Bush Pig On The Loose
Posted: 30th Sep 2014
It's a late update so I will try and bring you up to speed with what's been happening over the last week, but before I do we need to settle the score about the Wildboar rumours that have been talked about of late!! Coming into Winter the Boar are on the move because of the intense shooting all over France, but seldom do you ever see one of the creatures because they are so frightened of human interaction. As you all know anglers love to embelish the truth and the friendly Hedgehog that pays most anglers a visit throughout the week can make more noise than you think, talks of Wildboar grunting around the bivviy, sticking their heads into boilie bags and devouring 3 kg in a night, only to be quashed when the lads stick their head torch on to find Miss Tiggywinkle sat in the entrance of the bivviy!! But this week on a couple of occasions Dan in Peg 5 and Giles in 1 had mentioned pig like sounds coming from the centre of the lake around Peg 3, groaning and snuffling like a pig with truffles but Joe seems to have no recollection of the sounds at all which seemed strange!!! All I know is the lads swore blind they could hear a pig and the only evidence I can find is an empty red wine bottle outside of Joe's bivviy entrance, well thats a mystery to be solved next time I guess!!
The lake has started to switch on at last, the weed has really started breaking up and dying back and this has changed the fishing dramatically!! The fish have also spread across the lake for the first time in 2 months and no longer seem to be holding up in Pegs 1 & 2 which is a good sign. Hundreds of 1" long crayfish are still in the weed which explains why they have been happy to feed on naturals this year, and some of the fish I have seen on the bank are coming back into lovely condition and starting to fill out. Giles, Joe & Dan gave it 100% this week and the effort did pay off for the lads despite the fish moving from one end to the other the lads reacted, helping to keep them on the move and feeding. The weather played a huge role with the first half of the week being glorious sunshine and fish coming out, midweek saw a massive change with heavy fog and very cold nights feeling like winter on the Tuesday morning and slowing the fishing down. Then towards the backend the sun shone again and Thursday was the best day of the week being blue sky and full sun with temps into the mid 20oc & we could all sense a change in the fish with them putting on a "Seaworld" show most nights and continuing through Thursday/Friday day time.
Best fish this week fell to Giles down in Peg 1, sneaky little trick paid off for him that will be left a secret but it did put a 44lb new pb into his net this week, fair play. He also managed to bag another fish of 40lb 8oz this week and Dan took 2 nice 20lb+ stockies on the first night in Peg 2 after they were bubbling like crazy on the Saturday when they arrived. Dan followed it up with a 36lb fish the following night but he had already heard them down in Peg 5 and made the move early doors. Joe in Peg 3 seemed to be picking fish up at set times on one particular rod out in the middle part of the lake but the better fish seemed to be holding back in no mans land in Front of Peg 4 just off his baited patches. Either way he was very consistant taking fish each day throughout the week and did get the fish feeding over the pellet and boilie in the end. Quite a lot of stockies this week which all seem to be around the 20lb mark give or take a little but either way encouraging signs for the rest of the season. Joe did manage a lovely dark grey 43lb Mirror this week that I have not seen all year, followed up with some nice mid/upper 30lb mirrors.Dan managed a 33lb 8oz mirror in Peg 5 followed by 4 low 20s but they where all over him. The lads finished on 21 fish on the bank, a couple of good fish lost but nothing major and all in all much more positive week.
Lots of signs right now of fish feeding and they are starting to move onto the bait for the new group that have arrived this week. Not to upset Giles, Joe,& Dan but the lads this week have dropped right onto them with Paul taking a brace of 40lb+ fish including a stunning common I have not seen since last year, one of Giles spot on the rushes in Peg 1, and his RHR over Dan's baited patch in Peg 2!!! Sneaky. Scott has lost a good fish at the net on the first night in Peg 3, but followed it up with a new pb of 43lb and a 38lb grassie. Shaun in Peg 4 has taken a mirror of 40lb 3oz from only 20 yards out from peg 4, and I have just photographed a stunning Peach/tangerine coloured mirror of 41lb for Paul this morning, same again 20 yards out between Pegs 1 & 2. The lads have had plenty more fish so far, at last it's starting to happen, lets keep it going!!!
Back soon with another small update in the next few days.
Over & Out