Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 24/9/17
Temple angler’s ‘thirty’ and five ‘twenties’
Bonds catch of 18 carp to 11 lb
Boat angler’s five carp to 19 lb and three tench to 8 lb 5 oz
32 lb of bream wins Old Lake match
Predator season starts on Sunday
THIS WEEKS FISHING (IN BRIEF!)
We are now in one of the most productive few weeks for big carp at Bury Hill, and already there are signs of the heavyweights feeding hard before the weather cools.
Barry Mogg had six carp on a session at Temple, including a 33 lb common and five ‘twenties’.
An 18-carp catch on Bonds Lake shows what is possible from this prolific water at the moment.
The Old Lake punts are also a good bet at this time, Terry Jones catching five carp to 19 lb and three big tench, the best an impressive 8 lb 5 oz.
With the weather still mild there are good numbers of bream to be caught, the Dorking match on the Front Bank being won with 32 lb 4 oz on feeder and pellets.
And with the start of the predator season next Sunday, anglers will get to fish for pike and zander for the first time for six and a half months.
It looks like a cloudy but largely dry week with some sunny spells, but temperatures on the slide from 21 degrees C on Sunday to 15 by next Saturday, though keeping in double figures overnight through the week. However, Saturday night looks to be the coolest for a while, with 6 degrees possible due to a clear and windless night, and just 14 by day next Sunday.
Monday of this week is likely to start with a few showers, but then be dry with a cloudy 18 degrees, Tuesday and Wednesday roughly the same but without the showers, before a sunnier Thursday, though still with cloudy spells, a bit more cloud on Friday and a degree less, and then a cloudy and cooler Saturday before a chilly Sunday and a sunny but breezy Monday. Winds look likely to be light and south-easterly or north-easterly to start with, but changing for Thursday onwards to south-westerlies and increasing to moderate, dropping light for Sunday as they become north-easterlies again and grow in strength on Monday. Warmest night looks like Wednesday into Thursday, at 14, before the slide mirrors the daytime falls and reaches 10 by the weekend. So Thursday looks as good a bet as any, with a mild night on Wednesday going into a warm and sunny Thursday with light to moderate westerly or south-westerly winds.
• 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
Predator anglers will be sharpening their hooks ready for a chance to fish for the Old Lake’s pike and zander when the season opens next Sunday.
The eagerly anticipated opening, as the weather cools, attracts good numbers of anglers keen to take advantage of the chance to catch the fish off guard, before they wise up to the fact that they are being fished for.
Sections of fish, in particular mackerel and sardine, along with small lures, all with single hooks and wire traces, are the best ways to get plenty of action from single-figure fish, with the chance of a double or a personal best.
Plenty of carp are being caught in the mild autumn weather, John Taylor, from Sutton, landing seven to 26 lb in a two-day session, from the top bay pegs close to the outflow.
John’s best fish was a common taken off the top on bread, and he also had action on Mainline Peaches & Cream boilies with fish to 20 lb, which was a mirror.
Gavin Dove had a great daytime session, landing five carp to 16 lb (see photos below) from peg 1, along with lots of bream, on boilies over free offerings.
Andy and Dave Hall shared six fish including mirror carp of 19 lb 12 oz and 16 lb 8 oz, from pegs 29 and 30, on Nash Scopex boilies.
Boat fishing is popular at this time of year, for the lake’s carp and predators, but at the moment it’s the lake’s carp and tench that anglers afloat are catching, and Terry Jones had five carp to 19 lb and three big tench, the best an impressive 8 lb 5 oz, on Carp Company Icelandic Red boilies float fished in the margins over a bed of crushed boilies and pellets.
Also on the boats, Jackie Wilson, from Putney, came up with a common of 21 lb on worms and a mirror of 18 lb on Mainline Cell boilies, fishing in the Jungle.
Steve Hayes, from Chislehurst, had four carp on an overnighter at peg 2, the biggest a 15 lb common, fishing Sticky Baits Manilla pop-ups in open water.
And the Dorking AS match on the Front Bank was won by Lee Seymour with 32 lb 4 oz on feeder and pellets, from Mark Gillard with 31 lb 2 oz on pole and pellets.
Steve Parkin was third with 29 lb 14 oz on feeder or pole and pellets, with Barry Gustafson fourth with 29 lb 9 oz on feeder, and Mark Hathway fifth with 24 lb 15 oz.
Barry Mogg had a six-fish session at peg 10, and all of his fish were over 22 lb, the biggest a 33 lb common.
After a slow start, a change in the weather and a rise in temperature brought commons of 33 lb, 28 lb, 25 lb and 23 lb and mirrors of 22 lb 8 oz and 22 lb for Barry.
15 mm Mainline Cell boilies combined with 10 mm Cell pop-ups over a scattering of free offerings did the trick, and he caught his fish tight to the far margins in the daytime and just off the margins at night, landing two in daylight and four at night.
Bonds regularly produces multiple catches of carp to double figures on a variety of methods, from pole to feeder and straight lead to waggler.
Zultan Toth, from New Malden, landed 18 carp during a busy session at peg 4, the biggest 11 lb, on groundbait feeder with banded 8 mm pellets on the hook.
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.
Colin Sheer had roach to 1 lb 5 oz along with three tench and two crucians, on float fished maggots at peg 26.