Its all about the Spice!
Posted: 28th Apr 2016
Playing catch-up from last weeks catch report and it has been another blistering weeks fishing with a few new pbs for the chaps, 3 out of the 4 anglers caught upper 40s and this week the fishery produced the most number of 40s ever, with 15 fish over that mark including a 49, 48, 47, 4 x 46, 45, 44, so plenty of upper 40s growing on and more chance of a 40 than a 30lb now!!! 15 fish over 30lb+ including 3 x 39lb+, 3 x 38lb+ 37, 36. The total was 54 fish, not including the small stockies that Kev in Peg 1 had a few of!! including a 9lb 10oz tench!! so all in all it was a great weeks fishing indeed but most of the action came from both ends of the lake once again....I fear this won't last for long with the middle section coming alive over the coming weeks.
Stu moved from Peg 4 because he was struggling into Peg 5 and started catching multiple fish over the next 4 days, mostly the better fish too, so each morning it was another upper 40 added to his total. Kev in Peg 1 fished his socks off as he always does....he was catching from the off and was struggling to keep a rod in the water with his spicy bait.....but mid week I had the feeling they had cleared him-out and moved off looking for bait elsewhere. With a change of plan, increasing his baiting when they moved back down he then started to catch again towards the back end of the week. Lee & Ronnie in Pegs 2 & 3 had to work hard with the fish seeming to move into the centre in the dark hours....with a full moon making things difficult they had to contend with picking off the odd fish from the main shoal but they both had 40lb fish with Ronnie breaking his pb with a 47lb 8oz mirror.
Some absolutley stunning young scaleys came out this week along with the odd grassie to 44lb making it a very special weeks fishing.
As previous weeks this year the baiting and placement of bait is key to success!!
Another group of regulars are fishing this week but the weather has flipped onto its head with some of the coldest temps measured in this region for 20 years for the time of the season. We had a flash freeze last night down to -4oc leaving everything white.....combined with a biting northerly wind blowing through you it's obvious to see why the fish have slowed right down, it's a real shame because this time of the year is normally t-shirt and shorts but we cannot predict the weather I guess.
On the wildlife front things are livening up...Hoopoe have arrived, I heard the first Golden Oriole calling, Nightingale in droves, both Redstart & Black Redstart nesting along with everything inbetween! The trees are just bursting into life so in the next few weeks with a little more sun it will be looking absolutely beautiful....