The first week of this year’s season and not too bad a start, 51 fish between 3 anglers in 6 days.
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Three absolute gentlemen to start the season; Peter, David and Steven. The weather has not been the best for catching big carp, the temperature has been up and down like a Yo-Yo. Wednesday was particularly difficult, the morning temperature had dropped to minus -3C and the rods had stuck to the pods but by midday it was back up to plus 25C. The wind was blowing from every point on the compass and was changing in direction and strength by the hour. This was the theme for the whole week and consequently the fishing was effected.
The core temperature of the lake rose from 10C to 11C over the course of the week and once again it proved to be the case that the bigger fish were staying up in the deeper swims.
Steven, who did not arrive until very late on Sunday evening fished The Meadow swim for most of his week and was destined to catch nothing but smaller fish from the shallower water. But 16 fish is still a respectable result; 5 doubles at 17-18lb, 1 x 20, 1 x 23, 3 x 24, 1 x 25, 2 x 26, 1 x 27 and 2 x 28lb. All from the far bank margins with boilies fished over a bed of mixed particle.
David who has been to France a few times but always blanked had a very good session, doing his PB several times over. He fished Twin Oaks for the whole 6 days, again mainly in the far bank margins fishing boilies over mixed particle. 14 fish more than made up for his previous bad experiences and he ended his session with 2 x 20s, 1 x 22, 3 x 23s, 2 x 24s, 2 x 27s, 1 x 29, 2 x 32s and this very pretty common at 39lb
Top Rod of the week goes to Peter who elected to fish The Stumps, and the deeper water proved to be more productive. Using much the same tactics as the other 2 he produced most of his catch from the far margins resulting in 21 fish. His tally was 2 x 21s, 1 x 22, 3 x 23s, 2 x 24s, 1 x 26, 2 x 27s, 2 x 29s, 1 x 30, 3 x 32s, 1 x 36, 2 x 38s and the pic of his bunch at 39lb
The guys would all have loved to have banked a 40 or even a 50 but the big boys and girls were not showing at all, Peter was the more competitive of the 3 and was trying anything and everything to tempt a big one.
Well not to rub salt in a wound Peter but the 4 young guys from Liverpool who arrived on Saturday had the first 40 of the season in the early hours of this morning from swim number 5, The Stumps.
Sorry Peter, better luck next time.