This weeks latest catches week ending 23/9/18
• Nemo banked at near-record weight
• 44 lb 1 oz fish for Tony Sawyers, after 2015 weight uncertainty
• Three other Temple 30s banked as storm stirs fish into action
• 75 lb of bream wins Old Lake midweeker
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THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
A busy week of action on Temple has been crowned with the capture of the lake’s biggest fish, Nemo, at a near-record weight of 44 lb 1 oz.
Bailiff Tony Sawyers banked the famous carp, to finally get a definite weight for his capture of it, after uncertainty in May 2015.
Back then, Tony’s digital scales read a then-record 43 lb 12 oz, but he assumed that they hadn’t been zeroed, so deducted the sling and settled for 39 lb 5 oz, finding out later that they had.
But there was no mistake this time, and the 44 lb 1 oz is just 10 oz short of the fishery record, set last May by Chris Spencer.
Tony braved high winds and rain for his session, conditions which often provoke a feeding spell among big carp everywhere, and in the same week there were three ‘thirties’ from Temple, as prime conditions combined with the traditional feed-up that the cooler autumn weather always brings.
Jose Garcia banked a 31 lb 7 oz common, and Mark Savage and Ray Harding both landed fish of 31 lb 6 oz.
There was also plenty of action on the Old Lake, a 75 lb 8 oz bag of bream winning the Wednesday Open contest for Mark Hathway, and up to 11 Old Lake carp per angler, Mark Reynolds landing fish to 18 lb from peg 3 on an overnighter.
After the recent winds and heavy rain, it looks like being a bright and very sunny week of light winds, due to the high pressure brought by Tuesday evening’s bright and golden Harvest Moon, with temperatures reaching a high of 20 degrees C by day, but with some chilly nights well into single figures due to the lack of cloud, and the wind direction is likely to move round to the east towards the end of the week, though only moderate in strength. Monday is likely to be the coolest day, with a top temperature of 14 degrees, but followed by the coldest night, of just 4 degrees, and Tuesday is expected to be only slightly warmer, at 15 and also very sunny, followed by a slightly milder night at 7 degrees. Wednesday should be warmer still, at 18, and very sunny, and 8 overnight into Thursday, which is expected to be the warmest day at 20, and also very sunny. Cloud in the evening should keep the overnight temperature at 10, leading into a mixture of sunshine and cloud for Friday and 16, but with 7 overnight into a Saturday of 15, and seven on Saturday night into 15 on Sunday. Winds should start as lightish north-westerlies on Monday, becoming southerly but very light overnight into Tuesday on the Full Moon. There’s more south-westerly to the wind on Wednesday, but it should still be light, and the same on Thursday, before Friday’s switch to moderate-to-strong north-easterlies, falling lighter as the weekend arrives and becoming north-westerlies for Sunday. So, pleasant conditions to be outdoors by day, but becoming chilly in the evenings.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
The recent windy weather got the Old Lake fish feeding, it taking 75 lb to win the midweek match, and up to 11 carp being landed by pleasure anglers.
Mark Hathway led the way in the Wednesday contest with 75 lb 8 oz of bream on feeder or pole at peg 2.
Second was Keith Hogg with 70 lb from peg 1, on cage feeder and maggots, ahead of Dave Johnson with 65 lb 4 oz on pole, and Norman Youldon with 50 lb on pole, the lowest weight being 25 lb.
On the carp scene, Mark Reynolds had a busy overnighter at peg 3, landing 11 carp to 18 lb, which was a mirror, on 15 and 18 mm Sticky Baits Bloodworm boilies over a scattering of free offerings to the far bank.
Hugh Bonser, from Leatherhead, also did an overnighter, and his five fish from peg 32 included a 20 lb 5 oz common, all on 15 mm Mainline Fusion boilies tight to the island over free offerings.
And Andrew Jones, from Wimbledon, landed four carp on a day session at peg 33, including two ‘twenties’, at 24 lb 4 oz and 20 lb 2 oz, both mirrors, along with commons to 16 lb.
Andrew was using 18 mm Nash Scopex Squid bottom baits in snowman presentations with pink buoyant corn on top in open water half way across.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
It’s surprising how often a spell of wet and windy weather gets carp on the feed, and usually it is the biggest fish that are spurred into action.
Last week’s strong south-westerly winds led to the capture of Nemo at 44 lb 1 oz by Tony Sawyers, at 5.30am in some difficult weather conditions, and there were also three ‘thirties’ banked..
Tony was fishing peg 1 with 14 mm JHBaits Nuti-B boilies over a scattering of whole and cut-up baits in the left-hand margin of the island.
He caught Nemo back in spring 2015, at a weight that could have been 39 lb 5 oz or 43 lb 12 oz, though this latest capture has settled any uncertainty on that score.
This is the first reported capture of Nemo since the end of May, when Dan McGinnis landed the fish at 43 lb, just a few days after Joshua Knight did the same.
Nemo’s biggest weight is 44 lb 11 oz, to Chris Spencer in early May this year, having previously been at a top weight just after the Christmas break in 2015 of 43 lb 3 oz, to Martin Goddard on his second visit to Temple.
At this time last year, Nemo weighed 42 lb 15 oz, falling to Karl Jansen, giving him his first UK ‘forty’, having been landed in June of that year at 43 lb 1 oz by new member Luke Luff.
The captors of the 30 lb fish caught last week were Jose Garcia with a 31 lb 7 oz common and a 21 lb 6 oz fully scaled on a day session at peg 14, on home-made 15 mm Toffee and Coconut boilies, using PVA bags of six free offerings and loose offerings, cast a metre from the island.
Also, Mark Savage landed a 31 lb 6 oz mirror after moving swims to peg 11, using a Nash Candy Nut Crush pop-up to the old pads area in front of peg 10.
And Ray Harding also banked a 31 lb 6 oz fish, his a mirror, from peg 6, on an 18 mm Mainline Cell bottom bait in open water over a scattering of free offerings where he’d spotted a flat spot caused by a fish disturbing oily feed on the bottom.
Jordan Jeffrey landed a 24 lb 12 oz common, and Tony Watson, from Biggin Hill, had a 22 lb common and a 20 lb mirror from peg 30, on 15 mm krill bottom baits and PVA mesh bags of free offerings in open water.
And brothers Andy and Dave Hall both enjoyed action during their 24-hour session, Dave banking his first Temple carp, a 21 lb common, from peg 6, while Andy had a fully scaled of 21 lb 12 oz from peg 9, on pop-ups and wafters.
Sam Sawyers has sent in pictures of his fish reported last week, a 32 lb 4 oz common and fully scaleds of 26 lb and 18 lb 2 oz.
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Bonds has been in great form this summer, as indicated by how popular it has been, often the first lake to fill up on warm weekend days.
One of the great attractions about Bonds is how a variety of tactics work, meaning visitors can fish in a way that they enjoy and still catch plenty of fish.
Pole or feeder, straight lead or waggler, or pellet waggler up in the water with bait fired over the top all work well, and the fish keep on the move, giving lots of anglers a slice of the action.
Milton Lake is the place to head for if you want tench, bream, crucians and roach, along with a chance of a bonus carp, either on waggler with a running line, or pole close in or up against the lily pads, where fish can often be lined up with a little-and-often loosefeeding approach using small baits.