Mid May saw Lockdown restrictions ease and Members returned to wet a line after a prolonged period of absence, some of the carp had their first attempt at spawning just prior to the Lake reopening and the fishing was a tad moody…
Amongst those catching twenties were; Mike with a 20lb 3oz mirror, Mark who had mirrors of 22lb 5oz and one of the thirties well spawned out @ 27lb 7oz. John netted the biggest common of the month @ 26lb 14oz and Ian plugged away managing a couple of twenties @ 20lb 4oz & 22lb.
Catch of the month went to Les when he had a double take and caught a cracking brace of mirrors weighing in at 24lb and 31lb 10oz, a new thirty for the North Lake to boot, congratulations Les a great result!
New Thirty for Les 31lb 10oz
Widely varying weather conditions throughout June saw the carp gearing up to spawn and a lot of preliminary ‘will they won’t they’ pre-spawning activity took place until the fish eventually had a proper second go…
Most of the carp caught during this period were either home-grown low doubles or mid – upper double figure fish, the females just didn’t feel the urge to feed being very preoccupied with the build up to procreation.
The carp had a third attempt at spawning in July and the majority of those that had yet to engage fully in their annual ritual managed to do so, phew!
Best captures other than some bonny doubles during this period included; Michael F netting a hat-trick of carp @ 13lb, 22lb & 22lb 4oz, Jordan with a 22lb 4oz common, and Mike W with a 25lb 2oz mirror which was last out around the same time in 2019 @ 21lb 2oz, hope that one keeps growing at that rate…
Typical Upper Double Male Carp 18lb
August and September saw some steady catches being weighed in, amongst the highlights were; Neil D with a string of doubles to 18lb+, Justin with a hat-trick of carp a 10lb home-grown along with mirrors of 20lb 4oz & 22lb, and a 22lb 4oz mirror a few days later, other Members netting twenties included; Sean, and Michael F with fish of 20lb 4oz and 20lb 10oz respectively.
New Member Josh banked a brace at 16lb and 30lb 8oz, his first thirty and a new PB, very nice congratulations, but when’s the twenty coming along?
James D another new Member started well, a brace of low doubles on his first session was followed up with a mid double and his first twenty from the venue in the shape of a 22lb common, a new twenty for the water, his best was yet to come when he banked a 27lb lump towards the end of September, well done, mind you do have a first-rate mentor!
Ian had a haul of doubles to 16lb 12oz, topped off with a 22lb 4oz mirror, returning a couple of weeks later he landed he banked a brace @ 16lb 14oz and 32lb 2oz, his first thirty from the North, canny going congrats to you!
Last but by no means least was Mark H who had his reading activities disturbed by a belting 31lb common, another new thirty for the water, get in, and well done that man!
New Thirty for Mark 31lb
Sadly, COVID-19 cases started to increase during the latter part of the year.
England and Scotland introduced Tier Systems and people returned to living under restrictions, unsurprisingly as people followed the Guidance offered fishing slowed down, and then the ice came….
Chris who lives locally had one last cast and banked the final carp of the year during a short session when a hard scrapping 22lb 8oz mirror graced his net, not sure how impressed Orla was with your result mind….
Chris, Carp Dog and Carp