News and Catches 2017
I have left this picture of Geoff with spot because it was the biggest caught from Llyn Alarch last year.(See "Latest News" on the main menu).
The mild weather in the midle of the month produced some good sport. One day on bread punch I had over 30 nice roach on the pole and another day the same number plus a tench on a waggler. I tried small pellets on the pole (24 2 17) feeding with a mixture of different pellets and fishing with 4mm Halibut on the hook but didn't do much good until I changed to some 4mm feeder pellets and ended up with a mirror carp, three tench and a good number of rudd and the odd roach.
On all occasions my catch rate rose significantly when I put lighter tackle on - when I was float fishing I started off with a 3BB antenna float and changed to a 2 No.4 Crow Quill and on the pole changed to a float carrying 2 No.10 shot. It was hilarious in hindsight. When I was fishing the breadpunch with the antenna float I could not understand why the bread would not stay on the hook but when I put the light float on I realised that it wouldn't stay on because the fish were eating it without showing a sign on the float!
Don't rule out 4mm Halibut pellets on the hook. Yesterday (26.2.17) while I was catching several small trout and one decent perch on maggots Berry Jones caught 3 carp and some very fine roach on Halibut pellet size 4mm. The carp went Mirror 4-04-00, Common 2-14-00 and Mirror
The "Common" that Berry caught was similar to several we have in the lake. The scale pattern doesn't appear to have the regularity of a true common carp but there are no bare areas that appear on a Mirror carp. If we have some very bad weather i will print them all out and sit there playing snap because I'm sure they are individual enough to recognise. I'll put the image up for you to see what I mean - in the meantime please weigh and photograph your fish (both sides if possible) so that we can all see them. Send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org
JLB. With the snow on the ground in Llandrindod I almost didn't set out but eventually set out just before lunch. I fished with a pole with 4mm fish meal pellets on the hook and fed with a mixture of pellets. I started with a 0.40g float with a thick tip because the ripple made it difficult for me to see but after about 40 minutes I hadn't detected a bite. I changed to a 0.10g float (which supports two No.10 shot) with a fine insert and promptly caught a chub about 4lb. I packed up about 4 o'clock and ended up with a tench about a pound, several roach with a couple about 12oz, a beautifully coloured rudd about 8oz and two or three trout. Better than moping at home!
Berry had a great time last Sunday (5th) with three carp, two tench and several roach before the awful weather drove him off the water. On Tuesday he had one carp (Brooklyn 3-02-00) and several roach with the best a fin perfect 1-03-00
JLB. Berry catches quite a number of carp using 4mm marine halibut pellets on the pole and I want to catch carp so....... I pole-fished for 2 days using marine halibut 4mm pellets and caught some lovely roach and rudd and the odd tench but no carp. Today I fished with feeder pellets for roach and rudd and tench and only caught one fish in 4 hours and that was a very fat Common carp named Spot (9-00-00). Another chap fished with a feeder for carp and caught some lovely rudd. I'm going to fly-fish tomorrow on the river.
JLB. Fished from lunch until 7.00 pm on platform 4 using maggots on the pole. The pool was a good colour from the rain and I tried to dodge the trout by avoiding loose feeding the maggots. Instead I mixed some in with feeder groundbait and dropped them in from the pot. I had about 30 roach with several around the pound mark, the best went 1-05-00. In addition there was one small tench, a perch about 4 oz (first one that I have seen for about 2 months), 2 bream and 6 trout. The bream went 2-04-00 and 2-05-00 and looked really fit.
JLB. Fished from lunch until 6.30. Fished from the disabled platform at the dam end (2&3) using maggots on the pole. It was quite windy so I didn't fish along way out. [I'm a beginner at pole fishing and I'm not sure how they number the pieces of the pole - there are two pieces at the top with elastic running through and I call those the "Top bit" then number one , number two, etc.] I was fishing holding the end of the number three section. I had some nice roach and a tench about 2lb and a few trout but wasn't setting the world on fire. Then the current started and was running away from the dam and the sport slowed and died. More groundbait , more maggots, nothing, Then it started to rain. Up with the brolly (10 minutes - a new personal best). Decided to wait out the rain by fishing just out from the stage where I could easily toss a few maggots in. I was using the Top bit and section 1 which has been shortened a bit when it was repaired after I trod on it! I had a great time with roach and trout and perch. Then it died but I carried on and found out why it had died when a carp wolfed down the maggot and charged off. I added sections 2, 3 and 4 and admired the way the orange elastic stretched and the way the No 20 hook and 2.5 lb hooklength took the strain. The carp was only 3-15-00 (a mirror named Jenny) but felt like a monster.
JLB. That disabled platform (2&3) is doing well. Ian Campbell was fishing there when I arrived and he had caught several fish including a carp about 4lb. He had to leave to watch Liverpool v Everton early k.o. I fished the other side the lake (No 24) with pole and single maggot and had about 30 roach up to about a pound, several trout of course and two tench best about 2lb. Mick Wilkes arrived at lunch time and fished 2&3 where Ian had fished earlier.
He was fishing bread punch. I will let him describe his fishing method :- "The method I used for catching the Roach yesterday was fishing a 5 metre elasticated whip to hand. Using a 3BB waggler and fishing full depth (the method I usually fish up there). Size 18 kamasan B711 barbless hook to 2lb line.
As I said to you yesterday the key is to constantly introduce liquidised bread to bring the fish in, keep them confidently feeding and make sure they hang around."
They cetainly hung around!! He caught about 80 roach, many in the 12 - 16 oz range, and then finished by fishing with sweetcorn and caught a mirror named Dot at 3-15-00. Some fishing
JLB. The hot weather of the previous weekend had got the fish feeding so there was enough colour in the water for me to pole fish sucessfully in fairly shallow water but the chilly wind cooled the shallows. Geoff and Berry fished a feeder into the deeper water and Geoff also fished a waggler into the deep water in front of platform 6. They had frequent bites on the feeder and occasionally a stonking roach or rudd would manage to get its mouth around an 8mm boilie. By the time I left at 7.00 pm they also had a carp and a tench each. Berry had a 4lb Wildie and Geoff a Mirror (Stella) at 6-12-00. My meagre catch included 2 gudgeon!
JLB. Dave green is rearing a fine pair of lady anglers. Isobel has been helping dad's catch record for a couple of years but today it was young sister Jessica's turn. Maggot on a short pole was all that was required to haul out a fin perfect common carp of about 3lbs.
It was an "almost" day for the carp. Stuart Matthews and Squashy fished a short session, Stuart had two good runs which came to nothing while Squashy went one better and hooked two but they both came off. Another of our young lady anglers, Maisy Wilcocks, had one on but that got off as well. C'est la vie as they say in Llanwrtyd
JLB. Everyone seemed to be catching carp so I thought I would have a go. I'm still very keen to learn more about pole fishing so I used Berry's method - fishing with a 4mm halibut pellet on a band and potting in coarsely ground larger halibut pellets. I increased the elastic to White Hydrolastic (6 - 10 Standard) and the hooklength to 3.5 lb. First drop in resulted in a mirror named Cook at 3-04-00. Next fish was a roach 1-01-00 - Wow. I ended up with two more mirrors, Twotone (5-02-00) hooked on the upper tip of her tail and a fully scaled one named Hazel (2-02-00) plus two tench and a few more roach. I'm getting to like this pole fishng.
JLB. Fished the same peg again (No 26 - two up from the dam on the far side from the car park) and used the same method but the carp had all gone up to the other end of the lake. I had some lovely roach and a small tench but the big boys were missing.
JLB. HISTORIC OCCASION Geoff caught a Crucian carp weighing 1-10-00. This was one of a hundred stocked, along with common carp, mirror carp, bream, roach and perch, in December 2012. They were then feasted on by a herd of otters and few survived. An otter-proof fence was then constructed to surround the lake and it was restocked in the Autumn of 2013. Despite all the hundreds of fishing hours since then not one crucian carp had been caught - until today.
JLB, Summery weather often makes for difficult fishing conditions but Chris Bartholomew was not put off and caught a nice trout and then a cracking pound and a half Perch using maggot on a whip. He hasn't been fishing for long but he is cetainly getting some good results.
The bright weather we have had for the last few days seems to deter the fish from feeding in the afternoon but it didn't deter Chris Cooper from fishing for them - and catching one! He managed to avoid catching a swan and caught this beautifully marked mirror on floating bread.
Tony White dusted off his carp gear and started with a Wildie about 3 lb then Jennie (Mirror) at
4-01-00 and Reverse Scale (Common) at 5-01-00.
JLB. Dave Green had a lovely 3 lb bream and a 2 lb tench on Raspberry flavoured sweetcorn from peg 4. (Contrary to rumour the bream did have a tail).
I had some cracking roach on pole fished pellet and a surprise mirror (Aramis) at 3-06-00 from peg 26.
JLB. Tony was carping again, this time in the shallows at peg 14. He had a Wildie and then Spot (Common) at 8-14-00. Berry had a frenzied time at peg 13 on a pole fished close in. He lost a couple of carp but landed our biggest bream so far at 3-08-00 and had lots of tench and roach.
Part way through the session a Great Mystery occured - a fish grabbed the bait, shot off at enormous speed and the line parted company from the end of the elastic. What enormous, high powered fish could it possibly be as the rig had been tested against two carp previously in the session. Berry packed up in the early afternoon so was not present to witness his float come chugging into Tony's swim who cast across it and retrieved the rig along with a rather tired 10 inch brownie on the hook! But....... Great Mysteries always have a twist in the tail - the loop at the top of the rig which connects to the elastic was intact ! We can only wait with bated breath to see if Berry can throw any light on the Mystery when the rig is returned to him.
JLB. It drizzled nearly all day but remained mild and the sport was good. I arrived earlier than Berry and pinched his spot on peg 4 and pinched his method of fishing it by pole fishing pellets close in. My second bite yielded Rachel (Mirror) at 3-02-00. The next bite raised my hopes of another carp but several minutes of high tension elastic revealed a nice tench foul-hooked in the belly. Later I had a Wildie of identical weight to Rachel at 3-02-00. The session was punctuated by yelps from Berry "Another Perch" "Wow a stonking roach" "A tench this time" "Another trout" Life is never less than dramatic when Berry is within earshot!
JLB I was winnning the competition with a Wildie (3-08-00), a bream (2-09-00), eight tench and ten roach and then JP Bartholomew turned up to make it a two horse race. He brought along his new pole and it was my job as a five month expert on pole-fishing to sort it and him out and get a fish in the net. Well we had got an hour so that should be no problem (Ho Ho Ho. We need Father Christmas).
Damn me, but 15 minutes later I've just returned another tench when there is a splash and a shout and our hero is in action. These Wildies don't hang about and his string was being well and truly pulled. What a way to start your pole fishing career with your new pole and an ambition to catch a carp all hanging on a 3lb hook link firmly attached to a five pound Wildie going berserk.
Many thanks to Berry Jones for showing us how to pole fish close in. Very well done JP for holding your nerve. I hope your cardiac system has not suffered any permanent damage.
JLB. The carp have been spawning in the warm conditions so have not been showing much interest in bait - the last one was a Mirror named One-sided at 3-14-00 on the 23rd. This was Geoff's first for some time so was much appreciated. Forward to the 29th and JP has been really getting into this fishing lark and an evening session produced 15 tench, 2 roach, 2 Rudd and a mirror carp - yes our greedy friend One-sided at 3-15-00. JP was fishing in the margin at peg 5 with banded pellet on a pole but really got amongst them when he swapped to expander pellets.
JLB. JP and I fished the evening fished an evening session and the forecast deluge failed to turn up thank goodness. JP's first \mirror carp was Porthos on the 23rd of May from Peg 4 but now he turned up at Peg 11/12 weighing 3-06-00 to show how much he appeciates JP's technique.
I fished Peg 1 to be near to the car when the rain arrived (it didn't) and had a Wildie of 3-07-00 and a Mirror (Duncan) of 4-01-00 from close in on expander pellets. I potted-in some ground up Halibut pellets as attractor and added some ground up ones to the water I used for the expander pellets - it seemed to work.
JLB. The forecast deluge did arrive this time but I had set up the brolly and guy ropes at Peg 1 by 6 pm before it started. Potting in ground-up Halibut pellets and fishing with expander pellets (flavoured as above) I had 3 Tench, 2 Trout, 6 Roach and ended with a flourish at 8 pm with a Common Carp of 6-07-00. I have provisionally called him Pinchscale (all names must be ratified by Geoff !!) because he has two scales which appear to be pinched together to fit between the scales in the row above....... I know! I know! I ought to get out more!
Duncan has constructed an enclosure with fine mesh in which we hope to raise some carp fry. The fry get eaten by the other fish and we hope that if they are protected they might grow in safety. The tricky part is getting the fry, or rather seperating the carp fry from the others. The enclosure is in a tasteful shade of pink to make the fry feel at home
JLB. JP continues to catch carp - this time from peg 2/3. His latest victim was Beth at 4-08-00. It held extra spice because Squashy and Stuart Matthews had arrived with their carp gear and failed to land one. Squashy had spent a lot of time with JP when he first started fishing and showed what a good pupil he had been and what a good tutor Squashy had been as well.
JLB. JP continues his carp catching (this time on peg 4) with Alistair (Mirror) at 3-03-00 and a common at 5-03-00. I haven't found a name for it but the expert (Geoff) is back from holiday. He told me that the one I had named Pinchscale was actually Mint whom he had caught last September. I stand corrected !
JP caught his fish on expander pellets fished in the margin.
JLB. Geoff had a good evening with floating bread (it takes all sorts....). Three carp landed and another lost in play (a small one thank goodness). Two commons Fifa (6-07-00), Missing Scale (6-00-00) and a Wildie (4-10-00). Fifa is easily recognised by some missing scales near its tail.
JLB. The lake has been fishing well. All the regulars catching some nice fish. Tony White made a welcome re-appearence. Here is his report for the last few days :-
Tony White. "hi lance hope you did well on the teme. i had 2 good days on peg 11 and 12. friday 23rd 15 tench, 14 roach, 8 rudd,1 bream 2lb 12ozs, 1wildie 3lb 14ozs, 1 trout on bread punch. The following day saturday 24th june peg 11 and 12 again 8 tench,13 roach,4 rudd 1 crucian 1lb 10 ozs 2 trout 1 was 1lb 3 ozs all on bread punch again, and a 8mtr whip, total outlay 3 loafs £1 50p 2 days fishing. yesterday 1st july took the feeder rods over to the dark side peg 20, 1 mirror 4lb 4ozs . 1 common 3lb 15ozs and 4 tench, geoff as the photos of the carp. all the best tony."
All those fans of Star Wars will understand the reference to "the Dark Side" but to the remainder I shall explain - it is the side of the lake that Geoff fishes !
JLB. Most of the time through July the lake has fished really well.Tony White has had some stunning catches with roach, rudd, tench, perch and carp. Berry declared that the pesky carp were messing up his roach fishing so turned to waggler-fished luncheon meat and caught several pesky carp including Spot at 8-12-00.
JP sticks to a pole to catch his "pesky carp" and also caught Spot and another common named Kinky (6-00-00) among several others. Early on in the month he also caught a Crucian which was about the same size as the one that Geoff caught but neither appeared to have any distinguishing marks so we don't know if we have more than one in the pool;.
On Friday ( Aug 4th) Dave Green had a morning session with 6 tench, 1 bream, 1 Wildie and 1 Mirror (Geoff). He returned with a helper (Jessica) on Sunday (6th) and had 11 fish including Wildies, Commons, Bream and Tench.
I'm pleased to report that several gudgeon have also been caught.
JLB. I'm learning a bit about pole fishing. Perhaps I overreacted but when the stronger hooklength I put on after the carp snapped my 3.5lb resulted in my favourite white Hydrolastic going twang I fitted some red.............. Seasoned pole anglers go pale at the thought of red Hydro associating it with bungee jumping and muscle building in the gym. Be that as it may in the last few days I have managed to land six carp without my 7 lb hooklength (nor my red Hydrolastic) giving way. Perhaps my technique is improving!
Berry has gone to the other extreme using a centre-pin with a 2lb hooklink and size 20 hook to a 4mm Halibut pellet. He has caught plenty of roach, rudd, etc. but the inevital carp is a lesson in boredom until the carp gets fed up and swims into the net to bring it to a conclusion.
I mentioned to Mick Wilkes that I had caught a two and a half pound chub which interested me because I had caught several four to six pounders and some around six to seven inches but never in between. He had come to feed the fishes as he had some casters left over and thought it would help if he educated a few while he went about feeding them. A large number of roach and rudd were duly educated leaving the dazed victims bewildered at the speed that a competent match angler could hook, land, unhook and return them. Then he shouted down the pool that he had caught a half pound chub to demonstrate that I was not the only one to catch small chub.
I must bring a measuring tape with me because Berry caught a gudgeon that must have been five inches long - a really hefty gudgeon. We will have to set up a gudgeon specimen list
JLB. I have been spending too much time fishing to update the website !!
That man JP had a great day's with 5 carp and a nice bream but what what made it truly memorable was that one of the carp was the first double from the water. It was our portly friend Spot who made a welcome re-appearance at 10-01-00. JP was using 4 grains of sweetcorn hair-rigged to a No 10 hook allied with a method feeder.
The carp seemed almost indifferent to method and swim feeders during the Summer months but have made up for it in the last few weeks with Tony White having 6 one day for example.
JLB What happened in November? you are all asking? Well I got involved with the Grayling Masters Competition, the spent a week sorting out years of secretary's rubbish, then spent a fortnight making a website for another Angling Society!!. But I was keeping in touch.
While the mild weather lasted carp were being caught every day, then it turned cold and things slowed down a bit.Three day ago I spent an afternon with some maggots and had 26 roach and a few trout . The next day it had cleared dramatically and I only had a perch and a couple of roach and even JP struggled but had a nice bream. Geoff showed that carp could still be caught by catching Podge at 4-00-00 with his first cast with a maggot on an 18s hook.
Today Robert Shelley showed us how to do it with pole fished expander pellets. He had 4 roach, 2 nice bream and 14 Tench! What a bag for December? Well done Rob.
JLB. We all know that melting snow makes fishing a waste of time and there was plenty of snow melting on the Eppynt and charging through Llyn Alarch today. Rob had landed a bream and a carp before I had carried all my tackle to the chosen swim so that was another racing certainty fallen at the first fence. The wind was a bit cold at times but the sport made up for it.
Rob had Brooklyn (3-13-00), a Wildie about 5 lb, a small tench, 3 bream, a dozen roach, a nice rudd and a couple of trout.
JP had One-Sided (5-01-00), a dozen trout, a perch just over a pound and a few roach.
I had Aramis (3-15-00), 10 tench, about 25 roach, 2 rudd and a couple of trout.
JP only had a couple of hours but he was very happy.
We were all happy!
The lake has been fishing well with Roach and Perch responding to bread, maggots and caster with a few Carp and Tench making an appearance. Ian Campbell also made a welcome appearence and landed a Chub of 5-10-00 on float fished prawn.
Plenty of carp and roach coming to the net. Using 6mm pellets produces some beautiful roach around 12 oz to a pound - and the tench like them as well. I am a recent convert to pole fishing and am amazed how far a piece of elastic will stretch.
Geoff ended a rather quiet spell by catching Spot at 9-06-00 which is the heaviest carp caught from the lake so far. This little pig (Spot not Geoff) has been piling on the pounds - in January it was caught at 7-04-00.
Tony had a great day fishing with 2 maggots on a pole at peg 1 he had a 3lb Mirror, 2lb and 3lb 4oz Bream, 14 Perch, some Roach and the inevitable Brown Trout. A couple of carp slipped the hook as well.
A wonderful month for carp catches and here is Berry with Geoff at 5-00-00 caught on a pole.
That well known double act "The Two Cees" was back in town. Chris and Colin had a good mixed bag of roach, perch, trout, a couple of nice bream and a tench before I had to leave early. They were fishing side by side on 11/12. I tried over the bridge on 15 and had some nice roach and rudd and a surprise mirror (Stella) at 6-10-00 on breadflake size 16 hook - epic battle!
Cludy start to the day and so Tony White couldn't make hay but he could catch fish - by 10.30 he had caught 3 Carp and 5 Tench and on the other side of the pool Todd Wilcocks and daughter Maisy were in the action. Todd had a nice Wildie of 3-06-00, photographed with Maisy on the left.
Yeovil visitor Jonathen Calderbank hadn't done any coarse fishing for years but a day at Llyn Alarch appealed to him. When I met him at lunch-time he had caught a Tench, a Bream, some Roach and a couple of Trout "but I haven't caught a carp". I pointed out to him that his float had gone under and after a zooming fight we netted "Beth" which weighed in at 3lb 11oz. He carried on waving his magic wand and catching fish one of which was another Mirror about 4lbs. It's easy for some !
Geoff Lawrence. "Yet another good night up the lake , i caught 3 Carp a few nice Roach and a big Bream at 2 lb 5 oz
Stella 6 lb 3 oz
Nigel 2 lb 9 oz
Common 2 lb 9 oz"
Stella is the largest mirror weighed-in so far and has gained 6oz since being caught last December, also by Geoff..
Tony White ended the season with a splash when his seat tipped him over the side of his platform and he ended up standing up to his waist in water. Duncan lended him a pair of trousers so it could have been a lot worse - he might have gone home wearing a kilt !
JLB. The regulars have been hauling them out during the warm weather.
On the 24th Squashy had 10 carp between 3 and 6 pounds, 4 rudd and 4 Tench betweeen one and two pounds.
On the 28th Geoff fished in the evening and had two Mirrors of 2-15-00 (Smoothie) and 3-05-00 (Tom), some nice Rudd and a 1-01-04 Roach on a 10mm boilie. Squashy also had a couple of Wildies. Smoothie hadn't been caught since December 2014 and had added 1-03-00 to his weight.
On the 30th Geoff fished the evening again and had 3 carp - best a 4-06-00 mirror named Twotone.
Tony White and Berry have been having big bags of Roach and Rudd with the odd carp spicing up the mixture. Good fun.
JLB. The fish are really getting their heads down. I fished with bread punch today while Dave Green fished with maggots. I haven't the details of his catch but he had one Bream of about 2 lb and numbers of perch, rudd and roach with very few trout. I had 8 trout, 7 rudd, 9 tench and 40 roach. I still haven't had a roach over 1lb this season but I will fish a bit heavier tomorrow with bread flake and sweetcorn.
JLB. Tony White had a cracking day yesterday fishing with bread punch. 21 Roach to 15 oz, 7 Tench, 1 Rudd and 5 trout. This morning I had 20 trout. 2 bream (just over the pound mark), 14 Perch and a dozen roach on single maggot. Earlier in the week Dave Green had lots of fish on several days - best a 5 lb common carp.
JLB. I have been too busy fishing to write websites! The fish really like this hot weather but I'm not allowed just to fish - I am given projects! What are those smallish fish up in the grassy weed by Jeb's Peg? Where are the Roach? Where are the Tench?
I fancy the smallish fish are Tench but I only caught Wildies. I used sweetcorn, No10 hook to 9lb fluorocarbon, 12lb mainline, 12 ft Shimano and dropped in between the grassy weed and the Bullrushess. Impressive weedcutting with a 5lb Wildie on the end! I didn't catch any of the smaller fish but when I hooked the first Wildie the smaller ones came rocketing out from the grass.
Geoff said he had seen some Roach further up into the bay to the right of Jeb's peg so the next day it was 3lb line, light 13ft float rod, No 16 hook and bread punch with liquidised bread for groundbait. The water was about 2 1/2ft deep in front of the last peg over the bridge.. Fishing on the bottom I had 2 Tench, 6 small Roach, and a 2lb Mirror. Shoals of small Rudd came round at times and and I caught several of those but if I set the bait at more than 6 inches below the surface they didn't appear to see the bread at all.
The next day Tony White fished the middle peg of the three over the bridge using sweetcorn and had 5 Tench and a Wildie and lost a couple of carp in the bullrushes. Having failed to find the Roach in the shallows I fished 10 feet deep in front of the hut (Peg 6) with the bread punch and had about 20 Roach to 12 ounces, a couple of Rudd and a few trout. I returned in the evening and fished three pegs along (Peg 9) and hoped that I was not going to hook one of the big Chub and Carp cruising around and caught more Roach in about 4 feet of water. Chris Cooper and his friend John fished on Sunday (5th) and caught Perch and Trout on maggots and worm. Chris fished peg (9) where I had fished the previous evening and eventually swapped to bread and promptly caught a Roach. He was then lured away to fish floating bread for the carp and had a nice Wildie 5-04-00. It seems that the mystery of the disappearing Roach is that they are there all the time but that they don't like maggots!
Which is another mystery - why?? We have all caught hundreds of roach on maggots. Some time ago I fished peg 9 in 10 feet of water and alternated bread and maggots on each cast. I caught Roach and Trout and every Trout was on maggot and every Roach was on bread. They appear to put up with one another but have a different choice from the menu.
Please let me know how you go on.
JLB. May ended on a high note at Llyn Alarch. On Sunday (29th) Chris Cooper had a Chub of
5 lbs.and a Wildie of 4-10-00 while his grandchildren were hammering the Perch (see photo). Geoff fished in the evening and had 2 Wildies of 4-09-00 and 3-08-00. On Monday (30th)Tony White decided to bring a touch of class to the proceedings and set about the brownies with a small dry fly on a light leader. A nice Wildie of 4-14-00 took a fancy to Tony's offering and his arm was practically falling off by the time he managed to get it in the net. Congratulations Tony on an a masterclass in how to play a big fish on light gear.
JLB. Dave Green had a good morning with plenty of Perch and trout plus a small Chub, a two pound Tench and a Bream of the same weight in lovely condition.
JLB. Noon to 4.30. Light ledger on 2 rods, one with sweetcorn and the other with an 8 mm Pineapple boilie. 2 Commons (1-15-00 7-00-000, 1 Mirror (2-11-00), 1 tench (15 oz) and 1 rudd (about 5 oz.). The bigger Common was Spot and took the boilie as did the tench. The mirror was Duncan again. The little rudd did well to get a grain of sweetcorn on a No 10 hook to 9 lb line into its mouth.
3 hours in the evening gave good sport with Geoff catching Jacob at 2-11-00 and a common at 3-13-00 and lost one while Dave Green caught Gerald at 3-00-00 and managed to lose two. Geoff was also maggot fishing and catching trout and perch as well.
JLB. Tony White had a fat Common of seven pounds. I fished late afternoon the next day with maggots and pinkies and had about half a dozen each of Perch and Rudd as well as small brownies. The Perch had spawned but the Rudd hadn't. Good luck to them.
JLB. Interesting week so far. We had decided to reduce the trout population so arrived on Sunday (10th) armed with plenty of maggots. It was a very cold morning as you can see by Berry pictured on the left. I know. I know !! It isn't a trout. OK. Tell Berry and the Chub. (And I know the Photoshopping is awful but the fish was so heavy that he couldn't lift it above his waist - so I moved it up. Now stop picking on me all the time.) The cold night had put the trout off the feed but we managed to move over a hundred into the river. Monday it rained. Tuesday afternoon I fished and had 4 tench, 7 Perch, 20 trout and a roach - the first we have caught for ages - we don't know where they hide at this time of the year. Wednesday I installed Windows 10. Thursday had a bonfire at the lake and then fished in the afternoon but did no good - maybe I should have fished the opposite side to the bonfire. Today I caught a mole and a mouse (both in traps) but Paul Price fished at Llyn Alarch in the morning and caught Duncan at 2-08-00. I'm going to try hemp(seed) tomorrow.
JLB. Dave Green took advantage of a mild morning to catch a dozen trout and three mirror carp, Podge at 2-06-00, Jan at 2-00-00 and Bashful at 4-00-00. They have some fine scale patterns as you can see from the picture of Podge.
JLB. Mick Wilkes braved the storms and caught a couple of tench, some trout and a monster three ounce chub. He sent me a photo of one of the tench (1-04-00) which he had tarted up by allowing it to put its lipstick on before he took the photo ! Look at the photo and judge for yourself.
JLB. Jessica with her first fish - a fine Brown Trout from Llyn Alarch. She is going to catch a bigger one later so that she can do sister Isobel's trick of hugging it to her chest - which sooo delights her mother who has to keep washing their jackets. The Mafioso glasses is a strong clue that she is Dave Green's daughter. Well done Jessica!!
JLB. Paul Price put in a morning session before the rugby. Method feeder produced a fine mixed bag - a Common, a Roach, a Mirror and a Wildie. (Being an Englishman in a foreign land I am forced to draw a veil over the result of the rugby match).
JLB. Our new Chairman David Holland turned up to see what he could catch with a small lure using the drop shot technique. He caught several Perch around half a pound and Duncan was so intrigued that he had a go and here he is with one.
JLB. Its that man again - Dave caught a Tench in the morning. It was about 2 lb and is the first tench we have caught for some weeks. Spring must be in the air because in the late afternoon, using a 3mm Pineapple boilie I had 4 small tench, a Common at 2-10-00 and a mirror at 2-02-00.
Good day for a late start. Minus 3 when I left Llandrindod at 11 o'clock in freezing fog. Float fished maggots and pinkies on size 20 to 3lb line. A lovely day when the sun came out. Had about a dozen small roach, five perch and a couple of trout.
JLB. Dave Green has been getting into the action again ..and again ..and again
I don't think he knows about carp not feeding in the Winter. He usually fishes a short session of 2 - 3 hours in the morning. On the 1st. he had a common and three mirrors, on the 7th three trout and a Wildie and today a common and a fully scaled mirror. In the photograph you can see that daughter Isobel is happy to cradle his catch - I dare not ask what Isobel's mum thinks about it.
JLB. No one told Dave Green that the carp had slowed down so out went the method feeder and in came Spot as the heaviest weighed carp on the lake at 7-04-00. First weighed in June '14 at 2-15-00 Spot has stayed true to the See-Food diet. I wonder what weight it will achieve by the end of the Summer? Keep up the good work Dave!
JLB. Happy New Year. The cooler weather has slowed the carp down but the Roach, Trout and Perch are happy enough with these temperatures. Chris had a good catch of Roach, Perch and Rudd on maggot a couple of days ago. I tried liquidised bread and bread punch today and had 37 Roach, one Perch and three Trout. The best of the Roach was about 3/4 lb. Good fun on light tackle.
JLB. Geoff is finishing the year in style with a Mirror of 5-13-00 which is the biggest we have recorded so far. It fell for a pop-up grain of artificial sweetcorn with a piece of worm on the hook. It hadn't been caught before so was named Stella in honour of the season. The unseasonal warm weather has kept the fish feeding and we are still catching tench which are more usually associated with warm summer evenings than Christmas.
JLB. Very excited as I had booked a seat for the "Star Wars" premiere in Bulth tonight. Set up two rods for method feeder tactics. Caught 4 Mirrors, one Common, one Wildie (5lb), One Chub (4-06-00), one Rudd and a small tench. I lost a nice Bream at the net and a few fish that I didn't see before they came off. A good method this Method method.
After I returned home and sorted a few things out at about half past five I checked to see what time I had to set out to see the BIG EVENT only to find that it had started at five o'clock ! !! Oh. Yes. Well. My word.
It was a very good day's fishing.
JLB. Dave Green has done well with a Method Feeder so I thought I would give it a go. Off to Newtown, Method mix, boilies, Method Feeders, gadget for moulding the mix around the feeder, back to Llyn Alarch, tie up some hair rigs (never done it before but the idea is simple), mix up the mix, photograph and weigh Geoff's carp, cast in and sit back for some well earned Method Mix flavoured cake for my lunch. Two savage bites and no hook-up requires re-think. Resident expert Berry explains that the hair is too long (sounds like the army). Shorten hair of hair rig and land two carp and lose another - cracked it!
Berry had Trout, Perch, Roach and Rudd on maggot and Geoff had Perch, Roach and a tench as well as his carp. This carp is a family friend as it is named "Geoff" and he has caught it three times this year.
JLB. The lake was coloured from the rain but mercifully it was calm. Berry had Perch ,Roach and Trout on maggot, I had about 30 small roach, a couple of Rudd and a couple of Trout on bread punch, Mick Wilkes turned up at lunch time when Berry left and belted in the maggots and caught Perch, Roach and stacks of Trout. Geoff arrived late in the afternoon and caught Trout, Perch and a nice Bream. Good fun.
JLB. Dave Green decided to fish into the wind at peg 4 and ended up frozen stiff but jubilant as he caught two big Chub, three Mirror carp, a Trout and a Roach. To escape the worst of the wind he moved up to the disabled platform (peg12) where he caught another Mirror and a Wildie. Most of them were on Spicy Sausage pellets fished in a small method feeder.
When we get this combination of mild weather and rain colouring the lake the carp seem to really come onto the feed.
JLB. Too high for the Czech nymph and a pint of maggots turning to casters so the decision was made for me (I forgot the F1 Grand Prix). The weather map had those yellow triangles which mean stormy weather and they were right. I fished on peg 14 which is up in the shallow end and about the most sheltered spot. Started about 12.30 and had about 10 trout, I small chub, 5 roach, 1 rudd and a fat common spot on 6lbs.
JLB. Family commitments prevented me from fishing on Sunday(15th) so of course everyone said what a wonderful day's fishing they had. Geoff, Berry and Mick (Wilkes) all caught carp and other fish. Mick sent me photos of a Common about 4 1/2lb and a Mirror about 2 1/2lb. The photo revealed that the Mirror was Beth who was caught in September and weighed 3-02-00 so we can claim with confidence that Mick doesn't exaggerate.
Today was similar weather to Sunday (horrendous) so I sallied forth with great expectations and waterproofs. 2 Wildies (3-10-00 & 4-10-00) and 2 Mirrors (2-00-00 & 3-01-00). Berry turned up in the afternoon and quickly had a Mirror of 3-00-00.
JLB. Colin and Chris returned but were lamenting the fact that they couldn't get any maggots nearer than Newtown. They braved the gale and rain and swans but the worms they were using only produced a few perch and lots of trout. I had a few maggots and caught trout, rudd and roach and finally a Wildie about 3 lbs.
Berry turned up in the afternoon and first cast caught a lovely perch of 1 3/4 lbs.
JLB. Electric fence duty :- turn off the electricity, turn on the solar panel, walk the fence removing the twigs that the wind has blown onto the electric fence, tramp down the vegetation that has grown up to short the fence and remove the dead wet leaves which short across the insulators. Then rake out the leaves blocking the swing water gate and check the mole traps (5 this week). Fished the last couple of hours and had a Common 5-04-00 named Fifa who had gained 15 ounces since he was originally caught in June.
JLB. Heavy overnight rain had coloured the lake.Fished the last hour with sweetcorn and had a nice roach and then a mirror which had not been recorded before (Aramis 2-04-00). Colin and Chris braved the gale and rain and caught some nice perch, small roach, trout and a mirror carp.
JLB. Fresh from my success in the Grayling Masters (well I caught three) I relaxed at Llyn Alarch with sweetcorn on a light ledger, 9lb hooklength and size 10 Animal barbless spade-end on 2 rods. Groundbaited with a variety of small pellets and some of the sweetcorn. A warm dull day with bubbles coming up in the swim it was only a matter of time............ After three hours with two lines bites to my credit it was only a matter of time before I went mad so I changed to a size 14 and caught a nice Rudd, then a big Chub (4-10-00) and 5 more rudd. The light was beginning to go so I quite expected to catch a carp. Lesson in bad fishing coming up - I didn't slacken the drag! The hooklength was 9lb and could cope with a heavy drag, the hook was strong enough to cope, but dropping down in size from a 10 to a 14 meant that the wire of the hook was thinner and might cut though a shallow hook-hold. The carp zoomed off on the bait-runner, I palmed the spool and slowed the fish down then engaged the main drag, one more lunge and the hook came flying back -- bad fishing.
Berry had some nice Perch on maggots and a few trout
JLB. Berry had a good session with a Wildie about 5lb, a mirror (Nigel 2-10-00), a Common
(Kinky 4-13-00) topped up with Rudd, Roach and a trout.
JLB. Dave Green and daughter Isobel had a good morning's fishing - Common about 6lbs, 2 x Mirrors (about 4lb and 3 I/2lb), a Wildie (3-08-00), a tench about 2lb, a perch about 8oz and a few trout. All went well taking the classic photo of Dave with his Wildie, then Isobel with Dad's fish, but then the fish decided to take centre stage and leapt out of Isobel's hands. With great presence of mind to prevent the fish crashing onto the boards she directed the fish towards dad who was still sat in his chair and who caught the fish like a rugby ball. As the picture shows she was full of remorse for covering him in fish slime but delighted that the fish came to no harm and, when placed back into the water, swam away at great speed.
Dave is a glutton for punishment and vows to return clad in full overalls.
JLB. Tony White can be relied on to catch so it was no surprise to see his rod bending. After a few trout and perch he had a 4-02-00 Chub followed by a 4-04-00 Common. A fortnight ago he had a Chub of 5-12-00.The photo shows Tony with his 4-04-00 Chub today
JLB. What a difference a day makes! On Sunday several anglers struggled to catch anything under a clear sky with a falling barometer, temperature plummeting in the evening and clear water. I fished late afternoon and managed one small Common as the light faded.
On Monday cloud cover with a bit of drizzle, a warm wind and the water colouring up from fish feeding, during the afternoon 1 Wildie (5-04-00) 2 Commons (2 1/4lbs 2 1/2lbs) and 3 Mirrors
(1-08-00, 2-06-00 and 2-12-00). Two of the mirrors had not been recorded before but the last one, Polly, was caught last June at 8 ounces and now is 2lb 12oz which shows how well they are growing
JLB. The last fortnight has seen plenty of nice fish coming to the net - 2 lb Tench, 1lb Roach, several Mirror carp in the 3lb bracket, a Common of 4-14-00, several Perch over a pound and a Bream of about 2lbs. This last caused a good deal of delight as Peter and John had driven down from Llanidloes and Peter expressed his desire to catch a Bream. It was 40 years since he had last caught a Bream and we shared his delight when he caught a fin perfect 2lb object of his dreams.
JLB. Thought I would try maggots for a change and in late afternoon ledgered sweetcorn as well. Had 6 Tench, 3 Perch, 3 Trout and about 25 - 30 Roach. Several of the Roach were quite small and acted as a reminder that bread (which I have been using recently) sorts out the bigger Roach.
The Tench were in the 1 to 1 1/2lb bracket whereas last year many were about 8 - 10 oz. One perch was a beauty at 1-13-00 and the photo shows Geoff trying to train the perch to hold its fin up. The photo fails to include the full body armour required to deal with such opponents.
JLB. Fished from Jeb's Peg at Llyn Alarch. Spent most of the day discovering that some fish will eat a whole lob worm - tench, perch and trout - but the others grab it by the tail and run round waving it over their heads and shouting "Look what I've got?" which results in a lot of unproductive bites. Tried liquidised bread on a float on the other rod and had several roach and a Mirror carp. Swapped the lob worm for sweetcorn and ended the day with 3 Wildies to 5-05-00, 1 perch, I trout, 1 tench and the Mirror (Priscilla) at 2-11-00. The Roach were lovely fish in the 8 to 14 oz bracket.
Berry fishing near the dam had a mirror (Gerald 2-02-00) in his catch and Geoff (in front of the hut) had 2 bream, one just under 2lbs and the other 1 1/2 lbs in his catch.
JLB Warm, wet, overcast, what could fish want more? - bread and sweetcorn is the answer. I had about 25 roach and rudd in the 6 -12 oz bracket 'til I gave up and concentrated on the ledgered sweetcorn. 10lb main line, 9lb fluorocarbon hooklink, size 12 barbless Kamasan Animal spade end, and an AAA shot on a 2 inch dropper about 16 inches up from the hook. I was groundbaiting 1 1/2 rod-lengths out with liquefied bread and feeding 3 rod-lengths further on with sweetcorn and a mixture of 4mm pellets. Wasted a lot of time with line-bites on the ledger before the penny dropped and I fished nearer to me. I had 3 Commons, 3 Mirrors, a 2lb Tench and several roach on the sweetcorn. Best common was Spot (he has a spot on his side) at 5-14-00 which was caught by Tony White last August at 4-00-00.
Berry joined in the fun in the afternoon and caught several perch, two Commons which he thought were both over 6 lb and lost a couple more in thick weed using small worms.
Geoff Lawrence reports :- I have just had 4 hours up the lake and caught 2 Bream of 1 lb and 1. 1/2 lb, 7 Tench mostly males about 1 lb and one big Female Tench at 1 .1/2 lb with black spot on her right side. I also had 1 nice rud and 1 small trout and ..... 2 nice PERCH !!!!!!!!
I did hook 2 wild carp but pulled out in the weed.
JLB. These are the first perch we have caught from the lake.
Geoff and Berry had fun. Geoff had some roach and trout and a mirror (Alistair - first caught last December) and Berry had 11 good size Roach and a 2lb Tench
JLB. Todd Wilcocks decided to take up coarse fishing so started with a 3 1/2 lb Wildie, a handful of cracking roach and then a Mirror of 2lb 4oz (Winifred, first caught in June last year at 9oz) - dead easy this coarse fishing! He was using a light ledger and sweetcorn. I left him to it while he was still catching.
JLB The fish were feeding in a weed-bed close to the side so delicate tactics were called for - 2 I/2lb test curve 12 footer and 9lb hooklink to size 12 hook - just the thing for roach. I had 10 roach from 6 to 14 oz, 3 tench to 1-04-00, 2 commons to 3-10-00 and a mirror named Tom who weighed 2lb last October and 3lb today. The weed-bed was almost completely estroyed. Berry had a dozen fish with a Wildie abour 6lb and a roach which he weighed in at 1-02-00.
Martyn Roberts and Jeff Hope-Davies decided to have a go at still water coarse fishing at Llyn Alarch. First blood went to Martyn with this fat tench and they went on to catch bream, roach and rudd.
GPIAC Pest control officers (Geoff and Dunc) have had three mink in the last few days at Llyn Alarch. The photo shows why the ducks and waterhens and fish don't like them. Floss regularly and you too can have gleaming teeth like that!
New member and former Sea Angler Ron Whitehouse tried his hand at coarse fishing at Llyn Alarch and was delighted to catch a Wild Carp of 3lb 4oz on sweetcorn. He is going to have a go at Brown Trout on the Groe next but I think he is hooked on Carp fishing.
Geoff Lawrence had a good 3 hour session. 2 Rudd,1Roach, 9 Tench (1lb to 1 1/2lb), I Wildie about 4lb and a Mirror Carp 1-08-00. The Mirror was Kate who had gained 1/4 lb since September.
The Wildie was rather thin so we hope it had spawned successfully. Kate's picture is on the left.
Duncan reports that the carp are in a spawning frenzy alongside the walkway before the bridge. Mirrors, Commons and Wildies all swirling around together with the other fish keeping out of the way. It was thought that with the lake being fed by a stream the water may not get warm enough for them to breed successfully but the carp seem to have their own ideas on that subject.
JLB 4 roach 2 tench and a Wild Carp 6-08-00. Bread and sweetcorn. The Wildie put quite a bend in the light float rod and 3lb line.
Tony White had a good day with11 roach, 3 rudd, 4 tench and 7 trout the biggest being 1-12-00. He reports that he had a Wildie two weeks ago weighing 7-08-00 which is the biggest we have weighed so far.
Geoff Lawrence had a 1 lb tench and a dozen Rudd this evening in a couple of hours fishing
JLB 11.30-6.30 3 Wildies, 6 Tench, 5 Roach and 5 Rudd . All on legered sweetcorn. Best Wildie 4-10-00, Tench 1-11-00
JLB 8.30-12.30 3 Mirrors,3 Tench and 3 Rudd. All on legered sweetcorn. All three mirrors weighed 2lb precisely! Two of them I had caught 5 days apart last September and one had gained 6oz and the other 8oz.
JLB 15 Roach, 12 Tench and 3 Rudd. All on bread punch fished over liquididised bread. Packed packed up at 2.00 pm to go hame and water the garden
JLB 10.30 - 2.00 17 Roach, 1 Tench and 2 Rudd then it died. Hot day and all the fish went up to the top end and I went home to produce the website.
JLB 18 Roach, 1 Rudd, 2Tench and 6 trout on bread punch, Went dead at lunch and tried everything through the afternoon and had 12 Trout and I Wildie (5-00-00) on maggot and 1 Common (Fifa 4-06-00) on Sweetcorn. The common had an identifying mark by his tail so was given a name.
Steven Frodsham 1 Common on 5 grains of freelined sweetcorn. Estimated 7 lbs - the biggest caught from the lake. It took 2 rods to land it as the first rod was snatched from the platform into the water and towed out some way into the lake. Fortunately the water was shallow and part of the rod floated to the surface. The second rod was called into service to land the first rod ( I'm sorry I started this) and battle was resumed and the quarry secured. Well done Steven.
JLB 13 Roach, 11 Rudd, 5 Tench and 1 Common (2.08.00). All on bread apart from 1 Tench on maggot.
Berry. 1 Tench
Berry. 1 Carp
Windy and sunny at start but turned grey and cold
JLB 2 Mirror(Armoured and Rosanne) Best 2-12-00, 7 Roach and 3 trout
Berry. 3 Carp and 1 Tench
Berry. 3 Carp and 1 Tench
Berry. 2 Carp 1 Tench
May 11 p.m.
JLB 3 Mirrors (Jan, Jacob and Jake) best 1-13-00, 5 Tench and 1 Rudd. All on sweetcorn.
Berry 1 Wild (4-10-00) and 1 Common (3-08-00) on sweetcorn.
May 5 p.m.
JLB Blowing a gale and raining. 2 Rudd, I Tench and 12 trout. All on maggot.
April 30 p.m.
JLB 9 Tench, 1 Rudd, 3 Roach, a few trout. floatfished bread and legered sweetcorn.