Barry and Steve, with Tracy and Karen on the lake this week and I could simply write: “See my last report”. They had a virtual re-run of their last session here back in July 2017, they had 9 fish to 51lb on that session and they had 9 fish to 48lb on this one.
The eagle eyed among you may notice that this photograph is from their previous session as I do not have any photographs from this one.
The Summer has well and truly settled in and as usual the big carp are going to prove to be somewhat elusive until such time as things cool down again, atleast a little. They never stop feeding they just become OTT in their hunt for naturals, quite natural activity really as this is what keeps them alive, your boilies and pellet are simply a little tiny bonus.
It is a good job that I add a few youngsters into the mix every year, they are a bit fitter and leaner and they will continue to eat everything and anything, whereas the bigger carp are more stuck in their routine and make less of an effort.
I took Steve and Barry for their walk around the lake when they arrived on Saturday just to refresh their memories, there were a few fish in the shallows and an equal number up in the deeper swims so the guys elected for the centre swim, number 4, with Steve taking the left side fishing into swim 5 and Barry taking the right side and fishing out towards swim 3.
I must say at this point that they had hired a bait boat for this session complete with sonar, they were therefore only limited to where they could reach by the amount of line on their reels.
I took Stan and Murdock for their lunchtime walk on Sunday and Barry had recorded their one and only fish for the session so far, a perfect Mirror weighing in at 41lb. A good start, or so I thought.
But the guys spent all day sunday watching fish boshing out in swims 2 and 3 with no further action on the rods. They continued into Monday doing exactly the same thing, fish boshing out in the shallow swims, I must say that when The Boys and I walked by swims 1,2 and 3 there were fish everywhere and they were ripping the place to pieces.
It is always exciting when you see a shoal of big carp making such a mess, and as tempting as it is to go and have a go at them they are exceedingly difficult to entice with just one boilie on offer !!
After watching the activity for 2 days the guys could not resist the temptation any longer and decided to make the move, Barry took swim 3 and Steve took swim 2.
Unfortunately as the guys were setting-up the fish were on the move, and by Monday evening there was hardly a sign of a fish anywhere, by Tuesday the shallow swims were empty.
The fish do this as part of their routine, they are shoaling up tightly and they are moving fast and en-masse, a day or 2 in the shallows, then they spend a day or 2 searching the deeper water. They turn around and go through the same routine all over again, they know where the real food is and if they happen upon a few kios of boilies while en-route they will just suck them up as freebies.
By Wednesday the fish had scoured swim 4 and were moving up into swim 5, swim 6 was going to be next. The guys moved again, Barry into swim 6 and Steve into swim 5. Steve was in his element as swim 5 is notoriously hot and Steve does like his sunbathing.
This time their timing was better, by Wednesday evening Barry had found a 48 pounder and he was going to get the benefit of the fish hanging around for a day or 2, he had 3 on Thursday, and 2 more on Friday, but that was it, the fish were on the move again and by the time I took the next group for a walk around yesterday (Saturday) they were all back down in the shallows in front of swims 2 and 3.
I know people have a very romantic image of fishing for big carp in the french summer; lazy afternoons of chilling back enjoying good food, good wine, and 50 pounders by the cart-load. That is so far from the truth. It is hard work and you have to make twice the effort for less fish, in often very hot and uncomfortable conditions.
Given all of the difficulties, this week has been very typical of a hot summer session with a completely average catch. Their final tally was :
Zero Babies, 1 Double at 18lb, 1 @ 22lb, 1 @ 23lb, 1 @ 27lb, 1 @ 29lb, 1 @ 36lb, 2 @ 41lb, and 1 at 48lb.
The guys are fully aware of the difficulties of hot summer fishing but Steve does like his sun so it is something that they will have to contend with, the ladies enjoy a bit of a sunbathe as well.
We will probably not see them again as they do not normally fish the same venue twice, let alone 3 times, but where ever they end up next year we wish them luck.