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Mick’s blog 26th July 2014

Back out on the lake for the work party where we intended to paint the cabins and do a general tidy up around the lake. There were 9 of us in total for the week including myself, Mick Hall who fished from 5 & 6 with John Bryan, Luke Mike in 1 & 2,Mark and Jumbo in 7 & 8, Louis in 10, Peter in 12 and me from the cabin. We were all set up fishing by the Saturday evening. I had a brilliant start where by Sunday morning I had a 61lb common and 2 x 30lb. There were quite a lot of fish showing in most areas so it looked good for more action. The lads were eager to get stuck in to the jobs at hand so they could finish early and maximise fishing time! And they certainly worked hard and fast. Buy Wednesday most jobs were finished. And as a reward, some had fish to thank for their efforts! Mark in swim 7 had 2 x 30lbs, John in 5 had a 36lb and 45lb. Mick Hall in 6 had two 41lbs. I also had a 55lb, 42lb and 44lb. The weather was a mixed bag with hot weather up to 30 degrees and then a couple of dull days with thunder and lightening. The second half of the week also fished really well. Fish were showing in mass between 5 & 6 and 13. They were also in the deep water between 7 & 8  and 12. The fish seemed to stick around in the day and drift in front of 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 at night. Luke in swim 1 had a personal best of 58lb and another 40lb miror. Mike in 2 had a 42lb mirror and a 36lb common. John in swim 5 had 6 fish which included our biggest resident – weighing in at 83lb this time. Mick Hall in 6 had 5 fish to 60lb which was also a personal best for him. Mark in 7 added a 50lb mirror and a 35lb common. James in 8 had a 41lb mirror. I had 110 fish all in all up to 61lb. So with 31 fish coming out all together it was certainly a good week.

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Mick’s blog w/c 25th May 2014

This week saw the return of good friend Dennis McFetrich from M.C.F and co. The lake has been pretty up and down as far as catch reports go – the previous week there were 16 fish out which was a bit low for the time of year although quality made up for that as 50% of the fish out were 50lb plus and a 61lb common – good in anyone’s book. Still, this week there were seven of us and the draw complete. Butch was first out and picked swim 13. Steve came out next and took 3 & 4, Den chose 7 & 8, Mark in 12, Aid in 5 & 6, Dave in 10 and I had 1 & 2. I was happy with what I had for two reasons. Firstly, I wanted to fish in the areas we had cleared at the last work party and secondly, this was not an area that I was familiar fishing in so I thought it would be good for me to learn a bit more about the swim.

Also on the trip was my ever enthusiastic son Fin, ready to do battle with the perch and pike. He had a very productive first day catching three pike up to 8lb so all credit to him – he stands patiently for long periods watching and waiting with his lure rod. The areas I chose to fish had a mixture of soft clean areas in between weed and some more harder areas. Once happy with all my spots, thats where I planned to stay all week. The first night was quiet for me with not much activity so I played the usual waiting game. Steve over in 3 & 4 got off to a good start landing a 54lb mirror within an hour of setting up.

By the Monday morning a few more fish were out. Butch had a 41lb and 52lb mirror. Steve had another 37lb, Aid a 30lb and Den another 47lb to his tally. I had 2 x 40lbs – a 44lb and a 45lb. It was great catch those two fish from spots created earlier in the year. The weather now was changeable with low pressure and rain for a couple of days. At 4am I had a slow take on my left rod that hadn’t had any action of yet. I picked up the rod and lifted the fish, it didn’t do to much, just a few flicks of the tail and I thought it wasn’t too big. Then the fish kited right, picking up momentum as it did and then I felt the power of it. It was about 30 yards out when i really felt the strength. After three powerful runs taking 15 yards at a time and 20 minutes later, I slipped the net under the fish that had alluded me for so long. It was the big one. I was shocked, nervous and happy all at once knowing I had just landed the fish of a lifetime. With the help of my son we carefully carried her up to the weigh station. The scales settled on 88lb – what a result. Not only a PB for me but a new lake record and it was a great moment to share with my son. Dennis and the boys came round at first light for the photos and to see   such a wonderful fish before we put her back. I am sure this fish will reach 90lb before too long.

By Wednesday morning I had three more fish – 42lb, 54lb and 46lb mirrors. I hadn’t seen many fish fizzing, just the odd ones so I was pretty sure I was intercepting travelling fish. Dave in swim 10 had his first fish – a 39lb mirror and Butch in 12 h3 had a 31lb common. Friday was soon upon us and a few more fish to report. Mark had a 40lb mirror, Butch a 40lb and 54lb mirror, Dave a 48lb common, Den added a 49lb, 41lb, 47lb, 46lb plus a 31lb common. I also had a couple more out – 39lb and 62lb mirror – the 62lb being the same fish I caught in April at 60lb so pleased to see weight being put on. The last night was quiet – I scored 2 more fish, a couple of 40lb plus to finish off proceedings. Our weekly tally came to 30 fish between us and smashing my personal best – it has been a week I will never forget.

Mick Bowman with the island lake France biggest resident at 88lb Mirror

Mick Bowman 88lb

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Mick’s Blog week commencing 12th April

 

Into the second week at the lake and a mixed week of 9 anglers. Some have fished the lake before and some are newbies so a good mix to see what happens. After the draw the swims chosen were 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 7 & 8, 10, 11 & 12. I stayed for the second week in my cabin as I had my children with me once again. The weather was still good with warm sunny days and cool at night and it was set to last well into the next week. The fish were becoming more mobIle now so it looked good for some action. I was getting liners now and could see groups of fish fizzing in certain areas. I was hopeful of some early action and James in 10 landed a PB of 57lb mirror on the first night so we were off to a good start. By Sunday afternoon I also had a 57lb mirror at 4pm. The spots I was fishing were the same as last week where by now I had seen action from all of them so it waa just a case of baiting up little and often as I felt they were not ready for a big glut of boilies yet. By Tuesday morning there had not been many fish caught but the ones who were, were the bigger fish. Mick in swim 8 had a PB 57lb common and I added to my tally with a 41lb mirror and a 60lb leather so was very pleased there. The next 24 hours were busy with 7 more fish coming out. Jed in swim 12 had a 33lb and a 49lb mirror. Lloyd in swim 11 had a 44lb mirror. James in swim 10 had 2 more PB, a brace of commons, a 47lb and a 61lb common so he was well pleased. Also with another PB was Ross who had moved from swims 3 & 4 to 5 & 6 – he landed a 55lb mirror and Billy also had a 34lb mirror – not bad at all. By Thursday 6 more fish were out.Lee in swim 7 had a 51lb and a 39lb mirror and Ross in swim 6 added to his tally with a 40lb mirror. Bill in 5 had a 42lb mirror. I managed to catch a 44lb common and a 45lb mirror and thre were two more nights to go.

Thankfully it didn’t go quiet – Billy had a 36lb mirror and a PB 57lb mirror so I was well pleased for him. Ross added another 50lb mirror and Lee had three more – 33lb, 41lb and a 39lb common. Lastly but by no means least, Mick in swim 8 had a 33lb and a 30lb mirror. What a great end to a great week with 27 fish coming out of the lake. Until next time – tight lines 🙂

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Micks Blog 5th April 2014

 

So The Island Lake is finally open for the 2014 season and I arrived to kick things of with my two children Fin and Georgia as it was the start of the school holidays. The first week we had 6 anglers in total who hadn’t fished the lake before. They all opted to fish as pairs from the double swims. I opted to fish from my cabin for simplicity as I had the children. The weather was good, temperatures rising and light winds. The carp were well awake with fish rolling in most areas. The double swims that were occupied were 3 & 4, 5 & 6 and 10 & 12 so that was a good percentage of the lake covered. I was quite confident that fish would be covered. Allan in swim 12 was first off the mark with a 40lb mirror. For the first couple of nights I had fish rolling around my baited spots so I was sure it was just a matter of time. Well my first fish of 2014  came on the Monday night in the way of a 50lb common. Its a great feeling when you get your first fish of the year and a good one at that. The weather was sunny and warm in the day but cold at night at around 4 degrees. By Wednesday only one more fish had come out – a 35lb mirror to Allan in swim 12. But with the amount of fish showing at night I was hoping for more before the end of the week. And in the next 48 hours a few more did. Allan added 2 more to his tally with a 43lb and 32lb mirror. Andy in swim 5 had his first fish and a personal best at that with a 45lb common so well done to him. I also managed a 45lb mirror from the same spot as I caught the common.

On Friday, it was time to set the traps for the last time for this week to see what happens and it was quite a productive night. Andy and Trevor in 5 & 6 had 2 more fish – Trevor a 36lb mirror and Andy smashed his PB again with a 56lb mirror. Allan had 2 more – a 32lb and 50lb mirror and I also had a 42lb. Not a bad opening week after all with 11 fish out.

 

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Week commencing 21st September 2013

Back on the lake for a two week stay with the first week hosting a return visitor and friend Mick Murray. Mick brought a party of five anglers including himself. I let the group know that most of the fish were still holed up in 7 & 8, 6 and 12 which had been the pattern for a few weeks. With the draw done, Steve and Mark went into 5 & 6, Gary in 7, Mick into 12 and Steve King into 13. As 1 & 2 and 3& 4 were not being fished, Mick invited me up that end – an offer I couldnt refuse. I opted for 3 & 4 as I hadn’t fished this end of the lake for about 3 years so was keen to see if things had changed. First glance made me realise it is quite weedy with weed that onlygrows a few feet from the bottom but there were still plenty of areas to bait effectively. The feedback we were getting was that not many fish visit this end of the lake so I was pleasantly surprised on the first morning to see fish fizzing and bubbling over my baited spots. It was good to see the fish actively up this end of the lake and my first fish came on the Sunday afternoon from a spot in  a clearing in the weed. It as 41lb and an immaculate common at that. Even better the two Steve’s had a PB each on their first morning. Steve K with a lovely 51lb mirror and with one of our better looking fish coming in at 65lb so well done to both.

So what I have seen so far from this end is enough to keep me excited. That same evening I had two more fish from my other two spots in open water, the first was a 61lb mirror that I had caught in June at 58lb so a good weight gain. The other was a good 43lb mirror. The all went quiet as the fish moved away and I saw no action – which was now Tuesday evening. Mick in swim 12 had his first fish, a 43lb mirror and Gary in 7 & 8 had a couple – a 37lb and 51lb mirror. I noticed a few fish had started to colour up the water in the bay to the right of swim 4. I had a rod in the area and had been trickling bait in since the weekend so it looked hopeful. The weather was a lovely sunny 24 degrees which was nice. Then later that evening I managed another 56lb on the same rod that produced the 61lb earlier. The rod in the bay went on Wednesday with a 36lb mirror. Mick in 12 also had a 35lb in the night and a common weighing in at 65lb – what a cracker.

These fish are really packing some good weights now. All had gone quiet again except for 7 & 8 having six more fish to add to the tally. Steve moved into swim 10 from 5 and was rewarded with a 48lb mirror on Friday morning. The final fish of the week came out in 7 & 8 in the shape of a 39lb common. A great week – thanks to all.

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Week commencing 26th October 2013

3 weeks on from the last time out here where the lake had slowed down a bit for the last two weeks with only 11 fish out in total. There were nine anglers this week including myself. The draw was done and first out for doubles were regulars Mark and Anthony who chose 1 & 2, Next was Colin and Terry who chose 5 & 6, Colin and Mark went into 3 & 4. The last two fancied 10, 11 & 12 to fish together as a pair which left me with a choice of 7 & 8 or 13. My son Fin was with me as it was half term week. He wanted 7 & 8 as he had spotted pike in the edge and was on a mission to catch them. There were carp evident in front of the swim so I was happy too. With everyone in place, we settled down for business. The weather was still on the mild side  for the time of year with a brisk south westerly wind. I didn’t have to wait long as at 5.30am Sunday my left rod was away and resulted in a poweful 45lb mirror. Fin was also off the mark with two small perch so was happy. Wayne in swim 10 had a 50lb mirror also on the first night and Anthony in swim 1 had a 36lb mirror. Over the next 24 hours the weather deteriorated with gale force winds but we soldiered on. By Monday evening I also had another 48lb mirror, Terry in swim 6 had a personal best 56lb mirror so well done to him and and Anthony had another  at 48lb. Fin was amusing himself with the predatory fish and on the Sunday afternoon he caught four pike – a 4lb, two 8lb and a new personal best of 11lb which made his day.

The area in front of 7 & 8 is pretty open and deep water, up to 15 feet. I fished rods out in open water close to some weed beds and one in the bay. The first two fish came from the open water spots and I was sure the bay would produce too. Well, I had to wait until Wednesday for the bay rod to go but I landed a 43lb mirror. The fish were crashing for most of the week so I hoped they would slip up again although it had gone quite all over the lake with no more fish coming out. The next few days were frustrating for all of us as the fish were rolling and fizzing. They were mainly seen in front of 12, 13 and 7 & 8 but were just not interested in the bait. By Friday afternoon the water had colourd up in front of me but all I could do was sit and wait. Fin stuck to chasing the predators and was rewarded with a 5lb and 7lb pike so at least someone was catching. Despite the wind and rain that had now appeared again Terry had another personal best in swim 6 – which was our second biggest resident fish weighing in at 75lb – what a fish. Terry was over the moon with 2 PBs in one week and we were pleased for him too.

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Week commencing 16th November 2013

The last visit of the year to the Island Lake so a spot of fishing combined with the close down work party. Our main focus was weed clearing at the end of 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 alongside the usual tidy up. There were 7 of us fishing and hoping to tempt out the last carp of the season. Tony went in 3 & 4, Terry and Glenn in 5 & 6, myself in 7 & 8, Iain in 10 & 11, Dave in 12 and Doug in 13. The weather was dry but there was a North Easterly wind and getting colder. The fish activity fizzing up in front of 7 & 8 had definately slowed down from the last visit. Luckily Iain in swim 10 didint have to wait long as only an hour into his rods being put out, a lovely 54lb fish came out. A new personal best for him so a good result. I was next in line for some action when on the Sunday night I had two fish – a 46lb mirror from open water and a 66lb. I caught the same fish earlier in the year at 59lb from swim 8 so it was great to see it come out again with a good weight gain.

The next couple of days came and went with no action for anyone even though there was signs of fish fizzing and colouring the water in front of swim 12 so we knew they were still on the move. The weed clearing was going well and we took plenty out to make a good clearing for 2014. But by Friday evening there was still no luck for any of us and we packed down ready to leave at the weekend.

So until next year, we say goodbye and hope that 2014 brings more excitement, more personal bests and more record breakers…….. 🙂

Mick Bowman 66lb

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Week commencing 16th November 2013

The last visit of the year to the Island Lake so a spot of fishing combined with the close down work party. Our main focus was weed clearing at the end of 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 alongside the usual tidy up. There were 7 of us fishing and hoping to tempt out the last carp of the season. Tony went in 3 & 4, Terry and Glenn in 5 & 6, myself in 7 & 8, Iain in 10 & 11, Dave in 12 and Doug in 13. The weather was dry but there was a North Easterly wind and getting colder. The fish activity fizzing up in front of 7 & 8 had definately slowed down from the last visit. Luckily Iain in swim 10 didint have to wait long as only an hour into his rods being put out, a lovely 54lb fish came out. A new personal best for him so a good result. I was next in line for some action when on the Sunday night I had two fish – a 46lb mirror from open water and a 66lb. I caught the same fish earlier in the year at 59lb from swim 8 so it was great to see it come out again with a good weight gain.

The next couple of days came and went with no action for anyone even though there was signs of fish fizzing and colouring the water in front of swim 12 so we knew they were still on the move. The weed clearing was going well and we took plenty out to make a good clearing for 2014. But by Friday evening there was still no luck for any of us and we packed down ready to leave at the weekend.

So until next year, we say goodbye and hope that 2014 brings more excitement, more personal bests and more record breakers…….. 🙂

Mick Bowman 66lb

Mick Bowman 66lb

Week commencing 26th October 2013

3 weeks on from the last time out here where the lake had slowed down a bit for the last two weeks with only 11 fish out in total. There were nine anglers this week including myself. The draw was done and first out for doubles were regulars Mark and Anthony who chose 1 & 2, Next was Colin and Terry who chose 5 & 6, Colin and Mark went into 3 & 4. The last two fancied 10, 11 & 12 to fish together as a pair which left me with a choice of 7 & 8 or 13. My son Fin was with me as it was half term week. He wanted 7 & 8 as he had spotted pike in the edge and was on a mission to catch them. There were carp evident in front of the swim so I was happy too. With everyone in place, we settled down for business. The weather was still on the mild side  for the time of year with a brisk south westerly wind. I didn’t have to wait long as at 5.30am Sunday my left rod was away and resulted in a poweful 45lb mirror. Fin was also off the mark with two small perch so was happy. Wayne in swim 10 had a 50lb mirror also on the first night and Anthony in swim 1 had a 36lb mirror. Over the next 24 hours the weather deteriorated with gale force winds but we soldiered on. By Monday evening I also had another 48lb mirror, Terry in swim 6 had a personal best 56lb mirror so well done to him and and Anthony had another  at 48lb. Fin was amusing himself with the predatory fish and on the Sunday afternoon he caught four pike – a 4lb, two 8lb and a new personal best of 11lb which made his day.

The area in front of 7 & 8 is pretty open and deep water, up to 15 feet. I fished rods out in open water close to some weed beds and one in the bay. The first two fish came from the open water spots and I was sure the bay would produce too. Well, I had to wait until Wednesday for the bay rod to go but I landed a 43lb mirror. The fish were crashing for most of the week so I hoped they would slip up again although it had gone quite all over the lake with no more fish coming out. The next few days were frustrating for all of us as the fish were rolling and fizzing. They were mainly seen in front of 12, 13 and 7 & 8 but were just not interested in the bait. By Friday afternoon the water had colourd up in front of me but all I could do was sit and wait. Fin stuck to chasing the predators and was rewarded with a 5lb and 7lb pike so at least someone was catching. Despite the wind and rain that had now appeared again Terry had another personal best in swim 6 – which was our second biggest resident fish weighing in at 75lb – what a fish. Terry was over the moon with 2 PBs in one week and we were pleased for him too.

Fin's 11lb Pike

Fin’s 11lb Pike

 

 

Week commencing 28th September 2013

This is the second week of my stay and the return of MCF Dennis and friends. There were only six of us so after a quick walk around, the draw was completed. I was second out the draw behind Matt who chose 7 & 8. I chose 12, followed by Gary who picked 3 & 4. Dave picked 1 & 2, Den is 13 and Mark in 5 & 6. It looked good in front of 12 as it did the week before with fish showing all over and colouring the water. Last week this swims was fairly quiet for Mick who landed three fish so I was hoping for some more action and baited heavily from the word go. I hadn’t fished this swim for a couple of years so was interested to see how things were going to pan out. The first night came and went with no fish. There were so many in front of 7 & 8 so I sat on my hands and waited patiently. By Monday night I still hadn’t had a bite. Gary in 3 & 4 had a 37lb mirror and Matt in 7 & 8 had a 62lb mirror. Then on Wednesday morning three fish decided to give in and I had a 42lb, a 46lb and a 35lb mirror. They were a long time coming but very welcomed. Den had five fish also by this point – 2 x 51lb and three x 40lbs from swim 13. I was hoping that for the next three nights they would become more interested in the boilies as they tended to be foccused on their naturals still. I was now into Thursday and feeling a little frustrated as there were plently of fish around. Then I had a 39lb mirror and Matt had a 41lb mirror which was great. Den also had another 41lb common to add to his tally – he definately had the midas touch this week. Unfortunately the last two nights were unproductive apart from Den who had a 50lb and a 53lb mirror.  So it was well done to Den and back home to the UK for a few weeks – until the next time…..

Week commencing 21st September 2013

Back on the lake for a two week stay with the first week hosting a return visitor and friend Mick Murray. Mick brought a party of five anglers including himself. I let the group know that most of the fish were still holed up in 7 & 8, 6 and 12 which had been the pattern for a few weeks. With the draw done, Steve and Mark went into 5 & 6, Gary in 7, Mick into 12 and Steve King into 13. As 1 & 2 and 3& 4 were not being fished, Mick invited me up that end – an offer I couldnt refuse. I opted for 3 & 4 as I hadn’t fished this end of the lake for about 3 years so was keen to see if things had changed. First glance made me realise it is quite weedy with weed that onlygrows a few feet from the bottom but there were still plenty of areas to bait effectively. The feedback we were getting was that not many fish visit this end of the lake so I was pleasantly surprised on the first morning to see fish fizzing and bubbling over my baited spots. It was good to see the fish actively up this end of the lake and my first fish came on the Sunday afternoon from a spot in  a clearing in the weed. It as 41lb and an immaculate common at that. Even better the two Steve’s had a PB each on their first morning. Steve K with a lovely 51lb mirror and with one of our better looking fish coming in at 65lb so well done to both.

So what I have seen so far from this end is enough to keep me excited. That same evening I had two more fish from my other two spots in open water, the first was a 61lb mirror that I had caught in June at 58lb so a good weight gain. The other was a good 43lb mirror. The all went quiet as the fish moved away and I saw no action – which was now Tuesday evening. Mick in swim 12 had his first fish, a 43lb mirror and Gary in 7 & 8 had a couple – a 37lb and 51lb mirror. I noticed a few fish had started to colour up the water in the bay to the right of swim 4. I had a rod in the area and had been trickling bait in since the weekend so it looked hopeful. The weather was a lovely sunny 24 degrees which was nice. Then later that evening I managed another 56lb on the same rod that produced the 61lb earlier. The rod in the bay went on Wednesday with a 36lb mirror. Mick in 12 also had a 35lb in the night and a common weighing in at 65lb – what a cracker.

These fish are really packing some good weights now. All had gone quiet again except for 7 & 8 having six more fish to add to the tally. Steve moved into swim 10 from 5 and was rewarded with a 48lb mirror on Friday morning. The final fish of the week came out in 7 & 8 in the shape of a 39lb common. A great week – thanks to all.

Mick Bowman 61lb

Mick Bowman 61lb

 

Week commencing 17th August 2013

This is the 4th out of a five week stint on the lake. Last week the fishing was good with 30+ fish coming out of the lake. This week saw the return of a mixed week of anglers, all settled into their swims by 1pm. I fished out in front of the bailiff’s cabin again. Father and son action kicked off quickly for Andrew and Jonathan Manning over in swims 7 & 8. They had 3 x 40lbs, a 54lb common and a 27lb mirror by the Sunday morning. Also off to a good start was good friend Dennis McFetrich with a 59lb and a 42lb mirror by Saturday night.  My Saturday night was equally great with a 61lb and 49lb commmon. I opted to start fishing from the same spots I fished two weeks ago and I was glad I did as these were the spot the two fish came from – same rod, 11.30pm and 2.30am. I hadn’t caught the common before so was well pleased. My son Fin landed the beauty first time as he always does – the young apprentice doing well! It is great to experience these moments with him and see his passion for the sport. He is also becoming a good photographer, taking all my shots for me.

The fish were mostly holed up in 7 & 8 and 11 & 12. Andrew and Jonathan were taking full advantage of this having landed 16 fish by Tuesday morning, most of them being 40 plus and three 50lbs (to 58lb). Jason in swim 12 had three fish to 43lb and Dennis had three more to add to his tally. I also had two more 40lbers. I was happy to sit and pick the fish off under the cover of darkness but even more happy on Wednesday morning when I had a take on a rod I had baited up for a whole week a fortnight ago with no action in the same spot. This time it paid off with a lovely 60lb common and a new one at that. A real result to have two 60lb fish in one session. Added to this was a nice 45lb mirror less than an hour after. The boys in 7 & 8 had their tally up to 21 fsh by now and Kelvin in swim 6 had a 45lb. By Friday Andrew and Jonathan were up to 26 fish  which included 5 x 50lbs – what a s session they were having. Kelvin had another 45lb fish, Dennis a 48lb, Jason a 39lb and I had a 41lb common and 51lb mirror. By the last night after lots of action, we were still enjoying takes. Five more fish came out. By the end of the week a massive 53 fish. An excellent week all in all.

Mick Bowman 61lb (c)

Mick Bowman 61lb (c)

Week commencing 3rd August 2013

Back out on the lake for a 5 week stint with the family. The first week saw the work party take place, getting all the jobs done to see us through the rest of the season and of course a spot of fishing. I managed four takes – one 30lb and three 40lb fish. The next week was a mixed week of anglers with nine in total plus me. All swims were covered except swim 10. The weather was still hot and sunny and the fish seemed to really like it up in the deeper water. At night the fish ventured out of their comfort zone and began to drift to the other end but this meant most anglers were seeing some action. I had to wait until Monday where I managed to catch a 35lb and 41lb mirror. The fish were still not in front of me in numbers and hadn’t been for at least two weeks but still the odd ones were coming through. I still continued to bait up on the same spots. The cray fish seem to be a bit of a bigger problem this year clawing at the bait so I did bait up every 24 hours to ensure my hook baits were on tight. By Wednesday morning I had two more fish, a 44lb and a 53lb mirror. The fish were slowly moving down in front of me and the water was getting more coloured. Most anglers had caught by now apart from swims 1 & 2 who had lost three fish. But the highlight of the week soon came with Jason Andrews landing our biggest resident fish at a new lake record weight of 82lb 4oz. I watched the weigh in with pride – a real cracking fish.

The fish were becoming more and more active, sticking their heads above the water and moving around. On the same Wednesday evening, I had one of those unique fishing experiences that don’t come around very often . A take on one of my rods that i had been baiting heaviliy all week. The fish felt heavy and I was glad to see a big lump coming my way towards the next. My son Fin was in charge of landing. As soon as we had the fish on the mat, the next rod from the same area went off and the rod tip was bent round so I knew we had another fish on. Leaving Fin to take care of the fish on the mat, I pulled in what I thought was another heavy fish. I switched Fin to the rod as I needed to put the otehr fish back in the sling without weighing it and back into the water. I took back charge of the rod and after 20 minutes of battle, Fin did the honours again with the net and landed another monster. With one in the sling and one just landed it was all a bit hectic. Even my daughter Georgia came to help. The first fish weighed in at 60lb 4ox on the scales and i was sure the next one was bigger. Sure enough, it was a good 66lb – a brace of 60lbs in the space of 10 minutes – a magnificent experience. With my trusty photogrpaher Fin at hand, we got our captures on record and then safely returned them. After that night, not much more action for me – just a 34lb mirror on the last night. There were a few more 30lb fish out for the otehr anglers, mostly landed on the bank.

Mick Bowman 66lb

Mick Bowman 66lb

 

 

Week commencing 13th July 2013

After being away from the lake for three weeks it was good to get back and do some fishing. This was a mixed week with only a couple of anglers who had been to the lake before. The draw took place as usual and as there were 10 anglers, most doubled up. Q and Grant choose 1 &2, Tony &and Matt 3 & 4, Andrew and Shane 5 &6,  Barry and Gordon 7 & 8, Simon in 12 and Mark in 13. I was left with swim 10 where I set up for the week. The weather was really hot – over the 30 degree mark and set to continue. Bay 10 was quite coloured and as I was putting the rods out I wasn’t surprised to see some big fish cruising about. All rods were sorted by 6pm so now it was time to sit back and enjoy a BBQ. Relaxing didn’t last long with Gordon having his first fish in the way of a 33lb mirror around 8pm. Then half an hour later, I had my first fish at 49lb – not bad for starters. That was all for me that night but elsewhere, there was more action. Barry had two 30lbs and a 41lb, all from the deep water in front of him. Matt had a 37lb and Simon had a 28lb common. There were quite a lot of fish showing up in the deeper end of the lake.

The weather continued to be sunny with high pressure in control which is just what the Island Lake carp like. It was now Tuesday and there was more action to be seen. Matt in swim 4 had a 59lb mirror (and a personal best), Q in swim 1 had a 28lb and Simon in 12 had a 46lb mirror. I had 2 more, a 58lb and 41lb mirror. The fish were not colouring the water as much in bay 10 but I knew I had to sit patient and trickle the bait in each day. On Wednesday, it was time for another social as the weather was so good. So we fired up the BBQ again. With all lines out of the water for a rest, we tucked into sausages, kebabs and of course cold beers. Following this there were a few more fish out. Mark in 13 had a 35lb and 43lb mirror and Grant in 14 had two commons (to 26lb).

The next few nights were quiet for me with less fish showing in front of 10. In fact, that was all for me but there were a few more fish to be had by the others. Grant landed a nice 33lb common, Simon 28lb, 36lb and 43lb mirror and Barry had four more in a 29lb common, 37lb, 38lb and a 46lb PB. Mark in 13 had a 47lb PB mirror and Shane finally got of the mark with a 49lb mirror after loosing three before.

All in all, a good week with 33 fish coming out. A great week with all the lads.

Mick

Mick Bowman 58lb

Mick Bowman 58lb

 

Week commencing 18th May 2013

I will start this blog by saying congratulations to Chris Roadknight on being our new lake record holder with a huge 81lb 12oz mirror. We are all really pleased for him and of course ourselves for producing our first 80lb carp. This week saw the return of a good friend to the Island Lake, Dennis McFetrich from MCF. He came with his usual regular team so there were seven anglers in total. Steve went in swims 1 & 2, Matt in 3 & 4, Den in 5 & 6, Alan in 7 & 8, Dave in 10, Ash in 12 and me from in front of the bailiff’s cabin in swim 13’s water. The weather was overcast and raining to start but looked to get better over the week. As I got set up I could see fish bubbling and fizzing in the mid channel with the odd one rolling too. So I was confident the rod I had placed there would score a hit.Sure enough, within the hour I got a take on that rod and landed the first fish of the week – a nice 41lb mirror. Them Matt came off the mark with a 43lb mirror and Alan with a 36lb and 45lb mirror. Steve then had a cracking 53lb mirror. Unfortunately though, the weatehr was no so good,turning more dull and rainy.  

By Monday there were three more fish out – Matt had a 51lb mirror,Den, a nice 46lb common and Alan a 42lb mirror. The fish were pretty spread out so most of us were on fish at all times. They were clearly on hatches and naturals, feeding a plenty. The fish continued to fizz, bubble and crash all around so it was a case of being patient and sticking to your spots. By Tuesday the rain was still in but so were the fish. Ash had a 17lb common and a 44lb mirror. Dave in 10 had a 32lb mirror and Matt, a 49lb mirror. Den followed up with another common at 25lb. In swim13, the fish were not present but I continued to hold firm – and luckily I did – landing a 51lb mirror. By Wednesday morning I had landed a couple more – a 49lb and 39lb mirror. Den also had three more – 46lb, 41lb and 57lb. Lucky Dave also landed a personal best for him in the shape of a 57lb common so congratulation were in order for Dave.

By Thursday morning fish were still rolling over my baited spots and looked good for some more takes. However, nothing materialised that afternoon. Ash fared better with a 48lb mirror, Dave had a 35lb common and Alan& Matt both landed 41lb mirrors. There was more blustry rain on the horizon which was unseasonable and tough going. Thankfully Thursday night saw the rain die down and a few more fish were caught. A 57lb came to Alan, Dave had a couple more up to 20lb and Den had three more – 41lb, 47lb and 59lb. On Friday afternoon Matt was the second angler to score a personal best in the shape of a beautiful 66lb mirror. I was pleased for Matt as he had worked so hard for this. The last night was also productive for Den, landing two more fish and Alan landing another at 48lb. I also had two more – a 43lb and 45lb mirror. So all in all 41 fish came out this week which is a good week’s fishing in anyone’s book. So for now, good luck to the next round of vistors on the lake. Until next time….

Mick

51lb

Week commencing 20th April 2013

The Island Lake is well underway now as we are into our fourth week of opening in 2013. The first two weeks went steady with several 50lb’s coming out and two 60lb’s being the biggest. The third week was a bit slow with only three 30lb’s coming out so we were hoping to see some fish feeding soon. This week was an exclusive booking by Naz and friends with eight in total in the party. Once the draw was complete, we all set about getting fishing. Matt and Tim went in 1&2, Naz & Pasha in 3&4, Victor in 7&8, Tony in 12 and Ibo in 13. The swims left for me were 10&11 or 5&6. Iopted for 5&6 as I thought it would be useful for someone to be central and keep the fish moving. The weather was set in for 15-18 degrees and settled so it looked good for the week. It wasn’t long before the first fish was caught. Tony in swim 12 had a 43lb mirror within 3 hours and the following morning Naz had a 47lb mirror from swim 4 – not bad for starters.

With fish showing in most areas it looked good for the week ahead. By Tuesday morning there were three more fish out with a 39lb for Ibo in swim 13. Pasha had a 34lb in swim 3 and I had a 44lb mirror. So with most of us off the mark, fish showing in all areas, the weather settling nicely it all made for a good week so far. We all know fishing can be unpredictable at times but all seemed to be going to plan. Tony is swim 12 had another 40lb and a 39lb. Victor in swim 8 had his first fish at 58lb which was also a personal best so well done Victor! Also off the mark was Matt in swim 2 who had to wait until Wednesday for his first piece of action. It was however, worth the wait as he had a 36lb mirror and a 66lb mirror. I managed two more with a 36lb and 42lb mirror. The fish were still pretty spread out with quite a few showig in the central area. On the Wednesday and Thursday the fishing went a little slow for about 24 hours so with teperatures up to about 24 degrees, we all got togehter for a BBQ. It was an enjoyable afternoon testing out the new BBQ’s that have been installed.

We had to wait until Friday morning for more action. I started off with a lovely 56lb mirror. This fish was caugh last year at 52lb and heading in the right direction. Then Matt in 3 had a 50lb mirror, Ibo in 13 hd a 38lb and 41lb mirror and Tony in 12 had a 42lb mirror too. We were up to 17 fish and hoping to hit 20 by Saturday morning. And so that morning arrived as did a few more fish. Ibo notched up three more including a 34lb, 38lb and a personal best 44lb mirror. The last fish was to me – a 45lb mirror. All in all 21 fish out with a 66lb mirror at the largest.

Until next time – enjoy your fishing.

56lb

56lb

 

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