Fish turn up in gales and ice but anglers in no-show

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By Darren Reed

The last couple of weeks has seen the weather completely change: gale force winds, rain snow and ice have all been present during the last fortnight.

It seems very odd that some of the anglers that have ventured out during the worst conditions have actually found some feeding fish.

Other anglers have chosen to stay in the confines of the warm homes and wait for the weather to settle rather than take a chance.

Anglers have found skimmers to nearly 2lb and quality roach on Ten Mile Bank. Modney Bridge to the Chapel has been worth a few fish, on the tip when presenting maggot/ caster hook baits.

Brown’s Farm stretch has also been worth a visit with the odd bream to 4lb, skimmers roach and perch all showing in reported catches. Railway Bridge stretch has also shown a few fish being roach and skimmers to 1lb.

Cut Off Channel is another venue where anglers have been keeping away. Flows have been strong and hard but fish have been recorded, tench to 6lb, bream to 4lb, roach, skimmers and perch have shown during the times anglers have been present on the bank. Tip has again been the more productive method being used.

Jacks have also been reported at the Fordham end, lures and dead baits gaining some success.

No reports have been received from the Middle Level or the Old Bedford.

Little Ouse: Roach, dace and bleak have been showing on the first few pegs when running through a maggot or pinkie on the hook, pole and whip have been used to find a few silvers.

Springside: Despite the lack of anglers carp to 6lb have shown for anglers that have been on the water, roach and rudd also showing when being targeted.

Bread, pinkie maggot and caster have been used as hook baits to tempt the fish into feeding.

Shepherd’s Port, Bear Lake: Carp have still been feeding well despite the conditions, open ended feeder tactics have been working well in finding the carp to 5lb, double red maggot on the hook has been best reported bait.

Shepherd’s Lake: Although ice has been reported on parts of the lake during the colder days, bream to 5lb and carp to 8lb have again been feeding on bream style feeder tactics.

Roach and rudd have also fed when targeted.

Maggot baits have been very rewarding on this lake to.

Klaa news.

KLAA are currently looking for members to join the committee.

If you feel you could give up some time for monthly meetings and to help with ideas on taking the club forward, send an email to club chairman Darrell Watkins with your details and a brief description about yourself and maybe how you feel you could help improve the club.

Email: darrell_watkin67@hotmail.com .