25lb mirror with scales of gold that glow
With the Long Lake being shallower than the North and South Lakes overall the fish are often more active than their brethren in the other waters during the early part of the year.
When daytime temperatures are struggling to get into double figures it doesn’t take much sunlight to get the carp on the move and seeking the warmer shallower areas of the Long Lake to take advantage of the warmth that even short spells of sunshine can bring.
The venue produced some cracking carp to the few Members who wet a line during the month;
First up was Ian who managed a hat trick of fish at the end of March that I missed off the last Catch Report, a couple of home grown fish to 12lb 6oz and a clonking 29lb 12oz mirror, not a bad way to end March for sure!
He didn’t hang around at the start of April either banking a brace of twenties @ 20lb 14oz and 26lb 6oz, returning a few days later he got straight back into them landing a little home grown an 18lb 4oz common and another lump of a carp @ 29lb 10oz.
As the weather turned colder towards and bracing North/ North Easterly winds dropped the water temperature the carp were still having a little feed and Ian finished the month catching a little home grown common, a slightly larger common @ 18lb 4oz and a lovely 24lb mirror, some very consistent and good angling there, well done that man!
Paul found time to make his first couple of trips across from the North East. Apart from a couple of liners during the early part of his session the fish weren’t showing or moving and a blank looked on the cards. A quick move of swim to the only carp activity he saw resulted in liners starting as he was packing down, he stayed long enough for a beauty of a last minute carp to make a mistake and landed a most welcome 25lb mirror, a good move indeed!
Paul also banked a lovely 21lb 2oz mirror a few days later, a new twenty for the Long Lake too boot, nice one!
Tommy had his first session of the year at the start of April and bagged a brace of mid doubles; a common of 15lb 12oz and mirror of 16lb, a pleasing start!
After having unfortunately lost a ‘brute of a mirror’ from the South Lake mid-month he ventured back onto the Long Lake to see if he could bank one of the brutes the water contains. He eased his way into his session with a couple of home grown scamps to 7lb, a brace of mirrors @ 15lb 10oz and 18lb 10oz and in the middle of an overnight thunder and lightning storm one of his rods stormed off resulting in him banking the brute he was seeking @ 25lb 12oz, a memorable capture without doubt!
Well done on some great results, carry on carping…