Posted: 21st Jun 2016
We have had two new chaps fishing the lake this week and it's been a funny old week after the floods but as the week wore-on I started to see signs of feeding fish and in numbers too, only down side was they were showing at the far end of the lake away from the chaps in pegs 1 & 2....sometimes you have to go to the fish are if you want to catch!!
The fish are showing signs of maybe spawning again with the young males being caught with spawning tubercles around the gill covers and behaving in a very aggressive manner and no doubt pumped full of testosterone! It was these fish that John seemed to be picking up in Peg 2 for the first half of the week, picking one fish off per night on his RH-Rod which told me what fish came wandering down to feed had approached from his right coming across this rod first. Michael was struggling in Peg 1 so after another evening of fish boshing in 5 and lots of bubbling to be seen late evening down that end the chaps decided to move on the Wednesday with John catching quickly. The move did pay off for both of them with a new pb of 40lb+ making up for the quiet period. The rain this week continued to cause issues being very heavy indeed at times and I can never remember a season like this for the last 10 years regarding the amount of rain without a break every week.
Regarding the title I thought it might be worth mentioning the chaps this week had an engine issue on the way down, with the car overheating but managing to make it here. Michael had taken out AA extra cover for the price of £100 which turned out to be the best £100 he will have spent this year!! The car was collected by a local garage, they thought it was a sensor issue but then diagnosied it as a headgasket leak on the thursday. A local taxi was sent to the fishery organised by the AA, it took the chaps to a hire company which was 2 hours away with the taxi bill being covered to the tune of 160+ euros.They then returned here with the hire car, collected all their fishing equipment and they set off home on the friday evening with a hotel being provided on route through the insurance.They drove home with the hire car which is then collected from the uk along with his own car being towed back to his house from France and all covered for £100. The bill will be between £2000-£3000 so it's worth mentioning if anyone is booked in and driving with any doubt their vehical is not in 100% order that extra cover is well worth the money with the customer service being nothing short of excellent, worth thinking about!!
The week ended with 9 fish, 3 over 40lb+ to 44lb but the total could have been far more. The new guys this week have landed 13 fish in the first 48hrs so let's hope a few more show this week.
On the wildlife front I'm hearing more Turtle Doves this year than ever before, plenty of Golden Oriole are flitting around the lakes along with the Shrike arriving to their breeding grounds once more. We also have Terns and Little Winged Plover nesting on the new islands on the 15 acre lake which is a first for the fishery!!
I'm working on the paths leading to the pegs at the moment on the 15 acre, grass seed has gone down on the new dam surface and the peg areas are all clearly marked out...all we need now is s dry spell to allow me to finish the work without it feeling like it's the battle of the Somme, but all in all it's shaping up very nicely.