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Jan 2019
Changing Views - Winter at Watersmeet

The weather has changed at Watersmeet as you will see from the photos.  Earlier in the week the lake iced over in places and now we have a slight covering of snow. 


What of the Carp now the weather has chilled. The Carp are chilled too!


Carp like most fish are cold blooded. This means that their body temperature is the same as the water that they are swimming in, which currently means they are VERY cold!


Water temperatures below the ice will have hovered just above freezing. For a carp, that has evolved to live in warmer climates, temperatures below ten degrees centigrade are cold. This is different to other fish species for in the winter months such as pike which are far better suited to life in cool water
 

As the temperature of the carp falls, its metabolism slows right down. Once the temperature has dropped below ten degrees the metabolism of the carp will slow down significantly and this affects their behaviour.


Carp cannot increase their activity to warm themselves up so they actually reduce their movement as the water temperature falls. In the prolonged extremely cold weather conditions carp will virtually shut down. They minimise any feeding activity and may even stop feeding completely for long periods. They often rest on the lake bed and will not move for several days becoming virtually still. If the fish do move a little, the periods of activity are often really short. 


Feeding stops for now and is only occasional if and when the temperatures increase. Feeding programmes continue on a regular basis once the temperatures really warm up - to about 10 degrees.  



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Nov 2018
Autumn Jobs and Repair work

Autumn has taken a while to come. The weather has been unusually warm so the leaves are reluctant to fall too much yet.  When they do its a very big job which just goes on and on for many weeks!!.

Even if the leaves aren't plentiful yet the end of the season always brings a list of jobs to do.  There will be the clearing of any dead trees or trees that have become severly overgrown. Bonfires chopping and clearing.

Then as the weather was so good we were able to complete the first phase of the repair work since the freak flash flood earlier in the year in June (this was an amazing freak flood that hit only the surrounding area and caused a lot of local damage.)

The repair work has been successful and we are pleased to say all is looking a lot like it was before.  The bank has been put back to its original place!! 

In the early spring there will be some planting done along the slope of the bank.



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Sep 2018
Photos and End of Season

We always like to see great photos even if its not a carp!! Like the Pike in the picture which was caught on the small lake by one of the guys very recently.

Though obviously we particularly like your CARP pictures especially if you are able to share the moment when you make that epic catch.

Guest's lake and carp picture are fabulous to see and make the season even better!

The pictures are also beneficial to Oli the Lake Manager who studies the fish and their individual patterns. He compares them to previous photos earlier in the year or previous years to check on their growth.  It's particularly exciting when a fish comes out that has not been seen for a long time.

We have had another busy season and a great mixture of guests this year from families, couples and just a group of guys having their first trip to France!

Soon it will be time for the jobs to get started around the lake and fish to be fed before its too cold and getting everything made ready for the winter ahead.

Thank you to all our guests and look forward to seeing you again very soon.



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Jun 2018
Freak flood at Watersmeet
On Monday 4th June, there was a freak flash flood at Watersmeet with unprecedented amounts of rain.  The top lake flooded over the top of the bridge. In the space of about an hour it had risen by 12" and flooded over the whole of the drive area in the front and back of the house.  It then made its way down the steep steps to the small garden area. It was a massive cascading waterfall taking everything in its path with it. The fence on the driveway was like a filter with water funnelling down through all of the gaps.

We were very lucky to have the most wonderful guests who were very quick to make contact and we quickly had someone go round to assess the situation and quickly, with the guests' help, react. 
The water continued to swoop down the bank taking out the soil and hedge as it pushed through the fence. Part of the grass bank on the drive edge collapsed (not a lake bank).  This bank is purely cosmetic and is where the hedge used to be.

For the time being the area where there is a swing and a small garden (this is not a fishing area) will be out of bounds until it can be sorted and dries out.  

This together with the rain and thunderstorms did unfortunately affect the fishing during that week but has not affected fisherman since.  What a disasteroous week. Though certainly news worthy!!

To make it very clear - none of this affects any of the lake banks on either lake and will not affect any fishing.

Tight lines at Watersmeet!! 


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Dec 2017
Happy New Year

We at Watersmeet wanted to wish all previous and future guests a Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!

We look forward to welcoming all our guests for the 2018 season!







Nov 2017
Lake Netting

After the season ended in late October the off season work started right away, this includes lake and house maintenance and preparing for the winter ahead!

One of the main projects that took place was the netting of the lake. This was done very professionally by Jack and his team at JSfisheries. When netting a lake you can never expect to catch all the fish with around 65% of the lakes population to appear due to carp holes and small snags lifting the net. However a good number of carp were caught which allowed us to see some of the ones that look like they will be hitting higher weights in the not so distant future.

We removed silver fish which came to around 100kg and any carp under 20lb that we managed to net. Even one of the catfish made an appearance! The removal of the smaller fish will allow the bigger carp to have more food and generally better water conditions to grow on for our anglers to break their PB's!

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Nov 2017
Lake netting

More photos from the lake netting!



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Nov 2017
Lake netting

The final photos... ! Including one Koi and one of the Catfish



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