Bigg Hit of new fish

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FRESH stocks have bol­stered sev­eral al­ready pro­lific lakes con­trolled by Big­gleswade & Hitchin AA on the Cambs/Beds bor­der.

Cru­cians take top billing at Grace Lake, at Sandy, with 1,200 of the chubby golden beau­ties and 100 tench re­cently in­tro­duced by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency.

Carp from the renowned VS Fish­eries have gone into two of the club’s premier wa­ters – 32 fish to 13 lb join­ing leg­endary res­i­dents, in­clud­ing 40 lb­plussers Moon­scale, Clone,

Big Lin and The Brown Fish at Gin­ger­bread Lake, and eight young dou­bles join­ing Swan Lake’s ex­ist­ing stock, which is topped by 15 dif­fer­ent 30s.

McGre­gor Lake, well stocked in past years and now ot­ter­fenced, has been pro­duc­ing good num­bers of dou­bles and 20 lb-plus carp, backed by qual­ity bream, tench, roach,

pinkies and hemp can also work well. Light lure kit scor­ing for the preda­tors. Chopped worm and cast­ers for the tench and bream.

River Wel­land

Where? Mar­ket Deep­ing, Lin­colnshire, PE6 8EN. Day tick­ets £5. Deep­ing St James AC mem­ber­ship £30.

Tel: 07901 990445.

What’s be­ing caught? Lots of roach with oc­ca­sional dace and some qual­ity perch show­ing in the steep-banked town cen­tre stretches near to Mor­risons. Oc­ca­sional chub, larger roach and bream fur­ther up­stream on Stam­ford Mead­ows.

Tac­tics? Pole, wag­gler or light stick float with pinkies, bread punch or mag­gots for the roach. Try twitch­ing lob­worms on a light bomb rig for the perch. Bread flake or cheesep­a­ste for the chub. rudd, hy­brids and pike.

The club also con­trols stretches of the Great Ouse and River Ivel. I’m de­lighted to high­light their op­por­tu­ni­ties again, af­ter they have been un­der the radar for a long time.

Lizzy’s. Leg­ered hi-viz pop-ups or wafters for the spec­i­men carp on Laura’s.

Hin­der­clay Lakes

Where? Rick­ing­hall, Suf­folk, IP22 1HG. Day tick­ets £7 one rod; £9 two rods. Tel: 01379 890110, or to book week­ends on Spring Lake call Stu­art Platt on 07787 521851.

What’s be­ing caught? Skim­mers to 2 lb, roach, oc­ca­sional carp and good num­bers of perch of 1-2 lb from Reed Pool and Wil­liam and Florence Lakes. Jack Da­mant won a re­cent Open with 33 lb 10 oz of skim­mers from peg 12 on Wil­liam, pip­ping Dave Rat­cliffe with 30 lb 10 oz of perch and a bonus carp from Florence peg 5. Vet­eran John Odey topped a match on Lake Arthur with 51 lb of carp to dou­bles. Spring Lake of­fers larger carp to 20 lb-plus.

BHAA adult mem­ber­ship is £70, with fam­ily, con­ces­sion­ary and night tick­ets avail­able. For the full low­down, visit their web­site and Face­book page, or call mem­ber­ship sec­re­tary Neil Samp­son on 01234 340062.

Tac­tics? Pole with soft pel­lets, cast­ers, mag­gots or corn for the skim­mers and roach on Reed and Wil­liam. Chopped worm for perch on Florence. Bomb and bread or corn stacks for carp on Arthur. Boilies best on Spring.

Jack Ro­den with a Suf­folk Wa­ter Park 20 lb-plus com­mon carp. Suf­folk Wa­ter Park Where? Bram­ford, Suf­folk, IP8 4JS. Multi-lake com­plex with on-site tackle shop and restau­rant. Big Lake tick­ets up to £48 for 24 hours in book­able swims, three rods max. Cheaper day tick­ets from £10 for the other lakes. Tel: 01473 832327.


Big Lake pro­duced mir­ror carp of 30 lb 4 oz and 22 lb for Tim Smith dur­ing a two-day ses­sion. Jack­son Crowe mat­ted a

23 lb com­mon. Tra­di­tional Lake and Match Lake 1 also of­fer big carp, Jack Ro­den bank­ing a 20 lb-plus com­mon on a re­cent visit. Skim­mers feed­ing well on Match 1, Alan Tuck win­ning a re­cent match with 25 lb 4 oz at peg 29.

Boilies on the deck or pop-ups pre­sented up to 3 ft off bot­tom worth try­ing for the carp on Big and Trad Lakes. Method feeder with dead red mag­gots, pel­lets or corn best on Match 1.


What’s be­ing caught? Tac­tics?

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