Andy Moriaty aka Bigdog returned to the lake this weekend in search of fish. Invited to fish the cabin he took full advantage of the situation and had a right good session, one to rank amongst his very best. He arrived on Friday morning and got his gear round to the swim and set up. He wasted no time in getting three rods out onto the spots which Viney pointed him to “next to the markers” . He had three fish during the course of the first day, and four more during Friday night. The following day Saturday he managed to catch three more fish bringing his total to ten fish, strangely all of the fish had been twenties and a couple of doubles. The big fish were not his game. The following morning looked good for a bite with a strong wind and a little sunshine trying to break through. It was to be a very productive day for Andy with a further nine fish falling to his rods. Things got rather hectic at one point as Andy had two rods rip off almost simultaneously. Fortunately Gary Bird, on his way home had popped round to see how he was doing. Andy was playing the first fish and asked Gary to “get the other one”. When both fish were finally landed they were both over thirty eight pounds. A remarkable coincidence, with Andy’s fish weighing in at 38lb 2oz and the one Gary landed at 38lb 6oz. The Big Girls had arrived !!
Of the nine fish caught that day five of those were over the thirty pound mark although the two thirty eights were the largest by far. The weekends total of Nineteen fish including five over 30lb’s in a 48hr session is no mean achievement, even by the cabin standards. Well done mate
Andy's 38lb 2oz fish
Good Timing Gary, 38lb 6oz
Andy Moriaty aka Bigdog returned to the lake this week after an enforced absence meant he missed all of August’s fishing time. He blew into the car park like the veritable whirlwind that he is and as always with a smile on his face. He started out doing a night in 8 to no avail, and ended up photographing a couple of good fish for Chris in swim 9. The following day Chris packed to go home and it wasnt long before Andy was dragging his bivvy and gear the short distance down the bank inot the freshly vacated swim. I think it was still warm when he got there. His first night in this swim produced two fish, both low twenties, and he was back in action. The following morning he managed three fish all within a very short space of time, probably no more than an hour or two’s fishing. The largest of which was a mirror of 27lb’s. The fish then melted away and were not to be seen again for a good few days. The lake had switched off big time.
Undaunted Andy then decided that if they weren’t down his end of the lake then he would go and find them. He moved up to the top end of the lake and set up in swim 25, where he spent the next night 24 hrs. He saw one or two fish in the area and actually lost one fish in the margins from here.
Once again the magic had gone from the swim and he was off on the move again. He settled in swim 37 for a short while and it was from here that he caught his last fish. a dumpy low twenty mirror. The following morning he packed his kit and wandered round with his mat deciding where to go next. He settled in swim 6 after seeing fish alongside the island albeit at range. A combination of the wind in his face and the fact that the fish were moving further out meant that he couldn’t get near the few showing fish meant yet another move the following morning. He decided on swim 31 for his final night at the lake, and after decided that the fish must be in the deeper water, put three baits as far into the deep void in front of 31 as he could manage. Unfortunately Andy was to land no more fish and packed and left for home after his week on the lake.
I am afraid I have some very bad news to report. One of our longest serving Grenville members Andy Moriatey, aka Bigdog has lost his old Rottweiller Zuess overnight. He found that he had passed away from natural causes upon returning from work in the morning. In the early years of the syndicate Zuess and Andy were both very reguular visitors to the lake, and despite his stature and size we all found him to be one of the softest and loveliest of dogs, he became a friend to us all
Zuess was actually the reason that Andy got the moniker of Bigdog. Unfortunately his advanced years and lack of mobility meant that Andy couldnt bring him at all for the last couple of years.
Our thoughts go out to Andy, I know only too well how much he thought of the old fella, and how much it must have distressed him to find him. He will be fondly remembered up here mate by all those that knew him.
Our very best wishes go out to you and all the family.
Another member to have his plans thwarted by the fish deciding to spawn was Andy. Having planned a weeks holiday and having booked a few days fishing he had already started his journey and actually camped overnight by the lakeside to simply watch the entertainment supplied by the carp.The following morning it was apparent they wouldnt be stopping anytime soon and he made his way back home to return and try his luck later in the week.
Upon his return to the lake a few days later he set up in swim 8, despite the fish being seen elsewhere. With a Westerly due he was intent on getting into prime position for later in the week when he hoped the fish would turn up enmasse.
The first night of his stay, Andy had a one toner a short while after dark, he lifted into a fish, but described it as an unusual fight. The fish finally gave up and rolled into the waiting net. It was upon opening the net that Andy was to get a suprise. Laying there in all it’s glory was a chub annd what a chub it turned out to be. Weighed, re-weighed and checked again it took the needle round to 8’9 ozs. With the British chub record standing at 9’2 0z’s this means that this fish was approx 8oz’s under the British record.
Carpwise It proved to be a long and for Bigdog extremely hard wait (Patience is certainly not his forte) Finally fish were seen behind the island and more importantly closer to his baited area. He managed to pickk off a few fish during the course of his stay and finished up with five fish. One double and four mid twenties.
Andy aka Bigdog arrived on Saturday 1st May for his annual week long session. It was during the same session last year that Bigdog set the record for the number of fish caught during a seven day period when he caught a remarkable 43 fish.
Hoping for a repeat of that session would have been asking a wee bit too much, especially as conditions didnt do him any favours at all this year. He set up in swim 8 and was off to an amazing start with a 31’8 oz fish on the bank within a couple of hours of arriving. Confidence must have been high at this point, as you cant ask for a better start to a session. That was to be the last fish he saw for the next few days, and very strangely Andy’s luck seemed to have deserted him. He spent a night in 18, then gave 17 a go before settling into swim 12 for the remainder of his stay. He baited up and decided to sit on it, in the hope that the fish would find him. They came tantalizingly close in numbers, as Oz and I witnessed one night during that week, they were showing in vast numbers to the right and behind the island, and across towards swim 12, unfortunately for Andy they stayed at a range of over 160 yds. Toward the end of his week one or two fish made their way in to investigate his bait, and were tripped up. These included a 26lb, and a 27lb Mirror, and a nice scaley fish of 20’8 oz;’s Not quite the haul he was hoping for, but pragmatic as always Andy left knowing that he would make up for it on a future trip.
Bigdog arrived on Saturday afternoon, and after a wander round the lake decided on swim 20 as a start point with a view to move the following day when the lake had quietened down. A good nights sleep was had and early the next morning he was off again in search of the fish. They were showing in numbers behind the island, but as always just out of range of the anglers chasing them.
Bigdog decided to pitch in swim 8 once Viney and Jamie had packed up, where most of the fish had been seen. The day brought no joy, although he managed one fish of 19’8 oz’s during the night. Next morning despite once again seeing them they remained desperately out of reach.
Fresh from his recent return to the lake, Andy was keen to put a fish or two on the bank. He fished the first night in swim 10 after seeing one or two fish in the area, but when nothing had happened overnight he decided to try his luck in swim 6 early next morning.
As dark closed in he spotted what appeared to be a largish fish roll to the left of the island bar, and wasted no time in launching a bait in it’s general direction. Ashort while later this rod’s alarm burst into life and so I am sure did Andy. After a short fight he landed what he first thought was a mid twenty, upon closer inspection he was proved to be a tad out with his estimation as it swung the needle on his ruebens round to a very healthy 36lb 8oz’s.
What a fish and as it turned out only a taste of things to come.
A very happpy easter bunny texted all his friends, and settled down in a confident mood, He was next disturbed at approx 1am by a one toner. Once again a short tussle was rewarded by yet another fish in the net, this one weighed in at 32lb 8oz’s. There was little chance of our hero sleeping much more that night, so he decided to move his bivvy at 3am to give himself a better view of the lake. He sat drinking tea and staring at the lake for another three hours and was ready to pounce when at 4am he had yet another run, this fish came in much quicker and easier than the previous two and turned out to be a small stockie common. Andy rebaited his rod, cast out again to the same spot and put the stove on for a cuppa, before he had time to fill the kettle the same rod rattled off once more. This fish weighing in at 32lb exactly.
Suffice to say Andy slept most of the following day and was thankfully (at least for the rest of us) undisturbed by fish. The following night he added to his and the Southern teams score with a small double mirror.
Bigdog aka Andy returned this weekend to the scene of his recent heartbreak. His confidence was high and his socks were washed in Persil and gleaming white. He brought Zina the carp hound with him, and had rabbits feet, four leaf clovers and alsorts of good luck charms hanging off every corner of his bivvy.
He set up in swim 26 and spent a fruitless night. Had the recent blank affected his judgment ? was he ever going to enjoy the thrill of a warbling delkim again ?
It was going to be touch and go. In the morning in sheer desperation he moved down to peg 9 and was encouraged to see one or two fish within range. This was all the bigdog needed and he threw everything he had at the effort to catch the elusive carp. Later that evening at approx 9.30pm his prayers were answered, and he was rewarded with a 21lb mirror
He was back !!!!
Nothing else occurred during the night, and in the morning Andy thought his chance had passed as the only fish he saw seemed to be further up the lake and well out of the range of even his rods. It wasnt until early afternoon that he had his final chance. He lifted into a fish and after a short but tough battle brought another to the waiting net. This fish was slightly longer and weighed in at 24lb’s 5 oz’s.
A very happy Bigdog it was that knocked on the van door to let me have the pics later that day. Even the gorgeous carp hound Zina seemed to be smiling, probably quite thankful that she wouldnt have to share the van home with a blanker again.
Proof indeed if it were needed that whilst form is temporary, pure luck seems to almost permanent for some jammy buggers
Andy Moriaty, kept up his incredible run this week. He has now fished Grenville for over a year without a blank session. This week saw him start his session in swim 23, with no joy during the first night of his stay, he decided on a move into swim 29. Fortunately he kept his record intact with a scraper 20lb Mirror caught during the second and last night of his session. Well done Andy.
They came and in most cases failed to take advantage of the conditions as they had hoped to, all except that is for Andy, aka Bigdog. His results are rapidly becoming the stuff of legend. His results this season speak for themselves, with somewhere in the region of 50 fish so far this year alone. He also let slip that he is a week or two away from making it a full year since having his last blank at the lake. When you consider he fishes almost every week, winter excluded it really is some acheivement. This week was no different, with all around struggling he managed to outcatch everyone on the lake once again. With a total of five fish from swim 6 including two thirties it really was a stand out performance.
Fish caught were, 20lb, 27lb, 28’8oz, 31’8oz, and topped off with a 32’5oz fish.
I am fast running out of superlatives for you fella, Well done.
Even Andy aka Bigdog struggled with the conditions this week. Starting his session in 26 proved wholly unsuccesful,
he moved from there into the vacant swim 5 and stuck to his task, on what was planned to be the last evening of his stay he managed to fluke a fish at last in the shape of a 25lb mirror. Invigorated he started the next morning off in fine style with an 11lb common. This spurred him on and when Ron departed from swim 7 Andy fired a bait out to his right as far as he was able, while setting the indicator the tip swept round and he was into a hard fighting fish. This was landed and weighed in at 30’12 oz. With a start to the day like that it was inevitable that he would stay for another night and risk incurring the wrath of the better half upon his return home, like any good carp angler should. Two more fish at weights of 22’5 and 28lbs were his reward for this extra effort.
Andy arrived on Saturday after working through the night. He set up in swim 3 and spent the first night with no fish to show for it. On sunday afternoon he moved into swim 31 before settling in swim 29 for the night. Very first light this morning he was woken by a screaming take and bent into a very good fish. The result was the capture of this stunning looking mirror of 38’10 oz.
Bigdog aka Andy Moriaty returned to Grenville keen to resume where he left off after his last session where he caught 11 fish including 4 thirties. Setting himself up in his favourite swim, 37 on the back of a warm South Westerly. He didnt take long to get among the fish either, I started to recieve txts within an his hour of his arrival. During the course of the first day and the night that followed it he managed to put 7 fish to 35lb on the bank.
I wandered round the next day for a cuppa and a few angling lessons to find him a tad frustrated, he had only had the one fish since first light taking his total for the session to 8, and felt that they had moved off. Incredibly after such an eventful 24 hrs he wasnt satisfied feeling that there were more fish to be had, and he thought he knew where to find them. So in the early evening gloom he packed up and moved to the other end of the lake in 26 where lo and behold he had another, and another, and yet another.
His tally for the two days was 12 fish, weighing 29lb, 29’8 oz, 27lb, 26lb, 18lb scaley, 15lb scaley, 27lb, 35lb, 28’4 oz, 27’4 oz, 26lb, and a 22lb to finish.
Once again fella Awesome angling.
Once again the Bigdog, aka Andy has put the rest of us to shame with his whack it out and see stylee He fished swims 7 and swim 37 during his stay and as is his way he managed to catch fish in numbers as well as of a good size. He finished up with 11 fish for his efforts, including fish at the following weights. 25lb, 26lb, 26’8 oz’s 28’8 oz’s 28’8 oz’s 32’4 oz’s, 35’4 oz’s, 37’12 oz’s, and a beauty of 39’8 oz’s.
Considering that everyone else on the lake at the time was struggling it was a very special session indeed.
Well Done Andy Awesome angling
A stunning fish 35'4
35'4 The other side
39'8 oz's Of Grenvilles finest