Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 21/4/19
The traditional time for tench is always considered to be June, but anglers in the know realise that they start feeding well a lot earlier than that, and some of the best catches come in April and May.
In past years up to 20 Old Lake tench have been caught in a sitting in May, and their long winter lay-off compared to the lake’s bream seems to make them even more willing to feed.
Wayne Jeeves took a boat into one of their regular haunts, the Jungle, on Wednesday, and had a catch of 12 to 6 lb 3 oz, along with two bream and a 13 lb 6 oz common carp, on red maggots.
There are also good numbers of bream to be caught, David Pocock, from Kingston, landing 30 to 6 lb in an afternoon for well over 100 lb.
David fished peg 17 with Method feeder and Daiwa Advantage Green Bream groundbait and Daiwa Advantage yellow 6 mm wafters with dead red maggots, at 4-5 rod lengths out.
Among the successful carp anglers was new member Lewis Faust, from Beckenham, landing eight carp on an overnighter, the best two being an 18 lb linear and a 17 lb common, on single 18 mm Mainline Cell wafters over heavy baiting with bottom baits.
Father and son Dan and Connor Lucas shared a catch of nine carp to 21 lb with a friend, Oliver Rowe, who is 14, on an overnighter on pegs 11, 12 and 13, on Friday.
Their best fish went 21 lb, while Oliver had a 20 lb 4 oz ghostie, and they had their fish on JHBaits boilies.
Thirteen-year-old Joseph Budd had an overnighter with his dad, and landed a personal best carp, a 23 lb 6 oz common.
He was fishing peg 36 and casting 20 mm Mainline Essential I.B. boilies tipped with 15 mm white pop-ups tight to the island.
And Phil ‘the bike’ Good, from Dorking, was rewarded for his efforts of cycling to the lake with two commons and a mirror, weighing 16 lb 4 oz, 15 lb 6 oz and 15 lb 2 oz, fishing the margins with boilies.
There was also a 50 lb pleasure weight of bream from peg 3 over the week.