This weeks latest catches week ending 4/8/19
• 17-carp catch from Bonds Lake on bread
• Old Lake angler lands 46 bream
• 82 lb of bream wins midweek match
• Lakes back to normal now after cycle road race
FISHERY OPENING TIMES
The fishery currently opens for day ticket fishing at around 7.00am on weekdays; 6.30am weekends and Bank Holidays. Current closing time is approximately 9.00pm.
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• The predator fishing season begins on October 1 and finishes on March 14.
THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
It’s easy to get in a rut with bait and tactics, especially when fishing for carp, reaching for a bag of boilies and loosefeeding pellets.
But trying something different can often catch fish off their guard, as James Bunting showed when he caught 17 carp in a day on Bonds Lake, using bread.
And it wasn’t just the bait that was different, James was freelining bread flake and feeding liquidised bread just down in the edge, so no need for launching heavy feeders towards the island and trying to stay in touch with fish hooked a long way out.
One species that does keep feeding no matter what tactics you adopt at this time of year is the bream in the Old Lake.
When a midweek match in the hottest part of the day produces a winning catch of 82 lb, you know that fishing outside of the hours as well is likely to yield a bumper haul.
And that’s what Paul Baker achieved with his 46 fish to 5 lb, but he didn’t resort to a feeder or put together a pole.
Paul opted for a big waggler and corn or double maggot over groundbait, fishing in the middle of the Long Bank.
And Temple Lake continues to produce a fish or two, a 19 lb fully scaled falling to bailiff Dale Burrows.
The lakes were more difficult to access last Sunday, due to road closures caused by the RideLondon cycle road race, but things have got back to normal now.
There’s a much more fishy week in prospect, now that the high pressure has got elbowed out of the way by a significant south-westerly blow, which should bring a mixture of sunshine and showers that is likely to stir the fish into extra activity, coupled with a pleasant average high of 23 degrees C. Monday should be a repeat of Sunday, with 23 and cloud, with a shower or two in the morning but with a sunny afternoon and evening, staying at 15 degrees overnight into a Tuesday of sunshine and showers with 21, and 14 overnight into a similar Wednesday but with fewer showers, mainly in the evening, then 13 overnight into a Thursday of 22 and lots of sunshine, 13 overnight into a dry but cloudy Friday of 23, and a balmy 17 overnight into a wetter Saturday of 22, with 15 overnight into a similar Sunday. Winds should start as moderate south-westerlies, increasing in strength on Monday afternoon, and stronger still on Tuesday, easing a bit on Wednesday and becoming a bit more westerly, a bit lighter on Thursday and back to south-westerly, stronger on Friday and more southerly, and even stronger south-westerlies on Saturday and Sunday, with gusts of 40 mph possible on Saturday, easing right back and cooling down several degrees on Monday week. So hang on to your hat, but expect some significant action, especially at the weekend.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
The bream fishing on the Old Lake is probably as good as it is likely to be all year, as Paul Baker proved when he landed 46 fish to 5 lb in a single session.
Paul, from Walthamstow, was fishing peg 33 with a big waggler and corn and double maggot hook baits over groundbait.
And the latest midweek match, Round Two of Mark Hathway’s league, was won by Malcolm Heaver with 82 lb 10 oz.
Malcolm was fishing peg 1 with a feeder cast long, and he had a next-peg battle with Mark Hathway on peg 2, Mark ending up with 79 lb 14 oz on feeder.
Third was Andy Ryan with 69 lb 8 oz from peg 37, ahead of another next-peg rival Nick Baxter, who landed 65 lb 4 oz from peg 36 on pole.
There is never anything guaranteed in fishing, but a good catch of bream from the Old Lake for anyone coming down to try their luck is about as certain as it gets in angling.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
It’s been a quieter week than of late on Temple, but bailiff Dale Burrows did manage a 19 lb fully scaled, on a DSTR Baits wafter, from peg 11.
With water temperatures now having reached full summer level, and the air temperature likely soon to have an edge of early autumn in it, with the arrival of August, 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 fact that carp love bread is something that gets overlooked by the majority of anglers who fish for them, but it’s not only a very simple and effective way of catching them, it’s very cheap as well.
James Bunting, from Hersham, got it spot-on, fishing down the edge by a tree, freelining flake and feeding liquidised bread over the top.
He landed 17 from 5 lb to 14 lb for a very busy and entertaining visit on Friday, with all the added excitement of hooking fish close in, and the extra satisfaction of adopting an approach that doesn’t get used very often and seeing it come good, big style.
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.