Our 4th week of the new season has just finished and despite the cold winds and bright sky’s the lads all managed to catch and in some instances, caught a lot of big carp.The fish seem to be moving around the lake more in the last 24 hrs and I suspect that the drop in temperature has taken their minds off of spawning. The coming week is looking to be settled cool with some rain and temperatures in the mid teens so all is looking good a continuation of the improved sport. Top rod this week was Paul who had 22 carp comprised of a 61lb mirror and 7 x 50′s plus 9 x 40′s and 5 x 30′s. Young Zac, at 10 yrs old, was a real star this week and managed to bank 10 fish including a 59lb mirror, a 52lb mirror and a 47lb sturgeon. Great fishing from such a young lad. Jamie had a slow start to his week but finished up with an 8 carp bag comprised of mirrors of 62lb, 56lb, 56lb, 53lb and 4 x 40′s up to 47lb. He arrived with a pb of 28lb so left with a very big smile on his face after working hard to get the fish feeding in his swim. Julian had mirrors of 54lb and 44lb plus a common of 40lb whilst Trevor managed a last night mirror of 47lb. Patrick and Frankie opted to fish the shallows and had 7 carp between them including 3 x 40′s, 3 x 30′s and a solitary 20. Total catch for the week was as follows – 2 x 60′s (61lb and 62lb), 13 x 50′s (up to 59lb), 23 x 40′s, 9 x 30′s, 3 x 20′s and a couple of doubles. There also was one sturgeon at 47lb. Total catch up to end of week 4 is as follows – 105 carp including 7 x 60′s and 22 x 50′s, 44 x 40′s, 21 x 30′s, 8 x 20′s and 3 x doubles. We also have had the solitary sturgeon at 47lb. It is now obvious that weights have moved up another notch this year and to be at this early stage of the year with more carp of over 50′s than 20′s being banked is really something special for us. Our target has always been to offer a good average size of carp for the angler rather than hang our hats on the odd bigger fish and we certainly seem to be getting there. Last year we managed an average of around 40lb and would hope that this season will see that average move up even further. Happy days indeed. Paul and a few more of his fish.
Young Zac and a couple of his fish.
Jamie and couple more of his catch.
I popped out this morning and on my return noticed that Jamie was into a fish which Julian was in the process of netting. That’s a lump said Julian and when I saw the fish I knew that yet another 60 had been banked. It weighed in at 62lb and tops a seven fish haul for Jamie with 5 x 40′s a 52 and now a 62lb pound fish. Not bad considering that Jamie’s arrived with a pb of 28lb !! Good fishing that man.
Jamie with his 62lb mirror carp.
Update – About an hour after Jamie bagged his 60 he also had a 56lb mirror ! Also out this afternoon was a 54lb mirror to Juilian and another 50 to Paul, this one a 52lb mirror.
So far that will be 2 x 60′s and 12 x 50′s so far this week !! Happy days indeed.
Last night Paul added to his impressive haul with just one fish, a 61lb mirror. This morning he also landed a 52lb mirror after an epic battle that saw him wading out into the lake to keep the fish under control. Patrick and Frankie decided to spend the night on the point at the end of the lake so that they could fish the shallows and both bagged nice 40′s. Patrick had a 44lb common and Frankie a 42lb mirror. Jamie continues to winkle out a fish a night with his latest catch being another 40 at 42lb. Other than that all is quiet but with a 60 and 9 x 50′s already in the bag the week is already made and all I am hoping for now is that Trevor and Julian manage to get amongst the fish. Happy days !
Here are some of the pictures from the couple of weeks that I was away. Good fishing fellah’s !!
We arrived back at Le Moulin du Mee on Sunday evening, just in time to enjoy the sunset and soak in the atmosphere once more. The morning saw me up bright and early and the lake was shrouded in mist with just the tips of the tree’s glowing in the morning sun. To top it all I also heard the first cuckoo of the year so I was in a good mood as I walked round to chat to the anglers. It is early days for this weeks anglers however already a pattern is emerging with the carp seemingly at either end of the lake offering the anglers covering that water some good sport with the anglers covering the middle part of the lake struggling somewhat. Father and son, Paul and Zac have been having a brilliant week with half a dozen 50′s between them including mirrors of 52lb and 59lb to 10 yr old Zac !!! What a start for the lad ! father Paul has had 16 fish so far including four 50′s up to 56lb and seven 40′s with the remainder being good 30′s. Jamie, fishing the re-built ‘Zippies Pit’ has had just the four fish so far but with the biggest being a good 50 and the smallest a tad over 40lb The other lads have had a few fish but are still finding it rather challenging. The weather is sunny but the temperatures are being held down by a cold north easterly wind and overnight temperatures are falling to no more than 6 or 7c. This is managing to hold the water temperatures to a level that will put a stop to any thoughts of spawning the carp may have. Some of the fish are heavy with spawn whilst others do not look at all like being ready. The big girls in particular are looking in great condition but with little sign of spawn so we could see a staggered period of spawning once it gets underway with the big girls following on a week or so after the smaller fish.
Anyway, the total catch so far is around the 30 fish mark and with seven 50′s already banked by Tuesday morning our expectations are for more of the same in the coming days. Fingers crossed that it happens.
First pictures are a few scenic one’s that I took early yesterday morning.
And now for some fish pictures starting with 10 year old Zac ! Star man !
Dad Paul and a few of his fish.
Another difficult week for the lads with the carp already in spawning mode, the males are shedding milt on the mat and most of the females are staying quiet. This is our third week of the season and produced just 19 carp including 3x50s 9x40s 5x30s. Biggest Mirror 59.12. Biggest common 59.2.
Total carp caught so far is 54 with 5 x 60′s and 9 x 50′s (including many over the 55lb mark) with the remainder of the catches being mainly 40′s and 30′s with just a handful of 20′s.
This afternoon one of the new party has already banked a 55lb mirror so fingers crossed for a good week for the lads.
I will be back at LMDM tomorrow evening so hope to be able to post pictures of some of the fish banked so far.
Jimmy reports that the top levels of water in the lake are now very near the ‘spawning trigger’ mark and with a male carp milting on the mat it looks very much that we will be seeing the earliest spawning ever. If they are ready then the sooner they get it over and done with the better as they will then be feeding in earnest for the first time this season. Usually it is the smaller carp that spawn first with the big girls following a little later so there are very real chances of banking a real monster at the moment. At this time the carp will feed but only in short, sporadic bursts so it is more important than ever to make the most of any takes that you get. For those of you arriving in the next week or so it is worth having one rod set up with a bright yellow pop-up as the males will often make a grab at such a bait as they travel around the lake in search of a likely female. It will be tricky fishing but if you strike lucky the rewards will be worth the effort.
It seems that the fishing at Le Moulin du Mee has settled down to being steady but by no means hectic. Overnight Stephen Argent had a 59lb 12 oz mirror and a several more carp up to 49lb 8oz were also banked by the lads but the fishing remains challenging with the carp seemingly just waiting around – perhaps with spawning in mind. There have been three pb’s landed so far including a brace of 50′s and a good few 40′s and discussing the situation with Jimmy the general view is that as soon as the water temperature reaches the magic mark then spawning will start. I suspect that the early warm spell has triggered the ‘spawning mode’ and, as is normal when this happens, the feeding habits become unpredictable and the fishing much harder than we would like. The weather is due to get warmer over the next week so it will be interesting to see how things develop. On the spawning front the roach have been hard at it for several days now so that it another factor that can impact on the fishing. The carp will be eating the eggs as well as the small roach that will also be enjoying the feast. Nature rules !!
Postscript – Jimmy phoned this afternoon to say that the solitary fish banked today was a male that proceeded to squirt milt all over the mat !!
Week 2 over, three more new 60′s and three 50′s out this week and 20 carp out overall – it has been another really hard week for most of the lads with the majority of the fish coming from deeper water despite the warm weather and most out during the day too, Mark on Deliverance even had two on at once yesterday afternoon. Dave’s had nearly all his fish between dawn and breakfast on Zippy’s – Short spells of intense feeding.
That gives us a total of 35 carp for the opening weeks which is rather on the low side however when you consider that amongst them are 5 x 60′s and 6 x 50′s with the majority of the others being over 40lb (there were 3 x 20′s also) it is easy to see that growth weights year on year have been remarkable. It is difficult to know exactly how many 60lb+ carp there are in the lake but last year we saw 6 different one’s and only one of this years 60′s was included in last years totals. That would indicate that we have at least 10 carp of over 60lb and my suspicion is that as the weeks progress we will be seeing a good few more turn up in catches. Many of you regulars will remember when we were waiting for our first 40lb fish and the progress since then has been amazing with our average weight now being well over the 40lb mark. It all pays testament to our police of only stocking young fish and hoping that we could grow them on ourselves. It seems to be working !! Happy days !
I have just had the week commencing June 28th come available so if anyone is interested could they let me know asap. It will not hang around !!