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.