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This seasons average weight is an amazing 48.8 massive weight gains with some of the fish feeding boilie instead of maize this winter has deffo worked !
New lake record Daisy 70 lb 4 oz swim 9 BOOM !
That's the jobs complete around the lake again so back down the lake this evening for a couple of nights before they spawn.
Weather has been very warm humid stormy winds are light to nothing tons of heavy rain.
My Fingers were crossed I could trip a couple up before they wreck the place lol.
Nothing in the night but I was up just after 6 am on the rods you don't catch nothing in your bag always time to sleep at home i was pleased to slip the net under My Jenny her best weight 50 lb 8 oz trIpped up on a IQ D- rig half cell half white barrel wafter.
Back on the rods that evening after dinner still no signs of chasing yet !
Well it was great to see Nobby on the bank next his Best weight 47 lb 6 oz on cell wafter topped with half a white pop up followed by clover best weight 39 lb 2 oz, shortly after I slipped the net under a 42 lb mirror then the Daisy spot rod went off and yes it was Daisy new lake record 70 lb 4 oz amazing feeling.
Followed up by another named fish Marley @ 45 lb 14 oz a power house of a near leather male carp.
So I finished up with what dreams are made of a new PB new lake record and my first 70 lb fish !
My average weight this year from January is now 49.1 amazing !
Well all the jobs around the lake completed, so it was back down the lake for a couple of nights to keep the fish on their toes ready for when this nightmare all comes to an end.
Fishing swim 9 all out on freshly made IQ D -rigs size 2 curve Shank xx hooks, 4 oz leads on lead clip systems,1 meter of camo tubing everything bait boated out fishing over peachy keen boilies all on 15 mm cell wafters.
First morning early doors 5.15 am Williams showed up @ 53 lb 8 oz l was buzzing, shes starting to fill up but no way ready I was worried to be honest coming down because there has been a lot of chasing first part of the week and they have already spawned in the house lake.
So I finished up around 8 am next morning with a 44 lb mirror caught off the Daisy spot my heart was racing this time on a Ronnie rig size 4 half cell half yellow pop up, then as I put that one back rod straight in front roared off lovely mint common @ 48 lb wafter rig half cell half white so ended up with a total of 3 fish !
Back on the mower theres work to be done before my next session hpoefully before they spawn !
Weather was settled warm mid early 20's winds are everywhere !
So I decided to fish swim 9 and my target fish was going to be no not Daisy but The Mole a fish Ive caught in the 30s,40s twice in the 50s and now in the 60s yep I tripped him up first fish of this session at 64 lb 4 oz the best weight for the fish and not being caught since last July.
Cell pop up 15 mm, ridgemonkey rock bottom semi stiff hook length 5 inches long,Korda size 4 spinner crank, 4 oz lead on a Nash lead clip,1 meter Nash camo rig tube and ridgemonkey 20 lb fluorocarbon mainline.
Well it was a lot harder then I thought so the last 24 hours I made up some new rigs IQ D rigs fishing with cell 15 mm wafters my theory was maybe they were really digging the bottom up and maybe a wafter would trip one up I was right finished on a 47 lb,just to keep you updated with what I use when fishing hook length was 6 inches size 4 Korda curve shank xx 4 oz lead 1 meter camo rig tube all on a lead clip system nice and simple.
Weather has been very warm over 27 degrees blue skies sunshine, surface water temperature around 16.5 degrees the pressure around 1012 winds from the south.
So while this nightmare carries on with the virus I will be back out again next week for another go helping to keep the fish moving and hopefully tripping up a few more lumps.
A quick update on the coronavirus and the bookings situation. The groups so far affected have all now moved their dates to later in the year and we will do the same with forthcoming bookings as and when as this goes on.
We have now been on lockdown for nearly 2 weeks and its now been extended to the 15 April which will most likely carry onto May.
Stay Safe and Stay home, this way we can all get back to living our lives as usual.
I will be fishing on and off hopefully posting some pics of some lumps on here, FB and Instagram pages.
We have Pete on this week he just cant stay away, fishing swim 4 and I will be on swim 5, Pete and Tony were both over helping me with the netting of the house stock which was a good success moving 128 mature carp over to the blue lagoon to grow on,also Tony helped with the removal of two trees blown down in the storms right into the lake he will be returning at the end of the week to wet a few lines.
Pete started with singles where I left off last month,but Pete had no luck so added some pellet to fish over and come up trumps banking Castle Al @ 51 lb its best weight on 2 x 15 mm scopex squid white pop ups on a crank Korda spinner hook size 4 with a 6 inch fluorocarbon hooklink this is Petes third 50 of 2020.Next fish out tripped up by me a nice slate grey 42 lb mirror tripped up on salty squid pop up fishing over pellet, it was then very quiet for over the next 24 hours then another for me Tash at 45 lb on white scopes squid.
Then finally after catching countless 49 lb commons over the years one of these just a month ago at 49 lb 12 oz I banked the perfect common at its best weight @ 51 lb on white scopex squid over pellet sadly this was the last fish out for us guys with some colder nights I think the fish then grouped up somewhere and stopped moving around the lake.
A winter boilie feed this year instead of maize looks like it's paid off with most of the fish coming off the back of winter at there best weights.
Weather was changeable one warm day with sunshine but with a couple of frosty mornings winds were all over the place mainly from the south the pressure stayed around 1020 and the water temperature was 7.5 when we started but did get to 11 degrees when we pulled off.
After failing last session a couple of weeks ago to trip one of the residents up,battling against high pressure and very cold weather I see a window when the pressure was going to drop bringing with it unsettled weather so the rods were out.
Well I was not wrong about the weather the worst I have ever fished in and Ive been fishing 40 years, storm force winds torrential rain/hail but the pressure was lower.
Overall it was mild it did not stop raining storm come from the west apart from that it was a strong south westerly blowing down to us,water temperature was 8 degrees,the pressure was around 1011-1019.
Someone was going to have fish but who was it going to be this time around?
Tony joined me for a couple of nights but didnt have a result this time around on the main lake but shared a rod with me on the blue lagoon one afternoon and caught a mint 18 lb 8 oz common I only managed a mirror around 6 lb,Pete then joined me and fished until Friday when I also was packing up, now Petes normally the dark horse but also failed this time around.
We tried a different approach to last time then I tripped my first fish of 2020 up not a monster but a start 35 lb 8 oz, I had an hospital appointment the following day so I didnt fish so the rods were out late into the afternoon.
Fishing just singles white pop ups on a spinner Korda Kurv size 4 hook,Nash 5 inches long combilink hooklength with a Nash lead system 1 meter of tubing on a 4 oz lead, another fish for me took it on the drop the fish is my PB mirror William @ 54 lb but to my disappointment went 53 lb 14 oz Boom ! Another for me 4.20 am The Barrel its best weight @ 49 lb 6 oz I was made up,another 50 lb common in the lake for this season we now have a good head of 50+ commons to get your teeth into and a few knocking on the door.
Just as I was getting my stuff together two beeps massive drop back I was in lively 38 lb 8 oz same spot as the others Result !
So a very good session for me this time around am sure Tony will be over again before the season starts maybe March after we have been to the carp show over here and I know we be seeing Pete soon he is booked on as always April and September on our individual weeks for 2020.
Happy New Year to you all,
Me and local guys Pete and Tony are doing a few nights to get some big girls out while the weather is still mild,
Well that didnt take long first fish of 2020 and first 50 Boom !
Pete tripped up Katie best weight 58 lb on peachy keen bottom bait swim 4 and a new Pb for him,more to come me thinks lets hope but it wasnt to be.
Weather was mild in the day but very cold at night water temperature 6.5 degrees pressure was against us sky high 1039 winds were light changing to the worst a north easterly.