Happy New Year. A good fishing day with a chance to catch a carp before the cold weather, forecast to start tonight, kills it for a few days. Rob was using the long pole again from the Rhododendron peg (25) with expanders and sweetcorn. He had a couple of bream and a roach/bream hybrid (c. a pound and a half) along with numerous roach while I was tackling up next door (26) with two rods for carp (which I rarely do). A toffee and Scopex pop-up (white and cream) with a pellet feeder on one towards the dam and a fluorescent orange Scopex and blackcurrant pop-up with another pellet feeder swung out about 2 yards in front of the stage.
Geoff turned up and went to relax at peg 20 (a proper carp angler with electronic arms - sorry - alarms). Then JP and Chris took over peg 6 (in front of the fishing hut) and JP caught roach on a pole while Chris looked after the carp rod and method feeder.
I was very sure of myself and had equipped myself with one of the new big nets so when the rod bent over and the ensuing battle resulted in a tench about a pound and a half it looked a bit lost. However at twenty to three Rachel at 4-15-00 (Mirror) made history as the first carp from the water this year and the first carp to grace one of the new nets.
It was only just in time as Chris landed a Common at 4-06-00 about 20 minutes later using one of the new nets. Chris had a good afternoon landing his first chub and a small hybrid named Coppercarp. This was first caught on the 15 October 2018 and the greedy thing has been caught several times since.
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A lovely sunny morning with a touch of Winter about it. Rob had a bit of trouble picking out an expander pellet because ice had formed on top of the water they were soaking in. That was soon forgotten as he hooked a carp on his pole fishing from peg 6. It was a lovely Wildie weighing 4-12-00
I went back to my roots and ledgered sweetcorn from peg 4 and had a nice tench followed by a Wildie of 3-12-00 which I named Squiggle. Geoff was fishing from peg 6 and had 2 Trout, 2 Tench, 2 Roach and rounded it off with everyone's favourite - a plump Gudgeon!
Geoff reports :-
2 Bream ,,,, 3 lb 3 oz and 2 lb 8 oz
2 Tench ,,, , 1 lb 8 oz and 1 lb 4 oz approx
2 Gudgeon ,,, 1 * 7 " and 1 * 6 "
1 Chub,, 2 lb 13 oz
10 Roach ,,, up to 12 oz
All caught on 6mm expander pellets
Despite the colder, more seasonable weather the fishing is still going quite well. The carp have naturally not been much in evidence but all sizes of roach are much in evidence as you would expect but more surprisinly the tench keep popping up. The gudgeon seem to take a dim view of the cold as do the rudd but the bream seem to turn up occasionally which is normal for them.
Geoff caught a couple of tench today on expander pellets as well as some cracking roach.fishing from his favoutite peg 6. I fished with maggots and pinkies from the Rhododendron peg (25) and had about 30 roach from 3 inches to about 14 ounces plus a nice bream of 3-09-00. I had worked out that because of the cold and the clear water the fish would be further out so I mixed up some claggy groundbait incorporating some maggots and pinkies and chucked it out a fair way. I caught a fair number but halfway through the afternoon I swung the tackle out about a rod's length while I poured a cup of coffee.(I don't just drop it in because there always seem to be some litle muddy sticks just waiting there for me.) The rod started jumping up and down and I muttered something about little perch and lifted into a nice roach! So I swung it out again about a rod's length and before I could take more than two swigs of coffee the rod was bouncing up and down again - another roach landed and another theory ruined. It was difficult to fish so close in without frightening the fish so I fished the rest of the session a few rod's out and that is where I caught the bream.
It was a wonderfully bright day, Two days previously it had been exceptionally gloomy and we had packed up at half past three but today we packed up at tweny past four. We both had a Grande Finale, myself with the bream and Geoff with a screaming run on his carp rod which turned out to be a three pound chub. Very variable and very satisfactory.
Geoff has taken to using expander pellets and has done very well with them fishing from his favourite platform in front of the fishing hut (peg 6). This afternoon he had 5 Tench, 8 Roach, 2 Gudgeon and a small trout. One of the tench was a familiar sight - Black Spot with his trademark black mark on his back. Most tench are not easy to distinguish from the herd so one like this is well remembered. At 1-15-00 it was the same weight as when he last caught it in October last year.
Another of Geoff's tench is Dent named after a depression across its back immediately in front of the dorsal fin. He caught it on the 9th of this month for the 4th time (1-08-00). Nobody else has commented on this so Geoff claims it as a unique catch only made possible by his unique abilities. I will put up its image so that if you catch it let me know so that we can reduce his bragging rights!