Week Commencing: Sat 27/07/2013
Martin Cross and partner Ann travelled down from Coalville for a weeks fishing in the glorious sunshine. Having fished our main lake the previous year he was eager to experience the thrills of the Road Lake this time round. They thought they would have the lake to themselves, but passing through on their way to the south of France, Alex and Ann Cadle couldn’t resist a look around our stunning venue. When they were informed of space on the lake for them and their motorhome, they snapped it up in an instance.
Martin opted for the sought after Tea Party 2, while Alex chose the left hand bay and pitched up in The Poo. Both had fish showing themselves immediately so things were looking good for the week ahead.
And it was Alex who got off the mark first with a 16lb mirror just before midnight on Saturday. Fishing at 55 yards on both his left hand and middle rod between the Double Boards and Shingles. His free offerings consisted of a scopex and peach flavour boilie in a nut basemix, which was also used as the bottom bait in his preferred snowman presentation. He took a further six fish up until 10am the next morning made up of 5 mirrors with the biggest being 15lb 8oz and a crisp common tipping the scales at bang on 20lb. An excellent first nights fishing for him.
Come Sunday night Martin was starting to get fish in the net, with three commons coming in short successions of each other. 15lb 4oz being the largest fell to his favourite boilie produced by Vale baits. His spot at 80 yards to the left of the island was scattered with the same bait in around 16ft of water.
Just before first light on Monday morning Martin had a cracking mirror on the mat, at 21lb. It was his biggest so far, so Anr thought it deserved a name….Dave…..no comment. Another two fish were taken through Monday, a 17lb 8oz common and another 20+ fish in the shape of a 21lb common. Alex continued with his impressive form landing eight fish up until 9:30am. Four commons and four mirrors took a range of hookbaits from plain and simple prepared tiger nuts to his scopex and peach bottom baits, this time tipped with a buoyant piece of fake corn. Three 15’s, one 16, two 18’s and two 20lb 2oz mirrors was evidence of a successful mornings work.
Tuesday was just as productive with nine fish being banked between the two guys. For Martin, three commons and a scaly mirror up to 18lb 8oz from his same baited spot and for Alex four commons and a mirror up to 26lb. This time falling for his banana and hemp snowman hookbait mounted on a 14 inch hooklink and size six hook.
The action really picked up for Martin on Wednesday with another five fish to add to his tally, a few of these being picked up in a new area at 20 yards range towards Billys, where the marginal shelf drops off to 17ft. A healthy 20lb mirror was the biggest. Choosing not to fish in the afternoon period, Alex had to make the most of his mornings in which he done very well landing two mirrors to 17lb and a common that went 17lb 10oz.
The momentum that had picked up was now starting to slow with few bites coming through out Thursday. An early morning mirror of 19lb 8oz and a low double grass carp at midday for Martin were the only fish to be produced in the day light hours. Just after dark he took another mirror of 15lb 8oz from the same marginal shelf spot, which put him on 18 fish for the week so far. A few hours later Alex added another to his tally with a good conditioned common weighing in at 23lb 8oz, again on the nutmix snowman set up.
We were in to the early hours of Friday morning when Alex landed a low double mirror, which was to be the only fish he banked due to the extreme heat of the day. Temperatures reaching in excess of 34°c. Late into the afternoon Martin took his second grassy of the session at an impressive 22lb 8oz. This was to be his largest fish banked during the week. A low double mirror also for Martin rounded up the days angling.
The final morning was upon us and a brace of low double commons finished off what was an exceptional week on the bank for Alex and partner Ann ending up on 28 carp up to 26lb. No more were caught for Martin so he finished up on 20 fish for the session, biggest being that lean grassy on Friday afternoon.
A great week was had all round in the glorious sunshine so spirits were high. A quick bacon roll and the purchase of a few souvenirs for Martin and Ann had to be done before hitting the road home while Alex and partner had the luxury of fishing our main lake the coming week for some real big kippers.
Thanks guys and girls for a smashing week, and have no doubt you’ll be back again soon. All the best
Rhys, Mike & Special Guest Bailiff Barty
Martin & Anr – “Fantastic lake and a very friendly and helpful service. This was my second trip and wont be my last!”