Carp Lake Syndicate
The personal bests and the 40s keep on coming, and many members are predicting a 50lb common this season to go with the 50lb mirror in May. However, although our biggest common to date is a fast-growing 47-08, I’m not expecting that we’ll reach this milestone this year. Mind you I was wrong last year when I forecast that the first 50lber would come from the Main Lake!
Top rod as far as numbers of carp so far this season has been new member Terry Dempsey. Terry had landed 26 carp up to October with 13 thirties including 4 forties, and none under 20lbs, all on his own Nutcracker boilies.
Terry Dempsey with a stunning young 30lber that was born at Wingham. Note the unusual ball of scales next to Terry’s hand.
Terry Dempsey with a very dark mirror of 40-08
The other star of the season is Matt Jones. Not only did he break the Wingham record in May with a 51-10, he had a brace of forties on his last 2 night session – a PB English common of 44-04 followed by a mirror of 41-14. Both fish were at their highest recorded weights, so that’s great news for the future.
Main Lake Syndicate
Many fisheries just talk their waters up. I prefer to tell the whole truth. This has been a poor season on the Main Lake, partly because of the latest spring in almost 100 years, then an outbreak of blue-green algae.
Despite being not nearly as bad as on other waters, the latter meant we had to stop the weed-clearing operation. This was particularly frustrating as we’d just invested a lot of money in mechanical weed-raking equipment. This doesn’t just cut the weed but gets it out by the roots, and it had been a great success on the Carp Lake. Next year we’ll be starting the raking earlier on both lakes, plus we’ll almost certainly be treating the Main Lake with barley straw to minimise the chance of getting algae again.
Nevertheless, although we had less tench caught, we had a high proportion of 9lbers landed topped by what we thought was a new record of 10-09 to Mark Cunnington, who had started the season with so many other personal best tench.
I say thought, as one of our carp anglers, Paul Marsh, had missed reporting a spawned-out 10-11 the previous September, and I’ve only just got the photo. I’d like to catch this in late June/early July when it would be considerably heavier!
Paul Marsh with a spawned out September tench of 10-11
Now that the algal bloom has cleared the fish are getting their heads down again, and a number of 30lb+ carp have been caught. Additionally, an increasing number of members are seeing very big carp at close range. However few are currently fishing – the most we’ve had so far on the Main Lake is 8 on 40 acres!
Syndicate Fishery Manager