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News at Watersmeet
We have had a busy time during April clearing old trees away at the lakeside and generally tidying the bankside. A number of irises and some Lilly plants have been planted to add further interest to the lake for the anglers and a shelter for the carp. Having some leftover gravel from the swim build, two gravel areas have been added, between swim 2 and 3 to create a further feature for anglers.
New solar lights have been added at each swim for that night fishing experience. The new swims have a solid base, deeper steps and a hand rail making them safer and user friendly. Also with an additional slot to house the landing net.
Outdoor furniture has been painted and the house has had a lick of paint here and there. That all important BBQ area is looking ready for that first "barbie" session!
Starting this year we are providing Landing nets, extra large unhooking mats, weigh slings and a tripod. Of course and that all important refresh bucket. All free of charge. Cutting down luggage space in your car and providing safe equipment "U.K. virus free" for our fish.
All fishermen must bring that all important carp care kit as a definite must for all customers visiting our lake as the health and care of our fish is paramount. This is now been added as one of our rules.
We shall now be concentrating on those last few details to be done around and about the lake and house before the first guests arrive.
Winter at Watersmeet
It has been cold and wet a lot of the time, but on the sunny days we took the opportunity to get to work - chopping trees that were either dead or ones that we thought were overgrown and needed removing. We also had delivery of some new trees which have been planted near the house.
I tried to squeeze in some fishing on the big lake but it really wasn't the weather for it - I did take some photos so you can imagine you are there! (I did fish a small time on the small lake which when you find the right feeding spot lots of beautiful carp can be caught) - even in high winds and torrential rain!
The countdown to the open season is on and we are working hard to make it the best it can be for the new season!
Beautiful Blue Sky at Watersmeet!
What a beautiful morning at Watersmeet today after some really cold, freezing fog days. The lake has thawed and it looks really beautiful.
So I just had to say ......
Watersmeet is great for families - the serious fishermen on the main lake, with the advantage of the smaller lake for the more casual or beginner fishermen - almost guaranteed a catch ! The house and BBQ giving all the facilites a family would need.
And of course for a group of 2 or 3 carp anglers who may (or may not) bivvy out a couple of nights but also want the added comfort of a house to relax in, spending a bit of time away from their rods chilling on the terrace with the BBQ fired-up or catching up with their favourite TV programmes and football matches on the 50 inch TV.
And of course with all the new fish added this year this will be a great challenge!! Below some of our customer's comments
"The facilities provided at the venue exceeded our expectations. Carp continually showed their location throughout our stay."
"Very happy. We intend booking again for next year once the diary is sorted out"
"We were more than happy with the facilities provided"
"The house has everything you could need from a full kitchen, big TV with Sky right down to a super BBQ area"
New carp stock at Watersmeet
We had an early start on Tuesday morning this week for the delivery of our new fish, part of our on going commitment to the fishery management of Watersmeet.
Having chosen our fish one by one with the smallest being 35lb 5oz, I jumped into the water with my waders on. Each fish was handled with great care but were feisty on the floating mat we had in place.
These are the photos of the new carp. The weights are listed below the photos. This will add some real big beauties for next years guests!
NEW AND IMPROVED SWIMS AT WATERSMEET
At Watersmeet we are pleased to announce that work has been carried out to complete three new and improved swims.
The first stage, ripping and digging out the old rotten out dated original swims. Stage two, making a safer, larger base, filled with several tonnes of stone. The new firm stone base takes away any of the past problems of rotten wood. The steps too have been improved and widened, with a hand rail. Stage three will be the finishing touches to the edge of the swim and the top layer of smaller stones, which will be placed just before the beginning of the season, making it ready for the first arrivals.
All swims will be able to take either a rod pod or bank stick. There will also be the addition of a extra large unhooking mats/weigh slings/landing net and a bucket at each swim - using these will be compulsory at the lake to keep the excellent reputation that has been built at Watersmeet, well cared for fish that will be improving each year. We hope our guests will respect this rule as it is very important to us. You will also save some space in your car!
A few comment from our customer's feedback about Watersmeet...
"All fish caught were in fantastic condition & hard fighting."
"All fish caught were in excellent condition as expected"
"Very pleased, lovely looking fish seem healthy no marks"
End of the Season
The end of our first 'half season' as new owners. Now all the hard work starts - making improvements and doing all the general clean and clear up work out of season. New updated and improved swims are in the process of being built and photos will appear very soon. In the meantime I will leave a picture of one of our beautiful Watersmeet sunsets!