Trevor had a few days down this week and was rewarded with these catches.
Trevor also did a bit of pike fishing
Grenville Session 25/11/11 to 27/11/11
Arrived at the lake on Friday at 3.50pm, it was already starting to get dark so I didn’t have time to walk round looking for fish, pegs taken were 25-29-32-33 and 37.
I was hoping 37 would be free as the wind would have been behind me but it wasn’t so hey ho, I thought I would try 3 as its was handy with not much daylight left,
I quickly got some baits on and casted out, left hand rod in line with cabin at about 120 yards, middle rod 100 yards and right rod in line with a big bunch of trees
In the background at about 120-130 yards.
It was a quiet first night (apart from the wind bashing everything about), Saturday morning came and Spence and his guest mate turned up and went into 12 and 14,
There was nobody along that bank but with the wind blowing into it; it really would be Extreme Fishing as Spence called it.
I got my marker rod out and found a big deep bowl 60 to 70 yards out, it went down to about 28ft at 70 yards and 18ft at 80 yards, so I popped the marker up and put About 150 baits around it, I spread them out with the stick as i am not one for fishing baits tight, I want the fish to search for them rather than in a big heap on the bottom.
I clipped and marked my middle rod at 80 yards and recast it out, I felt that if any rod would go this would be the first, I rebaited my right hand rod with a Mainline MK1
Bottom bait tipped with a hi-viz yellow 10mm citrus fruit pop-up and cast it towards the big bunch of trees again in the horizon.
Saturday night came and it was very, very windy, but it was a South Westerly so very warm, it felt really good for a bite tonight, I didn’t sleep much after midnight as the bivvy was taking a right old hammering but it was pegged down nice and tight so I felt safe and secure. I dozed off and on then at 4.30 I had a couple of bleeps followed by a one toner, it was the right hand rod, I quickly got my crocs on and head torch on and pulled into the fish, it had already stripped another 20 yards of line off the reel so it was a good 140 to 150 yards out, it felt like a big fish, it wasn’t head shaking or zig zagging like the smaller
residents, I use MCF dumper lead clips which drop the lead every time without fail, now on every water I fish if I use them the fish tend to fight in mid water or near the surface, not in Grenville!! These fish really hug the bottom when your fighting with them, anyway I got it within 20 yards from the bank then the line started plinking on the shelf, that’s always a bit heart in mouth when that starts happening, anyway I got it near the surface and slipped the net under it, what I thought was a big fish turned out to be a lovely fish at 23-2, recast the rod out again pretty much in the same area then spent 10 minutes waiting for the bow in the line to settle and the lead.
20 minutes later the same rod was ripping off again, this also felt a big fish and it was it just kited up to peg 4 plodding along, after about 10 minutes I got it close to that dreaded shelf again, once again the line started plinking then slack, gutted it was a hook pull!! I haven’t lost a fish in here since my first session back in Aug, I lost 2 that session in peg 8, I was using Nash Twisters, but now use Korda Kaptors curve shank in 6’s and 8’s, this was the first fish I have lost on them.
Recast again which was hard work with the wind; about 30 minutes later guess what?? Yep the same rod was screaming off again and the Delks were playing there tune, another similar fight yet again hugging the bottom, slipped the net under which looked a “30” very short but like a football, thank you very much, it went 28-8 so not a bad guess, recast and that was a few hours ago so nothing since.
All in all a very good session for me in such awful conditions, I think the key at the moment is not too over bait it at this time of year, I bought 1Kg of boilies with me. Enough said.
Unfortunatley Shaun lost a really big fish this week, but was compensated with 5 perch
The biggest of the bunch, weighing 3lb 4oz