Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 29/4/18
The Ghost caught at 35 lb, and 36 lb mirror with a 30 lb common
Four ‘thirties’ to follow up last week’s two
Father and son share 19-tench catch on Milton
16-carp Old Lake overnighter
Up to 18 carp per angler on Bonds
THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (In brief)
Temple Lake’s The Ghost has been caught at a weight of 35 lb, by in-form angler Aaron Warner, who had a 33 lb 8 oz common the week before, and a 10 lb 8 oz zander on a wafter.
The Ghost was one of four ‘thirties’ landed this week, the best a 36 lb mirror to Mark Savage, and there was a 32 lb mirror carp to Joe Holdsworth.
The Milton Lake tench are feeding in numbers now, father and son Martin and Alfie Swieton sharing a 19-fish catch, along with other species.
There are multiple catches of carp to be had on the Old Lake, the best reported this week being 16 on an overnighter, while bream anglers had up to 11 fish per visit, on Method feeder and dumbbells.
And Bonds Lake is in good form now, up to 18 carp being landed per angler, the biggest 13 lb.
The weather looks set to warm up again through this week, starting at single figures on Sunday and doubling that to 18 degrees C by next Sunday. The first half of the week, around the Full Moon, is likely to have the most showers, with Monday the wettest, as a front moves through, and some windy weather with no more than 5 degrees by day and four at night. But then Tuesday should be a lot drier and sunnier, with a high of 12 and 7 overnight, followed by 14 on Wednesday, albeit with showers and 4 overnight, then 14 on Thursday and 6 overnight, leading into a very sunny 16 on Friday and 7 overnight, and a similar 18 for Saturday and 8 overnight and a degree or two higher on Sunday. Winds are likely to be blustery north-easterlies or north-westerlies to start the week, becoming moderate and westerly on Tuesday and then a bit stronger on Wednesday, but lighter on Thursday and on into the weekend as a few days of bright sunshine and light winds take over for the weekend.
• The predator fishing season begins on October 1 and finishes on 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
There is some great carp sport to be had on the Old Lake at the moment, with big catches of fish in the upper-doubles with a sprinkling of ‘twenties’
Up to 16 per angler have been reported this week, Joel Mitchell leading the way with his successful overnighter at peg 3, casting A2 Baits Banoffee boilies tight to the far bank.
Warren Heasman, from Leatherhead, was not far behind with 13 on his overnighter on peg 17, the biggest a 19 lb 7 oz common, on 18 mm CC Moore Live System boilies.
Daniel Halpin caught his first ‘twenty’ on his first visit to Bury Hill, the 21 lb 6 oz common (see photos below) hooked a rod length off the island at first light.
Tom Medrow had seven carp to 18 lb 7 oz (see photo below) on an overnighter at peg 30, on Mainline Cell.
Adam Rogers had four carp to 15 lb (see photo below) on double 14 mm Active Bait Solutions Malarky boilies.
And Nick Driver had a PB 20 lb fish (see photo below) on 18 mm Baitworks Atlantic Heat boilies.
The Old Lake bream are also obliging, Dave Mason, from Purley, landing 11 to 5 lb and an 11 lb carp from peg 23 on Method feeder and dumbbells with corn in open water.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
Sport is improving by the week on Temple, with two ‘thirties’ last week and four reported this week, including The Ghost at 35 lb (see photos below).
In-form Aaron Warner had the famous fish, along with a 25 lb 6 oz common.
Aaron was fishing his favourite peg 3 with Mainline Cell wafters in open water towards peg 2, to add to his 33 lb 8 oz common and 10 lb 8 oz Temple zander last week.
This is the first reported capture of The Ghost this year, the previous being in late December, when Gez Schifano had the fish at 36 lb 10 oz.
Its peak weight was last May, when it came out at 40 lb 10 oz to Terry Burns, and a week later to Lee Carder on his first visit.
Lake regular Mark Savage was also in action, landing a 36 lb mirror, along with a 30 lb common in a storm, and a 21 lb 4 oz mirror, a 20 lb 2 oz common and a 19 lb fish in one session (see photos below).
All of Mark’s fish came from peg 10 in the margins on Urban Bait Nutcracker boilies over loosefeed.
Mark reported: “The atmosphere was great over the weekend, which reminded me of the old days on Temple.
“It was great to see some new faces, who rightly so asked for knowledge of the lake, as they were not catching, so it was great to see one guy landing four and another beating his personal best.”
Joe Holdsworth also had an enjoyable visit, landing a 32 lb mirror (see photos below) from peg 14, casting a single 16 mm Sticky Baits Manilla boilie to showing fish, over 10-15 scattered baits a rod length off the island, for a dawn run.
He commented: “I wanted to take this opportunity and say what a fantastic fishery you have.
“Every fish I saw was in amazing condition, a credit to the anglers that fish it and the management.
“I have had a great session and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I look forward to many more sessions.”
Lake regular Ray Harding added to his 27 lb 8 oz mirror carp from peg 1, on a Mainline Peaches & Cream pop-up, with the Long Common at 27 lb from peg 12 on a Pineapple pop-up.
Andrew Hall banked a 22 lb 8 oz common from peg 9 on a dumbbell with a PVA bag, having moved from peg 6.
Tony Kirkman landed a 20 lb 8 oz common from peg 5 on a Mainline Spicy Crab wafter.
And Neil Budd had three fish in 24 hours: a 20 lb 7 oz fully scaled, and mirrors of 18 lb 15 oz and 18 lb 5 oz, on Mainline Essential IB pop-ups.
This is a great time to grab yourself a slice of the action on Bonds, which regularly produces multiple catches of carp to double figures on a variety of methods, from pole to feeder and straight lead to waggler.
Pete Shepherd landed 18 carp to 13 lb from peg 3 on feeder and pellets, while Alan Derbyshire had a change from his usual Milton Lake and caught 12 carp to 9 lb from peg 15, on mini wafters and boilies cast tight to the island.
The tench have really switched on in recent days on Milton Lake, and father and son Martin and Alfie Swieton took advantage.
The pair shared a 19-tench catch, along with a bream, two crucians, a rudd and three perch, fishing pegs 12 and 13, with meat legered towards the island, or on float fished maggots in the margins.