Week Commencing: Sat 16/03/2019
The shoots are starting to appear on the trees and the grass is starting to grow. The Grebe’s are pairing up to mate and there are definitely undertones of Spring in the air. After a great start to the year, the visiting anglers in March were hopeful of some good results.
WC 2nd March
The only week of the year where we have had no anglers booked on the lake, so it would be up to the three bailiffs to hold the fort and try and pinch a couple of fish. Having the unaccustomed luxury of the pick of the swims, it was only fair that a draw was done. Never getting much chance to fish them; the popular Alamo, Alcatraz and Co’s were the three sought after swims, and to be fair, they all have the potential to do bites at any time of year.
Coming out ball one, Andy Savage went into the in-form Alcatraz. Fishing an area to the left of Stink at 28 wraps which had been kind to him previously. Bait for the week was all from the Mainline stable, a mixture of FYBER and Essential Cell with the addition of Buttercorn Goo, Mangonana Goo and a splash of Dooley’s. Chops, crumb and whole boilies were introduced at 3kg per day. He chose to start the week using solid PVA bags, and on Saturday night he had six bites; the best of which was an original named “Irie” at 28lb 8oz. The wind then picked up on Monday and the fish drifted away to the Alamo side, until Friday morning. A change of presentation to running COGs and a FYBER snowman yielded a bite on Friday morning from a much better fish. The “Buzzin’ Fish” tipping the scales round to 52lb 8oz (massively up in weight since it’s last capture) rounding off a great week.
Steve Bartlett fished round in The Alamo and didn’t have the fish on him at the start of the week. But when the fish activity stopped in Alcatraz, Steve started to pick a few off. He fished two different areas in the swim; two rods at 31 wraps and one at 15 wraps. The longer spot was baited with a mix of whole, chopped and crumbed FYBER with Essential Cell, mixed 50/50 with hemp and maize at a rate of 2-3kg per day. The shorter spot just got one 5kg hit of whole FYBER boilie and was left alone after that. It was the longer spot which started to yield fruit first, and Steve took five Stockie’s with the best one being Northern Tale at 30lb 8oz. The fish all fell for Pink Almond Goo Pop-Ups on Spinner Rigs. Up until this point, it had remained quiet on the short spot, but that was all about to change on Friday morning. Shortly after first light the rod melted off and Steve commenced battle stood in his pants (What he had been up to prior to the take we can only surmise)!! He was clearly attached to something in an entirely different league, and the fish kept surging off stripping line at will. After around ten minutes a massive scaley chunk surfaced which was soooo long. Andy slipped the net under it at the first time of asking, and lots of bewildered head shaking took place. What an unbelievable fish; it turned out to be “Rene’s” at a new biggest ever weight of 59lb 12oz.
James Jones fished in Co’s Point for the week and adopted a different approach to what is “the norm” in that swim. Instead of fishing out at long range he dropped back to 20 wraps and baited with a larger quantity of mainly whole boilie (FYBER and Essential Cell) mixed with particle 50/50. The bailiff team is always looking to try alternative approaches to see what the response is to different tactics, trying to stay one step ahead of the fish. James put out 5kg on Saturday and then 5kg again on Sunday, fishing Pop-Ups or Korda Slow Sinking IB maize over the top. After a few quiet days, a 2018 Stockie paid a visit, but the hoped-for super beasts avoided capture.
WC 16th March
The weather had been a little cooler, with Northerly winds keeping the temperatures down. The weather looked ok for the week ahead, but it didn’t appear that there was going to be a big increase. The fish had been laying low for the previous week, so it would be interesting to see how the week would pan out for the four anglers booked on.
Tennis Pro, John Pearce was back to try and settle the score after he was beaten in “straight sets” by the carp on his last visit! This time he fancied spending the week in The Alamo and set about fishing two rods out at 27 wraps towards the Beach and the other rod on the productive 15 wrap spot towards the kitchen roof. He put out 3kg of DT Baits N-Blend boilie to the 15 wrap spot and unbelievably enough was rewarded two hours later with a fast take, and after a spirited fight from his first Gigantica carp landed a belting Common known as “Bernard’s” at 47lb 12oz! Now that certainly evened up the score. What a great start to the week. Unfortunately for John, the fish drifted off and never returned during the week, but he has now scratched the itch, and got a nice fish under his belt.
Rowan “Mr Gigantica” Hill was on his first trip of the year and settled into Alcatraz. Initially he chose to fish two rods at 31 wraps towards Big Southerly and one on the hump at 23 wraps and not fish the recently productive 28 spot . He used chopped and crumbed Mainline FYBER with liquids and put out a couple of kilo on each spot to start with. It became quickly apparent that the fish activity in the swim was mainly coming over the previous week’s baited spot at 28 wraps, so Rowan switched a rod across there. The next morning he had a nice 24lb Mirror known as “Ying Yang”, so the switch paid off quickly. A further two Stockie’s came Rowan’s way during the week, but unfortunately, he didn’t manage to contact any of the bigger residents.
It has been a tricky couple of weeks, but the fish are still there to be caught, and are definitely feeding. We believe that the bigger fish are feeding in short spells each week, and it is a case of fishing confidently and effectively to maximise your chance when they come across your baited spot. We are back up to twelve anglers next week, so it will be interesting to see if there are any surprises in store......we think there will be!
Until next time....Bonne Peche