As we continue in this situation of being locked down because of the rapid spread of the Covid19 virus we have had very little Angling to report on. However, I have. Been feeding our stock and doing some fishing myself when time has allowed. Most of it has been early mornings or evenings with a few full nights thrown in on occasions.
As we have now completed April I thought that a summary of my captures may be good as an update and reference point for future captures. I’ve managed a few twenties, thirties and forties but, obviously, the bigger fish are the real measurement of how the lake is progressing so it is these that I shall concentrate on in this report.
So far this season I have managed to bank five fifties and three sixties and all have come to beds of chopped boilies and pellets, heavily glugged with amino oils and then mixed with cooked maize. All have also fallen to my favourite “whipped shank D rig” to a size 2 Solar 100 hook. Here’s a list of the cast in order of appearance:-
Galileo – 61lbs 11oz on 17th Feb 2020
unknown – 50lbs 14oz on 28th March 2020
Finger Print – 55lbs 01oz on 28th March 2020
Coffee Bean – 57lbs 11oz on 19th April 2020
Demi Lin – 52lbs 06oz on 20th April 2020
Horseshoe Scale – 60lbs 07oz on 27th April 2020
Morsey’s – 57lbs 15oz on 29th April 2020
Lockdown Common – 64lbs 08oz on 30th April 2020
I’m aware that there may well be some keyboard warriors who will pick holes in this statement but we believe that this is the best way forward while fighting through the fog of this virus.
As a fishery we have been instructed, by the authorities, to close as part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19. However, the last thing we want to see is our customers losing their holidays.
We intend to offer alternative dates to all of our customers who have paid in full but, at this stage, we are not sure when those dates might be. We don’t yet know when these travel restrictions will be lifted. It may be that we can offer dates for later this year or next year. We have the options to extend the end of this season, cancel our mid-season holiday or even extend the length of next season in order to “produce” additional spaces.
No matter how we try to paint it, Moorlands is going to take a hit but in order for us all to come out of this with a reasonable ending we need to work together. With that in mind we would ask for your continued support and have decided that anyone or any group who hasn’t paid, or decides not to pay their balances by their due date will forfeit their holiday. Those holiday dates will then be offered as additional, alternative dates for those who already know that their trips are at risk but have paid in full.
To make it easy to calculate the due date for your balance payments it has always been two calendar months before your holiday. If your trip is 6th June
then your balance is due by 6th April
Thank you all for your support in this and please stay safe everyone so that we can speak about this disastrous period when we meet again in the future. 2020 is certainly going to be remembered.
From the team at Moorlands.
This is just a post from my own pressions of the development of this bloody COVID 19 virus.
If I was in the position of planning to travel into Europe this summer there are one or two things that I would immediately be considering.
1. The medical recommendation is to avoid large groups of people so I suggest that travelling arrangements would be by Eurotunnel rather than by ferry. This at least avoids the crowds on the ferry and allows you to remain in your own car so pay the extra and be that little bit safer.
2. Make sure you have one of the good travel insurances so that you are covered for health treatment during your trip. This should also cover you if the country of your destination limits your travel options.
Now, more specifically for Moorland Fisheries, we are putting additional plans into operation to keep this situation under control. We may suggest that meals are served to the swims plus all cutlery and crockery will be sterilized and then handled with medical gloves. The lodge and toilets will be sanitized very regularly and soap will be available at all times.
My own feeling is not to panic but also not to pretend that this is not a serious situation.
17th February 2020
For the last week I have been baiting very heavily to one spot and have fished all three rods to the bait but only fishing days. The middle rod right on the bait, the left rod off of the side of the bait and the right rod just on the edge. I started by baiting with mixed particles and then added boilies from day two onwards. On Saturday I baited with just DNA S7.
Since starting I have banked three carp up to today and in order of appearance they weighed 42lbs, 41lbs 7oz and then, on Sunday, a mid thirty linear. I decided to stop adding more bait in the hope that a bigger fish might be tempted to grab my hookbait as the freebies ran out. I also couldn’t put the rods out this morning because we were out until this afternoon. However, I did put the marker float out so that it would be just a single cast with each rod.
We got back home at about 1pm and my rods were on their spots by 2pm with the marker back out of the way.
Late afternoon and my slack line on my middle rod was no longer slack. In fact it was proper tight, the line was no longer in the rod clip, the R3 was wailing and the spool was making that wonderful ticking noise.
The instant I picked up the rod I knew it was a big fish. The power, the weight and the fact that I couldn’t persuade her to show herself was beginning to make me shake with excitement. Jan called out to see if it was a good fish and, as I still hadn’t seen her, I suggested that it might be. Eventually, oh so grudgingly, after about 30 minutes, she slid over the draw string. Jan again asked about its size and I suggested that “it might be a fifty”.
Once I’d rolled up the net and tried to take some of the weight to get her into the recovery sling I knew then that this was a special fish. I unhooked her, slid the net away and zipped up the sling. I then gently walked her (in the water) to the shallow water in front of the lodge while Sharon slid on her chesties to do some photos. It took two of us, and that was a struggle, to get her onto the scales and I was blown away to see the screen light up at 61lbs 11oz. My forth sixty. Oii! Oii!
For our regulars, the fish is “Galileo” and my records suggest that that is her heaviest so far so that suggests some more surprises ahead for this season.
WINTER WORK PROGRESS
After several days spent up to my chest in freezing water I’m pleased to say that one of the worst of our winter jobs is nearing completion.
The reeds to the long bank are now all cut and raked out and removed. The reeds to most of the meadow bank are also cut and removed leaving some tidying to be done to the eastern arm bay plus the bank of reed mace by the lodge to finish that part of the work.
My next targets are to improve and tidy up some of the swim fronts and to reposition one of the canopies and then, maybe, I can think about getting the rods out.
On that note I’m pleased to say that I’ve been seeing quite a lot of carp feeding activity and also that they are moving about. I’ve seen groups of feeding fish from Middles and Royal Box right down to Rocky Bay so signs are good.