With the snows and heavy frosts of January 2010 only the occasional “Hardy” angler has ventured out and so fishing has been slow.
Unlike the Trout anglers, Coarse anglers seem to be hardier or more determined to fish regardless of the weather. Local anglers have had some slow, but good sport and surprisingly before the snows were still taking the occasional Carp on floating Bread. A Tench was caught in the House pool in December along with some good Bream and cracking Roach. Meanwhile, the Main Lake has produced Carp to 14lb and many around the 3½lb mark, mainly on sweetcorn. As expected the staple fish has been the Roach with Many ½lb+ coming out. Most anglers are trotting in the flow from the lake feeder. Ground baiting with a mix including hemp helps to improve catches.
Although we’ve had enquiries about night fishing none have been brave enough to try it especially during the recent cold and snowy weather.
23rd, January:All the Trout and Coarse Pools are now clear or ice. The Coarse pools House and Novice are ice free and the Main lake has this morning become cloudy indicating that the fish are on the feed again.
While the first half of December 2009 has been was very wet and the latter half very cold the few anglers that braved the weather had some lovely Trout with the “catch & release” lads having some blistering sessions. The best was 10 fish to about 3lb taken on a short tailed cats whisker or white fritz with Montanas,Orange frit’s and the like all doing well.Following the very cold weather when the lakes were frozen over with 4” of ice; Trout fishing continues to improve. Most anglers are catching Rainbows and Blues about 4-5ft deep in the 2lb range with bigger fish occasionally. Afternoons, with an overcast sky regularly produces the goods. Any easterly winds certainly makes fishing hard. Small, wet flies, nymphs, montanas and the like are regularly the consistent wet flies.
The hardier Coarse anglers have been determined to fish regardless of the weather sitting out in all weathers. Regardless of the weather sport has been good with up to 50 Roach to ½lb and before the snows were still taking the occasional Carp on floating Bread.
Since the ice and snow have departed Carp have been caught again with a few on floating bread, the best so far have been in the 8-9lb range and one “good un” being lost at the net. Bream to 2lb Bream and good Roach have been the staple sport as you would expect with some ½lb+ Roach regularly being caught. Pre-soaked pellets, sweetcorn and worm tipped with sweetcorn being very good and maggots (if you can get them) have been the main bait’s with hemp as ground bait.
In the Main Lake many anglers are trotting in the feeder flow into the lake or fishing from the “helicopter pad” or close -in under the bushes. Ground baiting with a mix that includes hemp helps to improve catches. Ted Cole of Cardigan caught the best Roach at 1½lb. His best session also included ½ dozen Carp with the best around 6lb.
During Rebruary we have had a mixed bag of weather, everything from heavy frosts, frozen lakes and mid-afternoon snow falls to fair weather as the month ends. However, although it has been cold and slow, some good hard fightin’ fish are coming out.
With a few anglers braving the cold they have had some good Trout and bags of fish. The “catch & release” boys have caught up to 10 fish to about 3lb mainly on short tailed cats whisker or white fritz’s with Montanas, Orange fritzs and the like all doing well. Short tailed flies fished very slowly help as the fish are taking very gently and not hitting the flies hard as they would in the summer.
Although the weather has been poor some good catches of Roach and Carp with the occasional Bream and Tench have been caught. Mr Ian Pilson from Wrexham fishing sweetcorn, pellet and the smaller sizes of the new Myokyu Boilies certainly found the Carp in the Main Lake on peg #1 landing over 70lb of fish to 9lb, with Many in the 3½lb bracket. He also had some good Roach. He said that the new boilies helped to sort out the better Carp. Ian, fishing the House Pool caught Roach to 1lb on the small boilies, Carp to 10lb and Bream up to 2lb.
During a day of bad weather, another holiday maker from Oldham had a 2lb Tench from the Main Lake on sweetcorn and lots of Roach on maggots.
The few warm days in the middle of March saw Carp being caught on floating Bread and dog biscuit’s in the afternoons. The best Carp in March was an 11lb 12oz common from the Main Lake caught by Ted Cole of Cardigan on double sweetcorn. Several other doubles have also been landed. A beautiful “linear Mirror” was caught by local angler Nick (pictured upper left).
During early March when we had “cold weather” and heavy frosts, and semi-frozen lakes some good bags of Trout were being landed.
In the latter half of the Month when the weather was generally “bad” With a few anglers braving the cold they have had some good Trout and bags of fish. Two Holiday Anglers fishing “catch & release” had 12 fish to about 3lb across all 3 Trout Pools fishing floating and intermediate lines and trying out a variety of flies. Fish are still taking “gently” or “softly” and a slow retrieve with a fly around 3ft deep does the trick.
At the beginning of April we had a couple of days of Sleet and snow. Then for the remainder of the month the weather has more or less been warm and dry, with the occasional overnight bout of rain towards the month end.
Plenty of good sized 6oz+ Roach have been caught in the Main and House lakes, and often much larger fish too. A 1lb Roach has been caught on sweetcorn in the Novices Pool plus a ½lb Common Carp. Ex Headmaster Chris from Pembrokeshire, had 40 Carp in to double figures from the Main lake by alternating the bait’s he was feeding every 5 or 6 fish caught. Which is a good tactic to change the bait every few fish to keep things “fresh” as this often keeps them looking for feed, and so improves the catch rate and quantity of fish caught.
Robin Hamon, from Lyme Regis, fishing with light tackle had a cracking few days fishing holiday with us catching plenty of good Roach and Carp plus the odd Tench and Bream, and topped off with a large Grass Carp from the Main Lake that he estimated to be around 20lb. Steve Lloyd from Greasby, Wirral also had some excellent sport on the long pole fishing a variety of bait’s including sweetcorn and pellets. On his second day he had a mixed bag of Carp and Roach for over 150lb of fish, with Many Roach approaching 1lb and Carp into double figures. Absolutely exhausted and very pleased with himself, “I’m definitely coming back” he said and promptly booked a week in August for himself and his wife in Craigfryn, our cottage annex!
We have spent the past 12 months twice weekly fishing out the small Roach out of all pools and this has dramatically increased the average size of Roach being caught, with ½lb’ers and above being caught fairly regularly. Small Brown Trout are again in all the Trout Pools and we continue to slowly increase the amount of margin plants around all edges of each lake. In the next week or two the Yellow Flag Iris should begin to bloom and the place should look stunning once again.
During very sunny days of this dry April, Trout have only been landed during the last hour of each day, as the shadows grew longer and the temperature dropped. During the overcast days with slight southerly or westerly breezes Trout have been coming out at all times of the day.
The best flies have been the black buzzer fished about 3ft deep, Goldhead Damsels, Fritzes in various colours, the Cats Whisker or Hares Ear. Many anglers on Catch and Release tickets have done very well landing 6 or more fish in a 4hr session. Most Trout have been around the 2-2½lb mark with the very occasional slightly smaller one. Which have overwintered from an accidental delivery of undersized Trout early last year than the usual 2lb+ Blues and Rainbow stockies that we have.
Since the 15th May Trout many have been caught on Dry Fly during the afternoons and evenings. The surface of the lakes have been smothered in small flies, gnats and so on. Most Trout have been in the 2lb - 2½lb range.
Many Carp have been caught on sweetcorn or luncheon meat. The early mornings and afternoon through to the evening have produced many Carp on floating bait’s such as chum mixer pellets, purina beef circles and similar dog food fished either as pre-soaked bait’s or dry on a bait band.
Most Carp have been around the 4, 5 and 6lb range with Many in to double figures. Some anglers have had 20 or more fish especially in an afternoon. Last month we reported many good sized 6oz+ Roach being caught in all our lakes and this month lots of quality Roach have been caught , again on sweetcorn or luncheon meat, small boilies, paste and cat food. The best has been a 1½lb Roach from the House pool by Mr Lee Whitfield of Widnes.
While the Novices has produced many skimmer Bream and a near 1lb Roach plus some good 4 and ½lb Carp. Mrs Maureen Worrall, of Bridgwater, Somerset, amongst her many other good fish she had a memorable 1lb Roach from the Main Lake, caught on sweetcorn plus many ½lb Commons and Mirror Carp.
Three regulars Peter, Martin and James, from the Pentragalled Arms, Cross Inn, recently fishing floating dog biscuit’s had many good carp about 8” out from the bank; including an 8lb Ghost Mirror, 10lb+ mirrors with the best an 11½lb Mirror and several 10lb commons, while James’ best was a 12lb common.
The young family of Bethan Stevens & James Wilson from Aberystwyth on their first ever trip to Nine Oaks’ fishing sweetcorn or luncheon meat who had a great day catching Roach and some lovely mid-sized carp in the Main Lake (see the photo gallery for their pics). Amongst their many fish caught, Little Elen Fraser had a 2lb Carp while James’ best was a 6lb common and their friend, Chris Pugh’s best weighed in at 11lb with Mum Bethan having her first ever carp too. Not bad for a family day out!
During very sunny days of this dry May, Trout have only been landed during the last hour of each day, as the shadows grew longer and the temperature dropped. On overcast days with light breezes the Trout have been coming out at all times of the day. From the middle of the month Many have been caught on tiny black dry flies.
The best wet flies have been the black and green Viva or Montana fished on a slow retrieve close to the bottom with Goldhead Damsels, Fritzes in various colours, the Cats Whisker or Hares Ear. all producing fish. Most Trout have regularly been around the 2lb to 2½lb mark with very few below this size. During the middle of the month Many Trout have begun to be caught on small black dry flies during the afternoons and evenings. The surface of the lakes have been smothered in small flies, gnats and so on.
Throughout June the weather has more or less been warm and dry with the occasional bout of overnight rain and early July the weather has been a mix of clammy days and overcast days with warm, sultry afternoons as the ambient temperature continues to rise.
Plenty of Tench, skimmers and good Bream are being caught too. Local Grass Carp specialist, Mark Roberts of Ffosy Ffin, fishing floating dog biscuit’s has stalked and landed 2 fish - an 11lb and one at ½lb with bigger fish eluding him so far.
Three regulars Peter, Martin and James, from the Penrhiwgaled Arms, New Quay, who fish floating Purina dog biscuit’s have tremendous sport, just inches out from the bank, while standing behind the many bushes and reed beds that surround the edges and banks of all lakes.
As we go from June in to July the catch rate of Trout ,as expected, has slowed down. Early mornings and late evenings are definitely the best times to fish, as the ambient temperature is cooler and shadows longer. While the Trout lakes are covered with Damsels and lots of other fly life the sunny summer days are not helping the Trout angler one bit. Since the middle of June many Trout have been caught on tiny black dry flies.
The best wet flies have been the black and green Vivas or Montanas fished on a slow retrieve close to the bottom with Goldhead Damsels, Fritzes in various colours, the Cats Whisker or Hares Ear all producing fish. Black & Yellow and other colours rubber legged Daddies are another deadly fly to be fished here. Either fished on a floating line with long leader or on an intermediate line. Our average fish is around the 2lb to 2½lb mark with Many bigger. One angler caught and lost at the net a fish estimated around the 9lb mark.
The lakes are almost algae free, and the aerators built in to the bottom of each lake are on all through the night. The surface of the lakes have been smothered with small flies, gnats and so on and plenty of different coloured Damsels including the infrequently seen “Beautiful Demoiselle Fly” see here for more details about them.