Three of our regulars on the lake this week and another great result :
50 Big Carp to 63lb
Marcus, son Tom, and dad/grandad Allan, all have been before and all had decided where they were going to fish; Allan in swim 6, Tom in swim 5, and Marcus in his usual spot, swim 4.
The weather conditions continued the same as they have been with little change until Thursday when we experienced the thunderstorm from hell, with torrential downpours which certainly changed the dynamics and resulted in a quiet Thursday for most, and very quiet Friday for everyone.
One lightening strike hit the house and blew up my modem resulting in no internet, no telephone, etc. My Friday was spent driving to St Junien to acquire a replacement modem and then having to install it. Lovely !
Marcus is most definitely the lead in this group and at times he was running around so much that he was almost fishing 3 swims. His cause was not helped as he had made some changes to his usual baiting strategy, one which he has tried and tested several times before.
On this occasion he had brought a lot of his own bait and introduced some different glugs and liquid boosters, none of which appeared to work terribly well, he has fished swim 4 many times before, and he knows exactly what to do, but this time he was going to have to wait until Monday for his first fish.
By this time he appreciated the error in his approach and quickly reverted back to his more familiar routine and the result was a massive improvement; 2 fish on Tuesday and a further 8 on Wednesday.
Unfortunately the storm on Thursday created a rapid drop in water temperature, especially in the shallower water of swim 4 and no sooner had he got the fish feeding than they were out of there and back to the deeper water in swims 5 and 6.
All in all it was a challenging week for Marcus, ordinarily he would expect to bank 30 fish or more himself but on this occasion, having dropped at least 6, he had to make do with a mere 11, with his best going to 52lb :
As a group the lads had brought 2 bait boats with them but on Saturday Tom managed to sink one, this had the obvious result of the group not always being able to fish where and when they wanted and they had to share the remaining boat.
Tom, who likes to be called Tommy is now now nick-named “Captain Tommy”. With a calm sea and a fair breeze he can still sink his boat, or in this case, someone else’s.
The boat was out toward the far bank of swim 5 when it started listing, then it started to go round in circles and then as it took on more water it started to sink. There was obviously a problem with one of the seals.
Captain Tommy could be heard shouting for help from our house and needless to say it was Marcus to the rescue.
Marcus dived in and swam out to the boat, unfortunately he arrived just as the boat was going down, despite dredging for the boat with grappling hooks and lead weights it was never to be seen again.
Maybe it will come ashore in the Winter when I drop the level for maintenance, if I find it I will have it mounted and called “HMS Tommy”.
Meanwhile, in amongst all of this excitement the fishing continued. Allan, on swim 6 started off nice and steady with his first fish in the early hours of Sunday morning, 2 more on Monday, another 2 on Tuesday, one more on Wednesday, he was on his way to securing a very respectable average catch.
But then the storm arrived on Thursday !!!!
As said, the fish all headed for the safety of the deep water and for Allan, Thursday was electric, and I don’t just mean with lightening. 10 fish in the middle of a thunderstorm !!!!!!!!!!
Now Allan could catch them but he no longer has the strength to pose with them for photographs so Marcus was up and down the bank all day doing the honours :
Allan ended up having a great session and he managed to find another 2 on Friday before packing away his kit and retiring early for a good night’s sleep up in the Gite.
18 big carp to 61lb sounds like a result to me !!
Now Captain Tommy had the best of all worlds sat nicely in the middle of all of this changing action, as the fish moved along in to swim 4 he held a few in swim 5, and as the fish stormed through up to swim 6 he still managed to keep a few in swim 5.
Tom hasn’t been fishing for years, in fact since he was last here, and he was pretty much taking his lead from his dad, but whatever he was doing worked and he takes the Top Rod award and the Big Fish award with an individual catch of 21 big carp to 63lb.
Just think, if the lads had not made adjustments to their baiting strategy, and not sank a bait boat, and not had to survive the storm from hell, and generally had a bit of good luck instead, I reckon they would have added several digits to their catch. As it is their final tally was :
Zero Babies, Zero Doubles, 1 @ 22lb, 4 @ 25lb, 4 @ 26lb, 1 @ 27lb, 1 @ 28lb, 5 @ 29lb, 1 @ 30lb, 3 @ 31lb, 4 @ 32lb, 2 @ 33lb, 2 @ 34lb, 1 @ 35lb, 2 @ 36lb, 1 @ 37lb, 2 @ 38lb, 2 @ 39lb, 1 @ 41lb, 1 @ 42lb, 2 @ 43lb, 1 @ 44lb, 1 @ 47lb, 1 @ 48lb, 2 @51lb, 1 @ 52lb, 1 @ 53lb, 1 @ 54lb, 1 @ 61lb, 1 @ 63lb.
The Lads are back for another session next October and hopefully all of the funny glugs and additives will be left at home, Allan will get in a bit of weight training and Captain Tommy will have attended a sailing course.
There will be another catch report next week so watch this space.