Archive for August, 2010
Well, new member Dave Williamson has certainly not wasted time in getting to grips with the lake and it’s inhabitants. Last week saw him move from swim 29 into 12 to catch fish. This weekend he tried once again in swim 29 in the hope of picking up one of the lakes larger residents. During his first 24 hrs on the lake he had caught a steady run of twenty pound fish, weighing in at 22lb’s, 25lb’s and topped by a 27lber. Not a bad start and with 24 hours to go it was suddenly about to get much better. Woken at 6’45 am on Monday morning by a screaming delkim, Dave dived out of bed and to his rods. A fish had taken him off on a long initial charge, and Dave knew straight away it was a decent fish. After a good battle, he finally won the day and a fantastic looking mirro was drawn very carefully over the netcord. It wasnt until Dave got the fish onto the bank and into a sling that he realised just how big it was, when the neelde spun round past the 40lb mark, there was only one thing to do……. Phone Paul.
Paul arrived with the lake scales, and his trusty camera, and the fish was confirmed at a new lake record weight of 43’10 oz’s This is the same fish that Nick Martin broke the lake record with only three weeks ago at a weight of 41’10 oz’s so it has beefed up by 2lbs in that short time.
Many many congratulations Dave, a cracking fish mate.
43'10 oz's and New Lake Record
What a weekend for Jamie Viney. He arrived with his dad and they set themselves up in swim 14. Conditions looked good for a bite or two, and it wasnt long before Jamie’s rod tore off, unfortunately dad grabbed it, and despite his best attempts at claiming the fish it was rightly awarded to young Jamie and what a fish it was.A cracking scaly beast of 16lb’s. During the course of the following two nights Jamie was to hook and land himself two more fish, the first a 26’8 oz mirror, the second a fantastic 32’8 oz fish. So far as I am aware this is Jamies first Grenville thirty despite coming very close at times.
Very Well done Jamie, you are a superstar
A cracking 16lb fish
Alan Viney set both himself and young Jamie up in swim 14 this weekend. With a very strong wind blowing from right to left and swinging slowly over the weekend to more of a Westerly things looked good. It was not what you could call a hectic session, but at the end of the weekend there were a few fish out between them. Despite a little jiggerypokery with who caught what I have managed to sort it out and Alan ended up with a 16lb scaly (which Jamie claimed)
a 23lb, a rather characteristic 25lb mirror and a stunner of 33lb’s
Good angling Alan.
Not the prettiest, but then again neither is the fish
A Cracking 33lb'r
A new angler to the lake this year is Stuart the Butcher. He arrived this weekend late on Saturday afternoon which limited his choice of swim somewhat. The lake being busy due to it being bank holiday weekend, so he and his guest “chops” decided to situate themselves away from the maddening crowd and settled into swim 21 for the night. Biteless and with no signs of fish in the are Stuart was eagerly looking for a spot to move to the next morning. Steadily anglers that had arrived on Friday started the laborious packing up process and a space or two appeared along the car park bank. Stuart decided to slot into 6 and did his best against what was by this time, quite a strong wind to get some baits out on his spots. This done the rods were cast and shelter from the wind was sought.
Within a few hours the move paid off in fine style when the middle rod tore off, and the clutch went into meltdown. Stuart wrestled the beast toward the margins, only to see a monster coming up from the depths.
On the scales she went 37lb and one or two ounces, Stuart was happy to call it a dead 37lb’s and a new UK pb carp.
Dave Wilkins fished the weekend , and brought some company in the shape of Sarah and young Tom. They fished in swim 37 for the duration, and despite baiting two or three areas, Dave found the going tough. It wasnt until the final night of their stay that Dave landed a lovely scaly mirror weighing 17lb’s Well done mate, nice to see you both again, and of course Tom. Hope he enjoyed his fishing trip
Mark Barrett finally seems to have got the hang of this angling lark Following on from his success in swim 34 a couple of weeks ago, he turned his attention to the opposite side of the lake this weekend. Fishing from peg 18 for only one night, he managed to hook and land a small mirror of 17lb’s.
Well done Mark, pleased to see you bagging a few now mate
Brian and Julie fished from swim 8 this weekend, fishing within the shelter of the island. Two weeks ago Julie had the best of the wekends angling. Last week Brian pulled it out of the bag with a new pb. This weekend Julie upped her game and came out on top once again with a gorgeous fish weighing in at 34’5 oz’s. Brian trailed home behind with a mirror of 25’4 oz’s. Congratulations to both of you, it is good to see you both have run of fish.
Ian Warner fished for 48 hrs this last weekend in swim 33. He arrived early on Saturday morning and departed on Monday morning. During his time on the lake he managed to catch 7 fish, which although there were no monsters amongst them was a very good result indeed.
The weights were as follows… 21lbs, 16lbs, 17lbs, 26’8 oz’s, 14lbs, 26’10 oz’s, and finally a 26’6 oz fish.
Good Angling Sir
Woohoo indeed, I have never known a week or so like this for new pb’s. We have had quite a number this last week or so and it is always a pleasure to see a happy angler or two. Chris arrived bright and early on Friday morning. He looked all along the car park bank, but decided to start his weekend off in swim 12, which when he arrived meant that he was right on the back of a strong wind. This enabled Chris to put out some bait without too uch trouble, and bait he did. Whether this was responsible for what happpeneed next or whether there were fish sitting there waiting to be caught I dont know, but I do know that once cast out, Chris had three fish on the bank within a very short period of time. Two of which were thirties, the first a lovely 34lb fish, the other a new UK pb at 38’4 oz’s. Two more fish were to follow these over the next 48 hrs, though unfortunately not quite as large.
38'4 oz's and a new pb
Nice to see an old face back at Grenville this weekend. Gary Kimbell made his first visit to the lake this season, work has unfortunately interfered somewhat with his fishing plans of late. He set himself up in swim 5 upon the departure of Paul Allgood, and started to get a little bait out. The fish were evidently along the car park bank over the course of the two nights he fished as he managed to pick up two fish during his stay. He was not alone and most anglers based along this section of bank came into contact with carp at some point. Gary ‘s fish weighed in at a very respectable 28’8 oz’s and a lovely 35lbs exactly.
Very well done Gary, dont leave it so long fella
Ron Key arrived back at the lake this week still buzzing from his new pb caught the previous week. He decided to once again fish into the teeth of the wind and so positioned himself in swim 6. With the wind blowing very hard and gusting even harder it was no mean feat actually getting any bait or even a baited hook exactly where he wanted it, but he persevered and was rewarded over the two days with four fish to his credit. The largest being a nice mirror of 28’8 oz’s, followed by another of 26’6 oz’s, a stunning scaly fish weighing 20’4 oz’s and also a small mirror of 14lb’s.
20'4 oz stunner
Gary Mills arrived on Friday night this week for a quick overnighter. He arrived late which meant that it was a case of squeezing in along the car park bank where he could. The North westerly/Westerly wind making this the prime target of those who arrived during the day. Gary settled on swim 4 for the night, and was richly rewarded in the shape of a 32’8 oz mirror.
Pics to follow
An unusual midweek session was the order of the day for Tim Fromant this week. Taking full advantage of the last week or so of his holidays, he snuck down for a quick two night session. He set himself up in swim 34, and set about baiting up the swim in the hopes of drawing fish in. Despite his attempts he could manage only one fish for the session, a small mirror of 14lb’s. He also lost a fish during the two nights.
Regular midweek angler Colin, chose to fish swim 3 this week. Scene of a few large fish captures it also afforded him at least a little more protection from the rain than most swims I believe that Colin managed to catch the one fish of his session on the opening lunchtime of his two night session on the lake, a very chunky carp of 30’10 oz’s.
Despite his best efforts he could not tempt another into his net.
Mahoosive hats off to Paul Algood who when fishing a 48hr session at the lake last week turned up in horrendous downpour, which lasted the entire duration of his visit. A very cramped and damp two days and nights in a bivvy listening to the rain battering down. The only respite Paul had was when the alarm sounded and he had to don wellies, coats hat’s etc and braved the worst the sky could throw at him while he did battle with some of Grenville’s big girls.
He finished up with 5 fish, four twenties at weights of 23lb, 25’12 oz’s, 26lb, 29lb’s and a thirty at 34’12 oz’s
Our resident Barnsley boy Gerrard returned to the lake this week for a three night session. He set up initially in swim 9 the scene of his last session and great success. Upon arrival the marker pole in 9 seemed to be moving indicating fish in the area and hopefully on the feed. Despite two nights of supreme effort in outrageous weather conditions there ws to be no repeat of his recent performance. Gerrard actually losing both the fish he managed to hook .
On the second morning Gerrard decided to follow the wind and set himself up in swim 38. It was here with the wind piling in that he finally managed to land his first and ultimately only fish of the session at a weight of 26lb’s.
Another new member to land their first Grenville carp this week was Nick Dodge. Fishing from peg 6 Nick was open to the full force of the elements, and I am sure must have been wishing for at least a few minutes dry weather durning his session. His fish, was a very portly mirror of 29’2 oz’s. Congratulations Nick, anyone fishing in those conditions more than deserves a fish.
New member Craig Randle popped his Grenville cherry this week with a couple of fish. Arriving midweek he decided on swim 37 for his stay. With conditions becoming increasingly wetter and windier by the minute, it was probably not the worst spot on the lake, at least offering some element of protection and shelter. The fish caught, both Mirrors weighed in at 14’12 oz’s and 29’11 oz’s. Congratulations Craig and lets hope they are the first of many fella.
Once again Mr Cottis has arrived bright and early on a Sunday morning, and returning to the swim which has proved successful for him in recent times, peg 3. After his recent sessions which have seen him moving in search of fish. Max decided from the off this week that he was baiting up and waiting for them to come to him. This method which served him well last year proved once more that it can work. Over the period of his three night stay Max had a total of 6 fish with three of them being over thirty pounds. A very good average weight and a cracking few days fishing.
The weights were 22’4 oz’s, 27’12 oz’s, 21’5 oz’s, 30’2 oz’s, 35’3 oz’s and a stunning fish of 37’1 oz.
Dave Gowing set up for a few hours in swim 34 upon arriving at the lake. A short while later, an angler fishing his favoured swim 33 packed up and left. Dave took his opportunity and moved around to where he felt he had a little more of a chance. His instinct proved correct as at some point he certainly had fish in front of him. He took advantage of this and managed to land a small mirror of 21’7 oz’s.
Nick and Taz returned to the lake this week, and spent 48hrs trying to tempt fish from peg 12. Unfortunately the fish werent playing ball quite as he would like and he had to settle for just the one take during his session which resulted in a nice mirror of 25’4 oz’s.
Shaun Harrison decided to try his luck in what is rapidly becoming known as a big fish swim, no 29. With the wind pushing down onto the barbeque bank Shaun was very much on the back of a stiff wind. All was quiet for the first night of his stay, and it was the early hours of Sunday morning before he was rudely awakened by an angry alarm. The fish was unfortunately not the monster that Shaun was hoping for although he couldnt have been disappointed by this lovely scaly one of 19’12 oz’s.
The following morning he decided a move was in order and so spent the remaining day of his session socialising with Ron Key in swims 12 and 14. Unfortunately Rons luck failed to rub off and this was the only fish of the trip.
Regular member Ron Key, had a great weeknds angling. Arriving early on the Thursday with his mate Phil, they decided to take the opportunity to fish 12 and 14 together as a social weekend. Judging by the cheese and biccies, and bottles of wine I witnessed being devoured late onFriday night they were certainly enjoying themselves
The first fish to fall to their rods fell to one of Rons on the Friday, a mirror of 27’14 oz’s.
Phil left on the Saturday without wetting his net unfortunately, despite the wind blowing hard South Westerly by the time he departed. Ron stuck it out, and with the waves crashing around him he started to see a little more activity far out in front of him on the Saturday afternoon. Ron’s next fish turning out to be not only the best of the session for him, but also a new UK pb, coming in at a weight of 38’12 oz’s. A stunning fish, and one very happy angler.
Ron also managed a couple more fish over the following night and morning. a 23’10 oz fish, and a cracking 28’12 oz specimen.
38'12 oz's and a new pb
Our very own Angling couple Brian and Julie fished two swims this week starting off in swim 2, they could see that there were fish further to their right which is where Guy Stubbings was fishing and catching from. On his departure early on the Saturday morning Brian and Julie moved along one swim into the freshly vacated swim 3. This was to be the catalyst for the weekend to start getting serious. Over the following 36 hrs or so, between them they caught a total of 5 fish and lost 1.
This weekend it was to be Brian that had the best of the luck, with three fish weighing in at 23’2 oz’s, 27’14 oz’s and a new UK pb of 36’11 oz’s. Very well done mate, well deserved.
Julie caught a 22’14 oz mirror, a 21lb mirror and unfortunately lost 1.
36'11 oz's and new PB
New member Mick Walters arrived for his normal session at the lake, with his wife Mel this weekend. In all the years he has fished she hasd never fished with him before, but had decided or talked into (I am not sure) joining him for the weekend. When I passed by Friday evening and Met Mel for the first time, she was a little apprehensive about the nights ahead to be spent in a bivvy. Although by Sunday morning had really enjoyed herself and was already planning her next trip much to the pleasure of Mick. You take no notice Mel it ws a pleasure to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again soon. would be back for another session sometime soon.
Mick had one fish over the duration, a mirror of 26’2 oz’s, when there werent many out over the weekend, so well done mate.
Regular Lee Skellam, fished swim 5 this last weekend. With the Westerly blowing firmly into his face, he set up confident of a chance over the following two nights. He was Awoken early on the Saturday morning by the sound of a warbling delkim, and the mad dash to the rods was made. A good fight ensued, with the fish giving a very good account of it’s self. Eventually the fish beaten, came to the surface and was led into the waiting net. Lee was pleased to see the scales swing round way past the 30lb mark and settle on 36’8 oz’s exactly. The Saturday followed almost exactly the same pattern with bait being applied to the swim, the wind blowing hard into Lee’s face as the waiting game continued. It was during the Saturday night that Lee had yet another take. This fish was hooked at range, and brought virtually to the net before the rod sprang straight and the hook pulled almost at the net. Lee reproted that once again this would have been a very good fish had he managed to land it.
Syndicate member Tim Fromant, booked the cabin for last week. He arrived full of anticipation on the Saturday lunchtime with his wife and two children. They got themselves comfortable very quickly and it was wonderful to hear the sound of childrens laughter drifting across the lake on the wind. The family thoroughly enjoyed their stay, with Jools (Tims wife) enjoying a healthy two laps of the lake each day. The children were fascinated with the wildlife around the place, and spent many hours seeking out the elusive cygnets which inhabit the dykes alongside the car park.
For his part Tim was kept fairly busy on the fish front. Certainly the first few days were steady without being exhausting, with the odd carp tripping up on his rigs. There was a change of wind direction on Thursday and the action kicked in suddenly and with a vengance. Infact Tim was to catch three thirties and a double within a 25-30 minute period. Rods going off everywhere, and as he took the picture of one fish, Paul would treat and release it as Tim battled another.
In total Tim caught a total of 14 fish, with one double at 18’10 oz’s, seven twenties, and six thirties up to 37’11 oz’s
18'12 oz's Scaly
18'12 oz's scaly
Mick Walton retruned to the lake after his strange session of last week in which he hooked 8 carp but only landed 4. He set himself up again in swim 25 away from the crowd. Only fishing the one night this week certainly meant that he would be lucky in the extreme to repeat the number of takes he enjoyed last week. This was to be the case with only one run to come to his rods. Fortunately he managed to land the fish which proved to be a nice mirror of 32lbs exactly.
I must warn all female viewers to not look any further as the following picture could well inflame and shock them, indeed by the look on Micks face he even shocked himself.
You have been warned!!!!!!!!!
New member Guy Stubbings arrived at the lake early on Friday morning ready for a quick overnight session, which was his first on the lake. He decided to drop into swim 3 upon my departure as there were obviously feeding fish out on the plateau. A good decision as it turns out and during the course of his first days angling Guy managed four nice fish, including a couple of stunning scaly’s.
Once again, Colin on a midweek session has managed to locate and finally land a couple. His session began in swim 29 and after very little success over the first night and no signs of fish he moved further down the lake and settled in swim 6 for his second night. It was from here he managed to catch a couple of nice mirrors weighing in at 23lb’s and 28’6 oz’s.
After two blank session when things havent gone quite to plan, I decided to have a dabble in swim 3 after seeing one or two fish out onthe plateau during the Wednesday afternoon. I got set up and it was in the early evening when the reciever in my pocket alerted me to a take. The first fish fought like a tiger, and kited left which caused me one or two hairy moments before I tempted it slowly into the net. The following day broke bright and still and I fancied my chance of one or two more fish. I threw a few more baits out at first light wbefore the inevitable wind picked up and made it more difficult. During the day I had another take which felt a very small fish I led it into the margins where it seemed to suddenly wake up, and made it’s first bid for freedom. Unfortunately I had obviously not got a decent hook hold and I felt the line slacken and the rod straightened as the fish made it’s escape.
During the night 2’30am to be precise, I had another take and landed a portly mirror of 21lb’s. The following morning as I was packing away my gear ready for the arrival of the weekenders, I had my final take of the session. This fish was very similar to the second and weighed in at 21’8 oz’s. Not quite what I was after, but at least I feel my season has started in earnest.
Sunset on the second night
Max Cottis arrived at the lake on Sunday for his regular weekly session. He set up in swim 3 which is rapidly becoming his favourite. Almost immediately he hooked into what was obviously a good fish, after a lengthy and exciting tussle, Max finally subdued and brought the carp to the net. A stunning fish of 35’2 oz’s was the prize and a cracking start to his session. Max then introduced bait to the swim, and waited. Unfortunately whether it be the act of baiting up or the capture of the fish,all was very quiet in front of him. He fished hard all day Monday, trying every trick in his substantial repetoire, but by the next morning it was obvious the fish had gone and were apparently in no hurry to return to the swim.
Max climbed aboard his trusty bike and went in search of carp. He followed the fresh South Westerly that had blown up overnight and headed down toward swim 9. He decided to move into 9 and once again all the gear was packed away and loaded into the carp wagon. He set up and once again introduced bait into the swim, and sat back anticipating the scream of an ACE alarm any minute.
Unfortunately the fish once again did the old disappearing act and Max was left to wonder whether the move was the best idea after all.
Only the one fish, but what a stunner - 35'2 oz's
After consultation with Paul, Dave decided to do a four night session this week. He set up in swim 37, and with the wind blowing hard into his face, things looked very good indeed. During the course of the first 48 hrs he managed two fish weighing in at 10’12 oz’s and 20’5 oz’s respectively. As the session wore on the eather and more importantly the wind changed direction and Dave decided a change of swim was in order.
He resited his temporary camp in swim 29 a renowned big fish swim, and set his traps. Unfortunately for Dave there were no fish to be caught from this area and Dave called it a day with just the two fish from swim 37 under his belt.
New Member this year Lee Bowyer started off his season with a quick overnighter last week. After setting up at the top end of the lake which looked spot on for a fish or two. With no fish showing themselves he changed his mind as the afternoon wore on. Fish were being spotted within casting range in swim 3, a deft sprint to the car and a couple of quick body swerves later Lee was preparing to cast to them.
He spent the night in this swim with one fish falling to his rods during the early hours of the morning.
Not a monster at 23lb’s but a fish none the less, and a good start to your Grenville season Lee, Well done fella
Dave Williamson arrived at the lake on Saturday in the hope of a fish or two. He set up in swim 29 for his first night. Despite others having had great success from this swim, it does seem to have shut up shop for the last week or two. The following day Dave decided on a move and after a wander round dropped his unhooking mat into swim 12. Conditions looked reasonable for a bite in this area, and this was to be confirmed as the next 24 hrs progressed. Dave was to finish up with two carp and one dropped. He managed a 15’4 oz Common, and a 26’10 oz mirror and was quite pleased to have finally found the fish, and to have saved the blank with a very good move.
Big Mick Walton returned to the lake this week and decided to fish away from the majority of the anglers on the lake, and so took himself off upto swim 25 at the top end of the lake. His first day and night was a mixed bag as he managed to get four takes with two fish landed. A sure sign there were plenty of fish in the vicinity.
The following day things followed exactly the same pattern, with four carp hooked and yet again only two being bundled into the waiting net. A number of factors were involved as I understand it. Mick tried the obvious, changing hooks and rigs, without any difference being made to the final outcome.
It was a puzzled Mick that left, while pleased on one hand to catch four fish, he was scratching his head somewhat as to the reasons for the losses.
The fish landed weighed in at 14lb, 21’12 oz’s, 21’8 oz’s, and 28’8 oz’s.
New Member Pete Sturgess, on his second trip to the lake, has caught yet another 35lb plus fish. There have been 20 thirties caught since the seasons start with 5 of them over the thirty five pound mark. This latest fish weighing in at 35’4 oz’s was captured on Sunday night from peg 8. Despite another twentyfour hours angling the fish seemed to have disappeared once again and no more were to be had.
Piccies to follow
New member James Barnes, who thoughtfully arrives at the lake complete with his own nickname “Barnsy” . This obviously saves the rest of us a lot of headscratching or alternatively waiting for an event that leads to a nickname, although Beware as that possibility is never discounted
Fishing for the second weekend in a row in swim 5, all was quiet up until the extremely strong winds that those fishing awoke to on the Sunday morning.
These winds certainly seemed to stir up the fish and it was incredible just how many anglers that had been patiently waiting over the weekend had their prayers answered almost at the same time. James caught a couple of twenties, although I dont have the exact weights. Always nice to get that first fish under your belt.
Good Luck for the remainder of the season Barnsy
Young Dave Baldry a new member fishing the lake for the first time managed to land a cracking two tone mirror of 38’4 oz’s on Sunday. This fish had previously featured in the 35 plus page at a weight of 36lb’s and seems to be packing the weight on very nicely indeed. Fortunately his good mate Dennis chose this moment to turn up in search of a cuppa, and was handily placed to take the piccies. Well done Dave off the mark in Style.
Nice to see Lee Skellam back at the lake for the first time this season. Setting up in swim 37 Lee was in the teeth of all that the weekends weather threw at us. The wind gusting and blowing very hard into his face combined with rain and at times hail. He did well to persevere through to the Sunday morning. Unfortunately up to this point he hadnt managed to get a take. This was to change all to suddenly, within the last hour or so of his stay he had four screaming takes, managing to land two of them, as Lee later told me, not having a second net had cost him dear. A shoal had obviously moved into the baited area and he had two takes at once, by the time he had landed the first and dealt with it, the second had weeded itself up completely. The weights for the record were 16’8 oz Scaly, and a 22lb Mirror.
Shaun Harrison fished in swim 12 this weekend. Baiting up and fishing at long range with the help of the wind at his back he managed a cracking mirror of 33’14 oz’s early on the Saturday morning. Despite his best efforts the fish refused to play anymore and this remained his only fish of the session.You certainly wouldn’t grumble though with a fish like this.
Well done Shaun
I was very pleased on Sunday morning to hear that Mark Barrett had bagged a couple of fish during the Saturday night. They werent monsters though that doesnt make any difference. For one reason or another Mark struggled during the early part of this year or end of last season to put a fish on the bank, so it pleases me greatly to see him off and running for this season. The fish weighed in at 26’5 oz’s and 22’2 oz’s and will hopefully be the first of many.
Well done Mark
Brian and Julie fished together in swim 33 over the course of the weekend. Fortune favoured Julie this weekend and she was very pleased to bag a nice looking 30lb fish. I am sure that as the season progresses Brian will have his turn.
Ian Warner fished Friday and Saturday night in swim 25 this weekend. Once again fancying his chances of a fish from the top end of the lake. His instinct proved correct as usual and over the course of the weekend he caught yet another Grenville thirty. Ian does seem to have a knack of sorting the better fish out, this one no exception weighing in at a very healthy 32’5 oz’s.
Well done fella
New member David P, visited the lake in earnest for the first time this week. After a wander round he decided to chance his arm in swim 33. It proved to be a very good choice of swim as the fish obviously passed through at least once during the night. He was unlucky to lose one fish although his disappointment was shortlived as his next take resulted in a lovely 31’4 oz Mirror.
Unfortunately Davids self takes didnt come out as well as he would have liked.
Grenville regular Colin spent a quiet first night in swim 5. Early on the first morning he saw signs of fish heading off up the lake and away from him. He packed quickly and was on the move by 8am. He set up in swim 25 and trickled a little bait in. The day passed quietly enough though there were signs of fish in the vicinity. As dark fell, the action began, during the hours of darkness Colin was to have two runs, one a 20’8 oz’s scaly fish, and this 35’8 oz beast. I have yet to confirm, but am sure this is a new 35lb plus fish and therefore will take it’s place in the “big fish” section.
Can all members Please ensure that they take clear photographs (Not on the Mat) of both sides of any thirty pound plus fish and also any linears or scaly fish.
Paul would like copies of these pic’s for his records, and also to enable him to keep track of weights gained and condition of fish.
Hopefully all members have adequate camera’s to enable them to take pictures of the fish they catch. Self takes are never easy to perform with a large fish, but with the right equiptment and a little planning it is fairly straightforward to obtain a decent photo.
Obviously If ever Paul or I are about please ask and we will come as soon as we can to help.
Otherwise is there possibly ask a fellow angler that may be close at hand.
For any fish caught over forty please contact either Paul or Wally to verify on Lake Scales.
Max Cottis decided on swim 12 this weekend on arrival at the lake. He quickly went about getting 3 rods in the water and on his favoured spots. Then it was time to set about making camp and soon, he was all cosy and awaiting a fish. The wind came as it should, the pressure dropped and it was looking good. The first night of his stay was a quiet one , and although he was up early and scanning the water no fish were to be had. The day was spent watching fish, some cell boilies were introduced to his spots, and the waiting game continued.
It was very late in the evening when at last the alarms sounded. The fish fought well but Max won the day, netted , weighed at 30’9 oz’s photographed and back to it’s watery lair before midnight. He lost another at some point during the night I believe, but once again the morning was quiet.
Max decided a move was in order a rare decision for him. He stuck a bucket in 3 believing the fish to have moved to the far side of the island and further onto the back of the wind
He caught a nice fish of 24’8 oz’s a short while after setting up, and another a little later at 25lb’s. Once again proof if it were needed that a move can often bring changes to the conclusion of a session. Despite his best efforts no more fish were to be had during the rest of his trip, the fish once again seemingly melting away.
New syndicate member Dave Williamson managed to bag one of the frustratingly elusive Grenville carp in the last couple of nights. He started off in swim 20 and spent his second night further down the bank in 15.
Having not spoken to Dave I am not sure exactly where or when he had the fish, but have it he did. A 21’8 oz mirror.
Well done Dave, hopefully your first of many.
For the second weekend in a row Gerrard has made the long journey South from Oooop North in search of carp. With six fish under his belt last weekend he was keen to continue his run of form. After much deliberation and not a little advice from his Wise old Uncle Max he decided to fish peg 9. With predicted South westerlies due, it seemed a decent choice. His first night brought with it a nice long fish, it weighed in at a weight of 25’12 oz’s.
Certainly one to watch for the future.
The wind carried out it’s duty with a steady breeze blowing into the corner to his right the following morning. Things looked good all except for the lack of any signs of fish. Undaunted Gerrard stuck manfully to the task or in Yorkshire parlance “cracked on”. His perseverance paid off handsomely at lunchtime when he lifted into a screaming alarm, and felt a good fish on the other end. After a good tussle he drew the fish over the net and saw straight away just how good it was. Weighing in at a very healthy 34lbs it was another fish and another thirty to add to his season’s tally.
Obviously Chuffed to bits Gerrard was amazed when an hour later the sound of his alarms had him running to his rods. As before this fish felt a good fish from the start, and after his second arm aching battle of the afternoon he was a relieved man to see this one finally in the net. Once again the scales and sling were readied and the honours done. 35lb’s was the result and a cracking fish to boot.
Not content with this our hero coninued plugging away and just as he thought his best opportunity of the day was over, the rod rattled off once more. This fish came in much easier than the previous two and Gerrard wasnt suprised to see a “little un” in the net. What a “little un” though. At only 9 lbs it is obviously one of last years stock fish. A lovely dark coloured scaley which in a couple of years or so will be a very nice fish indeed.
That was to be the last fish of the day. The following morning at 4.30am the alarm shattered Gerrards dreams and once more he was into a fish. As the fish came iin through the clear calm water it was obvious that another scaley was the culprit, this one another stunner. It weighed 14’8 oz’s and as I am sure you will agree was a lovely way to start the day. This was to be the final fish of the trip, and while we are all I’m sure pleased for Gerrard spare a thought for his mate Dean fishing next door in 8. While Gerrard was filling his boots poor old Dean never had a touch, and spent most of his session doing the piccies.