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Fishing and Catch Reports during 2014

Stories of the Fishing in 2014:-

Each Year's Catch reports:- 

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January 2014:

Coarse Fishing

Mark checks his net of Fish Mark with a lovely 2lb Common Carp. He had several of them

26th January: Although much milder than usual at this time of the year, the tougher anglers are catching some cracking Roach, and the occasional Carp. One angler, fishing with 8mm white chocolate boilies tipped with sweetcorn spent the whole day catching 1-1.5lb Bream from the Main Pool, plus catching and losing one or two good Carp.

16th January: The very wet and windy conditions aren’t deterred the hardier anglers. Fishing with sweetcorn a rod length out, from the "helicopter pad" in the Main Lake has produced upwards of 60 Roach to ¾lb. with Many 6 or 7oz each. Chris, a retired Headmaster from Pembrokeshire, finished his day with stacks of Roach, then went stalking mid-afternoon and finishing up with 6 Carp to roughly 8lb. Meanwhile, Ted from Cardigan, fishing Mussel or prawn has had good Carp and also plenty of quality Roach from the House Pool.

Trout Fishing:

An Orange Montana, fished very slow, has produced some good Trout, even when the weather has been damp and blustery. At this time of the year, Cat’s whisker’ish flies have generally produced some great sport.

February:

Coarse Fishing:

Mark, a local angler with his 14.5lb Common Carp

25th February: Still windy and frequent showers, some heavy. However, the water has a good colour indicating that the first are moving and feeding. Two boys (about 7) and their Dadhad a cracking day today, fishing with flat method feeders and small white chocolate boilies they had many Carp with lots about 4-5lb, beautiful Roach ½lb+ with Many 6oz or so. Best fish was an 11lb Ghost Mirror. The dad described it as "brilliant."

21st February: The rough recent weather beginning to abate a few more anglers have begun their first sessions of the year. Most fish have been caught on sweetcorn with the bulk being good sized Roach with the occasional Carp. With the margins being clear most fish have been a caught a couple of rod lengths out.

Carl, a visiting angler, using a pole at about 6 meters has had plenty of quality Roach and no Carp. Local angler, Mark, also fishing sweetcorn had mainly Roach, no skimmers, and 11 Carp with 4 around 5lb each. Just as dusk was closing in he changed bait to small piece of curry flavoured luncheon and fished in the margin on peg #2. After a good struggle he landed this beautiful 14.5lb Common Carp. Click on image to enlarge it.

Trout Fishing:

Ok, so the weather’s cold and blustery, however an Orange Montana, Red Montana, White Rubber Daddy, fished deep and very slow, all have produced good Trout, even with the weather as damp as it’s been the Cat’s whisker or similar flies have also produced some great sport.

March:

Coarse Fishing:

Fallon with her lovely Koi

18th March: yep, better weather and brighter conditions when Carp were once again caught on the surface with floating bread. Meanwhile, Fallon fishing sweetcorn caught her fish of choice and a pb too - a lovely Koi estimated at 4lb and pictured left.

8th March: A blustery morning and fine afternoon, but the fish kept on coming. Some nice Carp around 10lb and plenty of good sized Roach with Many around ½lb’ers. Main bait has sweetcorn or small white chocolate boilies tipped with sweetcorn fished on a half method feeder with small amounts of ground-bait regularly going in.

4th March: Although it has been cold and frosty recently plenty of quality Roach 6oz and over coming out on sweetcorn or cooked mussel. One or two nice Chub are being caught from the House Pool, and plenty or Roach and small Carp from the Novices Pool. On the occasional sunny, warmer afternoons some excellent sport has been on floating bait’s, for Carp to 10lb, in the Main Lake on Bread by stalking the Carp or on dog-biscuit flies cast on a Fly Rod.

Trout Fishing:

8th March: Continues to provide some great sport and lovely clean, hard fighting over wintered Trout in stunning condition. As previously stated using Cats Whisker, Apps Bloodworm, Damsel Flies and Nymphs have had all provided some great sport catching and decent catches on C&R of up to 10 Trout a session, from all Lakes fishing about 3ft deep. 2 fish bags average at 4.5lb. One angler has reported catching up to 24 Trout in a single C&R session.

April:

Coarse Fishing:

Aaron Symons from  Gwent with a stunning Mirror Aaron Symons from  Gwent with a stunning Mirror

18th, April: Lovely weather and bright conditions when the Carp are, as usual, being taken on the surface with floating bread and dog biscuit’s. Plenty of quality Roach (over 6oz) on sweetcorn, maggots and frozen or fresh mussel (PLEASE NOTE: NOT Mussel found in Jars of preservative). Worms and all other traditional bait’s scoring well.

Trout Fishing:

30th April: Hi, Jonathan Worrall, I’ve just returned from fishing the trout lakes on the complex three times in the last week, and have been blown away by the standard and condition of the fish and the fishery. I took eleven fish the first trip, six the next and ten today all on short sessions. Fish averaged between two and three pounds and took everything from bibios to cats whiskers. Will definitely be back soon, highly recommend the fishery. Jon

May:

Coarse Fishing:

Visiting angler, Mike Shenton with a cracking Common from the Main Lake Visiting angler, Dave Mervyn, also, with a cracking Common from the Main Lake

16th May: Lovely weather. Great numbers of good Carp to 14lb on floating bait’s such as dog biscuit and bread. All margin fishing with standard bait’s such as luncheon meat, sweetcorn banded pellets etc catching plenty of Carp and other species. Nice Chub and fair sized Barbel and loads of 6oz plus Roach and nice Bream and skimmers. Several anglers catching several 12lb+ Carp and 30 or more in a session. Better fishing in the afternoons and evenings.

Local angler, Carl with one of our hard fighting Barbel. Our Barbel are growing nicely

12th May: poor weather blustery and heavy showers. Plenty of Carp on floating bait’s and margin fished luncheon meat. Biggest in the past week has been a 14lb Common, with several anglers catching 2 or more 12lb+ Carp in a session. Some superb Roach taken with Many ½lb plus, a few Tench and a 2lb Chub. All the usual bait’s working well, especially regular light feeding in the margins making the effort worthwhile. Generally Good fishing in the mornings but generally the better fish being caught late afternoon onwards. Please remember, if trying mussel DO NOT use any from jars, only fresh or frozen.

Trout Fishing:

16th May: Trout fishing still good but has slowed with the recent bright skies and warmer weather. The lakes are covered with Masses of small flies afternoons and evenings. Damsels etc. all scoring well.

12th May: Trout fishing very good with almost all anglers catching their limit within their alloted times. Damsels etc all scoring well. Spooned fish full of tadpoles and various larvae

June:

Coarse Fishing:

Night Angler, Lewis with another nice Common from Main Lake 24hrs Angler, Keanu with his cracking hard fighting Common from Main Lake

28th June: Finally and at last, the Carp seemed to have stopped spawning. Poor weather earlier in the month seemed to have stopped them in their tracks. Now that the weather has turned lovely, there are plenty of Carp in the margins, and others sunning themselves on the surface.

Floating bait’s give tremendous sport, especially early morning and afternoons onwards through the evening. Having said that, plenty of good, hard fighting Carp, cracking Roach, some Tench and quite a few Barbel from the margins on traditional bait’s, and Bill’s favourite - the frozen Mussel with which he caught his best Barbel to-date in the Main Lake.

24hrs Angler, Lewis with a lovely Common from Main Lake Night Angler, Keanu another cracking hard fighting Common from Main Lake

27th June: email from night anglers Lewis Smith, Keanu de Klerk and Jason Smith: We would like to say that our 24 hours fishing session at Nine Oaks Fishery was truly an experience of a life time, with over 100 carp between three anglers in the space of 24hrs ranging from 3-10lb. The lake and all of it’s facilities are wonderful. The fishery is well maintained and clearly very well looked after. The fish within the lake are pristine with not a mark on any one of them.

We were told that the fish thought that they were much bigger than they actually are, and by God this was truly a very good statement. On many occasions we were found with our rod bent to almost breaking point, that only turned out to be a 5-7lb carp that’s a good average for this lake, with fish that are spoken about into mid 20’s this would truly be an experience. We can truly say that we will be back in the very near future of our summer months in the search for the “big one”. Bill and family made us feel very welcome. Many thanks;

Trout Fishing:

28th June: Trout fishing still has slowed with the recent bright skies and warmer weather. From now until the end of August, Trout Fishing, as everywhere, will be poor. Worming and spinning now an option.

July:

No Report


August:

No Report


September:

Coarse Fishing:

28th September: - bright and warm autumnal day. Fishing was slow to start with only a few fish coming out. Carl Halliwell (on peg 3) and Andrew Kirting (peg 7) started catching around mid-day with Andy getting the best of the day - a stunning Common Carp of 12½lb, Pappa Smith also had a good one at 11¾lb and Carl H two a little under 10lb each. Plenty of good Roach around 6 or 7 ounces and a few skimmers. No Barbel, Chub or Tench.

Final results were Carl Halliwell (1st) with 47lb 14oz, Andrew K (2nd) with 39lb 1oz and Carl Worrall (3rd) with 33lb 14oz. Meanwhile, some good Bream, really good Roach and Carp were being caught in the House Pool on worm or maggots.

19th September: Some cracking fish coming out, and excellent Mirror Carp - not massive but stunning conditioned fish (see pictures of young mr Tomos above). All bait’s producing fish, especially "chum mixer" style dog biscuit’s and floating bread. Luncheon Meat, sweetcorn doing well as are maggots and frozen mussel in the margins, where many good fish can be found, especially in the afternoons and evenings. A few Barbel, showing how well they have grown, and some excellent chub; the biggest from Main a smidgeon under 2lb and a 2.25lb from House. House has produced some good Bream up to 4lb, and lots of Roach 1lb and over, plus several Tench. We have started running monthly "Open" Coarse matches. The last one was won by local angler Carl Worrall with a mixed bag of 35lb Roach and Carp. Well done Carl. Next match is on Sunday 28th, September 9am prompt. Check here for Match Results?

October:

Coarse Fishing:

Carl Halliwell with a quality Roach Andy, with one of our growing Chub

15th October: - Well we had nearly 2 dozen kids fishing here this afternoon. With everyone catching, from small Roach, 6oz Roach right up to a 6lb Mirror Carp.

Once we have parental permission we shall post some photographs. See the link below for their photographs.

The screaming and banter from the kids was great with everyone having a super time, and a few when leaving saying "awesome"! Can’t get much better than that? Click the link here for some photographs of their evenings fishing? :-

Caught during a match, a sample of our Roach Carl Worrall with More of our super Roach

14th October: - With the on-set of autumn and cooler weather, Coarse Fishing has begun to slow.

But, quality Carp and some exceptional Roach are still being caught. 2lb+ Bream from the House Pool, and 2lb Chub from Main and House too.

Trout Fishing is good but not exceptional, as he weather cools we expect this to improve greatly.

November:

Coarse Fishing:

17th November: After a few days of continuous heavy rain, a fine day arrived just in time for the next “Winter League” series of matches on 16th, November. What a great day’s fishing! Although he water is clearing showing that the Carp are feeding less and allowing the coloured water to settle and clear. Nevertheless, some good Carp and Roach fishing was enjoyed by everyone. Andrew Kirtley won with a mixed bag of 62lb 9oz and the best fish of the day, a mirror carp of 11lb 8oz. Second was Carl Worrall with 40lb 9oz, and Carl Halliwell 3rd, with 30lb 90z. Next match is on Sunday 7th, December; Draw at 9am prompt, in water 10am.

December:

Today’s silver only match was fished by members of the Ceredigion Coarse Anglers, and a motley crew they are too! Conditions were hard with squally cold rain and hailstones with the occasional lull. But the poor weather did not stop the anglers putting in a great effort. @Andy Weston on peg 4 was busy most of the day with lots of small roach and the occasional better fish. @Shaun Bethel, on peg 6, was also having a good day with plenty of nice sized roach. the odd bream and the occasional unwanted Carp to upset his swim. @Andrew Kirtley, on peg 7, fished steadily all day with quality roach, a bream or two and a nice chub. On Peg 9 was @Carl Worrall, who after lots of moaning and a slow start eventually got the fish on the feed, but alas so did the carp; he ended the day with some good bream and roach. Peg 10 saw the return to Coarse Fishing for @David Butler who looked like a veteran angler with lots of consistency and experience. A special mention most go to @Beth Jones, fishing her first ever match on a terrible day still caught over 5lb of silvers and uncountable Carp, a valiant effort. Final results of this silver only match were:-
1st, Carl Worrall 17lb 12oz
2nd, Andrew Kirtley 16lb 5oz
3rd, Shaun Bethell 13lb 2oz.
A special thanks to Andrew Kirtley for his donation of winners rosettes.

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