Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 8/7/18
Every year when the weather warms, pleasure anglers on the Old Lake manage to land over 100 lb of bream.
But to do it in a match, and in 30-degree heat, shows the standard of sport that is on offer on the Old Lake.
Malcolm Heaver won the Matchfishing-scene contest, the first of a summer series, with 35 bream from peg 38, on the Long Bank, using a feeder, ahead of next-peg Keith Hogg on 37 with 86 lb.
Keith began on feeder but switched to pole, catching on corn over a bed of pellets.
John Swann was third with 64 lb of bream and two 4 lb tench on cage feeder at 30 reel turns, with Mark Hathway fourth on peg 14 with 26 smaller bream and skimmers for 47 lb.
Another Old Lake match to produce the goods was the Crystal Palace AA contest on the Front Bank, which was won by Mike Bell with 84 lb 14 oz of fish to 5 lb from peg 11, on feeder and 8 mm pellets with 8 mm fluoro dumbells.
Runner-up was Steve Parker with 75 lb of bream, carp and tench from peg 1, ahead of Steve Edwards with 68 lb from peg 3, the lowest weight being 30 lb.
And among the fish caught was a rare 3 lb crucian, which came from peg 9.
Famous carper Ian Russell staged his Pro Celebrity Challenge and shared a catch of over 70 carp with his celebrity assistant in 48 hours, despite high temperatures.
So hectic was the action that the celebrity guest reeled in at midnight on both nights to get some sleep.
A video should be available shortly showing the pair’s busy session.
Specimen Carp Club members Adam Rogers, Dan Nash and Matt Lewis, with guest Nick Driver, shared a catch of 435 lb of carp in 48 hours from the middle of the Front Bank, along with lots of bream.
Adam landed the most, at 220 lb, and the best fish weighed 17 lb 8 oz, the best bait being double 18 mm Mainline Cell over free offerings.
And Matt Gegg had three carp to 19 lb on a daytime session at peg 1, freelining luncheon meat over corn.
There were also reports of good catches in the daytime from the Bay, with several fish landed during a short session.
This summer’s 24-hour Pairs Carp Match, fished by 12 teams, is on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29.
The draw will take place at 5pm on the Saturday, with fishing from 7pm until 6pm on Sunday.
Entry costs £100 per pair, payable on booking, and if 12 teams take part, the winners will collect £300, with £150 for second and £100 for third, £50 going to the captor of the biggest fish. Optional pools of £25 will be available.
Pegs will be drawn as pairs of numbers, giving one favoured swim and one lesser one, as in past years, to ensure even distribution of hotspots. Pairs can decide which angler will fish which of the two swims drawn.
To book or find out more, ring Ken, Dave or Ian in the shop on 01306 883621.