Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 15/12/19
Bream can be finicky fish when the temperature begins to fall, but at Bury Hill they seem willing to feed even in the coldest weather.
It could be the aeration system, which keeps a constant flow of water through the lake, making them want to feed to replace lost energy.
But whatever the reason, they even get caught after ice-breaking sessions, and catches like the 22 fish landed by Alan Butler on Tuesday this week show the potential of the sport available in December.
Alan, from Horley, was fishing on peg 38, which offers a convenient cast towards the island, and his fish fell to a cage feeder and double red maggot, cast half way across.
In the Wednesday Open match, Geoff Vallance led the way with 43 lb 8 oz of bream from peg 34, on Method feeder, a tactic that produced the top four weights.
Runner-up was Steve Gardener, with 39 lb 6 oz from peg 36, ahead of Mark Hathway with 33 b 8 oz from peg 33, and Simon Ellis with 26 lb from peg 73.
On the carp front, Mark Cross managed five fish during his 48-hour session at peg 2, along with six bream.
Successful bait for his fish, which were up to 16 lb 8 oz, was single 15 mm Mainline Spicy Crab boilies with PVA bags of pellets.
And Barni Kocsis continued his recent successes, landing a 17 lb common and two tench to 5 lb from peg 18.
His fish fell to 14 mm CC Moore Pacific Tuna boilies and PVA bags.