The swans here are almost as famous as the fishing, and if you have fished here over the years you will have had an encounter one way or another with them. They have become really friendly over their time on the lakes and on many occasions anglers have reported that they woke up with a swan or two in their bivvi waiting for breakfast to be served. They have become part of the family here and know that the bailiff’s are here to help them in their time of need, and many times i have walked out of my door and the swans would be waiting for me to untangle a bit of fishing line or to take out a hook. Because of this bond we have with them, they allow us to handle them without fear of being attacked. So when myself and Darren witnessed the male swan attacking one of his cygnets almost to the point of death, we could not stand back and let nature take it’s course. They are always nipping and biting each other and its almost like watching slapstick comedy when the bunch are all together. But on this occasion the cob was taking it way too far. Continue reading
So far the weather has been fortunately really mild this winter, which means there has been a good few more anglers on the bank than in previous years. It has continued to fish consistently well despite the nights being a little colder and darker. There has been a lot carp on the bank and usually with multiple captures for most anglers. The weather and temperature is playing a massive part in fish behaviour because they are not where they are supposed to be in the water column for this time of the year. Which means they have been feeding more consistently, moving about more and have been in shallower water where it is still nice and warm compared to the rest of the lake.
With the mild start, and mild end too, the carp have had some awesome growth rates this year with some of them packing on 5 pounds throughout the season. This means we have had a nice increase overall to the average weight being caught with a lot of our upper doubles becoming new 20′s. So with that in mind I am expecting to see at least a couple of new ones breaking the 30 pound barrier, and who knows, hopefully a new 40 too?
We are passionate about everything fishing here, and even more so about encouraging the next generation of anglers into our sport. We work alongside many qualified coaches and academies, and today we were joined by one of our regular coaches Nick Watkins. Myself and Darren met them both down on the bank this morning around 9am to start off his lesson and hopefully bank some Crowsheath carp.
Nick introduced me to his new young student Harry Jennings who he was teaching for the day and he told me that he has been working with Harry for a little while now and that he is showing signs of becoming a real natural at fishing. The day started off the usual way with a chat and a cup of tea so we could talk about the swim and what tactics they should be using on their short day session.
Thanks to Luke & Aaron Laverty for sending us pictures of these two cracking mirror carp for our catch report section.
It was the their first time over here at Crowsheath and were more than eager to get some carp on the bank. Before I had even said anything about were the carp had been coming out from, I found them setup in the swim that Jack White & Louis Smith had recently had five 20lb+ carp from. They were fishing opposite the point swim where you can cast onto the bar that runs between the two islands with some great close marginal shelves and some deeper water in between. They were using identical baits which were Nash amber strawberry boilies. The two lads are brothers and by the looks of the mirror carp they caught, they could be related too! What are the odds of that?
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After a shakey start to their session and almost blanking during the first 24 hours, both Jack & Louis were undecided about staying for another night on the banks because it was so quiet. We had seen fish in that area throughout the week and were confident that the fish were still there even though they had stopped showing themselves. We spoke to the boys and gave them a little confidence boost and it was then that they decided to stay for one more night. They were well rewarded over the next 24 hours with a string of five 20′s up to 23.6lb between them both, and Jack has now signed up as a member throughout the winter. All their fish fell to Urban Baits Nutcracker, with most fish coming from off the bar between the two islands. What a cracking session and a very big well done boys! We look forward to seeing what else you can pull out over the coming months.
Kelvin Carnaby has been a regular here at crowsheath for a number of years and has quite a bit of success on the banks. He has clocked up a couple of crowsheath 30′s under his belt and is no stranger to large carp. Kelvin is a painter and decorater by trade and has been working relentlessly for most of this year, so we havent seen as much of him as we had in previous seasons. On this occassion he managed to get the weekend off work and decided to do a whole 48 hour weekend session. He set up on the south bank in one of his favourite swims and was fishing out between the two islands towards the bar and the reeds from the first island. Kelvin managed to catch 3 carp including this immaculate common at 25lb.
16lb 14oz Common for Mark on Solar bait. Was his second fish of the week but Ed nicked one off marks rods while he went to fill up the kettle. Noddy mistake but well rewarded with this one and a cup of tea to.