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Andy,Alan,Dave,Phil and Steve the Hulligans, returning after visiting us some years back,Andy was the only angler apart from Sir Bob to have caught Amber the common and GI Jones the common in the same week.
Guys are fishing swims 3,4,5,9 and 11 Phil moved to swim 8 on Wednesday from swim 11 which deffo put too much pressure on that end of the lake and changed the fishing,various boilies being used our freshly cooked particles/pellet and our very own peachy keen pink/normal.
We were always going to see some of the A team with lower temperatures and lower pressure a bit of rain it was just what the doctor ordered after being in a drought for many months and no rain from May it was all welcome.
Let's start with the fish 13 named fish Ambler,Small Tail,Sid 56 lb,Orangina,Sir Bob II,Jenny,Small Scar 53 lb 2 oz,Stretch the common,scar the common,conky,Blondie,Stallone 53 lb 4 oz,a new named fish Castle AI 47 lb,so including other fish total was 3 X 50, 12 X 40, 7 X 30s, 43 lb 12 oz grass carp, 24/27 lb stockies,2 X growers on 18 lb mirror and a 19.4 and 18 lb mint commons born in the lake.
Over 30 runs 27 fish banked 3 growers on took the whole groups fish average down to just over 39 lb,
It was all about swim 5 PB mirror 53 lb 2 oz PB grass carp 43 lb 12 oz also 9 x 40's and several others Alans fish average was over 42 lb,Steve swim 9 also done his PB mirror twice over he also had several other fish 2 X 50's upto 56 lb with Sid,Andy on swim 4 banked 3 X 40s one of them was Scar the common from his margin spot home and a new PB mirror with Jenny 47 lb 2 oz and a couple of 30s,
Was great meeting up with the guys from Hull again always a few laughs can't wait for there return.
Group of four on the lake this week, two of them visited us 8 years ago.
Steve,Paul,Gary and Ben fishing swims 3,5,9 and 11 all fanned out covering most of the lake.
Baits being used are freshly cooked particles various boilie baits from different companies,
I was very excited for the week we were deffo going to see some of the A team out with these very talented anglers on the lake, firstly the guys didn't fish the days being pointless really daily temperatures over 33 degrees a very hot week very high pressure two of the group didn't even put there bivvies up,they did visit always a must Oradour sur Glane the Second World War village destroyed by the Germans.
But when the rods were in the water they had over 20 runs and tripping up some units the high light and to my surprise Daisy off swim 5 yes 5 ! Ben smashed his PB @ 62 lb 8 oz, also Nobby,thumbprint,Emily,barrel,buzz off,Jayden,big AI and Nemo a few home growers also turned up all commons and a Feb 17 stockie a Nats under 30 lb guys also had a few out of the Blue Lagoon.
Salty squid pink pop ups working well and you know anything topped with white which tripped the big girl up with cooler temperatures this would have been a massive hit for these guys.
Reflecting on the week and the guys agreed they did very well considering fishing a very hard week a very gusty strong north easterly did not help that didn't leave until late into Friday.
Great bunch of guys can't wait for the return !
Individuals this week local guy Pete is on swim 5 next to him swim 4 is Neil returning for his second trip of the year and over the other side is Martyn and his partner Shelly on swim 9.
We were so sorry that Neil had to leave us early Wednesday morning due to a family bereavement, we are truly sorry for your loss Neil,our thoughts are with you and your family.
Baits used were freshly cooked particles/pellet various boilies Peachy keen Pink and normal, Martyn is using the boilie that used to be fished on the lake when we took over PRF peach red fish Ash @tailsupbait made him a patch up for his trip, everyone is using bait boats.
Weather throughout the week got hotter and hotter 32 degrees Friday pressure also climbed higher and higher winds were towards the end of the week north easterly not the best with only Pete fishing from Friday it was going to be hard for him after Martyn and Shelly left early to break there journey up home.
My feelings before the week started with positive everything ticked the boxes I was sure some of the A team were going to show themselves, I won't wrong split tail,Jess and forest graced the bank, before Neil had to leave early he banked Jess new PB 43 lb 12 oz,Pete tripped up a few including Split Tail 47 lb 14 oz, Martyn banked Forest 44 lb 8 oz and new PB Small Scar @ 54 lb everyone had a 40 but as the week went on and the pressure went up the fishing slowed down,the fish came off white pop ups,peachy keen PacMan style and maize fished over particles and pellet.
Some of the fish are still down in weight but gaining a bit since last captures even though this has been a very hot long dry summer the fish that come out this week were all in mint condition.
See you guys same time next year your spots have been saved !
This week is a rest week, but we do have a local guy over fishing for a couple of nights so watch this space !
Tonys on swim 9 using our freshly cooked particles/pellet and some boilie baits from UK bait company he is using a bait boat.
Here we go Tony has had a red letter mini session tripping up Stallone @ 52 lb 3 oz and another earlier in the day Monday 30 lb 2 oz stockie common stocked from Feb 17 both from the same spot and on a FiX -8 uk bait company snowman on a Ronnie rig,then Wednesday morning before leaving to go home double take Boom! new PB Dasiy @ 61 lb 9 oz and Tash has showed up again @ 41 lb made up, since Tash's last capture she has received a tail fin injury losing the top section it's all treated and hopefully this will heal up, so Tony's had his second mini session with us now and a very memorable one too !
We are then back next week with individuals on the lake so keep upto date with the latest pictures and live videos on our Facebook/Instagram pages.
Still some very late weeks Available for this season catch them while the are pigs ! Lots of Availability for next season !
First time these guys have been to us Rob,Mark,Jason,Jamie and Tony from the Kent area.
Guys are fishing swims 3,4,5,9 and 11 all spaced out to keep the fish moving.
Bait being used is particle,pellet various different boilies a lot of fish meal Krill and DNA S7,Revolution boilie baits various pop ups from the same bait company, some peachy Keens (seed boilie) interesting to see as the week went on how the fish react to fish meal boilies in the pass they havnt really produced as all you guys who follow us know !
Bait boats are being used.
More extreme heat soaring temperatures upto 37 degrees over the week has made this extremely hard fishing again changeable winds, the pressure has been very high it's all been about one swim 11 and one spot early hours around the same time Rob has banked multiple PB's over the week common and mirror all on same bait S7 tipped with a yellow cell topper 46 lb 14 oz Katie PB mirror,44 lb 12 oz common PB also others @ 45.10,40.4,39 lb The Barrel, 35 lb H and 31 lb 8 oz common,Mark on swim 9 tripped up Tash @ 41 lb new PB first morning while spinning Tadpole @ 19 lb several other small carp from blue lagoon,leaving it late Friday evening Jason swim 5 40 lb 4 oz, swims 4 one run but it was lost swim 3 didn't produce anything this week but its not like these guys havent given there heart and soul for it from one week to another it's never the same this season.
Great bunch of guys was lovely meeting them all and having them on the lake this week.
Sad day here Minnie lost her battle against heart failure and passed away in Ellen's arms this morning.
RIP Minnie Moo 25/6/2012 - 23/8/2019
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!