A fantastic holiday for Angie and Barry Cottrell this week with 9 big carp to 57lb. An average weight of over 35lb with his smallest being 26lb
Barry shattered his PB on several occasions throughout the week, and Angie, who never fishes, had little choice other than to help out when Barry had a double take on Wednesday. Barry was doing battle with a lovely 44lb Mirror when his second rod screamed off, that resulted in Angie’s first big carp and an initial PB for her of 33lb, well done Angie.
The weather has continued with it’s changeover to Autumn, daylight hours are slipping away, mornings are definitely getting a touch chilly and regular showers are routinely breaking up the warm sunny afternoons, but, the lake is still lovely and warm, the bloodworm beds are still active, and the fish are in to their pre-winter feed up.
Barry was only intending to fish days, and casual days at that, he did say that he only ever saw 8.30am once throughout the week. The second time was Saturday morning when they needed to be on the road by 6am.
He started his session on Sunday on swim 4 and it started very slowly, he spent a lot of time watching the action to his left in swim 6 and to his right in swims 2 and 3. His patience was rewarded though when his first and only fish from swim 4 pushed the scales around to 57lb.
To say that he was VERY VERY VERY HAPPY would still have been the understatement of the week !!!!
The fish were fizzing away everywhere in swims 5 and 6, central lake, quite obviously feeding away in the silt. Barry couldn’t resist the potential of more action so he made the decision to move up to swim 6.
Unfortunately it turned out to be the wrong decision and the fish were having none of it, he could not get them away from the naturals. He did try for a couple of days though and at the same time the fish activity continued in swims 2 and 3 with fish boshing out on a regular basis.
By Wednesday morning he was set up in swim 2 and finally he had found the fish !!!
4 fish in 4 hours with a 53, a 41, Angie’s 33 and then ending the session with a 44 pounder. Happy days.
I did say to Barry that they might not be there again in the morning as you do have to feed them plenty to get them to stay in one place. He loaded up with a pile of bait and luckily when he got down to the lake on Thursday they were still around and he had another 4 fish session.
But by Friday they were on the move in to swims 3 and 4 and that was it for the week.
Barry persisted just in case and sat there enjoying the quiet and the surroundings, and Angie was sat out enjoying the afternoon sun. Happy days again.
Their final tally was:
Zero Babies, Zero Doubles, 2 @ 26lb, 1 @ 33lb, 1 @ 35lb, 1 @ 38lb, 1 @ 41lb, 1 @ 44lb, 1 @ 53lb and Barry’s new PB at 57lb.
You are going to have to go some to beat that Barry.
A lovely couple and a pleasure to have around the place, Helen and I are looking forward to hosting them again next year when they will be back for another go, hopefully Angie will be up for having a proper go and catching her second Big Carp.
PS. Sorry about the gas !!