Archive for July, 2010
As always the Opening weekend of the season was an eagerly awaited event in the Grenville Calender. Paul was at the lake bright and early, and with Ron arriving a short while later the car park was quickly transformed into a social area for the evening ahead. Numbered Counters were prepared for the 12 oclock draw. Gazebos were erected and straw bales positioned into seating area’s. At approx 10am the main gate was opened and one of the first in was Max Cottis who brought the meat this year for the evening meal. Two of the Barbeques were fired up and three boned and rolled Pork legs were put on to spit roast nice and slowly.
There was a steady trickle of members arriving and wandering round the lake in search of fish, hoping to get a little information as to their whereabouts prior to the draw. At 12 noon the draw took place with suprisingly only 11 members present. As always some were pleased with their luck in the draw, especially Ron who was drawn out first this year to the usual shouts of fix, cheat, etc, and in his own inimitable style chose a swim which eventually proved to be on the opposite side of the lake to everyone else and of course the fish …….
The anglers withdrew to their swims and began to set up. Marking swims and baiting up was allowed at this stage, and there were soon spods, and marker floats flying across the lake from all directions.
The barbeque was arranged for 7pm, and as pork was starting to look and taste spot on the sausages, burgers and chicken was started off on the remaining barbeques. Those attending the evening event only, started to arrive as the excited anglers made their way around to the car park. There was a good crowd, of members both old and new, and friends of Paul and the lake. It was lovely as always to see Grenville and most of the members of his family.
A great night was had by all there, depite the best attempts of the wonderful British Summer weather. At around 9.30pm the Firework was set off announcing the start to the New Season.
Gary wandered around and took lots of lovely candid snaps, so you can be sure there are plenty of photo’s to follow
Fishing proved a little slow on the first night, probably a very good thing considering the beer, wine and cider got through at the Opening night BBQ I am sure all the anglers were secretly glad of a good nights sleep. First fish fell to Viney in peg 5 with a 18lb pretty one. Largest up to yet was also the first thirty of the year at 30’1 oz falling to the rods of a new member, Gerrard.
Full weekends catch report and pictures to follow
After the success of last years Sweepstake it has been decided that we will be doing the same again this year for all those members wishing to participate. Last Years event was a very close run thing with I believe 32 anglers competing to guess the amount of thirties and forties caught during the season.
The winner was Phil Calloway who was very pleased to win an envelope with over £300 at the end of the season.
For the record there were 206 thirties, and four forties, caught last year and I believe that Phil guessed at 209, so very close indeed.
This years competition will follow exactly the same format.
Members that wish to participate must write their guesses for the amount of both thirties and forties caught during the Grenville season on a piece of paper, place this with a ten pound note into an envelope seal it and write your full name on the front.
Hand these to Wally before the cut off date which will be the 15th August 2010.
Then at the end of the season, the person that’s guess is closest wins the lot…….. Simples!!!!
Obviously the more that take part, the more there is to win, so come on chaps get your guesses in as soon as possible
On opening night Max Cottis will be bringing along to the lake a supply of Velocity tapered leaders, in both 10lb/25lb and 12lb/30lb plus some 30z Distance leads for any members that might need them.
Prices are £9.75 per spool and £1.50 per lead
As usual, Paul has a range of other gear, tubing, lead clips etc for those who don’t find time to get to their local tackle shop!
Grenville lake now has it’s very own Facebook page. This is for members of the lake as well as non members to see what they are missing out on
Grenville on Facebook
Click on the link and add yourself as a friend, Please feel free to post your Grenville pics and of course your tales of adventure at the lake
Here are a few pictures of the fish caught during the ACE corporate week at Grenville. With a number of first rate anglers from all over Europe as well as both old and new friends of Max attending there was always a possibility of some big fish being landed. The guys didn’t disappoint and there were indeed some stunning fish caught. This despite the second part of the week turning a little quiet on the fish front due to weather conditions.
Highlights of the week had to be a cracking new pb mirror for Alex Wright, weighing in at 37’6 oz’s.
Alex's Cracking 37'6 oz Carp
Maurice Willms, one of Germany’s top anglers and a top bloke to boot, managed two very big fish both of which weighed in at over 36lb’s. Pictured below 36’12 oz’s and 36’10 oz’s, He along with all the other visitors during the week managed a good number of other fish too.
Cameron Wright, who at the age of 9 broke the lake record……… For a perch. With his float rod and his tub of maggots he stuck to his task and was chuffed to bits to catch himself a lovely 2lb 9oz stripey.
Very Well Done Cameron.
For a photo diary of the whole week including all of the fish caught during the week please see the Gallery section which is found by clicking media tab above.
Max Cottis has hired the entire lake this week as part of the new Grenville Corporate package venture. He arrived late on Friday and his wife and special guests followed on the Saturday morning. He has invited his Companies European consultants and field testers as a thankyou to them for all the hard work they have done as well as a few of his close friends and aquintances. Saturday night he laid on with the help of Cheryl a stunning barbeque over at the cabin. A wonderful time was had by all including the two gatecrashers that I am sure you will recognise as lake regulars
Full catch report to follow, but I can say that there have been one or two UK pb’s broken already by some of the guys who seem to be really enjoying their time on the lake.
Stuart the cook and a couple of interlopers
Alain, Maurice, Dennis, and Lee
Lee, Dave and the lovely Cheryl
Max and Stuart busy cooking
Patiently awaiting the food being served
Cheryl, Stephane, and Lillian
Phil Fry, Ron, and Viney
Maurice and Dennis
Paul, Max and the European anglers
Alex, Cameron and Stuart
Ron, Viney and Lee
Dennis, Alain, and Max
Ash Girdler and a couple of the young lads from AGA have now planted up around the perimeter of the freshly completed stockpond. The next and final stage is to surround it with an electric fence prior to the arrival of the new stockies which have been ordered for delivery later this year.
Could all members attending the opening weekend barbeque on Friday 30th July 2010 please contact Paul either by e-mail (email@example.com) or via his mobile and let him know. Wives and children are welcome.
He is obviously looking for a rough idea on numbers hoping to attend so that he can arrange to have enough food for the night.
Max Cottis and Lee Collins have been down at the lake for the last few days filming a dvd for ACE. All seems to have gone well, with some very nice fish caught for the cameras. Unfortunately I didnt get too many pics as I was very keen not to disturb the filming, whilst in progress. Hopefully we will have some of the finished dvd, which included a little underwater photography, to post onto the website once the editing and production work is completed.
Cameraman and Narrator hard at it
Lee preparing the next rig to be used
Oh I was so tempted, but I wont...... So this is Max preparing homemade hot hemp
Lights, Camera, Action. Put that tea down Lee
The platform being constructed by Paul over the last couple of weeks, has finally been completed. All the building materials etc have been removed and the tidying up has been completed. Paul has purchased a set of Table and chairs which have finished it off an absolute treat. Yet another good job very well done Paul, and another asset to the lake.
Today the stockpond has finally had the water pumped into it. With the liner installed over the last couple of days and everyone happy with everything. The moment finally arrived when the hose was laid out and the pump turned on.
All that is required now is some planting of reeds etc around the edge, followed by a fence and netting, to keep otters, birds, bigdog, viney and any other predatory creatures out.
Once again the guys from AGA have been incredibly busy over the last day or two completing the work invoolved in preparing the stockpond and readying it for the introduction of the liner. This has been fitted and a thin layer of topsoil and sand introduced over the top of it. Once this work is complete and the surround tidied up we will be looking to fill it from the lake.
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 wounds, Hookholds, lifted scales etc must be treated as necessary, failure to comply will lead to you being asked to leave the lake.
Firstly Welcome to the Syndicate……
All new members are reminded that prior to being allowed to commence fishing they must bring with them on their first trip to the lake a brand new substantial Unhooking mat, adequate weigh sling, and landing net.
THESE MUST BE NEW preferably c/w tags etc.
Paul has a number of the following unhooking mats and slings available for sale at very good prices. Please ring him for availability and to order yours prior to arrival.
Venture XL Recovery Weigh Sling
The Recovery Sling is a weigh sling with a difference. Besides being a weigh sling that will take the largest of carp, it incorporates four buoyancy aids that allow a fish to be rested in the margins while you organise yourself for the pictures etc.
RRP – £36.99
Members Price – £30*
Chub Snooper Extra Protection mat
This is a superb mat for even the largest of fish. It has a super soft foam base with high sides to keep your catch safe. There is also included a fish securing/calming/protection sheet secured by a simple Velcro type fastening.
RRP – £49.99
Members Price – £40*
* Prices may be subject to change depending on Manufacturers price increase
The forthcoming season will begin on Friday 30th July this year. Members are asked to note that the gates will be opened at 10am. This is to enable anglers to walk the lake in readiness for the draw which will commence at 12 Noon. Once the draw has been completed members may set up in their chosen swim and mark and prebait if they wish.
The Hog roast and Barbeque will begin at approx 7pm. This will be held as always in the main car park area. This is open to all members whether fishing the weekend or not. Wives, partners and children are more than welcome. This is a great social event at the lake, and a great way for any new members to make the aqauintance of the existing members.
At approx 9pm following the Traditional Firework anglers can cast out and begin fishing.