Archive for April, 2010
Koi Care Ulcer Swab and Wound Seal
Can All current and of course those new members joining in August please ensure that they have both Koi care Ulcer swab and Wound seal.
Available at ….
No Angler will be allowed to fish without this product, and all fish must be treated as necessary, failure to comply will lead to you being asked to leave the lake.
Dave Gowing, fished for two midweek nights this week, being a man of leisure now he chose to fish during the week when it was much quieter round the lake. He fished in swim 10 the first night of his stay, and moved into swim 12 on the second following the departure of Paul Allgood. A wise move considering that Paul had just caught a few fish. Dave was lucky enough to land one during the final night of his stay, a nice fish of 29’7 oz’s. Despite fish showing at range the following morning it was to be the only one he landed although he did lose one along the way.
Cliff Kemp, or Kempy as I believe he is known visited Grenville for the first time in anger this weekend. A member from the start of this season, Cliff has been fishing other waters and was unable to give Grenville any time up until now.
He has started well, fishing peg 8 for the duration of his session. With quite a few fish seen around the island lately it was a good choice, he caught four fish over the 48hrs, although unfortunately seemed to land upon a group of smaller fish landing three doubles and one fish of 24 lbs.
Four fish is no mean achievement on your first trip though Cliff and I am sure you will have many more.
Colin Humphries was back at the lake for a couple of nights this week. He started his session in swim 17, which was the swim he moved to on his last session. The following day he reversed the move that he had made the previous week, and moved his gear into swim 8 which has in recent weeks become the popular swim to be in. During the course of his two nights he caught two fish, at weights of 23lbs and 17lbs. I am afraid I do not know which swim they came from, or even which night they were caught, but Congratulations Colin.
No, despite much pestering from Bigdog we will not be starting dancing classes at Grenville.
This report is about Barry Minalls aka Tango, you might have seen his van around the lake, believe me you wont miss it Barry visited Grenville this week and spent a productive couple of nights in swim 29, a known big fish swim, it has produced a few of the bigger fish from the lake at times. Being aware of this and also the fact that the island has thrown up more of the smaller scaley fish of late, Barry decided to give it a go further up the lake.
He spent 48hrs fishing and was rewarded with two fish weighing 25’10 oz’s and 28’2 oz’s.
Good Angling Barry
We have today added a Wildlife album to the Gallery section (View by clicking “Gallery” tab above)) I have started it off with some stunning pics from Mick Walton. He has donated a few including his Kestrel in flight pic it is wonderful. Oz has also contributed with some swan pics and a fantastic set of gulls diving on bait. Cheers Oz and Mick they are much appreciated.
If anyone takes any nice wildlife or scenic pics please let either myself or Paul have a copy as we may well be able to use it for one of the galleries.
Paul Allgood returned to the lake this last week, spending 4 nights in swim 12. He got amongst a group of the smaller though prettier fish that seem to have hung around at the back of the island for the last couple of weeks and caught five fish in total, with three doubles and two twenties making up his bag.
Pretty ones of 14lb, 18’8oz’s, 21lb, and Mirrors of 25lb and 29lbs.
Well done mate, glad to see the hand is getting better
18'5oz Scaley one
Can all members previously on waiting list that have spoken to Paul and have not come back to him with their decision please do so in the next few days as failure to do so will mean their removal from the Grenville waiting list and loss of their deposit
Gary Kimble was back at the lake this week in search of a fish. After not carp fishing for almost six months Gary had been down recently on one or two sessions, though conditions had not been favourable and he had yet to land a carp. He set up in swim 14 and things looked good for a bite. No fish the first night, although as the sun went down on the second day fish were showing in numbers between swim 12 and 18. The few anglers along that bank must have thought all their Christmasses had come at once. Gary did indeed catch his first Grenville fish of the year unfortunately it was a smaller carp of 9lbs. Those bigger fish are coming Gary, keep at it mate !!
Chris was at the lake for an early week session, arriving on Monday of this week. He set up in swim 9 and during his first night was lucky enough to land on a group of fish. He landed four fish during the course of the first night. with fish of 11lbs, 17lbs, 28lbs and a particulary pretty scaley fish of 22lb, which Chris proudly decribed as the prettiest fish in the lake, having seen the pictures, I have to agree it is certainly a gorgeous creature.
Despite moving onto showing fish in swim 15 the following day he was not to have anymore. His luck it seems had run out the previous night.
Pete S arrived for the weekends angling on Friday and fished both swims 23 and 18 during the course of his stay. He caught two fish over the 48hrs a 24lb Mirror and a 19’4 oz’s Common.
It was good to see Thomo, back at the lake this week, his winter coarse campaign over for another year. His second trip of the year saw him pitch in swim 7 initially, with the weather being warm, very high pressure, and no fish showing anywhere around the lake during the day, it seemed as good a place to start as any. As the light faded, fish started to show along the barbeque bank. Colin in swim 8 decided to move and left for peg 17. All the fish showing were to the right of the island and with one or two seemingly showing closer to the island Thomo decided to move into the newly vacated peg 8. The following day Thomo landed a fish of 23lbs. Despite seeing fish just out of range, he failed to manage to catch anymore during the remainder of his trip.
Colin Humphries added to his seasons tally with his first Grenville fish of the year this week. He set himself up in swim 8 to begin his midweek session. He saw fish showing behind and around the island the first night and so went to sleep feeling confident. His sleep was broken by the sound we all love to hear and he was quickly on the rods where he found himself into a good fish. A decent fight ensued finally ending with a large carp gliding into the waiting landing net. A few minutes later and a weight of 35’10 oz’s was recorded, and a very happy angler was posing for the trophy pics.
The following evening as the light was falling fish were showing along the barbeque bank between 12 and as high as 19. Colin sprung into action, packed and barrowed his gear up into peg 17 to spend his final night. The effort was proved to be worth it when he landed another fish during the night, a mirror of 23lb’s. Good dangling sir !
Max Cottis arrived on Sunday for a three night session in the cabin. This was recorded in part for Carp tv. He managed to catch both during the night and also more importantly as far as the camera’s are concerned during the day. He caught six fish in total. Two doubles, three Twenties, and topped the session off with a fish of 31’9 oz’s. Max was using Mainline cell and during a few days when fish were few and far between it was a good result.
After the events of Monday, with his best mate breaking the lake record and the celebrations that followed throughout the day Oz had not been at the races so to speak. Anton left on Tuesday morning and Oz decided on a move. He went round the lake from swim 30 to swim 12, where he was a tad more comfortable on the back of the wind, and a little more confident after seeing one or two fish albeit at long range. Teatime brought his first run, and a mery dance it led him too. A 17lb scaley proved to be the culprit, it really is quite amazing the account some of these relatively small scaleys give of themselves prior to sliding over the net cord.
Later that evening he was disturbed from his early evening slumber and was into battle once more.
The result this time was a nice fish of 21’8 oz’s, Described as though it had just been minted and thought to be it’s first trip to the bank, lets just hope that the sight of a half asleep Oz doesnt put it off coming out again sometime soon.
Mick Walton arrived on Sunday and pitched in peg 6, after hearing the reports of numbers of fish being seen behind the island. Unfortunately they didnt make an appearance anywhere close enough to give him a chance at them. The following morning Bigdog packed up from swim 8 and Mick decided to spend his last night in there hoping to get a little closer to the elusive carp. The day passed as all too quickly did the night, with no fish to show for his efforts Mick decided it was time to call it quits and started packing slowly away ready for the journey home. With one rod out of the water and two laying on the deck, Mick resorted to the time honoured carp angling tactic of eeny, meeny miny mo, in an effort to help him decide which of the two remaining rods to reel in next. Midway through his little ditty the left hand rod made the decision easy for him as it roared off . Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, he lifted into the fish and began the job of getting it in the net.
The fish when it came proved to be a gorgeous fish of 31’8 oz’s, as an added bonus it was confirmed by Paul as to being a new thirty for the lake, and the 170th of the season. Good work Mr Walton.
Anton, (Bigvan) returned to the lake after a blank few days the previous week determined to put things right. With the season coming to it’s close, work constraints could well mean this would be the last or certainly amongst the last chances he would have for a fish. With the finishing line drawing ever nearer in the competition between the Southern spodsquad and the Northern Sharks, the Southern team ahead by a few fish, and more time on the bank due things were looking grim. Anton arrived in convoy with his counterpart Oz an unusual event due to conflicting work patterns.
They had obviously worked out a plan of attack based on which areas of the lake had seen most pressure and which were relatively unmolested and therefore likely to be holding fish. The walk round and the nice stiff breeze blowing up the lake confirmed their first thoughts and they plotted up with Oz in 31 and Anton in 29. the breeze grew quite chilly as the evening wore on and despite this Anton took his time carefully placing his hookbaits. At a little before one o’clock his slumber was disturbed by the sound of a delkim doing what Delkims do best……… sing !! He lifted into what he immediately thought was a good fish and the ponderous fight began.
As wiley as the fish may be it proved to be no match for Anton, and he soon had it close to the bank, where it led him a merry dance for a minute or two before he succesfully got it into the net at the first attempt. Once in the net he looked in and knew his first reaction was right. Oz came down and helped with the weighing and photo’s and it was recorded at a very healthy 37’6 oz’s.
A cracking start and one fish closer to the Southern total. Kettle on, rebait and rods back out and on the spots. A cup of tea later and Anton tucks himself back into his bag. Up at first light and watching the lake didnt really help as no fish betrayed their presence in the area. At 6am however the Delkim told a different tale, as something was obviously making it’s way steadily across the lake with a Bigvan special in it’s mouth.
Once again a dogged and determined tussle ensued, with a little left, right, left right in the margins, although it wasnt long before another very large fish was in the net.
This one turned out to be a familiar fish as Anton caught it a couple of years or so back at 36lb’s. It had been out a few times since and had been caught at it’s best weight, 39’8 oz’s by Oz strangely enough who was now on his way to help out once more with the domestic duties.
This time the needle swung round to a marvelous 41’8 oz’s a new UK pb for Anton, a new lake record for Grenville, quite probably the biggest brace from the lake, and very importantly it wins the North v South match, as the rules stated that anyone catching a forty during the season automatically wins the competition outright. A right Result as you might say.
41lb's 8oz's New Lake Record
Tired but Triumphant
Bigvan accepting the white flag from the Southern boys
Anton will not be rejoing the lake next year unfortunately as he has a ticket for a new water much closer to home, and less travelling to the lake obviously means more time on the bank. I am sure the rest of the members will agree with me when I say that the place wont be the same without you about most weeks mate and also to wish you all the very best for your new lake. Go get that 40lb common now Dont be a stranger, It will be good to see you whenever you head this way.
Bigdog arrived on Saturday afternoon, and after a wander round the lake decided on swim 20 as a start point with a view to move the following day when the lake had quietened down. A good nights sleep was had and early the next morning he was off again in search of the fish. They were showing in numbers behind the island, but as always just out of range of the anglers chasing them.
Bigdog decided to pitch in swim 8 once Viney and Jamie had packed up, where most of the fish had been seen. The day brought no joy, although he managed one fish of 19’8 oz’s during the night. Next morning despite once again seeing them they remained desperately out of reach.
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Teacher aka Andy Hanahoe, spent the Easter week in the Log cabin with his partner Sharon and her son. The going was very tough at the beginning with the marvellous English weather conspiring to spoil everyone’s fishing. One or two fish were fooled over the first few nights of his stay, though as the days passed he was still awaiting the bigger fish coming in on the spots.
As the weekend approached the Northerly breeze grew in strength and a very healthy looking ripple started blowing across the lake towards him. The fish which had been across the lake and all too frequently seen round the island were now coming his way. The takes started coming more regularly, and a steady run of fish was starting to occur. Getting the baits out to the baited spots became an issue but our hero battled bravely on through the weekend. The fish moved in and out over the last couple of days of his stay, the final tally of fish was 14 in total. Consisting of one double, ten Twenties up to 29lb’s, and the three thirties below at weights of 32’6 oz’s, 32’8 oz’s and 37’10 oz’s.
It wasnt all fun and games though, as it never is, although I am sure Andy will admit he should really have known that a tip section of a Century FMJ wouldn’t float when you have just cast it twenty yards into the lake despite all the wishing in the world Given his chosen profession, I guess he will just have to consider it a lesson learnt,
Tuesday of last week saw the arrival of Oz. He came down with the hopes of a few fish to try to redress the balance in the great South v North competition which has been ongoing this season. After a fruitless wander round the lake in search of fish he decided to set up camp in swim 12, and take it from there as the week went on. The high pressure and sunny conditions of the first few days were ideal for lazing around during the afternoons although hardly perfect fishing conditions. The days proved to be hard going as a result and so Oz was very working hard at picking up a fish during the hours of darkness.
He did well managing a fish a night for the first four nights of his trip which given the conditions was a decent return. The fish weighing in at 9lb’s, 25lb’s, 29lb’s and a 33lber.
Unfortunately as the weekend approached the bulk of the fish disappeared off with the steady Northerly that picked up and came across his shoulders,. They headed to the other side of the island leaving his last couple of days to be spent enjoying the break from work and the spell of decent weather.
Lovely little Linear
Stuart aka Pike Angler was down for his regular weekend session this week. He decided on peg 33 as his home for the weekend, and quickly got himself set up and organized. The Northerly wind seemed to be in his favour as it seemed to push the fish which had been hanging around the back of the island across towards his baited area. He did well and managed to land two fish over the duration of his stay at 15’2oz’s and 22’8oz’s. Considering the number of anglers on the lake and the few fish to actually come out it was a good result for the weekend. Well done Stuart.
Alan and Jamie Viney returned to the lake this weekend keen to catch a kipper or two. They set up in swim 8 as fish had been caught from this area in the week previously and all the signs looked good for fish around the island. They fished through from Thursday evening till Sunday morning, and both of them got amongst the fish.
Jamie only had the one although a cracking 12lb common is never to be sniffed at. Well done Jamie
Dad had four fish in total, a lovely though small 8lb linear, and mirrors of 18lb, 20lb, and best of the bunch a mirror of 31lb’s.
Dennis hit thew ground running after his winter break. Dennis usually packs away the carp rods in October in favour of a bit of pike fishing during the colder months. He returned to the lake on Tuesday with his carp gear piled onto his barrow and set off around the lake. He didnt manage to tease anything out on his first day but has today returned for another go and landed a cracking first fish of the year at a weight of 29’4oz’s.
Good to see you and catching again so soon Dennis
Taking full advantage of being off work following a rather nasty accident with his hand, Paul Allgood visited the lake for a rare midweek night on the bank. He set himself up in swim 8 hopeful of a fish or two and enjoyed a good days sport catching three fish in total. Weighing in respectively at 11lb’s, 24’8oz’s, and 26lb exactly.
Considering how few fish have been out recently this was a good session.
Being Easter week, we have had a few anglers down that have obviously got a few days off work. The lake has’nt been busy at any stage with approx 7-8 being the most on at once.
Andy Hanahoe (Teacher) - hence the time off is spending the week in the cabin, and has I believe three fish for his efforts so far. No monsters, but I am sure he is enjoying the comfort offered by the facilities as much as the bend in his rod.
Hopefully he will connect with one of the bigger girls before his week is up.
Oz – Has arrived for a long session, arriving Monday and fishing through to weekend. He is obviously trying to redress the balance in favour of the Northern Sharks. He started off extremely well with a fish of 33lb’s odd and a stockie on his first night although didnt manage anything last night.
I will post full reports from each angler complete with pic’s upon the conclusion to their respective sessions.
Good Luck Guy’s
Fresh from his recent return to the lake, Andy was keen to put a fish or two on the bank. He fished the first night in swim 10 after seeing one or two fish in the area, but when nothing had happened overnight he decided to try his luck in swim 6 early next morning.
As dark closed in he spotted what appeared to be a largish fish roll to the left of the island bar, and wasted no time in launching a bait in it’s general direction. Ashort while later this rod’s alarm burst into life and so I am sure did Andy. After a short fight he landed what he first thought was a mid twenty, upon closer inspection he was proved to be a tad out with his estimation as it swung the needle on his ruebens round to a very healthy 36lb 8oz’s.
What a fish and as it turned out only a taste of things to come.
A very happpy easter bunny texted all his friends, and settled down in a confident mood, He was next disturbed at approx 1am by a one toner. Once again a short tussle was rewarded by yet another fish in the net, this one weighed in at 32lb 8oz’s. There was little chance of our hero sleeping much more that night, so he decided to move his bivvy at 3am to give himself a better view of the lake. He sat drinking tea and staring at the lake for another three hours and was ready to pounce when at 4am he had yet another run, this fish came in much quicker and easier than the previous two and turned out to be a small stockie common. Andy rebaited his rod, cast out again to the same spot and put the stove on for a cuppa, before he had time to fill the kettle the same rod rattled off once more. This fish weighing in at 32lb exactly.
Suffice to say Andy slept most of the following day and was thankfully (at least for the rest of us) undisturbed by fish. The following night he added to his and the Southern teams score with a small double mirror.
Thursday night saw approx half a dozen anglers on the lake, amongst these were Brian and Julie who braved the very worst of the weather and the strong S/W wind pitching in an extremely blowy pair of swims – 12 and 14. They worked very hard the first night getting their rigs and then bait out to where they wanted to actually fish. As the condidtions continued they must have asked themselves at least once or twice whether they were doing the right thing, but reward came in the early hours of Friday morning in the shape of a lovely 32lb’s ’10oz fish to one of Brians rods.
Congrat’s mate and well done to both of you for sticking it out
The Bank holiday weekend has proved to be a relatively quiet one so far. Approx half a dozen anglers fished last night, with half of them off today. One or two more are due today/tomorrow and a few from Monday onwards. The Weather has much as it has been recently… Changeable. At present it is very overcast with a light breeze, and looking good for a fish or two.
There has been one fish out so far a beauty of 32lb’s. I will reveal the name of the captor tomorrow and post a full catch report and pic’s