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Molyneux Report to 15th April 2017......
Molyneux Report to 15th April 2017……………….
With Mags and Dave packing down, the telephone called me to the gate to meet this weeks anglers. I opened the gate to two lovely guys, Chris and Frank, who I promptly mis-introduced to everyone as Fred, were welcomed with the usual cup of tea. With our other angler, and good friend Paul Forster arriving later, we walked around the lake. The guys liked the look of most swims to be fair, although plumped for the double swim.
Paul arrived and after fancying the double himself was not sure where to go. We wandered round and he decided on the Socials, and social 1 in particular……
Paul set the family home up for the week, and we attached them up to one of our hook ups.
Thats evening we all met up for the evening meal and proper introductions were made and the conversation and beer flowed..
Next morning and Paul had made a decent start,a 19lb common arriving at 4am, and a 28lb mirror followed at 6am, a short while later he landed a 12lb common, followed by a 24lb 8oz mirror just before breakfast…. Chris had sadly lost a good fish close to the net overnight.
Over Monday night Paul lost a few due to hook pulls. He did manage to land a 27lb 8oz mirror at 7am on Tuesday morning.
At 8.10pm Paul picked up a 28lb 6oz common. At 9.45pm he had a 20lb 8oz mirror, finishing the night with a 29lb 2oz mirror a little before midnight. The following morning he picked up a 19lb common.
The lads in the Double swim were by their own admission not regular anglers, having fished last five years ago. Unfortunately though they had landed a number of tench they had yet to catch a carp….
Tuesday evening and Paul was away just before 9pm. This fish being the first off the large gravel patch in front of social 2. It was also a little better stamp at 35lb 8oz mirror. No sooner had he got the bait boat back after replacing the rig away it went again. This was a very hard fighting mirror and weighed in at 39lb 8oz. Once again, there were photos, tidying up and bait was sent back out, it was dropped and bait boat returned to base camp when off it went again.
Once again it was a big hard fighting fish. Eventually Paul bundled into the net a 38lb 8oz catfish. He replaced the rig and once again within a short while the bobbin flew to meet the butt….. This was the fourth take in just over two hours off the same spot, this fish fought long hard and kept as deep as possible to the end. Another good carp of 38lb 8oz the culprit when an exhausted Paul managed to do the honours. Once again the routine of weighing, photographing, tidying, replacing bait took place, and lo and behold he was in again. This fish a 33lb mirror. With sore arms, and an old back injury threatening to flare up Paul put the rig back out again and yep you guessed it, it roared off once more. Paul played yet another beast of a fish which just didn't want it’s photo taking. He won eventually and another chunky mirror of 37lb 4oz was proudly held up for the camera… At this point Paul decided to get some well deserved sleep.
It was a little after 2am, since 9pm he had landed five thirties to 39lb 8oz and a 38lb 8oz catfish…….. He knew if he put the gravel patch rod out it would go again, so climbed into his bag and had a good nights kip… He was woken at 6.15am with a lively 21lb common from the island margin….
Chris had also managed to get off the mark in the double swim overnight. Fishing across to the far bank of willows he had landed a 29lb mirror.
Wednesday evening and Frank had moved around into Barn swim, Paul managed a 27lb 4oz Grasscarp, 38lb 4oz mirror, 28lb 8oz mirror, and 29lb mirror within a few hours and was not disturbed after midnight. Frank on the other hand was having quite a hectic night in Barns. He landed a 21lb common, then lost two good fish, before landing a 35lb mirror. So pleased he was finally off the mark. It can be a long week when you are struggling….. So what nicer reward than a plump mid thirty.
Thursday evening and Paul was off again, a 20lb common started the ball rolling, a 37lb 8oz mirror hit the back of the net before midnight, followed by a 17lb common, a 31lb 12oz mirror, and a pre breakfast 25lb mirror to finish nicely…. With the motorhome to pack, Paul decided to pack up during the day Friday, finishing his week as he had started it he had landed 24 carp in total to39lb 8oz and of course his catfish of 38lb 8oz. A good weeks dangling mate, well done.
Great to see Paul as always, and his lovely family, Carrie and children Keiran and Niamh, also good to meet Frank and Chris… The weather had been a bit special for this time of year, and a good week was enjoyed by all……..
A night to remember.......
So nice to have Paul Forster, a good friend who is fishing the lake arrive for breakfast absolutely shagged out. He admitted that the lake had beaten him into submission at around 2am...
A succession of good fish completely finishing him. For the first time in many trips he was forced to not put a rod back on a large gravel patch in front of social 2 for fear of catching another beast. His sore arms, sore back and painful groin, from playing fish, meant he simply released the final fish, waved it home, and waved in submission to the lake before climbing into bed....... He hasn't stopped smiling all day.
Full report and pics at weekend.....
Oh what a Beautiful Morning, Oh what a beautiful day......
All the sounds of the earth are like music
All the sounds of the earth are like music
The breeze is so busy it don't miss a tree
An' a ol' weepin' willer is laughin' at me
Another gorgeous morning, managed to catch the last of the morning mist before the sun burnt through fully..... Fish are topping, sun is shining and still we have more empty swims than full ones......
Molyneux Report to 8th April 2017.........
Molyneux Report to 8th April 2017…….
This week we had a lovely couple visiting, Mags and Dave, they chose the double swim, and got them selves set up in one of those long, lazy, lovely Saturday afternoons… As the afternoon turned into evening the clouds roll in and we enjoyed a shortish but quite sharp thunder storm with very heavy rain. For the rest of the week we were all bathed in glorious sunshine, and toward the end of the week there was not a cloud to be seen for at least a couple of days…
Sadly the fishing proved slow to begin with nothing happening until the wee small hours of Sunday when both Mags and Dave lost a fish in quick succession. Unfortunately Mags lost another during Monday afternoon.
In the early hours of Monday morning Dave’s luck changed, and he managed to net a 38lb mirror. Not to be outdone Mags weighed in the same afternoon with another big mirror at 35lb. They were off the mark.
Sadly Tuesday night passed with out a fish, indeed the next fish caught fell to Mags who picked up a chunky 26lb 12oz mirror on Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday night was also strangely fishless, which considering the hot weather I would have expected to be the the best time for a bite….
Thursday and Mags landed a 24lb 8oz mirror at 10.30am. She followed this up with a very hard fighting 38lb mirror which I was fortunate enough to net for her. I have to say at this point I am far too much of a gentleman to mention a ladies age, knowing Mags a wee bit now I know she will not mind me saying she is probably double the age of our average angler and at least half the size. She played and brought this fish to the net like a pro, both her and Daves carp care was to be admired. They so obviously cared for their quarry, and treated with the respect they deserve. Something that is obviously important to us lake owners…… She then picked it up and held it as well as any angler we have ever had here… Mags, if you read this.. you are a Wonder-Woman x
Friday morning though and Mags morning cuppa was rudely interrupted with another hard fighting mirror… This was her long range rod, same spot as the 38lb I saw her land the day before. Once landed and weighed it proved to be the only forty of the week at 41lb.
Later that day she landed a 31lb 2oz mirror. That evening I wished Dave well, poor guy had caught the first fish of the week, and acted as ghilly and personal photographer to Mags since, I wished him a big fish.
The following morning and he was beaming, a cracking 39lb 4oz mirror was the reward from the Carp Gods for his patience. Mags hadn't quite finished though, as they were breaking down around 9.30am Saturday she finished their week off with a 35lb 2oz mirror, which she freely admitted that coming as it did during packing up she let Dave hold it for pics as she was a bit achy…..
An awesome couple, who we genuinely hope to see again,
Wander around the lake.......
It is always a pleasure to wander around the lake in the spring sunshine. Today was especially nice as it was at the end of a work party week, and it is always nice to see the changes that we have made...
For those that have been before, you will probably notice that the trees around the back of the lake have been thinned out dramatically. Something we have wanted to get done for a wee while now. You may also notice the pollarded trees along the fence line near the gate. These have had to be taken right back as they were starting to get very close to the electricity cable running down the outside of our fence....
Molyneux Report to 1st April 2017........
A slightly different week this week, with only one angler visiting us we took the opportunity to get over a couple of lads, one of whom has worked in tree surgery to help out with a couple of jobs.
Ian, our angler arrived mid morning and after being welcomed in and a catch up he chose Barn swim to start his week off. Dan and Kenny, chose to fish Socials, as they have had success from there in the past.
Ian lost a good catfish on Saturday night, one which flat rodded him down towards Stones. Dan caught what was to be the only fish of the night at 35lb 4oz.
Sunday night followed a similar patter with only one fish out to Ian, a 37lb 3oz mirror, caught just before breakfast Monday morning…
At 10.45pm Monday night Dan landed a cracking mirror of 40lb 4oz. nothing else came out over night.
Tuesday lunchtime saw Ian landing his best fish of the week with a common of 45lb 8oz. At 11pm that evening Kenny joined the action with his first fish, a 41lb 8oz mirror. All three anglers landing forties within 24hrs.
Wednesday morning and the action picked up a pace. Kenny landing a 37lb mirror at 5am, Dan with a 17lb common 30 mininutes later, and Ian landing a 39lb 7oz mirror at 6am.
That evening I an had a 30lb mirror, Dan caught a 29lb mirror, and another of 33lb 2oz.
Thursday morning was another busy time. 3.30am saw Dan landing a 17lb common. 5am and Kenny was landing a 29lb common. Ian playing and netting a 28lb 4oz mirror at the same time. At 7am Kenny caught a 24lb 4oz common. The same evening at 10.30pm Ian fought and managed to subdue a 49lb 12oz catfish.
Dan caught two early Friday morning a 18lb 6oz mirror, and a 28lb 6oz mirror. At lunchtime Ian landed a 36lb 14oz mirror which quite bizarrely was exactly the same fish he caught 5 ounces heavier on the previous Saturday……. I actually took the photos of both these fish and only realised when checking back through photos that they are one and the same fish… At 8.30pm Dan caught a 25lb 10oz common, while Kenny caught a 25lb 8oz common at11.30pm. Once again Ian landed one at roughly the same time, a 34lb 12oz mirror.
A flurry of fish Saturday morning made the guys week. Ian landing a 36lb 12oz mirror, and a 28lb 14oz mirror, whilst Dan landed a 25lb mirror, and kenny a 18lb common.
Ian left for home after breakfast, but Kenny and Dan, seen the morning clearing the last of the cuttings from the day before. The lads worked extremely hard and we managed to get a row of trees along the entrance track pollarded to keep them away from the electricity supply wire. The lads also thinned out some of the Alders around the track around the back of the lake… allowing much more light and air to reach this area…….
Many Thanks chaps, it was a cracking week, and so pleased to see you both again and of course get so much done…..
They managed a couple more fish each before leaving early on Sunday morning. Dan, a 26lb 8oz mirror, and 25lb 6oz common, while Kenny landed a 39lb 10oz mirror, and a 30lb 2oz mirror….
A cracking productive week, with some good laughs, and lovely fish caught by all…..