Archive for November, 2010

The cold weather has arrived

November 29th, 2010 Comments off

Well it has been a very cold last ten days down at the lake. With temperatures reaching as low as -9 at night and hardly breaking above 0 all last week, it will come as no surprise to hear we have not seen many anglers trying their luck at the lake. Dave Gowing was the first brave soul to try his luck, arriving on Sunday lunchtime and fishing through until Tuesday morning he failed to tempt any carp and I think was secretly glad to being packing up and heading off home to thaw out. Next to arrive was Andy Hanahoe and his very brave girlfriend Sharon. They were followed a short while after by Jim Kelly and they all set up for a very cold weekends angling. It was over the weekend we saw the first of the snow. It started snowing late on Friday night. It continued on and off during Saturday and then we had a little more early on Sunday morning, just in time for those on the lake to pack up in .
Since then the freezing temperatures have returned with a vengeance and the little snow we had has frozen solid. The lake itself remains liquid thanks only to the fact the wind has kept it moving. The smaller lake on the way in is almost fully frozen and the stock pond has had a lid on it for over a week now.
There is always something to do at the lake and Paul and Yaz have been busy chopping out trees around the lake. More in the attempt to keep themselves warm I think than anything else. The ladies shower burst a pipe and all water to the lake is now switched off to prevent further bursting of pipes. So it would be advisable for any anglers who plan to visit the lake to bring plenty with them for their trip.

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Members can now use 4 rods

November 18th, 2010 Comments off

Paul has asked me to let all members know that they are allowed to use 4 rods until the end of February.

This rule normally comes into force on December 1st, but due to the colder weather he has decided to bring this forward by a couple of weeks.

Tight lines Chaps 🙂

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Chilly session for Gerrard

November 18th, 2010 Comments off

The Barnsley boy arrived at the lake on Monday of this week. A bright yet chilly morning saw him head off straight down to swim 6 with his mat. He got himself set up, cast out and stuck the kettle on for the first Brandy coffee of the day !!

The first day of  his trip the lake was like a mill pond, with very little wind it made it ideal for spotting any fish which might be on the move. Gerrard saw one or two at range behind the island, but way out of range. He awoke early the following morning to the frostiest morning yet at the lake this year.

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Bitterly cold with a mist which hung in the air. It was not a morning to be out at dawn and fish spotting. Gerrard took the above couple of pics and dived back under the covers for another few of hours. Once the mist had cleared it turned into the most beautiful day with very little wind and bright blue skies. Still the fish were conspicuous by their absence.

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The following day the wind started to blow from the South. This aided Gerrard’s cause as it helped him get his rig out that little bit further. During the night that followed Gerrard received the chance he had been waiting for. The alarm on one of the alarms long range rods suddenly screamed into life. Gerrard played the fish as though his life depended on it desperate not to lose this one. He didnt  and eventually it slid over the netcord and into the safety of the mesh.

Not one of Grenville’s monsters at 22lb, but with the conditions as they are it was a very good result, and well deserved.

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Scraper Skelly Strikes Again

November 15th, 2010 Comments off

Being the friendly community that we are up at Grenville, most of the members know each other and indeed most have earned affectionate nicknames over the years, some a little more obvious than others, whilst a few need a little explanation. Long time member Lee Skellam has always been known simply as Lee, but I would like to suggest a new nickname “scraper” following his recent run of scraper twenties.

In itself it doesn’t sound much of an achievement, although in truth it really has been an incredible run of fish. Whilst all around have been struggling to find the fish, Lee has consistently found them and managed to hook one each and every weekend through the last few difficult weeks on the lake. He continued this run last weekend with a session in swim 31. He arrived on Friday and got himself sorted quickly and got the baited rigs as far out into the deep water as the wind would permit. It turned out to be a long, wet and chilly weekend with only four or five anglers on the lake over the duration. It wasnt until Sunday morning at approx 3am that Lee heard the delkims warbling their tune. The fish weighed in at 20lb 8oz’s exactly and was the first to have been caught for seven days from the lake. Proof indeed that winter is well on it’s way 🙁

Well done mate, very much deserved

Scraper and his 20lb 8oz mirror

Scraper and his 20lb 8oz mirror

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New Stock Arrive

November 10th, 2010 Comments off

We had the first batch of fish arrive to be placed into the stock pond today. They were delivered by Fishers pond around lunchtime. 26 of the prettiest little scaly carp you ever saw. With an average weight of approx 4lb -5lb Paul is hopeful of getting them to healthy mid doubles prior to introduction to the main lake next Autumn. The Fish had been hand picked from 400 fish only that morning. Viney, Brian and Yaz were all in attendance to help get them photographed and into the new pond as soon as was possible. Having received a number of stockings now we have it down to an art and had the 26 fish photographed both sides and into the pond within a very short period of time.

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Please see Gallery for full set of pics 🙂

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Weekend in the Cabin ??

November 8th, 2010 Comments off

Paul has asked me to inform all members that he has some available dates over the next few months for use of the cabin. All he requires is that it is for at least a two night session and that one of the party is a member of the syndicate.

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For further details and dates available Please ring Paul Ward………………….

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Unfinished Business

November 7th, 2010 Comments off

Thursday saw the return to the lake of Max Cottis and the lovely Cheryl, his better half. After his bout of illness put paid to the end of his recent session in the cabin. He had decided to come back and with a little luck, finish what he had started. He arrived as always bright and early eager not to waste good fishing time.
He set himself up and got a good bed of, response pellets and new Grange boilie’s from Mainline out around the mark.
It wasn’t long before the fish took notice and within a couple of hours he had his first fish a stunning scaly of 18lb 15oz.

18lb 15oz  Nice Start to any session

18lb 15oz Nice Start to any session

Max got his sit up and beg rig back out onto the spot as quickly as he could. It didnt roar off s he hoped but less than 2hrs later he was holding another Grenville fish. This one had pulled a little harder than the first and had given a very good account of itself before finally succumbing to the inevitable visit to the bank. It weighed in at 34lb 4oz.

34lb 4oz

34lb 4oz

The fish were without doubt in the area. Lunchtime he picked up a 27lb mirror on his middle rod.  Another hour or so  saw yet another run and a second thirty of the session which was less that 8hrs old. This fish an absolute monster of a fish. Up on the scales it registered 38lb’s exactly, in max’s hands it looks every bit of that. Cracking looking fish.

38lb Beast

38lb Beast

An hour later he had another run and another fish landed at 29lb 3oz. This was followed two hours later with another mirror of 26lb. It seems that second part of the session was beginning to be even more productive that the first part had been.

26lb 6oz

26lb 6oz

29lb 3oz

29lb 3oz

Two more low twenties followed in the early part of the evening, 28lb 5oz, and 23lb 4oz. This proved to be the last action of an incredible day. What would Friday bring ?

28lb 5oz

28lb 5oz

23lb 4oz

23lb 4oz

Max was up and about early the following morning and after no dawn bite he repeated the baiting procedure of the previous morning. The fish visited the area as they seem to most days at some point, the first was landed at approx 8am. A sturdy looking mirror of 22lb 9oz. The next fish was landed by Cheryl. She finally beat Max to the rods, he is quicker than he looks you know. He must have sensed it wasn’t a big one and thus it turned out, a mirror of 20lb 2oz.

Normally it would be reasonable to expect larger fish follow these smaller fish onto the bait. Not Today though.

22lb 9oz

22lb 9oz

20lb 2oz

20lb 2oz

Just after sunset which is ever earlier these days. he had another run. The fish weighed in at 23lb 2oz, and had hardly been released when another alarm sounded and he was in again. This fish came in at 1oz heavier and was an almost fully scaled chunk.

23lb 2oz

23lb 2oz

23lb 2oz

23lb 2oz

Max must have been thinking of settling down for the night when the next run occurred. this fish felt better than the previous two from the off. He was confident of his tackle and after a spirited fight he landed anther thirty at 33lb 12oz.

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33lb 12oz

16lb 2oz

16lb 2oz

If that fish caught him slipping into the sleeping bag then the next one definitely awoke him and had him dashing out  into the cold of a pre dawn chill. The fish came in after a little persuasion and was quickly photographed and returned It weighed 16lb 2oz.

The following day despite looking like a decent day for a fish it proved a lot quieter with no fish coming to Max’s rods during the hours of daylight.  When the silence was broken it was broken by a fish taking line quickly. Max found himself attached to a large fish wanting very much to make as much distance between them as possible. Experience told over the carp and Max coaxed it back toward the waiting net. A very large framed fish was  hung from the digutal scales which settled on 36lb 13oz. His fourth thirty of the session.

36lb 13oz

36lb 13oz

Approaching the witching hour and Max was away again for the final fish of an exhausting session. this fish was a stunning linear to finish off a memorable session in more ways than one. Glad to see you back so soon fella, and looking so healthy.  🙂

Stunning

Stunning

22lb 11oz

22lb 11oz

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Twenty plus scaly for Shaun

November 7th, 2010 Comments off

Shaun Harrison followed into 12 as Lee Skellam left it Saturday morning. He worked hard as always and was managing to get his baits out an immense distance despite the wind blowing hard into his face. At least he had the gorgeous Brook to keep his feet warm at night. He stuck to his task and was rewarded during the Saturday night with a 22lb 12oz scaly fish. He was the last to leave on Sunday as he was confident of another take due to fish showing in the afternoon close to where he was fishing. Well done mate, Good angling 🙂

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Hutchy bags a double

November 7th, 2010 Comments off

Mark Hutchinson was another to brave the elements this weekend. The wind had a chill in it and we were lucky to avoid a snow shower on Sunday morning. He set himself up in swim 29 and fished out at range. At some point during the night over the course of his session Mark managed one run which resulted in this 17lb 8oz mirror.

17lb 8oz

17lb 8oz

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Skelly targetting the larger fish

November 6th, 2010 Comments off

Regular member Lee Skellam arrived on Thursday morning. He cycled the lake and settled for swim 12. With the wind blowing in hard it was an obvious but still a brave choice to make. He stuck at it for 24 hrs but early the following morning  he decided on a move. One night of hanging onto his brolly struts for grim death was enough it seems. I thought these Northern guys were made of sterner stuff to be honest 🙂

He moved into swim 5 and got him self set up and baited up then began to cast out. Nothing came to his rods during the hours of daylight, but after dark he had a run and landed a half linear of 23lb 2oz.

Lee was very keen for me to post the photo to prove if nothing else that it wasnt the same scraper twenty which appears to have been following him round the lake recently. So here it is……………………

23lb 2oz and definetly a different fish

23lb 2oz and definetly a different fish

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A welcome Brace

November 5th, 2010 Comments off

I had decided on a couple of nights fishing due to the very mild spell we were enjoying. Conditions looked great and after wandering round I sat chatting with Dave Gowing. Knowing that this swim had produced two fish in the last couple of nights I was keen to be in this area. Dave would be going mid afternoon, and so I followed him in as he left. I got the shelter up quickly and threw anything I didnt want to get wet in there as although the wind had dropped to almost nothing, it was starting to drizzle heavily. Once this was done I tied some new rigs, baited up and cast out for the night. I had a call from Chris and told him the wind was now pushing South Westerly and the rain had stopped, conditions in the swim looked very good for a bite.

The Carp obviously thought the same and the slow stuttering take I had been hoping for came to my middle rod at around 6.45pm. I leapt from the chair and into the fray. A good initial run took me way out past the marker but from then on it was mostly uneventful. It felt a good fish but in truth came in fairly easily, preferring to hug the bottom than go off on mad runs. It kited slightly to my right and I had to slide my rod under the right hand rod to avoid any tangles and lowered the net to bring the fish to me. It made a final foray into the marginal weed but soone popped up and went into the net at the first attempt. I could see straight away it was a good fish and readied the swim. With the sling wetted and the scales zeroed I laid the fish out on the mat and realised it was a tad larger than I first thought. Up on the Reubens it took the needle round to hover at around the 37lb mark. It settled at exactly that weight.  Happy Days!!!!

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37lb's

I slipped her back, and recast and got some more bait out round the mark. Nothing woke me during the night and as I lay in my bag pondering this the following  morning, I had a take! Once again the fish went off on a run and took line. It soon saw sense in the end though and I turned it and brought it slowly to the waiting net. Another good fish I thought as I looked into the net, I knew upon lifting it that it wasn’t as heavy as the first fish. The reuben’s confirmed this and registered a weight of 31lb’s. I was absolutely chuffed to bits, two thirties in 12 hr’s with nothing else from the lake in the meantime. The day that followed was incredibly windy with gusts over 25mph. this made bait placement a little difficult. I feel that as a result of this, the night gave up no more fish despite fish in and around the swim. I packed away the following day with no more to my rods.

31lb's

31lb's

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Another pretty fish from swim 9

November 4th, 2010 Comments off

Dave Gowing didn’t waste any time wondering where to go on Tuesday when he arrived. He had decided on swim 9 if it was still free after speaking to Chris during the course of his session the previous couple of days. Dave followed him in and continued with exactly the same tactics which had served them both so well from the swim in recent months. Dave got his bait out and got set up as quickly as he could, then sat back to the waiting game. He was awoken at 4am by the sound of his alarm going into meltdown. He lifted into the fish and a spirited fish followed. Dave countered every twist and turn and it wasn’t long before he was lowering the net to the fish. Another very pretty fish, very similar to the one Chris had, but this one a little bigger at 23lb 11oz. Once again it proveed to be the only fish caught, but with nothing else out from the lake during his stay then a good result.

23lb 11oz

23lb 11oz

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Chris O bags a pretty one

November 2nd, 2010 Comments off

Chris Oakley managed to get into his favourite swim 9 on Sunday afternoon following the departure of the Teacher. He had two nights to fish and got stuck in straight away with some bait to the area. He then cast out and set up home for the session before it got too dark. Being the day we changed the clocks back it didn’t take too long for that to happen. With no fish to his rods the first night Chris redoubled his efforts the following day. He played around fine tuning his rigs and cast out and baited up waiting for the feeding spell he was sure would come. It was the latter part of the afternoon that he was alerted to a take by his fox alarm. A short tussle followed and Chris soon netted a pretty little scaly fish. It weighed in at 21lb exactly and despite his best efforts during the night that followed it proved to be his last fish of the session.

 Very Pretty 21lb scaly

Very Pretty 21lb scaly

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