This weeks latest catches week ending 7/10/18
• Predator season starts well with zander to 9 lb
• Nine-year-old Alfie Swieton lands 9-pounder for second season running
• Bonds angler lands 16 carp in 2.5-hour visit
• Old Lake overnighter produces 12 carp
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• The predator fishing season begins on October 1 and finishes on March 14.
THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
The predator season got underway with good numbers of zander being caught, from boat and bank, the best reported fish a 9-pounder to nine-year-old Alfie Swieton.
These first couple of weeks offer a great chance of a specimen fish and regular action, and once again it has been small pieces of fish that have been to the zander’s liking.
Daytime action is another feature of early season sport for pike and zander, a boat angler this week catching four zeds to 7 lb before 2pm.
October is also a great month for carp catches, and when the fish switch on to feed, action can be hectic.
One angler on Bonds this week could only fish for the first two and a half hours, from 7am, but he still landed 16 carp, on simple straight bomb and pellets.
And on the Old Lake there has been a lot of carp action, Brian Mayne landing 12 on an overnighter at peg 2.
There’s a warmer week in prospect, as temperatures look set to return to the 20s for part of this week, offering an unseasonably mild start to autumn. Monday is likely to be more cloudy than the sunshine of Sunday, but it should be a couple of degrees warmer, at 16 C, and overnight temperatures should hold up at 9 degrees into Tuesday, compared to 7 coming out of the weekend. A sunny Tuesday of 17 should lead into another sunny day on Wednesday of 20, temperatures staying in double figures overnight each night, and even no lower than 15 on Wednesday into Thursday, which should be more cloudy and very fishy, with another high of 20 degrees, and 14 overnight into a cloudy Friday and 18, with the risk of an overnight shower from Thursday into Friday. Saturday looks like 18 degrees, and has the risk of showers, but no less than 16 from Friday into Saturday, and then a cooler night of 11 into a damp Sunday of 20. Winds should start light and south-westerly on Monday, becoming more southerly and then south-easterly on Tuesday, more easterly on Wednesday, gaining strength and becoming south-easterly on Thursday, and stronger still and more southerly on Friday, easing back just a touch but still strong on Saturday and becoming south-westerly. So, a very pleasant week of mild, largely dry weather with plenty of sunshine mixed in with cloudy spells, and then a big increase in wind strength at the end of the week and into Saturday, which should get fish feeding strongly.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
Young Alfie Swieton began his season in the same impressive way that he ended it, with a 9 lb zander, to get the new predator season off to a great start.
Fishing with his dad, Martin, who had a 5-pounder Alfie was fishing in the margins of peg 2 with the head half of a small roach.
Just a week ago, nine-year-old Alfie was top rod in the annual charity competition, with a catch of roach on a whip, a 13 lb carp down the edge and a 2 lb 8 oz perch.
He’s had plenty of success in past visits with his dad, including big carp, 20 carp in a day on Bonds, and last March a personal best 9 lb 8 oz zander from the pegs in the high numbers on the other side of the island.
Among other good catches of zander reported already this season was four fish to 7 lb before 2pm from a boat in the Jungle for Martin Chennell, from Guildford, on legered small sections of lamprey.
And the best of the carp catches reported this week was 12 fish the biggest a 17 lb 12 oz common, on an overnighter at peg 2 for Brian Mayne, from Redhill, who used 18 mm Mainline Cell boilies with white Toppers, over loose offerings.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
A slower week for reported catches on Temple, after a hectic period of 20 fish of over 30 lb in seven weeks, but with the water temperature cooling, the time is right for some action this month, especially if some strong south-westerly winds blow wet and mild weather onto the fishery, as it looks as if they will at the end of this week, ahead of the proper frosts that are not that far away now.
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Bonds has been in great form, as indicated by how popular it has been, often the first lake to fill up on warm weekend days.
One of the great attractions 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.
One of the fastest catches recorded on Bonds was the 16 carp to 8 lb landed between 7am and 9.30am from peg 8 on Saturday, the angler fishing a straight bomb and hair-rigged 8 mm pellets.
Lots of anglers reported hectic action on Bonds on Saturday, as the fish switched on in the mild and damp conditions ahead of the clearer, cooler weather that followed.
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.