Posh Pens & Pellet
Posted: 17th May 2015
Well its been a stunning week of sunshine, with the hottest days of the year this week touching 32oc+ for a couple of days running!! The fish are really thinking of spawning now and its the main thing on their mind with eating being put on the back burner.
The carp spawned at the start of the week in the stream bordering the lakes, followed by the carp in the 15 acre lake kicking off midweek and thrashing the water to a foam. The carp moved in numbers down into Peg 5 late on Tuesday evening and I thought they were starting to group ready for the occasion, but for the 3rd time this season the temps have been adequate for them to start, but the weather has turned on its head knocking them off again. A storm came in midweek cooling things off massively, no rain which made a change, but temps dropped from the high of 32oc on wednesday down to 16oc the following day.
The fishing remained sporadic this week, being on and off for the boys but a few tweeks in the baiting pattern did bring almost instant results for John in Peg 3. My old mucker Andy in Peg 5 was spending more of his time designing his next ball point pen for NASA to make his 2nd million!!! instead of fishing and losing more fish this week due to not using hooks than I had hot dinners!
I got the feeling the fish were not really interested in feeding and beds of boilies was not the answer. I had a chat with John in Peg 3 about a tight baiting strategy combined with crushed boilies, pellet scolded in hot water and whole pellet to make almost a binding groundbait mix to offer plenty of attraction and lots of little food items, combined with a small balanced hookbait over the top which brought action within 30 minutes of trying the method. Once again I say this all the time but the fish see stacks of pellet each week, its not hard sell on our behalf with the Sanctuary pellet being the best we can source and cheap as chips, but it can make all the difference if introduced over the week.
First fish out was a 35lb mirror to John in Peg 3 on the Sunday morning, Kev had a small grassie on Monday followed by a lovely fully scaled stockie on Monday, another stockie to Andy in Peg 5 followed by John having a massive grassie in the night which he did not weight but estimated between 40lb-45lb. Wednesday was quiet with only a 20lb+ grassie again to Andy but the change in the baiting produced a 39lb8oz for John on the Thursday, John then lost one due to a line part followed by Andy in 5 fouling to hook a 41lb mirror and a couple more stockies to 22lb. Friday saw another 30lb+ to John on the pellet mix, Paul just managed a 27lb Grassie on the pellet mix in Peg 2 and a couple more fish lost to Andy. It was a strange week to be honest with lots of twitchy aborted takes, mostly the small stockies and grassies feeding, leaving the main bulk of the bigger fish in a quandry as what to do once again. The week fished with 14 landed, a good 10 fish lost, best being Johns 39lb 8oz mirror not including Andys 41lb which he wanted to claim for the kitty money, nice try buddy!! And the monster Grassie that was not weighed.
Once again it was a pleasure to have you guys here again, always a story to tell and a laugh along the way, next time Andy has talked about arriving in his helicoptor, just make sure you don't land on my good lady's lavender or you will be in big trouble buddy!!
We have a group of 4 regulars here again this week, weather looks set to be stable for the next few days, and a few signs of fish starting to get frisky yesterday in the margin so we shall see how it unfolds. Roly managed a 35lb+ mirror on the first night in Peg 1 followed by Richard taking a 31lb+ grassie also, so a couple of fish out so far which is good.
Plenty on the wildlife front at this time of the year, Red squirrel, Turtle dove, Hoopoe, Golden oriole, and a full family of Owls, so make sure to pack your binoculars if you enjoy your wildlife!!