Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 11/11/18
Adrian Vizitiu is a regular visitor to the Old Lake in the predator season, catching good numbers of zander, and he also fishes for carp in the summer.
But the Dagenham angler didn’t expect to catch a carp on the popped-up half mackerel bait that he had cast out for zander or pike at peg 2.
The 16 lb mirror was one of seven fish that Adrian landed on his visit, the other six being zander to 7 lb, all on small roach tails in the margins.
Anglers who put out a spare rod for other species have done well on the Old Lake, adding to the variety of what they catch, and doubling their chances if conditions favour one species over another.
A rod cast out with boilies while fishing for predators, or a bigger bait for a pike while the main rod is fishing a small fish section for zander can be a worthwhile tactic.
Another angler enjoying the current zander action is David Farrer, who landed his first of the species this week.
Also fishing peg 2, David, from Fulham, had fish of 8 lb and 4 lb, on a hair-rigged roach head and tail.
On the carp front, Scott Line and Sam Downing shared an overnighter at pegs 16 and 17, landing four carp to 19 lb, on 18 mm Mad Baits Pandemic bottom baits tipped with pop-ups.
After the late-October frosts, sport has now improved as the temperature has stabilised, and there looks likely to be more mild weather to come, which should provide good conditions for carp, bream and predators to feed in numbers, as well as being pleasant to be out on the bank.