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  • Will George 82lbs
  • Stuart Hobkirk 65lb 8 oz
  • Steve Malone 63lb 12oz
  • Rick Harris 62lb
  • Martin Quayle 61lb
  • Kevin Knowles 61lb
  • Mark Allan 60lb
  • Jamie Dunn 52lb

Weekly Fish Log for Lac Les Pins

Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 7th Oct 2017 - Sat 14th Oct 2017 5 1 5 1 12 45 lb
Only 4 anglers arrived this week, two having last minute problems, so would have been six. 1 new angler from Norfolk, with 2 of our regular guys from Bristol and 1 from Devon. Weather continued much the same as previous few weeks – very warm at times during the day and extremely nippy at night. Taking the bait more this week as expected, and plenty crashing about all over, with the more generally proportioned carp being reeled in yet again, and the more insignificant doing whatever they are doing, but not getting netted. A good week generally for what our guys mainly come here for – corpulent and hefty carp. 12 carp caught totalling 543 lbs, with average remaining high at 45lb…- 62lb – Dave Matthews…- 57lb – Ian Harper…- 54lb – Ian Harper…- 52lb – Dave Matthews…- 51lb 5oz – Dave Esherwood…- 51lb – Dave Matthews, 44lb – Dave Matthew…- And – 38lb, 35lb 8oz, 35lb, 32lb x 2.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 30th Sep 2017 - Sat 7th Oct 2017 1 2 6 2 11 42 lb
6 anglers - 2 from Norfolk, 3 from Liverpool and 1 from Sheffield, joined us this week. Rain until Tuesday afternoon with very slow fishing once again. More was happening by Wednesday when the sun appeared, and Thursday was another lovely warm day. Lots of carp were crashing about all over, but with a similar climate to the last few weeks – very warm during the day and colder at night, the water temperature has remained static. Therefore there is still plenty of bloodworm to feed on, but with it starting to be so cold at night - frost and ice the last couple of nights, the temperature of the lake should start to go down now, and the naturals will be depleted. Lots of lakes really struggling from what Baz has heard at the airport, and what some of our guys have learned on speaking to other anglers returning on their flight. Will the carp start going for the bait in time for more productivity before we close at the end of the Season in a couple of weeks? Who can predict?….We will have to wait and see. 11 carp caught totalling 466 lb’s, with an average weight of 42 lb…- 53lb 12oz – Steve McCarthy…- 53lb Common – Colin Hoose…- 47lb – Colin Hoose, 44lb 4oz – Steve McCarthy, 43lb 8oz – Steve McCarthy 43lb – Steve McCarthy 42lb 2oz – Colin Hoose, 41lb 6oz – Steve Thompson…- Also - 39lb, 34lb…- And - 25lb 4oz.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 23rd Sep 2017 - Sat 30th Sep 2017 3 6 1 10 42 lb
6 anglers this week, two from Peterborough, two from Essex, 1 from Cornwall, and 1 from Wiltshire. A couple of days of beautiful weather to start, but extremely slow, and this carried on for the entire week. Monday brought a thunderstorm and rain, and was pretty dismal all day really, but it did bring a couple of carp to the nets. By Thursday the temperature had risen to 26 degrees, but it was absolutely no go where the carp were concerned, they were just not having any of it, so it was a bit disheartening for our guys. On Friday evening, brilliant sunshine, and we did have one hell of a hoot at the barbecue – a great evening of fantastic banter. Overnight heavy rain on Friday did produce the 50 and a 44 lb’er, so may be picking up again for next week. Most catches during the hours of darkness this week. Not a great week of productivity, but all decent sized lumps. 10 carp caught totalling 420 lb’s, with an average weight of 42 lb. 4 carp lost….- 52lb – Phil Booth…- 48lb 6oz – Phil Booth, 46lb 12oz – Paul Skipworth, 46lb 4oz – Paul Skipworth, 45lb 4oz – fish manm 44lb – Bob Bellamy 43lb – Paul Skipworth….- Also – 34lb, 30lb 6oz, 30lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 16th Sep 2017 - Sat 23rd Sep 2017 2 3 4 2 11 48 lb
5 Anglers from Mersyside fished at the lake this week. Weather started rainy yet again, but got warmer by the day as the week progressed - still very nippy at night though. Another slow and demanding week, but really huge carp checking in, giving a fantastic average. All but one swim caught a 50 or a 60 lb’er, so lots of PB’s – well they came here to catch big carp, and they certainly did. Extreme quality over quantity in this case I think. 14 carp caught but 3 not weighed, so 11 carp totalling 570 lb’s, and an ever brilliant average weight of 48lb - amazing for 5 anglers….- 63lb 5oz – Danny Eaglesome…- 63lb – Rob Fearn…- 58lb – Dave Crotty…- 57lb – Ken Shipman…- 55lb 11oz – Danny Eaglesome…- 51lb – Dave Crotty…- 49lb 8oz – Ken Shipman, 48lb 8oz – Dave Crotty, 48lb 8oz – Ken Shipman…- Also - 38lb, 37lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 9th Sep 2017 - Sat 16th Sep 2017 2 3 4 9 46 lb
6 anglers this week – 3 from Essex, 2 from Stoke on Trent, and 1 from Lincolnshire. A dire week compared to the last, with miserable rain all week, along with mist and cold nights. After producing 19 of the Carp last week, the usually extremely productive Bay completely switched off for a change, and unfortunately 3 anglers blanked this week, which luckily does not happen very often. Some great weights coming out from the far end, but very few and far between for our persistent anglers, who still had a great laugh along the way. Two beautiful Commons banked this week, and it is always good to see these when they appear. 9 carp caught totalling 414 lb’s, but a superb average weight of 46lb….- 59lb – Pops Spendelow…- 54lb 10oz Common – Dave Johnson…- 53lb 4oz – Phil Spendelow…- 50lb 3oz – Dave Johnson…- 47lb 11oz – Dave Johnson, 41lb Common – Dave Johnson, 41lb – Dave Johnson…- Also – 38lb, 30lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 2nd Sep 2017 - Sat 9th Sep 2017 4 13 4 5 1 27 40 lb
6 Anglers this week - 2 from The Midlands, and 4 from Stafford. Slow start with it being very chilly on Saturday night, but it did bring a lovely 58lb’er to the net. On Sunday, it was warmer and sunnier, and good old Matey put in his first appearance since the end of June. He was in superb condition, and at a great weight of 78lb off No 5 swim this time. His weight has been very up and down this year, but we are happy with his weight since the spawns. Monday was again dull and overcast, foggy and cold, so Autumn is definitely settling in, but another 50+ out overnight showed that the big ones were feeding, and although production has been slow for some of our anglers, they were mostly worth the wait when they did put in an appearance. Much the same weather all week, with Matt Wilshaw top dog, landing an amazing 19 of the carp caught. A great haul with fantastic weights guys – well done. 27 carp caught totalling 1,086 lb’s, and with the weights mainly staying above 35lb, still keeping an average weight of 40lb. A few lost. …- 78lb – Steve Marsden…- 58lb 13oz – Ryan Mallon…- 56lb – Matt Wilshaw…- 52lb – Matt Wilsha…- 52lb – Steve Marsden…- 50lb – Matt Wilshaw…- 48lb – Andy Davis, 47lb 5oz – Matt Wilshaw, 43lb – Matt Wilshaw, 41lb 11oz – Ryan Mallen…- Also – 39lb x 2, 38lb 11oz, 38lb, 37lb 9oz, 35lb, 34lb x 2, 33lb, 32lb x 2, 31lb 5oz, 31lb…- And – 29lb, 28lb, 24lb x 2.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 26th Aug 2017 - Sat 2nd Sep 2017 2 4 6 1 2 15 42 lb
Another 6 guys on the lake – 3 from Lancashire, and 3 from Wales. It is so nice to see that when there is more than one group on the lake, that the guys get on as well as these guys did. Nothing was showing on Saturday night or Sunday, and with the extremely high humidity, we were praying for some rain or a good storm. On Monday morning, two good sized commons put in an appearance, with another 40 + on Tuesday, despite temperatures going up to a blistering 42 degrees. Amazingly, it was 10 degrees less on Wednesday, with rain on and off most of the day, but the carp seemed to like it, and another 5 were banked. A dramatic change in the weather on Thursday, with the guys saying they were very cold overnight. We can-not believe how many large carp are being caught at the moment in the hottest part of the day, and still putting up a good fight. Also good to see 5 commons springing into action for a change. 16 Carp caught totalling 629 lb’s, and an average weight of just under 40lb. It is thought that around 15 were lost – disappointing, what a great haul it could have been if all the carp were like this. Anyhow, they made up for in quality chunks yet again….- 63lb – Dean Morgan…- 62lb – Dylan Jones….- 51lb 8oz – Dean Morgan…- 46lb 10oz – Keiran Vonk, 46lb 4oz – Adam Clack, 45lb – Keiran Vonk, 44lb Common – Mick Wall, 43lb Common – Craig Chadwick, 41lb 3oz – Dean Morgan…- Also – 37lb Common, 32lb x 2, 30lb…- And – 29lb Common, 26lb Common.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 19th Aug 2017 - Sat 26th Aug 2017 4 6 11 2 23 41 lb
4 new guys from Norfolk, and one angler (whose mate had to cancel last minute) from Lancashire, joined us to fish the lake this week. A somewhat challenging time amid challenging conditions, with the very unusual weather for August starting the week cooler, to being boiling hot Monday with very high humidity until the rain started. There was a short respite when it cooled substantially overnight, and Tuesday morning - hotting up later, then up to the 32 degree mark again on Wednesday. Thus, the water temperature is also up and down. Considering that the carp will be feeding on abundant naturals as well as the bait, a great amount of good chunks were landed, and not so many smaller carp, which is fantastic considering that the larger weight carp will now be getting so much harder to catch. 23 carp totalling 940 lb’s, and another good average weight of 41lb. Quite a few lost this week, and it could well have turned it into 30. Everyone had a decent lump – well done….- 52lb – Will Cornfield…- 50lb – Mark Smith…- 49lb – Will Cornfield, 49lb – Kirk Joy, 44lb – Will Cornfield, 43lb – Mark Smith, 43lb Wayne Brides, 41lb – Wayne Brides, 41lb – Wayne Brides, 40lb 3oz – Wayne Brides, 40lb – Darren Moore, 38lb – Mark Smith…- Also – 39lb, 38lb x 3, 36lb, 32lb…- And – 29lb 8oz, 28lb 5oz, 21lb x 2.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 12th Aug 2017 - Sat 19th Aug 2017 2 2 4 1 2 11 43 lb
6 anglers arrived at the lake from Manchester to join Simon who stayed on another week. It was really hard going for these guys this week, with very up and down temperatures, starting warmish, rising to 35 degrees on Monday, and then going down to around 19 degrees on Tuesday with heavy rain. The sun appeared again on Wednesday, accompanied by cloud on and off, and this seemed to be the pattern for the rest of the week. The larger carp are starting to show though, and these were worth waiting for in the end. A great bunch of guys enjoying their trip nonetheless. The amount of carp caught is down to 11 totalling 476 lbs, but the good weights are again keeping the average up to 43lb….- 62lb – Neil Griffin…- 60lb – Sean Larkin…- 50lb 8oz – Wayne Hogg…- 48lb – Dave Constable, 46lb – Sean Larkin, 43lb – Neil Griffin, 40lb – Sean Larkin…- Also – 38lb, 37lb…- And – 28lb 8oz, 23lb 2oz.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 5th Aug 2017 - Sat 12th Aug 2017 2 6 6 3 17 40 lb
4 regular anglers on the lake – one of our guys – Denis from Surrey booked 3 spaces, Martin, our friend from Birmingham, has been coming since we started trading, and it was his third trip this year. Simon stepped into a space this week when someone backed out, and he is staying on next week as well along with his mates from Manchester, and then there was Mat from Warwick – who again stepped in after someone dropped out. A very slow start for our guys – quite warm, but not too hot. On Sunday and Monday, it was overcast with drizzle, and by Wednesday, it was down to 14 degrees with some rain, which brought more activity to the lake. From 36 degrees the week before, and with such a dramatic change means unstable temperatures have affected catches yet again, but some big lumps are still showing themselves, and giving the anglers an even bigger fight. Colin has had many a swipe this week, but harder fighting fish shows that they are healthy, and add to the pleasure of the catch. A great haul for 4 guys – well done all. 17 carp caught totalling 674 lb’s with the average weight going up again to 40lb. 5 lost….- 56lb – Denis Friend…- 50lb 4oz – Simon Wells…- 50lb – Denis Friend…- 49lb – Simon Wells, 47lb – Martin Smith, 47lb – Denis Friend, 41lb – Martin Smith, 40lb – Simon Wells, 40lb – Denis Friend…- Also – 38lb, 37lb x 2, 32lb, 30lb 8oz x 2…- And – 26lb, 23lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 29th Jul 2017 - Sat 5th Aug 2017 6 9 11 3 29 37 lb
4 new guys from Cornwall visited us to start off the first week of the second half of our Season, and what a cracking start it was. Weather began sunny with rain later, and cloudy/rain on Sunday brought 3 out overnight including a 50. The carp kept our guys on their toes by coming out regularly, at all hours really, and even though overcast, it was extremely humid and stormy, with amazing scenes of lightning forks lighting up the sky. The temperature rose to 38 degrees again on Wednesday, so very, very hot, but not enough yet to really affect the heat of the water. It lowered by 10 degrees by Thursday, and the really large carp still seem to be lying low, but there were 40’s in abundance, and they seem to be benefitting from the new high energy pellet. They are feeding well, and putting up one hell of a fight before landing in the nets, so we should see some impact on their weights again soon. 30 carp caught totalling 1,103 lb’s, and a healthy average weight of 37lb. This is amazing for 4 anglers. Around 6 lost - a couple of really big ones. A great haul to a really nice group of guys….- 53lb 8oz – Chris Martin…- 53lb – Chris Martin…- 51lb 2oz – Phil Martin…- 49lb 11oz – Phil Martin, 45lb – Allastair Watts, 44lb – Allastair Watts, 44lb – Chris Martin, 44lb – Adam Martin, 42lb 11oz – Phil Martin, 42lb 9oz – Phil Martin, 42lb 3oz – Phil Martin, 42lb 3oz – Phil Martin, 42lb – Chris Martin, 41lb – Adam Martin Also – 38lb, 37lb, 34lb, 33lb x 3, 32lb x 2, 30lb And – 28lb 8oz, 28lb x 2, 27lb 5oz, 26lb x 2
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 1st Jul 2017 - Sat 8th Jul 2017 3 7 2 1 13 47 lb
A group of 6 anglers this week from different parts of the country - one of them on his second visit this year, and also coming back a third time later in the year. The week started off rainy, so we were hoping for some respite against all the hot weather of late, but it was not to be, the skies started brightening up and the temperatures began rising with each passing day – 33 degrees by Tuesday, and right up to the 40 degree mark again by the end of the week. Matey finally put in an appearance after a few week’s absence. His weight was down to 78lb 8oz after spawning, but we are very happy with that weight, as he has not dropped as much as some of the carp have. The smaller carp seem to be giving it a miss now, making way for the big lumps who are now starting to feed again, and hopefully gaining their lost weight. It is going to be cooler this coming week, so even better if the water temperature can go down quite a few degrees. We are now closed for 3 weeks, so rest on you carp, and get ready to do battle with those PB chasing anglers who are yet to arrive for the second half of the Season starting in August. Well done guys – still hard going with the high temperatures, but a top week for lumps. 13 carp caught totalling 614 lb’s, and the average weight shooting up again to an incredible 47lb….- 77lb 7oz – Andrew Reid…- 58lb 4oz- Bob Bellamy,…- 56lb – David Chivers…- 48lb – Gary Mitchell, 47lb 4oz – Dick Belcher, 46lb 2oz – Dick Belcher, 41lb 9oz – Gary Belcher, 41lb 4oz – Bob Bellamy, 41lb 4oz Common – Bob Bellamy, 40lb 6oz – Dick Belcher….- Also – 39lb 9oz, 39lb, 38lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 24th Jun 2017 - Sat 1st Jul 2017 8 5 4 1 18 33 lb
5 anglers this week, 3 from Cambridgeshire and 2 from London. Unfortunately one of the group from Cambridgeshire had an accident, and could not make it. The weather stayed excessively hot on Saturday and Sunday, but cooled down on Sunday night, bringing the fish on slightly, with 2 x 40’s and 2 x 30’s. On Monday, there was not a sniff or a ripple, and even though there were a few interludes of rain to cool things a little, it still remained very humid. There were some catches on Tuesday night, but then it became stormy with torrential rain on Wednesday – so shopping for fishermen’s food last Wednesday at 42.5 degrees, to torrents and flooding this Wednesday, and temperatures down to 17 degrees. Such drastic changes do not suit the carp, and as some were going into spawn again towards the end of the previous week, the weights have stayed down because the fish have not started to feed as much as we would have hoped with the continued changing weather. Rain and wind continued all day Thursday right up to the end of the week. Obviously water is a lot cooler than of late, but the larger carp are still lying low, probably on naturals, giving the smaller ones a chance to spring into action. We can-not believe how many runs are being lost at the moment- catch results could be so much better. Not sure how many in total were lost, but it was a fair few. 18 Carp caught totalling 601 lb’s, with the average weight of 33lb not being seen on our lake since September 2012. This is unbelievable, as it has been well into the 40’s for the past few years now. There are more small carp in the lake than we ever thought, and they have obviously been growing by avoiding being eaten when they were just spawn. We know that these were not put in by us, because we only took the larger fish out of the stock pond to put into the main lake a couple of years ago, and these were all well into their 30's. So... it has been very hard fishing for the past few weeks. One week to go until we close and rest the lake. With the new high energy pellet, and hopefully more settled weather from August, we will see a lot more of those awesome beasts once again gracing the banks of our beautiful lake….- 54lb 5oz – Sean Backhouse…- 47lb 8oz – Gary Rosenthal, 47lb – Jeff Cook, 45lb – Jeff Cook, 40lb 7oz – Sean Backhouse, Also – 36lb x 2, 35lb, 31lb 6oz, 31lb…- And – 28lb Common, 28lb, 26lb x 2, 25lb, 24lb, 20lb x 2
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 17th Jun 2017 - Sat 24th Jun 2017 4 8 3 1 16 35 lb
We welcomed 4 new anglers lake this week from Cheshire. Baz also fished Saturday night and Sunday to make up the numbers, and as he does not get many opportunities like this, he takes them when he can. Continuing hot with a slight breeze, and temperatures rising each day to a blistering 42.5 degrees by Thursday, but going down slightly on Friday. Baz fished in the hottest place – The Med, good job he likes the heat. Even with the aerators going at full blast constantly, mostly smaller carp showing up on the banks this week, they have more energy when the water is so warm, and we can-not believe that a 60lb’er was actually caught during the hottest part of the day on Wednesday. It just goes to show that you can never really predict what carp are going to do, or when. In these exceptional temperatures, it was never going to be a brilliant week for catching, so we are really grateful for what was achieved by these guys. Everyone caught, including Baz – on Thursday night, although he did not pose for a photo, it was around 35lb. A great effort all you guys. Roll on next week for some rain cooling everything down. We are now considering using high energy pellet during these long and hot Summer months, to give our special beauties more vigour and stamina at this time. 16 carp totalling 560 lb’s, with an average weight of 35lb - the lowest average this Season. A few also lost….- 60lb 5oz – Keith Jones…- 43lb 5oz – George Smart, 42lb Common – Ben Jerram, 40lb – George Smart…- Also – 39lb 5oz, 38lb 36lb, 35lb,33lb, 31lb, 30lb x 2…- And – 29lb, 28lb, 23lb x 2.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 10th Jun 2017 - Sat 17th Jun 2017 2 + 1-15lb 3 6 1 1 14 40 lb
6 more anglers arrived this week, 2 from Oxford, 1 from Lincolnshire, and 3 from Wales. Another very slow, frustrating, and blisteringly hot and humid week for our guys. The catches came very slowly with the start of the week being in the high 30’s, then overcast by Monday, with a few of the fish starting to come out, including the 61lb. Red hot again following this, and the lake was still as a millpond, with nothing showing, only intermittently giving respite when it had cooled down, mostly early morning or evening. A strong breeze kept our anglers a little cooler, and the aerators were working to their full capacity maintaining the oxygen levels in the lake, but the carp were obviously going where it is cooler, with only some being tempted up at certain times of the day. There were 8 runs in the last 24 hours, which hopefully means that they are going back on the munch, ready for this week to come, but with temperatures staying at high 30’s until next Saturday, and probably higher at the lake – who knows? As usual, still some good weights – well done to you guys. 14 Carp caught totalling 565 lb’s, with an average weight of 40 lb. Around 7/8 were lost, so more than were landed, were actually taking the bait…- 61lb – Mark Buttigieg…- 52lb – Steve Mallone…- 49lb – Glen Dee, 48lb 10oz – Michael Cleaver, 48lb – Mark Buttigieg, 47lb 8oz – Michael Cleaver, 45lb – Glen Dee, 41lb – Steve Mallone…- Also – 39lb 12oz, 38lb 5oz, 37lb 14oz…- And – 21lb 4oz, 21lb, 15lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 3rd Jun 2017 - Sat 10th Jun 2017 1 4 3 1 9 40 lb
All regular guys visiting us this week – two from Hampshire, two from Norfolk, and two singles from Cheshire, who did not realise that they only live a couple of streets away – very small world indeed. A great bunch of guys who got on extremely well. It was raining all day when they arrived on Saturday, changing of course as it does to very hot by Sunday with not much happening, but plenty of carp showing. Monday was overcast and slow, but everyone was having a laugh. Tuesday brought rain again during the night and continued overcast on Wednesday, but although warm, the fish finally started to feed, producing four fish in one and a half hours. By Thursday, another change, this time to boiling hot, so the weather causing problems yet again with it’s neverending sharp turnaround. What a huge difference to the amazing number of carp landed last week. All in all it was quite a frustrating and exceedingly slow week for our guys, but the great company made up for the lack of carp landed. 9 carp caught totalling 360 lb’s, with the average weight still not below 40lb though. A few lost…- 52lb – Eric Chan-Pensley…- 49lb – Tony Smith, 42lb – Shirley Smith, 40lb – Tony Smith…- Also – 39lb 13oz, 39lb 12oz, 37lb 4oz Common, 34lb 14oz…- And – 25lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 27th May 2017 - Sat 3rd Jun 2017 2 10 7 8 28 42 lb
All long term regulars this week - 3 from Essex, 2 from Grimsby, and 1 from Birmingham. Another sweltering hot start brought more challenges for our guys, particularly at the far end of the lake, but 2 good carp the first night was a bright start to the proceedings. The heat carried on through to a boiling hot Sunday, so inevitably the carp were not feeding much during the day, and most were caught evening or morning. Those “fishies” were playing hard to get. It became cooler and cloudier by Tuesday, with the threat of Thunderstorms predicted, and a little rain cooled the air slightly, but it was still very muggy. This produced quite a few more carp, and although still very warm on Wednesday, there was a short period of rain which measured around 20mm, and we couldn’t believe the hailstones that accompanied it - this seemed to really alter things for the rest of the week. Some stunning carp were caught with great scale formation, and a fair few late 50’s which appeared to be spawned out, so some weight lost, and 3 of them would probably have been 60 +’s. Still a lot of naturals in the water for the carp to get over the spawn on, so a great week for productivity and size – you guys have done well. 28 carp totalling 1,170 lb’s, giving us another great average weight of 42lb…- 59lb 8oz – Ian Noyce…- 59lb 8oz – again Ian Noyce…- 57lb 2oz – Harry Gibbs…- 56lb – John Trushell…- 53lb 8oz – Ian Noyce…- 53lb – John Trushell…- 52lb 12oz – Ian Noyce…- 50lb – Barry Gibbs…- 47lb 8oz – John Trushell, 46lb 8oz- Barry Gibbs, 45lb – Barry Gibbs, 44lb – John Trushell, 44lb Common – Ian Noyce, 43lb – John Trushell, 40lb – Barry Gibbs…- Also – 39lb, 38lb x 2, 37lb x 2, 36lb 8oz, 33lb, 32lb, 31lb x 2…- And – 27lb 14oz, 21lb, 17lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 20th May 2017 - Sat 27th May 2017 3 4 3 2 12 40 lb
Some new lads from Essex arrived to fish the lake this week. With the spawn supposedly over, we thought this might be a good week for the carp to go on the munch again, but the guys woke to brilliant sunshine on Sunday morning with it becoming increasingly humid over the next few days. Tuesday was a little cooler, but fishing continued to be very slow. Last week’s spawn has left its mark. It didn’t counteract too badly last week, with the males still feeding, but it certainly seems to have had an impact this week. Continuing blazing hot throughout the rest of this week, the temperatures kept on rising, and reached 40 degrees by Friday. Not as many big lumps as usual, but saying that, we can-not believe the amount of carp lost this week – around 14/15 in all, some reported as very large – Matey may even have been among them, so this could very well have turned into a much more productive week if they had all been landed. Consequently, only 12 carp on the bank totalling 475lb’s, but still keeping the average weight in the 40’s, at 40lb….- 59lb – Andy Sargeant…- 55lb – Allan Tyrrell…- 49lb 14oz – Lee Sapsford, 48lb 6oz – Lee Sapsford, 42lb 8oz – Andy Sargeant, 39lb – Andy Sargeant, 38lb – Allan Tyrrell…- Also – 39lb, 38lb, 31lb 8oz, 31lb…- And – 27lb 8oz, 27lb Common, 26 ish.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 13th May 2017 - Sat 20th May 2017 4 5 6 5 1 21 41 lb
It should have been a group of 6 lads on the lake this week, but as one could not make it, The guys asked Baz if he would like to fish with them for a couple of nights – well as you can imagine, he did not have to be asked twice. The weather started a lot warmer, reaching 35 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, but by evening you could not see over the lake for the thick mist. The heat inevitably brought the carp into spawn, and they started grouping by the aerator over the far side, taking in the benefit of added oxygen, and there was a lot of activity going on. We saw an abundance of spawn in any weed that came up with the catches, and it was noted that the carp caught were predominantly male, with some still milking. Considering the spawning, a brilliant total with huge weights yet again – a few more of the small fry, but nothing under 24lb, and 4 of our guys smashed their PB’s including Baz. Baz always has a good laugh with these lads, but so sorry you guys – Baz had the biggest fish this week in only 2 nights – ironic - (it must have been a fluke). 21 carp caught totalling 861 lb’s, and even with more smaller showing, still keeping the average weight good at 41lb. Around 6 lost, which could have boosted the total up considerably. A few more commons gracing the bank, which is good to see. A tip-top week lads….- 61lb – Baz Reah…- 59lb 8oz – David Brockbank…- 58lb – Thomas McAnulty…- 56lb 8oz – Rik Harris…- 55lb – Billy Woods…- 53lb Common – Rik Harris…- 43lb Common – David Brockbank, 43lb – Rik Harris, 42lb – David Brockbank, 41lb 8oz – Billy Woods, 40lb – Rik Harris, 40lb – Billy Woods, 39lb – David Brockbank…- Also – 39lb, 34lb, 30lb x 3…- And – 29lb Common, 27lb, 25lb, 24lb Common.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 6th May 2017 - Sat 13th May 2017 1 1 5 7 14 47lb
6 lads from Rotherham arrived to join us this week. Another slow start as has been usual lately, with rain Saturday and Sunday , but really brightening up on Monday, and it was actually quite hot in the afternoon, but cold in the wind. Tuesday was much the same, and on Wednesday, it started sunny changing to rain in the afternoon – this seemed to spur on the larger carp to go on the munch. Typically, it all changed again overnight by bringing a particularly foul rainy Thursday. So, high and low pressures yet again consequently made it seem hard for our guys, but a few good carp were caught every day, with a very decent run of 50’s, and only two catches under 40lb, thereby giving another brilliant average weight. 5 lads caught a 50, and 1 just missed by a whisker - only a pound under, so great angling from them. Another great haul of big chunks on the bank. Next week predicted to be getting hot - 22 to 27 degrees, so another spawn maybe?? 14 Carp caught totalling 661 lb’s, and an average weight of 47 lb. Some lost…. 59lb – John White…- 56lb 8oz – Brett Jones,…- 52lb – David Bentley…- 50lb – John White…- 50lb – Martin White…- 50lb – again Martin White…- 45lb – John White, 45lb – David Bentley, 42lb – Martin White, 41lb – Leon Bentley…- Also - 39lb..- And - 28lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 29th Apr 2017 - Sat 6th May 2017 3 6 6 5 1 1 22 44 lb
This week, we were visited by another 6 of our regular anglers from Liverpool and Stoke-on-Trent. Why can’t the weather make up it’s mind?? The forecast storm did not amount to anything like we thought it would, and the wind died down, causing it to be much milder during Saturday night, producing a 66 and a 52 On Sunday, there were 4 more catches overnight, and Monday, even though we had hailstones, produced another 8. There would have been another 60 lb’er, but the hook must have come out in the net and become locked in the carp’s side. The guys decided it must be counted as a failed hook, so it was weighed and put back – such a shame. Luckily, it was not pulled in by it’s side, or it could have been nasty. Tuesday brought rain and sun, and also his lordship Matey polled up in his usual manner, off the Quarry this time, at 79lb 3oz. He still seems to be thriving, and now weighs over 3lb’s heavier than when caught two week’s ago. He will soon be up to his usual colossal weight and beyond. Just as we thought “this is going to be a good week”, the high pressure set in again, and it just went dead. A few more later though with lots of different weathers catching everyone off guard, being so changeable. Most catches were caught in the hours of darkness this week, and it is good to see some great commons coming along nicely. More of the smaller carp put in an appearance - possibly some of the larger ones are still resting from the spawn. On working out the final count up and average weight, a good week on the whole. 22 carp caught totalling 957 lb’s, and still a great average weight of 44lb. A few lost again. 79lb 3oz – Sam Causer…- 66lb – Steve McCarthy…- 55lb 8oz – John Walley…- 55lb – John Walley…- 54lb common – Steve McCarthy…- 52lb 4oz Common – Steve McCarthy…- 52lb 2oz – Ian Goodwin…- 49lb 2oz- Ian Goodwin, 42lb 8oz Common – Ian Goodwin, 42lb – Steve McCarthy, 41lb – John Walley, 40lb 8oz – John Walley, 40lb 1oz – Ian Goodwin…- Also - 38lb 2oz, 38lb, 36lb 4oz x 2, 34lb, 30lb 8oz…- And - 26lb 4oz, 26lb, 23lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 22nd Apr 2017 - Sat 29th Apr 2017 2 2 8 3 1 16 43 lb
On the lake last week were 6 anglers from Bristol – 4 regular, with two newbies joining the group this time. The Barometer saw it’s highs and lows – from 37 degrees on Saturday when they arrived, to 7 degrees, and then minuses overnight. It was so bitterly cold, with a hard frost early morning, and even snow. Except for a couple of rainy occasions, the sun was still hot during the day, but that biting wind was mostly still present. Even though so cold at night, the water temperature seems to be quite warm, and carrying on from the week before, carp were showing some signs of a spawn, so another hard week for our guys, but still catching the larger carp. Four smashed their PB’s big time. Well done. A great bunch of lads with a lot of very comical banter going on. Some of these guys will be coming back later in the year, and all booked for next year as well. Looking forward to seeing you all again lads. 16 carp caught totalling 694 lb’s, with a lower average weight than recently of 43lb, due to a couple more smaller carp showing their faces. A few lost….- 62lb 8oz – Tony Cooper…- 57lb 4oz – Lee George,…- 54lb 1oz – Lee George…- 51lb Common – Martin Quayle… Also - - 49lb – Tony Cooper, 49lb – Martin Quayle, 47lb – Tony Cooper, 46lb – Martin Quayle, 45lb 5oz – Lee George, 42lb 4oz – Stephen White, 42lb – Ian Harper, 41lb 12oz – Stephen White…- And - 31lb, 30lb, 24lb, 20ish.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 15th Apr 2017 - Sat 22nd Apr 2017 2 4 2 3 11 49 lb
5 anglers arrived this week - 3 from The Isle of Wight, 1 from Carmarthenshire, and 1 from Cambridgeshire. There should have been another lad from Cambridgeshire, but he unfortunately went down with food poisoning the night before he was due to come. The lake really switched itself off, and our guys struggled for most of the week. The sun stayed out, but the biting wind was so strong at times, that everyone was freezing. The temperatures really dropped at night with some frost on waking, so it was not surprising that the fishing changed, and the carp moved mainly along the dam and quarry swims, giving them the best productivity this week. Quite a bit of fizzing noted, but mostly, they just did not seem to want to know. On speaking to another lake owner this week, their carp have already spawned due to the temperature of the 2 weeks before, so we are wondering if ours were going into spawn mode as well, and then changed their minds as the weather cooled. The carp caught off the Med did seem very rounded, so there may be a possibility of a spawn, although the weather is forecast to get much colder, with a precipitation of snow by mid-week, although I can-not believe it, because the temperature registered 38 degrees on my patio yesterday. The strong wind has turned to a warm breeze, but the weather here changes dramatically so quickly, and the carp may put another spawn on hold again. Hope they get their “mojo” back soon. All in all, although it was extremely hard fishing for our guys, there were some fantastic lumps caught, with the 60’s really coming into their own, and nothing out under 35lb. Our anglers come here to catch large carp, large carp is what they caught, they would not be interested in lots of small ones, so what it lacked in quantity this week, really made up for in quality and size. Good work guys. 11 Carp caught totalling 540 lb’s, with another mind blowing average weight of 49lb. 2 were lost….- 62lb – Pete Cambray…- 61lb 2oz- Jack Hudson…- 60b 6oz – Jack Hudson…- 53lb 7oz – Steven Jenkins…- 52lb – Richard Middleton…- 48lb 6oz – Steven Jenkins, 45lb - Jack Hudson, 42lb 10oz – Steven Jenkins, 42lb – Steven Jenkins…- Also - 38lb 1oz, 35lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 8th Apr 2017 - Sat 15th Apr 2017 2 12 6 1 21 48 lb
The second week of our new Season welcomed another 6 anglers to the lake. 2 Regulars from Bristol, 2 newbies from Essex, and another 2 newbies from Merseyside A very slow start, with the weather being extremely hot on Saturday and Sunday, carrying on from the last week, with a very nippy breeze. Not a sniff until it clouded over Monday afternoon, which must have helped to bring them along, because then 3 carp were caught within 20 minutes. We were not at all surprised to see Matey gracing the banks for the first time this Season. He must be going back to his normal feeding mode, and is in spectacular condition, obviously having lost weight over the Winter – now down to 76lb from 85lb 8oz in October last year. Hope he does not lose any more next week, as he usually lays off eating after he has been caught, and then goes back on the munch alternately. We were starting to get a little worried at the start of the week, but we needn’t have, because the lake has produced it's finest yet again. Another week of brilliant weights, with a fair amount of late 50’s, which will no doubt be 60’s in a couple of months. Only two carp caught under 40lb, which will contribute greatly to the average weight. The far side prospered with the most catches this week, and most of the largest weights. Another great haul from all our anglers – well done guys. 21 Carp caught totalling 1,006 lb’s, and need I say it, the average weight is up again to an unbelievable 48lb’s. 3 lost…- 76lb – Dan Keen…- 59lb – Jason Carey…- 57lb – Dave Robinson…- 56lb 12oz – Dan Keen…- 54lb 8oz – Dan keen…- 53lb 8oz – Jason Carey…- 50lb – Jason Carey…- 48lb – Mick Grey, 47lb 6oz – Jason Carey, 47lb – Dave Robinson, 47lb Common - Dan Keen, 44lb 8oz – Dan Keen, 44lb – Dave Robinson, 43lb – Mick Grey, 42lb - Dave Robinson, 41lb 8oz Common – Jason Carey, 41lb 6oz – Barry Moore, 41lb 4oz – Barry Moore, 40lb. – Mick Grey… And – 38lb, 35lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 1st Apr 2017 - Sat 8th Apr 2017 2 8 5 15 47 lb
To start our new 2017 Season off, we welcomed 2 new anglers from Ireland, Colin’s nephew and great nephew from London, along with Martin Smith from Birmingham who has been coming here since the off, and another regular - Mat from Warwick. The weather started off cold and miserable, with rain on Saturday night and Sunday morning, brightening up on Sunday afternoon, with the first 3 carp being caught. Monday warmed up even more with plenty of sun all day, and carp were crashing and fizzing all over, showing that they were well on the munch, and this produced our first 50 of the Season to the delight of one of our new guys from Ireland. The good weather continued, but in the shade, the strong wind was bitter and did not help the catches along. Catches then came very slowly, and took some getting off the ground – bloodworm were being picked up with some of the carp, proving that they were still getting plenty of food from their natural environment as well, and only intermittently going for the bait. Colin’s nephew Steve, who blanked all week, went on to catch two 50’s on the last night – patience is a virtue, and the saying is absolutely right “he who laughs last, laughs longest”. Following on from last year, mostly big lumps caught, even though they will have lost weight over the Winter months – a great haul for the first week. Well done to our guys. The good weather is set to continue, so watch this space. An unbelievable average weight of 47lb. A few lost… 59lb – Steve Nash…- 57lb – Danny Stoddart…- 55lb – Martin Smith…- 51lb 4oz – Steve Dohe…- 51lb – Steve Nash…- 49lb 2oz – Mat Smith, 48lb – Martin Smith, 48lb – Danny Stoddart, 47lb – Martin Smith, 45lb – Martin Smith, 44lb – Danny Stoddart, 40lb –Danny Stoddart, 40lb – Danny Stoddart. …-Also - 38lb – Shane McConnell, 33lb – Danny Stoddart.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Mon 31st Oct 2016 - Sat 31st Dec 2016 66 160 216 123 15 7 3 600 43 lb
END OF SEASON REPORT 2016 Another brilliant year at Lac Les Pins, which never ceases to surprise and overwhelm us, as another major achievement. Well done to all our angling friends. The carp went through several spawns yet again due to the extreme weather, but it did not seem to affect the catch rate too much except for a couple of dire weeks. We are lucky that the lake is fed all year round, and the depths are kept almost the same, so the carp are virtually protected from lack of oxygen, even though they go deep in extreme temperatures, where it is cooler. Despite there being another few months of blazing heat and not much rainfall, there were more larger weights than ever, and less lower ones this year, so our prediction is that very soon there will be none under 30lb’s. Greedy guts Matey allowed himself to be caught almost every other week, except during the spawn, and went through a number of changes in weight throughout the year – the biggest being 85lb 8oz. Despite being caught so much, he is still in tip-top condition, as are all our carp. The best week for productivity with 41 carp, was the week of 10th – 17th September, followed closely by the weeks of 11th – 18th June and 3rd – 10th September with 37 each . Best weight Mirror goes to Ian Noyce with “Matey” at 85lb 8oz, and best weight Common to Jamie Dunn at 52lb. 13 – 50’s were produced in the week 16th – 23rd April, and more than 1 x 50lb’er was caught every week during 2016. Most catches in one week goes jointly to Eric Chan-Pensley and Nick Burrows, both with 18 carp caught, and almost catching them up was Ali Small with 17 carp. 600 carp were caught during 2016, with the average weight being an incredible 43lb – that is absolutely amazing. 3 x 80’s, 7 x 70’s, 15 x 60’s, 123 x 50’s, 216 x 40’s, 160 x 30’s and 66 x 20’s. CONTINUING WORK..... Not much stops during Winter as there is still plenty of tree work and cutting back to do with the chain saw and strimmer, which is usual at this time of year. Baz has to do the jobs which he-not carry out when there are anglers on the lake. Luckily he has been able to get away with no major structural work this year. Plenty of Logging to keep us warm too. He has also been working hard to finish the office – and I must say it is looking very luxurious. The carp are being regularly fed as the weather has been exceptionally warm right up to mid-December, and we are still getting some very sunny days, although bitter in the wind and at night. Baz and a friend fished a couple of days and nights until it got really cold the week leading up to Christmas, but the sun shone on them with their best present - they both managed their personal bests – Jim a 61lb, and Baz, a 58lb. It is predicted to be a mild Winter, so with the fish continually feeding, - plenty of larger weights expected for 2017. ON A NOT SO PLEASANT NOTE….. We get so much pleasure from seeing our anglers go away happy, especially when a lot have had their pb’s smashed – sometimes by an alarming amount, but it really saddens us too, by finding out that a handful of them, despite being reminded in advance of our lake rules, are still not following them. 1. In the dustbins we have found empty bags that had contained maize, 2. Barbed hooks still being used secretly, 3. Not being prepared for photographs, 4. Crack offs (not bothering to look at the end of the rods, therefore we are still finding carp carrying line). In fact, the PB that Baz caught was tethered, still with rig, lead and also plastic bait. So--- obviously, some of our anglers just don’t care. We do not understand why anglers who love fishing so much, and know that it can harm and even kill the fish, still do this. This is a very selfish act, and when we find out who they are, they will definitely be banned, no matter who. We protect our fish as much as we can, and take pride in their quality and health. We trust our anglers to treat them with respect – once again, if you really do not like our rules, please do not consider fishing at Lac Les Pins.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 22nd Oct 2016 - Sat 29th Oct 2016 2 7 8 6 3 26 44 lb
A mixed bunch of 6 anglers this week – four of who came quite last minute due to a cancellation. Hard luck to those who did not make it, because the last week of the Season had quite an explosive end – first class fishing with great guys who all got on famously – makes all the difference. Some real beauties coming out, with consistent catches, and no swims failing to achieve a big lump. 3 more 60’s again - the way it is going, they will be catching “Matey” up no problem next year, and we will have a few more 70’s. The weather was warmish for the first part of the week, and getting colder mid-week, with the carp moving down the lake, but back up again for the latter part, when it warmed up yet again. Hence, they were all over the lake and really on the munch, so plenty of weight going back on. I think we can be proud of the lake’s performance, and certainly the guys’ capabilities - the last week really did go out with a bang. 26 Carp totalling 1,152lb’s with yet again, a superb average weight of 44lb’s. A big one lost….- 65lb 8oz – Danny Stoddard…- 65lb – Taz Hoskins…- 60lb – Danny Stoddard…- 56lb – Dave Johnson…-55lb – Dave Johnson…- 53lb – Martin Smith…- 52lb – Martin Smith…-51lb 4oz – Pete Cambray…- 50lb – Pete Cambray…- 48lb – Mike Shore, 47lb – Mike Shore, 47lb – Martin Smith, 46lb 5oz Common – Taz Hoskins, 45lb – Dave Johnson, 42lb Common – Martin Smith, 41lb – Martin Smith, 40lb 8oz – Martin Smith…- Also - 39lb 14oz, 38 lb, 36lb, 32lb, 31lb 8oz, 30lb x 2…- And - 27lb, 23lb 8oz.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 15th Oct 2016 - Sat 22nd Oct 2016 4 5 1 10 41lb
We were host to 6 anglers again this week, 2 of our regulars from Coventry, 1 from Liverpool, and 2 newbies from Croydon and 1 from Brighton. A cold, very slow start again, but it started to get a little warmer from Tuesday when the sun came out. The East wind was very chilly when it clouded over, and could well have had an impact on catches this week. We thought it might turn out like last week - slow and then turning around as the week progressed, but it was not to be, and never really picked up. Just 10 carp totalling 413lbs – not a lot caught, but still an incredible average weight of 41lb…- 51lb – Joe Spears…- 49lb – Ged Hargreaves, 47lb – Ged Hargreaves, 45lb – Charlie Sandy, 44lb – Ged Hargreaves, 43lb – Gary Turley…- Also - 35lb, 34lb, 33lb and a 30+.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 8th Oct 2016 - Sat 15th Oct 2016 4 6 11 6 2 1 30 44 lb
6 guys with us at the lake again this week – 2 from Norfolk, 2 from Sheffield, and 2 from London. A slow start with just the small ones appearing at first, amid a temperature much lower during the day and even colder at night. Some sun for the first few days, then heavy mist and overcast, with a couple of days of much needed rain – really nippy. Then it seemed to take off big time with 2 x 60’s out within a few hours of each other, which we have not seen for a while now – these should be new 70’s shortly if they carry on munching like this. Most of the larger carp followed straight after, and what did I say about Matey last week? – well it seems I was wrong. Yes – out he came again on the last day, having put on 4lb in just over a week – now weighing in at 78lb 8oz, and will soon be over the 80 mark again. All swims caught great weights, with some harder than others as is usual, and this time it was the turn of the Med and Riviera to take most in quantity. A great week for our guys – it has taken long enough to pick up again, but better later than never. 30 carp caught totalling 1,326 lbs, and an even greater average of 44lb. A few lost….- 78lb 8oz – Lee Hodge…- 65lb 8oz – Glenn Lilley…- 63lb – Glenn Lilley…- 59lb – Joe Grabarek…- 56lb – Glenn Lilley…- 54lb 8oz – Steve Hancock…- 52lb 8oz – Steve Hancock…- 51lb – Steve Hancock…- 50lb 8oz – Mark Lewis…- 49lb 14oz – Glenn Lilley, 49lb Common – Glenn Lilley, 47lb 8oz – Steve Hancock, 47lb – Steve Hancock, 46lb 8oz – Steve Hancock, 46lb – Glenn Lilley, 43lb – Mark Lewis, 42lb Common – Lee Hodge, 40lb – Anthony Blyth, 40lb – Mark Lewis, 40lb – Steve Hancock….- Also - 39lb, 38lb, 35lb x 2, 31lb x 2…- And - 26lb, 24lb Common, 23lb x 2.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 1st Oct 2016 - Sat 8th Oct 2016 6 7 9 5 1 28 42lb
Another 6 anglers joined us this week – 2 from Liverpool, 2 from Norfolk, 1 from Suffolk and 1 from Sheffield. A dull start with overnight rain – still not enough after the prolonged dry spell. The sun tried to come out on Sunday, and with already some good weights caught, looked like they were certainly feeding again. It is getting pretty nippy at night now, even though still warm during the day, but the heat is much less intense than of late - down to around 18 degrees, and sometimes a sharp breeze, giving signs that we are well under way for the Autumn chill. Matey showed his face once again - we did not think it would be too long, and he has lost a little more weight – now down to 74lb 8oz. He is not giving himself enough time to de-stress between all the spawns, the excessive heat, and being netted so often. A very spasmodic week, but productive, with the carp moving at the start from the bay, over to the other side, the quarry, and then onto the Dam, so all our anglers caught fantastic weights. Well done everyone – especially the two new guys, with one waiting patiently for his time to come. Hopefully, now all the carp are well on the munch, and will start to put on their lost weight again. If we have another mild Winter, then feeding will continue and they will be fit and active for the start of next year’s Season. 28 carp caught totalling 1,163 lb’s , with the average staying brilliant at 42lb. 3 Lost….- 74lb 8oz – Steve McCarthy…- 58lb 2oz – Steve Thompson…- 57lb – Tony Smith.…- 52lb – Mick Bailey…-51lb – Steve Thompson…-50lb – Steve McCarthy…-48lb 12oz – Shirley Smith, 48lb 4oz – Mark Webb, 48lb – Shirley Smith, 48lb – Steve McCarthy, 47lb 4oz – Mark Webb, 46lb 8oz – Steve McCarthy, 43lb 2oz – Steve Thompson, 41lb 14oz – Steve Thompson, 41lb – Mick Bailey…- Also- 38lb 4oz, 38lb, 35lb 12oz, 34lb 8oz, 32lb x 2, 30lb…- And – 29lb x 2, 28lb x 3, 26lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 24th Sep 2016 - Sat 1st Oct 2016 5 8 2 15 43lb
5 anglers visited us from Solihull for a whole lake booking this week. It proved to be an even slower week for our guys, and if feeding had gotten under way last week, then it was stopped in its tracks by the temperatures soaring again well into the 30’s. 30 and 40 lb’ers were caught all week until Friday, when the two 50’s made a beeline for the bait - late in the day, but well worth waiting for. No small ones, so the average weight was kept high yet again. A nice rounded haul – at least everyone caught, so well done guys. 15 carp caught totalling 645 lb’s, and another incredible average weight of 43lb. 3 were lost…- 53lb 10oz – Peter Richards…- 52lb – Hadley Boyce…- 49lb – Richard Boyce, 48lb 8oz – Richard Boyce, 47lb 12oz – Richard Boyce, 47lb 4oz – Andrew Morris-Ebdon, 46lb – Richard Boyce, 45lb – Richard Boyce, 45lb – Dave Webster, 43lb 8oz – Richard Boyce…- Also - 38lb, 35lb 10oz, 34lb, 30lb 1oz, 30lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 17th Sep 2016 - Sat 24th Sep 2016 6 5 7 4 22 40lb
6 anglers fishing this week - 5 from Staffordshire, and 1 from Buckinghamshire. It was a rainy start as the guys arrived, with both cloud and sun continuing for the rest of the week. Temperatures were a bit lower than of late – an ideal climate for fishing really, but having said that, it was still a hard week for some of our guys, with slightly lower productivity, and the carp still not gaining their lost weight very rapidly. 22 Carp caught totalling 878 lb’s, with another good average weight of 40 lb. A couple lost…- 57lb 8oz – Scott Wilkinson…- 57lb – Matt Wilshaw…-54lb – Ian Goodwin…-50lb – Sam Anslow…- 49lb 15oz – Scott Wilkinson, 49lb 4oz – Sam Anslow, 49lb – Matt Wilshaw, 46lb 4oz – Phil Jordan, 42lb Common – Phil Jordan, 41lb – Matt Wilshaw, 40lb – Sam Anslow…- Also - 39lb, 38lb, 37lb, 36lb 12oz, 30lb. And - 29lb 8oz, 29lb x 2, 27lb, 26lb, 21lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 10th Sep 2016 - Sat 17th Sep 2016 2 12 18 8 1 41 43lb
6 anglers on a visit to Lac Les Pins this week, a group of 4 and two singles. Same start as last week. Plenty of heat up to Tuesday night when the heavens opened, and we thought we were going to be in for a serious storm, as some Departments have been on orange alert. The rain continued on overnight, through to Wednesday and cooled it down quite a lot. Obviously Matey liked it, as right on cue, he was at the net yet again, but we can't believe the weight loss - down 10lb since July - now at 75lb, such a big drop, but he did this 4 years ago, and soon put it back on again. All carp have dropped weight dramatically with the weather being so hot for so long, and with the continuous spawning we did not expect the number of 50's that have come out. Many of these would have been in the 60 Category earlier in the year. Hoping during the next 6 weeks, that the weather will now be sensible and let the rest of the Season make up in productivity and weight gain. This has been our most productive week so far this Season, and with the amount lost, it could have been the most productive ever. An amazing week, with everyone catching a 50, and going away very, very happy lads. Good to see 5 commons out this week. 41 carp caught totalling 1,773 lb's, with another fantastic average weight of 43lb, which is incredible out of 40 carp. 12 were lost - 57lb - Ian Harper - 55lb 8oz - John Trushell -52lb 7oz - John Dixon - 53lb - Dave Matthews - 52lb - Roy Brough - 51lb - Ian Harper - 50lb - Roy Brough - 50lb - Dave Matthews - 49lb 14oz - Martin Quayle, 49lb - Dave Matthews, 49lb - Ian Harper, 47lb 3oz - John Dixon, 46lb - Dave Matthews, 46lb - Ian Harper, 44lb 8oz - Ian Harper, 43lb - John Trushell, 43lb - Martin Quayle, 42lb 1oz - John Dixon, 42lb - Roy Brough, 41lb - Ian Harper, 41lb Common - Dave Matthews, 41lb - Dave Matthews, 41lb - Ian Harper, 41lb - Dave Matthews, 40lb 8oz Common- Dave Matthews, 40lb - Dave Matthews. Also - 39lb 9oz Common, 39lb, 38lb 9oz, 37lb 5oz, 37lb x 3, 36lb 8oz, 35lb, 34lb 12oz Common, 33lb, 30lb - And - 27lb, 23lb Common.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 3rd Sep 2016 - Sat 10th Sep 2016 2 16 14 5 37 41 lb
5 anglers arrived at the lake this week, 2 twins, so don't think you are seeing things. Six were expected, but unfortunately one of our guys had to go through unforeseen surgery the week before, and we all wish him a speedy recovery Really slow start again, much the same - more blazing sun, no rain and smaller carp, only appearing at first for our two guys in the bay swim who were up most of 3 nights. It was a waiting game for them to get active again in the other swims. Baz took the empty space for 4 nights, and we thought he would be the only one that blanked, but Wednesday night the carp moved down the lake, and it all took off from there after some much needed rain, which cooled the tempertature down a lot, and brought 3 x 50's to the nets - including one for Baz. Seems the carp are starting to put up a bit of a fight, and gaining strength, so much so that a couple escaped the net before the photographs could be taken. It turned into a terrific week, with a great bunch of guys who we always have a good laugh with. 37 Carp caught totalling 1,512 lb's, and another great average weight of 41lb. It could have been over 40, but 6 were lost ..- 52lb - Pete Skipworth - 52lb - Pete Skipworth..- 51lb 4oz - Baz Reah - 50lb - Pete Skipworth - 49lb 10oz - Pete Higman, 49lb - Dave Tizzard, 49lb - Paul Skipworth, 48lb 12oz - Pete Higman, 47lb Common - Paul Skipworth, 46lb - Dave Tizzard, 45lb - Trev Lovell, 44lb 9oz - Pete Higman, 44lb 8oz - Trev Lovell, 44lb 4oz - Pete Higman, 43lb - Pete Skipworth, 41lb - Dave Tizzard, 40lb 3oz - Pete Higman, 40lb - Pete Skipworth..- Also - 39lb x 2, 38lb x 2, 37lb 4oz, 37lb Common, 37lb, 36lb, 35lb x 2, 34lb x 2, 32lb x 3, 31lb - And - 29lb, 27lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 27th Aug 2016 - Sat 3rd Sep 2016 3 7 4 1 1 16 39 lb
A group of 6 visited us this week from the West Midlands. It started cooler with smaller carp showing, then through the course of the week, temperatures shot up again, but a steady flow of catches ensued. We knew it would not be long before Matey put in another appearance, and lo and behold, he did. He has obviously been resting and off his food (unlike him) for 3 weeks, because his weight has dropped dramatically to 76lb, way down from when last caught at 81lb 4oz the first week of August. Most of the carp have similarly lost weight though, and with the continued heat and rise in water temperature, they still seem to be preferring the naturals. We are surprised by what is actually coming out during this neverending heat compared to a lot of other lakes. A slow but very productive week. 16 Carp caught totalling 627 lb's. with an average weight of 39 lb. A couple lost - 76lb - Carl Thomas - 50lb 3oz - Bryan Evitts - 47lb 12oz - Ian Schuck, 44lb - Derek Reeves, 43lb - Sam Beasley, 41lb 5oz - Bryan Evitts - Also - 39lb 8oz Common, 37lb 8oz, 37lb 4oz, 35lb 4oz, 33lb 8oz Common, 30lb x 2 - And - 29lb, 28lb 4oz, 24lb 8oz.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 20th Aug 2016 - Sat 27th Aug 2016 5 9 7 4 1 26 39 lb
Another six anglers fishing at the lake this week - 3 from Birmingham, 2 from Suffolk, and 1 from Lincolnshire. A great start with a 50 and two 40's overnight. Being cooler for a couple of days seemed to have got the carp started on the munch. But oh dear! starting from Tuesday, the heat soared to over 40 degrees, and with the same temperature continuing for the rest of the week, it was hard going again for a few days. Then there seemed to be a steady influx of catches, especially the larger ones - some even appearing in the heat of the day. There just does not seem to be any let up with this heat, so the guys achieved a great total, and amazing weights under the circumstances. 26 carp caught totalling 1,022 lb's, with an average weight of 39lb. A couple lost . 60lb - Charlie Seaman - 53lb 4oz - Lewis Mower - 53lb - Charlie Seaman - 50lb 8oz - Gary Hughes - 50lb - Paul Boston - 49lb - Paul Boston, 46lb - Dave Wood, 46lb - Paul Boston, 43lb 11oz - Gary Hughes, 43lb 8oz- Charlie Seaman, 41lb - Lewis Mower, 40lb - Charlie Seaman - Also - 39lb, 37lb, 36lb, 35lb 8oz, 34lb 8oz, 33lb, 32lb, 31lb, 30lb - And - 28lb 8oz, 28lb, 27lb 12oz, 27lb x 2.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 13th Aug 2016 - Sat 20th Aug 2016 6 9 7 2 24 37 lb
6 anglers at the lake again this week - the 3 who stayed another week, and also 3 from Liverpool. Saturday started overpoweringly hot again, and needless to say, that at first the carp catches were few and far between. The chance of rain came with a little overclouding, and went just as suddenly, leaving us with extremely high humidity. And so it continued, which was so frustrating for our anglers, but no tantrums because they all know that this is what fishing is all about. Catches continued intermittently until Friday, with again the smaller carp heading for the bait. Then at last the prayer of rain was answered, and whether this cooled everything down just enough to oxygenate the water more, but the carp started fizzing. Just as sometimes happens on a Friday, 2 x 50's appeared later in the evening and overnight, along with a couple of 40's, and the amazing long linear at 31lb (not been seen for a while). In the end, a much better than we had anticipated at the start, with 24 carp caught totalling 895 lb's, but a second week that the average weight was lower at 37lb. A couple lost, with a lovely 40lb 3oz Common getting away just before the photograph could be taken. Hard going guys, so well done you all. 57lb 10oz - Kevin Dempsey - 52lb 4oz - Gary Owen - 47lb - Pops Spendelow, 46lb - Phil Spendelow, 45lb 12oz - Pops Spendelow, 45lb 4oz - Phil Spendelow, 44lb 10oz - Kevin Dempsey, 42lb 8oz - Kevin Dempsey, 40lb 3oz Common - Richard Swinburn - Also - 39lb 2oz, 37lb 8oz, 36lb 12oz, 36lb, 35lb, 34lb 12oz, 31lb 4oz, 31lb x 2 - And - 29lb 12oz x 2, 25lb 4oz, 25lb 2oz, (two 20's not weighed).
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 6th Aug 2016 - Sat 13th Aug 2016 5 4 4 2 15 37 lb
4 of our regular anglers at the lake this week - 2 from Stoke on Trent, 1 from Cleethorpes, and a new visitor from Doncaster. 3 of our regular guys are staying with us next week as well, luckily for them, because not much was happening at all this week. After weeks of hardly any rain to speak of, the constant high temperatures (38 degrees again this week), and the carp finishing their spawn, it was a really hard, slow week, seeing mainly the smaller fish going for the bait. It is hotter than Rio here at the moment, and the grounds are parched and cracked. Most lakes in the area are finding the same, with oxygen levels low, and carp going into as deeper water as they can. Luckily, we have the aerators and are stream fed, but we feel for all those who are losing water, and whose oxygen is at a dangerous level. Temperatures are set to continue, and it is going to be another week until there is a chance of some rain. They were a great group of anglers though, and everyone got on extremely well. Not a bad amount considering, and a few good lumps netted. 15 carp caught totalling 554lb's, but because of the weight loss, and smaller catches, quite a drop on the average weight at 37lb. 3 were Lost....- 53lb - Alex McQuire - 51lb 8oz - Pops Spendelow - 49lb - Alex Mcquire, 48lb - Alex McQuire, 42lb 12oz - Phil Spendelow, 41lb 6oz - Richard Swinburn - And - 39lb 8oz, 35lb, 34lb 12oz, 30lb And 29lb 8oz, 27lb 8oz, 26lb 8oz, 25lb, 21lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 30th Jul 2016 - Sat 6th Aug 2016 1 5 5 2 1 14 44 lb
5 of our regular anglers from Manchester and 1 from Wiltshire joined us at the lake for the second half of our Season. Temperatures have been high for around 4 week's now, and during the July break, possibly another spawn or 2, hence a slow start. Some fish are still showing signs of spawning, and all carp caught were down in weight. The late 50's would definitely have been 60's earlier in the year. Split lip was down by a massive 8lb's. Slow all week really, but Matey did not let us down though, and showed himself halfway through the week from the Dam swim, a little lower in weight at 81lb 4oz, so not too much of a loss for him from 85lb 8oz a month ago. Now that he is on the munch again, we expect him to exceed that weight by the end of the Season, as he is such a greedy gannet. It was ironic that just before Matey came out, two guys swapped swims, and James hooked the largest carp in the lake - fantastic for him, but what a gutter for our other angler. So many times, we have seen that it really doesn't do to alter tactics or change swims, and this is a prime example. There were a couple of days without a sniff, but loads of fish jumping around. Still blazing hot, but hopefully the carp will get on the munch again if they are not still recovering on naturals. 14 carp caught totalling 621 lb's, with averages still high at 44lb. Shame that 4 were lost .- 81lb 4oz - James Macdonald .- 58lb 12oz - Simon Wells - 58lb 4oz - Wayne Hogg - 48lb - Wayne Hogg, 46lb - Alan Smith, 41lb - Wayne Hogg, 40lb 10oz - Alan Smith, 40lb 2oz - James Macdonald, Also - 39lb 15oz, 39lb 8oz, 36lb, 35lb, 34lb 4oz, And - 22lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 25th Jun 2016 - Sat 2nd Jul 2016 1 5 6 3 1 16 44 lb
Our anglers this week came from Cheshire, Lancashire, and London. A really slow and hard week for our guys, with them struggling from the onset. Spawning may be the factor here, much the same as last week, and although the weather was cloudy and overcast, it was still pretty warm. The Pirrazzo brothers stole the show with the majority, so well done you guys. Again, can't fault the weights and another fantastic average again for the total caught. We are now closing for 3.5 weeks to give the carp a well earned rest, and maybe a little bit for ourselves. Hopefully the carp will be fully rested, spawned out and fighting fit when we open again for the second half of the Season at the end of July. 16 carp caught totalling 699 lb's, With an average weight of 44lb .- 67lb - John Pirrazzo - 55lb - Steve Pirrazzo - 53lb 8oz - Steve Pirrazzo - 50lb Common - Dennis Friend - 49lb 8oz - Steve Pirrazzo, 49lb - Denni Friend, 48lb 8oz - Steve Pirrazzo, 47lb Common - Steve Pirrazzo, 43lb 8oz - Steve Pirrazzo, 41lb - Steve Pirrazzo .- Also - 39lb, 36lb, 34lb, 31lb, 30lb - And - 20lb + (not weighed)
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 18th Jun 2016 - Sat 25th Jun 2016 2 2 3 3 10 43 lb
Just 4 anglers fishing at the lake this week - two from Berkshire and two from Merseyside. I am afraid that it went from a superb 37 carp caught last week to just 10 caught this week. It has been a real struggle for these lads with the weather starting off rainy and cool, to an absolutely boiling 39 degrees. All catches landed during the cooler night or early morning. Excellent weights though, and the average is still staying well above 40lb. Carp seen grouping by the fence again, so maybe getting ready for another spawn. One week to go until the carp and ourselves get a 3 week break, and they can hopefully do their spawning then. Well done to all the guys. 10 carp caught totalling 426 lb's, with an average weight of 43 lb .- 59lb - Peter Brunton - 59lb - Peter Brunton - 56lb - Peter Brunton - 48lb - Dave Hearn, 47lb Common - Dave Hearn, 40lb - Peter Brunton - Also - 32lb, 30lb - And - 29lb, 26lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 11th Jun 2016 - Sat 18th Jun 2016 2 + 1 16lb 11 10 9 3 37 41 lb
5 guys fishing last week as one had to drop out at short notice unfortunately. Two from Hampshire, two from South Wales, and one from Surrey. A brilliant week in both quantity and weights, and this is the sort of week that has the potential to aspire to when you visit Lac Les Pins. Superb fishing. Weather raining most of the time. 37 carp totalling 1,510 lb's, with an average weight of 41lb .- 65lb 8oz - Stuark Hobkirk - 62lb - Michael Cleaver - 60lb - Eric Chan-Pensley - 59lb 3oz - Gigs Damianou - 59lb - Eric Chan-Pensley - 57lb - Michael Cleaver - 56lb 10oz - Gigs Damianou - 56lb - Eric Chan-Pensley - 54lb - Stuart Hobkirk - 53lb - Stuart Hobkirk - 51lb 8oz - Michael Cleaver - 50lb - Eric Chan-Pensley - 48lb - Stuart Hobkirk, 45lb - Stuart Hobkirk, 44lb - Stuart Hobkirk, 44lb - Michael Cleaver, 44lb - Eric Chan-Pensley, 43lb - Eric Chan-Pensley, 43lb - Stuart Hobkirk, 42lb - Mark Buttigieg, 42lb - Stuart Hobkirk, 40lb - Eric Chan-Pensley - Also - 39lb x 2, 38lb, 36lb, 34lb7oz, 34lb, 32lb x 5 - And - 27lb, 26lb 4oz - Plus 16lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 4th Jun 2016 - Sat 11th Jun 2016 4 6 12 5 2 29 43 lb
Another 6 anglers this week. Martin Smith stayed another week along with 2 from Hertfordshire, 2 from Oxford, and 1 from Warwick. Martin is glad he stayed because he had a much better week than last, and along with Matt Smith, produced the majority of the carp. A slow week for the others, but again great weights. Beautiful sunshine for the entire time except for just as we were going to have our weekly barbecue, then down came the rain - typical. Still really enjoyed the meal, and the great banter between us all. Good to see some 60's coming out now. 29 carp caught totalling 1,254lb's, and another great average weight of 43lb - 63lb 12oz - Steve Malone - 60lb - Matt Smith - 58lb 8oz - Martin Smith - 58lb - Matt Smith - 56lb 8oz - Martin Smith - 52lb - Martin Smith - 51lb 8oz - Matt Smith - 49lb 12oz - Jeff Cook, 48lb 8oz - Martin Smith, 47lb 8oz - Martin Smith, 46lb 8oz - Martin Smith, 46lb - Martin Smith, 45lb - Matt Smith, 44lb - Paul Bailey, 44lb - Martin Smith, 42lb 8oz Common - Matt Smith, 41lb - Martin Smith, 40lb 8oz - Matt Smith, 40lb - Steve Malone - Also - 39lb, 36lb 8oz, 36lb, 34lb, 31lb, 30lb - And - 29lb 8oz, 29lb, 28lb 8oz, 25lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 28th May 2016 - Sat 4th Jun 2016 2 3 7 10 1 1 24 48 lb
Another 6 anglers on the lake this week - 5 from Essex and our old friend from our first opening - Martin Smith from Birmingham. All started well with 8 carp caught and 2 lost in the first 24 hours. It carried on with catches every day, and after the blazing hot start, the weather was horrendous with lots of rain right up until Friday evening, when the sun came out again just in time for the barbecue. A new Lake Record - by guess who? - Yes, Matey has been out yet again after his week's rest. He has been out every alternate week since the start of the Season, and his weight is now 85lb 8oz. We have contemplated taking him out and putting him in the Stock Pond for a good rest, but Colin says that it would not do him any good, and that he would sulk - he would miss all his mates. Only four weeks to go until we shut down for our - mid Season break, and he should be able to get a good rest then, but wonder if he will be out again before that. It was a hard week for some, but I am pleased to say that everyone caught a 50lb'er which was great, and Ian Noyce was definitely angler of the week, with his 80lb'er, 60lb'er, 5 x 50lb'ers and a 40lb. An altogether brilliant big lump week guys, despite the4 appalling weather. 24 carp totalling1,151 lb's, with another amazing average weight of 48lb .- 85lb 8oz - Ian Noyce - 60lb - Ian Noyce - 59lb - Harry Gibbs - 58lb - Matt Hawkes - 56lb - Mitch Noyce - 55lb - Ian Noyce - 54lb - Ian Noyce - 53lb 15oz - Ian Noyce .- 53lb - Ian Noyce - 52lb - Martin Smith - 52lb - Ian Noyce - 50lb 4oz -Barry Gibbs - 47lb Common - Mitch Noyce, 45lb - Mitch Noyce, 44lb - Mitch Noyce, 41lb - Mitch Noyce, 41lb - Mitch Noyce, 40lb - Matt Hawkes, 40lb Common - Ian Noyce - Also - 38lb, 36lb 8oz, 36lb - And - 27lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 21st May 2016 - Sat 28th May 2016 1 5 8 5 19 44 lb
6 anglers visiting again this week - 5 from Kent and 1 from Lincolnshire. Another hard week for our guys, starting with a blazing hot Saturday, followed by an horrendous storm on the first evening, and rain all day Sunday. Not much happening at all - very, very slow, and much the same Monday and Tuesday, with the first fish out being the 25lb Common, but luckily it was not the shape of things to come. There were more indications that some of the carp are still spawning with grouping and splashing again by the fence, and all males being caught - some still milking. Temperatures increased by the end of the week, and fishing picked up again early Saturday morning with a lot more activity, and a lovely 52lb common appearing. Spawning may be coming to an end (but that's what we thought last week). Much better than we expected at the start - well done guys. 19 carp totalling 829 lb's, and another great average weight of 44lb. A few lost. 56lb - Joe Cairns - 52lb 14oz -Dave Johnson, -52lb - Stuart Sawkins - 52lb Common - Jamie Dunn - 50lb 13oz - Dave Johnson - 49lb - Stuart Sawkins, 49lb - Graham Dunn, 48lb - Chris Harris, 44lb - Joe Cairns, 43lb - Joe Cairns, 43lb - Joe Cairns, 40lb 8oz - Joe Cairns, 40lb - Jamie Dunn - Also- 39lb, 38lb 8oz, 37lb 8oz, 37lb, 32lb - And - 25lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 14th May 2016 - Sat 21st May 2016 1 3 14 4 1 1 24 47 lb
6 anglers visiting us this week. We had our regular 2 guys from Barrow in Furness, 2 from Essex, 1 from Staffordshire, and 1 new angler from Nottinghamshire. The week started really well considering the last two were such a struggle. The carp came thick and fast over the first few days, with huge lumps from all swims - the whole lake was alive and buzzing. Catches were coming day, evening, early morning, and at night, so we thought spawning must be over, although some of the carp were still grouping by the fence. It is hard to believe, but the incredible bulk also known as Matey put in his 5th appearance in 7 weeks, still munching along merrily - so much more into his feeding programme than procreation it seems. This time his weight was 81lb 8oz - only 12oz off his record last October. Weather was comfortable not too warm, with a slight breeze - obviously perfect conditions. Then by Wednesday, everything changed. The temperature went down, and with lots of rain and very misty overnight, the carp completely switched off again. This continued until until early Saturday morning, then a couple more lumps emerged as the weather was changing again into a gloriously scorching day, with the temperature up to 35 degrees. Whatever controls the weather controls the carp, so what can you do. Had it continued the way it started, and with not so many lost, it would have turned a great week into a blinding one. Well done guys. 24 Carp caught totalling 1,128lb's. Around 8 or 9 lost .- 81lb 8oz - Peter Lee - 62lb - Rik Harris - 59lb 8oz - Rik Harris - 56lb 8oz - Billy Woods - 52lb - Rich Lee - 51lb Common - Matt Wilshaw - 49lb - Rik Harris, 49lb Rik Harris, 48lb 8oz - Matt Wilshaw, 47lb - Peter Lee, 45lb 8oz Common - Billy Woods, 45lb 8oz - Billy Woods, 45lb- Billy Woods, 45lb - Rich Lee, 43lb - Peter Lee 42lb 8oz - Matt Wilshaw, 41lb - Billy Woods, 41lb - Andy Davis, 40lb - Billy Woods, 40lb - Billy Woods - Also - 39lb, 38lb, 37lb 8oz - And - 29lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 7th May 2016 - Sat 14th May 2016 1 3 1 3 1 9 47 lb
Our 4 anglers this week arrived from the Isle of Wight for a lake exclusive to brilliant sunshine, although it became very windy overnight. Not much happening until 5.00 Sunday morning, when that gannet Matey put in his 4th appearance - we could not believe it - we were obviously happy for our guy to have the biggest fish in the lake, but at the same time, he seriously needs the rest. His weight this time was 79lb 12oz. It was one of our guy's (Mark's) 50th birthday on Sunday, so we all had dinner, and then it was cake and champagne all round to give him a good one - banners, balloons, poppers and all. The only thing he wanted was to catch a 50 for his birthday - and blow me down if he didn't catch one on his actual birthday (51lb 12oz), and another 50 on the last night (59lb 8oz), so we are well chuffed for him. We didn't manage to get a photo of his second one, because just as we were about to, the carp leapt out of his grasp - what a bloody shame. After that, for the rest of the week, hardly anything happening at all. A couple of the male carp caught were milking, so some of the hens must have started spawning - hence this explains why it was such a very hard week for our guys. Hope it is over soon, and does not affect next week as well. We done guys for your determination. Despite that, some huge lumps signifying quality not quantity. 9 Carp caught totalling 426 lb's, with another great average weight of 47lb - 79lb 12oz - Rick Walker - 59lb 8oz - Mark Foster - 54lb 12oz - Phil Smith - 51lb 12oz - Mark Foster - 44lb - Phil Smith - Also - 37lb 8oz x 2, 31lb - And - 29lb 12oz.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 30th Apr 2016 - Sat 7th May 2016 4 5 5 8 22 43 lb
5 anglers again on the lake this week after confusion with a 6th - 2 from Liverpool, 2 from Bristol, and Mike O'Connor from Ireland staying on from last week. Torrential hailstones on Saturday evening started this week's fishing, with nothing happening during the day Sunday. Sunday night and Monday morning, produced 2 x 50's and a 40. Not so cold overnight. Then a 50 and a 40 doing the business. Monday daytime, nothing showing - not a sniff - very strange, but a beautifully warm day. Later on it became very windy, then out came a lovely 40+ common, followed by a 55lb'er to top it off. Wednesday was really warm and 2 more 50's were produced from the Med swims, with Thursday being the hottest day so far - up to almost 30 degrees, and still 27 degrees at 7.00 pm. Really windy again - nothing showing and the water very calm. An extremely slow week, but again some huge lumps when they did take the bait, but we really feel for a couple of our anglers who had real hard fishing, and not a lot to show for it. The Med and Bay swims producing the most this week. Steve, a well seasoned angler, who has been coming now for a number of years, usually has a good haul, but this time the carp eluded him, and Mike O, doing his two week stint, struggled both weeks to get his two beauties. There is talk of spawning starting on some lakes already, so maybe the slowness and calm is an indication that the carp are getting ready. Shame the first barby of the Season had to be held indoors because of the wind, but we really enjoyed it and the company. On count up, a better week in total than first thought, but they just seemed to be a long time coming. 22 Carp totalling 939 lb's, and even with a few more smaller carp, still an amazing average weight of 43lb..- 56lb 12oz - Dan Keen..- 56lb 8oz - Jason Carey..- 55lb - Mick Bailey..- 54lb - Dan Keen..- 52lb 12oz - Jason Carey..- 51lb - Mick Bailey..- 50lb 4oz - Dan Keen..- 50lb 4oz - Dan Keen..- 47lb 8oz - Dan Keen, 47lb Common - Mick Bailey, 46lb 4oz Common - Jason Carey, 45lb 8oz - Dan Keen, 44lb - Mick Bailey..- Also - 39lb, 37lb, 35lb 10oz Common, 33lb, 31lb..- And - 29lb, 27lb, 25lb 4oz, 25lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 23rd Apr 2016 - Sat 30th Apr 2016 3 8 15 8 1 35 44 lb
5 anglers this week - 3 from Surrey, 2 from Essex and 1 angler all the way from Ireland, staying with us for 2 weeks. 2 small catches to start overnight on Saturday with the weather sunny with a chilly wind. On Sunday it really started to happen, with a 50 and 3 x 40's in 3 hours - all from Quarry swim. Monday saw another 56lb'er and a 49 common, plus Matey putting in his 3rd appearance in 3 weeks, and weighing almost 79lb, having lost a couple of lb's since the beginning of last week through stress. Once he gets over that though, he seems to be well on the munch again, but we really don't want to see him come out again for a few weeks - by then he should have overtaken his lake record again. A 50 and 2 x 30's overnight Tuesday, and then everything really slowed down by midweek. After some beautiful days, it rained all day, and even when the sun showed itself again, unless you were in full view of it, it was really nippy. Although this week produced the most carp in quantity so far, all in all, it was not the easiest of weeks for our guys, but sensationally productive, they still landed some amazingly big lumps. 35 carp caught totalling 1,521 lb's, and a slightly lower average than of late - 44lb .- 78lb 13oz - Owen Small - 57lb 8oz - Ali Small - 56lb - Dave Read - 52lb 12oz - Ali Small - 52lb 5oz - Owen Small - 52lb 4oz - Phil Middleton - 51lb 12oz - Phil Middleton - 51lb 8oz - Ali Small - 50lb - Owen Small - 48lb 13oz - Owen Small, 48lb 8oz - Ali Small, 47lb 8oz - Owen Small, 47lb 8oz - Phil Middleton 46lb 8oz - Ali Small, 44lb 8oz Common - Ali Small, 44lb 8oz - Ali Small, 44lb 4oz - Phil Middleton, 43lb 8oz - Owen Small, 44lb Ali Small, 43lb - Ali Small, 41lb 13oz - Michael O'Connor, 41lb - Phil Middleton, 41lb - Phil Middleton, 40lb 12oz - Ali Small - Also - 39lb 4oz, 38lb 2oz, 37lb 12oz, 33lb 8oz, 33lb, 32lb 12oz, 31lb 4oz, 30lb 8oz - And - 29lb 12oz, 29lb, 26lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 16th Apr 2016 - Sat 23rd Apr 2016 2 4 9 13 1 29 48 lb
We welcomed back 4 of our regular guys for many years, also 1 from the Isle of Wight and 1 from Cheshire. This week's anglers will all agree that after the first spout of sun and carp - with Pete Cambray netting Matey at 81lb 4oz - 2lb under her record of last year, and two 50's in the space of a few hours, it then became a slow week, with most fish being caught late evening or early morning, and hardly anything coming out during the day. Weather again changeable for the rest of the week - up to 29 degrees by Wednesday, and then clouding over with rain and wind, so tactics and movement all changed. Although it seemed slow at the time, on count up, it was in fact a very productive week, with a huge number of 50's and limited smaller carp for the 3rd week running. Seriouis abnglers who are extremely competent and great guys. 29 carp caught totalling 1,401 lb's, with an absolutely epic average of weight of 48lb - amazing. 81lb 4oz - Pete Cambray . 59lb 6oz - Pete Cambray - 59lb - Martin Cave - 58lb 8oz - Steve Quayle - 56lb 8oz - Paul Bolton - 53lb 12oz - Mark Allen - 52lb 13oz - Pete Cambray - 51lb 12oz - Mark Allen - 51lb 8oz - Martin Cave - 51lb 4oz - Mark Allen - 50lb 8oz - Paul Bolton - 50lb 4oz - Martin Cave - 50lb 4oz - Paul Bolton - 50lb - Martin Cave .- 49lb 8oz Common - Mark Allen, 49lb 4oz - Paul Bolton, 48lb 8oz - Pete Cambray, 48lb 3oz Common - Pete Cambray, 47lb - Mark Allen, 46lb 4oz - Neil Green, 45lb - Mark Allen, 42lb 12oz - Paul Bolton, 42lb 8oz - Mark Allen - Also - 39lb 12oz x 2, 38lb 8oz, 30lb - And - 29lb 12oz, 27lb 8oz.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 9th Apr 2016 - Sat 16th Apr 2016 3 7 5 1 16 46 lb
Only 5 anglers on the lake again this week as one unfortunately had to drop out. Not much happening on the first day, but on Monday, the weather was beautifully warm, and as the sun came out, so did the fish - 2 x 50's and a 60 included, and all were caught during the day for a change. Still cold at night, and then as the week progressed, every day when it got to around 4.00 pm, the clouds appeared, and there was rain for the rest of the evening and throughout the night, continuing right up until the guys went home on Saturday. The weather plays an important part as you all know, and being so changeable, this slowed fishing down immensely - but you can't catch all of the time, and sometimes there is a lull due to many different factors but no-one knows the secret - except the carp of course. With 13 of the carp over 40lb, the big fish captures speak for themselves, and again being that the majority of carp being caught were the larger ones, the average weight is still at a premium this week. Well done to all the guys (and lady - one for the girls). 16 Carp caught totalling 743lb's, with the same amazing average weight of last week - 46lb. 62lb - Paul Dando - 57lb 9oz - Justin Kiff - 55lb - Paul Dando - 52lb 4oz - Paul Dando - 51lb 12oz - Paul Dando - 51lb - Paul Dando - 49lb 4oz, 47lb 4oz, 46lb 8oz - Paul Dando, 46lb- Reg Dando, 42lb - Reg Dando, 42lb - Paul Dando, 41lb - Shirley Smith - Also - 36lb 12oz Common, 33lb, 30lb.
Date 20lb 30lb 40lb 50lb 60lb 70lb 80lb Total Average Weight
Sat 2nd Apr 2016 - Sat 9th Apr 2016 1 6 12 5 1 1 26 46lb
What an absolutely superb opening week it has been to start the new Season 2016. The first 3 anglers of the Season arrived from Sussex to unsettled weather - one minute sunshine, then cloudy, and quite cold out of the sun. Another 2 arrived from Warwickshire the next day to much the same. Some of the guys struggled, but when they caught, they were big lumps. Nick Burrows nailed it with the most carp caught, and was still catching right up until he was packing up to leave - a week he will not forget in a hurry. Our old friend Matey decided he would put in an appearance being the greedy guts that he is, now weighing in at 77lb 8oz - a few pounds lighter than his 82lb at the end of last year. Now that Winter is over, and he is well on the munch, he will soon be packing on the lb's again for another lake record no doubt. Colder weather with rain towards the end of the week and minus 4 overnight. So absolutely brilliant catches despite the weather being so changeable. We have had a great crack with this lovely bunch of guys. Weights went through the spectrum this week, with 26 carp caught, totalling 1,198 lb's, and an exceptional average weight of 46lb. The amount of smaller carp emerging now compared to the larger, seems to be dropping at quite a rate. 4 lost.....- 77lb 8oz - Nick Burrows....- 61lb - Kevin Knowles....- 57lb - Nick Burrows, 55lb 8oz - Nick Burrows, 53lb 12oz - Craig Vernon, 52lb - Nick Burrows, 51lb - Kevin Bruce....- 49lb Kevin Knowles, 48lb 8oz - Mat Smith, 48lb 8oz Common - Nick Burrows, 48lb - Nick Burrows, 46lb - Nick Burrows, 45lb 8oz - Nick Burrows, 44lb - Nick Burrows, 43lb - Nick Burrows, 42lb - Nick Burrows, 41lb - Nick Burrows, 40lb 8oz - Nick Burrows, 40lb - Kevin Bruce....- Also - 39lb x 2, 38lb 8oz, 38lb 4oz, 37lb, 36lb 8oz...- And - 26lb.

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