Cut Tail banked at 60lb 12oz.

Karl decided to spend a night or two in ‘Zippies Pit’ after seeing lots of fish moving there and a good move it proved to be. Last night he banked a 45lb sturgeon closely followed by the ‘Cut Tail’ common at 60lb 12oz. Down slightly in weight since she was last banked in early July she was in great condition and should be packing the weight back on as the summers tails off to autumn. Happy days indeed !!

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A couple of ‘Fussy’s’ fish including his 56lb mirror.

Paul has just emailed me a couple of his pictures from last week so here they are.

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A learning curve !

We have just experienced another week where lots of carp have been feeding, bubbling and throwing themselves from the water whilst the boilies have remained untouched for the most part. The lads report huge fish crashing out over night and evenings whilst morning have been a time of plenty of carp activity. Our tried and tested method of boilies over a bed of pellet has not been working for several weeks now but gradually we feel that we are beginning to understand what is happening. This week started much as last week ended with feeding carp to be seen over the baited area’s but runs being hard to come by. A change mid week to including maize in the mix and fishing it on the hair saw the fishing gradually improve and, most pleasing of all, saw a trio of good 50’s banked by the lads. Steve managed to bag 5 carp including a brace of lovely commons and mirrors of 33lb, 44lb and a last gasp beauty of 53lb. Paul (aka Fussy) had a trio of carp from the shallows including a final stunner weighing in at 56lb whilst Chris had a trio of pb’s comprising a 45lb sturgeon, 31lb catfish and 37lb carp. Chris also lost several carp after having them on for a good while. In fact all the lads lost fish during the week including a very large and powerful fish that Paul hooked in the shallows that came free after a long, hard scrap. Sid worked hard all week and watched everyone else bank a fish or two but remained fishless until Friday night when a move to a new swim (the other two lads left early due to a big party booked for Saturday !!) where he proceeded to catch a stunning mirror of 55lb 12oz.. Overall it was a great week with a smashing group of lads and for once we felt that we are starting to understand a little more of what is going on with the carp.

Firstly it became apparent that the carp were feeding well early in the week but a relatively light baiting approach was not bringing them into the area’s that the lads were fishing. A change midweek to much heavier baiting certainly brought the carp onto the baited area’s. The inclusion of maize in the mix and on the hair also started to produce results whereas the boilie over pellet failed to. I believe that what is happening is that the pellet is breaking down leaving a bed of attraction but the only real feed left in the area is a few dozen boilies which the carp are just ignoring. As I write we have 50 kilo of maize cooked up, 25 kilo of wheat in soak and a bin full of pigeon conditioner fermenting and feel confident that an approach comprising a big area baited with this particle mix and pellet will encourage the carp to really get their heads down onto the anglers bait.

Another point to be considered is that we generally find the lake fishing better with a full complement of anglers. With just a couple of lads fishing for the two weeks that we were on holiday and four fishing the main lake this week it is apparent that the carp  can happily feed on naturals in large area’s of the lake without coming near the anglers bait. This coming week we have three lads who have booked the lake and I fear that unless they stay mobile the carp will just move away from the occupied swims. A constant and generous application of bait could well prove successful however I would be far happier with another angler or two on the lake. 

On a plus side the fish are all in stunning condition and seem to be fully recovered from the stresses of spawning so we should be looking forward to more big carp showing up in the catches than ever before. The most exciting thing is that so many of the 50’s banked since spawning should be around the 60lb mark by the latter weeks of the season ! Just how many 60lb+ carp there will be in the lake come spring is anyone’s guess and the amount of high 40’s that will be moving into the 50lb+ category in the coming months is staggering. Happy days indeed !!

A few pictures from this week are below. I am afraid that I cannot include a picture of Pauls 56lb mirror as he used his phone to take photographs and will email them to me next week.

Sid (Chris really) and his 55lb 12oz mirror.

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Steve and a few of his fish.

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And finally Chris and his new pb mirror.P1010894 (1024x768)We also had a couple of lads fishing Poppy’s for the week and fishing days only Dave and Phil bagged over 100 carp including a good head of 20’s up to 29lb. As ever they really enjoyed their stay and were kept busy with double takes a regular occurence.

Dave and one of his many carp from Poppy’s Lake.

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Holiday round up.

We arrived home last night to find all is well and looking good for the remainder of the season. The weather has continued to be up and down with sun, wind, rain and calm being factors each week this summer. Some very heavy rain mid week will have reduced water temperatures once again, a problem that has been a major factor in the erratic fishing this summer. We have had just a couple anglers on each of the two weeks we were away with Paul and the two boys fishing occasional nights as well. There have been plenty of fish bubbling and seemingly feeding but with just two full time anglers on each week the fish have had plenty of water in which to feed comfortably without being bothered by anglers lines. I always feel that we need at least four anglers on the lake for the fish to spread out and at times a full complement of six anglers can be best. As always the prevailing wind can can have a notable effect on the movements of the carp and it can be a good move to fish the downwind bank where feasable. As an example Paul mentioned that the wind was piling the water down to the shallows when I chatted to him on Friday so I suggested that perhaps last night the two youngsters might fancy a night in the ‘Sanctuary’ swim. Paul had already figured that out for himself and the lads were preparing to fish the shallows overnight. A good move it proved to be with three fish banked including a 49lb 8oz for 15yr old Brent and a lovely 32lb common for his pal Leon.

The final tally for our holiday period was a nice round 30 fish with a nice brace of 50’s (57lb and 54lb) to Kevin and another 11 carp of over 40lb spread over the period. Of the 40’s there were 4 in excess of 49lb’s and we think that they will be early season low 50’s still catching up with their weight after a very heavy spawning earlier in the summer. There can be no doubt that the very heavy spawning experienced this year plus the oxygen crash that occurred at much the same time has had a real impact in overall fish weights with the females being 5/6lb lighter post spawning and taking longer than usual to return to top weights. Come the autumn we expect weights to be really impressive once more especially with the lower biomass due to the loss of (mainly smaller) carp a couple of months ago. The fish caught are all in great condition which augers well for the remainder of the season.

A few pictures of young Leon and Brent and Paul with a few of their captures.

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One downside at the moment is the amount of pike activity with quite a few carp being lost when the pike makes a strike at the back leads whilst a fish is being played. We will be resolving that situation when we drain down in the winter but until then I suggest using slack lines and leaving the back leads at home.

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W/c October 25th, 2014 now available.

Just had a cancellation for the above week so anyone interested should contact me asap.

I am back at LMDM tomorrow so will update the blog over the weekend. All I know is that the two lads fishing this week have been enduring torrential rain and the fishing has been a tad slow up to last night. Full update in the next few days.

Just three places left as of 16/08/2014

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Another 50 for Rich.

Just heard that a couple of fish were caught last night with the best being another 50 for Rich., this time a tad smaller than his first at 54lb. That is 3 x 50’s since Saturday morning so all is looking good for the rest of the week.

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Holiday update !

I have just had the latest update from Paul who is looking after the lake this week and next. The weather is now looking much better for fishing and accordingly some nice fish have been banked. As we left home early on Saturday morning we had the parting gift of witnessing Spooky Paul landing a cracking 54lb mirror. Well done that man. In the 24hrs or so since then we have just had regulars Kev and Rich on the lake along with Paul and the two Dutch lads, Brent and Leon. So far they have had 6 carp including a brace of 49lb and 57lb to Rich with the other lads chipping in with mirrors of 43lb and 35lb plus commons of 38lb and 27lb. of All is now looking good for the remainder of the week and I will post updates whenever I have a chance.

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A gradual improvement.

It has been a most enjoyable week with the ‘Bournemouth Crew’ arriving on a hot sultry day, weather that was continue for the whole week. Despite the contrary conditions everyone made the very best of their time here with lots of laughs and banter the whole week through. We had Mr Pastry (Vince) battering the wildlife with his bank stick whilst the rest of the lads fished on in hope that conditions would improve. Well, the conditions stayed exactly the same each day and it was not until Wednesday night that a rod was bent into a carp. Lots of fish were to be seen topping and rolling and at times there were patches of bubbles everywhere however the fish remained elusive and each and every one was well earned indeed. Spooky Paul managed a couple of nice mirrors at 42lb and 51lb out of ‘Zippies’ whilst Derek bagged a high 20 and a couple of upper 30’s from ‘Sams’. Mr Pastry managed to bank a trio of mirrors with a best of a tad over 41lb whilst Mike had a brace of mirrors with a best of 34lb. The lovely Judy watched husband Dave (another oap) bank a lovely common of 34lb but up to Friday night she remained fishless herself. Kath kept the red wine flowing and all in all the week was a real cracker for all of us. As I write it is a very steamy evening and as I will be off on holiday early in the morning I will have to update you on any further catches next week. On a plus not each day see’s more fish showing and we all feel that if we get a break in the weather a good catch will be on the cards. Happy days !

A few pictures of the lads.

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Whilst the lads were toiling on the main lake old Pete was making hay on Poppy’s. Fishing very casually during the day he managed in excess of 30 hard fighting carp up to 27lb. Great fishing with several lost fish and several missed fish as well as a good bag of mirrors. Not bad for an ‘old un’ !

Pete and one of his many fish.

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Difficult times.

The strange weather continues and the difficult fishing see’s the lads scratching around for catches. With lots of carp evident at times and bubbling carp ignoring baits literally dropped on their heads we were left scratching our heads as to what was going on. On speaking to several friends in the fishery business it would appear that we were not alone and many lakes were seeing anglers frustrated by fickle carp. We know that they are feeding by the amount of activity and the carp that were caught were all in stunning condition so the real reason that baits were being ignored certainly had us scratching our heads. Anyway some nice fish were banked by the lads and even though non of the big girls put in an appearance we still had Simon banking a trio of lovely 40lb+ fish amongst his catch and several of the other lads banking a handful of 20’s and 30’s. This past week or so has seen me testing the oxygen levels several times a day and I am pleased to report that all is ok on that front. Well,, having said that we did have some mid day readings that were surprising in the light of recent experiences. Although in the mornings oxygen levels were normal we were showing levels so high at times later in the day that it would have contributed to the carp being difficult to tempt. I was always aware that low oxygen was a real problem but never realised that very high levels (super saturation) would make the carp uncomfortable and likely to stick to the easily digestible naturals. Like many lakes at this time we are seeing algae giving the water a greenish tint and with the hot sunshine the algae is giving off oxygen during the day whilst taking it from the water at night. To ensure that we don’t have any low oxygen problems we are leaving all three aerators on at night but turning them off during the day. That’s all very well to keep the oxygen levels up but there is nothing we can do to reduce it once it becomes very high !! Sods law really !!

What we need is a nice spell of cooler weather and rain to bring water temperatures down which were standing at 26c earlier this week. Last night and today saw temperatures drop and some light rain week has helped lower the water temperature to a more normal 23.5c and in response plenty of carp started to roll and head and tail in a way that would indicate that feeding was to be stepped up. Let’s hope so.

On a final note I would congratulate the anglers from the last couple of weeks who have remained positive and  cheerful despite the slow fishing thus making the days pass in grand style with plenty of laughs and good humour to add a sparkle to their time with us.

Simon with a couple of nice carp from his week.

Firstly a cracking 42lb mirror followed by a 43lb common carp.

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Hot weather but slow fishing !

The week just past saw Big Al and the boys fishing in simmering heat for much of the week with temperatures reaching the high 30’s on many days. After the previous week being cold and wet we expected the increasing temperatures to really help the fishing but it was not to be. A week of big carp in appalling weather had also seen water temperatures drop by 5c over the seven days, to a low of just 19c on the changeover day of Saturday. The following days saw the water temperature rise once again to 26c by the Thursday which gives you some idea of the scorching weather experienced all week. Carp were to be seen rolling over the baited area’s on a regular basis and quite a few hook pulls also added to the frustration so the fish that were banked were a welcome relief from the heat and were hard earned by the lads. Big Al had a handful of fish and ‘Crusher’ also managed a few with a best of the week being his 46lb mirror. Strangely we are still seeing some of the smaller carp turning up which is a constant surprise to me as up to a few weeks ago we were averaging more 50’s than 20’s !!! It would seem that the stock level was a good bit higher than I realised with many of the ‘pasties’ that remained after the last netting now being grown to the low 20’s. It augers well for the future but I do like to see a good helping of the big girls showing up in the catches as well each week. Anyway, the week was a great success despite the extreme heat and everyone contributed to the fun and laughter and spirits remained high although catch rates remained low. We had ‘Coco the Killer’ (aka Martin) making friends with the shrews, Nigel (Uncle Festus to us all) fished gamely on all week and kept all concerned entertained with his stories of fishing in the 1920’s when he was a mere lad and ‘Crusher’ worked hard for his fish (although his ‘school report’ would have read ”Could have done better”) and brother Stephen, along with his partner Sarsons Sue, also managed to get a bend in his rod during the week !! I was worried about ‘Sick note’ Brian who fished all alone in the shallows without success and was on suicide watch for much of the time but I am pleased to say that he survived the week so all ended well. Interestingly when Brian was packing up I took him for a boat ride in the area’s where he had been fishing and we spooked a great many carp that appeared to be grazing on either bait or naturals in good numbers. That has been a strange feature of this season with many instances of carp seen feeding but seemingly showing little interest in anglers bait. Anyway, thanks to all for making the week a success in spite of the hard fishing and a special thanks to Carol for keeping Big Al on a tight leash all week. Not many fish but Happy days all the same.

This week has started with dropping temperatures and a good helping of rain but the fishing remains slow. This morning I walked round the lake at 6 am and was astonished to see so many fish bubbling but from the dry mats it would seem that baits remained untouched for the most part. I will update you as the week unfolds and hopefully have some more fish to report. Watch this space.

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