Week Commencing: Sat 12/10/2019
WC 12th October 2019
The Sparrow has landed!
The trees have turned their leaves into the most amazing reds, yellows and golds......Autumn is definitely here. We had a lake exclusive booking this week a mix of anglers who had fished the lake before and first timers. The weather forecast looked brilliant for the week, with Southerly and South Westerly winds, low pressure and fairly warm temperatures. On paper it ticked all the carp fishing bible weather conditions for catching loads of fish. Time would tell whether that would be the case.
Andy Sparrow picked Stink at the draw and decided to start off with two rods at 27 wraps towards Baxter’s and one at 15 wraps towards the corner of Treeline. He was using chopped and crumbed Baitworks Royal Marine mixed with pellet and maize, and started off with 10kg split between the two spots. Disaster struck on Sunday morning when after a long fight with what felt like a good fish, he suffered a hook-pull. He took it well, “got back on the horse” and put the rods back out. Just after first light on Tuesday morning he got another chance when his Yellow Pineapple Scent From Hell Pop-Up was picked up and this time made no mistakes. His reward was the “Buzzin’ Fish” at a new biggest weight of 56lb 8oz.
Dan Stroud couldn’t decide between Big Southerly or Beach, but eventually chose the Beach (the fact that the Immaculate came out of there at 87lb 8oz the previous week might have helped!). He went out to 25 wraps towards The Alamo with all three rods and baited up with 6kg of Mainline Link mixed with pellet and fished Link Wafters on Spinner rigs over the top. It took longer than expected to get his first bite, but on Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning he landed himself a nice brace of thirties. He topped the bait back up and had another fish on Tuesday evening before they appeared to drift back out to the central area of the lake.
Gary Edwards was in Co’s Point and chose to fish the productive 27.5 wrap area towards the “Tits”. After a quiet first night where he baited fairly lightly, he upped the anti on Sunday and put out 7kg of DNA S7 and Royal Marine mixed with pellet. This had the desired effect, and on Sunday night he had two bites resulting in a brace of twenties. The following day he increased the bait quantity to twelve kilo and it appeared that it may have been too much, as it took 24hrs before the next bite came. Gary reduced the quantity back down to 5kg and picked up another fish on Friday night, ending the week with four fish. All the fish came to Pop-Ups on Spinner rigs; either Scent From Hell Pineapples or Citrus.
Steve Bartlett fancied a crack at The Alamo and chose the right-hand side, fishing all three rods at 29 wraps towards the Beach. He chose to bait up with 5kg of pellet and maize to start with, and despite plenty of activity in the evenings, a frustrating couple of nights ensued. Cutting the maize out and going to just pellet yielded his first bite on Tuesday evening, which was from one of the stunning scaley new fish known as “Ripper”. The fish came to a Mainline Link Wafter fished on Spinner rigs with running COG leads. He finished the week with another scaley cracker known as “Apostrophe” on Thursday evening.
Jeremi Gualandri was on his third trip, and the fish had managed to avoid him on his previous two trips. Keen to make up for it, he got stuck straight in at Oblivion. Fishing 26 wraps towards the big tree left of Beach, he put all three rods out to the area and baited with Mainline Link and maize. A few fish could be seen in the area, but nothing occurred on the bite front. On Tuesday he switched over to introducing pellet and this had the desired effect as he finally landed himself a fish. His White Link Wafter was picked up by a cracking 26lb Common.
There were fourteen fish landed altogether, and a few of the lads did struggle to get to grips with the fishing, but have learnt a lot, which they can put in place on their next trip. It was good to catch up with some of the old work party lads, and an enjoyable week was had by all.
WC 19th October 2019
Frank the Tank certainly has some nice lips!
It was the annual Danish trip once again, which is always a great week. Over the years, the lads have shown an uncanny knack of landing fish which haven’t seen the bank for some time. They always fish with just boilie, usually 18-22mm DT Baits N-Blend and don’t normally fish the regular areas. What would the week have in stall for them.....
Anders “Frank the Tank” Frenk fished the left-hand side of Alamo. He has always preferred to fish at long range, so the Alamo suits his style perfectly. After a lead around he chose to fish three different distances, namely, 25 wraps, 31 wraps and 37 wraps. He baited with N-Blend over each spot and fished with matching Wafter’s on Combi-Rigs. At 1am on Sunday morning he got a bite off the 37 wrap spot and got underway with a 27lb Common, which gave him confidence that the new area could do a few fish. Monday night and his next chance came from the 25 wrap spot, but this time the result was far more spectacular. When he netted the massive Common, Andy the Bailiff was duly summoned and he had no idea what fish it was. Certainly not one of the known 50’s or 60’s. The needle on the scales flew round to a whopping 67lb and there was much rejoicing from the assembled crowd. The fish was finally ID’d as the being the “Lippy Common” which hadn’t been caught for over three years......what an amazing capture! Things went a bit quiet for a few days before Anders had a 28lb Mirror on Friday evening.
Nikolas Olesen was next door in The Stink and fished at 27 wraps towards Baxter’s, which has been doing the business lately. The first 24hrs were quiet, before he got underway with one of the new fish from 2018 on Sunday night. He baited up with frozen N-Blend boilies to a marker with the throwing stick. He introduced 5kg per day and on Tuesday had a brilliant result when he landed a new PB in the shape of “Pip’s” at 67lb 8oz, and backed it up with the “Slate Grey” at a top weight of 51lb. Nikolas finished the week with a creditable four fish. He fished standard N-Blend bottom baits on Combi-Rigs.
Kenneth “The Chef” Oppermann chose Big Southerly, a swim which suited his style of fishing. He split the rods up, fishing two out at 25 wraps and one to the left hand marker pole. He baited up with 5kg of Vital Baits Nutty Crunch and fished matching Wafter’s over the top. After two quiet nights, a few fish moved into the area on Monday morning and the close in rod to the marker pole bust off. Kenneth was on it quickly to keep the fish from the snag and in fairly short order landed himself a cracking 52lb Mirror known as “3 Scales”. The fish had been missing for two and a half years and was last caught in May 2017 at 41lb. It’s good to see the old originals still growing on well.
Martin Skov was in Bob’s Beach for the week and decided to fish the productive area at 25 wraps towards Alamo which had been doing the fish recently. Like nearly all the other lads, he was on DT Baits N-Blend, mixing 18mm and 22mm baits, which he introduced with the Spomb. Martin got underway on Monday with a mid-twenty and then another rarely caught mirror known as “Two Scales” at 42lb. Just as it looked like he was going to smack ‘em, the fish appeared to drift off the spot, and he experienced a few quiet days, before picking up a couple of thirties towards the end of the week. Martin used the German Rig and Hybrid Lead Clips to land all of his four fish catch.
Peder Lichtenberg came out last in the draw and instead of fishing one of the available corner swims, (the Danish boys don’t like being put in a corner!) he doubled up with Anders in the Alamo. Peder fished on the right and initially started out at 32 wraps. After getting attention from some crays from the nearby weed bed, he dropped back to 29. He introduced 10kg of DT N-Blend for the first three days, then cut back as the bites weren’t happening for him. Out of the blue on Tuesday afternoon he picked up a mid twenty mirror. The reduction in bait definitely worked and on Friday he chose not to put out any bait at all. Just after 8pm he received a steady take and landed himself a cracking mirror known as “The Punisher” at 48lb. Both the bites came to N-Blend Wafters fished on German Rigs.
Lasse Christiansen had the chance to fish in Co’s Point and was keen as mustard to break his Gigantica duck. He went out to the 27.5 wrap spot towards the “Tits” and baited up with 5kg of Vital Baits Nutty Crunch. On Saturday evening he was straight into his first fish and in fairly short order had a pretty original known as “Minus Seven” at 27lb 12oz. He then got settled and was fishing well and confident. He fished Nutty Crunch Wafters on KD Rigs over the top and during the week landed another two twenties.
Thomas O’Malley Moller was in Baxter’s for the week and chose to fish at 23 wraps towards the Stink. He baited with 5 kg of DT Baits N-Blend every day and fished Combi-Rigs with matching Wafters over the top. Thomas was hearing fish most evenings, but they appeared to showing more between him and the Beach next door. It took until Thursday night before they finally turned up on the bait, but when they did, he managed to land himself a lovely thirty pound Mirror.
The Danish trip is always one of the highlights of the year for the Gigantica staff. They are such a great bunch of lads who all get on, and fish collectively as a team. On Thursday we had the annual Cheese Wine and Crayfish evening. Andy the Bailiff knocked up a nice Crayfish Mariniere with plenty of crusty bread, which went down a treat. Mike Isted (of Booking Office fame) was out for the week, and the boys took great delight in getting him to sample some of the liqueurs they had brought. Safe to say, Mike is rubbish and stuck to his Kronenborg! They plan to get him properly next year......watch out Mike.
The week ended with eighteen fish caught to 67lb 8oz, including the highly impressive capture of the “Lippy Common”. What a bruiser of a fish that one is.
Until Next Time
Tight Lines and Bonne Peche