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2005 Catch Reports showing an 8lb Ghost Carp with the chuffed captor

Year 2005 Fishing and Catch Reports

Monthly Catch reports for 2005

Updated: 19th, December 2005
Paul Horobin with a winter caught 12.5lb Common Carp Here you will find the unadulterated versions of the regular catch reports sent each month to the press during 2004.
January 2005

Oakford local Richard Turner with a nice bag of Carp from the Novices pool

How's this for a beginner - a lovely tench in JANUARY?

Paul Horobin with a winter caught 12.5lb Common Carp

1. Coarse Fishing

With the run up to Christmas fishing has been quiet. The most recent notable fish had been an 8lb common caught by regular Brian Scott from Aberystwyth, bait was a portion of sausage meat.

The monthly Open Match before Christmas was fished in the new novices pool. The winner was late arrival Richard Turner from Oakford who had a mixed bag of Carp and Roach to 11lb 14oz (picture attached 2004 225) and November's winner, 7 year old Reece Mccreedie, came second with a nice bag of Roach.

Over the Christmas/New Year period despite the very difficult and changing weather fishing has been surprisingly good with some excellent Carp being caught and some good Tench. An exceptional fish for this time of year was a 2 1/2lb Tench was caught by Gary Drawn of Rhydlewis from the House pool on 13th January. The best Carp so far this year has been an 11lb 2oz caught by Paul Horobin of Newtown who also had another of 9 1/2lb both on Bacon Grill. On the same day Huw Davies also caught a 9lb very fat Common Carp from the House pool.

Next Open Coarse match will be on Sunday 20th, February 2005. Draw starts at 9:30am for a 10am start.

2. Trout Fishing

Unlike the Coarse fishermen the Trout anglers have been reluctant to venture out during the blustery weather consequently not many notable fish have been landed. The best so far was a 4lb Rainbow caught by Steffan Jones of Llandysul when he and his colleague Lloyd Griffiths on a day when the weather was very changeable had nearly a dozen fish between them. However, our latest stocking has "topped up" the larger fish in our 3 Trout lakes with many over 3lb and several around the 7lb mark.

Next Open trout match will be on Sunday 30th, January 2005. Draw starts at 9:30am for a 10am start.

Despite some inclement weather and a "little" breeze plus the run up to Christmas, those that ventured out had some good sport.

March 2005

Young Thomas Baker from Tredegar, Gwent with a nice 8 1/2lb Ghost Mirror from the House Pool

The late February and early March weather has been cool with the occasional snow flurry and slight frosts. Strange really as the rest of the U.K has been covered in snow and we've had almost none with occasions when it's felt like "shirt sleeves" weather. However, our local anglers have appeared reluctant to venture out and fish, consequently our fishing numbers are down so far this month.

1. Coarse Fishing

During the cooler days it has been hard fishing. Those anglers using worms have scored quite well catching good Carp the occasional skimmer or Tench and Roach up to 3/4lb. As the warmer weather has now started more Roach and Tench are being caught. On 17th, March Chris from Oldham had an exceptional day catching 50 Carp well into double figures by alternating baits after each fish. He was using Garlic Sausage, Luncheon meat, bread or maggots. Mike Keeling using stalking tactics and floating bread caught double figure carp with the better fish appearing during early dusk. He best of the afternoon was a 12lb Common. Young Thomas Baker from Tredegar Gwent had a nice 8 1/2lb Mirror from the House pool on luncheon meat. The best fish this month has been an 18lb Carp caught by a local angler from Llanarth. Besides luncheon meat portions of sausages or corned beef have been popular baits frequently catching the better fish.

2. Trout Fishing

Fritzy Lures and lures in general have been the popular flies. Our average fish is now about 2 1/2lbs with 3lb trout regularly being caught. Ian Williams from Machynlleth had a 3 fish bag for 8lb. John Davies from Montgomery fishing the Welsh Rabbit is just hauling out fish. Besides Blues and Rainbows we now have a small head of Tigers too.

April 2005

A lovely 1lb+ Roach measured against a METER ruler from the House Pool

6ft 4in Richard in comparison with his excellent 15" Roach

A picture of a 1 3/4lb Roach caught over the weekend by local 6' 4" lad Richard Turner in our top Coarse lake, called House Lake using red maggot.

The ruler in the picture is a 1 meter rule not a 12" one.

May 2005

Girls just love to go fishing

The House pool, being deep and therefore colder than our Main Lake has required patience. Feeding close in the margins regularly has produced some good fish. Early in the month in the House Pool Roach to 1 3/4lb were being caught as shown by 6ft 4in Richard Turner, from Oakford, who is dwarfed by this beauty. By month end Steffan Bell of Rossendale, Lancashire had bettered this fish with a stunning 2lb one caught in the House pool on flavoured maggots. An exceptional Eel, estimated at 4lb was caught and returned in our Main Lake. Many Carp are being caught in the margins with favourite baits being maggots, portions of sausages or floating bread either early in the morning or early evening onwards. Many good Carp were being caught along with several good Tench and good sized skimmer Bream. A 7lb and 7 1/2lb Grass Carp were caught during late dusk in the main lake. The larger Grass Carp in the House Pool although caught have not been landed. Meanwhile Zoe Watson-Smith and her family had their first every fishing session and fished in our Novices Pool. This small pool contains plenty of small fish to keep novices happy and a good number of better sized fish up to about 6lb. A picture of Zoe proudly showing her first decent Carp (2005 120) is attached.
June 2005

Gary from South Wales with a lovely 24lb Mirror caught on a large piece of Luncheon meat and a borrowed rod!

A proud youngster shows off his catch of a lovely skimmer Bream

A fine example of our lovely 5lb Rainbow Trout on a wet fly from the Trout Pools

Here on the coast in mid-wales the weather has been very mild, sunny and dry with virtually no rain at all.

Coarse Fishing:

Steffan Bell from Rossendale and his friends had over 50 Carp each on a day when everything was right for them. Mrs Rickie Freeman on Balenporth had an 11lb Common from the margins while her daughter had a 4 1/2lb mirror. Many Carp around the 10-12lb mark were being caught in the margins on various baits including sausage, luncheon meats, maggots and floating bread. Many families (Dad, Mum etc) had brilliant days fishing in our "novices" pool with everyone catching many good fish in the margins with the best bait being bacon grill on the hook and small pieces being regularly flicked around the float. Quite a number of junior anglers fishing for the first time in the "novices" pool had some fine Carp and Bream. Just when we were hoping for a good double figure carp to be caught Gary Lawrie of Abercynon obliged by catching a cracking 24lb 4oz Linear Mirror on luncheon meat. Gary was extremely lucky to land the fish as it took him around one of our aerators in the Main Lake and by holding his rod high he was able to coax his line free and after a further 15 minute tussle landed the fish. Early morning and evening stalking the margins with floating bread has produced many good fish in all of our Coarse lakes. Best Grass Carp so far has been one of 9lb 3oz taken from the House Lake.

Trout Fishing:

Many good fish have been caught this month with plenty in the 3-4lb bracket.Best times being early morning or late afternoon with many fish topping during the last hour of sunlight. Earlier in the month most were being taken on lures but as the month progressed buzzers were starting to catch with the occasional fish were being taken on a dry. Early in the month Richard Elliott from Llangeitho had a 6.5lb Rainbow on a Diawl Bach, John Davies of Chirbury fishing the Welsh Witch Flies tied by his wife had Rainbows of 8lb 6oz, 8lb and 7lb 14oz amongst his bag of 24 all on catch and release. John's wife Keri's best fish was one of 6lb 14oz while Gary Lawrie of Abercynon caught a 4 3/4lb rainbow on a fritz just in time for a barbecue!

July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005

Nick Clements with a floating bread caught 12lb 10oz Common Carp from the Main Lake

A group of school children from the local school around the novices pool for a days fishing

Local school girl with a nice skimmer bream caught during the "school's day" at Nineoaks

Local school lad with his first Common Carp caught during the "school's day" at Nineoaks

Besides, National Fishing Week in August when we provided free Trout and Coarse Fish coaching sessions too many, including a 78year old Lady. We have recently provided Trout and Coarse Fishing lessons along with a brief study of Entomology (pond life) to all children of Penlon Infants and Junior School, Llyncelyn. The morning session was for the infants and the afternoon for the juniors. Each session was in 3 hourly parts, which each child participated in. Most children caught coarse fish and in many cases more than one. On asking the Headmistress (Mrs Helen Eades) how she thought it had gone she said “the children have enjoyed it and we've never had them sitting so still and quiet for so long”. Nearly every child was full of concentration and anticipation. Considering the weather was a little inclement that is a testimony to how much the children were enjoying it. Interestingly, quite a few of the older girls said “they know what they wanted for Christmas – a fishing rod!” Many parents since have said what a good time their child had.

Many double figure Carp have been caught this month with many falling to floating bread, bacon grill or fresh sausage. Most fish being caught close in especially under or near bushes. Nick Clements of Cilgraig near Llandysul fishing floating bread in atrocious weather had 15 Carp. The best 3 were Carp of 10lb 2oz, 10lb 8oz and 12lb 10oz. On his next trip here, the 15th, October, Nick using the same tactics had a 15lb Common Carp (shown in attached photo DCP_0664). On the 27th, October a 22 ½ lb Mirror carp was caught on luncheon meat. Regular Bryan Scott of Aberystwyth and a specialist at fishing with uncooked sausage meat regularly catches 24 Carp into double figures. His tactics are to use sausage under a pole float fished close in. Are best Carp so far this year has been a 24 1/4lb Mirror (attached photo 2005 335) caught by Gary Lawrie of Cardiff.

We are restricting trout fishing to two lakes because we are planning to drain and net the lake known as Weir. Due to the weather the netting exercise has been postponed a couple of times. As soon as we are able we hope to accomplish the task and restore the lake and the stock of Trout back to its former self. Trout fishing continues to be productive with many 4 fish bags weighing over 10lbs. Average fish being about 2lb each. Most being caught on a floating line with long leader using rubber daddies, imitation shrimp and green Montana’s.

December 2005 Many double figure Carp have been caught the past month with many at this time of the year stall falling to floating bread, bacon grill or fresh sausage. Most fish being caught close in especially under or near bushes. Nick Clements of Cilgraig near Llandysul fishing floating bread in atrocious weather had 15 Carp. The best 3 were Carp of 10lb 2oz, 10lb 8oz and 12lb 10oz. On his next trip here, the 15th, October, Nick using the same tactics had a 15lb Common Carp. On the 27th, October a 22 ½ lb Mirror carp was caught on luncheon meat. Regular Bryan Scott of Aberystwyth and a specialist at fishing with uncooked sausage meat regularly catches 24+ Carp into double figures. His tactics are to use sausage under a pole float on a float rod fished close in. Our best Carp so far this year has been a 24 1/4lb Mirror caught by Gary Lawrie of Cardiff.

Through the actions of the Fishery Owners and some regulars we have now established a Nineoaks Fishing Club, fully insured and operational. The club is now seeking additional members and club members will have some special benefits at the Fishery. Please call or email us if you are interested in joining the club?

We are restricting trout fishing two of our three lakes because we are planning to drain and net the lake known as Weir. Due to the weather the netting exercise has been postponed a couple of times. As soon as we are able we hope to accomplish the task and restore the lake and the stock of Trout back to its former self. Trout fishing continues to be productive with many 4 fish bags weighing over 10lbs. Average fish being about 2lb each. Most being caught on a floating line with long leader using rubber daddies, imitation shrimp and green Montana’s.

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