This weeks latest catches week ending 9/6/19
• Catches of up to eight Old Lake carp per angler
• 36 bream for pleasure angler on feeder or pole
• 33 lb mirror carp heads Temple catches, including brace of ‘twenties’ to 28 lb
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
The Old Lake carp are in a feeding mood now, having spawned and with the cooler conditions than usual for the time of year.
Up to eight per angler are being landed, Joe Docherty enjoying the action at peg 2, with fish to 18 lb.
The Old Lake bream are also keeping anglers busy, Simon White landing 36 during his day session on the Long Bank, on pole or feeder and red maggots.
And Temple continues to provide action, Adam Rogers landing a 33 lb 8 oz mirror carp, while Steve Willetts had mirrors of 28 lb 4 oz and 24 lb 7 oz, and James Whitmore a 28 lb common.
There’s a weather warning in place for Monday morning, when eight or nine inches of rain could fall in a few hours as two weather fronts meet and cold and warm air collide, and the temperature is expected to dip down by a few degrees.
But things should return to normal after that, giving an average for the rest of the week of about 16 degrees C, with a mixture of sunshine and showers, and moving round to south-westerly winds.
Monday is expected to reach no higher than 14 degrees, with rain for most of the day, though heaviest early in the morning, temperatures slipping to 9 overnight into Tuesday, which should reach 16 and be dry but cloudy, with 10 overnight into another 16 on Wednesday and sunshine and showers. Another 10 overnight into Thursday and 16 again, with sunshine and showers again, and 10 again overnight into Friday of the same, but reaching 17 on Saturday, which should be dry and sunny, with 10 overnight into Sunday and Monday week of 17. Winds should be lightish north-westerlies at the start of the week, becoming more easterly on Tuesday, but still light, moving round to southerly on Wednesday and a bit stronger, and stronger still on Thursday as they become south-westerlies, lighter south-westerlies on Friday and moderate again on Saturday and the same on Sunday and Monday week. So, a soggy start to the week, but followed by an increasingly fishy one as south-westerlies gain the upper hand and grow stronger into the weekend.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
It’s a good time to target the Old Lake carp, with the weather a bit cooler and spawning not distracting them from feeding.
Joe Docherty, from Guildford, landed eight during a 36-hour visit at peg 2, the biggest an 18 lb mirror.
All of his fish fell to 12 mm Sticky Baits The Krill baits with a chod rig, over loose offerings, most of them in daylight in the hours before dark.
Father and son James and Riley McRobbie were also kept busy, landing nine carp during their 48-hour session, also at peg 2, where they landed fish to 20 lb 9 oz, benefiting from a change in the weather that switched the fish on and gave them eight on the second night.
Riley had three fish, including a new personal best of 16 lb, and they also had tench to 6 lb, on Mainline 20 mm Diamond Whites bottom baits, over matching 15 mm offerings, for a “cracking session”.
Bream angler Simon White, from Horley, was hoping to land 40 fish during his visit on Saturday, and he came close with 36 to 6 lb, swapping between pole and Method feeder at peg 32, casting 30 m out with double red maggot.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
Temple Lake continues to produce numbers of fish, this week topped by a 33 lb 8 oz mirror carp and a brace of ‘twenties’ to 28 lb 4 oz.
Adam Rogers had the ‘thirty’, fishing a Mainline Cell wafter tight to the corner of the island at peg 12.
He was fishing a 24-hour session with pal Damien, who landed his first Temple carp, in the form of a 17 lb 8 oz fully scaled from peg 11, casting to the lily pads close in on the right with the same bait.
Steve Willetts, from Woking, had mirrors of 28 lb 4 oz and 24 lb 7 oz on a 48-hour session at peg 11, on single 14 mm Sticky Baits Manilla boilies over a few 12 mm freebies.
And James Whitmore had success on a quick overnighter, landing a 28 lb common at peg 3, on a single hook bait over a handful of free offerings.
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The carp are catchable in good numbers, now that temperatures are climbing, and there are still roach and perch to be caught on pole or waggler tactics, when with carp let you keep a bait in the water.
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.