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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 2½lb 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 9½lb 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.
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 ¾lb. 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 bait’s 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 8½lb 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 bait’s 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 2½lbs 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.
1. Coarse Fishing
A picture of a 1¾lb Roach caught over the weekend by local 6ft 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.
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 1¾lb 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 bait’s 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 7½lb 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. Zoe is pictured with her carp.
Coarse Fishing:Here on the coast in mid-wales the weather has been very mild, sunny and dry with virtually no rain at all.
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 4½lb Mirror.
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.
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 6½lb 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 4¾lb rainbow on a fritz just in time for a barbecue!
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 being caught on 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 ½lb 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 ¼lb 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 it’s 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.
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 ½lb 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 ¼lb Mirror caught by Gary Lawrie of Cardiff.
Through the actions of the Fishery Owners and some regulars we have now established a Nine Oaks Fishing Club, fully insured and operational. The club is now seeking additional members and club members will have some special benefit’s 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 it’s 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.
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.