Fishing from the increasingly popular swim 6, Phil Calloway stole a march on the weekend anglers by arriving on the Thursday afternoon. He set up and introduced a little bait. He was fortunate to catch on his first night at the lake, with a carp of just 8’12oz. Despite topping up the swim and working hard at his angling for the next 36 hrs there was to be no more for Phil. On a weekend when relatively few fish were caught at least Phil managed to avoid the blank.
This week despite the very mild weather we have been experiencing, has proved to be one of the least productive in terms of fish on the bank that I have known at Grenville. Max and Lee Collins have been working on a dvd in the cabin swims and even they have found the going very tough indeed. A full report on their week will follow once Max leaves tomorrow and I have his final tally for the week.
Other than that, it has been very very quiet, with all but one angler blanking so far this week.
The one being, Anton of the Bigvan, who despite his best efforts was staring a blank in the face with only hours to go of his session. Wily old bird that he is, he spotted on or two fish topping at extreme late on his last night on the lake. He duly cast a couple of rods in the general direction of the disturbance and was rewarded in the wee small hours, with a mirror of 26’8 oz’s. Very Good Angling mate.
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PS. The biggest of the C3 stocking, Green 374, came out at a staggering 38lb this weekend. Pics and update to come. Bearing in mind that the Greens are only 8 year old fish versus the 10 year old fish from the Red stocking, we’re probably looking at the future lake record in the making.
With the week proving to be hard going, those that arrived full of enthusiasm on Friday hoped it would be their time. The lake was noticeabley quiter than the previous weeks, possibly due to the wet and windy conditions or perhaps word had got out how hard the lake was fishing, once again there were more that put their nets and slings away dry than wet, but the lucky few that managed to catch were…
Brian… Fishing in swim 6 for a 36hr period, Brian was for once the one that caught, usually he acts as gilly and photographer for Julie. This weekend saw him land a good fish of 28’8oz, it must be sometime since you had to do the photo’s Julie, hope you remembered how to
Stuart… It was a mixed blessing for Stuart this weekend, he finally managed to put a fish on the bank, after a bit of a drought. Strangely this one didnt even put a bend in his rod. Waking at 4am to a screaming run Stu must have thought he was in for a battle royale, this fish had other ideas though, and decided to run from where it had been hooked to right under his feet. From what I hear it was all poor old Stu could do to try to keep up with it winding down as quickly as he could. Very soon it was under his feet and it was a simple job to slide the net under it. Weighing in at a healthy 25’12oz he couldnt have been too disappointed though a tussle would have been nice after the wait he has had.
Keith… Keith carried on his roll of at least a fish a trip, with a slightly smaller specimen this week it has to be said, but when all around are blanking any fish is a good fish. Fishing on the back of a strong wind in peg 37 proved to be the right place to be. A 12lb mirror was his reward this week.
Roy Jackson… Roy fished from peg17 this weekend and was another fortunate enough to put their net under a carp. This one proved to be a nice 20lb scaley fish. Whilst he hasnt yet had any monsters, Roy has shown his ability with consistent captures on almost all of his visits to the lake so far. Well done Roy.
They came and in most cases failed to take advantage of the conditions as they had hoped to, all except that is for Andy, aka Bigdog. His results are rapidly becoming the stuff of legend. His results this season speak for themselves, with somewhere in the region of 50 fish so far this year alone. He also let slip that he is a week or two away from making it a full year since having his last blank at the lake. When you consider he fishes almost every week, winter excluded it really is some acheivement. This week was no different, with all around struggling he managed to outcatch everyone on the lake once again. With a total of five fish from swim 6 including two thirties it really was a stand out performance.
Fish caught were, 20lb, 27lb, 28’8oz, 31’8oz, and topped off with a 32’5oz fish.
I am fast running out of superlatives for you fella, Well done.
Well the prospects could not have looked better for the hardy few that had arrived at the lake during the early part of the week to fish. Conditions were theoretically ideal, with the pressure dropping from the 1030′s that it had been for far too long to a much more promisisng mid 990′s, a new moon cycle, and a new South, turning to South Easterly wind. If ever there was a time to be at the lake then surely this was it….. or so we all thought.
Below are the results of those that managed to catch, this unfortunately doesnt tell the whole story, as there were a few others that tried and failed dismally to wet their nets. Congratulations to those that caught. It wasnt as easy as we thought it would be.
Mark Skellam… Mark had forgone his usual weekends trip to the lake in favour of a few days during the week. He set up in swim 19 and worked hard fishing into the face of the Southerly wind. One fish was unfortunately all he had to show for his efforts though at the end of his stay, a smalll mirror of 9’4oz
Bigvan… Anton once again had problems before he even got here, his normal mode of transport “throwing a rod” (Excuse me if I got the technical terms wrong Anton) prior to starting his journey. This resulted in him arriving in a small van for the second week running, if this carries on we will have to think about renaming you fella. He arrived well after dark and set up quickly in swim 33. Like everyone else he saw the odd fish behind the island, and even a few moving up the middle of lake at times, but unfortunately struggled like the rest of us. Although unlike most he actually caught, with a 15lb mirror falling to his rods.
Stevie P… Arriving late on Tuesday for the first of his his midweek overnighters Steve decided to fish from one of his favourite swims 18. He worked his magic as more often than not is the case and left early in the morning, just as it was getting light with a brace under his belt. The weights being 10lb and 25’12oz.
Alan Renshaw… Alan who broke his Grenville duck last week, returned toward the latter part of the week full of anticipation, he fished to the right of the island in swim 9, for a 48hr stint. The only fish to come to his rods was an unusual fish for Grenville, a chub To my knowledge there has only ever been one out before, likely to be an escapee from the dykes that surround the lake, they obviously sneak through the grill of the overflow pipe when small and due to the naturals and bait introduced grow on well as most fish in the lake thankfully do. This one weighed in at a respectable 5’12oz. Not what you were after Alan, but congratulations anyway mate.
Paul Cooper… Paul also decided to make the long trip South in search of fish this week, he fished from swim 5 for a 48hr period and although he worked his swim as well as he usually does he was to be rewarded with only the one fish this week, but what a fish. A beautiful 20’8oz scaley one, and a lovely fish.
Well done Paul.
Roy Jackson only fished for 24hrs this weekend, arriving on the Saturday and fishing through till Sunday. He positioned himself in 18 halfway up the barbeque bank and I would imagine that he was rather glad he did. He caught three fish during the course of his short stay, more than most that had fished for twice as long. His catch consisted of a 12lb common, a 12lb mirror and a 27’8oz mirror. Congratulations Roy
Dave Gowing fished swim 33 for the tail end of this week. Arriving on Thursday he fished through till Sunday. He started the session in frustrating fashion, as the fish he was catching were of the smaller variety, being 8lb, 10lb, and 12lb. As nice as it is to catch fish Dave was really after something a little larger. He persevered though and kept feeding the spot he was fishing in the hopes that one or two of the bigger girls came through. Late on the Sunday not long before he had to pack up his reward finally came in the shape of this 33’9oz corker.
Well done that man.
Fishing from the other end of the lake this weekend, in swim 22. Keith kept up his incredible catch rate. There cannot be many weekends this year that Keith has failed to catch at least one fish. He kept that record going this weekend with a nice 28’12 mirror from right under the nose of his good friend Mick, who was fishing swim 23.
Good angling Keith
Oz returned this week to fish from peg 9, A regular visitor last year, very rarely missing a weekend, Oz has been noticeable by his absense this year so far. A rather attractive young lady being the reason we are not seeing quite as much of him as we used to as I understand it.
He was soon back into the Grenville swing of things though with a nice 30’4oz mirror coming to his rods on the Saturday night, with very few fish coming out over the weekend it was a good performance showing that the elusive third member of the Northern Shark Trio hasnt lost his touch.
Good to see you mate.
New member Peter Hallam, who was on I believe his third visit to the lake finally caught a Grenville fish this weekend, fishing from swim 6
At a weight of 34’10 it was some size of fish as well, not the most attractive to be fair but still well worthy of mention. Congratulations Peter, lets hope it is the first of many for you.
New member this year Carl Bennet has been a fairly regular visitor to the lake this year, he arrived on Friday of last week and proceeded to set himself up in peg 15. Dilligent angling in very poor conditions was the order of the day and it finally paid off in style for Carl when he landed this beauty at a weight of 22’6oz.
Well done Carl
Les set up and fished for two nights in swim 37 this week, and like all those facing North endured a cold harsh Northerly wind for most of their stay. This sort of weather doesnt deter Les though and he duly went on to catch yet another thirty in the shape of this lovely 34’10 oz Mirror.
Them new Carp sweeties certainly seem to be doing their job Les.
Matt too came down on Thursday evening this week, avoiding his usual Friday nightmare journey. He positioned himself bravely in swim 3 on the end of a cold Northerly breeze. Friday dawned and the breeze had turned into something a little more spirited. Very blowy and very cold. The water showed a good swell and conditions if a little chilly looked quite good for a bite. This eventually came and well worth the wait it turned out to be with this lovely 28’6oz Mirror.
Having a 3 night pass from work and home, Chris took the opportunity to have a midweek session on the lake. He brought down a guest as mentioned in another posting. Starting his session in swim 5 proved fruitless for Chris and along with his buddy made his way around the lake a few times in search of inspiration. This came in the form of Bigvan packing away in 18. They decided their best chance of fish lay in swims 17, and 18. Chris ended up in 18 and during the remainder of the session winkled out a nice carp in the shape of this 30’8oz. Obviously a good move Chris.
Well done to Gary Mills, He beat the weekend rush this week by arriving on the Thursday. Gary fished in peg 12 for a 40hr session. He somehow keeps managing to tease out yet another of the bigger Grenville fish. yet another Gren thirty under his belt. This one at a weight of 33lb’s exactly.
Thats some collection of piccies he must be amassing there. Congratulations mate and long may it continue
Nice to see an old face this week in the shape of Dave, Posh to his friends. He came down as a guest of Chris Oakley and enjoyed or rather endured a 3 night session during which time he managed a very nice 22lb scaley fish. He started in swim 6 which has thrown up some nice fish recently, and after one night moved into 17 in the hope of improving his chances. Unfortunately this wasnt to be. Still nobody could be disappointed with only one fish if it is as lovely a fish as this one.
Alan Renshaw, joined the syndicate in August, although some unfinished business with a Catfish or two has kept him busy and consequently away from our banks and this was only his second visit to the lake. Having only 30 hrs to fish and conditions being as they were Alan decided on peg 37. A wise choice as it turned out. He broke his duck with a 19’2oz mirror. Congratulations and well done on the fish lets hope the next one is a little bigger.
Max Cottis continued his love affair with Swim 12 this week. A good solid sessions angling saw a steady succession of fish head his way, and whenever they moved away from the back of the island toward him he was ready with traps set. Despite very poor conditions he had another good few days, with a total of seven fish to his name. These included, two thirties of 36’11oz and 32’5oz taking his total for the season to an incredible 21 . Baiting up with his ever faithful Mainline Cell was a little trickier this week, having to be done as it was in the gloom of a autumnal evening due to a flock of seagulls, Wishing (I had a photograph) those of you of a certain age will be thinking, well wish no more as we have the catch in it’s entirety pictured below.
Anton, aka Bigvan had four nights booked on the lake this week hoping to take advantage of the much hoped for big girl’s feed up prior to them shutting up shop for the winter. Unfortunately they didnt play into his hands as planned. He decided to set his stall out in swim 18 this week and introduce bait into the swim and wait them out. First night brought a fish of 25lbs, and the second night two more mirrors at weights of 18lb and another 25lb fish. Despite a steady trickle of bait being introduced for the next two days and his steadfast determination no more fish came his way. He didnt see another fish within casting range until he was busy packing his gear away. Bloody Typical Mate.
I fished from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday Lunchtime this week. I chose swim 33 as the fish that had been seen were between the island and the plateau. My hope being that I might manage to pick off a straggler or two from the main shoal. Fortunately for once my plan came together like a well oiled machine and at 11am on Wednesday the tip bent round and my reciever squealed with joy. A good tussle ended with a fine thirty pound fish coming to my net, as I sat basking in the warm glow of success I was quickly roused once more into battle as the same rod swept round and the reciever burst into life once again. A protracted fight with the fish doing it’s best to stay in the deeper water where it had run to was slowly played out and eventually I saw a rather large beastie coming begrudgingly through the gin clear water toward the waiting net. This fish weighed in at 36’2 oz and was a very welcome capture Indeed.
Even Andy aka Bigdog struggled with the conditions this week. Starting his session in 26 proved wholly unsuccesful,
he moved from there into the vacant swim 5 and stuck to his task, on what was planned to be the last evening of his stay he managed to fluke a fish at last in the shape of a 25lb mirror. Invigorated he started the next morning off in fine style with an 11lb common. This spurred him on and when Ron departed from swim 7 Andy fired a bait out to his right as far as he was able, while setting the indicator the tip swept round and he was into a hard fighting fish. This was landed and weighed in at 30’12 oz. With a start to the day like that it was inevitable that he would stay for another night and risk incurring the wrath of the better half upon his return home, like any good carp angler should. Two more fish at weights of 22’5 and 28lbs were his reward for this extra effort.
Moving about the lake in search of fish was the order of the day this week as they remained as elusive as ever. Anyone would have thought that with perfectly flat and windless conditions that they would have been showing themselves.
Unfortunately this was not really the case, there were the usual culprits behind the island and a few out at long range in front of the car park bank on the plateau.
Steve P… Fishing the first of his two overnighters Steve spent his 12hrs in swim 37 after seeing fish in front of him while looking round. He finished up with a last cast fish just prior to leaving, a 14lb common.
Phil Fry… A newcomer to the lake this week Phil Fry, arrived and fished his first session. Spending 48 hrs in swim 28 proved to be worthwhile in the end, with Phil breaking his duck with a nice 23’8 oz Mirror. And all without the aid of a bait boat eh Phil
We finish the round up of this weekends catches with two fish from Lee Skellam. Starting his session in 17 Lee didnt feel he was on fish as he had hoped. Spotting fish across the lake somewhere near peg 33 meant a move was on the cards. Come lucnchtime he was set up in his new swim and the move paid off later that day. Two fish fell to Lee’s rods a 19’2 mirror and a 10lb mirror. Good angling Lee, hopefully you will have their much larger relatives next week mate.
Fishing from what appears to be his favourite swim from peg 6, he worked hard baiting a couple of spots steadily. This weekend he managed his usual one fish although this week his fish weighed in at a nice weight of 28’6 oz.
Well done Andy, I will be down for that beer this week …Honest
The long 5hr journey back to Geordieland will never have seemed sweeter I hope than for James Temple this weekend. On his third trip down to the lake James finally got amongst the fish for the first time. Fishing from peg 37 on the point he managed to catch two fish weighing in at 27’9 oz, and 28’7 oz respectively. While many anglers were finding the conditions difficult, James kept his head down and persevered with his fishing, I am very pleased that on this trip it finally worked well for him.
Keith arrived amongst the last of the weekend anglers as his work hours unfortunately dictate. This meant with most if not all the popular swims taken, that it was a case of just finding somewhere he thought he might get a bite from. He plumped for swim 10. Fortunately for him the wind turned quite significantly in his favour bright and early on the Saturday morning. Keith had see fish moving toward and alongside the island and with a very warm wind pushing hard into the corner to his left felt very confident of a fish at some point. Saturday evening was when it kicked off for him, and within a mad few hours during the latter part of the evening, Keith notched up five fish including a new pb of 38’10 oz, the fish that accompanied this beauty weighed 22’15 oz, 15’7 oz, and 28’6 oz.
Well done Keith, Well Deserved.
Paul Allgood normally gets to fish on Friday night and then unfortunately have to go home due to domestic arrangements. He has for this weekend and the next few actually got a two night pass which has obviously helped his fishing this weekend. After setting himself up in swim 18 midway up the barbeque bank where he had caught sight of one or two fish albeit at range, he proceeded to cast out and begin the vigil.
Saturday late morning proved to be the turning point, whether as a result of the fresh wind that had picked up or as a result of fish moving across his baited area. Paul picked up four fish during the day, weights were 16lb, 24’12 oz, 22lb, and 23’4 oz Mirrors.
Fishing for 72 hrs in swim 12 Max Cottis continued his recent good fish finding form. Whilst most of the rest of us were struggling with the conditions and finding excuses at every turn, Max chose the swim that has been good to him of late. Baiting steadily with Mainline Cell and concentrating on fishing his to his mark paid off in fine style. He had a total of five fish, with four twenties weighing 23’5 oz, 26’13 oz, 29’5 oz, and 24’5 oz, and topped off by his nineteenth thirty of the season tipping the scales at a weight of 31’7 oz.
Fishing for midweek overnight 12hr sessions is never easy and when work and family commitments dictate that your fishing is restricted almost exclusively to two overnighters per week between work, then it can be hard work at times. Despite this handicap, Steve works very hard for the fish that he catches. After a slightly slower start to they season, he has finally started to make some headway and for the first time this week caught fish on both of his quick overnight sessions.
Tuesday night saw him in swim 37, and a 14lb common falling to his rods.
Thursday night and he made his way further up the lake and set up in swim 29 just as dark was falling. The reward for his effort was the capture early in the morning of his first thirty pound carp of the season in the shape of a 30’9 oz Mirror.
Well Done Steve
This week has been much like those of late, with mixed fortunes for the attendant anglers. Here are the best of the rest of the fish caught this week.
Kev Benham… Kev fished a 24 hr session in swim9 this week and suffered along with almost everyone else fishing midweek He did better than some with two fish to his credit, an 11lb common and a 23lb Mirror.
Andy Roberts… Andy fished swim 3 this week on the chilly end of a Northerly stiff breeze, He was well wrapped up whenever I saw him. He fished for 40hrs and had one fish weighing in at 16’4 oz.
Roy Jackson… Roy fished for 48hrs this week in what is radily becoming his favourite haunt swim 38. Ignored often due to it not having a lot of options, Roy has started to make himself very comfortable in there and has caught some nice fish from the spot. This week he caught three fish, a 19’4 oz Linear, and 27’4 oz, and a 24lb Mirrors.
Colin… Choosing to stay put this week Colin settled into swim 18 on the back
of a stiff breeze. He fished for 48 hrs and though he saw many fish at range, he only managed to fool only one lovely scaley fish at a weight of 22lb.
Chris Oakley spent a fruitful session in swim 18 this last 48 hrs. Despite almost becalmed conditions during the hours of darkness and very little breeze during the day he managed to tease out his third thirty of the season, for some strange reason Chris’s three thirties have all weighed 31lb apart from an ounce or two here or there. This one weighed in at 31’2 oz and got him up at 6am this morning. Fingers crossed for a 32lber next time Chris.
Anton, aka Bigvan is certainly on a run of thirties this year so far. While there are many with more fish under their belt, there cannot be many with a higher proportion of thirties amongst their captures. Congratulations must go out again to the big fella fishing from swim 31 he decided to set his stall out for the duration of his 48hr session and worked his swim accordingly. Despite seeing fish during the first night when it was flat calm his delks stayed silent. It wasnt until around 10.30-11pm the following evening that they finally sang their tuneful song and had our hero scrambling from his sleeping bag and into his waders. The 34’8 oz Mirror below being the culprit.
Cracking fish mate and very good angling.
Jon finished a 48hr session in swim 23 earlier today, after far from ideal conditions throughout the duration of his stay, he did well to land any fish at all. He had a nice mirror of 26’2 oz which prevented the ignominy of a blank being recorded. Good work Jon.
Andy arrived on Saturday after working through the night. He set up in swim 3 and spent the first night with no fish to show for it. On sunday afternoon he moved into swim 31 before settling in swim 29 for the night. Very first light this morning he was woken by a screaming take and bent into a very good fish. The result was the capture of this stunning looking mirror of 38’10 oz.
Mark Skellam continued his fishing this week where he left off on his last trip to the water. After setting up in swim 18 halfway up the barbeque bank he watched a number of fish showing at extreme range. Luckily enough for him this weekend they decided to come into the shallow water to feed and he took full advantage of the situation, with a mirror of 33’4 oz, a real beast of a fish, and 24,4 oz, Unfortunately Mark also lost one fish at the net.
Poor old Gary Bird arrived got himself all set up in swim 33 this week and that in itself is no mean feat, when there are two grown ups, one small person and bertie the dog to think of.
Finally ready to set to and catch a fish he found he had forgotten his bait. Facing a round trip home of nearly three hours he made his way back to his car. Here his luck changed as he met a kindly soul who took pity on him and gave him some magic beans. Not ordinary magic beans these ones they smelt of fishmeal and had been brought from the fabled city of Enfield. Armed with his new bait Gary couldnt wait to get his rods out. He fished well and the magic beans worked their power causing him to have two fish, weights were 20’10 scaley, 23’14 oz and two fish lost. What became of the kindly soul who helped out I hear you ask.
Well that Jammy git went on to catch a 38 from swim 29, and who says there is no such thing as carpy karma
Mick Brooks... Mick fished from 8 this week, one of his favourite pegs. He worked dilligently throughout the weekend and was rewarded with one fish at a weight of 27lb. Kim will be back next week hopefully and I am sure that Mick will resort to his usual blank every week
Keith… Mr Consistent as he should be otherwise known. Keith is steadily racking the fish up this season. Although he hasnt banked any real monsters yet this season Keith has caught fairly consistently so far and I am sure will have his share of the larger ones sooner rather than later. Fishing from swim 5 this week he caught a 24’2 oz.
Viney… Both Mr Vine and young Mr Vine jr have found the going tough this year, being weekend anglers for the most part they have certainly not had the best of the conditions and have like everyone else been struggling to be in the right place at the right time. Alan managed a mirror this weekend from swim 33 weighing in at 24lb.
Gary Kimbell… Gary who has been on a roll recently did not disappoint this weekend either. despite poor conditions and not being on the favoured side of the lake he managed to pop out a mirror of 21lb from swim 14.
Andy Hanahoe.. Or should that be last gasp Andy, as thats generally when he catches his fish, managed to take the pressure off “early doors” this week with a stunning capture of a lovely 7lb scaley one from his favoured swim 6, unfortunately I dont have any pics of this beast as of yet, but will pester Andy when he is next down.
Jason Allaway, a guest of Shaun Harrison, fished from swim 33 this weekend, and what a session he had. His catch included one single, two doubles, two twenties and a brace of thirties. Weights were 14’4 oz, 11’4 oz common, 32’6 oz, 9’6 oz, 36lb, 22’4 oz, and 25’10 oz. Fine angling Sir.
Paul Allgood made a good choice of swims this week it seems. The fish were once again fairly localised and while some caught others found it hard going. Fortunately for Paul he had three fish from peg 29. The respective weights were…. A 26’5 oz mirror, a 20lb mirror (which I think we could call a character fish), and a 23lb scaley
Father and son Phil and Sam Calloway fished from the cabin for the last few days and had a great weekend so I hear. Both had fish to their rods and fortunately there was even a 30 lb plus fish to both anglers, including a new Personal best 30’12oz mirror for Sam, and a 33’8oz fish for dad.
Total fish for the weekend were… four fish caught between them. weights were 17’6 oz, 22’14 oz, 30’12 oz, and 33’8 oz. Awesome angling chaps
Ladies and Gentlemen, Paul has asked me to inform the syndicate that the rule concerning not fishing next to another angler when lake is quiet is to be scrapped. It has proved to be unworkable in real life situations and anglers may now fish where they want at whatever time. exemptions from this rule are obviously the swims which fish the same water, ie 22, and 23. While Paul has removed the rule he would ask anglers to fish with courtesy toward their fellow angler. Please use common sense and consider others,
Ladies and Gentlemen, Paul has asked me to inform the syndicate that he is aware that some members are using their swims as a toilet. This is obviously very antisocial and inconsiderate to other anglers. With the lack of rain recently this is causing some of the swims to smell. Please use common sense and DO NOT URINATE IN OR NEAR TO SWIMS. Please either use toilets provided or walk a reasonable distance from the swim itself.
Anybody found to be using their swim as a toilet will be asked to leave the fishery immediately.
Andy Pleasance decided, rather wisely as it turned out, to follow into swim 12 upon Thomos departure on Wednesday. The swim had already thrown up 9 thirties, and mostly mid thirties at that during the course of the week. Andy set up and fished for three nights finishing with five fish in total, three of which broke the thirty pound barrier. Weights were as follows….. 38’14 oz, 32’6 oz, 21’8 oz, 32’6 oz, 26’8 oz. Fantastic session Andy, lets get some pics of these beauties mate
Julie and Brian fished close together in swims 30 and 31 this weekend, Julie lost what felt like a good fish on Friday night, but was to be much more successful on the Saturday night, landing a 31’7 oz Mirror. Congratulations Julie and better luck next time to Brian.