The Eye Of The Storm
Posted: 28th Jul 2013
Well it's been another week of great company and a few fish on the bank despite the unreal weather. Ben came with his Dad and Rob like last year but with another group member in the shape of Big Dave, with size 15 feet this guy lived up to his name and he could almost walk on water like a Moorhen over lily pads!!!
What a great angler and I have not seen someone work so hard for a long time, he was like a cat on a hot tin roof depsite temps peaking at 38oc in the shade one day, it felt just too much for everyone. Big Dave was an allround specimen hunter taking carp out of the back stream, Tench, big Rudd & Roach along with Carp to 33lb, but after a couple of Carp under his belt he was back to chasing anything else that swam, all in all a class angler and true Gentleman. Ben got amongst most of the 20 fish caught fishing Peg 4, but could not pick one up next to the weed only 20 yards out, the fish were crashing, rolling all week but remained hard on the naturals in that area, all his fish came from midwater and the far bank. Dad & Rob had to work a little hard when they stayed awake, but breaking a Pb for Frank in Peg 3 after a move from Peg 5 was a result for him.
All the fish caught this week were well and truely spawned out at last, so the weights are well down but will be coming back up anytime soon over the next few weeks. Best fish was only a 37lb mirror along with another 11 over 30lb+ and quite a few of the fish normally 40lb+, along with 8 fish of 20lb+ which were upper 20lb+ fish that are normally 30lb+.
Loads of fish showing out in the middle of the lake and I don't think enough bait went in last week to get the fish going to be honest. With so many silver fish this year getting on your bait it is still important to keep your swim topped up little and often, otherwise you'll be fishing a single hookbait in just a few hours.
Once again the weather has played a huge part and most of the fish are coming out at night or the early hours when it's a little cooler.
Well after the lads left on Saturday another group of Regulars arrived, we got them settled down for teatime and I went back to the house to help Jayne with the kids. My Mum and brother were over too so "Our Kid" had gone bird watching for a while only to be caught up in one of the worse storms we have seen here for some time. The heat had peaked to upper 30's in the evening and you could feel the intense heat building to a storm, the rain started to come in from the south with the sky turning black as night, after 10 minutes it started to calm but I said to Jayne "look at this other front moving in from the east", just our luck they seemed to merge right over the house and lakes with the winds whipping up like something out of a block buster movie. All of a sudden it was like a hurricane raged through the land, smashing tops of trees as I was looking through the window. I got straight on the quad worrying about the anglers only to be met with an absolute disaster down at the lakes. My brother and John in Peg 1 were running up and down trying to get Johns stuff in the kitchen because his bivvy had been turned inside out, with water everywhere. Shower block flooded out, trees gone down just about everywhere with the lads watching 30 foot trees being lifted clean out of the ground right in front of them. What a mess!! and at least 2 weeks clean up ahead for me, just so many trees blocking the paths and far bank, along with fences smashed to the ground it is like ground zero at the moment.
So its foot to the floor this week to try and bring the lakes back to some normality, and this storm will leave it's mark that is for sure.
On a brighter note the fish are showing all over the lake today so lets hope the big feed is about to start and it makes up for the storm last night!!
A Knackered Team Sanctuary