End of the year 2020
END OF SEASON 2020.
END OF SEASON 2020.
What a heatwave?
The last few weeks have been unbearably hot with temperatures running in the high thirties and reaching 42 on occasions. We have every piece of aeration kit running 24/7 and without it I’m convinced we’d have lost quite a few fish. Our field is parched dry without a blade of grass so we continue to feed hay for the horses, donkeys and sheep and, despite having a very large compound with bushes to shelter under, our Chickens are dying from the extreme heat.
The Lake is down a couple of feet but the carp continue to feed. Amazing!!! This is our only week off this year and I would normally be fishing but I simply can’t take this weather. The work that I need to do is getting done between 6am and 9am and then I simply run for cover and spend the rest of the day indoors praying for rain.
The last three weeks have been tough with one week only producing 7 fish, the next 10 fish but last week 35 fish including 4 fifties and Peach at 66lbs. She looked in pristine condition and, in these conditions, that’s very reassuring.
Once this weather relents I’m confident that we shall see some more of the big girls come out to play.
With is now being back at work and anglers, once again, enjoying the lake I can begin to report on catches. Unfortunately we have suffered three days, this week with spawning fish, making Angling all but impossible. We are now praying for them to get it done and settle back onto feeding. Last week we saw 40 carp banked including 5 fifties and lots of forties but this week we’ve only seen 5 so far which gives you an idea of the effect of spawning. While we wait for the fish to feed I’m going to add some photos of my earlier successes.
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
This is just a post from my own pressions of the development of this bloody COVID 19 virus.
17th February 2020
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.