Week Commencing: Sat 03/07/2021
A Moving Week….
Decisions decisions, with only 6 anglers on for the week 5 of which fishing the main lake for the first time the swim choice was just too much, let’s just say there was a few moves throughout the week lol With the carp showing all over the lake every swim was looking promising. Temperatures were forecast to be steady for the week being around the mid 20’s with the odd light shower thrown in to freshen things up a bit.
Friends Jake minor and Ellis Moysten starting the week doubled up in “The Alamo” but after 48hrs decided 25+ wraps was not their cuppa tea and a move was on the cards for them both to the other side of the lake Fishing at a more comfortable distance Ellis Moysten opted for “Bobs Beach” with Jake Minor dropping into “Baxter’s Hole”.
Ellis Moysten now fishing at a more comfortable range in “Bobs Beach” set about getting some bait out to the 20 wrap area initially starting with 7 kg of Link boilie mixed with hemp and maize, fishing a spinner rig with wafter as hook bait the traps were set. With fish showing in the area on the first night Ellis was hopeful of a bite or 2. Although no bites came on the first night the advice from the bailiff was to top up the area with 10-15 large spombs daily and the bites will come. This approach seemed to do the trick for Ellis and at 5am Thursday morning I got an excited call to say he has what he thinks is a 50 in the retainer. In the sling was an absolute cracker of a carp with big shoulders and deep brown in colour, a fish called “Baby weld” weighing in at 48lb 12oz, not bad for your first time fishing Gigantica and a new PB to boot for Ellis !!! At last a well-deserved fish for the work he had put in .With confidence now high going into Thursday evening Ellis mirrored his baiting approach and was again rewarded with another fish at 2am on Friday morning, 24lb 8oz mirror called the “Clap” and another just before midnight called “Apostrophe” weighing in at 29lb on the nose.
Jake Minor now settled in “Baxter’s Hole” for the remainder of the week began his baiting approach pretty much the Same as neighbour Ellis with a good 5kg of mainline link mixed with maize and hemp fishing at 20 wraps towards stink with 2 rods and his 3rd rod fished to the right margin at 7 wraps. With fish clearly in the area it was only a matter of time, Jake continued to bait 20 wrap spot daily with 3kg to build the area ready for when the fish turn up. Unfortunately, Jake lost a couple of fish Thursday and Friday due to hook pulls, but on the bright side the fish were feeding on the 20 wrap spot so looking good for the last night. 5am Saturday a message from Jake saying “one in the net mate” but before I could get round to Jake the estimated 40+ had somehow managed to escape the net. Now that’s just bad bad luck and we all felt your pain mate.
Darko llic chose to fish “Alcatraz” having fished Gigantica before Darko wasted no time finding a clean area at 28 wraps towards the wonky tree and applying a good amount of bait to the area. Spombing approximately 8kg of mainline Link, maize, pellet and hemp mix Saturday evening fishing white pop up on a spinner rig. It didn’t take long for the bites to come, first fish
being a cracking common weighing 29lb at 9am Sunday followed by another 22lb common later in afternoon and a stunning 24lb mirror called “Bel Bambino” Sunday night. Topping up with 6 spombs after each capture the bites continued through the night, An excited call came just past midnight “ Dean I need your help ! I have a chunk in the net ! “ a few more spombs sent out to the spot and the rod reset. Now, Let’s see what’s in sling, “Alcatraz” from Alcatraz weighing in at a whopping 57lb !!! A few more fish followed ( I say a few, it was actually 4 more lol ). After a total of 11 fish the action slowed up and with a tench in the net and only a bream on Thursday Darko decided it was time for a move to the other side of the lake and dropped into the vacant Alamo, fishing 27wraps towards the big tree Darko landed 2 fish from Alamo with the biggest being a 28lb common. Well done Darko a great week and some solid angling.
Ben Shields chose to fish “Big Southerly” but after 2 nights just wasn’t feeling it so made the move to Tree Line, Ben again wasn’t feeling it in tree line so on the 2nd night in the hours of darkness Ben moved again. On my breakfast delivery I found Ben set up in “Co’s point” where he stayed for the remainder of the week fishing at 26 wraps towards the tits initially baiting up with 6kg of Mainline Link and maize and again in the afternoons with 4kg. Ben’s first fish came Wednesday afternoon, an original mirror called “Ray” weighing 37lb 4oz a new PB for Ben so obviously the bucket was on the cards and lovingly done by Jake & Zack. Another original shortly followed “Brother of Pecs” at 35lb . The next day around the same time the bites started again with another original fish called “Irie” at 31lb. The second bite of the day was a bit special “The Snags Linear” weighing in at 51lb 12oz, so water shots and a bucket required this time for Ben with his 2nd PB of the trip. This was Ben’s last fish for the week but what a fish to finish on!!
Well done Ben the moves paid off in the end.
Zack Rowan chose to fish “Scotties”, fishing 2 rods towards the weed bed and 1 to the left margin. Using a mix of Mainline Link, pellet, maize and hemp Zack baited the weed bed with 4kg and fished a matching wafter on a simple hair rig. First bite came early hours Sunday morning by way of a 30lb common and then a 19lb mirrror just after Zack had tucked into his breakfast roll. Zack released the fish straight after captures so no photos were taken of these fish. Come on Zack !! Your first gigantica carp and no pics lol. With the action seemingly ending abruptly Zack made a move to the now empty swim next door “Big southerly”. Fishing 2 rods 14 wraps towards the marker pole and the 3rd to the right margin Zack baited the marker pole with 5kg hemp and maize with a few boilies and 2kg on the right-hand margin rod. A couple of bites came from the 14wrap margin rod but unfortunately lost to hook pulls. Zack did manage one more fish for week with a 13lb stockie which he named “Snapper”
Ben Mcglone chose to fish “Oblivion” a swim that Ben had his heart set on from the start, it was soon apparent Ben was fishing out of his comfort zone. After a chat and on the advice of the bailiff Ben settled on fishing “Stock pond” a swim much better suited his style of angling. Ben now set up in stock pond, baiting up with 5kg of mainline link and maize mix from the margin. With bait out on the spots and fishing spinner rigs with ss maize hook baits it was just a matter of time before a carp was to grace Ben’s landing net. Wednesday morning Ben’s first take came, and a long battle was on, unfortunately the fish was lost due to a hook pull close to the bank. Ben had another chance the following morning and this time won the battle and had his first gigantica carp safely in the net, a stunning mirror called “The Kobra” weighing 24lb. Ben decided he was going to have another move for the last night and fish “Big Girls” as there had been fish showing there for a couple of days. The move paid off and Ben had 2 stockies Friday evening, a stunning 23lb mirror named “Kenny” and another named “All upfront” weighing 22lb 8oz. Well done Ben good move.
By the end of the week a total of 30 fish landed, a few lost and a couple of PBs Smashed and England through to the final so all in all a great week lads, look forward to seeing you all again in the future.
Stay safe, Be good & Wet nets. Dean