April kicks off with big fish bonanza

The new record common from Bedfordshire's Manor FarmSpring has kicked off with a clutch of big frish from around the country ranging from monster carp to a double figure bream taken by a Midlands schoolboy fishing for roach and rudd!

At Biggleswade's Manor Farm Leisure in Bedfordshire, the fishery's Carp Lake record was smashed in mid-April when Mr Fitzgibbons of Baldock landed a 34lb 4oz common (right).

The new record fell to a 10mm fruit-flavoured pop-up fished over a mix of hemp and pellet. The fish was landed about 7.30pm in the evening and smashes the previous record of a 32lb common caught last October.

Other good catches at Manor Farm during April include a 25lb, a 26lb and others over 20lbs. Best baits are small 10mm boilies including NRG, Source, Fusion and popup sweetcorn with method mix.

13-years-old Scott Travis and his double figure breamAt Solihull's 21-acre Barston Lakes, part of the new West Midlands Gold Club, 13-years-old Scott Travis from Cubbington, near Leamington in Warwickshire took what is thought to be the Barston's biggest ever bream when he landed this superb 10lb 8oz specimen (left).

Fishing a 4lb line and Size 16 hook baited with a single bronze maggot, Scott was float fishing for whatever he could catch when the big slab took his bait.

Scott said afterwards: "I'd caught a few roach and rudd but knew I'd hooked something big as soon as I struck. I haven't stopped talking about it since because it even beats my dad's personal best!"

Dave King with his 30lb 2oz mirror from Bury HillFollowing the recent big fish catches on Temple, Bury Hill's old lake has suddenly burst into life producing its first 30s of 2005 and a string of 20s.

The fist 30 was taken by regular Dave King who fished peg 20 along the front bank. Dave decided to place one of his rods out towards the point of the island into about four feet of water.

Fishing a Size 8 barbless hook with a single Nash 15mm Tangy Squid boilie with a stringer, Dave hooked his new 30lb 2oz personal best at around 12.30pm and brought it to the net after 30 minutes during which the fish made a series of long powerful runs.

Paul Pitchley with his 30lb 1oz Ghost from Bury HillJust a few days later, Bury Hill regular Paul Pitchley landed 'The Ghost' at 30lb 1oz as part of a three-fish haul from Temple.

Following a downturn in the weather, Paul was undecided where to set up for his four day session, eventually choosing deep water peg 10. With just one fish to show for his efforts after two days - a pretty 22lb 7oz mirror which fell to a single Fusion bait fished out to the monk - Paul decided to move to the other end of the lake on peg 14.

From the off the signs were good as Paul landed a large scaled mirror weighing 27lb 14oz which was taken from between the islands on a double 14mm Icelandic Red fished in conjunction with a PVA bag and broken boilies and pellet. Fishing a single Fusion boilie, also with a PVA bag and bait towards the island off peg 13, Paul struck into 'The Ghost' the following day.

The fish, which took over 20 minutes to land, weighed 23lb 9oz when it was stocked in December 2003 and was first caught by Keith Pepper at 30lb 6oz last November.

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