MICK BOWMAN W/C 03/11/12
Three weeks on from my previous trip and I am back on the lake where it hasn’t fishes that well since I left – only a dozen or so fish have been out. From the information I have gathered there have been plently of fish showing and feeding but they have evaded capture. I am not sure of the reason for this having not been on site. This week’s party of anglers was a mixed week with three doubles and three single anglers including myself. Following the draw Darren and Gary went into swim 3 & 4, Richard and Glen in 5 &6, Mark and James in 7 & 8 then Richard in 12, Matt in 13 and I was left with 1 & 2 ot 11 & 12 to choose from. I opted for 10 & 11 as I had seen fish up this end. I fishes two rods in bay 10 and two in deeper water in 11. The first night was quite promising with fish rolling in the bay and in open water. I thought this would be the case as the temperature was still mild for the time of the year. But the first night passed with no action. I knew they were catchable as they were moving. On the second night there was still no action. Over in swim 4, Gary Wheeler had some luck with a 60lb common. This was also a personal best so well done Gary.
The next two nights passed by very slowly with no action as before. The fish were rolling but were just not interested in eating the bait. I was confident that one or two more would come out before the week was up. It was a case of being patient as the feeding was up to them. By Thursday there were three more fish out. Matt in 13 had a 44lb mirror. Richard in 12 had a 34lb mirror and I had a 43 common from swim 10. Still the fish were active at night but not feeding on our bait. With the water gin clear and the temperature dropping the fish were not competing as they would earlier in the year and I think this is the reason why takes have been very few and far between. I still think there are one or two to be caught though. Saturday morning came but the Carp didn’t. There were no more fish caught but still they are showing at night. Well, only two more weeks to go before the lake closes for 2012 and I am still ever hopeful that some big fish will show before the season is over.
MICK BOWMAN W/C 06/10/12
It seems a long time since I was last fishing on the Island Lake way back in August (too long if you ask me!). So it was nice to get the rods back out again. This week was booked by my good friend Dennis McFetrich (M.C.F). There were seven of us fishing for the week – Den, Matt, Steve, Ash, Dave, Alan and myself. The drawn was done, swims were chosen so we set about our task ahead. Luck was on my side as came first in the draw for once so chose swim 13’s water where the previous 2 weeks had seen only 3 fish come out.
The weather was mild, around 17 degrees with showers predicted. I had all rods out by 4pm on Saturday and get ready to wait for some action. Not long after, one of my rods burst into action and I landed a nice 52lb mirror. Not bad after only 15 minutes in. The following morning I landed 42lb common, Alan in swim 12 had a 51lb mirror and Matt in swim 3 had a personal best common of 53lb. He had been after one of those for a long time so well done Matt. It was evident that a lot of of fish were showing up at the end of swims 6, 13, 7 and 12. On Monday morning I had a slow take which resulted in a 61lb mirror – a nice fish I that had not caught before. In the afternoon I had a 41lb mirror from a spot I had baited quite heavily. All four fish so far had come from different spots which indicated the fish were moving about searching for food.
The rain was in for the night on Monday and I got soaked playing two fish but the rewards were a 48lb and 49lb mirror so it was worth it. The two fish came from the heavily baited spots from earlier in the day. By now Den in swim 7 also had three fish up to 46lb and Alan in swim 12 had a 42lb mirror. Matt added to his tally with two more 40lbs+ so the fishing had picked up quite nicely.
By Thursday morning the rain had started to ease off a bit which was nicer. The fish stayed steady with Dave off the mark in swim 10 with a 36lb mirror. Den had two more at 41lb and 48lb. Alan had a great 57lb mirror and I managed another 45lb common. The fish seemed settle in the deep water in front of swims 7 and 12 for the last couple of days. As the week drew to a close, the sun made a welcome appearance for the first time. Dave in swim 10 had two more fish – a 37lb and a beautiful 57lb mirror. Den landed another 30lb+ fish and I had a 51lb mirror to my list. Fishing was slow in swims 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 and I was hopeful for Matt and Ash pitched up that end that something would happen before we left. To my joy, Matt had a 61lb mirror from swim 3 – his first from the lake which was great. Steve’s hard work also paid off with an immaculate 53lb mirror – worht the week long wait. In total our tally was 25 fish with all being landed from the bank – a testament to the weed control that took place during the work party in August.
I am back at the lake in a few weeks. Until then – enjoy your fishing!