Fishing and Catch Reports during 2012

Stories of the Fishing during 2012

Restocking commences Pole fished, single sweetcorn at dead depth! Pole fished, single sweetcorn skin at dead depth! 16lb Common Carp from Main Lake on floating bread by local angler Mike Keeling 13lb Grass Carp for Mike on floating bread


Catch reports for each year:-

December 2011:

Coarse Fishing:

Restocking commences A sample fish

As expected there have not been many fishing over the Christmas period , however, those that did have had plenty of small Carp, mainly on sweetcorn, and cracking Roach fishing with plenty of Roach around 6 or 7ounces.

The water is beginning to clear as the larger Carp shoal-up, as they do during winter, and their metabolisms slowdown and they feed less often. From now on we expect most coarse anglers will be catching Roach and the smaller Carp.

Following our recent stocking of more small Chub we’re hopeful that they begin to show more frequently in winter catches. Although we do reckon that many small chub when caught will be classed as Roach by most anglers!

Trout Fishing:

Meanwhile, following repeated attacks from Cormorants we have chosen not to re-stock until they cease frequenting us. Last sighting 2:54 Tuesday 6th, December. Although the Trout count is reduced there are still plenty of Rainbow and Brown Trout in the lakes. The few Trout Anglers have had some sport with Many reporting good fish following right in to the margins before turning away (as they do) at the last minute.


Coarse Fishing:

Pole fished, single sweetcorn skin at dead depth!

23rd, February: Late afternoon float fished cooked mussels produced a few Carp, biggest about 10lb. Other anglers fishing sweetcorn, on a method feeder, with groundbait including freebies and hemp produced fish all day with Carp from 3/4lb Carp upwards and some really nice Roach.

21st, February: A few Carp have already started showing them selves on the surface and with care and some patience the occasional fish can be surface caught. Plenty of real quality Roach are being caught, mainly on sweetcorn or sweetcorn skins and throwing in a few regularly near your float to keep them interested. Some Carp also being caught, mainly on float fished sweetcorn fished an 1” or 2” over-depth. No Tench, Bream or Grass Carp as yet. Fishing with other bait’s like boilies, meat and pop-ups etc. has been slow.

11th, February: The ice has partially melted but the water is very clear around the margins. Fishing with sweetcorn proving to be best paid, surface fishing still works but it is slow. Young Joshua Buck of Newcastle Emlyn, fishing on sweetcorn has some nice Roach from the Novices pool before attacking the Main Lake. Where he spotted a couple of Carp swimming, by dropping a baited hook a yard or so in front of the fish he managed to land two nice Carp estimated around the 5lb mark, plus some good Roach 6oz+.

Trout Fishing:

Meanwhile, following repeated attacks from Cormorants we have chosen not to re-stock until they cease frequenting us. Last sighting 2:54 Tuesday 6th, December. Although the Trout count is reduced there are still plenty of Rainbow and Brown Trout in the lakes. The few Trout Anglers have had some sport with Many reporting good fish following right in to the margins before turning away (as they do) at the last minute.

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Coarse Fishing:

16lb Common Carp from Main Lake on floating bread by local angler Mike Keeling 13lb Grass Carp for Mike on floating bread

25th, April: Following some awful weather with squally showers and strong breezes, Mr Moseley of Ruthin, N.Wales fishing in the Main Lake for his first time here, using pellet and sweetcorn, with corn as freebies had Roach to 1lb in a mixed bag of Roach and Carp for an estimated 80lb Total.

19th, April: Mr Trevor Thomas of Ton Kenfig, S.Wales (photograph left) with a large Common, weighed by him with his new scales at 22lb, and caught on floating bread from the Main Lake in peg #1. Weather has been awful with wind and rain for the past few days.

14th, April: A few of our small Barbel have now been caught on sweetcorn in the Main Lake, also a couple of the new stocking of Tench but no reports of the Chub. Although we believe that they may be mistaken for small Roach.

Coarse fishing continues to be excellent with Many good fish (doubles ) being landed. As you would expect the mid-day lull (12-2pm) still remains quiet with Mainly small Roach being caught. After 4pm when it seems that the “dinner bell” has been rung the Carp especially are very active. Some excellent 1/2lb+ Roach are being caught from the House and Main lakes and many Bream, with the bigger fish coming from House Pool. Only a couple of Grass Carp have so far been caught, floating bait’s have been the best. No Eels so far and none of the larger Carp.

9th, April: Coarse Fishing has been excellent with Many quality Roach coming out well over 1/2lb each with quite few around 3/4lb. The really big ones have not yet been netted. Best bait’s have been Luncheon Meat, Sweetcorn Worms and Maggots.

Floating Bread and Baker’s Beef Dog Biscuit’s have produced many surface fished Carp. The best so far has been an 18 1/4lb Common to young Morgan from Merthyl Tydfyl on Floating Crust. Many good Carp have been caught using Fly Fishing tactics with Chum Mixer biscuit’s and imitation dog biscuit flies.

Decent Bream are being regularly caught from the Main Lake on Maggots, few Tench being landed although the best to-date has been one of 3lb from the House Pool by a local angler. Our first small Barbel has been caught on sweetcorn , and the occasional medium sized Chub, although we think many are being caught and mistakenly identified as Roach! Good Bream 3lb and over have been caught in the much deeper House Pool with the occasional Carp. Mr Mike Keeling has had our first Grassie this year on floating Bread from the Main Lake.

One sad aspect has been the landing and discard of a large swan mussel. As they are uncommon in this part of Wales, we have deliberately selected and stocked these expensive molluscs for the benefits they bring to our lakes. They form an integral part of our environment policy. We ask that any angler accidentally hooking in to one to put it back in the lake and not, as one idiot has done, thrown in down the bank behind them to die! From their original palm sized size they have been growing at about 1” bigger each year.

Trout Fishing:

Continues to produce great sport with Most anglers reaching their bag limit within their allotted times. Average two fish bag weighing about 4 1/2lb. Buzzers, Bibbio, Hares Ear and Cat’s Whisker flies have frequently been the best flies with Most fish caught around 3ft deep. Quite a few Trout being caught when fishing along the edges of the reed beds, and many giving really good fights and lots of long, strong runs.

Good hard fighting fish are to be had mainly on wet flies; such as buzzers, bibbio, Hare’s ear, Fritz’s and Cat’s whisker near to the banks just off the reed beds and about 3ft down.

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Coarse Fishing:

Local angler Loz with his 15lb Common Fallon Carr: I didn&rsquot weigh it but it’s a great looking fish. Caught on dog biscuit off the surface. The picture doesn’t really do it justice it was definitely more yellow/white.

email from Loz & Fallon reads: Hi Bill, Had a great evenings fishing last night, Loz had 5 carp and I had 3 carp. His biggest was a 15lb common (see left) so we took a photo to send to you. We also got a sneak glimpse of one of the koi’s, very nearly took my bait until a bigger carp got there first. We filled out a catch report. Many thanks see you again soon? Fallon and Loz.

23rd, June: The Carp spawned again in the Main Lake. On Monday 4th, June, when they went mad all day. Since then fishing has just got better each day. Many quality Roach and Carp on all bait’s, especially floating ones in the afternoons and mornings. A small number of our 8” Barbel have been caught along with the occasional Chub.

One of our many Koi Carp Hybrids

Although we’ve had some really heavy rains and continuous rainy days plenty of fish are being caught. Ian Syddall from Hull caught an unusual beautiful red/orange Koi Carp hybrid from the House Pool. Meanwhile, local lass Ms Fallon Carr caught another stunning hybrid on dog biscuit off the surface. The picture (taken on a mobile phone) doesn’t really do it justice as it was definitely more yellow/white.

Plenty of Roach of 3/4lb and over being regularly caught with Many 6-7oz fish. Most Carp around the 6-7lb. Surface fishing for Carp continues to be excellent with a small number of anglers regularly fishing for them on Fly Gear. They recon it to be the best thing they’ve ever done standing up fully clothed for a long time! Plenty of good Bream from the House Pool on sweetcorn with some also being caught on the surface when fishing for Carp with Baker’s beef biscuit’s. Roach too are also being caught this way.

Campbell’s Meat Balls, Cat Food and various Dog Foods also doing the business. The Novices Pool also doing well with plenty of good Roach and small Carp with the bonus of the occasional 5lb and over Carp.

Trout Fishing:

23rd, June: As we get in to mid-summer, Trout fishing has started to get harder. Although good Trout are coming out they are not as frequently caught as they have been. Or, is that too many catch-n-release anglers causing the fish to be hook-shy? Either way, we expect Trout Fishing to get harder as we approach mid-summer. May Fly nymphs, Montanas, and the usual array of wet flies with a little sparkle in their tails continue to be good.

Meanwhile, the Trout fishing continues to be good with plenty of fish around the 2lb mark in all 3 lakes. Wet flies are still predominantly the fly to use with Most fish around 3ft down. The Apps bloodworm and Pennel Flies have been deadly capturing a lot of fish, with the orange or white fritz’s and Cat’s Whisker close seconds.

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Coarse Fishing:

Local angler, Mark lands another grassie at 9.5lb from House Pool Phil’s 16lb Common

August 12th, Carl Halliwell, from Worsley Manchester, while holidaying in the area and knowing that we had some small Barbel, which he had never caught, set about catching one.

The Fishery owner (Bill) told him where to start his search.

visiting angler lands excellent Carp from House Pool

He was delighted, when towards the evening he finally caught one. Pictured above is Carl (right) with his Barbel.

Although not big fish they have grown well since their introduction as skinny Gudgeon look-alikes in October 2011.

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Coarse Fishing:

Mark checks his net of Fish Mark with a lovely 2lb Common Carp. He had several of them

15th, December: Following his recent session on the 12th, (see below), local Angler Mark of Llewyncllyn, fishing as he does with sweetcorn tried again in the Novices Pool. This time he was allowed to use a keep-net, which is something we rarely do, except when fishing a match.

Fishing from the same peg #1 from about 10am till dark (about 4:45pm) these pictures indicate the amount of quality fish that he caught. Bear in mind that these were taken with a “Flash” when it was actually quite dark. The net holds a good quantity, variety and size of some quality Carp, Roach, skimmers and Chub. Several Carp were about 2-3lb, with plenty of Roach 6oz and over. We estimate that there were about 15lb or more of Silver Fish and 10-12lb of Carp.

Mark’s mixed net full The bulk of the content of Mark’s net

We do not usually like keeping fish in keepnets, believing that the smaller fish become damaged by the weight of the fish on them. They were quickly removed from the water, rapidly photographed and returned as expeditiously as possible. We did this purely as an exercise to show you the variety and quality of fish that can be caught here. Bearing in mind that this is the middle of December a few days after some really cold weather!

12th, December: following a few days of really cold weather and 2” of ice on our lakes, again, local angler Mark fished in the Novices Pool. He Fished from 1pm till dark on the first peg; Using either his Match Top 2 sections or his Float Rod, regularly feeding a few sweetcorn with one or two corn on the hook. Mark caught 54 Roach, mainly about 6oz with several much bigger and a couple of Carp about

Trout Fishing:

Has been excellent with plenty of good fish being caught, mainly on floating lines with wet flies and a few anglers trying dry flies. Best recent day has been 10 Fish, on C&R, to white wet flies. 1.5lb. Not bad for a mid-day session in the middle of some really freezing weather?

Mid December, local Trout Angler Vernon Evans of Llandysul fishing Catch-n-Release with a white Lure tied with a few strands of flourescent straggle, had his best day ever, catching 17 Trout in a 4hour session. What a super end to another good year?

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