Here are some more pics of the lucky members catching the big girls from last week
November 3rd, 2013 Comments off
Here are some more pics of the lucky members catching the big girls from last week
October 28th, 2013 Comments off
Catches for the weekend from the anglers braving the wind and rain
October 25th, 2013 Comments off
Quest for a Grenvilles 40
Some people outside of the Grenvilles syndicate have got it into their heads that the cabin swim is a ‘certainty for a red-letter day’….easy fishing, and impossible to blank. Well I (and several others it seems) can testify that it’s very very possible to blank….for days at a time!
Whilst the cabin is a luxury, you still have to fish hard and fish well; something it seems I didn’t do very well back in May, as I blanked my t*ts off for 5 days on the bounce. Indeed the only fish I caught was one of about 4lbs out of the stock ponds with my landing net whilst dipping for tiddlers; much to Paul’s amusement as he quipped “well at least you haven’t blanked bud”.
I came out of the cabin rather glum faced, however after getting electrocuted by the fence several times on the way out, I decided the cabin was probably not for me again, and I would always try to fish where the fish are (or at least where I think they are).
A few weeks ago however, I must have been wearing my Worzel Gummidge ‘hypocritical head’ one particular day; I rang Paul and said I fancied an autumn two nighter in the cabin. Work had been particularly hectic and I just needed to get away and relax, fire up the Cobb barbeque, crack open a few tinnies and try not to over complicate my fishing, which it seems I do on many occasions.
The cabin had been fishing particularly well; indeed Dan had caught a cracking 35.04 on the Thursday before I was due to arrive. You never know I thought to myself, “I may even catch a carp”…….which would be nice.
I’d been fannying around with rigs (as you do when you start to lose confidence) and had lost a good fish in swim 17 on my last visit. I couldn’t blame the weed; the fish just fell off the hook halfway in (great new rig eh?….NOT!). I remember thinking “that’s not very sporting of you old chap”, as I reeled in my empty line and threw the rod into the reed bed. The next day I proceeded to stick a size 6 hook straight into my finger past the barb…..my session was well and truly over, but at least I’d witnessed one of my bobbins move.
Anyway, I digress….On the Sunday morning I set the alarm early and got up late; pointed my new car in a northerly direction and pressed the cruise control button. An hour and a half later I was pulling into the A14 services and grabbing my usual Costa Coffee and having a pee. Twenty minutes later I’m pulling into the lake car park and I’m ready for my little session in absolutely ideal conditions; overcast, drizzly, warm, strong southerly……perfect timing!
I asked Paul to stick half a sack of pellet out for starters and mixed in a kilo or so of mixed boilies to gauge the reaction. I decided to fish wafters this session; I’d lost confidence in the pop-ups a little and thought that if the fish fed hard, then a wafter would be taken straight back into the carp‘s mouth really quickly, as the carp sifted through the mushy pellet.
It was early evening when the take came, and this fish had me back-winding frantically for about 30 turns; I knew this was a goodun! Then all of a sudden it came to a halt….and was solid in weed. I put the rod down and loosened off, and then trudged over to the cabin to put a brew on. I knew that I should leave the rod alone, but I still rang Paul and text Skelly for assistance. They both said to put the rod down and leave it alone. I knew that, so why do I have to ask…..?
That first fish was crucial to me, and I knew in my heart of hearts that it was probably 50/50 that I would land it. Eventually it tore off again and I was back in contact; thing is I just pulled it straight back into the weedbed again. I must have emulated the same thing 5 or 6 times over the next hour
or so; each time, it became stuck fast again. The next time it took line from the spool, I left it much longer before I leant into it again, but still it weeded me again. I kept the rod at full curve this time, and slowly yet surely I gained an inch at a time….there was a sudden kick….and it was free! After playing the fish very gingerly for another 10 minutes, I eventually sank the net under a real chunk. I thrust the rod into the air with delight and set about the preparations for weighing and photographing. Thanks to Mark Laurence for taking the photos of my first fish of 38.04; unfortunately Mark’s wedding ring flicked off his finger as we were returning the fish, so we may need the help of Phil ‘human porpoise’ Calloway to get that back someday soon. We know roughly where it’s laying.
Come morning the bobbins had remained motionless and I began to wonder if the 38 had been ‘just one of those solitary captures’. I took a gamble though, and asked Paul to fill it in; another half sack of pellet, several kilo of maize and about 6kg of mixed flavours and sizes of boilies in one hit.
Come mid-afternoon, the gamble started to pay off and the bobbins began flying. I’m not going to sit here and bore you senseless with the detail of every capture. All I need say is that the next 2 days of fishing was probably the best I have ever experienced. The period between midday and midnight became pretty hectic on both days, and I need to give Paul and Yas a big thank you for helping out on the second day when things became unmanageable. With four nets all filled with fat carp, it was like a production line getting them up on the scales. One weird thing was that a 36.11 I had was in fact the 35.04 that Dan had caught the previous Thursday. When Paul checked my scales though, we proved they were weighing 3oz light, so the chunk had gone missing for 3 years and then slipped up twice in just a few days….on the munch me thinks!
The perch fishing was also fantastic and I lost count of the fish around the 2lbs mark. Spicy red maggots seems to be their favourite (that idea came from Shaun when he was catching well a couple of seasons ago)
With 7 thirties coming to my rods and several really stunning scaleys, I really still can’t believe the session I’ve just had. Ok, one of the fish I had was caught by teacher at 43.5 a couple of years ago; some thought that it might have died. How lovely it was to see it fighting fit, even if it’s currently at a smaller weight. I will get my 40 I’m certain; I will just have to go back won’t I?…..That’s what I keep telling the other half anyway…..
I came home stinking, tired and hungry with a lower back that was screaming at me. I was up at 5 to get to work the following day and was so knackered that I missed my stop on the way back from London and ended up in Uckfield at the end of the line!
One last thing….my Cobb barbeque came back sparkling clean….I never got time to fire it up!
Fish caught in order of capture were 38.4, 32.6, 28.14, 36.11, 37.3, 31.12, 30.02, 17.02, 26.01, 36.12, 25.00, 23.7, 16.12, and 22.8 with 2 lost.
Oh why do we have to work…..I wanted to stay forever
October 22nd, 2013 Comments off
Big well done and congratulations to
Trevor who has just finished a fishing trip of a lifetime in the cabin!
Pictures and story will follow
October 21st, 2013 Comments off
Grenville’s banks seem to be being graced by the carp this month and there all of a great size
Even the perch are of a good size
October 20th, 2013 Comments off
What a fantastic week! Yet another 35+ this week, with a total of 4! This one is a new 35+ too!
October 20th, 2013 Comments off
Continuing with more catches from the week. starting with
Big Congratulations to the next member as im normally writing about Jamie catching big fish!
So Viney well done on this catch and its the third 35+ of the week
October 18th, 2013 Comments off
This week not one but two 35+ graced the banks of Grenville’s!
This is Red 49 and was last out 3 years and 6 weeks ago!
October 16th, 2013 Comments off
October 14th, 2013 Comments off
This is the 360 rig, which has PERMANENTLY damaged the mouth of a fish today at Grenville’s. We will be rig checking EVERYBODY! Any of these rigs found being used by MEMBERS, then the members will be BANNED with IMMEDIATE EFFECT! NO EXCUSES!
October 13th, 2013 Comments off
Last weekend we drained down the first pond to grade the babies. We drained down a few feet of water on the Friday as it takes a long time and the ponds are a lot deeper than they look. By 10 am on the Saturday the pond had a water level of about three feet, so myself, Ron, Viney, Jamie, Nick, Brian and Paul decided to jump in and start “trawling” for the babies. We started with a few in each net, thinking maybe there not that many in here. As we literally have no idea how many babies were in the pond. So Jamie and I started running a few buckets up the top for Paul to start grading. We carried on with a few more buckets and then Ron caught a pike! We knew there was a pike in there as last year we almost caught it but it managed to get away. Now last year this pike was about 8 inches long, it has obviously been living the life of luxury living on baby carp for the last year as it was about 8lb now!
A few hours past of netting the babies and It was break time and the lovely Beth had bought up some scrummy homemade sausage rolls and cheese swirls, they were beautiful thank you so much Beth. And a big thank you to Lisa for the refreshments of tea and coffee they were and truly needed after wrestling through the silt of the pond. (Forget a gym membership)
After re fuelling we started to look in the tanks and grade the babies and dividing them up between all the ponds, we honestly can’t determine how many babies have been created but we have probably moved 5000 baby carp between the ponds. We did jump back in the first pond and started the process again but there are just so many we decided to leave them in the first pond and leave them to grow a bit more.
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for helping, Grenville’s is an amazing place but I can honestly say that the members that go out their way to help us with such tasks. It is you that makes it so special.
The whole day was a great success and I can honestly say I have never seen so many carp, and they are the most stunning little bars of gold I have ever seen and I’m sure the others will agree with me.
I look forward to seeing the future Grenville stock next time they need grading.
October 12th, 2013 Comments off
Mr Consistent and everyone’s favourite member, Phil Calloway
has caught this beauty
Well done Phil!
I’m sure the red wine will be flowing to celebrate
October 7th, 2013 Comments off
Arrived on Tuesday morning for a session on the lake, I decided on a swim I’d never fished before (peg 20) as a brisk south-easterly was pushing into that area and I also hoped I would be on the edge of the prolific weed further to my right.
Put two rods over about 2 kg of MCF Hartford mix at about 70 yards and one long beyond the baited area. 24 hours went by without a sign of a fish, I was even thinking of going home! Then completely out of the blue a run came on the long range rod. After a battle with both weed and fish it dropped off in the edge! I had to stay now and with a quick phone call home that was sorted!
During the night I had a welcome 23lber from over the baited area and then at about 11am the longer range rod rattled off again. I was back winding as soon as I made contact and a very strong fish took me well to the left, in fact I finally landed it from the next swim down! Paul Ward came round to weigh and photograph the fish which came up as a very pleasing 38.12! Very glad I stayed another night! Another great Grenville session!
Del and Karen
It was with some excitement that Karen and I arrived at the lake on Monday lunchtime (alright, I was somewhat more excited than my wife but you get what I’m trying to get at) for the start of our 3 day ‘break’ in the cabin. I’m still not sure how I managed to talk Karen into a fishing trip in rural Cambridgeshire over a long weekend in Florence, needless to say as soon as I got a hint of confirmation off ‘the long haired Gaffer’ I was on the blower to Paul before she ended her sentence, in order to arrange our ‘break’.
With Karen moved into the cabin and a detailed explanation of how to light the gas cooker in order to boil the water for our fresh roast Italian coffee (well, if we can’t go to Italy then the least I can do is bring the taste of Italy to Cambridgeshire J), I set about getting my gear sorted for the next 3 days, easier said than done as my job keeps me from regular fishing trips and premature dementia keeps me from remembering how to tie rigs and casting, so reverting to my tried and tested, never let me down rigs; I managed to get 3 rods cast in the general direction of the 2 bright orange markers. I had a plan that I wanted to fish singles for the first few hours as there were a few carpy shows in the area of the markers. Luckily this paid off as by first light on the Tuesday, I had managed to land 2 mirrors of 22lb and 34lb. The 34lb’er led me a merry dance and was an utter animal which took me over 20 min to get into the net, aside from interrupting my quorn spagbol after 2 mouthfuls!
Once the first 2 carp were landed the action and presence of carp died off dramatically, time for plan B, ‘feed our scaly friends’ ;a couple dozen Spomb loads of boiled food and pellet haphazardly cast in the general direction of the left hand marker had the bobbins bouncing once more.
I think Paul took pity on my spodding antics and offered the ‘Wardy bait delivery system’ to get the fish food to the required spots (thanks mate). I like to rest my swim for a few hours after baiting to let the fish have a free meal without lines in the water; so with a walk around the lake and a trip to Huntingdon in the bag, we returned once more to the comfiest swim in the land. With the swim rested and my casting having improved (slightly) 3 more pop ups were delivered with pin point accuracy (cough) to the required marks, not more than 15 min later, I was met by an absolute one toner of a bite which had the carbon bouncing in the rests and yours truly hanging on with a bemused look on my face as the carp didn’t stop until it buried itself in a weedbed in Norfolk! Once landed the scale perfect common, although not particularly large, eyed me with intense loathing throughout it’s brief visit to the bank. I had to wait a few more hours before the next stunning scaly mirror came my way, rudely interrupting my weekly visit to the goggle box for my favourite TV programme, ‘The Great British Bake Off’ (please don’t think badly of me, it’s a vice). A small 12lb stockie followed at midnight interrupting a rather interesting dream of Mary Berry and a can of whipped cream!
Wednesday started off very differently in terms of the weather, very wet and windier than the previous 2 days, however, after getting a good soaking by spodding a few more baits to the left hand mark, I was rewarded by one of the most, if not the most stunning carp I have caught in 25 years of carp fishing. The main reason for wanting to join Grenvilles is the stunning, scaly mirrors swimming in its depths and in the back of the void called my mind, I more than anything else on this trip wanted to catch a scaly mirror, so imagine my unreserved joy in landing the following linear.
30 seconds after taking the photo my middle rod is away with the following scaly, London bus analogy spring to mind.
I was pretty blown away by what was going on and needed a couple of strong coffees courtesy of my personal barista. Not much else happened for the next 2 hours or so, to that end I wound in my rods and went for a walk around the lake with Karen, we met a couple more of the members and the Wardy bait delivery system did its bit again, saving me further spodding embarrassment!
True to form shortly after casting in I received another run whilst in the middle of a social with Karen, Paul and Lisa, unfortunately this one came off after a short scrap, this one did feel fairly large, as they always do when they came adrift! My final carp of the trip came later on Wednesday evening and yes it was another gobsmackingly stunning, scaly carp.
What a lake, I love it and I cannot wait for my number to come up. Thanks for the opportunity Paul, I certainly do appreciate it and thanks to the incredibly friendly and welcoming members I met during my stay.
I arrived at Grenville on Friday 4th October looking forward to a 48-hour session but still awaiting my first fish since joining, Paul had jokingly referred to me as a “Grenville Virgin” after my last blank and after telling a few friends it had stuck so I had to get rid of that tag!
I settled on Peg 18 which is the swim I blanked in for 24-hours the previous week-end. A strong SW wind was hacking in which made baiting up difficult but the three rods were dispatched at 80-90 yards range in 28 feet or so of water.
At 6am the following morning I had a run on the middle rod and hit into the fish which plodded around for a minute or two before slipping the hook…when Paul walked into my swim a few hours later I was still absolutely gutted!
The following day passed by without much happening, (apart from having to help Trevor pack-up in swim 17 so that he could go casualty to get a size 6 hook removed from his finger!) however at 2am the following morning the same rod was away. The fish wasn’t going anywhere this time and after a brief fight I slipped the net under my first Grenville Carp which went 29.10 on the scales. I managed a dodgy self-take photo before slipping her back.
I have enjoyed every, (mostly blank!) second since I joined and have been made to feel most welcome by everyone. Grenville has been a place I have wanted to fish for a long time and was always going to be a long-term venue for me. I had always expected my first year to be a learning curve, (with hopefully a couple of fish along the way), which has certainly been the case!
Can’t wait to get back towards the end of the month when hopefully the fish will be well on their pre-winter feed!
This was last caught nearly 2 years ago on the 28/12/2011
September 30th, 2013 Comments off
There was only a few members on this weekend, here are the lucky few that caught
Well done Jason on a NEW 39lb.
which is blue 137 which was last out on the 1st September 2012 at 36lb
September 28th, 2013 Comments off
Scott and Harry have been in the cabin filming for the new Fox dvd which will be available in April.
Grenville’s as usual didn’t disappoint
September 24th, 2013 Comments off
If anyone catches the two tone from now on, you must leave her in the net, unhooked and ring my dad anytime of the day before handling her.
September 19th, 2013 Comments off
Here are the rest of Dave Williamson and Paul Bent’s catches from the cabin
Well done Dave and Paul!
This week the cabin is fishing its head off again, we have a few days available next week if anyone is interested?
September 15th, 2013 Comments off
First off id like to say its great to be back at Grenville’s and am ever so pleased to actually be there and see my first 40+ arrive on the bank.
so a big thank you to Dave Williamson on his catch.
The lake has been fishing its head off this week.
Paul’s catch is from a couple of weeks ago
Paul also managed to capture these beautiful pictures
Jason’s comments ” What a five night session in swim 14, all fish were caught at 120 yards over a bed of 10kg boilie and pellets daily. Like Paul keeps telling us, got to keep the bait going in”
September 13th, 2013 Comments off
The lads in the cabin are having a field day, with three fish in the space of two hours!
Then today they landed a 40+!
Congratulations Dave Williamson
September 12th, 2013 Comments off
The gate will be live as of Friday so if you have not paid your deposit u must do so asap! any members planning on fishing this weekend plz call Paul to give you a code to gain access.
As you all know Grenville’s is a dog friendly environment however sadly this will change if some of the members do not clean up after their pets. it is not nice for myself or other members to have to clean up after your pets. this week we have found 3! in swims 3 and 25. please do not ruin this for everyone as being a dog friendly environment is one of the reasons Grenvilles is loved by so many.
On a lighter note the lads in the cabin have caught three carp within in the space of 2 hours! I would like to say good luck for the rest of your time in the cabin and keep on catching
September 8th, 2013 Comments off
As promised pictures of the new lake record
Congratulations again Gypsy!
September 8th, 2013 Comments off
What a fantastic week,
not only has the record been broken!
but there is catches from all around the lake!
Steve Markwell a.k.a Gypsy
Brian and Julie
September 5th, 2013 Comments off
OK the suspense is over
the lake record was broken today by Gypsy in peg 37. bringing to the bank the two tone at 48lb 4oz, confirmed weight by stew boyden.
Congratulations Gypsy cant wait to see the pics
September 5th, 2013 Comments off
The lake record has been broken!
watch this space!
September 4th, 2013 Comments off
Another weekend full of catches
Brian and Julie
Kat and Alfie
August 29th, 2013 Comments off
There has been a cancellation in the cabin please contact Paul if your interested.
August 27th, 2013 Comments off
The rain did not put off any of the members at Grenville’s this bank holiday weekend and they were rewarded for their commitment
Kat and Alfie
August 19th, 2013 Comments off
Another fantastic weekend at Grenville’s with a multiple of catches
I arrived late Thursday afternoon for a 48 hour session – my first at Grenville since becoming a member. The lake had been fishing well recently and with the weather forecast over the next couple of days looking positive with regular showers – optimism joined my excitement. I had a quick look at the map in the Clubhouse and with only half a dozen or so anglers spread out there were plenty of options available. After walking around the lake, I decided to settle for Swim 29 which gave me a good view of the NW area of the lake where the wind was due to blow into. And so the learning curve began, I sent out the marker float a couple of dozen times but with the light fading, I opted to fish singles for the night and have a more thorough feel about tomorrow lunchtime. The first night passed without any action and at approximately 12 noon, all 3 rods were reeled in as out came the marker again in an attempt to find some productive spots. It wasn’t long before I located some clearer areas and all 3 rods were quickly fanned out. With one night still to go and with the breeze getting up, I thought it was time to get some grub into the swim to invite some interest. 3 kilos of the ever dependable Mainline CELL boilie and pellet was deposited into the area with the aid of the spomb and throwing stick. The night passed without any action and I woke up to a rare and beautiful sight – a Kingfisher sitting on my right hand rod – a lucky omen I hoped as the kettle went on. Fish began to show in front of me, one, two, three followed by more, the fish were on the move. I hoped that they were getting their heads down and that it wasn’t simply down to a hatch going on as the day before the seagulls were having a party out there taking easy pickings. Paul came round for a chat and pointed out that a few of the lads had caught around the lake, the fish were feeding. To be honest, I was quite happy to finally be getting a line wet at the venue so I was pleased to hear the lads were getting action – if I got amongst them too though that would be great I thought. At approx 9am, the left hand rod was away, I was onto it quickly and just hoped that she kept moving with the weed present. I thanked my lucky stars as she broke the surface, the lead was dumped and I was in with a good chance. She gave an incredible account for herself close in which I understand is routine here and slipped her in the net first time. At this moment, I didn’t care at all about the size, I was off the mark at Grenville. I called Paul who was nearby and he came round to help with the photos, she went 33lb 10oz, to say I was thrilled was an understatement. The rod was quickly dispatched back out to the spot, as history tells you that you can catch a few here quickly if they are on you and having it. Within an hour, the same rod was away again, this time the scales went to 14lb on the nose. Paul came round just as I was playing the fish and we joked how only a couple of hours earlier I explained how I’m always laid back with my approach to fishing, if they are there and feeding and with a bit of luck I might catch but if I don’t, there is always next time. A brace under my belt on my first visit, I would have taken that all day long. I was planning to leave at midday but with the fish obviously feeding, I called the boss indoors and with her blessing I decided to give it a few more hours. The middle rod was away at 2pm with a stuttering take but disaster struck as the hook pulled just moments into the fight. Oh well, can’t complain, I decided to pack that rod away and fished with the remaining two for the last hour or so. The Kingfisher rod tore off at 3pm – he did bring me luck. After another great margin battle, I slipped the net under a cracking looking 19lb 8oz mirror, young Jamie was on hand to take the photos this time and did a great job. My time was up, 3 fish landed and 1 lost – , 33lb 10oz, 19lb 8oz and a 14lb – I was over the moon and headed home.
August 17th, 2013 Comments off
the cabin has been fishing its head off and its available for the bank holiday weekend, anyone that’s interested plz contact Paul asap
August 11th, 2013 Comments off
This weekend 60 carp were moved from their homes of the stock ponds into the depths of Grenville’s!
im looking forward to watching them grow over the next years.
we would like to say a big thank you to Ron, Mark, Paul and Brian for all their help with the move of these stunning fish.