, from Mitcham, was kept busy in midweek with five crucians to 1 lb 4 oz and five tench to 4 lb 8 oz, along with bream and a 1 lb roach, fishing peg 10, around the back of the island, using float fished maggots, casters and soft expander pellets.
And Harvey Porter, from Ashford, had crucians to 2 lb, tench to 3 lb and roach to 1 lb from peg 20, on waggler just a rod length out, with two maggots on a size 18 hook over loosefeed.