A slow week comes to a close.

The five lads on this week certainly drew the short straw when it comes to fishing conditions. Arriving in heavy rain they then had a few days of hot weather causing the carp to become more amorous than hungry and then a final few days of the week were cold with lots of rain, some of it heavy. Anyway, only Stephen managed a rare blank with the other lads banking a total of 17 carp ( and 5 x sturgeon) including some cracking fish.

Top of the tree was Dean who fished Island swim and caught 9 carp including mirrors of 58lb 6oz, 56lb, 49lb 8oz and a lovely brace of commons of 48lb and 47lb 8oz. James fished Zippies and had 4 carp comprised of mirrors of 59lb 8oz, 56lb and 41lb plus a solitary common of 39lb 8oz. Jason bagged 3 carp from Deliverance with a best of 42lb and Dan winkled out just the one mirror carp at 39lb. All in all it was a most enjoyable week with a cracking bunch of lads and although the carp failed to show up in their usual numbers we still enjoyed the sight of some impressive fish on the bank.

Totals are as follows

50lb – 60lb – 4 (59lb 8oz, 58lb 6oz, 56lb, 56lb)

40lb – 50lb – 7 (49lb 8oz, 48lb, 47lb 8oz, 42lb, 41lb, 41lb, 41lb)

30lb – 40lb – 4 (38lb 8oz, 39lb 8oz, 32lb, 31lb 8oz)

20lb – 30lb – 2

Spawning is proving a problem again this year with the unsettled weather giving us a stop, start scenario with carp beginning their breeding activities when conditions are perfect and then having to stop as colder weather accompanied by lots of rain cooled the water down again. The tench at least have found conditions to their liking and have been busily spawning in the big lily bed but the carp are having to wait once more for the sun to shine and the water to warm up. This coming week should see an improvement I hope. Interestingly we are seeing a good number of carp that would seem to have already spawned so there will still be fish interested in feeding even if the bulk of the stock get the breeding process underway in the coming days.

Find below some pictures from this week.

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Mid week update.

Today has been very wet with firstly gentle rain turning gradually into heavy rain and then in turn into a real deluge.  At the height of the downpoor Jason could be seen wading out into the lake to land his new pb at 42lb. A very wet but happy chappy. James also added a nice 41lb mirror to his bag along with a common of around 20lb that looked like it had been bred in the lake with the look of a nice Champagne common but the shoulders of a Brenne Royale. One for the future methinks. To be honest the fishing has been slow with the hot early days of the week creating perfect spawning conditions. Although all appeared perfect the carp just seem to dabble at their work and we are still awaiting the main event. Catches have been lean with just 11 carp banked but including 3 good 50’s up to 59lb and several fish lost. There really is not much the lads can do except fish hard and be patient. Perhaps tonight will see a change for the better.

I have been updating my list of carp caught so far so look below to see how we have been doing. As you will see the average size is once more well up on previous years and augers well for the future. Happy days.

60lb+…………….11

50lb – 60lb…….53

40lb – 50lb……..85

30lb – 40lb……..76

20lb – 30lb……..43

Doubles………….2

Total carp caught…..270

It’s the waiting that’s so difficult !

The day is hot, very hot with a cloudless sky and bright sunshine and the air pressure remains high although it is forecast to fall when the rain arrives later today. I say ‘rain’ however according to the local forecast we could well be enjoying a ‘severe thunderstom’ which under normal circumstances I would welcome. The problem we have is that everything is just about perfect for spawning to get underway fully and the carp are just about fit to burst however a sudden drop in temperature could well cause the fish to get stressed. If that happens the fishing will be poor and the carp themselves are likely to sulk quietly in the deeper water whilst they await the arrival of more acceptable conditions.

I have just returned from a walk around the lakes and enjoyed a short time with the Dutch lads fishing Poppy’s lake. As we chatted carp could be heard and seen thrashing around all over the lake as heavy spawning takes place for the second day running. Despite this the two lads I chatted two had already banked 48 nice carp and whilst I was there hooked and played out the 49th…a nice common. I took the opportunity to video the episode so will include that in a later blog.

The point on the main lake looks over the favored spawning places with the large lily bed and lush margins being just about perfect for the carp to thrash around without causing to much damage to themselves. I quietly watched, in the hope that I might see some early signs of spawning taking place. The air was hot, sultry and oppressive and barely a whisper of breeze ruffled the surface. Dragonfly’s were everywhere, often joined in mating, and the air was filled with the hum of bee’s in the tree’s and, being tucked away in the shadows as I was, our resident pair of grebes approached quiet close to me, one with two little chicks on it’s back. They are the first grebe young for several years so we feel really pleased for them. The lake itself was quiet and still and the shallow channels I overlooked initially appeared devoid of carp. Slowly a large shadow just drifted up in the water and as I watched it take shape I could see several more, just slowly drifting up and down in the water, without any apparent purpose. Well, the carp were certainly here, not feeding nor spawning, just waiting. In time the occasional boil could be observed in the lily pads, nothing energetic but more like the water moved by the gentle turn of a large fish. Odd puffs of silt showed themselves and twice I saw a distinct swirl but failed to spot the fish that made it. Anglers will understand it when I say that the air was almost electric in its air of expectancy, not for a run in this case but for that most basic of activity’s that nature demands of them at this time of year. I am left with the feeling that tonight’s the night !! Fingers crossed that I am right.

 

Week ending 13th May

Well, I was convinced we’d see spawning last week but the weather stayed consistently mild with heavy showers all week. The wind switched around on the day the lads arrived from the northerly that we’ve seen pretty much all season to a mild southerly and it changed the dynamics of the lake for the better – Although the average size must have been one of the lowest this season and it wasn’t a prolific week, all six anglers caught a few each. I think the reason for the lower sizes was mainly due to water temps hovering just below spawning temps – a lot of the bigger females going off the feed leading up to spawning and the males becoming more active.
The total caught for the week was 32 upto 68.4 (between 6) with the breakdown being:
7×20’s (!)
9×30’s
11×40’s
4×50’s
1×60

A big thanks to Tim, Mark, Will, Paul, Joe and Andy for another great week.

The sun has been out for a few days now, so we’re expecting to see spawning start very soon…

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Week ending 6th May

Felt gutted for the four lads leaving at the end of the week, the conditions changed big time on the last night (as they had when they arrived)- woke up to a strong, warm southerly wind blowing​ down the lake after a week of cold northerly blowing onto the dam. Sorting the new lads out on Saturday I saw more lumps boshing out down the middle of the lake in a few hours than I have all season I think!

Anyway, a brief summary of last week. It could have been a lot worse – the lads managed fourteen between them but with practically all of them falling between Zippy’s and Deliverance due to the wind direction – 1 x 20, 9 x 40’s, 2 x 50’s and the crinkle tail common paid a rare visit to the bank hitting the scales at 65,5.

Thanks to Ian, Simon, Lee and John. Great having you as always – proper members of the big LMDM family!

 

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Week ending 29th April

We had some more LMDM regulars on but it was the two new lads (particularly Darren on Deliverance!) who stole the show.
Darren landed 28 carp including 9 x 40’s, 6 x 50’s and a 68.14! Lee, fishing next to him on Island spent much of the week netting and photographing for Darren so we were delighted that he managed to land few good lumps himself including 2 x 50’s and he finished in style with the Cut Tail Common at 67lb.
On the home bank it was a quieter affair, Alec (Ginger’s) and Christine (Zippy’s) managed a few each – 3 x 40’s (up to 49lb) and a 53 for Alec and 2 x 40’s and a 54.7 for Christine.
John
 on Middle Ground only managed the one for the week but it was a cracker at 58lb.
Steve who fished the shallows from Sanctuary did really well to end up with 7 fish considering the temperatures and the wind direction – his biggest weighed in at healthy 49lb too.
Thanks to everyone for a great week and glad to have two new members to the LMDM family!

Total catch for the week:
48 Carp
6 x 20’s
12 x 30’s
17 x 40’s
11 x 50’s
2 x 60’s

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A mid week change.

It’s Tuesday morning and the sunny days of the weekend have been replaced by cloudy, showery conditions with temperatures due to drop by 4 or 5 degree’s. It will be interesting to see how the change in the weather influences the carps activities but I am hoping that it will kick start some of our more elusive big girls to put in an appearance. This week has continued in much the same way as last with 20 carp banked including 6 of over 50lb. Darren has had a wonderful start to his holiday with 11 carp to date including 5 x 50’s and this morning, a cracking common of 46lb. Another 50 and 3 other mirrors of 49lb mean that the week is maintaining a good average size of fish. In fact the smallest fish caught so far is still over 30lb.

The long range weather forecast is for the rest of this week to remain cool with rain and a possible thunder storm with Saturday seeing much warmer conditions arrive and the following Saturday to once more see temperatures fall. I expect that sometime next week we will see some spawning occur however it would seem that a lot of the carp will not be ready for a least a couple of weeks. We shall see.

A brace of 50’s for Darren.

I have just been watching Darren land a 54lb 12oz pb mirror after a really long, tough fight. Taking to the water to better play the fish Darren finally managed to stop shaking enough to see that the mirror carp just beat his pb that was set overnight with a 54lb fish. A great start for the lad who is on his first ever visit to Le Moulin du Mee. Happy days.

Christine Merritt also got off the mark last nigh with a stunning 43lb common. Well done that lady.

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An exceptional week.

A quiet last night saw just a couple of mid 40’s added to the bag (complements of Martin) leaving us with a fabulous total of 66 carp and a 62lb sturgeon. Best of all was the sheer quality of the catch with 4 carp of over 60lb and another 13 over 50lb included in the final tally. Especially pleasing for us was that this catch was amassed by a group of anglers that have been regulars at Le Moulin du Mee for some years now and have had some good weeks, some tough weeks and now finally a great week. Well done fellah’s.

Top rod was Martin (Killer to his friends) who fished well for his bag of 27 carp. Pick of his catch was a 61lb 8oz mirror followed by mirrors of 59lb, 56lb, 55lb 12oz, 51lb 8oz, 51lb 12oz and 51lb 10oz. Well done big fellah.

Steve, ably assisted by his lovely lady Sue, also had a week to remember with a 20 carp tally including commons of 67lb 4oz and 66lb plus mirrors of 56lb 8oz, 54lb and 50lb 4oz. Good fishing Steve.

Nigel fished days only due to old age and infirmity but still managed a lake best sturgeon of 62lb plus  a mirror of 58lb 10oz and a common of 50lb 14oz in his 6 fish catch. Big Al struggled for the early part of the week as the shallows seemed to contain just our smaller stamp of fish however ‘big fish Thursday’ certainly happened in Alans case with a brace of over 120lb !! It comprised the ‘Cut Tail’ common at 67lb 8oz and a cracking mirror of 56lb 12oz………lovely stuff. Alan also had a nice mirror of 43lb 8oz plus  another 6 smaller fish. ! Brian also managed a 50, this time a mirror of 54lb 12oz in a 4 fish catch which included mirrors of 48lb 12oz, 44lb 12oz and 39lb. The only struggler was Paul, aka Crusher, who managed just the one fish at 36lb but promised to listen to advice next year !!!!

All in all a cracking week with a lovely group and a result that reflects good angling as well as the huge strides our carp stocks have made in recent years.

A picture gallery from this week. Take a little time to look through this cracking array of stunning carp.

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The total catch for the season so far is as follows…

8 carp of over 60lb

38 carp of 50lb – 60lb

57 carp of 40lb – 50lb

55 carp of 30lb – 40lb

30 carp of 20lb – 30lb

2 x doubles

On the eve of the completion of an exceptional week.

It is Friday night and today’s warm sunshine has given way the chill of another cold night. A feature this week has been the constant sunshine that would only give of its warmth when you were nicely tucked up away from the wind. Nights have been very cold indeed with a frost by dawn and the cold north wind barely pausing for the arrival of the sun. Not the best of fishing conditions but as ever the carp have proven as contrary as ever and the catch so far has been the best we have ever had at Le Moulin du Mee, not in quantity but certainly in overall quality. What is good is that we have had 50lb+ fish caught this week from 5 of the 6 swims being fished meaning all but one of our anglers have caught at least one fish above this weight. Alan Grainger, fishing the shallows had banked some of our smaller carp until last night when he had a 40, a 50 and a 60lb fish giving him a full house of a double, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60lb fish with just a 70lb fish needed to complete the hand ! Tonight Alan !!

As I write the tally stands at 63 carp with 4 x 60’s and 13 x 50’s plus a host of big 40’s and tomorrow I will put together a slide show as well as a more detailed catch report.

The condition of the fish would lead us to believe that water quality is spot on with high oxygen levels enabling the fish to fight so very long and hard. If you look closely at the water you will notice that it is full of daphnia, clouds of them that are the foundation of the rich feeding the carp have in the lake. We have swallows feeding all over the lake during daylight hours and bats replacing them as night draws in. They are all feeding on the huge hatches of chironomids along with alder flies and all manner of other insect goodies. Our early damsel and dragonflies are also beginning to show up and I have no doubt the carp will be munching on the big nymphs as they look for reed stems to climb up. Once out of the water the wonderful metamorphosis takes place that see’s the drab, fierce nymphs hatch into brightly colored damsels and dragonfly’s. It really is a fine time to be at the lake with so much going on under the surface and so much happening in the tree’s around. The birds are busily nesting, singing away to establish territories and feeding avidly on the insect bounty provided by the lake. It is a good time to be looking for an easy meal. As well as the richness of the nature around us it is paling into insignificance compared to the results that our fishermen have achieved this week. The carp are looking as good as ever although it is fair to say that quite a few of them have been boosted a little in weight due to be ready to spawn. Some spawning has taken place last week and last night we have had reports of carp thrashing around along the tree line and in the shallows. It would appear that the Brenne Royale strain are the early spawners this year and many of them look ready to get underway the moment water temperature is into the 18c+ area. The commons are not seeming ready for spawning in the main however we have had some that look like they have already have. It is a strange period with some carp seeming some way off spawning, some ready to get underway whilst others look like they have completed the act and are back on the feed in good fashion. We have some warmer weather due in the coming days and I feel that spawning will certainly be a factor to contend with in the week ahead.

Well, with the results the lads have had up to now it is not to much to expect another lump of to to show up by morning. Watch this space.