A rather wet spring day greeted the anglers on arrival, but the sight of carp crashing out on the walk-round had all the boys feeling good for a few fish coming out this week. The weather for the week was unsettled, with rain, wind and some sun on Friday which temperatures went right up to 20 degrees. There were only six anglers on this week so we had them all spread out around the lake to keep the fish from going all up one end.
First on the mark was Jimmy Thomas who was fishing in Billys, his stiff Hinge rig with a Fyber pop up soaked in Pineapple juice was picked up by a cracking 29lb11oz mirror. Jimmy was fishing to the left had margin at 18 wraps, he would then go round and bait up with a kilo of boilies that were chopped up into half’s and quarters, making it very easy fishing. After a couple of days of no action jimmy moved round to Bachiliers as he see a few fish in the swim, the next mooring on his left hand rod which was cast up the left hand margin at 17 wraps tore into action, this turned out to be a small 22lb mirror, jimmy went on to have another 24lb mirror and two common which were in the high teens. Over the week jimmy used 15kg of boilies.
Next up was Swaley Ryan who was fishing in the New Beach, On Sunday lunch time he had a take on his middle rod which was cast to the bund at 24 wraps, he lands a nice mirror which went 30lb8oz a good start for swaley as it was his first time fishing in France. It wasn’t until Friday morning that swaley had his next take, just after the sun came up he was into his second carp of the trip, this turned out to be a cracking 36lb mirror, ten minuets after that he was in again, this time a 41lb mirror which turned out to be a new PB for swaley. He was able to name this fish as it was a new 40lber, so he called it Swaley’s Mirror. Later on that afternoon he had a 30lb common. A simple stiff hinge rig with a fibre pop up which was soaked in the new Outrageous Orange Goo done the business for swaley. Over the week he used 15kg of Mainline Baits cell and essential cell boilies.
John Howard and his son Jono were set up in Turtles Corner, after a bit of plumbing around with his marker rod he found a nice hard area along the left hand margin at 22 wraps, so he cast two rods out to that mark, and the other rod was just cast short to the right of his swim, john baited each spot with a couple kilos of Mainline Essential cell boilies. It didn’t take long before he was into his first fish of the trip, this turned out to be a nice 27lb4oz common, the next morning he was in again this time a nice 32lb8oz mirror, both of these came from the left had margin at 22 wraps. While his dad was in the shower jono had a take on the right hand rod, just as his dad turned up to help land a cracking 34lb8oz common which turned out to be a new PB for Jono. It was all going of that morning a bit of sunshine and the temperature going up to 20 degrees the carp start feeding. Jono was in again a short time after his last take, this turned out to be a nice 30lb2oz mirror. They were both using a stiff hinge rig with a CC Moores NS1 hook bait done the job to fool the Road lake carp. Over the week they used 10kilos of boilies.
Danny Wenham went into Tea Party 2, he was fishing over to the left hand margin just left of the island with two rods and the third rod was cast just up the right hand margin. There was fish jumping out all week but could not get a pick up until the last morning Danny had a 23lb10oz common, a tough week due to the weather conditions. He had his carp on a IQ D rig with a fybre wafter which was soaked in the New Outrageous Orange Goo which was cast up the right hand margin. Over the week Danny used 10kilos of boilies.
Jack Gardner went into the cage swim, after no action he went and joined his mate in the New Beach, but it turned out to be a tough week for Jack he tried every thing but just could not get a bite. It was a tough week all round with the amount of rain we had and the water levels so high the water temperature is not getting high enough for the open water swims, we need some warm hot days to get these carp feeding.