This weeks latest catches week ending 7/4/19
• Temple’s Silver Common landed at 35 lb
• 50-crucians catch on Milton Lake
• Three anglers share 24-carp catch on Old Lake
• 64 lb wins pole-only Old Lake match for Steve Gardener
• Father and son land 13 Old Lake carp in 24-hours
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
Despite some chilly nights and stormy weather, catches have continued to improve across the fishery, including the capture of another 30 lb-plus carp from Temple.
The 35 lb fish, called the Silver Common, was landed by James Whitmore, and there was a 27 lb common for Mark Nightingale.
Milton Lake’s improvement continues apace, regular visitor Alan Derbyshire building on his 30-crucian catch last week with one of over 50 this week – one on almost every put-in.
And the Old Lake is going from strength to strength, yielding a shared 24-carp catch for three anglers on a five-day session, while father and son Darren and Archie Tanner managed 13 carp between them on a 24-hour visit.
Steve Gardener came out top in a pole-only match that he arranged, landing 64 lb of bream, which are now within comfortable float fishing distance of the bank as the water temperature improves.
Temperatures are expected to be mostly in double figures this week, with the prospect of warmer weather to come soon, hopefully just around the corner.
Cloud cover could mean a rather overcast week this week, with less sunshine than of late, and for a couple of nights it could dip down to 2 or 3 degrees in midweek, but then values should start to climb towards the weekend. Monday is expected to have a high of 13 degrees C under the cloud, having been 8 overnight from Sunday, and maybe an afternoon shower, staying at 8 overnight into Tuesday, which should be 12 with cloud and showers, falling to 6 overnight into a Wednesday of 11 and a sunny afternoon, but falling to 3 overnight into Thursday. A cloudy Thursday may not quite make a high in double figures, falling to 2 overnight into Friday, which looks to be the same, at 9 and cloudy, with 3 overnight into Saturday and 10, with 4 overnight into Sunday and 9, with a sunny 13 on Monday week. Winds are expected to start the week as lightish north-westerlies, turning into easterlies in the afternoon, gaining strength a little on Tuesday and becoming north-easterlies, stronger still on Wednesday, becoming a little lighter and more easterly on Thursday, lighter still on Friday but stronger on Saturday and Sunday, a bit more to the south east. So, we are edging cautiously into mid-spring without any burst of warmth yet, due to the easterlies, but a steady temperature mainly in double figures.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
There are carp to be caught in numbers now on the Old Lake, as two groups discovered during sessions this week.
Adam Rogers, Nick Driver and Dan Nash shared a five-day session on pegs 2, 3 and 4, and landed 24 carp between them.
Adam had 12 for 162 lb, Nick nine for 137 lb, and Dan two for 29 lb, all on 18 mm Mainline Cell bottom baits.
And father and son Darren and Archie Tanner had 13 carp in 24 hours, including an 18 lb common and a 15 lb mirror, from pegs 74 and 75.
They were using Urban Bait Nutcracker boilies over free offerings, fished tight to the island.
Steve Gardener landed 64 lb of bream on 14.5-metre pole and pellets or maggots, in his pole-only match, fishing peg 12.
Runner-up was Terry Harrison, from Crawley, with 52 lb on pellets, maggots and worms, from peg 17, ahead of Geoff Vallance on 41 lb on pellets and maggots, from peg 38, and Brian Spiking with 39 lb on pellets or maggots.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
The Silver Common is not one of Temple’s best known fish, but its capture at 35 lb by James Whitmore has put it on the map.
James, from Bletchingley, was fishing peg 9 on Saturday when he beat his common carp PB, using a single 18 mm bait over loose offerings.
There was a 27 lb common for Mark Nightingale, from Eltham, from peg 3, on a single 18 mm Sticky Baits Manilla boilie fished with Manilla Stick Mix, also on Saturday.
And Artur Truszynski, from Crystal Palace, landed a 23 lb common from peg 2, on a single 15 mm Dynamite Robin Red boilie over hemp and corn.
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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 accidental carp.
Some seriously good catches of carp are coming out, an unconfirmed report being of a catch of 36 fish to one angler, showing what is achievable.
Feeder or straight lead and pellets to the island seems to be the best bet at present.
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 returned for more on Saturday after his visit last weekend that provided him with 30 crucians, and that’s just what he got, this time landing over 50.
The Epsom angler also had four tench, two 3 lb bream and four 1 lb hybrids, fishing peg 10, around the back of the island.
He landed fish steadily throughout his visit, on 11-metre pole and double red maggot, cupping in tiny balls of hardish groundbait with dead maggots, and fishing hard on the bottom.