Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 21/10/18
Zander fishing is attracting good numbers of anglers, drawn by the chance of lots of takes, and the possibility of a specimen.
Many visitors are taking the opportunity to land their first one, and the more experienced anglers are honing their techniques to enjoy lots of action and multiple catches.
David Pocock, from Kingston, specialises in catching them, having landed double-figure fish from the lake, and ending last season with well over 100 fish to his name in six months.
His most recent visit produced 14 fish to 7 lb from peg 38, on sardine sections and small leger bombs.
Small pieces of roach, sardine, sprat, lamprey and smelt have also done well, the most important part being a light, resistance-free, single-hook rig and sensitive bite indication, some anglers resorting to floats or quivertips.
Also feeding well are the lake’s bream, the Hackbridge AS match being won with 78 lb of fish to 5 lb for John Swann, winner of last week’s Matchfishing-scene.co.uk contest, this time fishing feeder at peg 34.
Runner-up was Mark Hathway with 60 lb from peg 14, ahead of John Everiss with 58 lb from peg 38, and Dave Fyfield with 50 lb on pole, from peg 42.
Among the best carp catches reported was nine fish to 18 lb for new Specimen Carp Club member Cliff Creed, from Epsom, from peg 2.
Cliff fished a 48-hour session for 129 lb of carp, all nine of them commons, using Sticky Baits The Krill boilies.
Dan Fergusson was back for more action, this time landing two commons from peg 2, the biggest a new personal best of 20 lb 5 oz, on 18 mm NashBait Instant Action pop-ups.
And Connor Lucas caught the best looking fish, in the form of a distinctive, fully scaled mirror of 20 lb 9 oz, from peg 9 on a Mainline Pineapple & Banana boilie.