Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area - Bank Holiday Monday 18th April 2022

Here is all this weeks news, information and catch reports from Luton Angling Club.

Membership Renewals 
To guarantee a place for the 2022/23 season all existing members must renew their membership by 30th April 2022. On 1st May 2022 all remaining memberships will go on general sale on a first come first served basis. Please visit  to renew your membership. New members will be able to join from 9am on 1st May 2022. Places will be limited due to high demand.

Beckerings Reservoir
The maintenance work around the reservoir is now complete and we are pleased to announce that at long last we now have the reservoir protected against predation by a purpose built Otter fence. Members must keep gates closed at all times and must not lean any tackle or equipment against the fence.
Neil Cox reports that Tench are being caught at around 4-5lb.

Please be aware that the Wednesday match group are holding their weekly match on Beckerings this week as a result the car park will be extremely busy on Wednesday.

North House Lake
Ethan Griffiths fished a 48hr session and had 9 bites and landed 6 fish. One of the lost fish felt like a very large fish.
Biddenham River Ouse
It may be the closed season on our river venues but the venue bailiffs are still active at the river venues keeping the venues secure and in tip top shape ready for the 16th June. Bailiff Des Saunders set out to replace some rotten boards on one of the bridges at Biddenham but during the work found one of the joists was rotten. He has replaced the joists and boards and the bridge is as good as new. The club has some fantastic bailiffs and volunteers who just crack on and get the jobs done the club is extremely grateful for all their hard work.

Coaching Update
On Saturday the Luton AC Coaches held their first on the bank coaching session of the year for the Club Juniors. It was held on the canal at Three Locks.
The session was well attended and most of the juniors who came have fished with us before and have been improving their skills by attending our classroom sessions that were held throughout the winter.
Everyone caught fish during the day and two of our young anglers had red letter days with some fantastic fish being caught, both had personal best fish that were weighed on verified scales.
Sam Chamberlain landed a Perch of 2lb 6 oz caught using his pole using maggot as bait, and Hugo Hall landed a big hybrid Roach / Bream after a super scrap on his waggler rod using Pinkies and it weighed 3lb 5oz. One of the young ladies also took a nice roach taken on bread punch and liquidised bread
Both Sam and Hugo represented Luton AC when they competed in the CRT Celebration event in Shropshire last September and enjoyed it so much they are already booked to go again this year.
Do you know a junior angler who would like to join the Club and fish with us?
If you do please message us and we'll put you in touch with the coaching team.
Sam Chamberlain - Perch
Hugo Hall - Hybrid

Match Report, Wednesday 13 April
Three Locks to Chelmscote Bridge Section 4A
When this Wednesday we met in the car park at Three Locks we found we had a record Luton turnout of 18 anglers to fish the Inter Club against our friends from Wellingborough, who fielded a team of 9, making a match of 27 Pegs, the largest Luton hosted match for many years.
The was no overnight frost, the morning being mild and overcast. There were some rain showers and drizzle during the day, but not enough to trouble the anglers. The water was holding good colour, but still cold, midday temperature being 12 degrees. As it’s the run up to a Bank holiday there were several boats during the morning, including one extremely large new hull being towed by a Narrowboat, which caused some disturbance.
The fishing is in early spring mode and is still challenging so there were several dry nets among those fishing.
The overall winner was Wellingborough Chairman Ivor Stokes who weighed 9lb 8oz. Ivor lost another two bream and a carp during the day, taking his fish on bread punch. Second overall was Wellingborough’s Steve Rook with 5lb 15oz and third and the first Luton angler was Dave Abbott with 4lb 14oz and then Tony Hickmott with 4lb 5oz. Perch over 2lb were taken, Richard Gibbs taking one on chopped worm, with several anglers reporting lost bream and a carp.
Many thanks to all who helped organising the draw and assisted with the weigh in today, and we hope our guests from Wellingborough enjoyed their day with us as much as we did.
Overall, taking the top 9 results on each side Luton took the day 27lb 8oz to 23lb 5oz
1st Ivor Stokes 9lb 8oz
2nd Steve Rook 5lb 15oz
3rd Dave Abbott 4lb 14oz
4th Tony Hickmott 4lb 5oz
5th Nick (Wellingborough) 4lb 2oz
6th Colin Holmes 4lb 0oz
7th Richard Darbon 3lb 12oz
8th Andy Morris 3lb 7oz
9th Trevor Bunnage & Steve Lathwell 2lb 12oz
10th Terry Vickers 2lb 9oz
11th Dave Burton 2lb 8oz
12th Richard Gibbs 2lb 3oz
13th Dennis Hunt 2lb 1oz
14th Dave Hawby, Colin McBeth & Barry Roper 1lb 14oz
15th Dudley Frankland
16th Bart Bonito 1lb 0oz
17th Chris Howard 0lb 4oz
18th Roger Baker 0lb 10z

Ray Burton, Andy Northgate, Les Burton, Jeff Rice, Graham Prince, Dave Threll all recorded DNW
Next Wednesday its members only, we will fish Beckerings, draw at 8:30 fish, 10:30 till 15:30 with £1.00 Luton peg fee £5.00 optional pools

Andy Morris
Ivor Stokes
Richard Gibbs
Steve Rook
Tony Hickmott

That's all for this week please keep your reports coming in. You can send them in via our social media pages, via the website or via whats app to 07940 229071.

Tight Lines until next week,


Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area - Centenary Edition 10th April 2022

 Luton Angling Club is 100 years old! 

Luton Angling club was formed on 10th April 1922 when a group of local businessmen and professional people formed the society.  The club has been run entirely by volunteers over the 100 year period and credit goes to all those who are currently and previously have been involved with the club over the years. Some of them sadly are no longer with us however their dedication and contribution to the club will never be forgotten. If you have any stories, pictures, news articles or old club memorabilia please share with us on our facebook page.

We have also created a limited edition enamel badge to commemorate our centenary and these will be available via the club website at
Membership Renewals
Don't forget Renewals are now open for existing members. All existing members have priority to renew until 30th April. On 1st May all remaining memberships will go on general sale on a 1st come first served basis.

Beckerings Reservoir
The maintenance work is progressing well at the reservoir and we are now in a position to re-open the reservoir from Monday 11th April. Work is ongoing so please do not obstruct or interfere with any of the work in progress. Please follow directions given by the contractors.
Bailiffs Mark and Rob took advantage of the closure and repaired 2 out of action platforms.

North House Lake
Dave Brown had a red letter session on North House on the 6th and 7th he caught 5 fish in total with John's common at 25lb 8oz being one of them. He also had one of the newest stockies.

Bailiff Warren and Son Ethan Griffiths fished an overnighter on North House Lake and had Tench,Carp and Bream.

Coaching Update
Saturday 9th April saw Luton AC's first lets fish event of the year take place at Three Locks on the Grand Union Canal. The event was fully booked and although the fishing was slow and catches were few and far between the weather was nice and everyone that came along really enjoyed themselves. Thanks to coaches Mark Brooks, Bob Burdiak, Roger Baker and also Vice Chairman/ Secretary Gary Scott who assisted with welcoming and registering the participants.

A nice article was written recently by the mum of one of the Luton Juniors - Hugo Hall. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of all the Let's Fish Coaches. The article can be found on the Canal and River Trust website. See the article here

Wednesday Match Group Report - 6th April 2022
Grand Union Canal - The Globe
This week 16 members of the Wednesday group including some first timers met at The Globe for our weekly match.
The weather had turned slightly warmer since the weekend, but Wednesday started a dull and dampish morning with a gusting breeze. The day was interspersed with sunshine and heavy showers the breeze stiffening and turning very gusty as the day wore on veering in direction.
The canal was holding good colour although the water temperatures are still very low after the recent cold nights, the fish feeling extremely cold.
The heavy gusts made fishing a pole very challenging and fishing over 11 Metres was extremely difficult at and holding the pole was difficult, so anglers fished a variety of methods including feeder.
The larger gusts mead the fishing challenging and several lost hooked fish.
Chris Howard fished a pole Punch on the peg nearest the Pub to take 12lb 8oz of mainly Bream, losing another couple of fish in the wind. Dudley Frankland chose to fish a small feeder with dead reds for bait to weigh 11lb 8oz. Third placed Ash Bunnage fished a pole and weighed in 8lb, using double pinkie, and he also dropped a couple of fish in the wind. Colin MacBeth fished punch on a pole to take 7lb 4oz 8drm unfortunately knocking a real lump of a bream off with the landing net in the wind.
Despite the challenging day all those attending enjoyed the fishing and there were no dry nets.
Many thanks to all who helped organising the draw and assisting with the weigh in this week.
1st Chris Howard 12lb 8oz 8drm
2nd Dudley Frankland 11lb 6oz
3rd Ash Bunnage 8lb
4th Colin McBeth 7lb 4oz 8drm
5th Steve Osmond 6lb 7oz 8drm
6th Dennis Hunt 4lb 6oz
7th Ray Burton 3lb 13oz
8th Tony Hickmott 3lb 2oz
Joint 9th Steve Lathwell & Richard Darbon 3lb 1oz
10th Roger Baker 2lb 15oz 8drm
11th Barry Roper 2lb 8oz
Joint 12th Les Burton & Terry Vickers 1lb 7oz
13th Malcolm Ogden 14oz
14th Andy Norgate caught but DNW
Next Wednesday we will fish the GUC at The Three Locks, An inter Club against our friends from Wellingborough, draw 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 Until Next Week.

Luton AC

Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area - Week Ending 3rd April 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 have now been or will shortly be, contacted 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 the 1st May. Please ensure you renew as soon as possible to guarantee your place for the 2022.23 season as from 1st May 2022 any remaining membership will go on sale to new members on a first come first served basis. Anyone wishing to become a new member is encouraged to visit our website and register their interest and they will be contacted when membership goes on sale on 1st May 2022.

Members are reminded that the Slipe Lane Pits membership expired on 31st March. This is due to their membership year being different to our own.

North House Lake
Warren Griffiths had one of the new North House stockies (stocked in October 2021) last Sunday night. Please let us know if you catch any of the stockies as it's great to monitor their growth and progress.
One of the 2017 stockies was also caught on Saturday at 18lb.

North House Work Party
Improvements as advised by the Angling Trust were carried out to the otter fence and gate at North House Lake on Saturday. Chicken wire has been added to the older section of fence as the openings in the wire although deemed a suitable size way back when the fence was installed are now considered too big. We've added sheet metal to the gate and changed the lock and latch configuration there is now a rod on the inside which can be pushed to release the latch and the lock has been moved higher up and is now easier to lock and unlock.. THE BLACK PADLOCK IS THE MEMBERS LOCK. Thanks go to Mark Brooks, David Murdoch, Bob Burdiak, Neville Hunt, Barry Stevenson, Fergal O'Kane, Roger Bland, Des Saunders and Neil Cox for their help.
Beckerings Reservoir
This venue is currently closed for maintenance and we will re-open as soon as we can hopefully by next weekend. Just before the temporary closure during the spell of nice weather bailiff Mark had a couple of sessions and during the first had a 27lb 3oz mirror off the bottom and then the
next day a 16lb Common off the top.
Luton AC Coaching Team
Four of Luton Angling Clubs’ coaches (Dennis Hunt, Mark Brooks, Richard Gibbs and Roger Baker) had a very different day today assisting the Angling Trust VBS Service and the Environment Agency deliver a educational course on fishing and angling law to 18 Members of the Hertfordshire Constabulary. The Officers both men and women came from across the Hertfordshire rural crime teams. 

The course was hosted at Westbrook Mere, the HQ of Boxmoor Angling Society and our role was to offer some ‘hands on’ fishing experience to the attendees, reinforcing the learning in the classroom.

All those attending said they learnt a lot about angling and all those having a go caught plenty of roach. All the Officers really enjoyed the course and thought the ‘hands on’ session reinforced the learning.

The Coaching Team also made some great contacts, and we understand it's hoped to deliver a similar course in Bedfordshire soon.

Let's Fish Events 2022
The first Luton AC hosted Let's Fish event of 2022 will be held on the Grand Union Canal at Three Locks on 9th April 2022. Learn to fish with our team of professionally qualified and licensed angling coaches. All bait, equipment, permits and licence are provided. All you need to do is book in and turn up on time on the day.  Places are limited on these events and pre-booking is essential. More info on this and other Let's fish events can be found on the Canal and River Trust website.

Wednesday Match Group Report
Wednesday 30th March at Alders Farm
On Wednesday 13 Members of the Wednesday group met at Alders farm to fish Ash Lake, as we were having a day out on one of our local commercial fisheries for a change.
The weather had taken a turn for the worse and after last weeks beautiful warm sunshine we were faced with a dull and dampish morning following a cold night. There was little on no wind to start, and the lake was very calm with hardly a ripple on the surface when we started.
However, as the day progressed the wind picked up and turned northerly giving the day a very cold feel, increasing the ripple.
The anglers fished a variety of methods, feeder, waggler and pole.
The day started slowly but on form Richard Darbon fishing a method feeder was the exception as he lost a fish first cast and had another soon after. Maggot and pellet proved the dominant bait for most.
Most of the field were catching after 30 to 40 minutes but after a short golden spell the wind got up and turned and the lake turned very dour with bites at a premium.
After this slack spell the fishing started to pick up again, however Richard Gibbs fishing a pole waited until 1-30 before getting his first fish of the day.
For Alders Farm the fishing was slow but some reasonable weights were put on the scales at the end of the day, and all those attending enjoyed the visit.
Fortunately, this week we managed to pack away and complete the weigh in before the rain started!
Many thanks to all who helped organising the draw and assisting with the weigh in.
1st Dudley Frankland 57lb 7oz
2nd Ian Orbell 52lb 12oz
3rd Steve Lathwell 46lb
4th Richard Darbon 43lb 8oz
5th Ash Bunnage 39lb 2oz
6th Tony Hickmott 37lb 8oz
7thth Dave Britton 32lb 15oz
7th Dennis Hunt 28lb 1oz
9th Malcolm Ogden 16lb 11oz
10th Les Burton 16lb 10oz
11th ray Burton 15lb 4oz
12th Richard Gibbs 14lb 15oz
13 Colin Holmes DNW (appx 40lb tipped back as he had to leave to take the dog to the vet)
Next Wednesday we will fish the GUC at The Globe, draw at 8.30 fish, 10.30 till 3.30 with £1.00 Luton peg fee £5.00 0ptional pools

That's all for this week.

Tight Lines

Dave M
Luton AC