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Send us your best photo from your 2016 fishing holiday on either Alder or Notaire's Lake and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher.
Here are the rules:
1. One photo per entrant.
2. The photo can be of anything (e.g. fish, scenery, sunsets, wildlife etc) but must have been taken during your angling holiday on either Notaire’s or Alder Lake during 2016.
3. Photos must be sent as an email attachment to email@example.com
4. The closing date for photos is midday on 29 November 2016.
5. We will post the photos onto our Facebook page on 30 November 2016.
6. The competition will close at midday on 15 December. The photo with the most likes at that time will be the winner.
7. The judges’ decision is final.
8. The prize is a £50 Amazon voucher. It is non-transferrable, non-negotiable and non-edible.
9. This competition is meant to be fun so please treat the whole thing in the spirit in which it is intended.
10. Facebook in no way sponsors, endorses, administers or is associated with this competition.
New lake record at 47lbs
Mike Fletcher edged the lake record up to 47lbs catching the carp on Mainline Cell and standard bottom rig.
And just to prove the point he caught it again still at 47lbs.
Overall the group of 4 caught 17 x teens, 28 x twenties, 8 x thirties & 3 x forties.
New venue video
We have filmed a new venue video. Big thanks to Jordy and Jess for coming back in October to be filmed.
0 - 88 in 30 minutes
Jess catches the elusive Notaire’s cat.
After almost nine years and many snapped off anglers, Jess from Morley is the first angler to bank the Notaire’s catfish setting a new lake record. Our Facebook comments show that many anglers have fond encounters with the cat.
Jess came to Notaire’s targetting the uncaught catfish and fished using a giant 50mm home rolled boilie on one rod and a deadbait on the other.
The deadbait roared off on Monday but the hook didn’t set and the cat escaped with a free meal.
In the end it was a carp rod that sounded a run and Jess hit it as husband Jordy was tying a new rig.
It was clear from the beginning that this wasn’t a carp and after 30 minutes of patient playing on the 3lb TC rod Jess got the cat to the bank.
Jess and Jordy had previously scouted along the waterline of the dam wall and they felt safe enough to go in wearing waders, so Jordy was able to fold the cat’s tail into the net so that they could lift it onto the bank.
Closer examination showed that the cat was in pristine condition and had disposed of the all the rigs it had snapped over the years.
Finally the moment came as it took three of us to position the sling on the scales - 88lbs, the biggest fish in Notaires lake.
We have some great video of the cat being returned to the lake, turning round and slipping away between Jordies bare legs, hairy moment!
Well done Jess, the cat couldn’t have been caught by a nicer angler, hope you enjoyed the champagne.
Lake Monitoring at Notaire's
I have nearly a year’s temperature data from the Notaire’s House lake. There would have been more, but unfortunately the data cable was cut in July by some kind of vermin so the results ground to a halt then.
Even so, having continuous data for all four seasons is quite interesting:
- The ground water temperature is quite stable around the 10°C mark. The groundwater / swimming pool measurements came to abrupt halt when the probe corroded in the salt water.
- The lake temperature follow the air temperature rather than the groundwater temperature.
- The response to air temperature is quite rapid.
- The lake temperature is more influenced by the amount of sunshine than actual air temperature. This is not really surprising because the sun is stronger as you travel south. (Actually, the incident radiation varies with the sine of the latitude; a back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that the sunshine is 30% stronger at Notaire’s than in London.)
What does this mean for the fishing?
Well, in winter it means that when the sun comes out, the water temperature goes up rapidly. The fish will be less torpid and more likely to start hunting for food. I’ve seen anglers catch fish when half the lake was iced up.
In summer the fish are likely to seek cooler water in the heat of the day, namely near the inflow of the stream, under the shade of the trees or in deeper water.
The catch reports show that the total catch does drop a little in the summer months (down to 20 carp per angler per week – still a very good result) but I suspect that this is also largely due to family holiday fishing where there are other pressures on the angler’s time.
I am working on a radio-based system to transmit the lake temperature back to a base station at the house and then extend the monitoring down to Alder Lake. If all goes to plan, you will be able to check the water temperatures on-line and factor that into your decision on what features to fish to.
Accommodation at Notaires
As of 2015 the accommodation at Notaires will no longer be available. The rest of the venue is as it was and is now advertised as a great affordable bivvy-only venue for 2/3 anglers (4 at a push) to share exclusively.
The food packages are still available and there are great toilet/shower facilities.
Catch report 2014
Notaire’s ends the season with a 46lb mirror.
The Crane fishing party have held records for both Alder and Notaire’s and have reclaimed the record for Notaire’s with Jon Vary’s 46lb 8oz mirror on their 5th annual visit to Alder & Notaire’s
Jon reported:-“ I ended up with 750 lbs for the week it consisted of 16 20's most of which were just under 30. I had 7 30's to 37lb which was a great session all topped of by my pb and lake record of 46 lb 8oz which was an incredible fish and one i will never forget. Thanks so much again and hope to see you all soon, Jon”
Well done Jon.