When The North Wind Blows
Posted: 5th May 2016
Another week has passed with regular guys, Karl, Mark, Paul & Roger gracing the bank and it's been a not stop barrel of laughs all week, despite having icicles off the end of our noses most evenings! Talk about a tempeture drop with the wind swinging to the north, feeling like it was blowing straight from Antartica and giving us a low of -4oc midweek and a hard ground frost every night. The week before the roach started spawning in the margins and it was feeling like early summer....then the change this week really put the fish in a state of shock. Its easy to forget they're cold blooded, us as humans just have a meal or put an extra layer on to raise our body-temp, but fish are directly influenced by the environment so when the water temp nose dives it produces an instant negative effect on their metabolism and movements. The lads had to fish hard with both Karl & Roger catching upper 40s but Paul had his work cut out in Peg 4, so he moved into Peg 2 and saved the day towards the end of the week. Karl had to change tactics which brought about instant results in Peg 1 along with a first fish on the new baiting approach yeilding a stunning dark 47lb 10oz mirror. Mark seemed to pick odd fish up in peg 3 through only the dark hours but still managed a few good fish. Roger in peg 5 had the bulk of the fish in his swim but I cannot take away from him the way he tackled his weeks fishing and as you all know he still is one of my all time favorite carp anglers even at the ripe old age of 70....what a class act. With the largest falling to his rods at 48lb 8oz and 18 fish under his belt he had a fantastic weeks fishing. All in all considering the conditions the lads pulled the week back landing 31 fish with 6 over 40lb including 48lb, 47, 45. 11 fish over 30lb+ with 9 of them over 36lb-39lb so what 30s are not 40s they are very close to psuhing over the magic mark.....I dread to think how much of the stock will be over 40 towards the end of the season. 12x 20lb finished things off with 4 being 28-29lb, and 2 stockies of 19lb. well done chaps considering and once again it's always a pleasure having you here. The lads mentioned a fox doing the rounds at the moment down at the lake, he seems to be trotting along the path at night so keep your eyes peeled for the furry tailed sneek!!!!!!
The cold weather has rolled into this week until Tuesday but a warm wind has sprung up and the fish have once again started to move around with a few chunks on the bank yesterday.....but that can wait for the next blog.