Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 19/2/17
Lakes bounce back after netting
Crucians, tench and a 2 lb roach from Milton
Temple 30 is one of seven fish caught
Two 50 lb bream pleasure catches and a 65 lb match weight
Father and son share nine-carp catch to 19 lb on Old Lake
THIS WEEKS FISHING (IN BRIEF!)
No sooner had the bi-annual netting finished than anglers were back in action on the three smallest lakes at Bury Hill, as if the fish had been stirred into action by the activity.
Milder weather moving in has helped get them moving and feeding, and as we enter the final month of winter, prospects look good for an increase in activity.
Milton Lake has been producing crucian carp, tench and specimen roach to 2 lb, and now there are even more big roach to try for, the lake having been boosted by the addition of the big fish from Bonds.
Temple Lake has produced its first reported ‘thirty’ since the netting was completed, and four other, smaller fish were caught the same day.
The Old Lake is continuing to fish well for bream, two anglers landing over 50 lb in pleasure sessions, which are impressive catches for February, and the midweek contest producing a 65 lb winning weight.
And the Old Lake carp are also feeding in numbers, father and son Dan and Connor Lucas sharing nine fish from the middle of the Front Bank, the best 19 lb 8 oz.
There’s a lot more of a fishy feel to the weather this coming week, with double-figure values forecast every day, and even 14 degrees C expected on Monday, double the monthly average level. Some night-time values are expected to be in double figures, though there is a chance of a frost on Thursday night into Friday, but the weekend looks balmy, and the winds are from a very fishy westerly or south-westerly direction and moderate in strength. Tuesday and Wednesday should give 12 degrees, and only a degree or so lower from then into the weekend. Tuesday looks to be the wettest day, but only light rain in the morning, and there should be good spells of sunshine throughout the week.
• The predator fishing season begins on 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
This should be a good week for bream and carp catches, with mild weather forecast and fish already on the move.
Terry Maddocks, from Sutton, had 16 bream to 4 lb on open-ended feeder with groundbait and double red maggot on the hook, cast two-thirds of the way across to the island from peg 34.
And Tony Merit, from Epsom, was not far behind with 15 bream to 4 lb from peg 14, on ‘tea-bags’ of pellets and 6 mm Ringers Chocolate Orange boilies on the hook, giving it a big chuck.
The Wednesday Open was won with 65 lb 4 oz by Brian Nesbit, who drew peg 34 and fished feeder and maggots, beating Terry Harrison on 30 lb 10 oz from peg 31, and Ian Chatfield with 27 lb 8 oz from peg 4.
Father and son Dan and Connor Lucas shared a nine-carp catch of fish to 19 lb 8 oz, which was a mirror for Connor, fishing peg 15 and casting half way across with Carp Company Icelandic Red bottom baits while feeding a scattering of boilies.
Kevin Sawyer, from Westcott, had a 17 lb 10 oz common carp from peg 3.
And fishery regular Adam McGinnis landed a small double (see photo below) from deep water peg 24, on a single 18 mm CC Moore Pacific Tuna boilie.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
Following the recent netting, fishing is now underway again, and already fish to 30 lb have been landed.
Andy Ayling, from Wimbledon, had a 30 lb 8 oz mirror carp (see photo below) from peg 14, casting tight to the islands with a single 15 mm Mainline Cell bottom bait and no free offerings, on a day when four smaller fish were also landed.
Chris Webb was successful on his first session on Temple, landing a 22 lb 8 oz mirror carp (see photo below) from peg 12, on a 15 mm Mainline Essential Cell bait tipped with a few red maggots, cast three-quarters of the way to the far side.
And Rob Gubby had a 19 lb mirror (see photo below) from peg 4 on a Mainline New Grange and Pineapple boilie combination.
Following recent netting, fishing is now underway again, and the fish keen to feed, having been stirred into action by the activity.
Following recent netting, fishing is now underway again, and lake regular Alan Derbyshire was quick to make up for lost time, landing tench, crucians and specimen roach to 2 lb.
Fishing a 13-metre pole, Epsom angler Alan had eight tench and six crucians, along with roach and rudd, on double maggot, switching to 4 mm expander pellets for better quality fish, from peg 22.
And he was back later in the week for more, this time fishing peg 2 and landing three tench to 3 lb and a 2 lb roach, with others of 1 lb and 12 oz, on single and double red maggots over groundbait and dead maggots.