What a wonderful opening weekend at Grenville’s, it was so nice to see old members and meeting new ones.
It was lovely to see the car park full and the chatter of members.
The fish were caught all over the lake and two members caught there personal bests!
Here are the catches from the new season!
The wait was finally over – it was Friday 18th July and it was time for a new season to begin at the awesome Grenville. I was no different from every other
member – I couldn’t wait to get going. The lake is a truly magical place and each time you drive through the gates a feeling of “kid in a toy shop” springs to mind and with it’s unique atmosphere it really is a privilege to be here.
My dad joined me on this 48 hour session, we arrived shortly after 11am as the draw for the swims was due to take place at 12pm. This is my second season on the lake, the draw for the swims was new for me as unfortunately I wasn’t able to fish on the opening day last season.
Paul explained to everyone that we needed to choose a pair of numbered tokens from those that were scattered on his desk, keep one and place the other one in the bowl. It was all very exciting, it was like waiting for the 3rd round of the FA Cup draw. I looked at my dad and said “what do you reckon, pick a number?” He said “got for no.29” so I did. Perhaps it’s being a West Ham fan that led me to feel that the luck gods may be against me and I’ll come out late in the draw. After all, l us Hammers nearly always get a tough one like Man C or Man U away. Still, this place is so unbelievable that you could come out last and still have a session of a lifetime and besides catching isn’t everything, I always enjoy my fishing whatever the results, especially here.
Right so on with the draw, a quick stir of the tokens and we’re away. Swim 6 goes early doors which was probably on most people’s short list. Lisa then pulls one out of the hat for me, almost literally, “29!”, yes it’s my number, the third number drawn out, how I love being a West Ham fan at times! I stepped into Paul’s office and stare at the map of the lake, where do I go?, what a lovely problem to have. I took my name tag off of the board and hang it up on swim 10.
Swim 10 is new territory for me, I was really looking forward to finding out more about it first hand. Paul told us all that we could start fishing at 2pm. We drove the gear round to swim 10 and it was such a nice feeling to be back. The first hour or so was used to put the bivvy up and settle in etc and in no time, 2pm was upon us. The sound of the starter horn signaled the start of the fishing.
The weather was extremely warm with a gentle breeze which seemed to change its mind as to what direction it wanted to go in regularly. There were fish in front of me for sure, they were cruising about on top. I decided that I would keep the first 24 hours very low key and with little disturbance so I chucked a bare lead about a few times before picking a couple of likely areas. Using the throwing stick 100-150 baits were scattered in the general area.
The first 24 hours passed without any action for me anyway. Paul came round in the morning and said that a few of the lads had managed to get into some fish which was really pleasing to hear and encouraging for the rest of us.
At about midday on the Saturday, it was time for a change to try and make something happen. All 3 rods were wound in, re baited, I decided to put in more bait, a mix of pellet via the trusty spomb and approximately 2 kilo of Mainline Cell boilies.
Just as the afternoon heat began to cool at approx 7.30pm, the left rod was away. After a spirited battle, a beautiful double was safely in the net, fantastic to be off of the mark. The rod went straight back out with a further 20-30 baits following closely behind.
Shortly after 10.30pm I was in again, another stunning low double was guided to the net. The night passed with no further action apart from the odd liner so fish were certainly in the area and active.
At approximately 7.30am on the Saturday morning, the left hand rod was away with a slower steady run, I just hoped that this was a tell tale sign of a bigger resident. As I tightened down to the fish, the clutch just purred away, yes this was a bigger fish as it powered off taking 20 yards of line from me. The fish kited hard right before being persuaded to come in straighter and she was in the net. As we both peered into the mesh, it was clear that this was a lump, a certain 30. Paul came round and after the usual treatments and photographs, the needle pulled round to 35lb 10oz. I’d had 3 fish since the change of tactics and was over the moon already.
The next 6 or so hours were just unbelievable, when the fish are in your area and feeding, you can really have it off and I was certainly going to make the most of it. The takes continued to come my way every hour or so and I kept topping up the swim with bait as each fish went into the net. The next two fish were stunning doubles which took me to 5 fish – 4 doubles and the big 30.
About an hour or so after the 5th fish, I had a single bleep on one of the rods, then another before the Delkim accelerated into a full scale run. Again, very similar to the 30, this fish stripped line from the clutch as soon as I connected with it. After a hard fight in the margins, another Grenville lump was in my net. This one went 36lb 2oz, 6 fish and two mid 30’s on opening weekend !! – this place really is special in every way.
My session finished with a low 20 which took my tally to 7 fish – a 36.2, 35.10, 20.5 and 4 low doubles. To say we were both thrilled would be an understatement.
I would particularly like to thank Spencer for his guidance/tips for swim 10 – what a gentleman he is – “thank you Spencer”.
What makes Grenville special? It’s a accumulation of things for me. Paul, Lisa and Yazz work so hard creating a perfect environment for the fish and us members. Every member you speak to is a friendly, genuine person who is pleased to see YOU catch – that it very unique in carp fishing of today and I am extremely proud to be part of it all.
Good luck to everyone this season, enjoy your fishing!