Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 13/8/17
Multiple catches of carp, bream and tench
Up to seven carp per angler, and 24 bream
Boat anglers share ten-tench catch
168 lb-matchman Mark Hathway wins again with a ‘ton’
Temple ‘thirty’ and brace of upper ‘twenties’
THIS WEEKS FISHING (IN BRIEF!)
The on/off summer of sunshine and showers is providing ideal conditions for multiple catches of fish, as carp, bream and tench enjoy the fish-favourable conditions.
One carp angler on the Old Lake had six fish on an overnighter and another two had seven each, and there was a catch of 24 bream, while two boat anglers had ten tench, along with a 26 lb mirror carp.
Match angler Mark Hathway returned after landing the biggest catch of bream in a contest for many years, with 168 lb of fish.
And he won again, this time with 100 lb 4 oz of bream from three pegs away from his previous week’s catch, on the Long Bank.
Temple Lake has also produced some good action, Charlie Cowburn banking a 30 lb 4 oz common, and lake regularly Conor Cook landing three fish, including commons of 29 lb and 28 lb.
There’s a slightly warmer and drier week in prospect this week, offering 21 degrees C for the first couple of days and a good deal of sunshine, intersperced with cloud before a more showery end to the week, but still with sunshine, and then a drier weekend. Monday and Tuesday look likely to be dry and sunny with 21 degrees, but there is a chance of an electrical storm on Tuesday before a drier but cloudy Wednesday of 19 degrees. Thursday could bring some showers, possibly thundery, with 20 degrees, before a dip to 18 degrees on Friday and the chance of a thundery shower again. But Saturday and Sunday look set to be dry with sunshine and cloud, and highs of 21, Sunday expected to be the warmer of the two days, and warmer still on Monday, possibly 24 degrees. Winds should be lightish and variable in direction, until Wednesday, when they are likely to strengthen slightly, bringing the chance of showers, and could become strong for Friday and Saturday as a ‘fishy front’ moves through, before easing on Sunday, and swinging around to a north-westerly direction for Monday. Overnight temperatures should stay in double figures, with a high of 15 degrees from Wednesday into Thursday.
• The predator fishing season begins this Sunday, October 1 and continues until March 14.
• Anyone who fancies being part of the night syndicate of anglers who are allowed to fish Temple and the Old Lake after dark for a £50 joining fee will be interested to hear that there are places available. To apply, get in touch with the office on 01306 883621.
• Anglers are reminded that fishing on Temple and night fishing on the Old Lake is available exclusively to members of the Bury Hill Specimen Carp Club. Membership cards must be carried at all times when on the fishery, and be available to bailiffs when they carry out checks prior to the evening lock-up.
OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
Specimen Carp Club Members fishing overnighters are enjoying some great sport, with up to seven fish per session.
Martin Ziecimovsni, from London, had seven to 18 lb from peg 36 on snowmen of 18 mm home-made Coconut boilies over free offerings.
Greg Waples landed seven carp to 20 lb, which was a mirror, from peg 74 on 15 mm Sticky Baits Manilla boilies.
Jules Whitworth was close behind with six carp on an overnighter at peg 24, all of his fish being between 12 lb and 15 lb and falling to snowmen of 18 mm Mainline Cell bottom baits topped with 10 mm yellow pop-ups over free offerings.
And Matt Gegg used home-made, honey-infused boilies with success for a second week, this time with a 17 lb 9 oz mirror from peg 37.
Other anglers to try home-made boilies were Robert Haddad and Jose, who had seven carp up to 16 lb 8 oz (see photos below).
Robert’s son, Jack, who has just turned 13, got amongst the bream, landing 24 to 5 lb, along with two carp to 12 lb 7 oz fishing with the others on pegs 2, 3 and 4 and Robert commenting: “Even my dog Gizmo, a Pomeranian, was excited and happy.”
This is a prime time for boat fishing for tench, as Lee Moran and Lewis Malloy showed when they boated ten, and Lee also had a 26 lb mirror carp.
The pair were fishing in the Jungle with 15 mm Mainline Salty Squid boilies and feeding PVA bags of pellets.
Mark Hathway is on a winning streak, following up his massive 168 lb haul last week (see photo below) that more than doubled his nearest rival’s weight in the Deans Casuals contest, with a win in the Hackbridge Sunday Open.
Mark drew peg 35 this time, three away from his previous visit, but he still came out on top, and again more than doubled his nearest rival’s weight, landing 100 lb 4 oz of bream by casting a pellet feeder with pellet on the hook tight to the island.
Runner-up in the Hackbridge contest was Terry Hutchings with 39 lb 2 oz from peg 14, followed by Keith Hogg on 38 lb 4 oz from peg 6, Gary Simmons with 30 lb from peg 4, Callum Mulbenna on 30 lb, and Kevin Tree with 29 lb 8 oz from peg 1.
And Tony Merit had 12 bream to 5 lb on a pleasure session at peg 39 on ‘tea-bags’ of pellets and 6 mm Chocolate Orange mini boilies.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
Common carp seem to be the first to anglers’ baits at the moment on Temple, Charlie Cowburn landing a 30 lb 4 oz one (see photo below), and lake regular Conor Cook catching three, the best two being upper doubles.
Charlie was fishing peg 11 with CC Moor Pacific Tuna baits, while Conor moved onto the fish on peg 4 for his hard-fighting trio, including two runs at once, on Mainline Cell in open water, the three weighing 29 lb, 28 lb and 19 lb (see photos).
Brian Nicholls had a 24 lb 3 oz mirror carp from peg 3 on a bottom bait during a short daytime session.
Bonds regularly produces multiple catches of carp to double figures on a variety of methods, from pole to feeder and straight lead to waggler.
Milton Lake is the place to try for a catch of prime roach, using a waggler on a running line or pole just a short distance out, close to the pads, where they can be lined up with a little-and-often loosefeeding approach. And in the mild spells there are crucians, tench and bream to be caught, along with occasional carp.