2nd August 2018

Right, we are now well into the first of our three week, mid summer break so it seems a good time to update the situation. We lost our telephone line in a recent storm and, despite the original break being repaired, our internet connection has been poor. That has now been rectified so I apologies for the lack of posts but here we go again.

Our season started really well but has slowed considerably with the extreme, hot weather conditions. We have seen several weeks with temperatures into the mid thirties and our highest so far has been 41 degrees. When this spell of hot weather started my main concern was that we didn’t have a “reserve” compressor in case the existing one should fail. I spoke to Vertex and decided to order the next size up as this was the biggest that our system would take. For some reason, as soon as it arrived I disconnected the original compressor and fitted the new one which now pumps 5.6 cubic feet of air per minute to the four diffuser heads. The flow of air to the surface is now much stronger and should be giving a much bigger water movement across the lake bed as it drags in the water from low levels. I took the boat out to check it’s power and I was amazed at the force at the surface and also at how much colder the water is around the area of each head. I think it’s safe to say that I’m glad I bought the bigger pump.

During this hot spell the Fishing has been poor BUT the fish have certainly been feeding well. Each morning I sit and watch the lake and scan the surface with binoculars in order to try to spot any fish and I can honestly say that EVERY morning has shown there to be numbers of fish digging across large areas of the lake bed. It seems that they are happier eating the myriads of bloodworm, snail, beetles etc rather than beds of boilies. However, I’m expecting that to change the minute the weather breaks.

I will end by saying that I really feel for the owners and anglers on the lakes which have been reporting fish deaths. It’s a tight rope that we all walk in order to keep the numbers of fish at a level that will give the anglers good sport but then pushes the biomass to its limit so that the dissolved oxygen levels can become critical in the blink of an eye. So far we’ve been lucky, we have seen several baby perch and baby sun perch dead around the margins but none of the carp are showing any signs of stress. Is also reassuring to watch the bigger predators chasing the breakfasts with some vigor.