Latest News and Catches
JLB Happy New Year everyone. I'm starting as I started last year with a photo of Spot who was the biggest in 2016 and again in 2017. Will someone else knock her off her perch this year and how big? That's the very essence of why we fish.I know size isn't everything - I caught a very nice gudgeon on Monday and I was delighted to catch it but .............. it didn't stretch my purple Hydro much.
Did you notice that it rained a bit at the weekend. I hadn't fished for a couple of weeks because of a bad back and as it was better I had to go. Saturday (20th) was a bit wet but no wind so I fished long pole from 2/3 (the disabled platform by the car park) with 4mm expander pellets and fed with 2mm pellets that had some of the sticky stuff on them some that I could squeeze them into a small ball and hope that they would get down to the bottom before the tow carried them away. All very technical and I never had a bite.
Then serendipity stepped in (for those who have not lodged with English undergraduates serendipity means a happy accident). The key to taking advantage of serendipity is to recognise it and act upon it. On this occasion I did something that I shouldn't have done and am always banging the drum about - leaving a bait in the water. I unshipped the pole but left the end of the top-kit dangling over the edge of the stage without taking the bait off. I went for a walk and a chat and when I returned I found that a roach had hooked itself! Light bulb moment - the fish are under my feet and I have been fishing yards away in eight feet of water. Fished with one section of the pole and fished eight inces overdepth. Landed a plump common named Irregular 7-14-00 then it was time to go home. Good old serendipity but stupidity as well - if Irregular had picked up the bait instead of that little roach I would have had a broken top-kit and maybe a fish towing a broken top-kit around.
Sunday (21st) tried the same place but the lake had risen and coloured a bit and there was nobody at home. Moved to No.4 and caught two nice trout and had one other bite. Then the rain increased to very heavy and the lake was rising and getting more coloured so I went home.
Back to my post on 2/3. Started at lunch time. the lake had fallen 6 inches and I caught a roach first put-in but had the odd bite then a nice gudgeon (I like gudgeon) then caught a nice rudd followed by a big trout which seemed to kill the swim for a while. Geoff meanwhile had hooked something heavy on the float with his first cast but it came off almost immediately. He kept muttering about missed bites. He was using sweetcorn and at half past three i begged a few grains off him. First put-in I caught a Mirror named Armoured at 6-01-00. After unhooking, photographing and weighing I carried on with the sweetcorn but had nothing else. Geoff fishing from No.6 hooked a carp on his method feeder, played it for a while then it came to the top, rolled over, unhooked itself and waved its tail in goodbye. I thanked him for giving me some sweetcorn but it didn't really seem to help!
JLB. It was rather cold and windy and I was determined to catch off stage 2/3 and I had the odd roach and trout. Geoff went up the dark side (the opposite side to the car park) and chucked in a couple of method feeders from the stage which has a bench seat behind it (21?) and started reading a book (a proper carp fisher).
At about 3 o'clock Berry turned up and started opposite me (No 26). He didn't start fishing, he started trying to undo a tangled rig. After about 10 minutes I couldn't stand it any longer so I gave him a new rig. How did he thank me - he caught a roach and then another roach and then a carp.
So I took the white mat and the camera and the scales and the weighing bag and the towel and staggered over the dam to net it for him. Geoff came down to verbally assist and we all agreed that it was a small Common named Rosette and weighed 3-07-00.
So I staggered back over the dam and had a bite which I missed then Berry started squeaking. Yes, he'd hooked another carp. So the cicus repeated itself. It was a small Common and it weighed 3-07-00 !! No it wasn't the same fish because it hadn't got a rosette on its side. That was Rosette and this was Tuther
A better day than they forecast so I launched an attack on the moles in the bottom field at Caer Beris Holiday Park.
Yesterday. started with a snow storm but the heavy overnight rain had coloured the lake a bit so I thought I might try my skill at maggot fishing. I caught about a dozen trout, one perch and five roach. I hooked what felt like a small carp which swam round for a time and then shed the hook.
The poet pondered whether it was better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. I could have told him a thing or two about having lost a carp but fortunately he was not available for comment.
JLB. By the time I had finished setting mole traps it was approaching 4 pm so I started fishing at about 4.15 on the Rhododendron peg (when the wind is WNW or further N then that side is sheltered to some extent from the wind). 4 Walnut size balls of groundbait containing a few pinkies potted in, a couple of maggots on a size 16 wide gape carp hook to 3 1/2 lb hooklength and sit back and relax. By 5.20 I had caught three trout and nine roach which had really started feeding well after another walnut of groundbait. I thought "one more roach for double figures and I'm off for tea", lifted into the next bite and something did the "I am a log" act. Fortunately it wasn't a big carp because when I'd finished weighing and photographing (Geoffrey demands all the details) and packed up I found that the snow had frozen onto the sections that I hadn't been using so I could not have plugged them in if I had needed to. At 3.06.00 it was very similar to Rosette and Tuther in size and appearance, I named him Fiesty because he kept jumping while I was trying to photograph him but maybe the snow was tickling him.
I must admit that it was a lovely relaxing short session with the snow showers and the roach creating a Christmas feel and the carp providing an exciing finish
JLB. Geoffrey, a.k.a. Keeper of the Records, tells me that Fiesty is in fact Longscale, first caught in December 2015 weighing 1-12-00 by JLB. He is named after a long scale in the middle of his left side. Silly me! I showed you his Right side! so I have now given you the chance to see why good eyesight is obligatory for Keeper of the Records. I have put Longscale's left side on view (pay attention at the back there!) so that you will not have any excuses next time you catch him. (Remember if you click on the image it will enlarge).
I finished moleing early so fished the Rhododendron peg again. Started about 1.00 pm. Very slow to begin with but ended up with 14 roach and 2 perch on maggot and pinkies and groundbait. Not a single trout. A big black cloud speeded my packing up at 5.00pm before leaving in a snowstorm.
Not good weather for a Mole Catcher. The heavy rain leaks into the mole run around the trap and the moles respond by filling the defect in their roof by plugging it with earth and coincidentally filling up the trap with earth and setting it off.
To turn to more important things I started fishing about 2.00pm but it was very slow. Geoffrey was already fishing on peg 26 (one up from the dam on the dark side) when I arrived and caught a trout while I set up and ate my sandwiches at peg 25 (Rhododendrons). At about quarter to five he came round to see how I was doing (5 roach and a trout) and said he was going to cast out his method feeder again while he packed up. He promptly hooked a lovely mirror named Armoured (6-02-00) and went home rejoicing. He emailed me to tell me (with his Keeper of the Records hat on) that it is the second heaviest mirror in the lake that we know of. I was very impressed and stayed on until half past five and caught another two roach and a trout and went home.
February 17 & 18
we thought we would have a go at thinning out the trout a little because if you use maggots the trout drive you mad. I'm sure that they are such agressive feeders with such sharp teeth they drive the other fish away and hog the menu.
Unfortunately the Gods like to have a laugh and told the trout all about our plans. Maggots and pinkies rained into the lake and the roach loved it. Grounbait laced with maggots and pinkies? - the roach said bring it on! Tiny 2 1/2 inch roach and big fat pounders thought they were delicious.
We ended up taking 25 trout down to the river after two days fishing. . I would have backed myself any time to catch more than that myself in just one day if I used maggots!
We'll be back.
The ice has retreated from about a third of the lake but probably will be all gone by tomorrow. I fished for about three hours with maggots, pinkies and groundbait. I will try the pole tomorrow because I am so bad at throwing groundbait. I caught six trout - the last about 1 1/2 lb - lost a few others but I think they were trout as well. The water was the classic cloudy green of melted snow but the air was quite mild.
Still some ice on the lake but disintegrating quickly. Cleared some more brambles to warm myself. Started fishing after lunch. Geoff turned up and caught Porthos (4-04-00) on a method feeder with a pop-up boilie. I had about a dozen trout, two perch and 4 roach all on double pinkies. Groundbaiting by potting it in so much more accurate than my throwing!
Overnight rain had made the water murky.I started about 10.00 and finished about 3.30. I perch, about 8 trout and two fine roach about a pound each on pole fished pinkies. Most were caught in the morning. Geoff fished for about an hour but had no luck.
Rob Shelley and Tony White fished opposite one another at the deep end (Rob Peg 26 and Tony Peg 2/3). Rob fished with expander pellets and sweetcorn and had Rudd, Tench and a big bream. Tony used maggots and bread punch and had trout as well. Tony caught a couple of Chub (about 12 oz and 14 oz) on maggots by trotting down the current where the stem enters the lake.
Geoff had a Memorable Catch - a 5 inch Bream. This is the second little home bred skimmer that we have caught. He caught it on worm, along with a Rudd and a big Roach after fishing for an hour with maggots.
Rob and Tony took up their positions opposite one another. Tony fished maggots and bread punch and caught a tench, roach, perch and trout while Rob had 7 tench and a fair number of roach on pellets and sweetcorn.. Interestingly on Sunday (11th) Rob had lots of rudd but no roach and on Tuesday fishing the same swim with the same baits and methods he had lots of roach but no rudd. Different height and colour of the water and a different result.
I have fished with maggots and pinkies for the last couple of weeks and in the coloured water I have been fishing fairly heavy because of the higher chance of hooking a carp but my catch rate has been woeful. So today I will try more maggot friendly tackle to see if I must change to expander pellets or if maggots and pinkies will work. I dont know why the fussy fish in this lake keep turning their nose up at maggots. I blamed it on the trout but they haven't been much in evidence recently either.
Didn't do much good in the deep water yesterday but today tried up at Peg 9. The bubbles from the groundbait showed that by incorporating a few large chipping in the ball of groundbait I could keep most of it within 5 feet of where it was dropped in. I ended up with 29 roach, 4 rudd and 3 trout - most were on double pinkies. Tony fished in front of the hut (Peg 6) with maggots and sweetcorn and had 11 trout, 11 roach and 4 perch. he had a carp on for a while and saw the fish before it shed the hook. He had another fish on which stretched his elastic but he didn't see the fish.
I was using orange Hydrolastic with 2.5 lb hooklength to a size 18 barbless PR490 which is a light fine wire hook. Full range of roach from tiny to the last one of the day which was well over the pound mark.
Tidying up the branches and brambles from the back of peg 8 where Duncan wants to plant a Hemlock tree. Good health exercise with snow in the air.
Decided to try slider float fishing - watched the YouTube videos - got the large shot, tiny beads, large wagglers, adapters - learned to tie stop knots - loaded the Shimano with 6 pound Maxima - dug out the ground bait catapults - brushed the snow off peg 25 (the Rhododendron peg) - mixed the groundbait - set up the tackle and started fishing and eating my packed lunch about 2 pm. Two things quickly became apparent - the deep water I wanted to fish into was much nearer the other side of the lake and groundbait is very bad for my teeth! I decided that six feet at 35 yards would have to do. But then the tooth wear started. Balls of groudbait went 25, 45, 85, 50 and 60 yards and I then remembered what I found so attractive about pole-fishing - potting in groundbait. I will have to get one of those little boats that the carp boys use. I caught a 4 inch trout on double pinkies and went home with a sunburnt nose.
Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad.
I won't bore you with how I accidentally reset the combination on the car park gate lock while I was filling it with Vaseline so had to get a new one which didn't have instructions on how to set the combination so I had to go back to the shop to find out and Duncan insisting on showing me the northside boundary alongside the brook from the spillway and Duncan insisting that it was Wenesday and that we should have a delivery of fish for the river and the troutman insisting that it was Tuesday and he would deliver them tomorrow as arranged and Duncan insisting that it was the fault of the Council for changing the day they collected the bins.
I started with my slider again at 2.00 pm from peg 6 in front of the hut where the deepest water is about 20 yards out. I caught a nice roach about 12 oz and at 5.30 put on a light ledger and caught a roach about 4 inches long.
In retrospect I think that precision groundbaiting and less of it would have gone a long way towards catching a lot more fish. I will have to get one of those little boats.
Mick Wilkes showed his match-fishing credentials by catching over 50 roach, 3 tench and a baby bream on bread punch from peg 26 using an elasticated whip.
Mick put the whip to one side and fished feeder and sweetcorn to catch 2 Commons at 8lb and 4lbs from peg 6.
Over on the Dark Side Geoff on Peg 20 had 2 Mirror carp ( 4lb and 4 1/4lb) and one Wildie (3 1/2lb). JP had a tench named Black Mark at 2lb from peg 4.
I continued my self imposed task of digging out nettles and brambles around the little trees that Duncan has planted.
March 28, 29 and 30
Geoff catches 5 carp, the biggest being Spot at 10-02-00 on the 30th so I have put a photo of him with Spot directly beneath his previous notable fish.
Fishing again after about a fortnight. Lake very coloured after heavy rain. Fished the pole with luncheon meat and sweetcorn from peg 6. Had a couple of roach, a tench and a bream which went spot on 3lbs. Geoff caught a common named Fifa at 6-08-00 and had the hook come out of another one. He was using a pop-up on a method feeder from peg 7 casting up into the bay.
Bream seem to have an image problem. If you catch a tench nearly every angler you talk to says how much they like tench, but if you say you have caught a bream you iinvariably get the horrible slime, snot up the line reaction. The bream in Llyn Alarch do not seem to have much more slime than a roach and certainly not as much as a tench. Tench have much more presence that a bream however; bream seem very aloof and indifferent whereas the tench is a bundle of energy who is cross with himself at being caught and can't wait to go back and pinch your ground bait without being caught next time.
Quick round-up. The fluctuating weather has made fishing very patchy. A short warm spell and the fish start to feed then a cold wind blows and everything stops. Then it tips the rain down and melts some snow and everything stops. Then it tips the rain down but remains mild and the fish feed. Then the water clears and everything stops. The the sun shines and warms the water anad the fish feed. Then a cold wind blows.......... and so it goes on
I caught a mirror pole fishing close to the reeds in the shallow end (Peg 14) expander pellet.
Geoff had a nice mirror on a boilie, then hooked a monster which eventually came free as Geoff had to put the brakes on as it tried for the cages, Then he changed to sweetcorn and landed a small common followed by a hefty Wildie.
I have never seen the lake so coloured following a downpour. Back to Peg 14 dropping the rig over the edge of the reeds using a 6 mm Halibut pellet hair-rigged to a size 10. Caught 2 rudd and one Mirror.
Another quick roundup
April 14 Saturday. Glorious summer's day for getting sunburnt on the beach
15 Sunday. cold and blustery wind. Rob fished from peg 6 and had 17 tench.
16 Monday. I managed a Wildie (5-03-00) on pole fished expander pellets from peg 26
17 Tuesday. I tried out a whip with maggots as the sun beat down and caught about 25 trout and 2 roach.
The flick tip is great for small fish and the elasticated top makes a lovely light pole.
18 Wednesday JP had two mirror carp Alistair and One Sided. Rob fished from peg 6 again and had a
tench and a bream first thing then practically nothing the rest of the day.
19 Thursday Geoff had 2 Wildies
20 Friday The Deadly Duo of carpeters from Rhayader had three carp and lost a couple more on floating
baits. I managed to land a small Wildie on floating dog biscuit.
Saturday Berry and I started just before lunch then Mick Wilkes turned up followed by JP. Berry amused himself catching trout on a worm and I persevered on the biscuits. Mick landed 14 tench on expander pellets fishing long poles from peg 6, ranging from 8oz to 2lb. JP and I caught 4 Wildies from pegs 14 and 15 on dog biscuits.
Geoff turned up about 6.00 pm just before I packed up which meant that we all went home before Geoff could demonstrate his star turn from peg 25. It started simply enough with a 4lb 5oz Common carefully returned after taking his boilie. Next it was the turn of the floating dog biscuit to attract the attention of a 5lb Wildie followed a few seconds later by the boilie working its magic again on a 5 1/4lb Wildie. JP waved gaily to Geoff as he drove off, a gesture which Geoff found difficult to return as he had a seriously bending rod in each hand! Somehow he managed to net them both in the same net. When I have the photo of the weary wildies I will put it alongside the report here.
The lake seems to be fishing well at the moment.
Sunday Rob back on peg 6 had 25 tench from a pound to 2lb 6oz. Someone said he had left them at home last Wednesday! It was a wonderful catch and he deserves many congratulations.
Correction!! It was 27 tench and it was from peg 25 in the rhododendrons.
April continued to fish well with Geoff getting carp from time to time but Geoff took time off to go to improve his education by visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors in Liverpool and learning to speak Scouser proper like. While the cat's away............................... JP caught Spot at 10-06-00. He was fishing with a pop-up from 11/12. He was using sweetcorn on his other rod to try for the Tench and caught a Wildie at 6-04-00. Not bad for a short session.
Another correction. JP emailed "hi lance! just seen on the website both spot and wildy was caught on a 8m pellet. spot on a method feeder and the wildie on a pellet cone / bottom bait rig." Straight from the horse's mouth, althoughI think an 8 metre pellet would have stretched even Spot's mouth - a case of the missing "m" I presume.
The hot sunny weather causes the fish to leave the cool water near the bottom of the lake and go sunbathing in the warm surface layers. The odd tench may still be active and that master of the long pole and deep water fishing Rob Penybont, managed to do just that, and what an odd tench it was. It was spattered with blood red spots! It, or one very similar to it, had been caught before so if you catch it yourself take a snap of it and we will see if it is the same fish or if their are more of them. A quick troll of the internet reveals that it does occur occasionally in tench but nobody seemed prepared to put a name to it. It does not seem to harm the fish but its cause, whether viral or genetic was not revealed.
Geoff an I fished the afternoon and evening and caught 4 carp on floating baits the best being Pinchscale at 7-15-00.
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If you click to enlarge the image you may see the rosette of maformed scales above the tip of the pelvic fin
Real name Longscale
Real name Longscale
This is one of the three baby bream caught from the lake in the last 12 months. We are delighted that they have bred successfully
Geoff with Spot at 10-02-00 which is the heaviest fish caught from the lake to date.
Geoff'f two at once. A total of 10-04-00 in the net at one time. Apparently the liked one another's company so never struggled at all while they were having their photos taken - ahh.