I have just returned from my UK visit to find that the lake is fishing well, the tree’s out now in leaf and the swallows are feeding everywhere. To top it all the cuckoo’s and nightingales are serenading from dawn to dusk and in the case of the latter, all night long. Happy days indeed.
Strangely we have just had the start of carp spawning evident in the top end shallows where they were tearing up the newly emerging lilies in their endeavors. This will be the earliest we have ever experienced spawning taking place and it would seem that the amorous fish are mainly the smaller Brenne’s. Our main stock look to be be some time away from being ready so I would imagine that once the smaller fish have completed their spawning we will have a lull for a good few weeks yet before the bulk of the fish get underway. It, happily is not having any effect on the fishing with lads already banking 11 carp including a 65lb 10oz common and a brace of good 50’s, and that is in very contrary conditions with hot daytime sunshine and chilly clear nights. Anyway the lads are happy and the fish are in stunning condition so for the time being – all is well.
Now to the catch report for our season so far.
Week number 1 has already been reported on so I will move straight into week 2.
This week saw another visit from the Welsh Winklers plus our old friends Caddy and Bobby. In fairness the fishing was patchy but everyone finished up with a decent fish or two and a couple of the lads had a real belter of a week.
Caddy, after a slowish start finished his week on 17 carp including 6 x 50’s as follows….50lb 2oz, 50lb 6oz, 51lb, 51lb, 55lb 10oz and 56lb 14oz. A great week for the lad.
Bobby finished his week on 9 carp with a best of 52lb followed by 4 x 40’s comprised of a brace of commons at 42lb and 47lb 8oz and a brace of mirrors at 43lb and 49lb. Carey fished the shallows and had 5 cracking fish including mirrors of 47lb, 52lb and 53lb 2oz plus a stunning common of 48lb 14oz. Well deserved Carey lad. Geraint had just a brace of fish which included at cracking mirror of 58lb whilst Steve had to settle for the big sturgeon at 61lb and Mal a smaller sturgeon at 24lb. That’s fishing ! The lads all had a great time and we look forward to the Winklers return visit in 2019. In the case of Caddy and Bobby it will be in just a few weeks time.
Total catch was 10 x 50’s, 10 x 40’s, 12 x 30’s and 2 x20’s.
A slide show of the week.
Week 3 saw the return of another old friend in the form of Keith Hunt and friends and after a slowish start they did eventually get amongst the fish.
Jim bagged 3 carp including commons of 66lb and 47lb plus a mirror of 23lb whilst Spencer, fishing the shallows, managed a trio of mirrors plus the big sturgeon at 61lb. Keith was blanking until midweek and then turned in a respectable catch of 6 mirrors including 4 x 40’s at 42lb, 45lb, 47lb and 47lb whilst Jumbo managed 7 carp including a 55lb 14oz mirror. Adrian chipped in with 4 carp including mirrrors of 50 14oz and 46lb 14oz. Well done all.
Weeks catch was… 1 x 60, 2 x 50’s, 7 x 40’s and 7 x 30’s and 6 x 20’s (more than usual !).
A slide show of some of the boys carp.
Week 4 saw the return of our regular pal, Keith Williams and party and true to form Keith was once again top rod with a 15 fish catch. Included in Keiths catch were mirrors of 67lb 8oz, 57lb, 50lb 6oz plus another 6 of over 40lb up to 48lb. Great stuff Keith.
Matt had a trio of mirrors up to 49lb, Chris a solitary catch in the form of a 41lb common and Stu a brace of mirrors at 54lb 4oz and 43lb 12oz. Tom finished up with 5 carp including a cracking mirror of 57lb.
Total catch for the week was 26 carp consisting of 1 x 60, 4 x 50’s 9 x 40’s, 7 x 30’s and 5 x 20’s.
Some of Keith’s fish for the week. I will post pictures from the other lads once I have traced them !
Our season has started pretty well and in the first 4 weeks we have seen the following caught…. 90 carp consisting of 3 x 60’s, 18 x 50’s 27 x 40’s 28 x 30’s and 14 x 20’s. To follow that this week has already seen another 60 and a couple more 50’s banked ! Looking good for the season methinks !!!