Archive for September, 2010
MCF’s very own Dennis McFetrich visited the lake this week. He had three nights in the cabin swim, and he certainly took full advantage. With less than ideal conditions, and naturals hatching off the lake left right and centre he got stuck in and showed that they can be tempted with the right tactics, and of course a good quality bait.
During the course of his three night session he managed a total of 12 carp, with six thirties amongst them and a smattering of scaly ones. A very good result considering how quiet the lake has been this week.
Unusually for this particular swim most of Dennis’s fish came during the hours of darkness. The only real exception being a cracking mirror of 34lb 12oz which Dennis described as a beast of a fish. It led him a merry dance and took over half an hour to land, after repeated unstoppable runs. Dennis left earlier today a very tired but happy angler.
Good angling sir 🙂
- 32lb 4oz
- 34lb 12oz
- 34lb 4oz
Dennis, more familiarly known as Cottonbud fishing his usual day only sessions this week. Arriving on Wednesday he barrowed his gear around the lake as he does in search of fish. Dennis can cover a lot of water roving round the lake, and often pinches a fish on an otherwise quiet day. Today was no exception as he managed to sneak a double from swim 18 at the end of his session, so went home a happy chap.
Guy Stubbings arrived on Sunday after most of the weekend anglers had left. He set up in the expectation of a brief South Westerly coming in. He spent two nights on the lake for two fish,a double and a 26lb 2oz mirror
Paul Allgood arrived late Friday afternoon and decided to fish toward the top end of the lake on the back of the wind. I’m not sure whether this decision was influenced by the fact that he wanted a social with Mark his mate or his watercraft skills. Either way it turned out to be a good move. He plumped for swim 22 which of course offers relatively shallow water to fish. I believe that it was Saturday night before Paul had any action of note. His first fish coming at around 11pm, although not a monster at 17lb 12oz it certainly was a handsome little devil.
A few hours later at approx 2am Paul was woken once more by the sound of his alarms and once more lifted into a fish. This fish also came in fairly quickly and again no monster but a gorgeous zip linear at 21lb 2oz was very welcome none the less.
This unfortunately signalled the end of the action in this area of the lake, and despite his best attempts he was unable to tempt any more fish
Two of our favourite people returned to the lake this weekend. Oz and Caroline don’t get the opportunity to fish as often as they would choose to due to work commitments, so it is always a treat to see them. Arriving late after a days work and a long motorway haul from Manchester they too found their way to the back of the wind and settled in swim 18. They got themselves organised and Oz put out a bucket of bait to try to attract a passing fish or two. Caroline went to bed with her ipod and drifted off to sleep listening to an old Marillion album. The fact that fish was their lead singer was she is sure an omen of things to come. Friday night was very cold indeed so it must have been mixed emotions for Oz when the delk started singing at 2am in the morning. Out he went and lifted into a fish at range. He brought it toward him without too much trouble and was thankful when it slid over the net at the first attempt. It was weighed at 26lb 8 oz and held up for the photo’s which Caroline ably took considering it was her first time.
Pam 26lb 8oz
The following morning dawned and Oz saw one or two fish at range in front of him. He baited up once more and sat back with a warming coffee. As is always the way the alarm rattled off and the coffee was put back down. This fish did much the same as the first and thankfully came in without too much ado. Slightly smaller than the first at 24lb 8 oz it was photographed and returned. Caroline decided that as these were the first fish Oz had caught when they had both come down together that she would name them, hence the 26lb 8oz fish was christened Pam, and the 24lb 8oz fish was named Derek which is Fish from Marillion’s real name …….. of course. 🙂
Oz with Derek at 24lb 8oz
The lovely Caroline getting up close and personal with Derek
Although not monsters by Oz’s usual standards, with so few fish caught it was a very good result. Well done mate. 🙂
Well there is an old saying about the early bird catching the worm. This proved to be totally wrong at Grenville this weekend. With quite a few anglers turning up early either on Wednesday or Thursday to get themselves in position and ready for the predicted low pressure and North/North easterly wind due on Friday morning. What they had failed to take into consideration unfortunately was the fact that the wind when it came was bloody freezing and the fish were still gorging themselves on the numerous hatches which were coming off the lake out in the deeper water. Not many fish were seen at all over the weekend although those that were seemed to be following the flock of gulls as they made their way up and back down the centre of the lake from the back of the island. This made getting anywhere near them extremely difficult, especially for those that had set themselves up in the Southerly corner waiting for the fish to move on the wind which they just didn’t do. Gary Mills arriving late almost had the choice of where to fish made for him and so set up camp in swim 17 directly on the back of the cold chilly Northerly. This proved to be an inspired choice as he was in only one of a limited few swims whereby he had half a chance of a fish. His first take came early on Saturday morning. The delkim had him up and out of his warm bivvy at around 6am. The fish when landed proved to be a very long fish weighing in at 33lb 12oz
A good start to the weekend indeed, no further action came his way during the daytime, and so the traps were set once more in the hope of a little night time action. It came at approx 11pm that night, just as Gary was all tucked up nice and warm. It’s almost as if the fish know isnt it. Out into the chill wind he came to do battle with the unseen beast which was making off with his rig. A steady but solid fight similar to the first and it wasnt long before Gary had another thirty in the net. He called Oz from swim 18 to assist with the piccies and as they started to to the honours one of the remaining two rods roared off. This fish was another plodder and after a dogged fight Gary brought yet another lump to the waiting net. One look at the shoulders and bulk of this fish and both anglers knew this really was a big fish. The first fish was photgraphed and returned after confirming it’s weight at 31lb’s.
The last and by some way largest fish was weighed and photographed and was confirmed at a weight of 38lb’s Previously caught at 34lb’s some while ago it is a new addition to the 35lb plus page, and a cracking way to finish the evening. A very good result in poor conditions, well done Gary
My sympathy went out a wee bit this week to member Lee Whittaker. A few business worries had meant he headed for the lake hoping to relax and no doubt recharge the batteries a little. He set up in swim 9 and set about baiting up the permanent marker in the swim. He had no joy at all the first night and decided to add a little more bait the following morning, this is where the weekend started to unravel. He was unfortunate enough to cast out and somehow or another cast his spomb over the pylon cables which are always a menace in this swim.
Undaunted he decided to give it his best shot the last night of his stay in the hope of his first Grenville carp. Imagine then his excitement when in the late evening he had a fast take and a fish making off with his rig. He lifted into the fish which seemed to immediately came to the surface. Strange thought Lee, maybe because the lead has ejected, he continued to play the fish which seemed less and less like a carp with every passing minute. It was only when the fish started to tailwalk fairly close in that his suspicions were confirmed. A Pike !! Lee managed to get the toothy beast into the net and impressed at the size decided to weigh it quickly. It weighed in at 18lb 8oz, not the largest we have seen on the bank but a decent Pike indeed. Shame it wasn’t exactly what Lee was after. Stick at it fella, your getting closer all the time 🙂
Cliff Kemp arrived early this week and set himself up in his favourite swim 6. He was fighting against a strong wind to get his baits exactly where he wanted them, but perseverance and determination won the day and he finally got to where he was happy fishing. He had one fish over his in the early hours of Friday morning approx 2am. It was to be his only fish of his 48hr session, his largest yet from the lake at a weight of 28lb 4oz. It was as Cliff described it a fish only it’s mother would love but a fish none the less.
Cliff has had I believe 24 fish from the lake now and believe it or not this is the best to date, he obviously wants to mop up all the nuisance fish and then get started on the larger lumps. Your getting closer to that elusive thirty with every trip Cliff. Here’s hoping for next time 🙂
Lee Haines fished in swim 37 this weekend. After a few unsuccessful sessions where he has failed to find and get the fish on his bait he finally managed to winkle out a small double. A bit of an achievement as he was fishing pretty much into the teeth of a very cold North Easterly wind at the time. There were very few fish out this weekend and most of those came from the back of the wind, so well done Lee.
Paul has asked me to inform all those waiting for weigh slings that his order has arrived.
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*
If any members have items of tackle which are no longer required and they wish to sell on, please give details to me when next at lake and I can post them up in this section. Alternatively e mail with the item details.
There might just be someone at the lake looking for what you no longer need.
Likewise any messages, you wish to relay to fellow members can be posted here.
Could ALL anglers PLEASE take care not to lean any tackle against the fence surrounding the lake.
Could they also check the fence after climbing over and make sure that they haven’t hooked up the top electric wire with the fence, as this shorts the fence out leaving the lake vulnerable to predation.
The fence was shorted out four out of five nights last week and this means someone having to walk the whole lake looking for the problem often in the dark……. Not much fun !!!!
Please Take care to Ensure the fence behind your swim is clear and not hooked up
Could all anglers please make sure that they remove all litter…. Especially any Line and bits of tackle before they leave. We have noticed recently more and more odd bits of line and even marker braid in fairly long lengths left by inconsiderate anglers.
This is unacceptable a lot of time and effort is taken to keep the lake as it is for you the anglers….. Please respect it
Any angler arriving at the lake and finding any litter, line or discarded items of tackle in their chosen swim must report this to Paul immediately, failure to do so may result in you getting the blame.
The word Blank doesn’t seem to be in Ian Warner’s vocabulary. When all about him are bemoaning the fact there is a hatch happening or that they haven’t seen any fish for a few days he continues to do what he does best……… Catch Carp !!!
He arrived for his weekly session and decided to have a bash up the very top end of the lake in swim 25. He had one fish during the night a small scaly one of 13lb 2oz. The following morning he reasoned that the bulk of the fish were further down the lake and therefore decided on a move into swim 33 following the departure of Ben who had reported fish showing not too far out in front of him.
The poor carp in the vicinity never stood a chance once Ian had set up and carefully picked his spots, something I feel is a major factor in his recent success on the lake. The day quietened down and no fish were caught after lunchtime anywhere, so it was no surprise that Ian had to wait until nightfall before the action came. He managed three takes during the hours of darkness though and as usual landed all of them. The culprits were mirrors of 27lb 4oz, 32lb 4oz and 31lb 10oz. Once again Ian had found the fish and more than that had tempted them onto his line. That brings his total number of carp from the lake to a staggering 32 fish so far this season. No wonder the bugger is always smiling 🙂
A fantastic achievement, good angling mate. 🙂
32lb 4 oz
Chunky 31lb 10oz fish
Paul Allgood fished the lake for one night on Sunday. Having missed out on the frenzy which had occurred during the morning he was none the less enthused to hear a few had been out that day. He set up in swim 12 and waited patiently. Unfortunately the short spell proved to be the last of the day and it wasn’t until 2am the following morning when Paul was roused by his alarm and his only take of the session. He landed the fish quite quickly and was pleased with a fish although at 21lb 8oz it was by no means the largest he has had from the lake.
Young Jamie kept up his run of fish this weekend. Arriving with his dad on Saturday afternoon they decided to give swim 5 a go for the one night they had to fish. After a blank and quiet night Paul allowed them to fish from the cabin on the Sunday as a special treat for Jamie who had just celebrated his 11th Birthday. They didnt need asking twice and off they went to get organised. Dad was a star and decided to let Jamie have any runs that they were to get over the course of their remaining hours on the bank. Jamie took full advantage as he has a wont to do and it wasnt long before dad was sliding the net under anothe thirty to add to Jamie’s ever increasing catch book. At 32lb 10oz it was a very good start.
For the following two or three hours there were fish showing and takes occurring around the lake. Jamie joined in with this and caught two more fish during this time. A small mirror of 22lb 4oz and a scaly one of 22lb 15oz. He also managed to lose two fish but was I am sure quite chuffed with his result.
By the way Jamie, I am loving the new haircut, 😉
New member James Barnes fished a couple of nights at the weekend in swim 9 which seems to be increasingly popular. Like most he struggled through the Friday night and into Saturday as the fish were otherwise occupied on the sedge hatch. He was though lucky enough to be one of the anglers that was here on the Sunday morning as the fish suddenly and without warning switched on for a very short period. He was out of his bed and onto his rods in the very early hours of Sunday morning when his alarm sounded. This fish proving to be a scraper twenty at 20lb 2oz. A short while later and he was away again with another fish desperate to make it’s escape with his baited hook in it’s chops. This one proved to be made of a little more substance and led him a merry dance for a while before he finally netted it. This fish was a little over the thirty pound mark and spun the needles around to 30lb 6oz.
Well in that man 🙂
Another angler to benefit from the short sharp feeding spell that occurred on Sunday was Dave Baldry, arriving on Saturday Dave set himself up in swim 34. He managed one take which resulted in a fish of 27lb 4oz. Not a bad result when you consider the lack of success of those that had fished much longer during the previous week without any success. A case of being in the right place and at the right time, and having the considerable skill needed to make it happen always helps.
Well done Dave 🙂
Julie’s season is going from strength to strength. After a cracking start with a number of fish under her belt already this year including a few thirty pound plus fish. Both her and Brian were down as usual at the weekend, and chose swim14 to continue their so far very successful campaign. Unfortunately for those angling the fishing continued in the same vein as the previous week in that it was very slow with only one fish out. On the Saturday night as the temperature rose slightly and the pressure followed suit things began to look a little more positive. Brian was the first of them to get any action, with a take at approx 4am on the Sunday morning. The fish tipped the scales at 29’5 oz’s and was very welcome after such a slow weekend.
As light broke those fishing were suprised and encouraged to see a number of fish show in various parts of the lake. There were one or two fish caught during this period around the lake and then at around 9am it was Julies turn for a run. This fish felt heavy from the off, and it was no surprise to see a large fish coming to the waiting net as the fight neared it’s end. Just how large was a total suprise to both of them as when hoisted up on the trusty Ruebens they showed a weight of 42’4 oz’s, a cracking new pb for Julie and indeed the second largest fish to come from the lake.This was in fact the same fish as caught by young Jamie Viney only two weeks previously during which time it had piled on almost one and a half pounds. They have certainly been feeding on those naturals and with a vengeance if this fish is anything to go by.
Congratulations Julie a fantastic achievement and a stunning new pb for you.
Got to get in the water with a pb of this size
Pete Sturges managed to get down to the lake ahead of the anticipated weekend rush. This weekend for some strange reason it didn’t arrive with only 8 or 9 anglers fishing at any one time. This gave those that were fishing a chance to pick and choose their swims with a little more time on their side. Pete obviously chose well and once the bait was out he settled down with high hopes. These were well founded as during the first night of his stay he hooked and landed a mirror of 22’10 oz’s. Despite the pressure drop of Saturday night and fish obviously in front of him he was not so luck on Saturday night and it was a very difficult decision to have to pack up and leave on Sunday morning with fish in the swim. Unfortunately that is exactly what Pete had to do, and as we all know it is a horrible feeling packing up when you feel you have half a chance.
New member this year Ben Tuck, fished this weekend. He arrived on Saturday morning and with 24 hrs in front of him he wandered off to find his spot. After seeing a fish or two at reasonably range in front of 33 he decided to give this popular swim a go. He got himself organised and although nothing had happened by last light, he still fancied his chances somewhat as the night drew in. His anticipation was to be proved correct as the morning dawned muggy and drizzly, the pressure was dropping and the fish were showing and obviously for the first time in a week were on the move. It wasn’t long before his alarm alerted him to a fish making off with his bait and he struck into an angry carp. He brought the fish back toward him and finally netted a lovely pristine mirror of 30’14 oz’s. At last the fish were playing ball again. Despite seeing more fish he had to pack up and leave on Sunday morning.
Pics to follow
Our very own Barnsley boy Gerrard who has had an outstanding start to the Grenville season continued his run of catching fish this week when all around him were struggling. He had hired the cabin for the week and brought his mum and dad down for the week as a treat. It was a bizarre weeks angling as although he was catching consistently the larger fish were conspicuous by their absence. Remarkably Gerrard caught twenty fish almost all of which were scaly fish or commons and some absolute crackers amongst them, including the new lake record Common carp at a weight of 24lb’s. Just when he had resigned himself to the fact that he was going to do the impossible and catch twenty fish from Grenville without a big fish amongst them he hit the jackpot…………. A screaming take followed by a slow plodding fight indicated that with his last fish of the session he had finally hooked something a little larger. The fight was undramatic although I am sure a tad nerve racking for Gerrard. He took his time and kept the carp clear of any problems and finally his dad slid the landing net underneath a very large carp indeed. At first glance Gerrard thought he had a thirty, and probably a large one at that. He telephoned Paul who shot round to help with a few pic’s. They wetted the sling and zeroed the scales and stood watching in absolute amazement when the ruebens spun round past the 40lb mark to a final weight of 40’13 oz’s.
A cracking new PB for a lovely fella, and the sixth capture of a 40lb plus fish this year alone for the lake.
Well done mate, it was a pleasure meeting your mum and dad, and of course to see the smile on your face after the big girl.
Gerrards good mate Dean also got in on the act as Gerrard dashed around to the fishing lodge to borrow a tin opener, one of his rods roared off. Dean did the honours and was very pleased to pose with a cracking beast like this one.
17'4 oz's small but beautifully proportioned
Gerrard, mum dad and carp hound
24lb's and New Lake Record Common
40'13 oz's and new PB
Kissing goodbye to his new pb
Andy Moriaty aka Bigdog returned to the lake this week after an enforced absence meant he missed all of August’s fishing time. He blew into the car park like the veritable whirlwind that he is and as always with a smile on his face. He started out doing a night in 8 to no avail, and ended up photographing a couple of good fish for Chris in swim 9. The following day Chris packed to go home and it wasnt long before Andy was dragging his bivvy and gear the short distance down the bank inot the freshly vacated swim. I think it was still warm when he got there. His first night in this swim produced two fish, both low twenties, and he was back in action. The following morning he managed three fish all within a very short space of time, probably no more than an hour or two’s fishing. The largest of which was a mirror of 27lb’s. The fish then melted away and were not to be seen again for a good few days. The lake had switched off big time.
Undaunted Andy then decided that if they weren’t down his end of the lake then he would go and find them. He moved up to the top end of the lake and set up in swim 25, where he spent the next night 24 hrs. He saw one or two fish in the area and actually lost one fish in the margins from here.
Once again the magic had gone from the swim and he was off on the move again. He settled in swim 37 for a short while and it was from here that he caught his last fish. a dumpy low twenty mirror. The following morning he packed his kit and wandered round with his mat deciding where to go next. He settled in swim 6 after seeing fish alongside the island albeit at range. A combination of the wind in his face and the fact that the fish were moving further out meant that he couldn’t get near the few showing fish meant yet another move the following morning. He decided on swim 31 for his final night at the lake, and after decided that the fish must be in the deeper water, put three baits as far into the deep void in front of 31 as he could manage. Unfortunately Andy was to land no more fish and packed and left for home after his week on the lake.
New member this year Martin Jeremy fished for three nights this week. He chose swim 3 as his temporary home for the session and like the rest of us fishing the early part of the week found things very difficult. With an enormous hatch coming off the water the fish were very much preoccupied and nothing we could do would tempt a bite. Martin stuck to his task admirably though and eventually a carp tripped up on his baited traps. Yet another fish which shows signs of darkening up a treat. It took the needle round to 29’8 oz’s and I am sure will be another Grenville thirty before too much longer. Well done Martin, it wasn’t easy out there this week
Dean Gill set up in swim 8 upon his arrival at the lake, after a good nights sleep and very little if any signs of fish. he decided to move one swim along into 9 once that it became free. Like almost everyone else this week Dean struggled as the fish were otherwise occupied on naturals. He persevered and tried everything he knew to try to squeeze at least one bite prior to his impending departure. Finally when all looked lost he managed to get a take. The fish leading him a merry dance before he finally bundled it into the net. At a weight of 26lb’s he was very pleased to have managed what quite a few didn’t this week, in actually landing a fish.
Well done fella 🙂
Max Cottis arrived late on Sunday afternoon hoping to get set up and organised prior to the big South Westerlies that were due on Monday morning. Unable to get into his first and second choice swim,s he chose to fish swim 37. The lake was devoid of all signs of fish, but the proliferation of gulls attacking the water indicated a sedge hatch of massive proportions. Unfortunately this meant the job of actually tempting one with bait was made much more difficult than normal. Max continued in swim 37 for the first two nights of his trip to no avail. He then moved into swim 6 on the Tuesday evening as the wind switched more to a Westerly. Unfortunately when he awoke on Wednesday morning it had swung once more to a South Westerly. Feeling that the fish were encamped in the deeper water Max packed up his considerable amount of gear and headed off up the lake in search of them. He settled in swim 29 and after finding a spot spodded a reasonable amount of his favourite Cell boilies out into the area. The day proved to be as difficult as the previous two but fortunately for Max he managed to hook and land a carp during his last night. A mirror of 23’12 oz’s, not the monster he was hoping for but a very welcome blank saver none the less.
Mark Barrett, arrived at the lake as most of the anglers were packing up to leave on Sunday, after previously speaking to Paul, he had arranged to fish a few nights through the week. The week started extremely slowly with seagulls dive bombing the lake continuously heralding a massive hatch of sedges which was coming off the lake. This made getting a bite very difficult as the fish were very much preoccupied on the naturals as they tend to do at this time of the year. Mark persevered despite the conditions and was rewarded in fine style with a new pb on the second day of his trip. I believe the take occurred at around 6pm and led him a merry dance up and down the margins, until he eventually bundled it into the waiting net. It was only when he attempted to lift the fish that he realised exactly what he had caught, and he was a very happy fella indeed when the needle on the rueben’s made it’s way round and past the thirty pound mark without slowing down. It settled at a weight of 33’6 oz’s.
Fortunately for Mark fellow angler Dennis McFetrich happened to be passing and took the piccies. Good timing Dennis, and a bloody good job with the camera as well judging by the pics.
Well done Mark, genuinely chuffed to biits for you mate 🙂
33'6 oz's and a new pb
Carp catching machine Ian Warner is on fire at the moment, fresh from his success of the previous weekend he returned to the lake looking to repeat the performance. With his first choice swim 3 having just been taken by another angler he decided to try one of his favourite swims 29. With a massive hatch occurring on the lake this week and bites being very few and far between as a result Ian proved once again just what a capable angler he is. With three fish falling to his rods during his first night, at weights of 25’8 oz’s, 13’10 oz’s and 27’7 oz’s. He struggled like everyone else to locate the fish during the day, and so it wasnt until the following night that the action commenced. He had two fish the second night, again no particular monsters, though at the time they were almost the only fish to have come off the lake during his trip.
Well done mate 🙂
One lucky angler this last weekend was Matt Rigby, a guest of Kempy Matt arrived on Thursday afternoon and set himself up in swim 8. Fish less after the first night he decided on a move round to swim 12, which had a nice S/W breeze blowing into it. He got himself organised and during the course of the next two days teased out a mirror of 30’5 oz’s. So impressed with the lake was Matt, that before he left he made sure he had spoken to Paul and has now been placed onto the ever increasing waiting list.
New member this year and current Lake holder Dave Williamson had another decent weekends angling at the lake this trip. Fishing swim 17 was never going to be easy as the fish were showing in numbers along the car park bank. He obviously worked extremely hard and during the course of the two days he managed to pick off three carp, on the scales they proved to be 21lb’s, 25lb’s and 26lb’s. No monsters but a fine result from an unfancied part of the lake. Good angling fella 🙂
Regular visitor to Grenville, Lee Skellam fished from peg 18 this week, with most of the fish being spotted around the island and along the car park bank. A little way off the hot area Lee worked hard at trying to get a bite. He was successful in his attempts although the one bite was all he managed during his stay. It brought a small mirror of 20’3 oz’s, which although smaller than the fish he has been recently catching was I am sure just as welcome considering the circumstances.
Paul Allgood decided to fish swim 5 this weekend. No real suprise after his experience of the previous week when he was called upon to photgraph a stack of fish from this swim by his good mate Ian Warner. Paul set himself up and cast out. He was pleasantly suprised I am sure to see that any fish showing themselves were seemingly moving along the car park bank and therfore passing over his baited area.
His Karma was obviously good and he did well to end up with three fish over the course of the weekend, weighing in at 23’8 ozs, 29lbs and topped off with a 30’14 oz fish.
Alan and Jamie Viney returned to the lake this weekend, still buzzing from Jamie’s remarkable success of the previous week when he blew us all away with his very first forty pound fish. Thia weekend proved to be somewhat less successful in that the fish caught were much lighter. The first 21lbs, the second a short while later turned out to be a scamp of 12lb’s.
Lake regular, Big Chris Oakley returned to the lake bright and early on Friday morning. This enabled him to beat the Friday rush to the lake, and therefore bag his favourite swim 9. He introduced his usual quota of bait and proceeded to get his rods in place and then set up home for the weekend.
Once again Chris obviously picked his spots very well, as during the course of the weekend he had five takes, landing three of them. He lost one as it went the wrong way round the marker pole and the hook pulled as Chris tried to bully it back around into clear water. The second one did a very similar thing as it tried desperately to escape. Chris managed to get this fish back round as the marker flipped flat as it is designed to do, I guess it depends exactly how far up the pole that the line wraps round it. The fish which Chris thought to be a “big one” came slowly into the margins where it decided to charge left and right for the next 15-20 minutes before the hook also pinged out of this one. Rumour is Chris stamped and swore a lot at this point. 🙂
Unfortunately I dont know the order in which those he did land were caught, what I do know is that between shaking them off he managed mirrors of 30lb’s and 36’8 oz’s and a lovely scaly linear of 24lbs
Good angling Chris, that swim has been very kind to you this season so far
Gary Kimbell, who hasnt been able to fish as much this year as in the past due to a new job, managed to get the weekend in this week. He thought long and hard about where he was going to fish and finally settled on swim 22 after much deliberations. He found some clear areas amongst the weed and placed his bait and baited traps in and around them. Late on the first evening of his stay he had a slow deliberate take, which usually indicates a better fish. After slowly persuading it to see things his way, he coaxed it into the net with a sigh of relief. This fish was indeed a bigger specimen, and tipped the scales at 33lb’s exactly.
That was to be all the action for the night and the next morning Gary topped up his swim, and rebaited and recast his rods. It wasnt until around lunchtime that his alarm once again alerted him to more carpy action. This fish did very much as the same a slwo measured take, followed by a tug of war. the fish kited to Gary’s left and tried it’s best to wrap itself around a reed bed slightly down the bank, steady pressure and an even steadier hand brought it slowly but surely toward the waiting net. Once on the bank it was obviously another decent fish, so the scales were zeroed, the sling wetted and the camera readied. A cracking looking mirror which on the scales was confirmed at 32’8 oz’s.
A nice brace of thirties Gary, well done mate
New member this year Guy Stubbings had a very busy 30hr session on the lake this weekend, arriving on Friday and seeing that swim 3 was available he chose to give it another go after the success of his last trip. He set up and cast out and the action started almost immediately with a fish early on. The weather deteriorated but fortunately the fish kept coming as evening turned all too quickly into night. On speaking to Guy on Saturday morning I found the tally was then 5 fish up to 29’12 oz’s. Later the same morning he squeezed out another, the largest of the trip at a weight of 30’6 oz’s.
Good angling Guy, bet you were glad of the rest when you got home after a night like that.
Well what can I say, I spoke to Gary as I wanderered round on Friday evening and he was setting up in swim 4. He explained he was just doing a quick overnighter and so chose 4 as it was close to the car park. Nothing to do with the 32’8 he had from there a few weeks previously then, 🙂
Gary is a very capable angler and it was no suprise to hear the following morning that he had teased another from a normally a very underfished swim. At a weight of 36lbs dead it was a fantastic result for an angler who could only manage a 14 hr session due to other commitments. I did pop round to congratulate you early Saturday morning Gary but you were fllat out mate, well done, good angling once again and a lovely fish.
Craig Randle arrived for a few days fishing this week and decided to pick his swim, bait quite heavily and sit and wait for them to turn up. Unfortunately for him the weather conspired against him somewhat and apart from a lost fish the first night the first couple of days were spent wondering if there were actually any fish in the lake. The wind picked up as it always does eventually and a warm S/W blew across the lake toward him in 12. Fish started to appear in front of him albeit at extreme range, but after the previous two days it was a start. Slowly but surely the fish seemed to get a little closer, until on the the last evening of his trip he managed to hook and land a cracking fish of 32’12 oz’s. within a few ounces of his pb it was just reward for his patience, and hopefully the first of many Grenville thirites for him.
Corking 32'12 oz carp
Weekend regulars to the lake Brian and Julie switched their days around this week and arrived on the Sunday as the weekenders were packing up. They set up in 2 to begin with and fished through till teatime when peg 3 their 1st choice swim became available. The day was not wasted as they managed to nick a couple of fish from the plateau during the afternoon, I say they, in fact it was Julie. A stunning scaly at a nice weight of 22’4 oz’s and a small chunky mirror of 21lb’s.
Sunday night passed and Brian decided to get in on the act too with his own lovely scaly fish of 22’13 oz’s, and Julie went one better once again with a portly mirror of 32’6 oz’s.
The wind unfortunately died right down on the Tuesday and the following two days were very difficult on the lake with just the odd fish out. Brian and Julie decided on a move to swim 33 and I believe it was here that Julie finished off the week with a little mirror of 15lb’s.
Brians 22'13 oz' scaly
chunky 32'4 oz
Brian contemplating where it all went wrong
Dave Gowing fished two nights during the week. Unfortunately for him he arrived as the wind disappeared, leaving the lake flat and looking very much devoid of carp. He setlled into swim 9 and steadily trickled in the bait. The first two nights of his stay proved fruitless due to the conditions and it wasnt until his final morning that a ripple finally appeared and his chance of a fish looked to be improving.
It was midday-ish when he had his first sight of fish in his swim, not long after he had the takehe had been waiting for which he deftly landed, a plump mirror of 23’10 oz’s picking up the bait. Later in the afternoon, he had his second and finTal take of the trip This fish, felt better immediately that he lifted into it, and so it proved to be when upon landing it he opened the net and saw a wide grey back in the folds of the net. Up on the scales the carp went 31’6 oz’, result.
They say Patience is a virtue Dave, well done fella, nice fish.
Moody sky over the island
View from peg 9
Can ALL members please ensure that they take a few minutes after their session to complete their Catch report in the book in the Fishing Hut, It is normally kept on Pauls desk.
This makes it useful for your fellow anglers as they follow youand on to the lake help them make their decision on what has been happening and what areas have been fishing well or not in their absense.
Catch Reports are to be completed even for a blank!!!!!!!!!!
Many Thanks …………………….
Paul Algood arrived at the lake on Saturday and squeezed into swim 21 for the night. It proved to be a decent choice with the wind pushing across the lake toward him. He picked up a couple of fish during the course of the night, a pair of twenties weighing in at 24’2 oz’s and 25’10 oz’s respectively. The following morning he moved into 6 alongside his good mate Ian, and sepnt the remainder of the session acting as photographer and Ghillie. A job I am assured he carried out fairly competently, at least Ian seemed pleased 🙂
Well for what seems like the first time in a long time, the weather man got it right, although I bet Ian Warner wishes he hadnt. Arriving on the Saturday Ian set up halfway up the barbeque bank in peg 16. After a quiet night, well by Ians standards anyway, with only one fish to his rods, a chunky little mirror of 22’13 oz’s, and following the mass departure of the weekend anglers Ian and his good friend Paul Algood prowled the lake in search of carp. They decided to fish swims 5 and 6 giving them both a chance of a fish, and also the opportunity of a social last couple of nights. Having fished peg 5 in the recent past Paul suggested that Ian try that swim while he would have a go in swim six………………. A decision I bet he regretted later 🙂
The wind picked up and the rain began to fall around late afternoon, Ian got himself organised and found a clear spot to present his bait to at range, so it was game on.
The action started at approx 7-8pm when I an was forced out of the comfort of his bivvy by the sound of his alarm. This first fish a common weighed in at 22’8 oz’s. In the following hours Ian was to have to leave the dry snug bivvy on a number of occasions as his alarms rattled off one after another until approx 3am. In this six or seven hour period Ian was to bank seven fish in total, which meant that every time he dried off and got himself sorted he was back out into the driving rain again.
The fish were well worth getting wet for, weighing in as follows 22’8 oz common, and mirrors of 34’8 oz’s, 22’4 oz’s 32’4 oz’s, 29’8 oz’s 37’4 oz’s 29’2 oz’s and a 24’4 oz.
An awesome nights angling Ian well done mate, please also spare a thought for poor old Paul, who put Ian into swim 5. His reward to help net and photograph the fish for his mate, so he ended up just as wet, cold and tired but without the cat got the cream grin that signifies a happy angler.
Shaun Harrison fished in swim 29 this weekend in search of the monsters which often come from this swim. Despite his best efforts and not inconsiderable skill, it seems that this weekend they were not there to be caught. He finished up with one fish to his credit a lovely dark mirror of 29’6 oz’s.
Andy Hanahoe, aka the teacher and his lovely lady Sharon booked the cabin this weekend to enjoy the last few days of their holiday prior to going back to school this week. A strange week weatherwise meant that Andy had a very slow start to the week, with no fish coming his way. Although as the week went on and the wind picked up and finally pushed into the right direction at least for a bite from his position things picked up. He finished the week with three twenties, and three thirties weighing 33’12 oz’s, 35lb’s and 36’8 oz’s respectively. Well done mate, once they were in front of you, you managed to get amongst them, which is as much as you can hope to do. Andy and Sharon also had a lovely barbeque on the Saturday night which it was a pleaseure to attend with one or two others, so thanks very much indeed for that too both of you, it was bloody lovely 😉
Pics to follow 🙂
Ron Key returned on Friday for his regular weekends dangling. He started off in swim 8 after spotting fish in numbers at the side of the island. After a fishless night he moved to swim 6 on Saturday. After another good nights sleep he still thought the swim was still good for a fish and rebaited on Sunday morning. Then late Sunday afternoon with all the gear packed away and the rods laying on the deck, the left hand rod pulled round to the left as the fish kited and resulted in this beauty. Unusually dark for Grenville, looking quite old and leathery. Very welcome though especially at a weight of 32’2 oz’s
Very good angling Ron
View from swim 8
Nick Dodge a new member this year fished in the ever popular swim 3 this weekend. He sorted himself out and set to work spodding bait out. Despite fish being in the bay over the weekend they did tend to come and go. This made catching them difficult to say the least. During the Saturday night it appears the fish moved over Nicks baited area and finally he had some takes. I am unsure as to what exactly happened and in what order the events occurred except to say that he caught one fish, a double at 19’12 oz’s and also lost two fish to hookpulls. Unlucky Nick, better luck next time.
Well young Jamie Viney is certainly showing us older and shall we say more experienced anglers the way at the moment and no mistake. For the newer members I should explain. Jamie has fished the lake with his dad since the lake opened. He has his own rods, and marks his spots, spods his own bait out and casts and sets up his own rods, and has done for a number of years now. He is a very accomplished angler in his own right, and would amaze you with his extremely detailed knowledge of Grenville lake and it’s inhabitants. Three years ago Jamie was the first angler to catch a fish at the beginning of the season. It weighed in at over 29lb’s. Last week I reported that Jamie had broken his pb with a lovely 32’8 oz mirror.
Well it gives me the greatest pleasure to be able to announce that Jamie Viney at the age of ten years of age, (yes you did read that right TEN) has beaten it yet again with one of the most stunning and sought after fish in the lake.
The H fish as it is known, at an incredible weight of 40’10oz’s. Yes you read that right Jamie has caught a forty and how he deserves it. I was lucky enough to be called round to winess the fish as Paul was away, and the look on both Jamie and Alans faces were worth their weight in gold. Jamie was over the moon, and dad well he was just about as proud of his lad as any dad could be and quite rightly an all. For all those that worry that the inability to cast and bait up at extreme distances, let this be the proof that this isnt neccescary as this fish was literally caught from just over the marginal weed approx 15-20 yds from the bank.
Very well done Jamie, you are a Grenville legend
Look at that smile
Alan Viney decided on swim 37 to mount his campaign in this weekend. With fish showing in the bay upon his arrival it made perfect sense. He set up and got himself and Jamie organised. The first night brought nothing to either of their rods and the morning didnt look too promising either. As the morning passed it was obvious that fish were moving back into the bay in numbers, and it wasnt long until one of them tripped up over Alans baited hook. He hooked and landed another thirty in perfect condition, this one weighed 30’14 oz’s to be exact. The following morning he managed a small double figure scaly.
I set up on Thursday night in swim 2. I had seen fish to the left whilst chatting to Max in swim 3. After watching the water for a while I decided that I would give it a go. I set up and got my rods cast out to the plateau area. I then baited up with a throwing stick around a kilo of bait over the area of my three baits, topping this up with a few boilies every so often.
The first night came and went without any ado. The following morning though, just after my shredded wheat the middle rod let out a scream as the line was dragged from it at a rate of knots. I picked up the rod almost too frightened to tighten up too quickly and so slowly tried to get the fish to think my way. It didnt take too long after the initial 50yd run and subsequent shorter runs the fish started to see sense and slowly but surely she came toward the waiting net. As she came into view I was suprised at the size as I was expecting a big fish and it didnt look it side on. Once netted and I had looked down on to the fish and seen the thickness of the back I knew it was a thirty plus without much doubt. Hoisted onto the scales the needle spun round to 34lb’s My first thirty of the season and very welcome it was.
AT 3am I heard a large fish leap out of the water close by and so got up to have a look, there were fish in the margins very close so I reeled in my left hand rod to put it along there with a stringer, as I did so the middle rod lit up and the reel started spinning…. Bingo I thought. A small but beautifully formed common of 16lbs was soon brought to the bank.
Later that morning, another fish took the bait and once more I found myself reeling in and trying to control an angry carp. This mirror was a chunky beast and although not quite hitting the thirty pound mark at 29’12 oz’s was another welcome visitor to the bank.
Nothing more was to happen that day despite fish showing in the area I was fishing. The next morning at bite time I was eagerly sat close to the rods, The take came although unfortunately fell off within seconds of the strike. I decided to fish through the Saturday night as there were fish in the bay and I fancied my chances of another. This proved to be correct as the Sunday morning as I was packing up I hooked and landed two more in the shape of a 21’8 oz mirror and a 17’4 oz common. A cracking session and a good result.