The week ending August 20th was one of extreme heat and mixed angling fortunes resulting in 37 carp and numerous sturgeon banked, although it is fair to say that the bulk of the fish came from the swims fishing the deeper water at the dam end. Strange that it should be like this as there were plenty of fish evident all over the lake however in a great many cases even obviously feeding fish proved very hard to tempt. As in previous weeks there were quite a few fish hooked and lost so the final tally could well have been a good bit higher. Highlight of the week was seeing a brace on 60’s banked with a 61lb common being caught by Peter and a 66lb 6oz mirror bagged by Don who also had another fine mirror of 57lb 5oz in his bag. The overall weight of the carp was excellent with the big three fish being backed up by numerous good fish including 12 x 40’s up to 48lb. This was pleasing to see as we have felt that with an extremely heavy spawning this year our average weights have been lower than we could have expected in a normal year. However, all the carp are in excellent condition and the lean look of most of the fish means that they will be significantly heavier as the pre-winter feed takes hold and spawn starts to develop once more.
Anyway, that said the lads enjoyed a good week despite extreme temperatures with Peter having 11 carp including a 61lb common another common of 46lb as well as mirrors of 48lb, 47.8lb, 45lb, 43lb, 41lb, 41lb, 39lb, 38lb and 36lb. Don had 9 carp including the 66.6lb mirror and the 57.5lb mirror and a cracking common of 45lb along with a good helping of 20’s and 30’s plus another cracking common estimated at over 40lb that escaped from the sling before weighing !!! Now, now Don, get a grip lad !! lol
Tony fished the middle of the lake from Gingers Patch and had 6 carp including a brace of 40’s at 47.11lb and 42.10lb whilst the lads fishing the shallower water had to make do with just the one carp apiece, Stewart’s was 55lb, Stephens was 42.13lb and Dans was 23lb. I cannot fathom out the lack of action in the shallower water as normally at this time of year the shallows does rather well. I can just put it down to the fact that the lake water temperature is now as high as I have ever known it be with temperatures taken this morning of between 24c to 26c. Now that’s a nice warm bath, certainly not an environment that hungry carp would enjoy.
The week just finished has seen a continuation of the heatwave and with temperatures in the 35c+ bracket all week conditions were far from ideal for carp fishing. The water level is now about 9ins down on top level and we are desperate for some serious rain to freshen things up. As is to be expected the fishing was patchy in the heat and I feel that the lads did well to finish the week with a bag of 27 carp which included another 60 at 63.3lb plus a trio of 50’s all a tad over the 53lb mark. Although we also saw some nice 40’s banked, up to 47.11lb, it is fair to say that the remainder of the catch was at our lower end weight wise with the bulk of the catch being 30’s, although there were also a handful of smaller fish banked including one of just 14lb !
Kevin was top rod for the week (fishing Gingers Patch) with the 60.3lb mirror backed up by a brace of 53lb mirrors and another 7 good fish whilst Richie fished Zippies for a bag of 4 carp topped by another 53lb mirror. Norman fished the shallows from Car Park swim and managed to land 5 carp up to 41.9lb and Phil fished Deliverance and bagged 6 carp up to 39.4lb, that being a lovely common. Kenny fished Middle Ground for just the one carp at 35lb whilst Craig had just the one fish from Island at 22lb. This week it seems that the middle of the lake was the area that struggled although strangely the top rod, Kevin was also fishing this area ! What does that teach us ? absolutely nothing, other than the carp are as contrary as ever !!
Well, I feel that we continue to see some cracking fish banked despite weather that is completely at odds with carp fishing. As would be expected, nothing comes easy in these conditions but those that are on the fish and get the tactics right are still catching some wonderful carp which augers well for the remainder of the season. All we need is some cooler weather a good helping of rain to freshen things up. Happy days indeed !
Find below a slide show from the weeks reported on above.
This week we are free from anglers as poor old Keith Hunt has slipped a disc and cannot come over. Get sorted soon Keith and perhaps try letting your wife carry your wallet instead. You know it makes sense !!