Posted: 21st Sep 2015
Well it's getting better and better this season with another fantastic weeks fishing for the 3 chaps. This week we had regulars Ray & Steve again, along with the young wipper snapper "Wayne". Ray opted for Peg 1, Steve in Peg 5 & Wayne taking the middle in Peg 3, big mistake!!! The chaps either side of him had the poor lad running backwards and forwards like a lap-dog, & he must have run a marathon last week with all the fish the boys caught. Nothing complicated this week other than a good quality bait that was applied little and often and kept tight (around 20kg of boilies each) good quality wide gape hooks to minimize hook-pulls, and most of the fish came from open water around 3/4 of the way to the far bank. The fish came thick and fast each day with nearly all Ray & Steve's fish being caught in daylight hours, and Wayne's in the night which gave us a clear idea how the fish were moving around the lake over a 24hr period. A couple of fish worth mentioning this week are the largest of the week at 51lb+ for Ray, this fish has not been seen since the start of our season in April, so just goes to show that the big girls can stay out of the way if need be. The second fish is the most stunning long male that Steve caught at 40lb. This fish is normally around 43lb but was trailing a rig, which had made a bad cut on one side of the mouth. I would just like to stress why I always say that ever fish counts, and you should all be checking knots and mainline after each fish, if in doubt strip a little line off the reel and re-tie the rig if need be. Minimising line breakage for me is absolutely imperative to prevent unecessary stress on a fish that is trailing, and to prevent mouth damage. We all want to catch perfect Carp, but we have an obligation to fish in a sensible manner and look after each fish when it's in your hands for the next man to enjoy. Same again it's obvious but all fish should be lifted out of the water with the net inside the retaining sling, and not just the landing net, making sure all fins are flat to the body because those large pectorals will snap if folded back on themselves.
The fishery seems to have turned a corner this season and I predict greater things to come in 2016, so I want to make sure all anglers new or old are looking after the stock as if it was their own.
The Chaps landed 59 fish last week but 20 were young stockies under 20lb that I will not count in the tally. So 39 "proper" carp with the 51lb being the largest, 13 fish over 40lb+ with Steve taking 7 himself, including a 48,47,46lb+. Now that's just numbers I know, but think about it, that's the best part of 2 x 40lb+ fish everyday last week and its only a 7 acre lake. The start of next year will be special with so many fish over the 40lb weight we should be seeing around a dozen of that size on the bank each week, which takes some beating for a small piece of water. It was a very even split this week with 12 fish over 30lb+ to 39lb and 13 fish over 20lb+ to 29lb+. I think the chaps had one small grassie last week but they have started to quieten down now the season is wearing on and its geting a little chilly.
Once again it was a pleasure to see you again boys, and thank god Steve didn't steal your glory Ray with the largest fish, even though he still had to get-in on the picture!!!
We have 3 guys on this week but we have seen a big change in the weather with a high pressure front moving in, giving way to clear blue skies and cold misty mornings, so the fishing maybe a little slower this week.