This week has seen the temperatures rise to the mid 30’s and with little wind the lake has sat simmering under the constant sunshine with the water temperatures rising by the day. Carp were to be seen moving in the mornings between 5am and 9am and in the evenings before darkness set in which would indicate that they were feeding however takes were hard worked for all week. One explanation may be found in the experience that Fergie had when a cracking high 30 common spat out a half chewed small roach ! I am aware of the importance that predatory feeding can have after spawning as it offers an immediate pure form of protein that can never be matched by anglers bait. Perhaps the solution lies here of perhaps with the constant hot weather the carp felt rather like we did – lethargic and lazy !! Whatever the reasons the lads did find the fishing tough going. No complaints though as they were all regulars and enjoyed their week despite the slow fishing. Between regular naps (Gary slept most of the week it would seem !!) there were still a few nice fish banked to keep the enthusiasm stoked up with the jewel in the crown being Peter’s new lake record at 73lb. Fergie weighed in with a 38lb common and a 34.8lb mirror, Martin with a trio of mirrors at 32lb, 49lb, and 51lb and Dennis had a 32lb mirror followed by a 43lb mirror. Gary had a small mirror and dear old Ron had a blank but both remained happy and helped make the week so enjoyable. About half a dozen sturgeon were also landed throughout the week with the bets being 52lb.
For a lake owner it is always difficult to deal with the quiet times when there is no logical explanation for the fishing being so hard but it is something we always experience at times and can do no more than offer advice and encouragement where we can. I think that I get far more stressed than the anglers when times are tough and I will often be told to ‘chill out Jim; it is only fishing’ !! That being said I like to see our guests catch and would love to be able to understand the workings of a carps mind. When all is said and done it is a sobering thought that a creature with a brain the size of a peanut can cause us so much frustration. One of Mother Nature’s jokes methinks !