19 Big Carp to 56lb 08oz
A great week for Alan and Kay from South Wales, considering they were only fishing office-hours then 19 big carp is an even better result than it looks, they dropped half a dozen as well so the headline could have easily read 25.
Once they had unpacked and settled in to the Gite we went for a tour of the lake, Alan had been paying close attention to my recent catch reports and he was keen to see where the fish were.
We found them easy enough, spread all over swims 5 and 6, and they were feasting away on naturals, it is that time of the year when they start packing on the pounds before the Winter sets in.
Alan was aware that the fish have been constantly on the move for the last couple of months, alternating between the deep water swims and the shallow water swims every few days, so he was quite prepared to move around should he need to, but he quite rightly made the decision to start-off in swim 5.
Unfortunately for Alan and Kay’s holiday, but fortunately for the fishing, the weather has changed dramatically this week. We have had rain almost every day and on occasion it has been heavy to torrential.
The unfortunate part was that Alan and Kay had to put up with the rain all week instead of sunbathing like everyone else has been doing this season.
But, the fortunate part was that the rain was sufficient to take the heat out of the shallow water swims and thereby kept the fish in front of Alan and Kay in the deep water on swim 5. Obviously no need to move with the fish.
Alan used a good baiting strategy and fished mainly house boilies and pellet, I think next time he comes he intends to reduce the amount of boilies to allow him to considerably increase the amount of pellet. Either way the combination worked and once again it resulted in some very nice fish.
Some stunning Commons going over 53lb :
And some stunning Mirrors going over 56lb
At this point I must point out that the bigger fish were actually caught by Kay, but all of my photos are of Alan because Alan is the Poser and Kay is the Photographer.
She did take a lot of photos but here is one of her playing a big carp :
And I must say that some of them were quite different, getting up close and personal with a couple of our deer is not the easiest thing to do :
These were munching on the lush grasses 20 feet behind swim 4.
If you are hoping for sunshine then it was a disappointing session weather-wise, but good fishing non the less, the final tally was :
Zero Babies, Zero Doubles, 3 @ 24lb, 1 @ 25lb, 1 @ 26lb, 2 @ 29lb, 1 @ 32lb, 1 @ 33lb, 3 @ 34lb, 1 @ 39lb, 2 @ 40lb, 1 @ 45lb, 1 @ 46lb, 1 @ 53lb, and one at 56lb 08oz.
We will see Alan and Kay again next year when we hope that Alan’s fine-tuned baiting strategy will pay off.
Coronavirus is continuing to impact on people’s ability and willingness to travel so it could be several weeks before we have another catch to report on so next weekend I might provide an update on the progress to the new shower block and maybe my cider making operation which is coming on in leaps and bounds, or should that be buckets and bottles !!
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