The last week or two have been frustrating to say the least. We no sooner get a day or two of warmer weather and occasionally even a little sunshine. Unfortunately for the anglers steadfastly trying to weedle out an early fish we seem to be getting as many chilly and miserable day’s. This means that although the water temperature is rising it is rising very slowly.
This weekend saw it rise over the 8c mark which has resulted in sporadic signs of movement and fish topping.
This brought a few more anglers down to the lake for the weekend and we enjoyed our busiest weekend of this year so far. Unfortunately for most there were no fish to be caught over the two days, and everyone packed away dry nets and slings.
The exceptions to the rule seemed to be from those anglers that turned up either on the Saturday or Sunday and fished through to Monday or Tuesday.
Roy Jackson got the ball rolling with a nice 18lb mirror from peg 17 early on the Monday morning.
Mick Walton, also arriving after the weekenders had left fished from peg 8 and after struggling for most of his 48hr stay finally landed a nice mirror of 26lb’ 8oz’s.
Another angler to wet his net was Bigvan, arriving late on the Sunday afternoon he set up in swim 10. With no action to his rods during the first night he moved into swim 12 for the second night.
A good move as it turned out and he restarted his prolific season with a lovely linear mirror of 29lb’s in the early hours of a very wet and cold Tuesday morning. This fish was strangely enough one of the last to be caught before the winter kicked in properly when Viney caught it during last November