Old Lake Latest Catches week ending 4/11/18
For carp and bream anglers, the start of November often brings a slowdown in sport as the first proper frosts take effect, and the fish adjust to the drop in temperature.
After an October feed-up before the frosts arrive, there is usually a period of adjustment as the fish get their appetite back.
Thankfully the first really cold spell is often short-lived and soon replaced with milder weather, winter still being some weeks away, and this helps encourage fish to return to feeding, at least until the next big dip, though the second set of frosts usually don’t have the same shock value.
The Beddington club contest in midweek followed that first run of proper frosts, and preceded the change to milder south-westerlies and a return to positive values overnight.
So anglers struggled for fish, and 24 lb was enough to win it for Terry Harrison, who fished a feeder and 6 mm pellets with yellow dumbbells at peg 15, reporting that pole failed to produce a bite.
Don Garnish was second with 22 lb from peg 35, ahead of Bob Clampit with a smaller 22 lb, and there were other 22s in a close frame on a difficult day.
A couple of years ago a late-October Hackbridge AS contest was won with 27 bream, and then one week later the top weights were halved to 51 lb, before the fish got used to the change.