The day after the Bastille day celebrations and the morning of France’ attempt to win the World Cup of football and all is currently peaceful in our world. I’m sure the cavalcades of vehicles with thei horns blaring will commence if they win.
Anyway, let’s get back to the Fishing, which has also been quiet. That is not to say that the carp aren’t feeding, quite the opposite, but they are certainly on naturals and fry in a very big way. Of an evening and early morning we can see numbers of carp fizzing and rolling and throughout most nights there are the sounds of some very big fish crashing out. Two weeks ago the anglers were more into their holidays than their fishing and I’m not knocking them for that but winding in and spending two or three hours away from their swims at breakfast and dinner certainly meant that they missed the main feeding spells so there would certainly have been more opportunities to be had. Last week four lads had the lake as an exclusive and while they worked hard and had breakfast baguettes in their swims it was always going to be hard to keep the fish in front of them with four trying to cover a 14 acre lake.
The highlight was to see Steve open his Moorland account on his first ever trip with “The Pretty One” at exactly 52 lbs. Well angled mate.
Right, this isn’t a catch report but it is a good time (half way through the year) to put out some information on bookings and spaces. This year is full so that can be forgotten, but 2019 still has some summer and autumn spaces and spring 2020 also has limited spring spaces remaining.
There are a lot of interested people and many enquiries at present so if anyone is looking for specific weeks for the next couple of years, my advice is don’t delay your decisions.
So far, this year we have seen 28 DIFFERENT fifties banked (somewhere around 60 banked if you include multiple captures) but, probably more important, at least as many 48lbs and 49lbs fish. These are the very young, very fast growing fish that are very likely to overtake some of our existing, known, fifties and sixties.
I include some photos of Cav’s fish from this week as they included an unknown 49lbs mirror, “Garry Linear” at 50lbs 10oz which is close to its best and a fantastic post spawning weight. I’ve also included “The Peach” which weighed 64lbs 8oz and only weighed 51lbs 11oz on 14th July 2015. My target is to produce a stock density by autumn 2020 which includes 100 fifties. Let’s see how it goes.
Sorry for the gap in my posts but the last couple of weeks have been poor for catch results as the bigger fish have tended to hide away. On top of that I have had to spend a lot of time rereading and checking for spelling, the final pdf for my book. Hopefully that is all good now and we can get a proper print batch done.
It has been noticeable that these last two weeks have seen the fish ignore the big beds of bait which had been working so well. It is my impression that there gas again been some small groups of spawning fish which has led to the feeding carp following them to eat the eggs. That seems to be changing again now and early this morning the Lake was, quite simply, alive with fizzing and rolling fish. I’m confident that we are one the verge of seeing some big fish hitting the spreader blocks very shortly.
The only real highlight of these last week’s has been our first ever sixty pound common in the shape of Pipesmoker to Adam Garland. Well angled mate.
There’s no point avoiding the fact that the Fishing was poor last week but there were factors at play which didn’t help. From the dam wall, early mornings, I could see a lot of activity down the Southern Arm from Wednesday on. The lads down there then commented that the fish were crashing around all night and it then became clear that spawning had recommended. However, even though only 21 carp were banked that number included 5 forties and 2 fifties so not all bad.
It was good to see Jason stick to his guns and put out a bed of bait on day one (he used 35kg of Dynamite ComplexT for the week) and continue to fish on it all week. The fish found it on Wednesday and continued to return every day from then on and he ended with six carp including a mid forty and two fifties at 52lbs 11oz and an unknown fifty at 56lbs 3oz. To date we have not yet been able to find a trace of this beautiful mirror as a previous fifty plus, so, at Jason’s wish she is now called “Bob’s Fish”.
Its also worth noting that all of the better fish came to beds of ComplexT.
well angled mate!!! I’m going to end on a bit of a moan but I simply don’t understand what would make a leaving angler think that the right thing to do with his left over boilies is to tip them on the ground at the back of the swim??? We work bloody hard to keep the rats at bay and then some moron encourages them by giving them a free meal????
This is going to be a very pleasant update.
Sorry for the delay in posting last week’s results but our planned trip to U.K. for my great grandson’s christening plus Jan’s trapped nerve have taken up more time than expected. Anyway, as I type, I’m pleased to report that spawning seems to be done and plenty of signs of feeding fish at first light this morning. Now to the results from last week. The lads fished to heavily baited patches and the fish responded by returning again and again. The week finished with the six lads banking 72 carp and that included 17 forties, (2 of them at 49lbs 12oz) 8 fifties, (2 of them at 58lbs 9oz) and The Peach at 64lbs 7oz. I’m not going to bore everyone with a list of all of the forties caught so will just add those above 45lbs:-
45.00, 45.02, 45.06, 45.12, 46.00, 47.12, 48.15, 49.12, 49.12, 50.02, 50.08, 51.02, 52.08, 52.11, 53.14, 58.09, 58.09, 64.07. (18 in total)
Well angled lads. Can’t wait to see what the next surprises are.
There’s no point in hiding the fact that last week was extremely poor. The only saving grace, which doesn’t help our customers, is that the reports from most other French lakes were painting a similar picture.
The torrential rain on the previous Wednesday certainly acted like a massive switch and totally turned the fish off for most of the week. As an indication of that we saw 20 carp banked last week and 8 of those were on Friday when the water was beginning to fine down. Another strange situation is that we have only seen two carp caught during, the hours of darkness, all year.
It is certainly on the verge of turning on now with lots of feeding carp on show this morning and another beautiful fully scaled mirror of 37lbs 4oz banked at lunch time from Sunrise. I will add a photo of this one with the biggest fully from last week but would just underline that my target is now to get the carp of this quality up into the fifty pound bracket rather than trying to grow a few big fish. If I could double the numbers of our fifties over the next five years I will have achieved my goal.