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Year 2007 Fishing and Catch Reports

Monthly Catch reports for 2007

Each Year’s Catch reports:- 

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January 2007:

The Main Lake as it appears during early spring/late winter A 9lb Carp on a cold December 2006 evening

Two good Carp caught recently.

On the right we have an unknown angler from Llanarth proudly showing a 9lb common caught early evening after a very cold night and cold day from the House pool on the 20th, December 2006. The fish was caught about 3ft down in the margins on cat meat. The fish is in superb condition. While every where around us is frozen our lakes were ice free as they frequently are throughout winter!

Bill Stafford with 6 3/4 Grass Carp caught 9<sup>th</sup>, December 2006

A 15½lb Common was caught on the 10/12/06 on a large lobworm close to the bank

Also left we have Bill Stafford of Llwyncelyn, who on the 9th, December 2006, caught this 6¾lb Grass Carp in beautiful condition from the Main Lake. This is an unusual fish for this time of year. Bill was fishing with a single sweetcorn fished with a small open ended cage feeder filled with a carp enticer mix along with sweetcorn. Bill caught the fish on the first clear day after a long period of heavy rains and some very stiff winds. On the same day another angler had a 15½ Mirror on lob worm also from the Main Lake.

Using his regular methods at first light on the 19th December, Bill Stafford had 10 Carp in 45 minutes!


Fish4Wales Spring Series 2007

Match 4 Nine Oaks, Aberaeron - 25th Feb 2007

Match Report:

Fish4Wales’s 1st visit to Nine Oaks for a full match was a success, even if the weights were lower than we had anticipated. For the second time in a row this match was a sell out with the maximum 18 fishing.

Nine Oaks favourite from recent visit’s was Brian Bevan, who had commented only the week previously that it’s the Angler and not the peg after once again having great success last sunday on peg 1, and may have wished he had stayed quiet after failing to finish in the top 5 today. Tony, also practicing on Peg 13, was having a very good day, and that peg at least stayed on form for this match.

Today the wind was very cold and quite strong at times making the long pole quite difficult and with the tow also not helping presentation bites were hard to come by, but for a few there were some Carp to be caught. Many of us myself included hooked and lost carp and the biggest for the day falling to Malc Hawkins weighing in at 6lb 10oz.

Congratulations to Malc, scoring a section win and 3rd overall at the same time from difficult to fish peg 6 with it’s over hanging trees, but hey Mal thats where the carp want to be, so maybe the pick up will ease the blow of all those rigs caught up in that tree. Steve Davies one of our recent new members was best adult on the day landing a respectable 19lb 13oz from the washing machine peg, well done Steve showing Dean and Chris there are fish in that peg, but it was a junior who showed us all how it’s done today, after drawing in form peg 13 Ryan set to work and annihilated the majority of the rest of the field finishing top rod on the day with 26lb 11oz recording his 1st F4W win and posting his highest match weight in the process. Well done Ryan, who says 13 is unlucky.

Results - Overall
position name Peg Weight Championship Points
1. Ryan Hughes 13 26lb 11oz 10 (junior)
2. Steve Davies 12 19lb 13oz 15
3. David Butler(Nine Oaks) 2 16lb 11oz n/a
4. Malc Hawkins 6 6½lb 14
5. Tony Wale 3 12lb 13
6. Geoff Walker 11 11lb 9oz 12
7. Brian Bevan 11 11lb 9oz 12
8. John Hopkins 6 8lb 4oz 10
9. Terry Windschaffle 7 7lb 9
10. Paul Blackmore 16 6lb 8oz 8
11. Jeff Hollidge 5 6lb 3oz 7
12. Bill Stafford (Nine Oaks) 10 6lb n/a
13. Keith Fellowes 4 6
14. Nick Williams
(Sponsored by GOT Bait’s)
18 3lb 11oz 5
15. Ieuan Davies 14 3lb 11oz 5
16. Dean Gifford 1 2lb 13oz 3
17. Luke Bamford 8 2lb 1oz 9 (Junior)
18. Calvin Hughes 17 1lb 5oz 8 (Junior)
Sections results:
A section
Peg Name Weight Position/Points
1 Dean Gifford 2lb 13oz 4
2 David Butler (Nine Oaks) 16lb 11oz n/a
3 Tony Wale 12lb 1
4 Keith Fellowes 3
5 Jeff Hollidge 6lb 3oz 2
B section
Peg Name Weight Position/Points
6 Malc Hawkins ½lb 6oz 1
7 Terry Windschaffle 7lb 4
8 John Hopkins 8lb 4oz 3
10 Bill Stafford (Nine Oaks) 6lb n/a
11 Geoff Walker 11lb 9oz 2
C section
Peg Name Weight Position/Points
12 Steve Davies 19lb 13oz 1
14 Ieuan Davies 3lb 11oz 4
15 Brian Bevan 11lb 9oz 2
16 Paul Blackmore 6lb 8oz 3
18 Nick Williams 3lb 11oz 4
Junior Section
Peg Name Weight Position/Points
8 Luke Bamford 2lb 1oz 2
13 Ryan Hughes 26lb 11oz 1
17 Calvin Hughes 1lb 5oz 3
Biggest Fish was won by Malc Hawkins with a 6lb 10z Carp.
Here are the results of our previous match:-
pos’n name Peg Weight
1. Brian Bevan 3 ½lb 1oz
2. Calvin Hughes 11 10lb 13oz
3. John Hopkins 4 8lb 1oz
4. Keith Fellowes 10
5. Dean Gifford 6 3lb 12oz
6. Nick Williams (GOT Bait’s) 5 3lb 6oz
7. Chris Barber 11 2lb 7oz


Coarse Fishing:

Steve Davis from Burry Port with a 6.5lb Ghost Mirror from the House Pool Kalvin Hughes with a 7lb common

On the left we have Steve Davis of Burryport with a 6½lb Ghost Mirror caught in the House Pool on 19th February 2007. Float fishing in about 6ft of water 1 rod length out from the bank using sweetcorn.

Recent catches have included a 9 3.4lb Ghostie on floating Chum mixer by Daniel Pearson of Llangollen. Many other good carp have been landed using floating or surface tactics during the past couple of weeks.

At this time of the year winter fishing also includes regular catches of tench! Recent matches have been won by Fishf4Wales team member Brian of Burryport with ½lb 1oz of Carp and Roach on Pole tactics at about 11m. Best individual junior catch has been this 7lb Common by Calvin Hughes of Briton Ferry. It First was his first time on our lakes and was captured using size 16 hook with 3lb hook length on a pole with a bait banded pellet.


Coarse Fishing:

young Harry Studt of New Quay (Wales) with a 6.5lb Common Carp. Paul Wells of Burryport, Llanelli with a 10.25lb common caught late in the evening which is a good time for Carp at Nine Oaks

Fish are generally coming out from all over the lake. Curry flavoured luncheon meat and chum mixer pellets and floating bread are certainly bringing out the better Carp. While, maggots has been excellent for the Roach. Andy James from Tonteg, Mid.Glamorgan caught 4 Roach each well over the 1lb mark.

14yr old Daniel Pearson (from Llangollen) has had many doubles and near doubles over the Easter Weekend on Chum Mixers. His best of the week being a 10½lb Common (pictured).

Our aerators are on from 2am for awhile and then each afternoon for 1½hours when margin fishing is superb after the floating bait’s have been pushed towards the lake’s edges. The best fish over Easter from the main lake has been an unknown 20lb Common Carp caught by Trevor Thomas of Ton Kenfig, Cardiff.

The best from the House Pool has been a 10lb Common plus many good Bream up to ½lb being landed.

We won’t be netting the margins of the Main Lake again until after Easter. Since our last netting two weeks ago fishing has been really good with Most anglers having some excellent fishing!

Trout Fishing:

On the Trout lakes, after last years maintenance work on two of them, fishing has been excellent with Morning and evenings being best. Most anglers have bagged up with pink Damsels being the best fly. Most fish have been near the top until lunch time when fishing gets hard and then it improves as the evening shadows begin to grow longer. Best fish over the weekend has been a 3½lb Rainbow.


Trout Fishing:

Mr. Lawrence Crossley of Warrington while staying in "Craigfryn" filed the following Catch ’ Release return after fishing on our Trout Lakes during his one weeks stay.

Fishing 2 hours each morning and each evening his catch return read:

Sunday AM = nil Sunday PM = 6 Total = 6
Monday AM = 6 Monday PM = 10 Total = 16
Tuesday AM = 4 Tuesday PM = 1 Total = 5
Wednesday AM = 4 Wednesday PM = 2 Total = 6
Thursday AM = 7 Thursday PM = 6 Total = 13
Friday AM = 7 Friday PM = 3 Total = 10

Total for the week = 53 Trout caught and released.

The best fly patterns were a white headed Tadpole and a pink Damsel.


No report made


Coarse Fishing:

John Conlin from Leeds with his 23lb Mirror Chris from Leeds with a nice common

Following the hot weather in April our Carp spawned very early, consequently we closed our Main Lake for 6 weeks to give the fish a chance to recover. Since then the best fish so far has been a 23lb Mirror caught by John Conlin of Leeds off the "helicopter pad" and an 18lb Common. One angler from South Wales fishing very close in had a blinder of a day landing a total of 41 Carp in to double figures. His tactics were to sit well back from the bank with the rod butt on a rest and the rod tip resting on the edge of the fishing platform. He fished 18" out from the bank in 2ft of water.

Best times of the day are early mornings and after 4pm when the "dinner bell" rings and fishing on the top with floating bait’s, bread or dog mixer pellets, can be awesome. Some super bags of Roach in the ¾lb range are also being caught with the occasional Tench up to 3lb. Very few Bream have been caught.

Chris from Leeds with a nice common

The Novices pool continuers to produce plenty of ¾lb Commons and Mirrors with the occasional heavier fish with the best this year being a 10lb Carp.

Plenty of Carp are being caught in the House Pool with the best around 12lb, best Bream so far weighing in at 3lb. An exceptional Roach bag included 12 over the 1lb mark with the best at 1¾lb. In the first week of July a local angler caught and lost at the net a huge Roach estimated at well over 2lbs! Since January Tench have been caught regularly on sweetcorn!

Best bait has been maggots for the Roach, and Paste, Sweetcorn, Luncheon meat especially curry flavoured and Cat meats for the Carp, Bream and Tench with Bread and Dog mixer pellets as floating bait’s for the Carp.

Trout Fishing:

At the end of August 2006 the Weir lake was drained and left empty for some months before replanting it and then being re-stocked earlier this year. Since then Trout Fishing has been pretty good with some really hard fighting Blues and Rainbows coming out mainly on wet flies, buzzers, damsels, hoppers etc. and tiny black dry flies during the last hours of day light.

One angler had a good 2lb+ Blue that went about 2/3rd's the length of the lake before it could be turned - that’s hard fighting!

The other two lakes, Pallen and Derwen, have also produced regular sport with Trout in Derwen having a preference for something with a little pink in it! Again, mainly wet flies. Most Blue and Rainbow Trout are in the 2-3lb bracket with the occasional bigger fish.

Fishing costs £10 for catch and release (barbless or de-barbed hook), £14 for 2 fish, £18 for 3 and £24 for 4. Best bag so far has been 2 x 3lb and a 3½lb Rainbow. Not huge fish but good sporting fish well worth the effort.


No report made


Coarse Fishing:

Young Mr Hanniby from Flintshire, 6lb Grass Carp Cliff Hanniby from Flintshire, double figure Carp from the Main Lake

The best fish in recent weeks has been an unconfirmed 21lb Common from the Main Lake to one of our junior anglers and weighed by some night anglers. Plenty of good Carp are coming out on all lakes along with Bream, Tench some excellent Roach and Grass Carp. Main bait’s have been Luncheon Meats, floating bait’s (bread, pellets), maggots, Marine Halibut and black slugs.

On friday 7th September, Mr Reg Clinch from Berkshire had a wonderful day on the house pool fishing just off the Lillies with Many fish being caught. His catch return of notable fish reads:

  • 2lb Tench,
  • 4lb Koi,
  • 7lb Common,
  • 2 x ½lb Roach,
  • 3lb Tench,
  • 3lb Carp,
  • 2lb Roach,
  • 1lb Bream,
  • 2lb Carp,
  • 1 ½lb Bream,
Mark Roberts from Aberaeron, 14lb Common

The Novices pool has produced some excellent fishing with consistent sport with good Roach and Carp for most anglers.

During National Fishing Week in early July over 100 anglers were introduced to fishing with everyone catching and all youngsters going home with a free rod and rig!

Trout Fishing:

Trout fishing continues to be hard with plenty of fish feeding on small white flies but reluctant to take a fly!


Coarse Fishing:

One of our smallest Grass Carp, caught by Daniel Pearson of Llangollen, on floating chum mixer pellet at 4lbs. A 14lb Common for 14yr old Daniel from Llangollen

What can I say? Coarse Fishing has been excellent all summer and in recent weeks with floating bait’s (especially Bread and Dog mixer pellets) and Sweetcorn of curry flavoured Luncheon Meat on the bottom have been the best bait’s that have consistently produced some excellent fish.

The recent best has been a 16lb 2oz common followed by a 14lb 6oz Common and today (28th, October more doubles including one at 12lb). The last time young Daniel Pearson (pictured) was here the average weight of his Carp during the whole of his holiday was 7lb per fish! Excellent by any standards.

A 10lb Common for 14yr old Daniel from Llangollen.

Best bag was on Friday 12th, October when Mr Savage from Newtown, was fishing on the end of the promontory using bread and various pellets, including Halibut, he caught no less than 39 Carp plus some good Roach; with the best Carp being a good double. Another angler, on the same day, fishing floating bread from the Helicopter Pad caught and lost a really good Carp when his size 10 Raptor hook was straightened during a good fight!

Several good sized Grass Carp have also been caught on Floating Bread and Dog Biscuit from the House and the Main Lakes. Bream to 2½lb on Maggot plus some fine Roach around the ½lb mark with the occasional Tench have also been landed.

While the weather is still relatively warm floating bait’s all around the fishery have been really producing the goods with Many anglers reporting their best fishing sessions ever!

Trout Fishing:

Trout fishing continues to be hard with plenty of fish feeding on small white flies (Canis) but reluctant to take a fly!

Trout are now cruising just below the surface with fry frequently jumping. Best time has been 1 hour before sunset. Best recent bag has been 4 Trout for 9½ with the best individual a 3½lb Rainbow from Pallen by young holidayer Harry Brooker from Brackley, Northants.


No report made


Before year-end 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.

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