Archive for October, 2010
An up and down sort of week was both enjoyed and endured by Max Cottis this week. He arrived at the lake early with a weeks angling from the cabin swim ahead of him. The weather looked promising as he unloaded the mountain of gear that he manages to fit into the Tardis that he drives and proceeded to set up camp.
With a decent session ahead of him he decided to bait heavily with the New Grange from Mainline, along with pellet.
The first fish came within an hour or so of casting out and things were looking very good indeed. He kept up the good work over the next 24 hr’s and another he added another five fish to his total for the week. Four of these were twenties including a couple of very nice scaly fish. The fifth fish was a gorgeous mirror of 37lb 7oz’s.
It was after this massive high that things were to turn against Max a little. The lake , despite ever improving conditions of warm South Westerlies, and pressure dropping decided to switch off. All was quiet. Max continued with his best attempts, but the fish were either not there or not interested. For over 80 hours around the lake everyone sat waiting and watching for signs of life. Nobody saw or caught anything and it would be easy to believe that the lake was devoid of fish.
The fish as we know are most definetly there and 3 days after their strange disappearing act they turned up……. in Max’s swim. Once again he was busy catching carp, re-casting and rebaiting during the course of the Wednesday and and late into the night. He manged to add to his total with a stonking 43lb fish, strangely enough it was “the other” large two tone fish, which Max himself had caught earlier this year at it’s best weight of 40lb 7oz. It has obviously been munching hard on the naturals that have plagued us all lately in-between captures as it weighed 43lb 2oz’s this time round and looked in pristine condition. He also managed a lovely deep bellied mirror of 36lb 2oz in the early hours. Things were looking brighter all of a sudden.
Unfortunately the following day Max started to feel unwell. As the day progressed so his he felt worse. The following day his health had not much improved. His wife Cheryl joined him to keep an eye on him. The next and final take was to come to Cheryls rod and after a good tussle she brought a lump to the net. It was weighed and agreed upon at 35lbs exactly. Another deep fish, starting to show those gorgeous deep orange hues that we love to see this time of year.
Chery and Max left early the following morning. I am sure I speak for all members when I wish Max a speedy recovery from whatever ails him. Get well soon mate, hope we see you back soon, there is still time to bag a biggie or two before the winter sets in
Well that must have been how Vince King felt on Sunday after catching his first Grenville carp for quite some time. I believe Vince had a couple of fish on the first weekend. Since then unfortunately conditions and circumstance has conspired against him somewhat and he has failed to catch anymore despite fishing regularly. This weekend he and his good lady Marlene fished their two night stay in swim 22.
With a good proportion of the lakes anglers deposited along the car park bank and up the barbeque bank, it was a wise move to set up at the other end of the lake where there were less lines in the water and hopefully you had a chance of picking up at least one fish.
Thankfully for Vince his dedication and hard work has eventually paid off. He had the one take over the session which when hoisted up onto the scales where it proved to be a 24lb 9oz mirror.
Paul Allgood continued his run of form at the lake this weekend. He fished a 48hr session in swim 5 this weekend. Despite conditions being as good as they get, with low pressure and a nice breeze. Paul stationed himself where he felt he could pick off a fish or two as they moved past him. He found the right spot out there and guess what a fish passed, well at least one. I know because Paul caught it. It weighed in at a good weight of 29lb 6oz’s.
Good angling mate
An old friend of the lake returned this week for a guest session. Anton aka Bigvan arrived bright and early after the long haul down the motorway. He chatted to Paul for a while and then popped across for a quick chat. It was very good to see him as always and we chatted about fish caught this season and conditions for the forthcoming week over a cup of tea.
Deciding that he wanted to set up somewhere on the barbeque bank he set off with his mat. He decided on swim 17 to start his session in, it is a swim he has good memories of and one that he knows well. His first night was quiet with nothing to disturb his rest. On the third morning he decided to move further down the bank after Viney in swim 12 had lost a fish overnight. He set up in swim 14 and got the rods and bait out where he wanted it. For the next two or three days it was very quiet. Conditions were exactly as you would rerquest them if you had a wish list. A warm South Westerly, pressure dropping from the high 1020′s to well below 1000 by the end of the week. The fish just seemed to disappear.
It was on Thursday night that he finally had the run he had been waiting and hoping for. A good spirited fight followed with the fish kiting left on a long line, this caused it to cross both Alan and Jamie’s rods. Anton took to the water and waded down past the rods and played the fish from there. The fish fought well although Anton steadily won the battle and Mr carp tarted to see things his way. Viney helped with netting and photographing the fish which weighed in at a very respectable 33lb 8oz’s. It was to be the only fish of the week for Anton, despite his best efforts.
Good to see you back at the lake mate, dont leave it so long next time
Brian and Julie started their weekend off in swim 34. after a blank night and signs of a little more action across the lake they made the move early on Saturday morning into swim 12. Vacated by the unfortunate Viney a short while before it had proved to be very quiet all week. During the course of Saturday night they were to receive one take which Julie landed. A common of 16lb 10oz the culprit that dragged them both out of their warm beds.
Ben Tuck arrived on Wednesday for a 72hr session at the lake. Unsure as to where to fish, he wandered his mat around the lake in search of inspiration. He found it or at least decided on his swim at any rate and settled for swim 31.
Fishing at range Ben had no joy on the first night of his visit. Conditions were spot on a warm South Westerly blowing and pressure dropping almost by the hour. Ben albeit it on the back of the wind was feeling confident of a take. It came as did the only fish of his session at approx 2’30am on Friday morning. A good fight was followed by the fish slowly being brought to the net and was quickly bundled into the folds.
Up on the scales it proved to be a new pb by only 1oz for Ben at a weight of 36lb 13oz’s. As Ben said, it was the only fish of the session but well worth it.
Too bloody right it was, well done mate
36lb 13oz and a new PB
Andy Hanahoe aka Teacher arranged with Paul for a few nights at the lake during the half term holiday. He and Sharon arrived early in the week and after a quick wander round he chose to fish peg 9. Andy was obviously thinking ahead,with a warm South Westerly and a drop in pressure due later in the week this swim was going to be a good bet for a fish.
His week went very slowly to begin with. The first couple of nights were cold ones, with a light ground frost in the early morning. He had a scraper twenty during his second nights angling. After this things went very quiet all around the lake and with no fish being caught and none showing he decided to stay put and hope for a change of luck as the week went on.
Thursday morning and the wind finally swung round and the conditions were looking very favourable. Still there was no signs of fish, Andy baited regularly and plugged away at his task confident that as the pressure dropped his chances would improve.
I am pleased to report that at approx 2am this morning his patience and application paid off, he hooked into a hard fighting fish which took lots of line on a solid initial run. He knew that it was the fish he had been hoping for, and played the fish carefully trying not to cause any unforseen resistance from the fish. It kited left when it was still so far past the marker the line didnt snag on it. Andy walked to the left along the bank winding down as he went keeping in touch with the fish. It came in fairly easily once he had it close in.
Once in the net it was back to where he started and up onto the scales. It weighed in at 40lb 2oz.
It is also a new 40lb fish for the lake making seven known forties now. Well done Andy
With the stock pond a few months old now Paul and his gorgeous daughter Yaz have been hard at work erecting an electric fence around the perimeter of it. Once the posts were in they wrapped the wire around and fixed securely. Dennis was then called in to wire up and connect the fence to the electrics, and finally it was switched on. In full working order now the fence is obviously to protect the valuable stock of fish which is due to arrive on 9th November. These will be quarantined in the stock pond for almost a year in case of any infection, and then hopefully released into the main lake when they reach mid doubles in approx 10 months time.
Yaz Looking rightly proud of her hard work
With the chilly Autumnal evenings starting to really close in and the clocks due to go back an hour next weekend. This is about the time of year that anglers start to arrive the darkening early evening gloom. Dave Baldry was that very man this weekend. Work commitments meant he couldnt get to the lake before 6.30pm by which time the last of the days weak, and watery sun was long gone. Only down for 24 hrs meant that Dave didnt have long to find the fish. He decided to fish the bay and so set himself up in swim 34. Approximately 3 hours later I had a call from Dave. He had not only managed to find the fish, but had actually caught one of them too. At 32lb’s it was also a very good one.
Dave was pleased to have caught so soon, and was confident of another bite. Although the “other” bite failed to materialise Dave packed away quite happily the following day.
On a cold weekend with few fish out one night for one fish is a very good result. Well done Dave
Guy Stubbings brought a guest with him to the lake this week in the shape of Lewis Pyle. They arrived bright and early on Friday morning and decided to position themselves in the teeth of the forthcoming South Westerly and so set up in swim’s 14 and 12 respectively. The conditions when they arrived where ideal for baiting up, and they wasted no time in getting some bait out to the marks and casting out amongst them. The wind when it came was a strong chilly, typical October blow. The spasmodic rain on Saturday blowing sharply into their faces couldnt have helped improve the situation.
They both stuck manfully to the task though and Lewis at least was going to benefit from their plight. He managed to bag a fine brace of fish during the course of their two nights. A 26lb 6oz mirror, and a cracking 36lb 4oz which really made the weekend a special one.
I think this was a new pb for Lewis, and is certainly yet another new addition to the Grenville Big Girl page.
Lewis and his new PB
Stuart “the butcher” was back for a guest session at the weekend. He supplied the wonderful meat for the opening night barbeque and is fast falling in love with the lake. He arrived late due to working hours and dark was rapidly drawing in. He decided to set himself in swim 6 and so once the welcomes were over he set off to get home for the weekend unpacked and set up. I guess it was about three hours later when I got a call on the mobile. It was Stuart, “Wally I have got a fish in my main net and I am playing another now, could you pop out and help with pic’s”
Stuart had fallen victim to a common occurrence at the lake, that of multiple takes. When a shoal of the Grenville carp come through it can be like a time bomb going off in your swim. This was Stuart’s first experience of this although despite the late hour when I got out to him he had everything fully under control with a portly mirror in the net and another fish doing it’s very best to bury itself in the weed in front of the swim. He brought the second one to the surface and it was soon in the net. Whilst neither were monsters, they were a cracking start to the session, weighing in at 16lb 8oz and 24lb’s.
The rest of the weekend was to be a little more frustrating in an angling sense as he managed three more takes before packing up but suffering hookpull’s on each occasion as the fish found the weed out in front of the swim.
One of our Northern members Lee Skellam returned to the lake on Friday night for his weekend session. He decided this weekend to try his luck in swim 33. He has recently concentrated his efforts on the other side of the lake namely swim 18. He has enjoyed a reasonable run of success recently with at least one fish per trip. Would the current run continue with the change of scenery. It appears so, with Lee managing a scraper twenty of 20lb 8oz mirror. This is Lee’s third scraper twenties in the last few weeks, making me wonder are they different fish or is he being stalked by one particular carp on a mission to drive him insane
A quick overnight session for Gary Mills this week. He arrived on Friday night and made his way round to swim 34. Once set up and sorted, he quickly dived into the bivvy as it was a cold evening. He was disturbed once during the night when his alarm sounded. The result a carp of 24lb’s. With nothing else under his belt during the hours of darkness he packed up and left the following day.
Regular Dave Gowing arrived at the lake for his usual midweek session. He walked the lake as he always does and decided after seeing no signs of fish to set up in swim 9, in the hope that Chris had missed one or two stragglers in the area. He got himself organised and baited up, and then came the waiting. It was a very cold week to be sitting around but Dave was patient.
The swim which has been fairly consistent of late did not fail him though and he managed three takes during his session, which he fortunately managed to land.
He caught a double of 16lb 8oz, a twenty of 22lb 10oz, and a thirty of 30lb 4oz. Well worth getting cold for and another good result for Dave.
Just to let you all know what is happening on the rough ground behind the car park close to swim 1. The ground in this area has always been a nuisance. Due to it’s unevenness and the amount of stones prevalent it has always been difficult to do anything with. It has been impossible to mow and stuck out like a sore thumb as being the only unmaintained piece of land on site. This is about to change. Paul has had a load of topsoil delivered which has now been spread all across this area. This is to be seeded and hopefully next year will be fit to be mowed so as to blend in with it’s surroundings.
Paul also plans to get some fruit trees, apples, pears plums etc and plant a small orchard in this area.
Another angler to depart midweek was Chris Oakley. He arrived on Sunday just as the lake was quietening down from the weekend. He had no doubt in his mind where he wanted to fish and made straight for swim 9. This swim has been incredibly good to Chris this year, and he was determined to keep the run going. He got organised and got his bait out an using a throwing stick, an arm aching job, but of course needs must. The winter bivvy was put up a sure sign that the nights and mornings are getting chillier around the lake.
Chris fished for his usual 48hrs although unlike last trip he had to wait a while for the first of the action. Unfortubnately I am unsure as to when exactly he had what fish, suffice to say he ended up with three more fish for the session, weighing in at 24lb 8oz, 28lb 8oz and yet another thirty at 32lb 8oz. Another fantastic session when despite the odds Chris found them, got them feeding and had a successful session.’
Ian Warner continued his very successful campaign on Grenville this weekend. Fishing for an extended four night session instead of his normal two. In fact we were concerned at one point that him and Paul Allgood had actually moved in permanently :0
Ian started his session in one of his regular swims, number 17 He had an incredible start to his session catching a cracking 35lb 9oz fish during the course of his first night on the bank. It was after this that things started to go a little awry. With the wind blowing across nicely rtoward the far bank, I an decided on a move into swim 32 from where he hoped to pick up the fish in the deeper water. Despite his best eforts, he was not to add to his total and was left pondering the possible cost of the move at the end of his session. Still another thirty added to his tally is no mean achievement with the conditions as they were.
Or so the old quote goes……
It certainly proved to be the case for poor old Paul Allgood. He recently spentthree nights tucked up out of the cold Northerly wind that was hacking across the lake. He positioned himself at the very top of the lake in swim 25. Despite his best efforts and the obvious signs of fish in the proximity due to the constant liners he was suffering he was looking at a blank right up until the last few minutes of his stay. It was while starting the tedious job of packing up that the sound he had been waiting for. He lifted into the fish and after a short but lively tussle brought a lovely pristine 27lb mirror to the net. While in the net it gave Paul every indication as to what was preoccupying them as it deposited lots of remnants of the sedges it had been gorging on recently.
After Julie’s successful few months it was Brian’s turn this weekend to catch. Arriving early on Friday evening they had a quick wander around the lake to see what was happening and where looked a likely spot. They too decided on the back of the wind for their assault, and plumped for peg 14. The lake was very slow over the weekend with only a few fish being caught at all, one of these fell to Brian’s rods deep into Saturday night.
A mirror of 28lb 6oz’s being well worth getting out of a warm bed for. Well done mate
Lee Skellam arrived on Friday for his regular weekend session. He set up in swim 6 on a relatively deserted car park bank. With the wind in his face it was not an easy task to get bait or rigs out to where he wanted them, but he stuck to his task and was rewarded with one of only a few fish to come out over the weekend, and the only fish not to be caught off the back of the wind. A mirror of 20lb’s exactly being the hard earned prize. Lee packed up bright and early on Sunday to avoid the turn in the weather due later in the day.
A stranger arrived at the lake this week in the form of Mark “Skelly” Skellam. Unfortunately work commitments have kept him away from the lake during August and September. Finally with a little free time available he had made the long journey South and was pumped up at the thought of a few days fishing. After scouring the lake for any signs of fish, he settled in swim 18. He stuck to his task and worked hard as he always does at his fishing. Unfortunately he was not to catch anything from this swim. After a couple of nights he decided to try his luck in swim 9 which has proved to be fairly consistent of late. It worked it’s magic for Mark who managed a scaly fish of 25lb’s. His first this season and a nice fish to start his campaign off with. Nice to see you back at the lake mate, and well done on the fish.
Our other resident Yorkshireman Dean Gill had hired the cabin for this week. He arrived on Saturday with his wife, daughter and granddaughter and set about the business of getting everyone settled in. Dean set up his bivvy and his rods and cast out toward the markers. The first three days of the trip proved to be a chilly time with a cold Northerly blowing hard across the lake toward them. It wasn’t to be until Monday before Dean enjoyed his first run of the session. After a spirited fight he landed a gorgeous 24lb scaly one
If he thought this was to be the turning of the tide he soon realised that it wasn’t quite the case as no more fish were to be seen or caught that day. Indeed it was not going to be until Thursday evening that Dean was to have his second take. This fish felt better from the start and gave Dean a run for his money. Finally he managed to get it to see his way of thinking and brought it steadily to the net. Once safely in the net he could see that it was much bigger than the last fish. The scales were zeroed and the fish hoisted up onto the Reuben’s which recorded a weight of 37lbs 4oz’s.
Dean was certainly feeling a little better now and when one of his alarms sounded a blood curling wake up call at approx 5am the following morning he was up and onto it in a flash. The fish once again gave a good account of itself and a good tussle ensued but it wasn’t long before Dean was lifting the net around it.
This Chunky little beast weighed in at 22lb’s
The rest of the morning passed quietly enough, and it was the early afternoon before Dean was once more roused into action. Another fish which really didn’t seem to want it’s picture taking led him a merry dance around the reeds and almost into the bay to his right. He hung on though and slowly but surely he got the fish back in front of the swim. A short while later it was safely in the net and then to the weigh sling and the Reuben’s. A very short but deep fish it pulled the needle round to 33lb’s.
Within half an hour of recasting Dean was in again, his reel spinning as line was ripped from it. He quickly got control of this fish and despite it’s best efforts it was brought toward the waiting net. It was at about this point that another of his rods tore off, with line being taken at speed from the reel spinning. Paul who had been strimming behind the swim came and gave Dean a hand holding the second rod taut and controlling the fish to prevent the two becoming tangled. Dean got the first fish in and quickly weighed and photographed it, a nice fish of 28lb 12oz’s.
Dean released the 28lb fish and took the rod from Paul. Again this fish felt like a good one from the way it was fighting, plodding around hugging the bottom, with surges where it was no doubt heading for the deeper water which surrounds this swim. Dean held firm though and was soon posing once again with another Grenville corker. This one his third fish in an hour weighing in at 35lb 80z. It was about this time that his third and only rod in the water went into meltdown. Talk about action coming thick and fast :0
Dean soon had the third of his trio of fish under control, obviously smaller than the first two it came in without too much of a fuss. Smaller maybe, but stunningly marked and at 21lb’s a fish that has a lot of growing to do. Things calmed down after this mad hour and a half of action. Dean tidied up and rebaited and got all three rods back out and into position. He was to catch one more fish during his trip, another stunning scaly at exactly 21lbs again. Nothing more happened during the night. Dean was more than happy upon leaving. He had suffered the quiet periods and enjoyed the manic moments, and felt the week in total had been a success and also a great week spent with the family, we all know how special they can be.
Gerrard Williams returned to the lake this week, and decided to set himself up in the Southerly bay in swim 34. with A cold North easterly blowing across the lake, he was sheltered from the worst that the weather threw at him. He baited reasonably heavily and awaited the arrival of the fish. Fortunately for him they decided to pay him a visit. He managed two fish during his 48hr session. The first a double of 19lb 7oz, the second a 26lb 10oz mirror. He also took the opportunity to spend a little social time with his good mate Dean who was fishing the cabin swim for the week.
Another angler to spend a few nights at Grenville this week was Dave Gowing. Arriving on Monday he wandered around the lake a couple of times looking for signs of fish. He set himself up in swim 10 as the only fish to have been recently caught were by Chris from swim 9. His first night passed without incidence, and on Tuesday he wandered off again in search of inspiration. With no fish showing and nothing better to go on, he decided to give swim 17 a night. It was about this time that Chris, had another take, quickly followed by another. This convinced Dave he was in the wrong area of the lake and the packing up began again. He moved into swim 9 upon Chris’s departure around teatime. He got organised and the rods out on the spots. The night proved to be a cold one and for Dave fish-less, unfortunately. He persevered as he knew that a daytime take was always a chance in this particular swim. It wasn’t until he was actually packing away and just about to start reeling the rods in when the one take of the session occurred. Dave landed the fish which turned out to be a scraper twenty pound linear.
Chris Oakley arrived late afternoon on Sunday. He grabbed his sling and aboard his trusty bike cycled off looking for signs of fish. He got as far as swim 6 where he stood chatting to Shaun Harrison about the weekends angling. It was then that he spotted the marker in swim 9 move suddenly signalling the presence of fish. Now swim 9 is one of if not Chris’s favourite swim, and if he knows fish are in the vicinity he feels he has a chance of bagging one or two. He quickly got the rest of his tackle and quickly set up, measured out and cast out his first rod. A few minutes later I received a text with the following message.
“One cast, 2min’s 31lb 4oz, who says the lake is fishing hard, lol”.
Chris had only gone and landed a thirty within a few minutes of casting out his first rod, he was actually walking out, and measuring up his second rod when the alarm alerted him to a take. A very good start to the session was followed up a short while later, with another slightly smaller fish of 23lb’s.
During the course of the first afternoon as the light faded Chris had another take which he landed and weighed at exactly 23lb’s again. After this things went very quiet and Chris sat waiting patiently until Tuesday, the final day of his trip. Just as he was starting to think that it was time to start packing up he had another take, this turned out to be the largest of the trip so far at a weight of 34lb 10oz. Chris decided to take his time packing up and fish through the afternoon period which had proved so successful for him in this swim in previous visits. It paid off with another two fish succumbing to his bait, a a nice sized, and very pretty scaly one of 26lb’s and a smaller fish of 24lb’s. All in all a cracking session, well done Chris
Ian Warner arrived on Sunday as most of the weekend anglers were starting to pack up and set off for home. He wandered around the lake in search of carp and decided on swim 17 to continue his quest. The first night of his visit he had two fish, which were I believe the only fish caught that night. Monday blew a very cold North, North Easterly wind across the lake, the back of the wind was the only place to be, and Ian used the strong wind to aid his casting and squeeze just that extra few yards out of his already very long attempts. Monday itself was quite, but during the Monday night Ian picked up yet another three fish to add to his ever growing tally for the year. Finishing up with five fish, when very little else was caught, another very good result Ian
Weights of fish caught were 19lb 1oz, 23lb 3oz, 26lb 6oz, 28lb 11oz, and 18lb 3oz.
Max Cottis arrived at the lake on Wednesday ready for a few nights fishing to recuperate from a couple of hard weeks at European tackle shows, well that’s his story, and he is sticking to it. He set up camp in swim 3 and baited heavily with his usual Mainline boilie’s, pellet and corn, prepared to sit it out and hope the fish moved into the bay with the wind which was due. The hatch in the middle of the lake has preoccupied the fish recently with few being seen or caught from the bay. Max worked the swim extremely well during his stay, and due to his experience and undoubted skills managed five fish over the few days he was here. With four twenties, including a common and a stunning scaly and a thirty of 31lb 4oz taking the bait and posing for pics with him it ended up being a reasonable session. Good angling fella
The Teacher aka Andy Hanahoe returned to the scene of the crime this week choosing swim 2 for his weekend retreat. He and Sharon got set up slightly earlier than usual, and he got on with the job of catching fish. With the wind blowing from the North East things certainly looked very good for a bite out in front of him. He persevered over the course of the weekend and managed to take on double during his stay. The highlight of which must have been the glorious meal that was concocted on the Saturday night and enjoyed by both he and Sharon and Max in swim 3. Sweet and sour chicken starters followed by a mixed grill with massive steaks, chips and all the trimmings, washed down nicely with a bottle of white wine. Marvellous job!!
After a minor disaster when a wayward cast flew out onto the island on Friday evening which meant he fished the first twelve hours of his session with only two rods, Shaun Harrison made up for it once Paul had retrieved his rig and lead from the protective mesh fence surrounding the island. He fished hard Saturday and worked hard against a side wind to get both his bait and rigs exactly where he wanted them, which is no mean feat in itself. He obviously managed to find the right spot though as on Sunday morning the first of his two twenties graced the net. The second was not far behind it and so once again Shaun managed to save the blank on the last day of his session. Two twenties weighing in at 21lb 8oz which was a common and 25lb 15oz mirror falling foul of the the Quest bait.
Lee Skellam arrived for his regular weekend session on Friday and decided to fish swim 18 on the back of the wind. Fishing out in the deep water in front of him he hoped to pick up one or two of the fish which were obviously still on the naturals which have plagued the lake for the last few weeks. He did reasonably well in distracting them from their activities, picking up one fish on the Saturday night, which weighed in at 25lb 8oz. By no means the largest that Lee has caught from the lake, but certainly one of the most gratefully received I am sure with the lake fishing relatively hard the last week or two.
Grenville’s own Barnsley boy Gerrard Williams arrived on Friday this week, he decided to fish on the back of the wind and so set himself up in swim 29. After getting a bit of bait out, he got the rods sorted and then began the waiting and watching. He saw one or two fish albeit at extreme range over the deeper water. Fortunately for him the fish moved into the shallower water during the couple of days he was fishing and this is when Gerrard had most of his takes. He has a knack of picking out the pretty ones and this trip proved to be no exception, with a couple of cracking scaly fish, and a very portly 28lb mirror amongst the five fish he ended up with.
Long Range expert Mark Hutchinson returned to the lake this week. After his first session where he only managed one small double figure common he was keen to get a larger beastie under his belt. He set himself up in swim 6 and fished toward the back of the island, It really is obscene how far that man can chuck a lead !! As we all know though it isn’t how far you chuck it, it’s whether it is in the right place at the right time. Mark got that part right this trip and managed three fish over the duration of his visit, a double a fish of 25lb 3oz and topped it off with his first Grenville thirty at 30lb 1oz. Good to see you back again Mark, well done mate
Karl Pitcher who fished a 24 hr guest session this week chose swim 10 for his stay. He got himself set up and with a nice South Westerly blowing into the corner things looked good for a bite or two. He didn’t take long to get his first one which resulted in a belting run and a good battle, Karl winning the day as he eventually brought the fish to the net. Up onto the Ruebens it went and they showed a weight of 33lb’s. A cracking looking fish to boot. This was actually the 100th fish over thirty pounds caught from the lake this season which is only 67 days old.
He had one further run in the early hours of the morning which he wasn’t quite as successful in landing but still he left in the morning a very happy chap.
Nick Dodge has continued his 24 hr sessions the last few weeks despite struggling to get near the fish. H arrived at the lake this week and decided on swim 6 for the night. With one or two fish having been seen either side of the island it put him in the right place and with a little luck a chance of a fish. He had to wait until the early hours of the morning, but this trip he was to bag a carp. A lovely looking scaly mirror. It weighed 17lb 8oz’s but when they look as good as this it really doesnt matter how big they are. Well in Nick
Most of the midweek anglers will know Dennis. He only visits the lake on day sessions and is often seen wandering the banks with his barrow in search of fish. He has had a slower season than usual by his very high standards, with odd fish being caught here and there. This week was not much different and he must have done at least a couple of laps of the lake looking for them. He finally managed to get a bite in swim 8, which turned out to be a very nice 33lb mirror. Good on you Dennis, good to see you getting in touch with the big girls again
It is rapidly becoming obvious that Ian is a very good angler. He has in recent years fished the road lake and others alongside Grenville. Unfortunately for us all, he has decided to give up his other tickets and concentrate his efforts on Grenville for the next year or two. This makes life very difficult for the rest of us as Ian has an awful habit of catching fish and not just any fish but mainly the bigger ones amongst them. I can only apologise for this and promise to try my best to find some reason for Paul to ban him, unfortunately catching most of the fish isn’t a good enough reason.
Seriously Ian has had an incredible run so far this year which has seen him catching fish on each of his trips and mostly his catches have at least one thirty often more amongst them. This week was no exception with him turning up on Saturday for a 48hr session. He set himself up in swim 33 and got on with the business of catching carp. Over the session he managed three fish, two doubles, one a common and a 35lb 13oz monster. Very good angling Ian
Andy Moriaty aka Bigdog returned to the lake this weekend in search of fish. Invited to fish the cabin he took full advantage of the situation and had a right good session, one to rank amongst his very best. He arrived on Friday morning and got his gear round to the swim and set up. He wasted no time in getting three rods out onto the spots which Viney pointed him to “next to the markers” . He had three fish during the course of the first day, and four more during Friday night. The following day Saturday he managed to catch three more fish bringing his total to ten fish, strangely all of the fish had been twenties and a couple of doubles. The big fish were not his game. The following morning looked good for a bite with a strong wind and a little sunshine trying to break through. It was to be a very productive day for Andy with a further nine fish falling to his rods. Things got rather hectic at one point as Andy had two rods rip off almost simultaneously. Fortunately Gary Bird, on his way home had popped round to see how he was doing. Andy was playing the first fish and asked Gary to “get the other one”. When both fish were finally landed they were both over thirty eight pounds. A remarkable coincidence, with Andy’s fish weighing in at 38lb 2oz and the one Gary landed at 38lb 6oz. The Big Girls had arrived !!
Of the nine fish caught that day five of those were over the thirty pound mark although the two thirty eights were the largest by far. The weekends total of Nineteen fish including five over 30lb’s in a 48hr session is no mean achievement, even by the cabin standards. Well done mate
Andy's 38lb 2oz fish
Good Timing Gary, 38lb 6oz
Gary, Janie, Finlay and Bertie Bird arrived in convoy on Friday afternoon Gary working as chief scout arrived early and decided on base camp for the weekend. Janie in charge of supplies followed on a short while afterwards. Once Finlay was safe and happy, and camp had been organised. Gary got on with the serious business of catching carp. He was relatively successful in that he caught a brace of twenties during the course of the first night, though unfortunately the area seemed devoid of fish thereafter. Well done Gary, with not many fish out over the weekend, it was a good result.
Andy Hanahoe, more affectionately known as the Teacher arrived at the lake late on Friday afternoon. He decided on swim 2 as most of his other choice swims had already been taken. He set up camp and got himself cast out.
Andy wondering "what are these little green things"
Things started to go wrong about this point. Andy had purchased some new hooks on the way to the lake. Some new Korda wide gape hooks in a lovely new box, complete with some lovely little Green hook point protectors. Andy tied up his new rigs and hair rigged his baits and cast them out in the hope of a morning fish.
This is where the story gets a little hazy, Andy is sure that he realised a short while later that he had indeed left on the “little green hookpoint protectors” on, whilst those fishing around him are sure that he had them on all day.
I have no real idea as to who is right or wrong, except to say that Andy never caught during that day at all.
What is in no doubt is that by the following morning they were certainly off as Andy made up for lost time by bagging three fish. One early in the morning, at a weight of 31lb 1oz and two of 23lb 14oz and 16lb4 oz nearer lunchtime
Jamie giving Andy a few pointers
Fiesty looking 23lb 14oz fish
Shaun Harrison and the ever gorgeous Brook returned to the lake this weekend and set up camp in swim 10 following their arrival. on Saturday. After a quiet 24 hrs things were looking bleak. with only a few hours left Shaun was staring down the barrel of a blank. Suddenly out of the blue an alarm sounded and Shaun finally had his chance. He landed what turned out to be a 19lb mirror, which albeit not quite what he was hoping for was it was a carp and therefore saved the day and the blank.
A relatively uneventful weekend by the normal standards of the Viney’s. Young Jamie has been on the run of his lifetime, and dad Alan has been swept along happily in his wake. Things slowed down a tad this weekend with young Jamie catching only an 11lb Pike for his efforts and dad pinching a late 22lb common not long before they left for home.
Cliff Kemp returned to the lake again this week. Arriving late on Thursday evening he decided to fish in swim 8, his usual choice of swim 6 having been taken up. He managed two doubles during his 40hr stay pinching them from around the island after dark. After last weeks 28lb Mirror I though Kempy was starting to throw off the mantle of double troubler but it appears he is back to old ways.
Garry Hopkins patience was certainly rewarded this week. Fishing from swim 29 meant that Garry bore the brunt of the South Easterlies that blew hard across the lake for most of this week. He stuck to the task though, and on his second night was rewarded in the shape of this lovely 33lb 4oz mirror. His first Grenville carp and a fine way to start off your Grenville photo album.
- 33lb 4oz
The final morning of his trip dawned bright and dry giving Garry the opportunity to sit outside with a coffee and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the sunrise. He took the following pics from his vantage point at the top of the lake.
Jim Foster managed to get away from work early this week and raced through the London traffic and up the motorway for a quick 24hr session. Arriving in the early evening gloom of last night Jim decided to dive into swim 3 as it was going to be on the back of the following days wind. He got himself organised and the rods out and onto his desired spots, and wisely got his head down.
The weather today has been pretty damn awful with strong Southerly winds and almost constant rain, a proper bivvy day
Jim stuck it out and in a late afternoon break in the weather spent a fair bit of time staring out over the lake in the hope of at least seeing a fish in the vicinity and hopefully catching one before his rapidly approaching departure time. It was whilst watching the lake that Jim was suprised to hear a couple of bleeps from his left hand rod. He looked down and saw that his bobbin had dropped back a few inches. He lifted into the fish wondering whether we had any bream in the lake. It didn’t take long before he realised that it was no bream on the other end. The fish put up a very good tussle and gave Jim at least one hairy moment when it decided to kite left and therefore right round the bankside reeds adjacent to the swim. He stuck manfully to his task and eventually bundled a right lump into the net.
At first glance it was obviously a thirty, on the mat it looked good for a thirty five, and when on the Ruebens it proved to be 36lb’s exactly. A stunning looking specimen, and a cracking end to his session.
Well done fella
With very few fish being seen other than around the back of the island and occasionally in the middle of the lake. Colin decided to fish the corner of the island and corresponding bar from swim 6. He stuck to his task despite miserable weather and a bleak outlook. he managed to pinch a fish each night, so ended up with a brace of twenties weighing in at 23lb 8oz, and 28lb’s.