Bloody Nose Common
Posted: 19th Apr 2015
Well another week comes to a close and the weather has swung 180 degrees and we have been blessed with mid summer temps on the Wednesday. Topping out at 26oc in the shade, it's hard to believe the Wednesday before we still had frost on the cradles at 11.30am!!
The fish seemed to be still grouped up in winter mode and with this massive temp increase they will be shocked with not knowing if its Spring or spawning time, the fish are nowhere near ready and still need to "fill out" before they get frisky and give time for the eggs to mature, so a cooling of temps over the next 2-3 weeks is needed to be honest. Lots of fish in Peg 1 this week, middle of the lake seemed quiet and fish moving up to Peg 5 late in the afternoon.
Now the juicy bit, which has made all the difference. I keep saying this but the fish are wising-up now, its 9 years in the making so they don't just throw themsleves on the hook these days and you have to get them feeding. Stringers and pva bags will pick-up fish but if you want multiple captures you have to give them some feed and create competition. I'm still surprised how fast they are moving onto the bait, with Lee baiting with a good 1 kilo of boilies over each rod, resting the swim, rods going back out after dinner and having multiple pick-ups in under 2 hours which shows they are moving in almost instantly. There is no hard sell in this advice, I'm not trying to sell Sanctuary boilies at £12 per kilo, but you cannot expect fish of this size to sit in your swim all week if you put 30 boilies out, it's as simple as that.
Lee took 13 fish of the 32 fish total with the best going 50lb 8oz. Rob had to work hard with few fish in front of him in Peg 3, but he landed fish to 31lb+. Same with Ray in Peg 4 working hard for 8 fish with 4 being grassies to over 30lb+. Mike in Peg 5 had a good average weight, landing 6 fish with 4 of them being 37-38lb. Best was the 50lb 8oz, followed by a 43lb Mirror, 41lb Grassie, 13 fish over 30lb+ including 5 between 37-38.8lb 12 fish over 20lb+ with half being 27-28lb and 3 stockies.
Quite a few fish lost this week with hooklinks parting due to different issues, please take extra care when checking terminal tackle after fish, if in doubt strip some line off, change the rig because it's not worth it.
A good week, enjoyable company and not wanting to laugh but when that 38lb Common cracked Mike around the chops and gave him a nose bleed it was hard not to laugh, he was as hard as nails anyway!!LOL
Boilie and pellet scoring this week, but more the amount of bait and when it was applied was key to success.
See you next year chaps and some of you later this year for round 2!!, thanks once again for the Birthday BBQ, happy days.
Over & Out