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2011 Catch Reports; A chuffed angler with his 8lb Ghost Carp

For 2011 the Fishing and Catch Reports

Fishing reports for 2011

Updated: 16th, November 2011
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Paul Horobin with his 12.5lb Common Carp caught on the 1<sup>st</sup>,h January Here you will find the true versions of our regular catch reports sent each month to the Angling Press during 2011.
December 2010

A Winter Picture showing the snow covering of the Main Lake

A winter picture showing the snow covered entrance sign

Following the heavy snow and frozen lakes, except for the very hardy angler very few have ventured out. Most small Carp and decent Roach have come from the Novices Pool, mainly of float fished sweetcorn. All other lakes being covered in thick ice.

January 2011

A Winter Picture showing the snow covering of the Main Lake

A winter picture showing the snow covered entrance sign

We eventually became ice free on the 11th, January.

Since then, a 1lb Tench has been caught on double maggot from the House Pool along with decent carp, Roach and good bream. An 8.5lb Common and a 4lb fully scaled Mirror along with some other decent fish have come from the Main Lake.

Saturday 29th, January, after a heavy frost overnight the lakes now have a 3/4" covering of ice. The Novices pool is 1/2 covered and the Main Lake is clear near to the feed into the lake. All other lakes are nearly completely covered with ice.

Tuesday 11th, January, after more heavy rain overnight all lakes are now clear of ice.

Monday 10th, January after a heavy frost overnight followed by plenty of heavy rain, only Trout pool Pallen has a 10% ice covering. All the other lakes are now clear of ice.

Recent catches w/c 23rd, January:-

Some Carp up to 3lb from the Novices Pool and Roach mainly around 5-6oz with the largest estimated around the 1lb mark. Many Bream around 1-2lb from the House pool on sweetcorn or double maggot and plenty of good Roach with the occasional Carp.

The coarse anglers are not having it their own way as the Trout anglers are having a ball, when we're ice free, with plenty of fish being caught most are around 2-2.5lb on small flies, nymphs etc. The best 4hour C/R session this week has seen 10 Trout caught and released.

Previously, Tench, Carp and Roach have been caught on maggots from the House Pool, plus small chub on cooked mussel. Carp to 8.5lb and fully scaled Mirror of about 4lb from the Main Lake. Roach and small Carp from the Novices pool on various baits.

Trout to wet fly from the Trout Pools, best 4hour C/R session so far is 6 Trout.

February 2011 Common Carp estimated at 7lb from Main Lake on single Sweetcorn by Mark 

A Common Carp of 16lb from the Main Pool 

Large Common Carp caught by a local angler 'Mark' on sweetcorn after a hard fight

12.75lb Common Carp caught by local Mark on dog biscuit at the end of a v.cold day

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Recent catches in February:-

w/c 21st, February, generally coarse fishing has been superb with few anglers fishing but those that were having some great sport. Mark (pictured left) mainly fishing sweetcorn has had up to 50 Carp a day (early morning to last thing) and averaging about 40 fish per session. As can be seen from the pictures above all fish are in excellent condition. Another local lad returning to fishing after a few years lay off with his beginner dad started the day off slowly. After some help and tips from Bill (owner and PAA Angling Coach) they both improved their catch rate considerably. They had a mixed bag of Roach and Carp up to 8lb.

The House Pool continues to produce some excellent Bream Fishing with plenty of skimmers up to 3/4lb and a surprising number over 2lb. Biggest Roach has been 1 1/2lb with plenty 3/4lb and over. Carp fishing is also good. Sweetcorn, prawns, maggots and cooked mussel have all been excellent baits everywhere on the Fishery.

w/c 14th, February, many Carp circa 3lb from the House and Main Lakes (see above). Really good Roach mainly around 5-6oz and several large ones estimated around the 1lb mark. Many Bream around 1-2lb from the House pool on sweetcorn or double maggot and plenty of good Roach with the occasional Carp.

The coarse anglers are not having it their own way as the Trout anglers are having a ball, now we're ice free, with plenty of fish being caught most are around 2-2.5lb onn small flies, nymphs and White or Orange Fritz's etc.

The best 4hour C/R session this week has seen 10 Trout caught and released.

Previously, Tench, Carp and Roach have been caught on maggots from the House Pool, plus small chub on cooked mussel. Carp to 8.5lb and fully scaled Mirror of about 4lb from the Main Lake. Roach and small Carp from the Novices pool on various baits.

Trout to wet fly from the Trout Pools, best 4hour C/R session was 6 Trout.

March 2011

April 2011

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

13lb Grass Carp for Mike on floating bread  

youngster Joshua Buck of Newcastle Emlyn with a 6lb fully scaled Mirror from the Novices Pool 

Recent catches:-

Barry Jones of Rowley Reghis, W.mids, fishing in the House Pool with Maggot, sweetcorn and luncheon meat had a 100lb bag of large Roach and good Bream around 3lb. He reported that several of the Roach were well over the 1lb mark with a couple circa 2lb. Small Chub have been caught in the Main Lake on sweetcorn or maggot, which is showing that the fish are growing nicely. Plenty of Carp on sweetcorn, floating baits in the afternoons, luncheon meat or cooked mussel . Mike Keeling (above) from Llanrhystyd fishing squares of floating bread in the margins had over 30 carp including a 16lb Common, 11lb Mirror and a 13lb Grass carp. for a cracking day's sport. Biggest Roach from the Main Lake was around 1.5lb with plenty near the 1/2lb mark. For some superb Roach fishing Nineoaks takes some beating.

The House Pool continues to produce some excellent Bream Fishing, with plenty of skimmers up to 3/4lb and a good number over 2lb. Joshua Buck (above) of Newcastle Emlyn landed a 6lb fully scaled Mirror from the Novices Pool using sweetcorn as bait. Fishing close to the grass line near the inflow he spotted the Carp and after some careful casting he soon had it in the bag. However, more work needs to be done with the way he holds the fish for his picture!

Meanwhile, the Trout fishing continues to excel with plenty of fish around the 2lb mark in all 3 lakes. Wet flies are still the predominant fly to use, with most fish down around the 3ft mark. Apps bloodworm has been deadly capturing a lot of fish, with the orange or white fritz's close seconds. The best 4hour C/R session so far has been 10 Trout, with many C/R anglers catching 6 or more fish in a session.

May 2011

June 2011

David from Llewyncelyn with an 11lb Linear Carp 

Retired science teacher Chris with a superb 16lb Common 

Malcolm Walker of Aintree, Liverpool with his pb of 7lb 1oz 

visiting angler lands excellent Carp

Coarse Fishing:

Plenty of good Carp regularly being caught on various baits including raw sausage, luncheon meat, and floating baits such as bread, dog biscuit and chunks of thick toast! Quiet during the mornings and as the afternoon progresses the fishing just gets better and better. The House pool continues to produce some excellent Bream and Roach catches which regularly include large Roach and Bream around the 2-3lb mark. Best Carp has been as 12 Ghost Mirror. The Main Lake has also produced some excellent Roach around the 1- 1.5lb size and as ever produces some excellent Carp catches. A retired Teacher, Chris, from South Wales (pictured) had a 16lb Common. Local angler, David from Llewyncelyn, had an 11lb Linear Carp. Visiting angler, Malcolm Walker of Aintree Liverpool had a pb of 7lb 1oz. Other good baits are sweetcorn, Maggot, cooked mussel, prawns and cockles (not in preservative). For some really excellent Roach fishing Nineoaks takes some beating.

Please note: 

Check our pictures to see how we encourage our anglers to hold the fish for a better picture by using the first and second fingers of one hand to hold the pectoral fin (the one behind the gills) carefully and firmly and supporting the Carp with the other hand.

Trout Fishing:

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.

July 2011
August 2011

Phil from Llampeter with an 14lb Grassie

Local angler, Mark lands another grassie at 9.5lb from House Pool

youngster from Merthyl Tydfyl with his pb of 16lb Common

visiting angler lands excellent Carp from House Pool

Recent catches:-

Coarse Fishing:  We may not have the biggest Carp around but we certainly are one of the best general Coarse Fisheries. There are plenty of good Carp regularly being caught on various baits, including raw sausage, luncheon meat and sweetcorn; and floating baits such as bread, dog biscuit, chunks of thick toast or egg waffle! Best times for floating baits are early mornings and definitely after 3pm and right on through the evenings. Fishing generally goes quiet during the fishes' mid-day siesta from 12 to 2pm, then they seem to begin to come "alive"! The largest Roach this month has been one of 2lb 1oz caught by holiday maker Mr. Ray Elsey (of Kettering) from the Main Pool. The House pool has also produced a Carp of 22lb and continues to produce excellent Bream and Roach catches, with large Roach around 1lb and Bream around the 2-3lb mark regularly coming to the net. All Carp, Roach etc. are clean and hard fighting with the Carp especially giving a good account of themselves. Several good grassies have been landed with the biggest at 14lb by Phil of Lampeter, and a 9.5lb'er by regular grass specialist Mark of Llwyncelyn. Young "Moggsy" off Merthyr Tydfyl landed his pb of a 16lb Common (above). Another unknown angler (pictured above right) had a good 12lb mirror from the House Pool. Plenty of Roach and Bream coming out on sweetcorn, Maggot, fresh cooked mussel, fresh or frozen prawns and fresh cockles (not in preservative). The occasional Bream being caught in the House Pool on floating bread and many acting like "flying fish" when caught and come zooming quite spectacularly out of the water. Best Chubb has been one of 15" long caught by Fishery Owner Mr. Baker on double maggot.

Please note: Carefully check our pictures left to see how we encourage the anglers to hold their fish safely for a better picture. A picture of the fish and not of their hands and arms hiding the fish. Or, giving the fish a "thumb" dummy! Use the first and second fingers of one hand to hold the pectoral fin (the one behind the Gills) firmly between them, and supporting the Carp's rear end with the other hand. Once you're comfortable holding the fish this way they will just sit calmly while the cameraman frames the picture and hopefully takes a good one. Oh, and don't forget to keep the top of the angler's head and the fishes mouth and tail in the picture too!

Trout Fishing: 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. Nymphs, Apps bloodworm, Pennel Flies and orange or white fritz's or blob flies and Cat's Whisker close seconds have been deadly capturing a plenty of fish either 3ft down or on or near the bottom.

September 2011
October 2011
November 2011

Young master Moggsy from Llanelli showing how to fly fish for Carp

Local angler, James with a 12lb Common from the Main Lake

young Mr Moggsy with his fly caught 8lb Mirror

Andrew from Dihewyd with his 8lb Mirror from the House Pool

Recent catches:-

Coarse Fishing:  Although the Carp have started to slow down, plenty are still being caught. Surface fishing is slow, but traditional baits like sweetcorn and luncheon meat are doing the business. An 8lb Common was recently caught on floating bread. Plenty of good Roach to well over the 1lb mark are being caught. Again traditional baits like worm, meat and sweetcorn all work well. Local angler, Dylan Howell using a float rigged light rod in the Main Lake has had some tremendous sport catching 2 dozen Carp in to double figures. Best recent Carp has been a 17lb Common on floating Bread. The House pool continues to produce superb Roach and Bream Fishing and a couple of Tench each session about 1 rod length out from the bank. Very few Grass Carp or Chub caught.

Please note: Carefully check our pictures left to see how we encourage the anglers to hold their fish safely for a better picture. A picture of the fish and not of their hands and arms hiding the fish. Or, giving the fish a "thumb" dummy! Use the first and second fingers of one hand to hold the pectoral fin (the one behind the Gills) firmly between them, and supporting the Carp's rear end and belly with the other hand. Once you're comfortable holding the fish this way they will just sit calmly while the cameraman frames the picture and hopefully takes a good one. Don't forget to keep the top of the angler's head, and the fishes mouth and tail in the picture too!

Trout Fishing: Meanwhile, following repeated attacks from Cormorants we have chosen not to re-stock until they cease frequenting us. Last sighting 8:45 Monday 14th, November. Although the Trout count is reduced there are still Trout in the lakes.

December 2011

Restocking commences

A sample fish

Recent catches:-

Coarse Fishing:  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 are being 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.

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