Posted: 2nd Jun 2013
Well what an absolute killer of a week, and the worst we have seen here at the fishery since we opened the doors 7 years ago. Sometimes you can analyze the lake and fishes behaviour until you tie your head in knots, but the top and bottom of this weeks results is the crazy weather we have been experiencing all winter/spring. We had a nice day on the Tuesday but not enough to counteract the massive drop in water temp. The cold rain has continued this week, combined with cold northly winds and night time temps of 4-5oc it feels like the first week of our season.
The fish were showing most of the week in Pegs 1,3,5 but refused to pick-up bait or eat anything, they had completely closed shop. With the water temp back down to 13oc and the fish being ready for spawning 3 weeks ago they don't know what the hell to do, and they are just waiting in a confused state after this weather scenario taking place upteen times so far this season.
Only the 1 fish landed by Rob in peg 3 of 43lb 12oz, and all the other 7 fish were bumped, each of the anglers had this happen when they would have a "take", pick the rod up only to feel the fish for 10 seconds and the hook would slip. They just were not feeding, and every now and again a fish would pick a bait up with little confidence, resulting in a light hooking on the edge of the mouth, causing the fish to shed the hook with ease.
I could not fault the lads this week, 2 regulars who come each season and the other chaps were new to the venue, which was a real shame. All spirts were kept high all week and not a single moan from any of them, they just took it like men, knowing conditions were to blame. If I could have swam out and put a fish on the hook myself I would have, but it was not meant to be this week. It does show how mother nature has the final say, because all the lads fished well and did not put a foot wrong making it even harder to swallow.
Apart from the lovely Mirror landed, the only other highlight was the Owl at the start of the week, so hopefully we have a better week coming.
Shellfish B5, Sticky Baits Krill, New Grange being used this week, not that it made any difference!!
2 of the lads are back in 12 weeks again to settle the score sheet!!!
We have 2 new lads on this week who have booked the place to themselves, so lets hope for a better result. The weather did change on Saturday, and with nice strong winds even though they are still cold, combined with a long range forcast of full sun, we just need some temp in the water to get them feeding again and get the spawning out of the way.
Back soon when things start to pick-up again, fingers crossed.