Luton Angling Club Weekly News Report for the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & St Neots Cambridgeshire Area - Week ending 19th November 2023

Here is all of the news, information and catch reports from Luton Angling Club for the week ending Sunday 19th November 2023.

Another slow week for reports this week please send in all your catch reports as we really do need them at this time of year!

Lavendon Mill - River Ouse
Bob Burdiak and Mark Brooks enjoyed a day on the River at Lavendon upstream on Friday. The river had a good flow and good colour.
Bob fished feeder and caster or maggot taking roach from the off. Mark was on the pole but took a while to start catching, but the fish responded eventually. Typically, as Bob walked to Mark's swim to take a photo Mark swung in the smallest roach of the day.
Bob's catch included a Perch of a pound and a half and a Chub of one pound plus.
Mark Brooks at Lavendon Mill - Upstream
Mark Brooks at Lavendon Mill - Upstream
Beckerings Reservoir
Reservoir regular Jason Mash was at Beckerings on Friday and his catch wasn't what he was expecting and certainly wasn't the intended species. He was float fishing with 5lb main line and 2lb bottom to a size 18 hook with two red maggots on and had this nice common, It took some good angling skills (and a good amount of time) to land it on such light tackle.
Jason Mash - Mirror Carp caught on light tackle
A few of the work party team were at Beckerings on Saturday replacing a damaged concrete threshold under one of the otter fence farm access gates, This was essential in order to keep our fish stocks safe from predators. Thanks to Mark Brooks, Dave Murdoch, Neville Hunt and Roger Bland for doing this in some quite wet and muddy conditions.
Damaged Threshold (Before)
The team at work at Beckerings
The team at work at Beckerings
Digging below the gate
Beckerings Otter Fence Gate - After repairs
Beckerings Otter Fence Gate - After repairs
Beckerings Otter Fence Gate - After repairs
Match Report 15th November 2023 Moat Lake, Wold Farm - Report by Dennis Hunt
This week the Wednesday match was to be held on the River Ouse at Lavendon Mill, but the recent heavy rain, rise in river levels and saturated ground made this venue unsuitable so an alternate was sought. We decided to hold our match at Wold farm Podington which is situated on the old World War 2 airfield, a co-incidence in the week following remembrance Sunday, We have altered our fishing times to 9:30 am to 2:30 pm because of the clock changes which make it darker in the evenings.
As we met at the venue the sky was clear, and the air temperature was hovering at 6C, and the water at 7C and was holding good colour. The venue looked lovely with the dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves, giving great autumn colour. A stiff breeze a got up around midday, and then died again in the early afternoon. Those in in the sunny swims were luckier than the ones where the sun didn’t shine as these stayed quite cold through the day. The fishing wasn’t easy, with many experiencing a dead spell in the middle of the day and having bites that didn’t sink the floats merely moving them almost imperceptibly sideways.
Taking the honours again was Sean Leatherland, who bagged 17 Carp and 2 Chub. Sean fished his pole with his float rig baited with corn just off the far bank rushes, feeding very small balls of groundbait laced with 2mm Pellet to weigh in 37lb 9oz.
Second place was taken by Steve Lathwell, who fished just off the island in around 3ft of water using red maggot as bait. Steve was using a 0.2 Gram carbon float with spread shotting to give a slow fall so he could search through the water to bag 25lb 10oz
Third was Andy Frankum who fished down the shelf near the island. Andy fed caster and groundbait using double red maggot on the hook to end with 20lb 11oz.
It was disappointing not to be able to fish our first choice of venue this week, but all who fished Wold Farm, a venue I’m sure we will return to in future and enjoyed the day. For once we didn’t even get rained on! We had some who had intended to join us this week having to cancel because of family bereavement, we send them our sincere condolences, and hope you are able to join us again soon.
Our grateful thanks to all those who assisted in running the match this week, especially Sean’s wife Tracy for help with the weigh in.
1st Sean Leatherland 37lb 9oz
2nd Steve Lathwell 25lb 10oz
3rd Andy Frankum 20lb 11oz
4th Colin MacBeth 20lb
5th Andy Norgate 12lb 4oz
6th Dennis Hunt 7lb 8oz
7th Les Burton 7lb 3oz
8th Richard Gibbs 5lb 7oz
9th Ray Burton 3lb 7oz
10th Tony Hickmott 3lb 4oz
Malcolm Ogden DNW
Our next Match on Wednesday 23rd November was due to be at Eaton Ford, but weather and river conditions necessitate a change from the advertised venue so it will now be held on the canal at Town South, Leighton Buzzard. Draw 8:15 at the venue £5.00 optional pools and the £1.00 Wednesday peg fee, fish 9:30 till 2:30.
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.
This week's Wednesday Match Venue - Wold Farm
This week's Wednesday Match Venue - Wold Farm
World War 2 Memorial at Wold Farm

Thats all for this week's report, 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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