Pray Time In The Taj Mahal
Posted: 15th Sep 2013
It's been a crazy week from start to finish with the Heade Brothers and Dave & John with us for the second time this year. All I can think is they put something in the water in Stoke-On-Trent, because talk about insane in the nicest possible way is all that can describe this week, and somethings will be left unmentioned!!!!
Now each session for the lads is a swim change on every visit and somehow whichever swim the Heade brothers drop in they seem to stitch Dave & John up and have it away each time. But this time it seems very clear to me that Big Bod is by far the best angler of the group displaying quality angling each time and showing Dave & John how it's done!!!! Bod mentioned before leaving that he was prepared to do a little tuition next April to just give Dave & John a little help, & will only charge £20 per hour on "mates rates" LOL
Now John decided while enjoying his Grass Carp Fishing on his beloved Cell bait that he would build the Garden of Eden with a beautiful wild flower display either side of his bivvy entrance along with his Match umbrella over the Bivvy door acting as a porch and making his set-up look like the Taj Mahal. What makes me laugh every time is John looks perplexed why he is the only one catching grassies when the other lads don't pick any up, but keeps using the Cell. One jumped clean out of the landing net and into the rushes next to the swim giving him a right headache, followed by the second wrapping around his middle rod tip and very nearly snapping the tip clean off. The 4th Grassie was that big it only just went in the landing net, and that was the final straw with him unhooking it in the margin and releasing it immediately stating that's the last time he brings the Cell!!! But the fish of the week, a very dark grey fish of 47lb 10oz did come to the cell but I think it was more the spot than the bait!!!! All the lads caught fish, but both ends of the lake were on fire again leaving the centre part of the lake a little quieter for Dave and Kev. Kev did take fish to 39lb 15oz and Dave had a 41lb+ Mirror but I think most of the fish this week were not moving much, this could have been down to the massive temp difference this week, being grey and cool all week from the highs of 32oc+ the week before.
Now Dave decided to jump out of the tree line in the pitch black one night when I came down to see the lads with a Predator facemask on and nearly put himself in a dodgy predicament, but we will keep the outcome of that under our hats, hey buddy?
Bod once again was catching throughout the week in the daytime, and nightime in Peg 5 and sometimes could not keep more than two rods in the water, quality angling. The week ended on 33 fish but the average size this week was well down from the last few weeks, it's hard to say why but I think the hemp the lads were using over their boilies at both ends of the lake had the small fish moving in on the bait very quickly resulting in a dozen+ 20lb+ fish being caught, which is unusual for us. Dave & John had far fewer fish in front of them but they both used boilies and seemed to produce a better average. Only two fish of 40lb+ and 13 x 30lb+ fish up to 39lb 15oz made up the rest of the catch along with a hand full of Grassies to Jon.
CC.Moore Fishmeal doing the business, along with the Cell and the New Crave from Dynamite baits which is very much like the old Monster Crab.
A great week of tears and laughter along with some great looking fish caught over the week, all in all a great time had by all.
The fish were crashing out all through the night most of the week with lots showing in the empty swim, Peg 2 again. Well Grahams group which have just arrived made the most of the showing fish with Graham taking a brace of 37lb+ fish on the first night, fishing down into Peg 2 on his righthand rod from Peg 1.
We have been flooded out with 1.5" of rain falling all through the night and flooding the back bay again, making life very difficult for me next week and I will have to pump out again before I can finish the large Island. It seems to have past through now but talk about a down pour in such a short period of time, cooling the air and water off very quickly indeed, lets just hope the fish still carry on feeding.
Thats all for now and we will be back soon with any news to report.