Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area - Week ending 29th October 2023

Here is all of the news, information and catch reports from Luton Angling Club for the week ending Sunday 29th October 2023.

North House Lake
Fishing a 48 hr session early in the week, Rod Gladston had a 29lb 2oz mirror carp believed to be the fish known as Terry's mirror.
Rod Gladston 29lb 2oz Terry's Mirror
Rod Gladston 29lb 2oz Terry's Mirror
Rod Gladston 29lb 2oz Terry's Mirror
Max Beresford fished on Saturday night and had a 22.2lb Common Carp.
Max Beresford 22lb 2oz North House Lake
South Lagoon
Fishing the South Lagoon today, Colin Barden had a great start to the session catching this 23lb 12oz Pike. He also had another smaller Jack towards the end of the day.
Colin Barden - 23lb 12oz Pike from South Lagoon
Beckerings Reservoir
Daniel Keefe had this fully scaled, apple slice mirror at 24lb from Beckerings Saturday night.
Daniel Keefe - Apple sliced Mirror from Beckerings
Liam Murphy also had a couple of carp both at 16lb on Saturday night.
Liam Murphy 16lb - Beckerings
Liam Murphy 16lb - Beckerings

Also we had reports from the bailiffs that an angler caught a 28lb Mirror and a 29lb Common on Friday morning and reports of a few decent Bream being caught as well

Lavendon Mill - River Ouse
The bailiff reported that an angler caught a couple of Pike around the 7lb mark on Sunday.

Kaden’s Coaching session with Tommy Pickering 
Following his terrific success in getting second place in the CRT Global communities’ Junior event last weekend where he beat some of the best young Junior anglers in the country Luton Junior Angler  year old Kaden Dixon (13) had an incredible opportunity to attend Tommy Pickering’s Pathway masterclass, held near Sheffield on Tuesday, courtesy of CRT and Fjuka bait.

His Mum has sent this report of a fantastic coaching day.

"Kaden only started fishing 6 months ago through the Canal River Trust ‘Lets Fish’ initiative, following his taster session he joined the Luton Coaching program, later joining the Luton Junior team, and being invited to the Daiwa sponsored Global Communities event, coming second in the Juniors.  

Kaden was incredibly nervous to be in the company of very well equipped and experienced young Anglers from all over the country at this event with Tommy.

This was also his first experience with commercial fishing, having learnt his craft on the canals. However, he was grateful and excited to be selected for this opportunity and the opportunity meet world champion Tommy Pickering, alongside Tom Scholey.

It was a cold, wet early start to our journey from home, as we needed to be at the Aston Park Fishery, near Sheffield for 8.30am. The weather unfortunately remained very miserable all day.
After breakfast, the morning started with an amazing demonstration by Tommy who taught the young anglers the basics of a good tackle set up, correct feeding amounts, the 10second rule laying the rig into the lake and a very valuable tip on how to never have a unwanted hook in your keepnet or the bank again.

Next, Kaden set up his own equipment alongside the other anglers. It continued to rain throughout the morning, and all the youngsters struggled to get any bites due to the weather  which was causing poor conditions on the lake. 

Eventually, all the anglers were moved onto another nearby lake with better fishing conditions and began to catch.

After some initial difficulties, Kaden began to catch and land fish continuously, mostly F1's, and a couple of Bream, having a great time. 

At the end of this session, Tom Scholey estimated Kaden’s total catch weight at 12lbs.
Tommy Pickering made his way around the 15 anglers while they were fishing, spending time with each of them offering some very valuable coaching advice as he observed their fishing technique.

As a parent I was immensely impressed with Tommy, and his gentle calm approach to coaching the anglers. He was informative but did not bombard them with information. They could understand and absorb the knowledge he was sharing easily without feeling overwhelmed. This really helped relax and motivate them throughout the afternoon. 
This was an experience that Kaden says he will always treasure as the first Luton Junior Angler to be selected for one of these opportunities, he's met an absolutely amazing England World champion angler and most importantly he has learnt some key information that has boosted his own confidence, that will enable him to progress his angling further."

There is some video of this event on the catch more media facebook page 

Kaden at the Fjuka Masterclass
Kaden with Tommy Pickering at the Fjuka Masterclass
Group shot at the Fjuka Masterclass
Kaden in action at the Fjuka Masterclass
Fjuka Masterclass with Tommy Pickering
Fjuka Masterclass with Tommy Pickering
Wednesday Match Report 25th October GUC Town South
It was a change of venue this week, as due to the recent heavy rain we were advised the Nene at Ringstead would not be fishable, so we opted for our reserve venue, Town South instead.
We were pleased to welcome David Nicholson on his first time out with us this week, and he has already indicated he will be out with us again next week.
It was a dark drizzly morning with the temperature at only 10C as we met up by the White Bridge. Some benefitted with swims in the sun, but others had a cold morning until the sun came around at midday to warm us up.
The water was well coloured and much colder due to the heavy rain at the weekend. Boat traffic was heavy this week as it was half term and not all behaved well, one boat having a very near miss with a large workboat hit the bank near Adrian Smith nearly taking out his keepnet, and others seemed to struggle keeping to the correct line.
On form Sean Leatherland fished loose fed caster over groundbait at 11Mtrs but he caught most of his fish on red maggot, the fish refusing to take his caster. Sean had a mixed bag including three decent Perch to weigh in 6lb 1oz.
Richard Darbon back from his holiday had the advantage of the end peg by the Black bridge and ran Sean close with 5lb 13oz. He caught most of his fish short at 3.5 Mtrs using pinkies over groundbait with a few at 8 Mtrs.
Dudley Frankland chose to fish at 7/8 Mtrs at 10 o’clock down the track with Chopped worm and dead pinkie, and another swim on the far edge of the track with groundbait laced with Caster. Dudley alternated baits using worm, caster, and dead maggot to end with 5lb 10oz.
Many thanks for all who assisted as Stewards this week Les and Andy for the pegging and Tracy for recording the weights.
1st Sean Leatherland 6lb 1oz
2nd Richard Darbon 5lb 13oz
3rd Dudley Frankland 5lb 10oz
4th Bart Bonito 5lb 1oz
5th Dave Abbott 3lb 9oz
6th Andy Norgate 2lb 6oz
7th Dennis Hunt 2lb 5oz
8th Tony Hickmott 2lb 3oz
9th Malcolm Ogden 1lb 8oz
10th Colin McBeth 1lb 7oz
11th Terry Vickers 1lb 6oz
12th Ray Burton 15oz
13 Adrian Smith 4oz
Les Burton DNW,
David Nicholson left early due to appointment DNW
Our next Match on Wednesday 1st November will be on the Canal at Three Locks, draw in the car park at 8.30 am £5-00 optional pools £1.00 Wednesday peg fee, fish 10 till 3.
For anyone thinking of joining us for the first time can we ask you message us so we know you are coming before turning up, so we can ensure we have room as this will allow us to better manage the pegging.
You will be asked to produce your Club book at first appearance, so please have it with you.
Sean Leatherland - 6lb 1oz in the Wednesday Match
Dudley Frankland - 5lb 10oz in the Wednesday Match
Building Bridges continuing to support and help protect angling clubs.
Clubs and fisheries across England face a growing number of difficulties and the Building Bridges Project helps to stand side-by-side to help. Recently they joined up with the Luton AC Wyboston bailiffs to discuss and advise how the waters can be better protected, as well as providing free multi-language signage and leaflets.

These are great links for everyone involved, with bridges being built between the Angling Trust and many fisheries.

The Building Bridges project is part of our Fisheries Enforcement Support Service and funded from fishing licence income through the Angling Trust's National Angling Strategic Services contract with the Environment Agency.
Wyboston bailiff Brian Turner with Janusz Kansik from the Angling Trust Building Bridges Project

If you would like to send us a catch report from a Luton AC Water you can send reports and pictures via our facebook page and other social media accounts, the club website or via what’s app message to 07940 229071. Don’t forget every picture we receive is automatically entered in to our monthly photo prize which is judged by the committee and you could win £25.00. It’s not always the biggest fish that wins so well worth sending in any of your catch reports.

Tight Lines Until Next Week!
Dave M
Luton AC

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