The new group arrives safely , so first things first, lets get to know each other.
Right, first up is Rog, AKA Dodge or Wal, then theres Ken, AKA Wal, and lastly Paul ,yep you guessed, AKA Wal, so there we have it Team Wal.
Apparently the guys have fished some of the well known waters in france including Rainbow and Cassein ( this must be like fishing in the bath at home to these guys ) but rated it as one of the nicest venues they have fished, which says a lot about the amount of work John and Jan are putting into the place.
Anyway back to matters in hand, Dodge dropped in the outlet, Ken into the point and Paul into the slip , let the games begin.
This is now becoming the norm at the moment, as the weather once again conspired to fool the fish into thinking they were into a different season and spawning was once again on their minds, proving once more they would be hard to catch.
The lads worked hard and were rewarded with 5 hard fighting fish between them , with Dodge picking the first one up , a 16lb common, float fished in fizzers.
Paul then managed an 18lb common from the left hand margin of the slip, followed by a 26-11 mirror again from the left hand margin.
Fish number 4 and 3rd for Paul a 22lb mirror tempted from under the oak tree along the left hand margin in the slip, an area that is already proving to be an early hotspot.
Dodge managed to tempt a beautiful 15lb unmarked common from the moat which surprised him with the fight it gave him, a comment that has been remarked upon a number of times before about the lakes inhabitants.
Oh Wal, week over , but once again the lads will be back again next year , hopefully to more settled conditions.
I think that most lakes in france could do with a spell of settled weather to get the activities of the fish and other aquatic life back to normal. The sudden changes in conditions from early last year has meant that the fish haven’t really had the seasons expected to carry out their normal feeding / spawning activities along with the natural food sources appearing at unusual times. This year saw the lake go from freezing conditions straight into a week of summer without the usual warm up season of spring then straight back to cold, turning the lives of the carp upside down.
Hopefully that settled spell is now with us and the lake will be ready to give up some of its gems for the next visitors, oh yeah , that would be me , mum and dave again , happy days, roll on june.