Today we said goodbye to Bison, sadly after all he has been through he had to be taken from us. I’m so sad to be writing this as he was the most amazing dog ever. When Bison was a round I felt protected and genuinely loved. My favourite time with Bison was he lived with me and I nursed him back to health from his leg operation. I use to snuggle up on the sofa cuddled up to a big old bear. He was so gentle and I trusted him implicitly. I get one sense of happiness and that was he knew he was loved by myself, dad, Lisa and Buzz.
Sleep tight Bison, hope you are happy to be reunited with you mum, Ellie. love you mate and I will miss you so much xxx
I know I keep saying this but I cant believe the amount of catches out at the moment and that there are so many big catches!
Grenville’s is non- stop!
What an amazing day!
Two forty’s in less than 24 hours!
Starting us off is Alex Lister who took advantage off a guest ticket whilst on the waiting list and he was rewarded with this 40lb 4oz!
Lez Bolland smashed his Personal best with this 42lb 6oz
I arrived Friday morning for a 48 hour session and went for a walk, when I stopped at peg 5 I saw a mid 20 show, after returning with my gear the first rod was cast out where I saw the fish followed by 50 baits. I picked up the second rod put the bait on and the first rod was away before landing a 23lb 15oz Common Carp. After netting the fish I saw another one show further out so the second rod was cast to it. Before long that rod was away and I had 29lb 15oz Mirror Carp in the net followed by a 27lb 2oz Common Carp. I spread out a few kilos of boilies and following morning I had 4 within a couple of hours (24lb Scaley, 27lb 4oz Mirror Carp, 25lb 7oz Mirror Carp and a 20lb 10oz Scaley). I topped up the swim with 3 kilos reeled in at midday then went for a stroll round the lake. When I returned the wind had picked up and it looked blob on. I cast the first rod out followed by 50 baits and within a few minutes it was away and the fish felt heavier from the off and before long it was in the net, a 30lb 10oz Mirror Carp. The rod was recast and was away again this fish hit the surface from the off slapping its tale but we could see those big shoulders even at range and knew it was at least a 30. Throughout the whole of the fight it was on the surface flapping away all the way in before it slid in the net. I knew it was a big one but when we lifted the sling it felt like a monster. On the scales she went 39lb 6oz a proper monster Mirror Carp. After putting the fish back the same rod was away and a 19lb 8oz Scaley slid in the net. My time had to be cut short the following morning but I’d had my fair share. Thanks to Rich for all your help weighing, netting and doing the photos.
The catches are non stop this season, from all over the lake by many different anglers
Starting us off new member
Had a great weekend on the lake with family and friends and then topped it off with these two crackers
Kat And Alfie
Today we saw the Second biggest fish ever hit the banks of Grenville
Caught by Paul Miller
On this year’s opening weekend, I just had one of those memorable sessions when I was lucky enough to have 7 stunning fish including 2 mid 30’s. Those times stay with you forever as a carp angler.
That remarkable session was still very much fresh in my mind as myself and my two young boys made our way to the lake. Your mind races with thoughts of past visits and what lies ahead, What did I learn last time? Where will the fish be? If I’m honest, I was still very much living off of that opening weekend so we were going to enjoy the fishing whether we caught or not which is always the way I like to approach my fishing. It’s such a privilege to have the opportunity to fish somewhere as magical as this venue. One of my boys joked, “I wonder if you will catch 7 again daddy?” you have to admire the youthful optimism don’t you? Surely it can’t happen again, can it?
On arrival I had a quick chat with Paul & Lisa who were in full swing at making up another batch of their Grenville GR10 boilies, you can’t fail to be impressed with the aroma that fills the air from the quality bait, no wonder the fish are on it. The lake was quiet with approximately 4 anglers fishing, a warm westerly wind was blowing down into the North East corner of the lake. Swim 10 was empty so I didn’t need a second invitation from my instincts so the Cox clan walked the mat round to the swim.
2 hours later, I could start fishing (parents will understand) – both bivvies were up, the boys had all of their electronic gadgets in motion, peace and harmony was in place.
A quick glance back through my log book and all 3 rods were in place with a nice spread of a 1-2k of Mainline CELL over the top. The weather was perfect, overcast and breezy. The day passed without any action but in the early hours of the following morning the right hand rod was away and a cracking 11lb mirror was in the net. It is always nice to get off of the mark. After a quick brew it was back into the bivvy with the snoring boys, the rest of the night passed without interruption.
My dad joined us in the morning for the day, 3 generations of the Cox family enjoying everything that this special place has to offer, wonderful moments. In the early afternoon, the left hand rod pulled round with a couple of bleeps and I was onto it into a flash, after a fantastic battle that would have done a 30 pounder justice a spirited 14lb mirror was mine. Unfortunately, a couple of hours later I lost one when the hook pulled out early in the fight. I did have a take shortly afterwards which resulted in a 12lb Pike. We carp anglers do take everything with us including the kitchen sink don’t we but an unhooking glove understandably hadn’t made it into my luggage. Still, the Pike was unhooked and promptly returned. The rest of the day passed away as the four us had a fantastic day, my dad left in the evening and we settled down for the night. A quick bedtime story for the boys – “Peter Rabbit Goes Carp Fishing” – well sometimes you have to improvise don’t you and they were soon fast asleep. The wind dropped significantly on the 2nd night and there wasn’t any further action for me.
The sound of the alarm woke me up at 5am – not the bite version and I was up to watch the water with a cup of coffee. The wind was beginning to swing round to a North Westerly and fish were showing in all areas of the lake, I felt confident that a run could occur at any minute. I didn’t have to wait long before the left hand rod was away, this felt heavier from the off and my initial thoughts were confirmed when I slipped the net under a cracking 21.2 mirror with beautiful scale patterns.
Within a few hours, the middle rod was away and a 25.4 scaly was mine which put me on 4 fish, I was beginning to think back to that opening weekend session, surely not again? Dennis kindly came round and offered the boys a Kit Kat and said that he had nicknamed my energetic and chatter box lads “thunder and lightning” – I can see why. The action went quiet for a while before a heavy rain storm moved in and it rained for the rest of the night on and off. About an hour before the rain arrived, fish were showing in all areas of the lake again and in front of me so they were still here in numbers which was confidence boosting.
Once the boys had taken in their latest Peter Rabbit Carp Adventure installment, they were settled for the night again, I thought it was a good idea to tie up some spare rigs as I was running low. When the fish turn up on you here, the action can be fast and furious and the last thing you want to be doing is wasting time preparing rigs in between fish, they are eating machines. At approx 10am, I had an absolute screamer on the middle rod, past experience indicates that this isn’t necessary a big fish. How wrong that was on this occasion though as the fish stripped 25-30 yards of line from the spool when I connected with it. The fish royally beat me up in the margins with the water quality of the highest standard and was determined not to give itself up but eventually I won this battle and a wonderful mid 30 was in the net. The scales pulled round to 35.2 and once the pictures were done, back into the pond she waddled off. There are many special moments to that make carp fishing what it is to us but there is something unique about that feeling when you just stand there watching these amazing creatures swim off gracefully from your sling back into their underworld kingdom. It was time for the kettle to do the business again before retiring back to the bivvy for the night.
The rain continued to fall for most of the night and it was the alarm clock again the next morning that broke the night’s silence. Paul came round in the morning and instantly recognized the fish from the photos and believed that it had broken though the 35+ barrier for the first time which was great news for the lake. The condition and growth rates of the fish are phenomenal. The fact that the venue had also produced two mid 40’s in the last few days, one of which had put on 3lb in a month is further testament to this. Later that morning, the left hand rod was away again which resulted in a beautiful 28.7 mirror. Seven fish again I just couldn’t believe it.
Like all of the other members, I simply love the venue and everything about it. A wonderful environment has been created by Paul, Yaz and Lisa through years of hard work and dedication.
Peter Bowling and his friend Richard are on the waiting list and took advantage of some dates in the cabin.
With this beautiful new 40!
This is blue 53 weighing 44lb 6oz, this was last out a month ago its put on 3lb in a month!
Our bait is obviously working!
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Sarah booked this trip for my hubby Justin for his birthday.
Turned out to be a great trip 3 30′s to 36lb 4oz.
3 20′s and a double.
2 Amazing fully scaled mirrors.
Couldn’t ask for anything more.
Not a bad result testing the new Range Baits Part 2 Toffee Nut boilies.
Thanks again to Paul for being on hand to always help.
Nothing puts our members off fishing and they are all being rewarded!
Had his first trip to the Lake of the new season and carried on from where he left off with this lovely 25lb 14oz Grenville beauty not one of the monsters but very welcome all the same.
NO curved hooks at all are allowed, if you have to ask it will be a no, these hooks damage the fish, please think of the welfare of the fish.
I hope the weather hasn’t affected any of the members, we do have amazing members braving this crazy weather!
Starting us off
had 3 nights in the cabin, 14 fish but most importantly Henry’s first fishing trip!
Here are even more catches from the new season!
all caught at 40 yards using mini snowman rig in pva bags over a spread of Pursuit Baits MnM using the throwing stick which was a nice change. Not a bleep from the rod fishing out on my favored spot for peg 33 which was over a spombed baited bar at 80 yards with GRN10 chops and corn….so kept them all short and simple in the end
Just want to start to say a huge thank you to Kevin aka Alfie and Spencer for cooking up a delicious BBQ on Saturday it was amazing and we are all truly grateful for your kindness and help!
Now, there are so many catches from the last week its unbelievable and nice to see lots of members catching.
Grenville BBQ Weekend After arriving at Grenville Lake late Thursday afternoon and seeing all the anglers at 1 end of the lake it had to be worth spending some time at the opposite end of the lake to see if any fish were up there. After sitting around watching the water for some time and seeing no signs of carp I was not sure if they were there or not. After climbed 1 of the viewing towers and not seeing anything I decided to have a look from another viewing tower which was at the same end of the lake but on the back of the wind and did see a few fish. My mind was made up to fish the opposite corner as not to spook the fish I had seen and hoped they would come across to me on the wind. Just after setting up my umbrella the heavens opened and the rain poured down for about 45mins and once it stop the fish started to show like crazy to my left in the corner. 2 Rods went out to spots I had fished before and 1 rod on a single to where most of the fish were showing, the inevitable happened – they stopped showing. That evening I did manage 1 bite which was an 18lb 8oz mirror. The following morning around 8am I had another fish of 29lb 12oz from 1 of the baited spots. During the morning the odd fish showed but it was not until the afternoon that the bites started and by the end of the day I had managed another 5 twenties and another double. Friday night and 1st light Saturday morning gave me 2 more bites again twenties. The rest of Saturday morning and early afternoon was very quiet, around 4pm the middle rod was away which turned out to be – after a savage battle – a low twenty mirror. As the dark rain clouds appeared from behind me the same rod was away but this time a completely different battle and as I neared the net the inevitable happened it poured down with rain but in the net the fish went, happy days a 30lb 8oz mirror. After placing the fish in the retaining sling and casting out a new bait my right hand right screamed off which turned out to be a 30lb 12oz. Fortunately a good friend of mine had arrived and could see what was happening from his swim and came round to help me photograph the fish. Rod was straight back out and of course the kettle went on, another bite on the middle rod!!!!! This is crazy, 1 after another and it’s pouring down with rain, never mind!! What can I say – yet another big fish in the net, this time 30lb 4oz . At 6PM the rods were reeled in and I went to the Grenville BBQ night at the other end of the lake, after returning to my swim at 11pm my rods went back out and all was quiet overnight. At 3:30PM when I managed a low double. Extremely happy with that I packed up and went home for a Sunday Roast
It was to be the first ever fishing trip for my other half Beth, and we arrived at the lake car full to the brim mid Saturday morning. The trip was mainly about the Grens annual BBQ social, but I felt it would be nice to carry on my very pleasing run of fish. We had a walk round and Beth stood in swim 28 and said “this is the one”, so I went with her gut feeling and we were soon starting to assemble the bivvies. With 5kg of bait tightly spombed to a clear area in about 20 feet of water, the rain suddenly arrived with a vengeance. Luckily it cleared for the BBQ and we had a really enjoyable social with the other members that evening, finally getting the rods out (clipped up in advance) at around 11.30pm. We woke up to a very welcome warm sunrise and then suddenly the middle rod rattles off at around 9am. A tug of war in and out weed beds eventually saw my first fish roll over the net cord. At 31.10 and absolutely stunning I was well chuffed. There was an added bonus that Beth had it all on camera using her brand new Nikon D5300….what a piece of kit! After getting busy with the throwing stick depositing another 2kg of bait around the clear spot, we spent the rest of the day chilling and having a very slow pack up. With Beth wandering around the lake with her camera taking wildlife shots, the middle rod absolutely melted and I was into what felt like another very good fish. Again weed beds played a part, but the hook held firm. Another 30 was hoisted up on the scales taking the dial round to a very pleasing 36.12. The end to a very enjoyable Grens BBQ weekend and my fabulous run of fish continues…..
Perch and pike fishing is not permitted until it is cooler. We will confirm when we believe it to be cool enough to fish without harming their welfare. Thank you
Within just 48hrs at Grenville my dreams came true a 41lb 8oz and the a 25lb 9oz and a 19lb 12oz.
It really is a special place where dreams really do come true!!
I broke my PB on my previous session with the 27lb 4 oz common then i smashed it with the big girl.
I need to know numbers for the BBQ on Saturday, so please let me know before Wednesday so we order enough food and you don’t go hungry Thank you
we seem to have lots of roach at the moment so if any members catch any roach can you keep them in your net as we are going to move them to the stock ponds.
Grenville’s and all its members would like to wish a big good luck and congratulations for Sean Whiting on his opening of his fishing tackle shop tomorrow
Its brilliant coming home each day and seeing more emails from members of all the catches.
Here is one of our new members, David, with his first catches at Grenville’s
Here are some more pictures from the opening weekend
Starting us off is Iggy
This was caught at 3.30pm on opening day the second of 9 fish caught from peg 26.
More catches on the way……..watch this space.
If your interested in looking at what the swims use to look like then follow this link and click on the swims. Its unbelievable how different they look.
We have a cabin Letting this weekend if anyone is interested please call Paul, first come first serve!
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!
Better late than never, here is Trevor story on catching the LAKE RECORD!
To be honest with you, after sitting in a tailback on the M11 for two hours, and witnessing the deteriorating ‘carpy’ conditions, I wasn’t in the best of moods as I drove through the farm and over to the lake. Saying that, Grens had been particularly kind to me in the last year or so, therefore I just said to myself…”just keep doing what you’ve been doing, take your time, and just enjoy it”.
Later that evening with 3 traps set and bbq digesting, I sent a quick text to Wardy….”Have a feeling my timing is poor this time….oh well….nice to be here”. In reality this was my fall-back position for blanking by the morning ‘blaming the conditions’ as us carp anglers like to do. In the past Wardy had always been very quick to blame my ‘rubbish rigs’ for my misfortune, so I needed a viable excuse to use as he sat there in the morning drinking all my coffee.
Due to what sounded like several hundred reed warblers chattering in the adjacent reed-bed, I rammed my ear plugs as far as I could into my ears and set my delkim receiver to maximum volume, placing it on the bivvy table right next to me; I then fell quickly and blissfully to sleep. At pretty much 4am precisely I had a decision to make…either a reed warbler was mimicking a delkim or a delkim was low on battery. A quick look towards the rods indicated the latter; the left hand rod was away on a very slow but deliberate take. After yet again ignoring my crocs placed carefully for quick slip-on, I minced in my socks across the stones towards the offending rod. I’d be lying if I said the fish felt enormous, as it swam straight towards me until about 40 yards out; it then kited right and began to realise it was hooked. After plodding up and down the margins in the deep water for several minutes, I finally got a glimpse of a very wide two-tone back. Call me old fashioned, but after 20 years or so chasing a 40, no way did I comprehend that this could be the big girl; there simply must be another much smaller two-tone fish with my name on it. Only anglers like Karl ‘pretty-boy Pitcher got to catch the really big girls; and lake records were certainly only ever caught in my wildest of carp dreams.
Only when it was safely netted and scale pattern checked online, did I finally accept that I’d caught the big girl. When Paul arrived at the lake I could tell that he was concerned for her welfare, especially as I confirmed that “I didn’t think she had spawned”. We got her weighed, photographed and back in a matter of minutes; only fair to such an incredible creature carrying such bulk. She swam away strongly, and only then could I relax and enjoy the moment….comfortably numb and like a tit in a trance for the rest of the day. At 53.6 she had simply blown me away, but I felt a tad uncomfortable that I’d still not had my 40!
Little did I know, that slight anomaly would be put right the following morning, when after a flurry of fish including two low 30’s, I hooked into an express train right from the word go. I had never experienced such power from a carp, and I was simply hanging on for dear life. After what must have been 15 anxious minutes, she (or rather he) was mine. On removing the hooklink from the clip in the net, the carp’s head was very rough indeed, and I realised I had a big male fish on my hands. Again I checked the scale pattern and came to the conclusion that I had one of two very well-known 40 pound males. One of the two most sought after fish at Grenvilles; they had certainly been on my ‘wish-list’ for a couple of years. At 44.8 I’d finally got my long awaited 40, and it was simply the icing on the cake to yet another incredible and memorable session for me.
I can only thank Paul, Lisa and Yas again for creating such a wonderful place……ok I’ve had the big girl….but I simply cannot wait to get back there. The fish, the surroundings and the people are second to none, and I feel so privileged to be part of the very best and friendliest of syndicates.
Get ready for the new season with some new tackle.
We will be ordering the following items.
Carpmaster Deluxe Mat £75
Warrior net 42″ £45
Warrior net 46″ £55
STR sling £35
I need to make this order asap ,
I need to know numbers to order so please contact me before the end of the week to grab a Grenville deal
on 07825 321220
The containers are a mess please can all members remove any old tackle home with them and keep what is needed at the lake, there is limited room in the containers it is not fair on the other members.
Please can all members make sure they have 2 fox slings for the start of the season. if needed please contact us.
Please can all members make sure they have all the mouth care, we noticed at the end of the season some members did not have any, this is not good enough welfare for the carp. please make sure you have enough. we always have them in stock.
Lake opening on Friday!!
The gate will be opened at 10am, you then have a few hours to sort everything out with myself, collecting your tickets, mats, slings etc. The draw will then take place at 12 and fishing can commence at 3pm.
See you all then!