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2013 Catch Reports showing an 8lb Ghost Carp

Fishing and Catch Reports during 2013

Fishing reports for 2013

Updated: 17th, December 2013
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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 unadulterated versions of the regular catch reports sent each month to the press during 2013.
January 2013

Mark checks his net of Fish

Mark with a lovely 2lb Common Carp. He had several of them

Mark's mixed net full

The bulk of the content of Mark's net

Coarse Fishing: January 7th, 2013.

Hi Bill,

Just a quick note to thank you for an excellent couple of days Coarse fishing at Nine Oaks last week. I was extremely impressed with the quality of Roach fishing on offer and had several fish well over the pound mark. Whilst I was impressed with the Roach, I was somewhat surprised to take a couple of Tench during the session, with the biggest over 3lb. Not bad for a day ticket water in January!

Thanks again, and all the Best for 2013.

Cheers,
Mark Livingstone.
Wrexham, North Wales.

Coarse Fishing: 29th, January, a few days after the recent heavy snows, local Angler Mark fishing as he does at this time of the year in the Novices pool using the bushes that surround the pool as wind breakers. Fishing in the afternoon 'till dusk he had 3 dozen Roach with several quality fish topped by a 3/4 beauty, and several quality small Carp. Not bad for an afternoons fishing on a wet, blustery day?

Trout Fishing: Local angler Melvyn, fishing his own white gold head fly tied with a bit of flourescent straggle, several times over the winter period has had over a dozen Trout a session. The biggest around 3 1/2lb. Fished slowly on an intermediate line he swears by it - absolutely deadly!

February 2013

Pole fished, single sweetcorn skin at dead depth!

Coarse Fishing: 2nd, February, local Anglers Loz and Fallon fished, in the cold and occasional heavy shower, in the House Pool. Fishing on the top of the ledge about 4ft deep on various baits with ground bait regularly fed or on the ledger further out. They both had a mixed bag of Roach, Carp, Bream and a few Chub. The Chub were around the 1/2 lb, Roach up to 3/4lb and the bigger Brean about 2lb plus a few Carp. With the biggest estimated at about 6lb. All in all, not a bad days fishing? Better than sitting all day waiting for the first take?

Trout Fishing: 3rd, February, Another local angler Lloyd Edwards from Penrhyn-coch near Aberystwyth, fishing here for the first time. Bill advised on fishing goldheads, black or white Cat Whisker type flies or Montana'ish fished about 4ft deep. After a difficult morning in the cold dampness he found the fishing was hard. A cup of coffee and a 1/2 hour break and feeling re-energised he fished in to the breeze in Pallen Lake. The coffee obviously worked as he quickly had 3 beauties on the bank. He then had another coffee and he went back for another one. He left with 4 fish after a satisfying day's fishing!

Coarse Fishing: 16th, February, several locals fished this fine day. During the cool morning Coarse fishing was slow. Mainly good Roach were being caught from the Main Lake on sweetcorn with the occasional small to medium sized Carp. In the afternoon as the day warmed and the sun came out, local angler and surface specialist Mike Keeling, had 10 Carp with the biggest around 6lb from the surface on floating bread. Other anglers bottom or float fishing also had Carp with the biggest at 8lb.

Trout Fishing: 16th, February. Using the Nineoaks Nomad, a white fritzy cats whisker type fly, up to 10 Trout were caught and returned.

March 2013

Fallon with her lovely Koi

Coarse Fishing: 20th, March, another cool start to the day with Fishing a little slow. As the temperature raised fishing got better. Retired headmaster Chris fishing and feeding sweet corn ended the day with 70 fish, many Roach about 1/2-3/4lb and several good Carp. Fishing off the platform using the top 3 sections of his pole, and about 1" over-depth.

Coarse Fishing: 18th, March, yep, more cold but with a brighter afternoon when Carp were once again caught on the surface with floating bread. Meanwhile, Fallon fishing sweetcorn caught her fish of choice and a pb too - a lovely Koi estimated at 4lb and pictured left.

Coarse Fishing: 8th, March, a miserable day, cold and damp, but the fish kept on coming. Retired headmaster Chris from Pembrokeshire, had about 10lb of good sized Roach with many around 7-8oz up to early afternoon when he switched tactics and went after the Carp. Ending the day with a dozen fish to 8lb with several caught on the surface. Main bait was sweetcorn with a little of his own mix of groundbait regularly fed in.

Trout Fishing: 8th, March. Continues to provide some great sport and lovely clean, hard fighting over wintered Trout in stunning condition. As previously stated using Cats Whisker, Apps Bloodworm, Damsel Flies and Nymphs have had all provided some great sport catching and decent catches on C&R of up to 10 Trout a session, from all Lakes fishing about 3ft deep. 2 fish bags average at 4.5lb. One angler has reported catching up to 24 Trout in a single C&R session.

Coarse Fishing: 4th, March, Although it has been cold and frosty recently plenty of quality Roach 6oz and over coming out on sweetcorn or cooked mussel. One or two nice Chub are being caught from the House Pool, and plenty or Roach and small Carp from the Novices Pool. On the occasional sunny, warmer afternoons some excellent sport has been on floating baits, for Carp to 10lb, in the Main Lake on Bread by stalking the Carp or on dog-biscuit flies cast on a Fly Rod.

Trout Fishing: 4th, March. Trout Anglers using Cats Whisker, Apps Bloodworm, Damsel Flies and Nymphs have had some great sport catching upwards of 8-10 Trout a session from all Lakes fishing when about 3ft deep.

April 2013 
16lb Common Carp from Main Lake on floating bread by local angler Mike Keeling
13lb Grass Carp for Mike on floating bread

Coarse Fishing: 28th, April, the past few days have been overcast with a light cool breeze. Surface fishing for the Carp has slow. Although col.d good Roach and Carp with a few skimmers regularly coming out. Best recent Carp has been a 15lb'er. Several anglers catching a few doubles in a day's fishing.

Trout Fishing: 28th, April, Trout fishing continues to be good with most fish about 3ft deep. Tactics and flies remain the samel.

Coarse Fishing: 17th, April, although the past have been a little blowy fishing has been good with a few anglers trying their hand at surface fishing for the Carp. Using loose fed dog biscuits as an attractant and one bait banded with a small bubble float, Carp fishing has been excellent. Other baits fishing well are bread, frozen or fresh mussels (not those in jars in preservative), sweetcorn and as expected quality maggots. Mr Andrew Neish of Kidwelly landed a common Carp of 17lb 9oz. Chub to 3/4lb caught from the House pool. No barbel reported as yet. Plenty of good Roach from all pools.

Trout Fishing: 17th, April, Many Catch and Release anglers fishing with floating lines and 4lb-6lb long leaders with Damsels, Diawl Bach, Apps Blood worm, Cat's Whisker or similar have reported excellent sport catching about 10 fish a session each. Average fish around 2-2.25 lb with a fair number over 3lb.

Coarse Fishing: 4th, April, although cool with a sharp easterly breeze, Fishing during the early part of the day has been a little slow. With clear skies as the temperature rose fishing got better. Best recent fish has been a 15lb Common on sweetcorn. As expected at this time of the year plenty of good Roach being caught. Warm afternoons have been good for surface fishing with floating baits.

Trout Fishing: 4th, April, Aps bloodworm, Damsels, Buzzers and lures, especially white ones, have produced some excellent Trout Fishing. Depths have varied, as has the speed of retrieval. Early evenings by stripping a lure through have produced some excellent sport with upwards of 7 fish in 2 hours being reported.

May 2013   
Unknown visiting angler on his 2<sup>nd</sup>, fishing trip ever with a lovely 5lb Common Carp from the House Pool.

Coarse Fishing: 27th, May, following the recent good weather in the lead up to the Bank Holiday weekend. Bob Andrews from Llangollen fished in the house pool on Wednesday 22nd, May on peg #1. His method was to fish an area no larger than a dustbin lid using the top 3 sections of his pole about 6inches out from the reeds to his left, and regularly cupping in casters while fishing small pieces of worm over them. He spent the whole day catching a mixed bag of quality Roach (from 6oz to 1.25 lb), Bream up to 4lb, and pristine conditioned Carp up to 7lb. It was non-stop fishing with a fish every 90 seconds or so. He reckoned that his bag weight for the day to be some where near to 200lb of fish. Ms Fallon Carr again upped her PB to a 14lb+ Carp [picture will be posted when it is received!]. Meanwhile, Kevin Spittle of Kingswinford, West Midlands had a small Barbel from the Main Lake. Using light tackle, surface Fishing with bread, dog biscuit, waffle or using a Fly Rod and Fly Line all produced tremendous sport either in the margins or out in the lake. As is the norm here Roach Fishing has been really good too.

Trout Fishing: 27th, May, Trout Fishing with a floating line and a buzzer, or a Cat's Whisker type fly has been really good with hard fighting fish in excellent condition giving good sport. Best bag of the week included a 3.5lb Rainbow for 10.5lb. As previously described tactics and flies remain the same.

Coarse Fishing: 10th, May, following the recent squally weather only the hardier anglers ventured out. However, those ledger fishing had some good sport catching good Carp, small bream and one angler had a surprise when he caught and landed a 1lb Chub. Bigger chub up to 2lb being caught in the House Pool. Very few Barbel being caught at present. Pictured above is a total. novice angler from Llandysul on his second fishing trip pictured with his pb Carp - a 5lb common from the house pool.

Trout Fishing: 10th, May, in recent days Trout Fishing with a suspended buzzer on a floating line has been excellent with most fish around 2-3ft deep. Tactics and flies remain the same.

Coarse Fishing: 5th, May, with the warmer finally arriving the Carp are beginning to shoal up and showing signs of getting ready for spawning. Consequently, as expected, Carp fishing has slowed while they play "boys 'n girls". Provided the weather stays warm we're expecting Carp fishing to return to normal before month-end. But, plenty of Carp are still being caught, and fishing for our other fish species is as prolific as ever.

Trout Fishing: 5th, May, Trout fishing continues to be good with most fish around 3ft deep. Tactics and flies remain the same. Fishing with a buzzer suspended from a pimp at about 2ft deep is proving very effective.

June 2013
Local Angler Peter Chisholm with a stunning Grass Carp from the House Pool
John with a lovely Mirror from the House Pool
14lb 2oz Common

Coarse Fishing: 27th, June, Mr Scammell of Glasgow fishing frozen muscle caught this lovely 9lb 8oz Mirror (top right) from the house pool on a hired float rod while fishing in the margins near some overhanging bushes, in a mixed bag of fish. His son, equalled his dad when he also landed a similarly sized grass carp, also amongst a mixed bag of fish. The ladies around the lake were certainly outfishing the men by catching many more fish and some good ones too!

Coarse Fishing: 24th, June, Mr Gareth Thompson of Pencoyd, Bridgend float fishing on two maggots in the Main Lake topped his mixed bag of Roach and Carp off with a fine specimen 2lb Roach. His reason for fishing here was because of the quality Roach that can be regularly caught. His best Carp during the past couple of days was one of 8lb. Other anglers besides Carp were catching plenty of Roach, Tench, an occasional Chub and a few Barbel. Surface fishing as usual has been excellent, as has the margin fishing. Most baits have been doing well, with many being encouraged to try fresh or frozen mussel, and being surprised at how good a bait it is, including Ron Cousins of the Angler's Mail!

Coarse Fishing: 20th, June, Carp and coarse fishing is now in full swing with plenty of good fish coming out. Afternoons and early mornings best with floating baits such as bread, dog biscuit or extra-thick toast! Whole cooked muscle (fresh or frozen but not in jars of preservative) great for the carp; pieces muscle good for the Roach. Quite a few of our small Barbel regularly coming out. The Chub are caught less frequently. Good Bream and Tench from the House and main pools. Mark, our local Grass Carp specialist can selectively pick his fish, he's pictured above with a late evening caught 11 3/4lb grassie on dog biscuit.

Trout Fishing: 20th, June, early mornings or the last hour of the day best for sone really hard fighting Rainbows and Blues.

Coarse Fishing: 14th, June, The Carp have just finished spawning, and so in a day or two, once their hormones have subsided, they will be ravenous. Meanwhile, there have been plenty of Carp, Roach, Tench, Bream, Grass Carp, Chub and small Barbel coming out on all sorts of baits. As usual sweetcorn, bread, maggots and luncheon meat all doing well and catching plenty. Fresh or frozen mussels, hooked through the gristle patch, and fished close in are doing really well. Don't over complicate your rigs - just keep things simple and on a light rod for the best fishing.

Peter Chisholm caught a large grassie from the House Pool (pictured left). Local lass, Los Fallon has again upped her pb to a credible 16lb 2oz, with a spawn bound Common Carp (pictured left at 14lb) when she caught the same fish before it had put weight on for spawning. Caught on dog biscuit. Mr John Yeomans (green T shirt left), from Llandudno, with a lovely Mirror from the House Pool.

Trout Fishing: 14th, June, Daddies, suspended buzzers, Montanas, Diawl Bach nearly all fly types doing well. On the hot days with clear blue skies fishing has been hard, overcast days with light breezes have been best. No outstanding fish or catches, just good regular Trout Fishing with the average Rainbow or Blue being caught at 2.25lb each with some much bigger.

Coarse Fishing: 27th, June, Mr Scammell of Glasgow fishing frozen muscle caught this lovely 9lb 8oz Mirror (top right) from the house pool on a hired float rod while fishing in the margins near some overhanging bushes, in a mixed bag of fish. His son, equalled his dad when he also landed a similarly sized grass carp, also amongst a mixed bag of fish. The ladies around the lake were certainly outfishing the men by catching many more fish and some good ones too!

Coarse Fishing: 24th, June, Mr Gareth Thompson of Pencoyd, Bridgend float fishing on two maggots in the Main Lake topped his mixed bag of Roach and Carp off with a fine specimen 2lb Roach. His reason for fishing here was because of the quality Roach that can be regularly caught. His best Carp during the past couple of days was one of 8lb. Other anglers besides Carp were catching plenty of Roach, Tench, an occasional Chub and a few Barbel. Surface fishing as usual has been excellent, as has the margin fishing. Most baits have been doing well, with many being encouraged to try fresh or frozen mussel, and being surprised at how good a bait it is, including Ron Cousins of the Angler's Mail!

Coarse Fishing: 20th, June, Carp and coarse fishing is now in full swing with plenty of good fish coming out. Afternoons and early mornings best with floating baits such as bread, dog biscuit or extra-thick toast! Whole cooked muscle (fresh or frozen but not in jars of preservative) great for the carp; pieces muscle good for the Roach. Quite a few of our small Barbel regularly coming out. The Chub are caught less frequently. Good Bream and Tench from the House and main pools. Mark, our local Grass Carp specialist can selectively pick his fish, he's pictured above with a late evening caught 11 3/4lb grassie on dog biscuit.

Trout Fishing: 20th, June, early mornings or the last hour of the day best for sone really hard fighting Rainbows and Blues.

July 2013
Stunning Ghost Miror from House Pool
Loz's fine 8lb Common Carp
Phil from Llampeter with an 14lb Grassie
Our first ever Chub Photograph

Trout Fishing: July, with the recent hot weather, clear skies and high temperatures Trout fishing has been poor. We expect it to remain thus until the cooler weather of autumn arrives - sorry to all our anglers.

Coarse Fishing: Meanwhile, the Coarse fishing has been good and even better when our aerators are running during each afternoon. 4pm onwards has been especially good surface fishing for Carp with bread, dog biscuits etc. Close fishing in the margins has also been very good. Quite a few Barbel up to 12" long have been caught as well as a few Chub. Plenty of Carp and quite a few good sized Roach too.

July 2012
Fallon's PB of an 8lb Common
Loz's fine 8lb Common Carp
Phil from Llampeter with an 14lb Grassie
Our first ever Chub Photograph
Hi Bill,

Had another fantastic evening fishing and got my new PB with an 8lb common, then 5 minutes later Loz matched it with another 8lb.

Many thanks

Fallon and Loz

Coarse Fishing: 15th, July: Local Angler, Phil from Lampeter, in his own words "had a brilliant day's Fishing". Fishing floating Bread in the afternoon he had 14 Carp plus 1 Barbel. Of the 14 fish he had 4 under 10lb with the rest over, and the best 2 fish were a 16lb Mirror and a 16lb Common.

14th, July, even though we've had some serious rain the Carp Fishing has been great, with plenty of good fish coming out, including 15lb Carp, 1.5lb Roach, quality Bream from the House Pool with 1lb skimmers from the Main Lake, quite a few small Barbel, the occasional Chub which we are sure people are catching more frequently and mistake them as Roach. Surface Fishing for Carp has been great as has bottom fishing with single boilies, Hallibut Pellets, Dog Biscuits plus Luncheon Meat, Sausage, Muscle, Frozen Prawns and fresh Cockles. In fact all baits are doing well. Plenty of quality Roach in the margins and thereabouts, by quality we mean 1/2lb upwards, as we have some stunning Roach with quite a few good 'uns being caught on the surface with floating Bread. Many Carp being caught by a few fishing with Fly gear, fly line and leader with dog biscuit fly or the real thing, especially in afternoons and evenings fishing on the surface.

Trout Fishing: Traditionally the months of July and August are slow, but angler's are still catching a few Trout on Montanas and so forth, especially in the late afternoons and evenings. On bright sunny days the Trout Fishing will be hard. Most fish have been roughly 3ft down.

Coarse Fishing: 30th, July, at last a picture of a Chub. The Chub were stocked as fingerlings 2 years ago and have grown on well since, they're a great scrapper and often mistaken as a decent Roach; Well done John Halliwell junior from Bolton. Fishing continues to be great with everyone having super catches with plenty of skimmer Bream from the Main and slabs from House. The small Chub and small Barbel occasionally being caught. Plenty, as always, of good Roach of a variety of baits. Surface fishing for Carp with dog biscuits, bread, Baker's Beef soft chunks and Bread all doing well. Bottom fishing using traditional baits or method feeder producing continuous sport with daily bags of 100lb+ of fish. Late afternoon and evening fishing has been tremendous. Meanwhile, the night anglers have been having some superb sport and a lot have often taken their rods out of the water in the early hours for some sleep as sport has been continuous, and fishing with 1 rod has been best.

August 2013
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
Phil's 16lb Common

September 2013
Dan (from Llangollen) wih a lovely 9lb Mirror from Main Lake
Dan (again) with another 8lb mirror
Dan (again) with another 8lb Common

October 2013

Coarse Fishing: 7th, October, the fish are still very active with many good Carp being caught. Many on the surface or using ledgering tactics with baits such as sweetcorn, worm, mussel etc. A couple of anglers are pictured above with some of the fish they caught. Young Mr Dan Pearson of Llangollen, fishing mainly floating chum mixer pellets had a cracking few days catching upwards of 24 fish each day, with many doubles as seen in the above pictures. Young Mr Aaron Symons from Gwent, fishing in the Main Lake on free lined dog biscuit had his best common at 16.12lbs (pictured above). It was the biggest of the 26 carp caught that day by him. He had a further 13 doubles and other very pretty smaller carp. Many good Bream on sweetcorn or worms from the House Pool, and plenty of cracking Roach with many over 7oz from both lakes. Quite a few Chub and the occasional small Barbel from the Main Lake, and plenty of Tench, many around 1/2-3/4lb from both lakes.

Trout Fishing: 12th, October, now that the water temperature of the lakes has cooled, two of them (Derwen and Weir) have been re-stocked for the winter season, mainly rainbows circa 2.25lbwith a few bigger ones. So far the Diawl Bach and Cats Whisker have been the flies to use

November 2013
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

December 2013

Coarse Fishing: 17th, December, windy conditions and rain haven't deterred the hardier anglers; although Carp fishing has slowed they are still coming up for floating bread on the surface. Best days fishing has been by Andrew Neish from near Kidwelly who has had 8 Carp to 8lb on bread and several 3/4lb + Roach on cooked mussel or corn. Meanwhile, Dan O'Grady from Worcestershire, fishing corn or mussel failed to find the Carp but caught many Roach over 1/2lb with a couple 1lb+. All from the Main Lake.

Coarse Fishing: 8th, December, with the on-set of the cool weather Carp fishing has slowed. However, they are still being caught although numbers have reduced, with the largest recent fish of 12lb from the Main Lake, 8lb from House and 5lb from Novices. Plenty of good Roach up to 1 1/2lb with many around 1/2lb. Some Bream 2lb+ and the occasional smaller skimmers. a 2lb 1oz Chub was recently caught in the House Pool by a local angler. So the small ones put in 2 years ago are growing on well. Up to 80 Roach in a session with 6 or so Carp together are providing some good Fishing. Ledgered Peperami in the Main Pool has produced some good Carp recently, with Roach mainly on sweetcorn. The margins are becoming clearer indicating that the fish are starting to shoal up and are not disturbing the bottom as often as they do in summer.

Trout Fishing: 8th, December, good fish to be had on Cats Whisker and the like, especially a fly with a flourescent straggle body which can prove deadly. Please be aware that only the Derwen and Weir have been stocked with Trout as we intend to drain down Pallen and leave it for the frost over winter.

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