Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area - Week Ending 28th March 2022

Here is all this week's news and catch reports from Luton Angling Club. Submit your catch reports from our waters via our Website or social media pages as every picture sent in is automatically entered into our monthly photo competition and you could win £25.

Existing members will be contacted this week with an invitation to renew their membership. Existing members are given priority for a month before the remaining membership books go on sale to new members on 1st May.

Grand Union Canal 
Bailiff Michael Wilkins has had a couple of sessions on the cut on the first session he had 13 skimmers/bream for 26lb all on waggler fished bread punch. Only one roach though. It's the first time he has fished it in the winter for a few years.

He didn't have one bite at 7.5 metres where he had expected to catch roach.

But a 2BB waggler and a 20 hook to 0.08 hooklink and double 6mm punch made it a good day and he said there is nothing better than catching on the waggler.

On his second session this time on a different section. Although still no roach where he usually finds them at 7.5 metres he did have 4 bream on the waggler and punch for 11lb 6oz. 2 of the bream were about 4lb each. 

He didnt have many bites and the wind was awkward being right to left and into his face which made casting difficult at times and a caused a few tangles.
Beckerings Reservoir 
The reservoir is now closed for a week or two for some important maintenance work to be carried out. The lock on the gate has been changed to prevent access. We'll closely monitor the progress of the work and will re-open as soon as possible.

Darren Savage had a great day on Beckerings catching a mega bag of Roach weighing 27lb, His total weight would have been well over 30lb but he didn't net and weigh the first half a dozen fish. They were all caught on waggler with a size 16 hook 3lb mainline and double red maggot as bait. Many of the fish were over the 1lb mark.
South Lagoon Wyboston 
Paul Webb has been doing well on the South Lagoon recently catching a good number of decent sized Perch and he also had a nice Tench.
Janusz Kansik had a pristine looking Pike weighing 18lb 5oz from the South Lagoon at Wyboston earlier this afternoon.
North House Work Party 
We'll be at North House Lake on Saturday and Sunday [2nd & 3rd April] next week to make some improvements to the otter fence. Members are encouraged to attend and lend a hand. Bring pliers and wire cutters if you have them.

LAC Wednesday Match Group 
This week's Luton AC Wednesday match saw 10 anglers arrive at the Grand Union Canal at Bragenham Side, Stoke Hammond.

They were greeted by a warm sunny spring morning and blue skies with the forecast warning that temperatures of 20 degrees could be on the cards.  Some were already regretting that they had not packed the sunblock!  

Steve Lathwell and Dudley Frankland had arrived early in order to peg the venue and had engaged a 'local' in conversation who made encouraging remarks about the section we were about to fish.  

The Canal looked a good colour and expectations were high.  Not long after the 'all in', it soon became clear that it was going to be a difficult day with bites at a premium.  Despite the unusually warm spring weather, the water was very cold.  The recent works at Three Locks were finished and boat traffic, which had been backing up for some weeks, was now on the move in both directions. 

Richard 'camera shy' Darbon on end peg 10 continued where he left off last week by once again taking first place. Richard fished a whip down the track loose feeding pinkies and alternating pinkie and big maggot on the hook saw him bring seven skimmer bream to the net for a weight of 4lbs 10ozs.  

In second place Dudley Frankland had a slow start on the pole taking two small roach before switching to a small feeder in the last hour and a half, tempting three good perch on worm hookbait for 3lb 15ozs 8 drms.  

In third place Richard Gibbs fished the small feeder all day managing two perch and a skimmer for 1lb 15ozs, with worm and dead reds as hookbait.

Thanks to Steve Lathwell and Dudley Frankland for doing the pegging, and thanks to newcomer to the Wednesday group Les Burton for assisting brother Ray and Terry Vickers with the weigh in. Les enjoyed his first day out with us and we hope to see him again soon.

Next week sees the Wednesday group fish Alders Farm

1/ Richard 'camera shy' Darbon  4 - 10 - 0
2/ Dudley Frankland                    3 - 15 -8
3/ Richard Gibbs                         1 - 15 - 0
4/ Ray Burton                              1 - 5  - 0
5/ Steve Lathwell                         0 -13 - 0

Chris Howard, Barry Roper, Malcolm Ogden, Terry Vickers and Les Burton had a challenging day and failed to get a bite.
That's all for this week.

Tight Lines 
Dave M
Luton AC 

Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area - Week Ending 20th March 2022

Here is the latest news and catch reports from Luton Angling Club week ending 20th March 2022.

Please send in pictures and catch reports from Luton AC waters as they are all automatically entered into our monthly competition, It is judged at the end of each month by the Luton AC committee and its not always the biggest fish that wins so well worth sending in all your catch pictures. Pictures can be submitted via our facebook page, website or Whats App to 07940 229071.

Monday was the last day of the river fishing season and anglers are reminded that fishing is not permitted at any of our river venues until the 16th June. All of our canal sections and stillwaters remain open year round.
North House Lake
Paul Sweet fished overnight at North House on Saturday and was woken early morning by this 20lb 5oz mirror which we have identified as Stockie 14 which was stocked at 6lb 4oz in October 2017. The 21 C3s we stocked back then all seem to be growing on at a phenomenal rate and are some stunning looking fish.
Beckerings Reservoir
Amer Jawad continued his quest for Roach at Beckerings this week but found the conditions tougher and bites harder to come by although the end result was what I would consider a good days fishing with a couple of cracking roach amongst a few other fish. Amer mentioned there were also a few carp crashing about around pegs 13-15.
For anyone interested Amer recently wrote an interesting article on Bream fishing at Beckerings and this can be found on the All-Round Angler website

Wednesday Match Group
Match Report, Wednesday 16th March Town South (The wet one!)
13 members of the Wednesday group met by the White Bridge on the Canal this week for the draw. The weather was overcast, with little wind and a temperature of 10 degrees with heavy rain forecast later.
The Canal was a much better colour, and fished better than two weeks ago, no longer being a deep mahogany colour. The weather stayed fine until 12:30, when the torrential rain started, and continued until the end of the match ensuring everything was thoroughly wet by the time we packed away.
Dave Abbot had a bite first drop in on bread punch and hooked a decent Bream which then threw the hook, Dennis Hunt had a roach that was weighed at 11oz on caster over groundbait.
Richard Darbon pegged on the far side of the Black bridge had a good day taking a roach that was estimated at over a pound, together with two big skimmers, and bits to weigh in over 6lbs using pinkies over groundbait.
Chris Howard fishing punch put a decent net of roach and skimmers together for 4lb 11oz. Barry Roper had two perch and skimmers for 3lb 15oz on pinkies.
One of the nice things about the catches today were the numbers of larger canal roach showing, together with some big perch. The quality of the pictures is not great this week due to the heavy rain and water on the lens!
1st Richard Darbon 6lb 2oz
2nd Chris Howard 4lb 11oz
3rd Barry Roper 3lb 15oz
4th Dudley Frankland 3lb 12oz
5th Steve Lathwell 2lb 2oz
6th Terry Vickers 1lb 14oz
7th Dennis Hunt 1lb 11oz
8th Dave Abbott 1lb 9oz
9th Roger Baker 15oz
10th Tony Hickmott 14oz
11th Bart Bonito 8oz
12th Ray Burton 7oz
13 Trevor Bunnage DNW packed up early (appx 3lb tipped back).
Next Wednesday we will fish the GUC at Braggenham side, draw by the Bridge at 8.30 and fish from 10.30 till 3.30 with £1.00 Luton peg fee £5.00 optional pools
Luton AC Annual General Meeting
Club Members are invited to attend the club's annual general meeting at 8pm on Tuesday 24th March 2022. It will be held at Stopsley Working Mens Club, 3 Putteridge Road, Luton, LU2 8HG there is a bar and free parking on site.

That's all for this week.

Tight Lines

Dave M
Luton AC

Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area - Week Ending 13th March 2022

Here is this weeks news and catch reports from Luton Angling Club. The winner of the February photo competition was Craig Mahoney with his 24lb Common Carp from Beckerings.
Send in pictures of any fish caught from Luton AC waters as they are all automatically entered into our monthly competition, It is judged at the end of each month by the Luton AC committee and its not always the biggest fish that wins so well worth sending in all your catch pictures. Pictures can be submitted via our facebook page, website or Whats App to 07940 229071.

Our annual general meeting will be held at Stopsley Working Mens Club, 3 Putteridge Road, Luton, LU2 8HG on Thursday 24th March at 8pm. There is free parking on site and a bar is available. Club members are invited to attend. There is lots to discuss as we haven't been able to hold one for the last 2 years. We look forward to seeing you there. Please bring your membership book!

Close Season on Rivers
A reminder to all anglers that the traditional close season on Rivers runs from 15th March to 15th June (inclusive). This applies to all rivers including the ones we have fishing rights to. Our Canals and Still waters are open year round. 

Biddenham River Ouse
Fergal O Kane fished the River for his last time before the closed season comes into effect and managed 3 jack pike along with a few dace.

Beckerings Reservoir
Amer Jawad is loving Beckerings at the moment and had another haul of his target - 2lb+ Roach and also a huge bream which he said was great fun on the light gear he was using.
Neil Cox did a 48hr session over the weekend and managed to catch 3 nice sized carp. There was a cold south westerly wind when he arrived so he thought he would fish on the back of it. This paid off as he had a cracking mirror of 25lb and a smaller mirror at 19lb 15oz followed by a nice common at 03.30 Sunday morning at 20lb 2oz. All fish were caught on a new bait he is testing for Madbaits.
South Lagoon
Wojciech Weremij caught a nice 13lb 10oz pike yesterday at South Lagoon
Wednesday Match Report
Wednesday 9th March
How End Fishery
The Wednesday group had to change the match venue again this week, as due to the heavy rain since the start of the month we were worried about the river being unfishable. It was a shame we couldn’t get on the river at the end of the season but after speaking to our Bailiffs we decided to change and opted to go to one of the local commercial fisheries instead and decided on How End.
We had a couple of or members disappointed as they were unable to come because of illness, but 14 fished this week on what was possibly the warmest spring day of the year so far. It was great to see Simon Pavey out with us, recovering after his recent illness.
Fishing started slowly but as the day warmed more fish began to show.
Roger Baker fishing maggot on a pole took the largest perch he had ever seen in more than 60 years fishing at 3lb 8oz and couldn’t take the beaming smile off his face for the rest of the day.
Ray Burton who has only been fishing for just over a year and is recently back from holiday had a great day taking his first Tench, Barbel, and Carp, and was also made up with his catch.
Steve Lathwell had a flyer peg and took Barbel, Carp, Ide, and Skimmers to weigh 28 lb 5oz. Dave Britton weighed in 23lb 8oz for second and Simon Pavey weighed in 15lb 12oz despite breaking two very pricy pole sections, which made an expensive day.
Everyone really enjoyed the day out in great weather, and thanks must go to Phil Stone at How End for helping us change the venue at short notice and use Yasi’s’ lake this week.
We are back at this venue again in May.
1st Steve Lathwell
28lb 5oz
2nd Dave Britton
23lb 8oz
3rd Simon Pavey
15lb 12oz
4th Richard Gibbs
15lb 4 oz
5th Dudley Frankland
11lb 0oz
6th Ray Burton
9lb 8oz
7th Colin Macbeth & Steve Osmond
9lb 2oz
8th Richard Darbon
8lb 14oz
9th Chris Howard
8lb 10oz
10th Roger Baker
5lb 4oz
11th Dennis Hunt
4lb 8oz
12th Tony Hickmott
3lb 5oz
13 Malcolm Ogden
2lb 12oz
Next Wednesday we will fish the GUC at Town South, draw by the White Bridge at 8.30 fish, 10.30 till 3.30 with £1.00 Luton peg fee £5.00 optional pools
That's all for this week

Tight Lines

Dave M
Luton AC

Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area - Week Ending 6th March 2022

Here is all this week's news and catch reports from Luton Angling Club. Please send in your catch reports from Luton AC waters via our social media pages, Upload via our website or send pictures via WhatsApp to 07940 229071. Remember all catch photos submitted are automatically entered into our monthly photo competition and the winner is chosen at the end of each month by the Luton AC committee. February's winner will be announced in the next few days.

Beckerings Reservoir
We were blown away by the report from Amer Jawad this week, Amer has been fishing for 40 years and remembers his first fish as if it was yesterday, That fish was a magical little Roach. His trip this week was as equally memorable as he managed to catch some superb roach and certainly three of the biggest we have had reported from the reservoir with a combined weight of almost 9lb!! The biggest fish was 3lb 4oz, then 3lb 1oz and the smallest of the three 2lb 10oz. The smallest one on the mat was 2lb. Totally amazing!

Towards the end of March it will be necessary for us to close the reservoir for Day and Night Fishing for around a week. This is to allow for some maintenance work to be carried out around the reservoir by an external contractor. We will announce the closure date as soon as we have a confirmed start date for the work. 


It is likely that we will not accept any night bookings between 21/03/22 and 01/04/22 and the venue will be closed for a period during this timeframe the dates and duration may change depending on weather and the progress of the works. The gate will be locked for the duration of the works and members are asked not to access the venue while it is closed.


We will obviously monitor progress of the work and will re-open the lake as soon as we can.

North House Lake
Brian Turner and Barry Emery fished a 24 hour session at North House on Monday Brian lost a fish and Barry had a screaming run which didn't connect during the night. It did not stop raining once during their session. Following a recent Angling trust presentation online recently on Tuesday members of the committee met with Jake Davoile who is a fisheries management adviser for the angling trust to walk round and assess the otter fence. Jake has given us some recommendations for some small but needed improvements which we will carry out as soon as possible to ensure the best possible level of protection

Brian Turner also informed me that some of the 30 carp that were introduced to the lake in November are now starting to get caught. If you do catch any of these please send in the weight and pictures so we are able to monitor their progress.

South Lagoon Wyboston
Mark Brooks and Myself along with Bailiff Brian Turner continued the work to remove the fallen tree in Peg 18. Armed with waders and a new winching cable we managed to remove the large section of tree from the water. The peg is now completely clear.

Match Report, Wednesday 2nd March GUC Cooks Wharf

The Wednesday group had to change the match venue this week and fished at Cooks Wharf. Twelve anglers met to fish in the car park for our draw on what was a cold, dank morning with drizzle in the air. We drew and set off down a very muddy towpath and navigated the obstacle of the towpath under bridge 125 the main west coast rail line. The state of the towpath here has been reported to CRT again as its far short of expected standards, and the worst towpath on any Luton section.

The Canal was extremely full and the water cold, with a deep chocolate colour after the recent rain, initially the surface being glass calm. Those pegged in the cutting before the swing bridge narrows also had to contend with floating debris from the recent storms, which because we only had one boat movement all day didn’t move very far. As we started to fish the wind increased a little and soon the heavier drizzle started. It was defiantly going to be a hard day with anglers fishing for bites, which were at a premium. Around midday the heavier rain started to fall making conditions even more challenging.

The currently in form Dudley Frankland started by feeding liquidised bread and followed up with a piece of punch which was taken first drop by a bream. This was followed by a bream and a perch during the day, for Dudley to take first place with 3lb 8oz. Terry Vickers fished a waggler baited with double pinkie to take a nice perch of 2lb 4oz.

Richard Darbon managed to find a few fish for 1lb 5oz. Dennis Hunt had one roach for 4 oz which took a Pinkie on a size 24 fine wire hook taken just as the water started to move before the boat went through.

Lee Newson takes the prize for the greatest number of fish caught on the day. Using a 0.1 Gram float and size 26 hook and single Squatt he managed 20 blade roach for 3oz, truly fine fishing to avoid DNW.

1st Dudley Frankland 3lb 8oz
2nd Terry Vickers 2lb 4oz
3rd Richard Darbon 1lb 5ox
4th Steve Lathwell 5oz
5th Dennis Hunt 4oz
6th Lee Newson 3oz

Malcolm Ogden, Tony Hickmott, Dave Britton, Steve Osmond, Roger Baker and Barry Roper DNW

Next Wednesday we have again had to change venue as unfortunately we don’t believe the river will be fishable and we are now going to fish Yasis’ Lake at How End and have 17 pegs available so notification of attendance is essential to avoid disappointment.

You must adhere to fishery rules on bait and nets. Fishery gates open at 8, draw at 8.30 cost is £8.00 peg, fish 10 till 3 with £1.00 Luton peg fee £5.00 optional pool

Club AGM
If you are a club member - Don't forget the club Annual General meeting will be held at Stopsley Working Mens Club, 3 Putteridge Road, Luton, LU2 8HG on Thursday 24th March 2022 from 8pm, Car Parking is available and there is also a bar.

We are also intending to provide some crisps, sandwiches and cakes for those that attend.We have not held an AGM since 2019 due to COVID-19 so there is a lot to catch up on. We hope club members are able to attend. Please remember to bring your membership book as it is required for you to be able to vote.

That's all for this week please keep sending in your catch reports.

Tight Lines

Luton AC