Thursday saw the return to the lake of Max Cottis and the lovely Cheryl, his better half. After his bout of illness put paid to the end of his recent session in the cabin. He had decided to come back and with a little luck, finish what he had started. He arrived as always bright and early eager not to waste good fishing time.
He set himself up and got a good bed of, response pellets and new Grange boilie’s from Mainline out around the mark.
It wasn’t long before the fish took notice and within a couple of hours he had his first fish a stunning scaly of 18lb 15oz.
18lb 15oz Nice Start to any session
Max got his sit up and beg rig back out onto the spot as quickly as he could. It didnt roar off s he hoped but less than 2hrs later he was holding another Grenville fish. This one had pulled a little harder than the first and had given a very good account of itself before finally succumbing to the inevitable visit to the bank. It weighed in at 34lb 4oz.
The fish were without doubt in the area. Lunchtime he picked up a 27lb mirror on his middle rod. Another hour or so saw yet another run and a second thirty of the session which was less that 8hrs old. This fish an absolute monster of a fish. Up on the scales it registered 38lb’s exactly, in max’s hands it looks every bit of that. Cracking looking fish.
An hour later he had another run and another fish landed at 29lb 3oz. This was followed two hours later with another mirror of 26lb. It seems that second part of the session was beginning to be even more productive that the first part had been.
Two more low twenties followed in the early part of the evening, 28lb 5oz, and 23lb 4oz. This proved to be the last action of an incredible day. What would Friday bring ?
Max was up and about early the following morning and after no dawn bite he repeated the baiting procedure of the previous morning. The fish visited the area as they seem to most days at some point, the first was landed at approx 8am. A sturdy looking mirror of 22lb 9oz. The next fish was landed by Cheryl. She finally beat Max to the rods, he is quicker than he looks you know. He must have sensed it wasn’t a big one and thus it turned out, a mirror of 20lb 2oz.
Normally it would be reasonable to expect larger fish follow these smaller fish onto the bait. Not Today though.
Just after sunset which is ever earlier these days. he had another run. The fish weighed in at 23lb 2oz, and had hardly been released when another alarm sounded and he was in again. This fish came in at 1oz heavier and was an almost fully scaled chunk.
Max must have been thinking of settling down for the night when the next run occurred. this fish felt better than the previous two from the off. He was confident of his tackle and after a spirited fight he landed anther thirty at 33lb 12oz.
If that fish caught him slipping into the sleeping bag then the next one definitely awoke him and had him dashing out into the cold of a pre dawn chill. The fish came in after a little persuasion and was quickly photographed and returned It weighed 16lb 2oz.
The following day despite looking like a decent day for a fish it proved a lot quieter with no fish coming to Max’s rods during the hours of daylight. When the silence was broken it was broken by a fish taking line quickly. Max found himself attached to a large fish wanting very much to make as much distance between them as possible. Experience told over the carp and Max coaxed it back toward the waiting net. A very large framed fish was hung from the digutal scales which settled on 36lb 13oz. His fourth thirty of the session.
Approaching the witching hour and Max was away again for the final fish of an exhausting session. this fish was a stunning linear to finish off a memorable session in more ways than one. Glad to see you back so soon fella, and looking so healthy.
An up and down sort of week was both enjoyed and endured by Max Cottis this week. He arrived at the lake early with a weeks angling from the cabin swim ahead of him. The weather looked promising as he unloaded the mountain of gear that he manages to fit into the Tardis that he drives and proceeded to set up camp.
With a decent session ahead of him he decided to bait heavily with the New Grange from Mainline, along with pellet.
The first fish came within an hour or so of casting out and things were looking very good indeed. He kept up the good work over the next 24 hr’s and another he added another five fish to his total for the week. Four of these were twenties including a couple of very nice scaly fish. The fifth fish was a gorgeous mirror of 37lb 7oz’s.
It was after this massive high that things were to turn against Max a little. The lake , despite ever improving conditions of warm South Westerlies, and pressure dropping decided to switch off. All was quiet. Max continued with his best attempts, but the fish were either not there or not interested. For over 80 hours around the lake everyone sat waiting and watching for signs of life. Nobody saw or caught anything and it would be easy to believe that the lake was devoid of fish.
The fish as we know are most definetly there and 3 days after their strange disappearing act they turned up……. in Max’s swim. Once again he was busy catching carp, re-casting and rebaiting during the course of the Wednesday and and late into the night. He manged to add to his total with a stonking 43lb fish, strangely enough it was “the other” large two tone fish, which Max himself had caught earlier this year at it’s best weight of 40lb 7oz. It has obviously been munching hard on the naturals that have plagued us all lately in-between captures as it weighed 43lb 2oz’s this time round and looked in pristine condition. He also managed a lovely deep bellied mirror of 36lb 2oz in the early hours. Things were looking brighter all of a sudden.
Unfortunately the following day Max started to feel unwell. As the day progressed so his he felt worse. The following day his health had not much improved. His wife Cheryl joined him to keep an eye on him. The next and final take was to come to Cheryls rod and after a good tussle she brought a lump to the net. It was weighed and agreed upon at 35lbs exactly. Another deep fish, starting to show those gorgeous deep orange hues that we love to see this time of year.
Chery and Max left early the following morning. I am sure I speak for all members when I wish Max a speedy recovery from whatever ails him. Get well soon mate, hope we see you back soon, there is still time to bag a biggie or two before the winter sets in
Max Cottis arrived at the lake on Wednesday ready for a few nights fishing to recuperate from a couple of hard weeks at European tackle shows, well that’s his story, and he is sticking to it. He set up camp in swim 3 and baited heavily with his usual Mainline boilie’s, pellet and corn, prepared to sit it out and hope the fish moved into the bay with the wind which was due. The hatch in the middle of the lake has preoccupied the fish recently with few being seen or caught from the bay. Max worked the swim extremely well during his stay, and due to his experience and undoubted skills managed five fish over the few days he was here. With four twenties, including a common and a stunning scaly and a thirty of 31lb 4oz taking the bait and posing for pics with him it ended up being a reasonable session. Good angling fella
Max Cottis arrived late on Sunday afternoon hoping to get set up and organised prior to the big South Westerlies that were due on Monday morning. Unable to get into his first and second choice swim,s he chose to fish swim 37. The lake was devoid of all signs of fish, but the proliferation of gulls attacking the water indicated a sedge hatch of massive proportions. Unfortunately this meant the job of actually tempting one with bait was made much more difficult than normal. Max continued in swim 37 for the first two nights of his trip to no avail. He then moved into swim 6 on the Tuesday evening as the wind switched more to a Westerly. Unfortunately when he awoke on Wednesday morning it had swung once more to a South Westerly. Feeling that the fish were encamped in the deeper water Max packed up his considerable amount of gear and headed off up the lake in search of them. He settled in swim 29 and after finding a spot spodded a reasonable amount of his favourite Cell boilies out into the area. The day proved to be as difficult as the previous two but fortunately for Max he managed to hook and land a carp during his last night. A mirror of 23’12 oz’s, not the monster he was hoping for but a very welcome blank saver none the less.
After starting his session this week with the stunning two tone forty that has been featured earlier Max seemingly suffered for his success. With no more action to either his or Cheryls rods until the morning of their departure, when Max hooked a good fish at range, and battled to bring it to the waiting net. This he achieved with the minimum of fuss and it wasnt long before yet another thirty pound plus fish was being held up to have it’s picture taken. This fish weighed in at 31’8 oz’s.
Max also celebrated a rather special birthday whilst at the lake, and Paul got in some meat for a Birthday Barbeque, which was enjoyed by all the anglers on the lake at the time. Thanks for the invite Max, I think everyone enjoyed the evening very much.
Barnsley boys on tour
Dave, Lee and Martin
Happy Birthday to you
Make a wish
Max Cottis has started his latest session off in fine style. Arriving yesterday, it took a while for him to get set up as Cheryl was joining him later. At approx 7am this morning he was awoken to the sound of his ACE alarms going garrity. A wee while later and he found himself trying to glide a monster carp over the net. A regular to the bank, the fish was landed only two weeks or so ago by Dave Baldry at 38’4 oz’s. This distinct two tonebeast has obviously been on the munch as this time it weighed in at 40’7 oz’s. A weight gain of over 2lb’s in 2 weeks.
This makes this the third capture of a forty this season, and the fifth different forty in the lake a sure sign that things are improving daily at Grenvilles.
Once again Mr Cottis has arrived bright and early on a Sunday morning, and returning to the swim which has proved successful for him in recent times, peg 3. After his recent sessions which have seen him moving in search of fish. Max decided from the off this week that he was baiting up and waiting for them to come to him. This method which served him well last year proved once more that it can work. Over the period of his three night stay Max had a total of 6 fish with three of them being over thirty pounds. A very good average weight and a cracking few days fishing.
The weights were 22’4 oz’s, 27’12 oz’s, 21’5 oz’s, 30’2 oz’s, 35’3 oz’s and a stunning fish of 37’1 oz.
Max Cottis arrived at the lake on Sunday for his regular weekly session. He set up in swim 3 which is rapidly becoming his favourite. Almost immediately he hooked into what was obviously a good fish, after a lengthy and exciting tussle, Max finally subdued and brought the carp to the net. A stunning fish of 35’2 oz’s was the prize and a cracking start to his session. Max then introduced bait to the swim, and waited. Unfortunately whether it be the act of baiting up or the capture of the fish,all was very quiet in front of him. He fished hard all day Monday, trying every trick in his substantial repetoire, but by the next morning it was obvious the fish had gone and were apparently in no hurry to return to the swim.
Max climbed aboard his trusty bike and went in search of carp. He followed the fresh South Westerly that had blown up overnight and headed down toward swim 9. He decided to move into 9 and once again all the gear was packed away and loaded into the carp wagon. He set up and once again introduced bait into the swim, and sat back anticipating the scream of an ACE alarm any minute.
Unfortunately the fish once again did the old disappearing act and Max was left to wonder whether the move was the best idea after all.
Only the one fish, but what a stunner - 35'2 oz's
Max Cottis decided on swim 12 this weekend on arrival at the lake. He quickly went about getting 3 rods in the water and on his favoured spots. Then it was time to set about making camp and soon, he was all cosy and awaiting a fish. The wind came as it should, the pressure dropped and it was looking good. The first night of his stay was a quiet one , and although he was up early and scanning the water no fish were to be had. The day was spent watching fish, some cell boilies were introduced to his spots, and the waiting game continued.
It was very late in the evening when at last the alarms sounded. The fish fought well but Max won the day, netted , weighed at 30’9 oz’s photographed and back to it’s watery lair before midnight. He lost another at some point during the night I believe, but once again the morning was quiet.
Max decided a move was in order a rare decision for him. He stuck a bucket in 3 believing the fish to have moved to the far side of the island and further onto the back of the wind
He caught a nice fish of 24’8 oz’s a short while after setting up, and another a little later at 25lb’s. Once again proof if it were needed that a move can often bring changes to the conclusion of a session. Despite his best efforts no more fish were to be had during the rest of his trip, the fish once again seemingly melting away.
Max Cottis joined us for the opening weekend this year and it didnt take him too long to get amongst the fish. Though they kept him waiting for a wee while. He arrived Friday, drew Peg three, very handy for the Barbeque area and the beer on ice. The first night was fishless for him, and Saturday saw an early morning baiting with Plenty of pellet and cell boilies. Another Barbeque in the car park probably wasnt too conducive to his chances that night either, and It was a slightly frustrated Max that awoke on the Sunday morning. He was convinced that as soon as the wind swung round to the promised North Westerly that was due to blow into his face at some point on the Sunday. Come it did in the latter part of the afternoon and a very hectic evening was to follow.
From the late afternoon through till midnight Max had a total of 7 runs which included four Twenties, a double figure Scaley and the two thirties pictured below.
Max Cottis and Lee Collins have been down at the lake for the last few days filming a dvd for ACE. All seems to have gone well, with some very nice fish caught for the cameras. Unfortunately I didnt get too many pics as I was very keen not to disturb the filming, whilst in progress. Hopefully we will have some of the finished dvd, which included a little underwater photography, to post onto the website once the editing and production work is completed.
Cameraman and Narrator hard at it
Lee preparing the next rig to be used
Oh I was so tempted, but I wont...... So this is Max preparing homemade hot hemp
Lights, Camera, Action. Put that tea down Lee
Plotted up in what is rapidly becoming his favourite swim, 12 this week was Max. He arrived early in the hope of the fish being on the feed following their exertions of the previous few days. Unfortunately they decided to take the dissppear and rest option rather than the munching that we sat around the lake in anticipation were hoping for. The fish were to be seen at extreme range from swim 12, behind the island and occasionally drifting closer, but just… not close enough. Max finally managed to get amongst them on the final day or two of his stay as one or two smaller fish made their way across toward him. He finished up with six fish, four doubles and a couple of mid twenties. The lovely Cheryl joined him for the final two nights of his session and a pleasure it was to see her again.
The new look slimline Max Cottis arrived at the lake on Wed’s morning with a photographer in the shape of Jonathan Bones the Total Carp deputy editor. The intention was to do a feature and hopefully catch a carp or two for the camera. They decided to start off with Max in swim 12 and John in 10 after arriving and seeing one or two fish within a reasonable range. Any doubts they may have had quickly disappeared as Max was soon into fish. He had his first two within a couple of hours of setting up and any pressure was off.
Mid morning brought a succession of fish of which any of us would have been proud, Max had two fish on the go and subsequently in the net at least twice, and at times it was difficult to manage to keep a rod in the water at all. A manic morning ensued followed by steady afternoons angling. The result of which was an incredible 11 carp caught by nightfall. The following day and night added another few fish to the total.
Friday saw the Mainline Ace move across the lake into swim 37 as fish were being seen in the bay. His final nights angling saw one or two more fish fall to the Mainline Cell bait which Max swears by.
His final tally was 17 fish, made up of 3 doubles, 9 twenties and 5 thirties weighing 31’2oz, 32’14oz, 32’2oz, 31’14oz and 31’4oz.
Max Cottis arrived at the lake at Sunday lunchtime, and was keen to get set up in swim 12 as it looked so good . He got himself off and running as did most of those arriving on Sunday with a fish within a few hours of casting out. A lovely fish to start any session weighing in at 28’6 oz.
Confidence bouyed even more he worked the swim and fished over his favourite Mainline Cell boilies and pellet. The fish were playing a tad hard to get and there was no more to be had on his first day, but Max doesnt let a small thing like that put him off. He persevered and his hard work started to pay off as the the next day progressed. It was approx 1pm on Monday when the alarm once more sounded. This fish turned out to be a very special and indeed gorgeous 22’1 oz Common, which to my knowledge is the biggest from the lake so far. With only a relatively small amount of commons in the lake, it is rare to see one on the bank, but well worth it as they all look as good as this one.
It wasnt long before Max was once again dashing down the steps to the waters edge as another run came to his rods. This late afternoon fish was a real treat as it was the first thirty of the session, a proper gorgeous looking fish of 32’1 oz.
Once again, things went very quiet after this, with fish showing at range, but unfortunately no more to be had that evening. At 5am the next morning the dawn was shattered with the sound of an alarm blaring out. It was once again a mad dash down to the rods and once again Max was into a fish. This one was a smaller fish of 23’14, and was followed a short while later by yet another common. This time one of the recent stocking and weighing in at single figures.
A long day followed, with the changeable weather not giving the fish a chance to settle on quite where they wanted to go. Some obviously decided to hang around the island and fortunately for the Ace carp Supremo one or two moved back out over towards his bait. The final fish of this session came at approx 6pm that evening. A savage take was followed by a very good fight. The tackle was man enough for the job though and another large carp was soon languishing in the net whilst Max arranged his unhoooking mat and scales. This fish went 33’2 oz and once again was a real looker.
A fine session, and some stunning carp. Well done Mr C
Max Cottis arrived on Sunday for a three night session in the cabin. This was recorded in part for Carp tv. He managed to catch both during the night and also more importantly as far as the camera’s are concerned during the day. He caught six fish in total. Two doubles, three Twenties, and topped the session off with a fish of 31’9 oz’s. Max was using Mainline cell and during a few days when fish were few and far between it was a good result.
Last week Max Cottis and Lee Collins spent a 5 day session in the Cabin swims. This was in conjunction with a video crew visiting the lake to film for a forthcoming dvd promoting, ACE, Mainline, and of course Grenville Lake.
It was a week of mixed blessings with quite a few fish coming to Max’s rods, unfortunately most of the fish came during the hours of darkness which made filming of them a little difficult. Lee struggled to get amongst the fish, from the jetty at the front of the cabin. Max however had more success fishing from the side of the cabin peg, fishing toward the island mark. As always he fished over Mainline Cell boilies, with pellets and hemp. His total was 17 fish for the week including 5 thirties to 38lb.
Weights of fish were….. 38lb, 34’12oz, 33’7oz, 31’13oz, 31’5oz, 29’6oz, 29’5oz, 28’1oz, 27’9oz, 27’1oz, 25’14oz, 23’14oz, 23’14 scaley, 23’13oz, 22’5oz, 22lb scaley, 20’11oz scaley,
With conditions as they were during the course of last week and considering that only 1 other fish was caught throughout this period it was good consistent angling once again from Mr Cottis.
This week despite the very mild weather we have been experiencing, has proved to be one of the least productive in terms of fish on the bank that I have known at Grenville. Max and Lee Collins have been working on a dvd in the cabin swims and even they have found the going very tough indeed. A full report on their week will follow once Max leaves tomorrow and I have his final tally for the week.
Other than that, it has been very very quiet, with all but one angler blanking so far this week.
The one being, Anton of the Bigvan, who despite his best efforts was staring a blank in the face with only hours to go of his session. Wily old bird that he is, he spotted on or two fish topping at extreme late on his last night on the lake. He duly cast a couple of rods in the general direction of the disturbance and was rewarded in the wee small hours, with a mirror of 26’8 oz’s. Very Good Angling mate.
Max Cottis continued his love affair with Swim 12 this week. A good solid sessions angling saw a steady succession of fish head his way, and whenever they moved away from the back of the island toward him he was ready with traps set. Despite very poor conditions he had another good few days, with a total of seven fish to his name. These included, two thirties of 36’11oz and 32’5oz taking his total for the season to an incredible 21 . Baiting up with his ever faithful Mainline Cell was a little trickier this week, having to be done as it was in the gloom of a autumnal evening due to a flock of seagulls, Wishing (I had a photograph) those of you of a certain age will be thinking, well wish no more as we have the catch in it’s entirety pictured below.
Fishing for 72 hrs in swim 12 Max Cottis continued his recent good fish finding form. Whilst most of the rest of us were struggling with the conditions and finding excuses at every turn, Max chose the swim that has been good to him of late. Baiting steadily with Mainline Cell and concentrating on fishing his to his mark paid off in fine style. He had a total of five fish, with four twenties weighing 23’5 oz, 26’13 oz, 29’5 oz, and 24’5 oz, and topped off by his nineteenth thirty of the season tipping the scales at a weight of 31’7 oz.
Max Cottis had yet another very good session this week, fishing for three nights he chose peg 12 as his home for the duration. This paid off as steady baiting with his ever faithful Mainline Cell proved successful and 9 fish in total fell to his rods. 5 thirties, at 31’12 oz, 35’9 oz (two tone), 33’6 oz, 31’14 oz, 31’8 oz. 3 twenties at 26’5 oz, 25’2 oz, and a 20’7 oz scaley mirror. He also had time to catch a 13’7 oz common. As you can see from the following pics most of the fish seemed to come out at night.
Max ventured up the top of the lake for his latest session choosing Peg 23 as the forecast suggested that this swim would be on the back of the wind! However, in true forecasting fashion, the NE became an Easterly and the fish were noticeable by their absence for the first 24 hours! The second night brought a change in the wind and with that, Max’s fortunes as he landed this scrapper Thirty at 30.01 quickly followed by a smaller resident of 20.03 – Mainline Cell as usual doing the business!
Max arrived bright and early on Tuesday the 2nd. The lake was a little flat and devoid of life or so it seemed at this time. Max ensconsed himself in swim 33. It was hard going for all on the lake at the time, but Max in his own inimitable style caught steadily over his 48hr session. He finished up with a total of seven fish.
Two doubles and 5 twenties weighing 21’11oz’s, 23’4oz’s, 24’4oz’s, 24’10oz’s, and 25’6oz’s
Max Cottis and his lovely wife Cheryl have been fishing from the lodge swim this week. Between them they have caught a number of fish including a fair sprinkling of thirties, the largest to date has been taken today with a 40lb 1oz Carp for Max.
Not to be outdone Cheryl has bagged herself a stunning scaley at a weight of 19lb 13 oz’s a truly gorgeous fish.