Another fantastic session, 52 big carp to 58lb 10oz says it all.
Lee was here only 3 weeks ago with friends Ryan and James, they managed to catch 28 big carp to 50lb 10oz, they thought that was a great session, as it was.
Lee actually managed 8 of that catch with his best going to 50lb, so for this session he had set his sights a little higher and wanted to catch at least 10.
Supported by Chris and Martin the group target for the 3 of them was 30 fish, reasonably modest and quite achievable.
They have all been before so they knew the lay of the land and had already made the draw for swims; Lee on 4, Martin on 5, and Chris on 6. Lee was maximising the use of his bait boat and at times was fishing as far to his right as swim 2 so there was pressure being applied to the whole lake.
The weather has been perfect, nice and hot by day, 25-30C, and reasonably cool by night, 10-15C. We did have a couple of early morning blips when the temperature took a nose-dive because of the extremely clear sky, and we actually had a touch of frost one morning with a few light showers on another.
Other than that the hot summer continues unabated.
The Lads kept everything simple, no fancy rigs and no fancy baits, the fish were on it from the start and the only hiccup we had was Martin on swim 5, he struggled and by Tuesday afternoon he had only managed to find one fish.
On inquiry I found that he was fishing pop-ups as hook baits, the fish were obviously nose down in the silt and whichever natural they were on they were on the bottom and digging for it. I suggested that he change to bottom baits and sure enough he was straight in to fish.
Several new PBs later and 13 big carp to 57lb made Martin a very happy chappy, and who wouldn’t be with a couple of these in the bag :
Chris had a great session on swim 6, the fish were feeding everywhere he looked so he decided to play it safe, he adopted a fish-by-night routine, leaving his swim alone for the best part of each day so as not to disturb the fish.
It obviously paid off because he managed 17 gorgeous carp with his best going over 51lb. A lovely water shot :
Lee was having the session of a life-time on swim 4 and his new target of 10 fish was smashed not long after he started, he took the Top Rod award with 22 big carp and he also took the Big Fish award when he located Odin who weighed in at a very impressive 58lb 10oz. Another nice water shot :
Martin now knows what happens when a water shot does not go according to plan :
Chris and Martin decided that they had achieved all of their targets, and then some, so on Friday afternoon they called things quits and packed their kit away. 30 fish between the 2 of them was amazing.
Lee on the other hand had decided to battle on for the final night session, they had already amassed a total of 47 fish but Lee was convinced that they could make it a nice round 50 if he could keep things ticking over for one last bash.
I went down to the lake to pick him up at 9am on Saturday and he had only gone and managed another 5, most guys would be happy with that for the whole week let alone a Fridy night session.
Well done Lee.
Their final tally was :
Zero Babies, 1 untagged double at 18lb, 1 @ 21lb, 1 @ 22lb, 4 @ 24lb, 2 @ 25lb, 3 @ 26lb, 1 @ 27lb, 2 @ 29lb, 6 @ 30lb, 3 @ 31lb, 1 @ 32lb, 3 @ 33lb, 2 @ 34lb, 1 @ 35lb, 2 @ 36lb, 4 @ 37lb, 2 @ 38lb, 3 @ 39lb, 2 @ 40lb, 1 @ 44lb, 1 @ 45lb, 1 @ 47lb, 1 @ 51lb, 1 @ 53lb, 1 @ 54lb, 1 @ 57lb and 1 at 58lb 10oz.
The Lads will have to wait a while before they can get back on but Helen and I look forward to hosting them again in 2022.