Easter brought our 1st bank holiday open match in glorious sunshine. With free butties and Easter eggs the anglers were ready for action. With the water temperature approaching 18 degrees the fish were starting to pair up readying for spawning. The winning weights were over 100lb mainly carp and bream so not bad.
Since then the water temperature has dipped again to 14 degrees or so resulting in the fish being a little confused.
Early May has seen the weights increase across both lakes with Cherry now producing over 100lb winning weights with mixed fish, especially F1's now up to over 7lb in weight. Large carp have been showing later on in the margins.
Chestnut has also been very productive with highest winning weight topping 190lb from peg 7. The great thing to see is that the lake has not been so peggy with a good spread of high weights over 100lb across the lake. The high weights have been predominantly good fighting carp, although the bream have also been going barmy. One net pulled out was well over 50lb just of bream which was great to see. This bodes well for us opening over the winter this year for the fist time.
Simple tactics have been key to both lakes, 6mm/8mm pallet at 10mtr, some days at a shallow 9 inch, some days just off the bottom. Corn has also been attracting the fish and also red dead maggot. Fishing in the margins later on has also produced very well. Paste and soft pellet has not produced much as yet but once the temperature has increased further I am sure that the paste specialists will have their day.
Although we have had little rain as yet we are keeping the depths of both lakes as high as we can via our new bore hole. This will I am sure be invaluable in the coming months as the weather heats up helping the lakes maintain healthy oxygen levels.
We are now approaching our busy spring and summer months and are looking forward to meeting the teams booked with us along with our open anglers every Tuesday, Thursday and most Saturdays.
Thank you and happy fishing.