Week Commencing: Sat 08/08/2015
Twelve months have past already and the return of the Danny Grace party was imminent. A week we look forward to all year with a cracking bunch of Lads who are always up for a good time, what ever the weather.
A much welcome brake in the weather greeted the lads Saturday afternoon a strong westerly wind, overcast conditions as well as the odd heavy down poor certainly seemed to welcome by the carp as they gave a quiet an impressive display just as the lads arrived. A total contrast to the previous 6 weeks or so and a very welcome drop in the temperature.
It was no surprise that Danny himself was first off the mark as on Sunday morning a take at around 2am resulted in a scaly mirror weighing 21lb10oz, a nice start and nice to be off the mark so early. Dan was fishing at 25RL out of The Alamo swim where he had doubled up with his mate Matt. A Banoffee wafter mounted on an IQ D rig of around 8 inches long was Dan’s rig and hookbait of choice a combination that has served him well on previous trips. Between them Dan and Matt introduced 5kg of Boilies per day spread across 4 rods. Later that morning Matt had a take but unfortunately lost it due to the lead not coming off on the take.
Next off the Mark was Tom In Co’s at around 10am on the Monday morning his middle rod was away. After a hard spirited battle he managed to net a 34lb mirror a truly awesome looking carp and one that would be welcome in anyone’s net. Tom was fishing at 29RL towards the ‘bald spot’ and baited up with a mixture of Hybrid and Activ-8 boilies, 8kg per day in fact spread across all 3 rods. Tom fished small 12mm pop-ups on all rods in a combination of different colours with pink being to irresistible on this occasion.
Back over in The Alamo, Danny Grace wasted no time as he was into his second fish of the week this time a much bigger Gigantica resident was his prize. An awesome looking mirror that goes by the name of Pips. After droping down to 51lbs after spawning it was nice to see she had started to put the weight back on and was pleasing when the scales settled on 56lb 8oz, again on the deadly IQ D rig and Banoffe wafter combination.
By Wednesday the temperatures started to rise a little and the sun was shinning. Lenny who was fishing in Baxter’s found some carp hiding in the sanctuary of the snags in The Tree Line so decided on a move and a great place to look if it is hot as they love the shade and shelter of the overhanging branches and the snaggy margins.
Wednesday afternoon and Tom in Co’s was also into his second fish of the week another mirror but this time weighing 30lb 8oz and again the 28RL spot on the pink pop-up. If that wasn’t enough in quick concession his third fish was also landed and again another mirror this time 31lb and again on the pink.
On Thursday the move for Lenny had paid off as a take off the edge of the fallen tree at 21RL resulted in a scaly 24lb mirror. Lenny baited with a small handful of tigers and fished a double tiger nut hookbait over the top.
As the temperatures continued to clime and temperatures of 39 degrees where recorded more and more of the Gigantica residence could be seen under the cover of the margins looking for the shade and so did the anglers as they retreated under the lodge for a ice cream and a cold beer. After dinner Lenny was quickly into his second fish of the trip as he landed the old worrier called Black Eye and at 31lb she’s still going strong and is becoming well known for he old distinct looks. Again on a double tiger nut hookbait over a small handful of freebies.
A change of fortune is just around the corner with the weather set to be much cooler next week and a lake exclusive for Neil Spooner and his mates they may have timed it just right.
See you all soon