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The weather started out nice but gradually deteriorated through the week. Water temperature started out at 15c and ended up at 17c. The air temperature ended at low 20s.
Carp – the best of the week weighed in at 48lb 6oz followed by a 45lb 8oz both of which were mirrors. The rest came in at 12x15lb+, 15x20lb+, 13x25lb+, 7x30lb+, 1x35lb+ and 1x40lb+.
Cats – A NEW LAKE RECORD OF 118LB 4OZ. which was caught by John Kay who has named it ‘Crumpet’ Ooops, sorry ‘CLAMPIT’. The rest were 83lb+, 75lb+, 70lb+, 63lb+, 61lb+, 2x55lb+, 42lb+ and a 30lb+.
A 6lb pike was also landed.
Grand total weight for the week was 1,990lb+.
Weather was warm and sunny with some rain on the last few days. Air temperature averaged 24c with a water temperature of 18c.
Carp – a total of 42 carp were caught, the best of the week weighed in at 56lb 8oz and 55lb 12oz, both commons and the rest were 3x15lb+, 11x 20lb+, 8x25lb+, 8x30lb+, 7x35lb+, 2x40lb+ and 1x45lb+.
Cats – a total of 21 were caught the best of which weighed in at 110lb+, the rest were 102lb+, 88lb+, 84lb+, 2x74lb+, 70lb+, 64lb+, 54lb+, 49lb+, 2x40lb+, 36lb+, 35lb+, 30lb+, 25lb+ plus 5 kittens over 15lb.
Grass Carp – a total of two grass carp were caught this week a 28lb+ and a 14lb+.
Grand total of fish caught this week was 2,311 lb+
From April 2013 we have had to date 4 different carp over 40`s, 2 mirrors and 2 commons
one client caught over 40 carp in a week average weight 25 to 30lb
largest being 42lb2oz
I'm just writing to say thank you for letting us fish your main lake last week. Although we only caught twelve fish between us, and the weather wasn't good, we all had a great time with two of the lads having pb's of 35 and 36 pounds. You have two lovely lakes in what has to be said are in stunning surrounding countryside. Lee was the perfect host. He gave us a warm welcome when we arrived and explained your rules clearly to us. He was friendly, informative and very relaxed which helped us to have a very relaxing week. The swims were very well positioned with plenty of water to be fished in each. With the knowledge we have gained we are all keen to return and try for your bigger fish.
I will be in touch for a future booking.
Thanks again for a lovely time.
As in the UK we had an awful winter and spring weather-wise, with week after week of heavy rain and cold, which affected our normal close season work schedule on the complex. Every day of bad weather seemed to result in more and more problems for us to tackle with such as flooding, trees falling down, roads cutting up etc. I’m sure the fish did not really know what had hit them! We contacted all our visiting anglers, to make sure they brought with them wellies and waterproofs, T-shirts and shorts weather it definitely was not! Our first party, was regular visitors the Atherton’s from Wigan who arrived on our delayed opening week beginning the 23rd March. Brothers Ben and Will and dad Peter fished the very same week on Eagle and Peter’s the previous season, when a certain lady was holidaying on Orchard Lake next door in a bikini. This spring she would have been looking for a brass monkey and a welder! The Atherton’s had to endure a really cold and wet week, with the fish not really active. Eagle and Peter’s is known as a runs water, but the lads found the fishing difficult simply because of the poor conditions as they are certainly fine anglers. Last year they banked thirty odd fish between them including several pb’s, this year only eleven fish graced the banks. Highlight of the week was young Will landing a new personal best mirror of 32lbs from Eagle and a couple of twenties. Brother Ben had a hatful last year but the fish would not play fair this year and his best was 27lbs plus in his catch of seven fish. Dad Peter stuck it out on a dour Peter’s Pool which was badly affected by flood water and was rewarded in the end for his patience with a 21lb fish at the end of the week. Still, the lads enjoyed themselves and wrote in the log “Thanks for a fantastic week…” They will be back and hopefully when the weather is kinder to them! Next up was father and son combo Brad and David Ibbison from Chorley – also regulars. They also had shocking weather, but managed to tempt one or two of Eagle’s bigger fish with David banking a new pb of 38lb plus fish of 30lb 1oz, 33lb 4oz and a common of 24lb. Hyperactive Brad managed to catch carp from three different lakes, with a new pb mirror of 33lbs from Eagle along with another at 31lbs, a new pb common from Eagle at 24lbs, a 24lbs mirror from Peter’s and a 26lb mirror from Orchard! They gave good advice in the log for catching fish in cold, wet conditions, “Very little bait needed, most fish fell to single 15mm boilies. See you next year!” Carp-France.com clients Phil and Geoff were next to contend with the ongoing bad weather and Phil was quickly off the mark on Eagle with a new pb mirror of 32lbs and between them they ended up at the end of the week with a creditable 27 fish catch. Peter’s finally burst into a bit of life for them and they had mirrors of 26lbs, 15lb, 21lb, 26lb, 23lb, 26lb, 24lb, 18lb, 26lb, 23lb and commons of 18lb, 24lb, 18lb and 16lb. The log reports, “Thanks for a great week, shame about the weather!” A strange yellow orb started to appear in the sky the following week for our first lady angler of the Eagle and Peters season, Jan Howcroft along with hubbie Fred and son Dave. These three have always caught fish wherever they have fished on the complex and this week was to be no exception. Fred banked a total of 18 fish, the biggest a mirror of 31lb 9oz, plus two 29lbs, plus the first cats of the season - which were small suggesting the Wels’ were just starting to wake up. Jan banked just five fish, but this included her first ever thirty with a common of 30lb 6oz – the first thirty common to be banked from Eagle. Thirty yards away on Peter’s Pool, Dave took a total of 21 fish, mostly twenty pluses, with the best mirror being 33lb 11ozs and a common at 28lb 4ozs which he caught twice during his stay. I told him if he caught it a third time he could take it home with him! They are back in August again, this time on Orchard Lake and they will do well again I’m sure, but it’s about time one of them banked the 150lb catfish that lives in there! Return visitor and carp-france.com client Phil Dunn was next with two new anglers to the complex, Nidge and Andy from Stoke, both looking to beat pb’s which they did. The warmer weather arrived with them and by the end of the week they had a total of 55 fish between themselves to reflect on. On Peter’s, Andy smashed his pb out of sight with a mirror of 32lbs and a pb common of 27lbs in his total of 22 fish. Nidge banked mirrors of 35lb 5oz and 32lb from Eagle plus some big twenties. Phil himself took the most fish with mirrors of 38lbs 4ozs, 37lbs 4ozs, 35lbs 12ozs and the first grass carp of the year at 20lbs and 17lbs. One or two of the big cats finally woke up but unfortunately saw Phil off despite valiant efforts in chasing after them in chest waders and swimming with the rod etc…… The log tells the tale of the week, “Brill week, top class fishing!” So that’s the story so far. I’ll keep you posted on the next period of fishing on Eagle and Peter’s. We still await our first big cats still and our first forty plus carp of the season. Both will come shortly I’m sure of that, they always do. Most pleasing feature so far? Well, besides the usual raft of pb’s to anglers, has been the growth of the commons in Eagle, none of which were stocked, they have been born in there. Twenties are coming out regularly now and it’s first thirty common has graced the banks: this in a water I created from farmland just seven years ago! If you fancy a bit of the action on Eagle and Peter’s we have a couple of weeks free in September and October this year and you can book through David at carp-france.com I can’t promise sunshine, but I can definitely promise you will catch fish – this is a 100% blank-free zone!