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9th October 2011

Individuals on this week 2 couples with a slow start to the week things soon came together. The total this week was 48 fish with 21 x 30s to 39 lb and 6 x 40s to 47 lb 7 oz and 2 x 50s at 50 lb and 53 lb. top rod this week was mike he managed 13 fish with 5 x 30s to 37 lb 7 oz and 3 x 40s to his new pb a lovely common at 47 lb 7 oz. mike had to use every trick in the book as the fish were feeding very shyly this week. Gwen, Mikes partner was close behind him with 12 fish, which included 6 x 30s to 32 lb, topped by a cracking 41 lb 5 oz mirror. On Wednesday the other couple had to return to the uk for work commitments. The other couple on the lake Martyn and Shelley they managed 5 fish to mid 30s  it was a shame they had to return to the uk mid week as im sure Martyn would have smashed his pb. Top swims this week were 5 and 4 with the bigger fish coming off 9 top bait was cell but all the big fish were nailed on prf by tails up conditions were good.


1st October 2011

Only 2 lads on the lake this week. they managed 27 fish which included 14 x 30s to 39 lb 4 oz and 3 x 40s to 43 lb . Mark was top rod this week .after a ten year break from the carp scene mark took a few days to shake off the cobwebs and away he went taking 14 fish with 7 x 30s to 37 lb 8 oz common his new pb . mark also managed a brace at 31 lb 8 oz and 33 lb 4 oz he also had cats to 24 lb which was taken on a zig rig .which im sure was taken on the drop. Phil had a great time at the lake he managed 13 fish with 7 x 30s to 39 lb 4 oz and 3 x 40s which were 40 lb 41 lb 12 oz and his new pb at 43 lb. Phil did his old pb 5 times on this trip well done buds . he also had sturgeon to 31 lb and cats to 31 lb top swim was number 5 and 4 top bait was close this week with cell and squid and octopus conditions were very unsettled the beginning of the week and settled down from midweek onwards


24th September 2011

Four lads on this week they managed to take 80 fish between them which included 29 x 30s to 37 lb 8 oz and 1 x 40lb fish.  Rene was top rod this week taking 22 fish he took 9 x 30s to 37 lb 7 oz. Rene also took sturgeon and small cats to 32 lb 6 oz.  Next was Michael he managed 21 fish with 7 x 30s to 35 lb 7 oz.  Michael then topped that with a cracking 40 lb 1 oz mirror he also took commons to 28 lb 2 oz. Michael also had sturgeon to 30 lb 8 oz.  Kim had 19 fish with 8 x 30s to 37 lb 8 oz he also took his pb common at 37 lb.  Kim also took sturgeon to 33 lb 6 oz and grass carp to 26 lb 4 oz.  Lasse had 18 fish which included 5 x 30s to 35 lb 2 oz he also had sturgeon to33 lb.  Top swim this week was number 9 top bait was live system and weather conditions were very hot.


17th September 2011

With the weather all over the place until Monday the group of 4 did very well by the end of the week. They managed 74 fish with 39 x 30s to 39 lb and 6 x 40s to 44 lb 8 oz. Richey wasp boy was top rod this week taking 29 fish with 16 x 30s to 39 lb. Rich topped this with 3 x 40s taking his new pb mirror at 40 lb and his new pb common at 44 lb 8 oz. mark had a great week doing 19 fish 12 x 30s to 36 lb and marks new pb mirror at 44 lb mark also managed his new pb common a beauty at 31 lb 10 oz .mat ( borrat) was next in line with 16 fish with 5 x 30s to 37 lb .mat then smashed his pb with a cracking mirror at 42 lb.  Sleepy Tom managed 10 fish with 6 x 30s to 34 lb 12 oz  and his new pb mirror at 41 lb 2 oz. This trip was hard going for Tom as on a previous trip to France he blanked.  I have seen this on many occasions where lads blank at different French venues and come to France next year already defeated.  As I told Tom after spending time with him you wont blank at this lake not on my shift.  Well done lads you all worked hard at it and listened to every word of advice.  Top swims this week were 5 and 9 top bait was once again cell.  Weather as I said was very unsettled until Monday.


10th September 2011

Not a bad week this week considering the amount of fish out the last 3 weeks.  Five lads this week taking 82 fish with 34 x 30s to 39 lb and 5 x 40s  and a 60lb catfish.  Luke was top rod this week taking 22 fish he had 10 x 30s to 39 lb and topped that with 3 x 40s.  Luke did his pb mirror at 42 lb and his pb common a cracker at 44 lb 8 oz.  Luke also did his pb sturgeon at 32 lb and had a small catfish. Mike did very well he had 20 fish with 5 x 30s to 39 lb 12 oz and finished that with a lovely 44 lb 8 oz mirror.  Matt tried everything he could and managed 14 fish he had 10 x 30s to 39 lb he just couldnt nail the big girls.  Matt was rewarded in the end as he had his new pb catfish at 60 lb which was eventually tamed on carp gear well done Matt.  Keith was next with 13 fish with 7 x 30s to 39 lb he also did his pb sturgeon at 34 lb and topped it all off with his new pb mirror at 40 lb 4 oz.  Dave and Tom fished together as Tom is a newcomer to the carp world they also took 13 fish which included 2 x 30s to 39 lb and both took pb sturgeon tom also managed his pb mirror at 28 lb.  The weather was very up and down.  The top swims were 9 and 11 and the top bait was once again cell.


8th September 2011

Once again another great week five lads taking 138 fish 43 x 30s and 7 x 40s.  Top rod this week was Paul he took 46 fish 14 x 30s to 38 lb14oz mirror .  Paul also took cats to 25 lb and sturgeon to 33 lb 4 oz.  Paul was constantly trying to stay ahead of the fish he changed tactics and set traps ready to nail the fish well done Paul top angling buds. Alan was next in line another good angler and manager of the well known ash mead lake in the uk. Alan took 27 fish 5 x 30s to 39 lb 2 oz and 2 x 40s a 44 lb 10 oz mirror and his new pb a cracking 46 lb 8 oz common. Alan also had catfish to 25 lb and sturgeon he was also smashed up by big cats.  Joe did very well taking 24 fish 9 x 30s to 38 lb 15 oz and 2 x 40s a 41 lb 14 oz mirror and his new pb common at 43 lb 6 oz.  I was on the bank with Joe when he hooked a big cat after a battle the fish smashed him up going through the cuts in the lake unlucky Joe for a moment I thought you had her.  Anthony did well taking 22 fish with 6 x 30s to 35 lb topped off with his new pb mirror at 40 lb and a lovely pb common at 45 lb.  Steve also had a great trip taking 19 fish with 9 x 30s to 36 lb 8 oz and a cracking mirror at 44 lb 8 oz.  Top swims were 3 and 5 and the top bait was a plum and pepper.  Conditions once again were very unsettled .  These lads once again broke the old record of 107 fish and they had a day off the lake and had long dinner breaks. I think they would have been very close to the new lake record had they fished full time well done lads and thanks for a great week!


25th August 2011

Where do you start? To say this group were nailing is a total understatement. They totally smashed lake records. Six anglers 197 fish smashing the old 107 fish record. Total weight 6540lb of fish . 125 x 30s  24 x 40s and a 50+ fish. Another long-standing record of 1 man 1 week 56 fish was smashed by our new record holder Gareth 1 man 1 week 69 fish.  This is amazing!  Gareth fished swim 5 and took 69 fish he had 47 x 30s to 39 lb 9 oz and 8 x 40s to 45 lb 10 oz.  Gareth also took his new pb grassy at 30 lb 2 oz. He also took 23 fish in 1 day which im sure must be another record .Next in line and also smashing the old record was Nigel he took 63 fish which included 39 x 30s to 39 lb 12oz and 10 x 40s to 48 lb 04 oz. Nigel then topped that with a cracking mirror at 51 lb his pb mirror and he smashed his previous pb on every fish giving him 63 pbs his pb common came in at 41 lb 4 oz. Nigel was on swim 9. Adam the organiser came back this year with his son Ben as a family holiday. Adam still nailed 34 fish with 21 x 30s to 38 lb 10 oz and 6 x 40s to his new pb at 44 lb 1 oz. Adam smashed his pb 13 times he was fishing swim 4.  Ben one of our two youngsters was next he managed 11 fish with 3 x 30s to 36lb 8 oz his new pb mirror and also did his pb common at 28 lb 12 oz. Ben had 11 pbs.  Josh had 10 fish with 8 x 30s to his new pb common at 39 lb 12 oz he smashed his pb mirror with a cracking fish at 39 lb 8 oz.All fish were once again caught on cell.  The weather was up and down with a lot of storms.


20th August 2011

With the mid season break over the new group turned up and what they caught was totally awesome! The Grimmett family of only four anglers totally took the place apart and with only three of them fishing most nights and not fishing at all between 2am and 7am and even having a day away from the lake they still totalled 101 fish only 6 fish away from the lake record of 107 fish in a week. Im sure all of our site readers will agree this is truly an amazing record all of its own and never done by only 4 anglers. Top rod was Alan with 7 years experience of fishing France he could not get above 33 lb but boy did that change when he did his pb 10 x taking 38 fish total weight 1058.5 lb which included 19 x 30s to his new pb mirror at 39 lb.  Alan also had 2 x braces at 23lb and 29 lb and 22 lb and 29 lb then topped this off while I was stood watching with a trio at 33 lb 35 lb and 37 lb to say the cat that got the cream was an understatement.  Alan then rounded off the week with his pb common at a cracking 43 lb.  Next in line was Reg the smaller he had 22 fish total weight 576 lb he had 7 x 30s to 37 lb and commons to his new pb at 22 lb.  Mark was also there with 22 fish totalling 573 lb he took 6 x 30s to 35 lb he had 2 x braces topped off with 2 x 40s at 40 lb and 40 lb 5 oz. Vicky the young lady of the group did amazing doing her pb 9 times she had 19 fish totalling 524.25 lb with 6 x 30s to her new pb mirror at 36 lb a pb cat a pb sturgeon a cracking new pb common at 46 lb.  This group have stayed loyal to the lake for 7 years and have said since it was taken over Andy and Ellen Sutton they cant believe how well the place is looking and how much difference there is in the stamp of fish.  Top swims were 3 4 and 5 followed by 9 and top bait was our own tails up prf.  Conditions were hard with pressure up and down throughout the week.


16th July 2011

A great week this was .5 lads taking 90 fish to just over a total weight of a ton. they had 26 x 30s and 6 x 40s .top rod this week was Brian he took 30 fish in total with 9 x 30s to 39lb 6oz and 2 x 40s both his new pbs he had a lovely 42 lb 3 oz followed by big scale at 46 lb. lasse was close behind doing an amazing 23 fish with 6 x 30s to 38 lb 12 oz and his new pb mirror at 42 lb 3 oz and his new pb common a cracker at 45lb. Brian and lasse had a cracking brace at 45lb and 42lb 3oz . lars did well with 14 fish but just couldn’t nail his pb he was 2 oz under .he had 3 x 30s to 37 lb 4 oz . Brian and Simon listened to my every word .after lars decided to move on Tuesday the 2 lads moved from swim 11 to 10 and fished long distance to in front of number 8. Simon took 12 fish with 5 x 30s which included his new pb common at 30 lb 2 oz and then smashed his pb mirror with a lovely 40 lb 3 oz .Brian had a trip of a lifetime he said doing 11 fish with 2 x 30 s to his new pb mirror of 37 lb 4 oz and topped that with his new pb common a stunner at 46 lb 8 oz. The conditions were very wet this week .top swims were 4 and 5 and the bait this week was an assortment of cc Moore baits including live system