I think it's a Twenty?
Posted: 1st Jun 2014
Well what a cracking weeks fishing the chaps have just had, considering the fish had continued a little with the spawning and normally there is a lull afterwards, as the fish try and regain some strength after thrashing the lake water to a foam!!
We had two lots of two fishing this week, of which father & son (John & Rich) only fished from 09.00am in the morning till around 21.30pm, opting to stay in our friends Gite each night. This turned out to be more of a positive than negative which I will explain below.
Because Pegs 4 & 5 had no lines in the water thoughout the night it seemed to give the fish confidence feeding, combined with Rich baiting up just before leaving late evening time, he seemed to catch fish quite quickly after arriving the following morning!! For a couple of days running Rich took 5 fish in the daytime and both him & Dad took fish of 44lb+ over the week. It just highlights once again about baiting accurately and building the swim with bait over the week if multiple fish are to be caught.
Two of our regular lads (Billy & Lee) fished Pegs 1 & 3 and both caught each day throughout the week and some lovely fish too. The odd large female could be seen being hounded by the smaller males to the left of Peg 3 again, & apart from the massive Female I saw on Saturday milling over the top of a small weedbed in Peg 5 that looked very heavily laden with spawn, all the other fish on the bank this week are completely empty. This year has been the most successful spawning we have seen at the fishery, not just for the speed it which they completed the job inhand, but also to see 90% of the larger females relieved almost immediately once spawning commenced combined with the fish in very good condition only days afterwards.
Fish can be seen in all areas of the lake at the moment, including the near margins which is always encouraging to be greeted when you arrive with groups of fish milling around in front of your swim!!! I do feel very content with the equilibrium of the lake at present and we are looking forward to the backend of the season when the weights are back up.
Total fish landed this week was 44 fish, but like always I don't include the young stockies that are under 20lb which did account for 12 of the total. We normally see maybe 2-3 young stockies per week if that, but after the spawning they seem to go on the rampage!! 31 good fish caught including 5 over 40lb with the best going 44lb 8oz and 3 of the fish this week had been 50lb+ only a couple of weeks ago. 15 fish over 30lb+ (including 2x 39lb+) and once again lots of them are 40lb+ fish when not empty. 11 fish over 20lb made the total up. All in all for the time of the year the lake fished very well indeed and now it's time to watch those weights climb back-up for the remainder of the year!!! Happy Days
I have no pictures at the moment because what little had been taken were on camera phones, I will update FB when they come through from the lads. A lot of the fish were returned this week after being unhooked, weighed and straight back. I just what to say a big thanks to the lads for respecting the fish this week by returning them asap being fully aware of the energy spent over the spawning, the fishes welfare was more paramount which just shows another facet to the quality of anglers still out there!!!
The title this week is a quote from John in Peg 4, asking his Son for some help in Peg 5, Richard replys "what have you got" John says, "I think it's a twenty" 44lb 8oz later!!! Not far out then old boy.
The lads this week caught 3 fish on the first night of arrival to 32lb, lets hope we have another good week.
Over & Out