Archive for August, 2009
Congratulations are also due to Shaun Harrison this weekend. Fishing a 48 hr session in swim 5 Shaun was soon off the mark landing a lovely 32lb carp before he had set his bivvy up. An instantly recognisable fish this one and proving to be no stranger to the bank.
He followed this the next afternoon with another stunner at a weight of 31’14 oz’s.
Then a short while later in the afternoon had another screaming run which resulted in yet another thirty at a very healthy 35’4 oz’s.
Shaun then Finished his session off with a very pretty scaley 18lber. I am sure the gorgeous Brook is really just his good luck charm and has nothing at all to do with keeping his feet warm.
Syndicate member and website guru Chris Oakley fished swim 3 for a 24hr session from Sunday through to Monday. After a quiet night, he managed to winkle out this lovely fish at a weight of 31’6 oz’s just prior to his departure. Congratulations Chris.
Huge congratulations to Les Coe, he fished swim 25 this weekend only managing one fish but what a fish at 36’4 oz’s After a long and hard season last year it seems Les is continuing to make up for it in style this year. Well done that man.
Well it seems the wind toward the end of last week got a few of the big girls moving and on the feed again.
Ian Warner once again took full advantage of this, deciding on swim 29 on the back of the wind. He caught ten fish over the 48hr session. He managed to catch one double, six twenties up to 27lb, and three thirties weighing in at 33’6 oz’s, 33’4 oz’s and a beauty of 39’10 oz’s.
New member Mark Barret finally popped his Grenville cherry this weekend. After a tough decision he plumped for the recently vacated swim 34. He lost one fish but managed to land a lovely 16lb Scaley one. Lets hope that is the first of many to come.
Dave Gowing fishing swim 23 managed one fish this weekend at a weight of 27’8 oz’s. He then decided on a last day move to swim 25 which resulted in another twenty during the course of the afternoon.
Whilst a number of members pitched themselves on the end of the wind, the catches for the last couple of days have come mostly off the back ofthe wind.
Ron… spent 48hrs in swim 34, he was rewarded with two fish both twenties up to 23lbs.
Brian and Julie… spent 48hrs in swim 37 although it was only Brian that caught this weekend with two twenties up to 24lb
Tim Fromant… was in swim 3 for this period and managed to catch seven fish three of which were doubles and four twenties up to 26’8 oz’s.
Dennis… The only member to do well over the other side was Dennis, who fishing the day only managed three fish from swim 18. He caught two twenties, topping them off with a 32lber.
The bank holiday weekend saw the members that were fishing stagger themselves quite nicely over the four days, this meant we never had too many on the lake at one time, leaving plenty of room for all. Amongst the early birds down this week were…
Marc Coulson, fishing in swim 33. Mark had a mixed bag of one single, one double and two thirties weighing in at 32’4 oz’s and 35’6 oz’s respectively.
Whilst across the other side of the lake in swim 12 Andy Pleasance was having a similar session. He caught over a 48 hr period one double, one twenty and a thirty weighing 35’8. Well done to both anglers.
Colin arrived on the 25th and started his session in swim 29 after an early morning fish weighing in at 23’8oz’s he decided on a move across to 21 where he had seen signs of fish. The following day he moved back across into 32 after seeing the fish appear once more on the Westerly Bank. Seeing that the fish were travelling back down the lake, he decided for his final day to try swim 34 hoping to intercept them. He was rewarded in the shape of a 31lb fish just prior to packing up. Good angling mate.
The Southern Spodsquad (Alan Vine, Big Bad Ron, and young Jamie Vine) are finally off the mark in there competition with the Northern Sharks. Viney tempted to the lake by the promise of a stiff Southerly wind was not disappointed. A days angling in swim 21 proved rather fruitful with this 30’1oz fish to show for his efforts.
Well done also to John Patterson, who after an unsuccessful couple of nights in swim 5 moved into swim 12 braving the wind.
He was rewarded in the shape of two doubles, a 21lb’er topping the session with a 33lb’er. Hopefully pics will follow.
Steve Burbidge also took advantage of the wind and settled himself into a very blustery swim 23. He managed to take two fish for the days fishing at 18lb and 23’2 oz’s.
Kevin Benham, better known to his angling friends as the pest controller has gone some way to shaking off his nickname it seems. He earlier today caught the 50th thirty from the lake since the season began way back on August the first. The fish is the best of four that Kevin has managed so far on his midweek session. It weighed in at 33lb and was taken from swim 23.
Congratulations also to Nick Martin with a seven fish haul from peg 12. This included strangely enough three double commons, and three twenties up to 27’10 oz’s.
Well Bigvan returned home from his honeymoon, looking slightly ragged it must be said. He and Oz travelled South in the hopes of a few August fish. It was an odd week weather wise, and our intrepid heroes decided after a none too fruitful day or two stationed along the car park bank and off the island that a move was in order. They headed up into swims 25 and 26 after seeing signs of fish moving that way, unfortunately the fish didnt show in numbers and those that did werent the big girls, better luck next time lad’s.
The final tally for the week being
Oz finished with four fish to 24lb
Bigvan had three fish upto 28lb
I wonder what odds you would have been offered at the start of last week on a treble bet. Burnley to beat both Man Utd and Everton respectively and then Les catching a fish.
It gives me great pleasure in announcing that Les’s drought is over, he has finally decided that bait is the way forward and having brought some with him this week managed a couple of Crackers. Firstly this beauty at 30lbs 8ozs
T his was quickly followed by a stunning 20lb plus Scaley as you can see from the photo Les had obviously been celebrating the capture of the previous fish, only joking Les congratulations and all the best for the rest of the season
Finally at the end of the week there came a little more breeze than we had seen the previous few days.
The South west corner looked good and a few managed to take full advantage of the stuation.
Shaun Harrison managed three fish to 27’12oz from swim 9,
Kevin Benham also managed three fish to 19’14oz from swim 10,
Barry Minall took three fish to 21’6oz from swim 12, and
Tim Fromant caught two fish to 19lb
Max Cottis and his lovely wife Cheryl have been fishing from the lodge swim this week. Between them they have caught a number of fish including a fair sprinkling of thirties, the largest to date has been taken today with a 40lb 1oz Carp for Max.
Not to be outdone Cheryl has bagged herself a stunning scaley at a weight of 19lb 13 oz’s a truly gorgeous fish.
Max and Cheryl continue to catch steadily from the lodge swim,otherwise the lake quietened down considerably during the course of the week. I managed a 31lb 4oz fish from swim 12 but could only manage this and a 10lb common for my efforts
Congratulations to Chris who on a quick overnighter managed the 29lb 10oz fish pictured here and also one of 31lb 12oz’s which unfortunately I dont have a pic of. Congratulations also to Colin who managed three fish towards the end of the week at weights of 29lb 8oz, 29lb 4oz and 28lb 2oz
New Member Gary Kimbell, had fine sport on his first visit to the lake. He fished in 14 alongside his mate Andy. There were a number of fish it seemed, spread out between their pegs and the island at long range. They fished for the weekend and picked off a number of decent fish nice and steadily throughout session. I have reported on Andy’s haul below, but here is the lowdown on Gary’s fantastic weekend. This included 16 takes with 12 fish landed for a total of 3 doubles, seven twenties and the two thirties below at 31′ 12oz’s 30′ 08oz’s.
Well done Gary, hope you have many more during your time on the lake
New member Andy Sewell, fished swim 12 last weekend with his friend Garyin the swimnext door (14). Between them they managed an incredible catch. They caught fairly regularly throughtout the weekend as the fish moved off behind the island and then moved back along the bar between the two swims. Andy’s catch was very much a mixed bag of fish as he had 6 doubles, 3 twenties, and 4 thirties.
It was made up as follows,
6 doubles, 22’8 oz’s, 22lb, 27lb, 30’12 oz’s, 32’8 oz’s, 33lb, and 33’8 oz’s. The four thirties are pictured below.
Fine angling Andy, I just hope you dont expect it to be like that every trip
Hearty Congratulations to a new member Ian Warner who as part of a four fish catch landed a fish weighing 41’1 at around 4.30 this morning. The fish was originally the first forty as caught by Mark Lawrence in August last year and was last caught in March at 41lb exactly.
Gary Mills, also added to the awesome few days fishing that the lake has seen. Fishing the ever popular swim 34 he was soon on the fish and what fish they proved to be. During his 48hr session he managed 5 takes and amazingly 5 thirties in the net. An incredible achievement and well worthy of a mention. The fish weighed in at 34lb, 39’12oz, 34’8oz, 31’4oz, and 34’4oz. Just shows what reward a little application and skill can bring when the big girls are on the munch.
Five fish in a session for over 175lb’s must be every carp anglers dream come true.
Very Well Done Gary, an Awesome Catch mate.
Serial blanker Mick has had all his Christmases come at once. He caught a new PB at 32.12 earlier today and then topped the session off with a stunning new 40 at 40.4. Whatever next, a 50 for Les?
Waahey, Fireworks, alcohol, a Hog Roast and a Thirty pound plus carp, what more could you possibly ask for on a summers weekend. Gary’s token was pulled early from the bag and as a result fished from peg 21 this opening weekend along as always with Janie and young Finn. With most leaving after the weekend with nothing more than a blank under their belts Gary was as you can imagine most pleased with this lovely 31’8oz Mirror. Very well done Gary.
As usual Paul and Sue hosted a fantastic opening night Hog roast and Barbeque. It was well attended with approx 60 members old and new as well as the Sewell family who own the farm upon which the lake is situated. A great night was had by all. A t 9pm the anglers left the party and made their way to their respective swims for the start of the season.
The following photos were taken by Gary Bird, one of the members. Many thanks for sharing them with us Gary
The tension of the draw
Busy opening weekend
Chewing the Fat
Mr and Mrs Vine, and Janie
Ready for the off
Itching to get started
Viney playing with his food
Paul and Linda
Sarah and Janie
Sue feeding the 5000
Queuing for supper
Getting stuck in
Helen moving at speed