September 6th, 2015
Grenville Lake my little piece of heaven on earth Well arrived at my syndicate water the fantastic Grenville Lake for my fortnightly 72 hour session on Tuesday the 1st of September, my first job was to check the lake map in the cabin to see who was on and where, collect my Matt and take myself off for a walk round the lake and have a chat with some of the other members who were already present to see who'd caught what. The wind was blowing in a north westerly direction and yes, you guessed it,most of the pegs on the receiving bank were occupied but to be honest I fancied the opposite side of the lake in an area than I new pretty well that would be slightly on the back of the wind in the deeper water plus there was nobody in this area of the lake at all so I basically had half the lake to myself which is just how I like it so I left my Matt in place and went and got the car and sett about setting up camp and sorting myself out.By mid afternoon having found my spots I was ready to introduce some bait roughly 5 kilos to start with at range 140 plus yards out and spread over quite a wide area as I like to keep the fish moving about and actively searching for food should they turn up for me,well that was the plan anyway. With my area baited and two of the three rods I would be using clipped up at 35 raps and 36 raps on the distance sticks (140 & 144 yards ) these were then baited with my chosen pop ups on my go to rigs at the moment the stiff hinged rig and cast to the baited area whilst my third Rod would be used as a rover Rod and for my first night was placed in the margin to my right with 30 or so free offerings. In the early hours of Wednesday morning 3.30 to be precise I had that fantastic alarm call of one of my delkims screaming out and I was up and on it in a flash as my right hand Rod over the baited area was away ,after a very spirited fight my prize was in the net, rested weighed and photographed and going 30lb 4oz on the scales.I was very happy and to be honest had I not had another pick I would have been more than happy so I topped the swim up again but I had to wait until Thursday evening for anymore action, when my middle Rod over the baited area rattled off this time, as I picked the Rod up and bent into the fish this was clearly a much bigger adversary as it had my clutch clicking away as it took line off me at range as battle commenced,some twenty or so minutes later she was in the net, she was a lump! A quick phone call to Colin Humphrys, who was now in peg 30, he kindly came straight away to give me a lift with weighing and then the photos, she went 39lb 2oz not quite a 40 but I wasn't complaining I was delighted as my plan was working, I went on to take another upper double that night at 18lb 4oz and then a stunning 24lb 4oz Scaly in the early hour of Friday morning. To say I was happy would be an understatement to say the least. Grenville is no easy water but it's the best in the land as far as I'm concerned, when you get it right the rewards are unparalleled .