Three Harrys from Essex on the lake this week and it turned in to their trip of a lifetime, 60 big carp to 60lb, what lovely round numbers.
Good friends Harry, Harry and Harry, otherwise known as Darren, Adam and Dave booked this holiday 2 years ago and having been disappointed by previous ventures in to France they were looking for something special. They wanted a lake exclusive venue and they would have been content with just a few nice fish, they all had their own targets set and their own PBs to beat but I think that 10 fish a piece with some nice 30s and 40s, and a chance of a 50, would have made their holiday.
Dave’s 50th birthday was the excuse to push the boat out and their session started with a great treat, literally hundreds of fish to look at and to get them all excited. As with all guests, particularly those here on their first visit, I took them for the full guided tour.
Those of you who have been before will know how the trip around the lake goes, I always start at the shallow end, walking along the far bank to the deep end, along the dam and then along the fishing bank back to the shallow end, explaining all of the features of the lake along the way.
When the guys arrived last Saturday afternoon the weather was glorious and we started our tour along the far bank opposite swim 1, Brian’s Bay. The shallow bay was alive with big carp just ripping up the blood worm beds, it does not happen very often but when it does it truly is a sight to behold. No more than 3 feet deep and there were fish everywhere, the water had been turned in to something that resembled molten dairy milk chocolate, lovely !!
As we continued along the far bank past swims 2, 3 and 4 there were fish to be seen everywhere and there were big bow-waves pushing out from the margins as we were disturbing fish. But as we turned in to the the main basin of the lake opposite swims 5 and 6 the excitement peaked, there were just too many fish to count and they were thoroughly enjoying an afternoon in the sun.
I did say to the Harrys : “it is always nice to see em but you ain’t gonna catch em”. At least not during the afternoon when the sun is high. And guess what the weather has been like ? Yes, hot, hot and hot.
The fish have been sunbathing every afternoon and on top of that they are still spawning so the law of averages was stacking up against the guys having a half-right week let alone a really good week. The other issue was naturals, the lake is alive at the moment with natural food supplies.
The fish were everywhere and the guys really were stuck for choice, which swims to fish, eventually they settled for swims 3 and 4.
Darren had recently suffered a broken arm so he was going to struggle fishing by himself so he paired up with Adam in swim 3 and Dave set up shop by himself in swim 4.
The guys are all quite competent carpers and they knew that they were up against all sorts of obstacles, and to compete against the supply of naturals they elected for a heavy baiting strategy, little and very often from the off just to ensure that the fish were going to take their bait seriously.
Even so it took a while to get the fish interested, Adam was in to the first fish of the session by 9pm on Saturday evening, Dave was in to his first fish on Sunday evening, but Darren had to wait until the early hours of Monday morning. Once they had got the fish interested they kept that bait going in and the fish continued to hang around, the end result was a superb session.
Darren shattered his PB but still brought up the rear with a modest 13 fish, thankfully that was offset with him catching some of the bigger carp and most definitely the biggest carp of the week.
Adam also smashed his PB and managed to locate 19 lovely big carp and although he did not take the Big Carp award nor the Top Rod award he was still a very happy Harry with his best going to 48lb 04oz:
Dave was in some ways the easiest to please because he smashed his PB with his very first fish and that was only a 29lb Mirror, he continued to set a new PB with almost every fish he caught and he just kept catching. If I remember right his PB was 19lb or thereabouts, now it is 51lb 10oz. He goes home with the Top Rod award for an amazing tally of 28 lovely big carp:
The boys are going to have to pick a good venue for their next trip to top that.
Their final tally was :
Zero Babies, 2 Doubles at 18lb and 19lb, 2 @ 21lb, 1 @ 22lb, 2 @ 23lb, 5 @ 24lb, 1 @ 25lb, 2 @ 26lb, 4 @ 27lb, 3 @ 28lb, 5 @ 29lb, 2 @ 30lb, 7 @ 31lb, 2 @ 32lb, 5 @ 33lb, 3 @ 34lb, 4 @ 37lb, 1 @ 38lb, 1 @ 39lb, 1 @ 40lb, 1 @ 45lb, 1 @ 47lb, 2 @ 48lb, 1 @ 51lb, 1 @ 56lb and 1 at 60lb 08oz.
We won’t see the Harrys again for a few years but they are already planning a return trip, they just need another good excuse to push the boat out, either Darren’s or Adam’s 40th birthday was mentioned as an option.
Three very pleasant lads and we are already looking forward to their next visit, but I think for now this says it all:
I will not be doing a catch report next week as we are closed, Helen is back in the UK visiting family and the fish are having their first break of the season. However, watch this spot, I am sure to find something that needs to be reported.