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Sir Bob and Ashley's second week all change, Bob's on his favourite swim 4 and Ashley is on swim 9,
Same set ups and baits being used as last week.
Well what should have carried on into this week with the guys banking fish daily turned into an even harder week then there first week.
A wind change to very strong gusty north easterly killed the fishing Ashley on swim 9 only managed 2 fish one on the Sunday and he then had to wait until late Friday afternoon for another Blondie a touch off 40 lb and a repeat William from the week before @ 44 lb.
Sir Bob still pulled the rabbit out the hat and banked 9 fish 5 X 40's Coup,Orangina,Jenny and a couple of our Feb 17 stockies coming up nicely in weight, He is also our new catfish lake record holder banking Pug II @ 90 lb 14 oz which took an hour to get around 4am on the last night all on 15 lb carp gear.
A sum up this year for Bob very hard fishing unusual changeable winds for the time of year killed the fishing in the second week but he still managed to catch the biggest carp in the lake at present setting a new PB for himself and banking a new PB catfish singlehanded on 15 lb carp gear @ 90 lb 14 oz a new lake record !
His average for second week was down a touch on last year's @ 39 lb 8 oz cat not included only carp.
Always a pleasure having Bob on the lake until next time guys see you in May !
Sir Bob and Ash are here exclusively booked for the next 2 weeks the guys arrived friday night, lovely catching up with them over a pizza dinner washed down with cold beers, fishing started Saturday afternoon !
Bobs on swim 9 Ash is on swim 3 baits being used are our freshly cooked particles/pellet and peachy keen boilies normal and pink our rest bait for next season both are using bait boats.
Just as a guideline of the amount of bait used this week 8 X large buckets of particles around around 120 kgs 2 X sacks of pellet 50 kgs, 10 kgs of peachy keen boilie plus other boilies Bob and Ash brought with them !
Weather over the week was changeable rain,sun,cloud top temp was 30.4 degrees winds were all over the place changing several times over the week.
The fish are tripping up on the peachy keen bottom baits tipped with cell toppers/corn the pink doing very well,everything was on blow back rigs,as always Bob always brings a different boilie to try and has had a couple on it the PacMan working well bottom bait with a barrel cut into it.
Bob's finished first week ahead of Ashley with 12 fish, Daisy the biggest 61 lb 10 oz followed by Small scar,Tyla,Nobby,Sylvia,Nemo,Adrien,Stretch the common and the ghost 2 faces which hasn't been out for nearly two years and another mid 30,early hours Saturday banked two in darkness 43.7 and 35.8,He lost three fish which is unheard of normally one of the big cats for sure was one.
Oh and I nearly forgot he done his PB Zander which was caught reeling in !
Fish average weight for Bob just up on last year 41 lb 10 oz, and for Ashley 41 lb.
Ashley done well and is made up, 8 fish 6 of these are 40's one a new PB @ 49 lb 14 oz included Friday morning brace of 40's 43 and 41lb 10 oz also Emily,William,Jayden 2 X 30's one of these was stocked in Feb 17 at 10 kgs he also has lost two fish off the same spot.
No real pattern to bite times it was a very hard week a lot of the fish following the winds which were all over the place, 25 runs 20 fish landed.
High light of the week was Thursday morning Bob caught Daisy only two anglers have ever done this twice new PB @ 61 lb 10 oz up from last year's summer weight by 1 lb 6 oz and Bob's fishing earlier into August then last year she is going to be a big girl later into the season and also Ashley jumping out his skin after I put the fake viper snake in his sleeping bag lol.
What a great shame that we didn't fill this week it would have been great fishing for a group low pressure much cooler temperatures and the fish are deffo on it last weeks group banked 4 fish in their last 12 hours once the temperatures dropped the rain come in which lowered the water temperature.
So we will be back in two weeks because the week after is a rest week. You guys who follow us know by now it's August which means only one thing Sir Bob !
Yes Bob's here then for the next two weeks fishing with Ashley his nephew!
New group of 3 from Cornwall,
Chris,Jim and Justin fishing swims 4,9 and 11.
All the guys are using bait boats, baits being used are freshly cooked particles, pellet Peachy Keen boilies with matching glug,pop ups and wafters, and towards going home time tried a few of our test boilie baits peachy keen pink which had some good results yet again.
Reflecting on the week we think the guys did extremely well after yet another week where we hit the 40's,when the guys arrived Saturday the pressure was good and it was pleasant around around 35 degrees then it followed by 39,39,42.5,40,42 and then Friday much cooler 23 degrees with rain and low pressure.
Only on Friday we did see some fish out in the day other wise it was early doors or in darkness, peachy keen bottom baits PacMan style,maize peachy keen pink doing the damage, pb's all around some of the A team being tripped up many of the fish we see out on the bank have massive weight loses putting this down to the very unusual year we are having with the fish spawning heavy 5 times.
Jim on swim 11 banked 3 X 40's Jenny,Emily and Nobby and a 31lb stockie, Chris on swim 9 banked The Mole @ 56 lb 8 oz a slim Blondie and a late Friday stockie, Justin on swim 4 banked Stallone @ 51 lb 6 oz a slender H and yet another stockie @ 31 lb showing up he also had two lumps hook pull on him,the guys had a go on the blue lagoon cabin end in the shade during the hottest times of the day and had a couple out.
It was a pleasure meeting up with these guys and it's great they have choosen to come back next year and try to catch some more of our A Team !
Family group this week Simon,Matt,Paul,Tom and Daisy,
From Swansea,Brentwood Essex Shut up and Spain.
Fishing swims 6/7,9,10 and 11, Matt,Daisy and Tom Fished the shallows Monday,Tom was back on swim 1 Thursday.
Baits being used Sticky baits Krill,homemade and some Peachy Keen boilies,our freshly cooked particles, pellet.
A lot different tacts to the norm this week no bait boats were used only our row boats were used for baiting and the placing of rigs etc
Going into the start of the week I thought it was going to be a good week coming off a rest week but I couldn't have been more wrong. The fish started spawning again midnight Monday for the fourth time, heavy spawning went on through the night into early morning destroying the lake once more.
Once we had calm the guys did manage to trip a few up William was banked by Tom on swim 1 a good move for the day down over 12 lb @ 43 lb 12 oz Big Al also down in weight was tripped up by Matt @ 37 lb Tom banked Thumbprint common on his swim and grandad Paul banked a few finishing on a well spawned out Tyla @ 46 lb 8 oz on the last night, Daisy caught the biggest mirror from the Blue Lagoon @ 24 lb, the highlight of the families days on the Blue Lagoon was Tom catching the big cat while spinning for Zander a new record for the lake @ 87 lb 4 oz what a catch !
The weather was very warm again upto the mid 30's very hot sunshine with most the week on a northerly wind finishing the week with an early morning storm
It was a pleasure looking after these guys over the week and we know how much they enjoyed the family meals at the clubhouse every night and we can't wait for their return next year.
The fish started spawning again early this morning only small groups but some big girls amongst these groups,explains why it's been so quiet last couple of weeks some of the bigger fish were hanging on for a weather change and a drop in water temperature.
Well their prays were answered last night massive storm dropping 40 mm of rain has now dropped the water temperature down to 28 degrees and changed our weather from high 30s down to a more fresher 31 degrees today with a gusty north easterly blowing down the lake.
It's got to be only positives for our forthcoming groups.
Very hot change over 37 degrees in the shade a wind change to south westerly after the early morning storm.
It's a well deserved rest week but we will be back next week with a group of 5 !
Jonathan,Jack,Josh and Andy from Shropshire,
Fishing swims 3,5,9 and 11.
Guys are using freshly cooked particles,pellet and peachy keen boilies.
What a mission it was to get these guys on 42 degrees shade temperature boiling sunshine Saturday yet another day of this heatwave, it was that hot Andy shaved his beard off inbetween getting his rods out lol.
The weather stayed hot all week Thursday,Friday 38 degrees the pressure stayed around 1017.0 winds were from the north east changing Saturday on change over after a storm to south westerly.
It was always going to be tricky again this week with the heat of the day the fish were mainly caught early hours just before breakfast, but besides this 3 of the guys still did PB's Scar showed up again off swim 11 a PB for Josh @ 48 lb 6 oz, Jack tripped up a well spawned out Jess another PB @ 43 lb 1 oz Dad Jon banked Broken Tail twice yep twice from two different swims 5/1 another PB @ 41 lb 4 oz he also had one of the big cats on for over 20 minutes but come off through the cut while in the boat trying to control it, swim 11 fished the best swim 9 didn't produce this week the wind was blowing in the wrong direction for it bad luck this time around for Andy who tried everything but if the fish in front of you aren't feeding you can't do anything.
It was a pleasure to have met these guys and hopefully we will see them early next year.
Always sad when you lose any fish,
The Big Scale popped up yesterday after spending most off the week down in the shallows and not being caught for nearly 2 years was signs something wasn't right, after removing him from the lake close examination Inside him I found massive tumours in and around his organs.
Such a shame he never graced the bank as a 60 lb fish coming close @ 57 lb taking everything into account yesterday I reckon he would have been around 61-63 lb at the time of death.
RIP Big Scale end of a era !