Chris’s nomadic tendencies showed them selves over the last few days. Unable to settle in one swim Chris actually fished three swims in four nights in a desperate attempt to get closer to the fish. He started off in swim 5 after arriving at the lake after work. The following day he wandered round the lake in search of insppiration and found it in the shape of swim 14. With Max in swim 12 landing a few during the night it seemed as good a place to settle as anywhere. He spent two nights in this swim with one fish for his efforts a long spawned out mirror of 28lb’s. The following day upon the departure of Max, Chris moved the short distance to swim 12 in the hope of picking up a straggler or two, unfortunately this wasnt to be.
Grenville guest Gerrard arrived at the lake for the last weekend as a guest of Paul. Set to join the lake next year Gerrard is a very keen angler, and a right nice bloke to boot. He fished the cabin swim so as not to take up a normal swim which might otherwise be used by a regular member. With it being the last weekend of the season there are usually more than a few anglers desperate for their last hit of Grenville before the gates are locked.
Fishing for two nights Gerrard got himself organised and set up for the long haul, having walked the lake prior to unloading his car he was aware that things were slow. His first night passed without event, and it was approx 9pm on the second night of his session that he recieved a screaming run to his middle rod. He knew immediately upon lifting into the fish that it was a good one, The fish deciding to take line asx it headed off into the middle of the lake. Eventually Gerrard managed to turn the fish and it started to come slowly toward him as he pumped the rod. It wasnt too long before the fish was swirling and creating huge boils at his feet, and it was quickly into the landing net. Up on the scales and it spun the needle round to a new pb of 37lb exactly.
Well done Gerrard
Another member to have his plans thwarted by the fish deciding to spawn was Andy. Having planned a weeks holiday and having booked a few days fishing he had already started his journey and actually camped overnight by the lakeside to simply watch the entertainment supplied by the carp.The following morning it was apparent they wouldnt be stopping anytime soon and he made his way back home to return and try his luck later in the week.
Upon his return to the lake a few days later he set up in swim 8, despite the fish being seen elsewhere. With a Westerly due he was intent on getting into prime position for later in the week when he hoped the fish would turn up enmasse.
The first night of his stay, Andy had a one toner a short while after dark, he lifted into a fish, but described it as an unusual fight. The fish finally gave up and rolled into the waiting net. It was upon opening the net that Andy was to get a suprise. Laying there in all it’s glory was a chub annd what a chub it turned out to be. Weighed, re-weighed and checked again it took the needle round to 8’9 ozs. With the British chub record standing at 9’2 0z’s this means that this fish was approx 8oz’s under the British record.
Carpwise It proved to be a long and for Bigdog extremely hard wait (Patience is certainly not his forte) Finally fish were seen behind the island and more importantly closer to his baited area. He managed to pickk off a few fish during the course of his stay and finished up with five fish. One double and four mid twenties.
Plotted up in what is rapidly becoming his favourite swim, 12 this week was Max. He arrived early in the hope of the fish being on the feed following their exertions of the previous few days. Unfortunately they decided to take the dissppear and rest option rather than the munching that we sat around the lake in anticipation were hoping for. The fish were to be seen at extreme range from swim 12, behind the island and occasionally drifting closer, but just… not close enough. Max finally managed to get amongst them on the final day or two of his stay as one or two smaller fish made their way across toward him. He finished up with six fish, four doubles and a couple of mid twenties. The lovely Cheryl joined him for the final two nights of his session and a pleasure it was to see her again.
Alan and Jamie Viney fished from peg6 this week, their session lasted for the final few days of the season. After the spawning was complete I think all the anglers visiting the lake thought that it would produce a red letter day for someone. Unfortunately as is often the case, someone forgot to mention this to the fish. They were noticeable by their absense for the first day or two, and then when they did start to show themselves it was in the no mans land behind the island. This gave both Viney in swim 6 and Bigdog in swim 8 an opportunity to present a baited hook somewhere close by at least. The fishing proved to be hard going though, and there were many more to be seen than there were to be caught. The Viney’s between them landed 5 fish weighing in at 13’8 oz’s, 14lb’s, 21lb’s, 26lb’s and 30’4 oz’s.
A fine session to finish the season off with.
Regular visitor to the lake Phil Calloway decided to chance his arm in swim 38 this week. with this area being the one most heavily visited during the last week and throughout the period of spawning, it seemed a good enough place to start.
The first night of his stay he lost a fishwhich only whetted his appetite even more. The following day which happened to be his Birthday he finally managed to hook and net a fish which was quickly followed by another. Both fish turned out to be doubles weighing in at 14lb’s and 16lb’s respectively.
Well done Phil and Many Happy Returns
Colin arrived at the lake on the 26th of the month unaware that the fish had been spawning. Paul had made the decision that he would be reopening lake at 6pm, so Colin spent a pleasant day fishwatching and by the time 6pm came there was a real excitement similar to the start of the season feeling that we all know and love. Clolin set himself up in swim 2, with many fish still in the area, it seemed as if a catch couldnt be far away.
Despite the numbers of fish moving through the shallow water, getting a take proved to be much more difficult than first imagined. He persevered and on the second night of his stay, he lost 2 and finally hooked and landed a nice fish of 27lb’s.
It would appear that the fish have finally finished their spawning. The constant activity evident the past three days ceased during the evening last night. The fish seem to be mooching around fairly happy with themselves.
Paul has therefore decided to re-open the lake as off 6pm this evening.
See you all soon
Well the fish have been spawning almost non stop now since Saturday night/Sunday morning. They have worked their way from swim 38 down to 10 and back again yesterday with the changing wind. They have spent today between 2 and 5 predominately. For those priviledged enough to have seen them, it has been an awesome sight to behold, and when you see the number and stamp of the fish in the lake it is a real eye opener. I have opened a new album in the gallery with some pics in.
Paul is hopeful of having the lake re-opened by the weekend, but is totally dependant on the fish. Once they decided to stop spawning the plan is to give them a full day before allowing angling.
All members are advised to ring Paul prior to leaving for lake for the current update
Chris Oakley arrived on Friday for his weekend session, he was, I am sure suprised to see that the fish had moved out from the safety of the island and his favourite peg 9. He settled on the under fished peg 2 for the weekend and judging by the number of fish moving both on the plateau and along the margin he seemed to have chosen sensibly. That was until the liners started. By the time I arrived back on the lake on Saturday afternoon, Chris looked ragged and wired. He hadn’t had any sleep during the night and I could see why. Even as I walked toward his swim his bobbins were dancing and the delks were beeping a merry tune. He explained that the fish were moving between the bank and a large weed-bed approx 40yds out. This meant that Chris had a succession of fish moving through his lines almost constantly. Turning the sensitivity down on the alarms helped a little, but he was obviously suffering somewhat. The following morning the fish were obviously spawning as they had ripped out the weed-bed almost entirely and it was mostly surrounding Chris’s platform. He managed 6 fish during the session, weighing in at 11lbs, 22lbs, 23lbs, 26lb’s, 27lb’s and topped off by a lovely 31lber.
Well done mate, fraught you may have been but a good result considering they had their minds elsewhere.
After arriving at the lake Alan and Jamie, settled down in swim 9 this weekend, and were soon into fish. A regular pair on the bank it is good to see both Alan and Jamie catching, they had a hard winter on the lake this year and deserve a fish or two now the spring has truly sprung. They seemed to be on the tail end of the ever decining succession of fish heading along under their rods toward the car park and the margins of the bay. This is evident in the number of fish caught. Six fish between them is no mean achievement, but I feel sure had the fish not moved off they would have had many more.
They caught, two fish weighing 19lb’s, a 23lb’s, a 25lb’s, and two at 27lb’s
On the Sunday they accompanied Paul on a meander along the car park bank watching the vast numbers of fish in the upper layers that were concentrated in that area. Thankfully Alan managed to remain in the boat this time out, well done mate.
Ron found himself spending more time watching and indeed photographing than he actually fished. With numbers of fish arriving constantly the bay was awash with carp, unfortunately by the time they reached Ron they were starting to think of more exciting things than food. For the record he had one fish weighing in at 26lb’s. Ron also had plenty of opportunity and time, especially on the Sunday to take some stunning photo’s. I have posted these in the Gallery in the spawning 2010 album, and also one or two in the scenic album. Thankyou very much for these Ron.
Most of these were taken from the edge of the platform in swim 3, in fact there were quite a few people taking photo’s and watching the fish from the swim 3 platform. With Ron on the end of the platform was Shaun Harrison and Bigdog, Oh! and a couple of Car batteries from the boat. (They become important later.) Dave and I walking the length of the bank watching fish where we could were fascinated, and happening upon the ensemble decided to have a peek at what they could actually see. All was well at this point and large fish were moving in and out of swim 3 quite oblivious to the open mouthed and awestruck gaggle of voyeurs peering down at them. Also on his rounds was Paul, he came curiously into the swim and ultimately onto the platform. Now I am not saying that Paul was the straw that broke the camels back, but the evidence speaks for itself, Dave and I moved back to let Paul peer over the edge, when there was an almightly CCCccraaaaccckkk . The platform lode bearing supports sunk further into the ground, and the platform tipped up at an alarming rate. Dave and I backpedalled away from the edge, toward the rapidly rising back end. Paul also somehow managed to avoid the drink, but Shaun, Ron and Bigdog all managed to get a soaking. There then followed a scene reminicent of the Italian job, as Paul, Ron and Dave stood on one end to bring it down, while Shaun crept along to retrieve the batteries, which of course Paul blamed the whole incident on.
We know the truth though Paul
John Patterson had an amazing 38hrs fishing at Grenville this weekend. Unfortunately I only saw John for a minute or two before he left and so have no details of how and when he caught the following list of fish. I do know he fished swims 7 and 8 during his stay.
The list of fish caught : mid double common, 20’2 oz’s common, and mirrors of 18’10 oz’s, 19’8 oz’s, 22’3 oz’s, 23’4 oz’s, 25’10 oz’s, 26’5 oz’s, 28’1 oz’s, and the largest at 31’2 oz’s.
Nice to see another common over 20 lb’s bringing the total to three now in the same amount of weeks.
Well done John, cracking haul.
Rob Thompson arrived at the lake from darkest deepest Leictershire on Thursday afternoon for his final session on Grenville. He is unfortunately moving onto pastures new next season. He set up in swim 9 and spent the first night of his stay there. Friday dawned and it was apparent to all those fishing that the fish had moved acrosss the lake. Thomo, never one to fear a move, packed up and set off with his unhooking mat over his shoulder. He found a good head of fish in the corner between 1 and 38 and decided to give it a go from 38 fishing into the corner. Almost immediately he was into fish, and a succesion of smaller doubles and twenties graced his net over the next 18hrs. The following morning it seemed almost every fish in the lake had moved into the bay, and the sight from the tower in the corner by 38 was one to behold. Many fish moving in and out of reedbed and milling around. Thomo decided to try a couple of rods on zigs as it was obvious the fish were up in the water. It was this technique which nailed his final fish from the lake and one I am sure he will remember for a long time. A stunning Scaley fish of 27’4oz’s not only a stunning looking fish but the lake record for one of the pretty ones, by over 2lbs. He packed up on Sunday morning when Paul called a halt to the fishing for a few days as the fish were obviously starting to spawn. His tally was 7 fish comprising 2 doubles and 5 twenties.
Congratulations Thomo, been a pleasure fishing alongside you mate.
Stuart, aka Pike angler plumped for swim 10 this weekend. Normally a good bet in warmer weather it was understandable. Unfortunately for Stuart most of the fish were elsewhere. He did well enough to trick a very rare zig rig caught carp. No record breaker at 24’3 oz’s It was I am sure a welcome fish when the going was getting tougher by the minute.
Adie Priest, arrived on Friday for his penultimate session on Grenville. With most of the bay area and car park bank sewn up he decided to give the usually popular swim 12 a go. With most of the by now very visible fish showing toward the car park bank and plateau toward the cabin, he was possibly up against it. Undaunted Aide worked the water in front of him, experienced enough to know that those fish out of his range were beyond his control and so concentrated on getting a bite.The technique worked a treat and Adie did well to catch a pair of nice looking fish over the two nights fishing. A lovely looking fish of 32’8 oz’s and a very angry looking 29lb mirror that I believe gave him a mighty battle before he eventually won the day.
It has become apparent today that the fish are spawning. As a result Paul has decided to close the Lake to all Anglers. Obviously it is difficult to say how long for, but with the cooler weather on it’s way he hopes to have the lake open again within a few days in time for the weekend.
All Anglers would be advised to call Paul before driving to lake to check the current situation.
Alan Renshaw, an infrequent visitor to the lake due to his catfishing exploits down in Suffolk bagged up royally this last few days. In fact up to this last session he had only done about 6 or 7 nights mainly at the end of October and the beginning of November, catching during those sessions an 18lb carp and a 5lb plus chub!!
Deciding to give Grenville a final go before his ticket run out Alan came down on thursday 20th plaanning to fish through to sat 22nd May. He had a good look round and found loads fish cruising on the top from peg 8 down to the corner under the cables. He wisely opted for swim 8 which gave him access to the island. He started off fishing two rods long to the island and the third at about 30 yds. As the day progressed he found himself getting liners from carp cruising up down margins so by the evening he ended up fishing all rods three very short within 15 yds of bank in fact. No fish fell to his rods the first night, but he was woken early by a 28lb -4oz mirror on friday morning.
More bait followed quickly by more liners and more fish cruising the bank, they just stayed there close in front of peg 8 and peg 9 and also further up the bank around pegs 5,6 and 7. Alan had set his bivvy up on the top of the bank and kept well back from the waters egde as they were so close in, he certainly didnt want to risk spooking them .
It was steady action for the next 24 hours till he packed up Saturday lunch time. Alan ended up with ten carp including eight twenties and two thirties – 31.12, 30.12, 29.2, 28.8, 28.4, 24.8, 24.0, 23.8, 22.8 and 22.4
As Alan himself said,
“I have been carp fishing a very very long time and know that when your luck is in fill your wellies as there are many blanks along the way! A real Red Letter Session on a great lake.”
Lake member Gary Covell, and his dad booked the cabin for a weeks angling. The reason behind this was to improve Dad’s UK pb, having had fish of over thirty pounds abroad, but had never had a UK thirty until this week !
The week started well with 9 fish the first day, and a couple of thirties landed before the barbeque had been finished. Unfortunately after this things slowed down considerably with the weather conditions very much against them. It was perfect for sunbathing, but unfotunately it wasnt any good for angling. It wasnt until late in the week, that the fish moved across the lake and into the bay. This gave Gary and his dad a last ditch chance of a few more fish. An opportunity they took full advantage of. They finished up the week with a total of 22 fish, including 3 doubles, 9 twenties and 9 thirties, including fish of 30’2oz, 30’3oz, 31’3oz, 31’8oz, 32lbs, 32’8oz, 33’8oz, 34lbs, and topped off by a 35’8oz’s.
Well done both, a cracking result.
The new look slimline Max Cottis arrived at the lake on Wed’s morning with a photographer in the shape of Jonathan Bones the Total Carp deputy editor. The intention was to do a feature and hopefully catch a carp or two for the camera. They decided to start off with Max in swim 12 and John in 10 after arriving and seeing one or two fish within a reasonable range. Any doubts they may have had quickly disappeared as Max was soon into fish. He had his first two within a couple of hours of setting up and any pressure was off.
Mid morning brought a succession of fish of which any of us would have been proud, Max had two fish on the go and subsequently in the net at least twice, and at times it was difficult to manage to keep a rod in the water at all. A manic morning ensued followed by steady afternoons angling. The result of which was an incredible 11 carp caught by nightfall. The following day and night added another few fish to the total.
Friday saw the Mainline Ace move across the lake into swim 37 as fish were being seen in the bay. His final nights angling saw one or two more fish fall to the Mainline Cell bait which Max swears by.
His final tally was 17 fish, made up of 3 doubles, 9 twenties and 5 thirties weighing 31’2oz, 32’14oz, 32’2oz, 31’14oz and 31’4oz.
Colin Humphries returned for his regular session at the lake. He started his session in swim 21, and persevered despite the lack of fish. He bit the bullet and for his second night moved to swim 6, in the hope of picking off a fish or two from alongside the island. This was unfortunately not to be the case, and another move was on the cards. For the first time this year fish were being spotted in numbers on theplateau in front of the cabin. Anglers were following them into the bay, and Colin decided to try peg 34. Once one of the most popular pegs on the lake and a personal favourite of mine, peg 34 has’nt been fished very much at all this year. With few fish showing along the reedline people obviously not having the confidence to give it some serious time. Colin caught what I believe to be the very first fish from this swim this season, no doubt someone will put me right if I am wrong. Colin caught a 24lb Mirror and although no monster it certainly saved the blank.
Dave Gowing returned to the lake this week hoping for a little more success than the previous week when the very cold N/E Wind had almost blown him off the lake. He set up in swim 29 upon Paul vacating it, and set his stall out for a two night stay. The weather proved to be as different from the week before as it could have been as the sunrise to the rights shows.
Dave stuck to his task admirably depite the warm windless days not proving to be too productive. It was to be the penultimate night of his session, when the fish left the sanctuary of the back of the island and started to head his way. He saw the fish head up the middle of the lake, and made sure he was ready for them. His first fish came soon enough , although at 13lb not quite what he was after. During the course of the night, he had a second and more vi’olent take and upon picking up the rod knew he was into a better fish. This beast took a little subduing but it wasnt long before it slid into the net, beaten. Dave was proved correct in his assumption of a heavier fish when it topped the scales at a very healthy 33lb’1 oz.
Paul Allgood visited the lake this week with his good friend Mark for a pre-arranged five night session. He set up initially on the back of the wind in swim 29. The scene of some big fish captures already this year I think the plan was to sit it out in the hope of one of the big girls making an appearance. This they unfortunately failed to do, and after a couple of nights it seemed a move was on the cards. As Thomo and I vacated swims 12 and 14 on the Sunday morning our intrepid duo decided that a move to this area may well give them more chance of a fish and so to 14 he went. Another 36 hrs was spent looking for and trying to tempt fish into the swim without much success. Paul decided to move into swim 7 for his last day and night, desperately hoping to pick up a fish off the island. As Paul stood with an early evening cup of tea, watching the water he saw exactly what he was hoping not to. Numbers of fish heading up the lake toward the shallow water. Paul make a quick decision and packed up and set off to swim 17. A move which many might not have bothered to make proved to be the best thing he had done all week. Within a short period there were fish moving very close in close to his peg. He put a couple of rods out and literally dropped one in the edge, where he had seen large looking fish rolling. It wasnt long before the margin rod tore off and the spool started spinning. The first fish put up a decent tussle and it was a wee while before the net was slid out to meet it. The fish was weighed and showed itself to be a nice chunk of 34′ 6oz’s It was photographed and released, and the rod replaced where it had been.
Despite fish showing all over his swim that was the last action until the early hours, when once again the margin rod did the business. This fish gave a very good account of itself, and after a good fight Paul netted a fish he immediately knew was bigger than the first. This proved to be the case and it took the needle around to 36lb exactly. Paul stayed up until 3am in the hope of another but his luck had run out. A inspired move Paul, and I am so pleased it turned out to be a productive one for you.
Mick Walton returned to the lake for his regular 48hr session this week. He fished peg 8 on a very very quiet lake. The fish were showing occasionally in their regular recent safe place behind the island. He persevered through a very tough and unrewarding session, with only one fish , a small double mirror for his efforts. Unlucky Mick, at least you wet your net mate.
Better luck next time.
Steve Renyard visiting Grenville as a guest of Marc Coulson, fished for the weekend up in the shallower end of the lake. They fished swims 23 and 24 between them, in the hope that the predicted warmer weather would see the carp heading their way. Unfortunately for them the carp proved once again, that they have their own plans and they of course dont always include a trophy shot with one of us ugly buggers. Sunday afternoon saw them both pack up, although after a quick word with Paul, Steve was once again setting up. this time in swim 6. Still warm from Viney and son leaving a short while earlier, the swim looked a good bet for a late evening fish.
The evening proved to be even more tantalising than the weekend had been with fish showing in the area, although still no take. The early hours of the morning were to finally produce a fish, a chunky one of 31lbs 8oz’s, and a new 30 for the lake made the waiting all worth while.
Pete S and his mate Steve were visitors to the lake this weekend. Arriving Friday Pete wandered round and plumped for swim 33 directly on the back of the South Westerly which had that afternoon sprung up. It was to be a wise move as it turned extremely cold as the wind picked up, and between bouts of gorgeous sunshine. His choice of swim was sound, as were his tactics, and it was on the first night of his stay that he landed what was the largest fish of the Friday night and one of only a few caught despite a fairly busy weekend. It weighed in at a very good weight of 33’12 ozs.
Unfortunately it proved to be his only fish of the session.
Father and son, Alan and Jamie Viney returned to the lake this weekend. They settled for swim 6 which would hopefully give them access to the fish showing around and behind the island. The first two nights of the session were slow, with only one fish to their rods, a lovely though small pretty fish of 9lbs. Sunday dawned bright and breezy, and the wind started to turn. It swung round to a Westerly, pushing right into the faces of the duo. This was the catalsyt for the fish to start moving closer to where they could reasonably be caught. The morning clouded over, and turned a tad chilly. By lunchtime, the weather was once more bright and glorious, and the action started. Within the space of a few hours, they had six takes between them, resulting in a run of fish to be very pleased with.
They were – 21lb Scaley, an 18lb Mirror, a lovely fully scaled scraper 20lb, a very long 30lb mirror, and finally a lovely little 10’12 oz common. Fantastic, and varied catch lads.
Very well Done
Fishing swim 3 for the weekend Brian and Julie, struggled like most in that area the Friday night, with a South Westerly blowing the fish seemingly shoaled up around the island. Although there were a few fish seen elsewhere. Brian wandered round early on Saturday morning in search of fish, but to no avail. He returned from his walk and decided to carry on in swim 3 and see what he could do. At some point on the Saturday he managed to catch a double figure common, of 13’2 oz’s. We have definetly seen a few more commons that usual being caught the last few weeks, whether this is connected to the lunar activity, or is just coincidence I dont know, but from what I understad there have been a few big commons caught nationwide of late.
As previously mentioned I set up in swim 14 next to Thomo for a social couple of nights from Thursday afternoon. With fish showing all over the swim I was extremely confident of a fish or three. Thomo to my right had caught a couple within a short while of arriving and things looked good. In the early evening whilst stood next to the rods I had a slow but steady take, I lifted into what felt a decent fish which kited left upon feeling the hook. Suddenly whatever was swimming off with my bait in it’s mouth decided it didnt want to play anymore and I felt a sudden headshake a couple of sharp knocks and an extremely slack line. Bugger !!
Confidence unabated I rebaited and recast and settled down for the night. the lake was now flat and fish had moved back toward the island. The night brought no more takes to either of us, and the next day although there was a nice ripple on the lake didnt feel particularily promising. Once again that evening, we were seeing fish at exrtreme range, we sat watching them until almost midnight at which time I got my head down. It wasnt on the pillow long, as at approx 12.15 I had a short series of bleeps, and by the time I was up and stuck my head out of the brolly, line was peeling steadily off the reel. The fish came in like a lamb, and I was expecting a little pretty one to pop it’s head out. The fish however had different ideas and took me first left and then right, knitting and pearling both of my other rods in the process. At last a fish surfaced, and I could see at once that my initial thoughts were an underestimation. The fish slid over the net and was quickly up on the scales. She pulled the needle to 32’8 oz’s. Thomo was summoned to help out with the pics, which he duly took for me.
Despite conditions looking good the following day and Paul kindly allowing me an extra night, there was to be no more action, to any of my rods. After not fishing for a while, It was awesome to be back on the bank, Thanks Thomo, for the encouragement, and of course the chuckles along the way.
Thomo, arrived late on Thursday afternoon and set off on his bike to try to spot a fish or two. His lap of the lake told him nothing, and he decided that with a South Westerly due that swim 12 would probably be as good a bet as any. He drove round then brought his van back round for me to load my kit into to fish alongside him as a social couple of nights. By the time I had loaded the van and driven round he had a fish in the sling awaiting a piccy. He had apparently cast out his first rod, and upon casting the second, he had a take on the rod in his hand as he was sinking the line. Possibly the quickest ever take at Grenville, the bait couldnt have been in the water for more than a few seconds. As I am sure you will appreciate his confidence was sky high. Whilst weighing and taking a pic of his first fish a chunky little mirror of 21lbs, I spotted a few fish out in front of both 12 and 14, this made my mind up and I set up in 14.
Whilst casting out my second rod I heard a call from next door and Thomo was in once more. This time a slightly bigger fish of 23lbs was the culprit. With fish showing from 20yds out all the way to the island we thought we had timed it to perfection. Unfortunately approx 3 hours later the breeze died completely, the lake went absolutely flat calm and the shows stopped almost immediately, and the only fish we saw from then on were behind the island and at extreme range.
Wednesday afternoon and Chris was wandering the lake looking for fish and somewhere to set up camp. He decided for the umpteenth weekend on the trot for swim 9. There is talk of Paul selling him a timeshare on the peg. Paul has also taken to strimming around him as he sits reading now.
It has been kind to him in all fairness as it seems a while now since Chris hasnt caught. A good run considering the conditions of late. The first night saw him playing ghillie and Photographer for his good friend Dave, though he did lose one that led him a merry dance down the margin. The second night however fortunes turned around and it was Dave that took the following pics of this 31lb Mirror, caught during the wee small hours.
Despite showing fish around the back of the island and a few tantalisingly close to his traps, this was to be his only carp of the trip.
Well done Chris
Very nice it was to see “Posh” Dave turn up with his partner in crime Chris on Wednesday afternoon. It was a very rare trip for Dave down as a guest of Chris’s and the pair were keen to catch carp. They wandered round the lake in search of inspiration, and saw it in the shape of showing carp behind and to the right of the island. They set themselves up in 8 and 9 respectively and it was Dave that was into fish first, he landed a zip linear of double figures on the Wednesday night. This was to be the last action for Dave until the third and final night of their stay, when he managed to fool another double this time in the shape of a pretty scaley one.
Well done Dave, always nice to see you mate, hope it is not too long till next visit.
With most of the recent fish coming from the lower end of the lake and around the island in particular, Paul Algood decided to buck the trend and try his luck at the other end of the lake where he bivvied up in swim 28 on the Saturday afternoon. He fished for the first twenty four hours in this swim, where he had one fish during the night. Weighing in at 20lb exactly.
On Sunday he moved the short distance to swim 29 where he spent the second night of his trip. This unfortunately didnt prove to be a fruitful move and there were no more fish to be had for the session.
Can all members leaving Grenville at the end of the season, please ensure that they collect all their nets, mats etc before the 31st of May, unless by prior arrangement with Paul, as after this time all locks on gate and containers will be changed, and equiptment will then only be available by appointment.
If when collecting gear, could anglers Please let either Paul or Wally know that they are doing so.
This would be extremely helpful, so that we know exactly what has been taken and what still has to be collected.
The gorgeous Brook and her not quite so Gorgeous owner Shaun Harrison were back at Grenville this weekend. Arriving before the crowd at Friday lunchtime shaun set up very bravely in the teeth of a very chilly Northerly in swim 3. Despite his best efforts the swim was apparently devoid of fish, despite looking spot on. Possibly the fact that it was a few days old couting against him on this occasion. A combination of the very cold wind and lack of fish forced Shaun to have a look around the lake and he decided to spend his last night in swim 14, where it wan comparitively tropical. Despite seeing a few fish at range it proved to be hard going . Shaun managing to hook and land one fish. A mirror weighing in at 18’4 oz’s.
Nice to see both of you again, and proof if it were needed, that she is your lucky charm.
Andy aka Bigdog arrived on Saturday 1st May for his annual week long session. It was during the same session last year that Bigdog set the record for the number of fish caught during a seven day period when he caught a remarkable 43 fish.
Hoping for a repeat of that session would have been asking a wee bit too much, especially as conditions didnt do him any favours at all this year. He set up in swim 8 and was off to an amazing start with a 31’8 oz fish on the bank within a couple of hours of arriving. Confidence must have been high at this point, as you cant ask for a better start to a session. That was to be the last fish he saw for the next few days, and very strangely Andy’s luck seemed to have deserted him. He spent a night in 18, then gave 17 a go before settling into swim 12 for the remainder of his stay. He baited up and decided to sit on it, in the hope that the fish would find him. They came tantalizingly close in numbers, as Oz and I witnessed one night during that week, they were showing in vast numbers to the right and behind the island, and across towards swim 12, unfortunately for Andy they stayed at a range of over 160 yds. Toward the end of his week one or two fish made their way in to investigate his bait, and were tripped up. These included a 26lb, and a 27lb Mirror, and a nice scaley fish of 20’8 oz;’s Not quite the haul he was hoping for, but pragmatic as always Andy left knowing that he would make up for it on a future trip.
Carl Bennet could only fish the one night this week. He arrived at Saturday lunchtime and set up directly on the back of the Northerly in swim 18. I am unsure as to when exactly he caught the only fish of his session, but as with Chris’s second fish it came very conveniently during the hours of daylight. So much more civilised than having to faff about in the dark I always think The fish was not a monster at 22’8 oz’s, but was a very welcome reward for his efforts none the less.
Well done fella
Friday saw the return to Grenville of Chris Oakley, after some relative success in recent weeks, he decided to try his luck once more in his favourite swim 9.
With conditions far from ideal, a cold North/North Easterly wind that was a week old blowing across the lake. He set up and managed despite the best efforts of the wind managed to get a few baits out to his spot, followed closely by his baited rigs. Friday night saw a little welcome action with a fish of 18lbs falling to his rods at some point during the night. The following day was chilly and thermals were the order of the day when wandering round the lake. Upon my travels I happened upon Chris with rod in hand hooped nicely over obviously into a fish. This was one of a few fish caught during the day over the last few days, A welcome departure from what has been the norm for a while now.
This one turned out upon landing it to be a lovely 14lb scaley one, very similar albeit a tad smaller to the fish that Chris caught a couple of weeks ago.
Loving the hat bud
Tuesday of this week saw Oz return to the lake in hope of a bite or two. He set up in swim 29 away from the majority of the anglers already fishing. The first night brought no success at all and so a move was in order. With the lake a lot quieter he decided on swim 3, where he spent most of the Wednesday. In the afternoon it became apparent that there were fish in numbers around the back of the island and to the right towards swim 12, albeit at long range. Oz moved down into swim 8 around teatime and a good move it turned out to be. That evening Oz and I were witness to one of the most impressive shows of fish either of us had ever had the pleasure of seeing at the lake. There were quite literally hundreds of fish rolling, leaping and generally showing off for a good few hours, at the back of the island, closest to Oz and around the side very very close to his bait.
I left Oz to it at approx 9.30pm and we were both confident of his chances. They kept Oz waiting for a while though and it was 3.30am before the inevitable happened and the alarm sounded. Oz struck into a good fish, and brought it steadily to the safety of the net. Once there, he was delighted to see that it was a one of the few large commons that reside in the lake. This obviously one of the original 7 commons to be stocked in the lakes first year. This one weighed a very healthy 20’12 oz’s, and was the second twenty pound common out in the space of a few days. Quite remarkable considering the few of them actually in the lake.
Unfortunately despite the fish hanging around the back of the island for the next 18hrs or so before they disappeared once more, this was to be the only fish of his session.
Max Cottis arrived at the lake at Sunday lunchtime, and was keen to get set up in swim 12 as it looked so good . He got himself off and running as did most of those arriving on Sunday with a fish within a few hours of casting out. A lovely fish to start any session weighing in at 28’6 oz.
Confidence bouyed even more he worked the swim and fished over his favourite Mainline Cell boilies and pellet. The fish were playing a tad hard to get and there was no more to be had on his first day, but Max doesnt let a small thing like that put him off. He persevered and his hard work started to pay off as the the next day progressed. It was approx 1pm on Monday when the alarm once more sounded. This fish turned out to be a very special and indeed gorgeous 22’1 oz Common, which to my knowledge is the biggest from the lake so far. With only a relatively small amount of commons in the lake, it is rare to see one on the bank, but well worth it as they all look as good as this one.
It wasnt long before Max was once again dashing down the steps to the waters edge as another run came to his rods. This late afternoon fish was a real treat as it was the first thirty of the session, a proper gorgeous looking fish of 32’1 oz.
Once again, things went very quiet after this, with fish showing at range, but unfortunately no more to be had that evening. At 5am the next morning the dawn was shattered with the sound of an alarm blaring out. It was once again a mad dash down to the rods and once again Max was into a fish. This one was a smaller fish of 23’14, and was followed a short while later by yet another common. This time one of the recent stocking and weighing in at single figures.
A long day followed, with the changeable weather not giving the fish a chance to settle on quite where they wanted to go. Some obviously decided to hang around the island and fortunately for the Ace carp Supremo one or two moved back out over towards his bait. The final fish of this session came at approx 6pm that evening. A savage take was followed by a very good fight. The tackle was man enough for the job though and another large carp was soon languishing in the net whilst Max arranged his unhoooking mat and scales. This fish went 33’2 oz and once again was a real looker.
A fine session, and some stunning carp. Well done Mr C
Fresh from his success of last week when he caught a stunning Scaley mirror, Chris returned to the lake in search of another on Sunday lunchtime. He set up in swim 8 after some badgering by the bigdog, who was after a photographer for the evening ahead. Chris wasnt long in waiting and his alarm soon sounded it’s sweet tune. He lifted into a nice fish and the battle was under way. It wasnt too long before he was lifting the net around a decent fish. Not as pretty as the fish of last week, it was just as gratefully recieved. It weighed in at 24’8 oz’s. Despite the almost instant take, there was to be no more fish for Chris that night. Monday morning and a move was on the cards, whether the lack of fish prompted this or a requirement to get as far away as possible from Bigdog I cannot say. Suffice to say Chris ended up in swim 22 after a lap or two of the lake in search of fish. He spent the remaining night of his session there, but once again unfortunately for him the fish did not play ball, and the session ended with the one early fish.
Cliff Kemp visited the lake for only the second time this weekend and another very productive session it turned out to be. He fished from peg 8 after seeing fish beside and mostly behind the island. He had an unusual weekends angling by Grenville standards in that he finished up with 9 fish over the session, and remarkably 8 of these were doubles. the remaining fish weighed in at a slightly more healthy 24lb’s.
Congratulations Cliff, we can only catch em mate, luck plays it’s part in which fish actually pick up the bait. I am sure that with the undoubted skills you have shown in your first two sessions that the larger fish will come along sooner rather than later
Gary Bird arrived at the lake on Friday evening and set himself up in swim 3 for the weekend. Unfortunately Janie couldnt stay the night as usual as the ugly spectre of work reared it’s head. Gary was therefore left to fish with Bertie the dog and young Finn. The first night passed without too much disturbance. It was well into Saturday night when he was first alerted to a little action by the sound of his alarm. He brought a good fish to the bank, and succesfully landed a lovely fish. Weighing showed it was a little over 30lb’s at 30’3 oz’s.
A very happy Gary rebaited and cast back out into the chill North Easterly wind, and settled down for the night. Early next morning he was up and at em once more when he was roused from his slumber by another take. This fish give him a good fight much as the first had done, although it wasnt long before he was slipping the net under another large carp. This one weighed in at 30’13 oz’s and made for a very nice brace.
Well done Gary
Alan and Jamie Viney, spent a well deserved weekend break in the cabin last weekend. Things started off well with Mr Viney sr landing a fish within a very short while from casting out. A nice mirror of 26lb’s being the first to fall to his rods. A slow day followed and it was the Friday evening before things really got moving. A succession of fish followed, steadily throughout the next 36 hrs. Alan finished the session with 12 fish under his belt, weighing in at 26lb, 20lb, 28lb, 20lb, 27lb, 18lb, 29lb, 18lb, 22lb, 22lb, and a 31lb. Jamie wasnt quite strong enough to wrestle the rods off his dad very often, but managed to finish with two carp to his name, weighing 29lb’s and 20lb’s respectively.
Very Well done both
Ian Warner fished in swim 21 this weekend. He had two fish over the 48hr session, and a fine brace it was indeed, with fish of 22’12oz’s and a lovely fish of 31’4 oz’s
Brian and Julie set up in swims 5 and 6 this weekend. With fish showing round the island things looked good for a bite. That is exactly what Brian had, just the one unfortunately, over the 48hr period, culminating in landing a nice fish of 18’10 oz’s. Most of fish hung around other side of island towards 8 and 9 unfortunately for Brian and Julie, though I am sure that Brian was happy not to pack up a dry net.
Stuart, aka Pike angler arrived on Friday night and with the impending South Westerlies in mind decided to set up home in swim 10. A very good swim on it’s day and giving him access to fish under the pylon wires. He managed one fish during his stay, and Unfortunately I am not sure as to when he landed it. A nice mirror of 23’2 oz being the one fish.
Well done Stuart, unfortunately the fish sat off the island and didnt move into the area as both you and I had hoped.