August Red Letter Day
Posted: 1st Sep 2013
Well the best came on the last week of August and I had said in the last Blog that August would set on fire like every year, but this time it was a little later than normal. This year has seen everything around 1 month behind, in relation to the very cold wet Spring, and even now the Apples and other fruit on the trees are far behind picking than a normal year, and this is likewise with the fishing. The fish this week were looking for food and still moving from one end of the lake to the other but the lads in Pegs 1 & 5 "Had It Away" to be honest. The little and often match fishing style baiting was the winning method again with a small bucket of bait spread over the swim first thing in the morning, then a small top up each hour over the rods seemed to build the swim nicely over the week.
Not just the best fish of the season for Dave in Peg 1 at 54lb being a nice ending to the week, but also the condition of the fish are stunning with lovely colouration and all marks healed after the spawning. Some of the rarely seen fish graced the banks too with one of my favorite fish in the lake "The Toothfairy" coming out from Peg 1, and is one fish I would dearly love to catch myself one day!!!
42 fish landed this week including a dozen stockies under 20lb which I have not counted in the total tally. Best fish was a soild framed Mirror of 54lb, followed by 2 fish of 47lb+, 45lb and another 3 fish of 40lb+ bringing the total number of 40lb+ fish to 7. 21 fish of 30lb+ (including 6 between 37lb-39lb, 6 x 35lb+) the other 13 fish of 20lb+ (included 4 over 28lb+) so even though they have a long way to go before bulking up again the weights are looking promising, and if we are lucky we could have a very nice end to the season.
Essential B5 and Premier Fishmeal doing the business, along with a few fish on Nash Purples.
The weather has been fantastic too, with nice warm days looking to continue right through September if they get it right!!! Cool nights with some lovely misty mornings starting the day, it could not be better. The stars at night have been mesmerising, with shooting starts each evening and the milky way being so prominent against the ink black background, days to be treasured on the bank for any angler.
Like always I will post all other pictures on the Facebook page including "The Tooth Fairy" and the stunning condition of the fish can be seen. All in all a great week with the fish playing ball and great company as always with Lee & Robs group, Happy Days Boys.
Regulars Tony & Tony have booked the lake again, so lets hope the tag team tactics pay off and they get amongst some good fish this week, we shall see?
Work on the 15 acre lake back bay is moving along with the dam bank all repaired and working the far reedlined end of the bay down towards "John Hall Corner", before the 2 islands are formed. I just need to keep pushing forward while the weather is in my favour and make the most of 3/4 of the lake bed being very dry indeed, I will keep you informed.