The Match Canal: Terry Merchant caught 10 carp on a variety of baits. Ken Merchant caught 8 carp and a bream on luncheon meat. Alfred caught 15 carp on pellets. The final day of the week long summer coaching coarse was held here on Friday with lots of fish being caught by all the students, the most notable catch of the day was a 14lb+ common caught by Luke Chase on the pole after an exhausting 30 minute battle, well done Luke, and well done to all the students. The Cains and Allens annual family match was fished on the canal and for the eigth year running the Cains won again, the winnig weight went to Martin Cain with 106lb, with a consolation for Brenda Allen of having the biggest fish at 13lb8oz. BALIFFS TIP: Setting up a shallow pole rig and feeding little and often can be very producive in the warmer weather when fishing on the bottom is slow. The margins fish very well in the evenings.
Becks Lake: Chris caught 5 carp to 19lbs on cell boilies. Dan Berridge caught a 21lb mirror and 15lb common on poloni. Mike caught 2 carp to 12lbs, and 2 bream to 10lbs on cell boilies. Kyle caught a 15lb8oz common onkrill boilies. Bryan Green caught a 12lb carp and 4lb bream on krill wafters. Nathan Porter caught a 20lb common on tangerine boilies. Valdas caught 3 carp to 15lbs and 2 bream on cell pop-ups. Gavin caught a 16lb mirror on cell boilies. Phil Boyland caught 3 carp to 17lb on urban baits nutcracker. BALIFFS TIP: The shallow area at the A1 end of the lake around the reeds has been fishing well. Large catches can be achived without using huge quantity of bait - fishing tight to the island is a good way to fish in the warm weather.
Winters Lake: Luke Hollis caught a 23lb8oz common and 18lb1oz mirror on pop-ups. Chris Hayward caught 10 carp to 28lb1oz including 6 20lb+ fish, fishing with solid pva bags. Jimmy caught a 21lb12oz common on boilies. James Wallace caught a 26lb8oz common on cell boilies. Sam caught a 24lb2oz mirror on a mainline baits boilie. Chris caught a 24lb6oz common on cell boilies. Geoff caught a 26lb8oz mirror on code red boilies. BALIFFS TIP: The fish on Winters tend to be quite nomadic and dont stay in one area for very long, casting to showing fish is very effective but with the recent weather and the tendacy of the fish to move away from angling pressure large beds of are not bringing many if any more bites than single hookbaits.
Blunham Lake: Malcolm caught 2 commons to 15lbs on halibut pellets. Dave caught a 7lb common using luncheon meat. Brian White caught 2 carp up to 12lb fishing in the margin using pellet and also on the surface using mixer. BALIFFS TIP: The margins on Blunham are very productive in the evening, keep baitng these areas through the day and fish elewhere untill later in the day when the tempreture starts to cool and the margin spots come into play.
Damsel Lake: Dave caught 12 carp to 17lb8oz and 5 bream on cell boilies with fake corn. Lee caught27 carp to 20lb1oz on cell boilies. Alan Cope caught 5 bream to 5lbs on feeder tactics. Geoff Cope caught 6 bream to 5lbs on feeder tactics. Mr and Mrs Taylor caught 11 carp to 20lbs on a variety of boilies. Danny caught 4 carp to 23lbs on mad baits wicked whites. Billy Wright caught 4 carp up to 16lb 8oz usig nash coconut cream boilies. Brian Morgan caught 4 carp to 15lb using a pineapple pop-up. BALIFFS TIP: Damsel can be a very good surface fishing lake, try soaking mixers in sunflower oil to flatten off the surface of the water and combat the ripple which can make surface fishing difficult. The margins produce a lot of carp on Damsel, so if you are struggling to locate fish look out for the large marginal features that hold carp.
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