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Lake William Fishing with Sam.
Last week Tracy and I took our son Sam (9) fishing on our coarse lake Lake William. We managed to get a few cracking photos which show how much fun smaller Carp can be when fishing with children. It was also a great opportunity to teach some fishing techniques from basic to fairly advanced. In his 2x 6 hour hour sessions he tried float, feeder and Carp fishing and all worked well, he banked 12 fish including Mirror and Common Carp to 8lb 8oz and also Koi Carp, Tench and Roach. Another 6 hour session probably would have seen a lot more fish on the bank as we had started to concentrate the fish where we needed them and Sam was improving his techniques no end.
We particularly enjoyed it every time he hooked into a fish over six or seven pounds, he couldn’t believe how strong they were!!!
He absolutely loved every minute of it, but is now pestering us constantly to go again! :)
All Swims Finished on The Willow Bank
A few pics of the new decked swims recently built on the Willow Bank. Swims are numbered from 1 to 6 as you enter the fishery at Gate Corner.
Swim 1. Deeper water fishing towards The Gorsebank and The Dam Wall which includes BBQ Corner, The Outlet and The Gate Corner. Depths to 8 feet.
Swim 2. Deeper water including The Gorsebank, mid-water, The Sunken Streambed and margins. Depths to 6 feet.
Swim 3. Double size pontoon can accommodate two anglers. Gives access to The Gorsebank, mid-water, The Sunken Streambed and margins. Depths to 5 feet.
Swim 4. Middle depths including The Gorsebank, mid-water, The Sunken Streambed and margins. Depths to 4 feet.
Swim 5. Shallower section of the The Gorsebank, Lily-pad Islands mid-water, The Sunken Streambed and margins. Depths to 3 feet.
Swim 6. The shallows including The Inlet, Lilly-pad Islands mid-water, fallen trees, rushes and margins. Depths to 3 feet.
New Decked Swims are a Hit!
Love seeing anglers on the new decked swims and the icing on the cake is one of our fishermen (Fraser with the Barnard Party) has already banked a 40+ Mirror from here!
Big Swim Number 3 Is In.
Last weekend we all put our backs into it and got the biggest decked swim on Lake Lauren built. It’s a whopping six and a half meters by two and it only took five of us to lift the main frame work into place!
The bank behind it can accommodate two bivvies so two anglers could fish from the same deck if they wanted. The deck also incorporates a step to get you closer to the water as the bank is a little higher here than other places on the lake.
All we need now is a drop of rain and a bit of summer sun to get the grass growing back quickly.
Two More Decked Swims Go In.
Following on from the work started in April, two more decked swims (No’s 4 & 5) have gone in, this time closer to the very popular shallower end of the lake.
All the new swims will help preserve the banks from erosion caused by foot traffic, waves and nesting catfish. They also come with the added bonus of increasing the bank space for ever bigger bivvies! We are also taking this opportunity to level out any ruts in the banks as we go.
With four now finished, a total of six are planned for the Willow Bank and a further three slightly smaller platforms for the Dam Wall.
All work should be finished by the end of this season. Nature will obviously improve each swim in time as grass regrows and the careful planting around each swim matures.
Watch this space for more news and pics as we progress.
Spectacular Week of Lake Records!!!
Having arrived Saturday afternoon, the Chandler Party of five decided to set up bivvies and prepare rods to crack on with the fishing first thing on the Sunday morning after a relaxing night at the farmhouse.
The fishing started with a flying start and by mid-week, the tally was stacking up with fish coming from all corners of the lake, despite the hot weather and bright sunshine.
Wednesday, around 13:00, Construction Design Office Manager, Julia Chandler from Walton-upon-Thames in Surrey, bagged a beauty of a beast from the shallows on one of Quest Baits Rajah Spice boilies. The gorgeous Mirror gave her a run for her money, right around lili-pad islands where it dug in and refused to budge. Julia thought it best to put the rod back on the rest and wait for the fish to move, the tactic paid off as the lump was soon back on the move, and this time in the right direction. By 13:30 the big Mirror was in the net and the Ladies Lake Record was raised by almost 5lb to a respectable 41lb 8oz.
An hour and half later, Julia only went and bust another lake record; the Ladies Lake Record Grass Carp came out at 15:00 on the 8th June 2016 on a Mainline Cell boilie, weighing in at 24lbs on the nose, the heaviest Grassie to come out so far. Julia takes home two bottles of white wine for her troubles as a memento.
Not to be out done, fellow angler Bernie Walker from Weybridge also broke a lake record; The OAP Lake Record Mirror. He achieved this in serious style by taking it OFF THE TOP!!! In over ten years, no one has managed to take fish off the surface here and this was his fifth in two days!
A lot of stealthy pre-baiting and preparation was involved in BBQ Corner, and once he was happy that he could see fish visiting regularly and feeding on the Omega dog biscuits, he then snuck in with his favourite stalking rod. By Friday Bernie had taken four good Carp to 32lb+ off the top but at mid-day he came across a stonking 40lb 1oz Mirror. The big beauty was taken on a Curly-Wurly rig tipped with a dog biscuit. Bernie takes home a personalised bottle of red wine as souvenir.
Big big well done to both Julia and Bernie
Offers for May
Glehias are offering 30% off weeks commencing 30th April and 7th May, this discount applies to both the fishing and accommodation. There is also 20% off on week commencing May 21st.
You can get a quote here
Decked Swims Under Way.
Last winter, over a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows, we discussed what lake projects and general maintenance projects would take priority this year. Due to water erosion, heavy foot traffic, and possibly nesting catfish, the bank along Willow Walk made it to the top of the list.
This season we envisage installing six decked pontoon swims along Willow Walk, extending around four feet out onto the lake, plus three possibly four smaller pontoons along the Dam Wall. This should not only shore up and extend the life of the banks, but give anglers more casting room and increase bivvy space. Also, over time, the banks have become more inclined and the new swims should lessen the risk of anglers slipping in when landing heavy fish.
The area most in need of attention was along from the Gate Corner, and we completed the first two decked swims last weekend. We will endeavour to have all swims completed by the end of this season, but obviously work can only go on while the lake is free of anglers so this will ultimately decide the rate of progress.
Each pontoon on Willow Walk will be approximately three meters by two, and will have a slight raised lip around the outer perimeter to stop anything easily slipping into the lake. The Dam wall swims will be around three meters by one and a half. The pontoons will only jut out over the lake by about a meter and this should make casting around marginal trees easier. It will also feel more balanced having decked pontoons along both fishing banks.
Careful attention is also being given to the planting surrounding each swim as it is built. So far, we have planted more Lily-pads as not only are they pretty but anglers will have a feature to fish to at close quarters if they wish. While the planting will take a little time to take a hold and mature, we believe all these little attentions to detail will be worth it as it should all look fantastic over time.