WITH the recent spell of summer-like high pressure, has come an increase in catch reports from our many still waters.
Club member and avid carp enthusiast Nick Drogman enjoyed a bumper 24-hour bag of eight prime carp from Serpentine pool on the Belmont estate.
The carp, all in double figures, topped by a cracker of 18lb 4oz 0drs that fell to ledgered boilies fed little and often.
Since starting this article club bailiff Jeremy Ashall and Mike Quinn have also both reported excellent catches from Serpentine Pool, with the anglers landing six and four carp respectively up to 20 pounds plus.
The distribution of fish throughout the pools has widened with the increase in water temperatures and they seem to be well and truly ‘on the feed’, so anglers will be increasing baiting to capitalise on conditions.
A recent survey on Wrinehill pool in Betley revealed good numbers of carp spread throughout the lake as they could be spotted basking in the sun near the surface during the day.
Having just returned from a session there I am delighted to report a pristine common that fell to ‘zig’ tactics to new club member Stuart Tulloch and a very rare capture in the form of a fully scaled mirror fell to Stoke-on-Trent angler Phil Spendelow.
‘Cat-master’ Mick O Connor also took advantage of the warm weather conditions to target the catfish at Spring Pool.
Two screaming runs during the night led to nothing as both resulted in Mick striking into thin air.
By 8am the following morning, no further action was forthcoming but as Mick started to pack up one of his bite alarms burst into life and he struck into what was obviously a big fish.
A prolonged tussle then ensued and eventually Mick drew his landing net under a 36-7-0 leviathan, Mick’s biggest capture from that water to date.
Micklewright’s Flash near Crewe was host to seasoned river angler Graeme Roberts, who looked to catch an early tench.
Unfortunately the large population of tench proved elusive for Graeme but the hungry carp that reside in this delightful and exciting mixed fishery were more forgiving and he had several fish during the session on light line tactics.
His best of the trip was a stunning ‘ghostie’ that tipped the scales at a pleasing 15-0-0.
A quick look at the weather shows we will likely return to a chilly and wet outlook.
Looks like we will be swapping the sun cream for thermals and the zig rigs for dead baits.