Our Fishing Update

Oak Lake is Packed full of Carp to 30lbs and these are coming out on fishy boilies, although sweet corn and hemp are still standby favourites. With sensible rigs and the correct tactics for the day, you will catch.
Swallow lake is dominated by smaller carp although they are growing and there is often 8lb and 10lb fish on the bank. The record for this water this is 11.5lbs
Admiral Lake has seen 20lb and 30lb fish on the bank.
Hare and Silver Lakes support between them some twenty four spices of fish with the trees forming sheltered swims and natural coves and islands with their different forms of reed and sedges. They all create natural features to watch and wonder at. Will a fish be waiting there?  Rings ripple on the surface as a fly evolves and a fish jumps to capture it.  Watch the flycatchers and long tail tits call to their brothers and sisters then flitter amongst the plants and bushes. A shrew with its pigmy tail out straight behind and its long nose out straight in front runs across the front of the swim, its little legs going so fast that it looks like the body is hovering over the bumps in the grass. Then the float disappears. Too late, the angler forgot to strike and the hook is bare. Was it just a little fish or a specimen pumpkinseed, a North American perch with a red or sometimes a black dot on the gill line, a feisty small fish at just over 8ozs?
On the bank there is a new form of fisherman and I can report seeing this specimen now on several occasions. He comes in different shapes and sizes, normally in the late teens to early thirties, however there are a few older ones but they tend to be a little scarcer.  It seems that this angler enjoys his fishing but has evolved from society in which he lives and works to the extent that he has to be in contact with his work mates, his friends and all of his family all of the time no matter what else is going on. He is just too busy to concentrate on anything around him. He is easily identified because of the phone that is stuck to his ear or you may notice that his thumbs that are always sending text messages.
One such specimen fisherman was sitting on a stool with his tackle around him in what can only be described as an untidy manner. His rod was on a rest and he was fishing with a float near to a pad of water lilies on Hare Lake. He was wearing a pair of trainers with baggy trousers, a chequered shirt and green fishing jacket with lots of pockets. He had a phone stuck to his ear. His left arm kept waiving around as if conducting a fantasy orchestra. His float went under and his line went taut and pulled at the rod in the rest. This specimen fisherman jumped up quite quickly with his phone stuck to his right ear, being right handed, he then danced, first with one leg and then with the other, over the rod. With his left hand he picked up the rod and pointed it vertically to the sky, then proceeded to dance, one step forward and two steps back, working the fish away from the lilies. Three steps side together side. His left arm was now pointing the rod behind him and the fish was close to the bank side and so was he. Not remembering his dance steps or the fact that he was still on the phone and he still had to land the fish, he took two fatal steps forward. His phone hit the water first as his left hand described a complete arc in the air with his rod following the movement. His face hit the water before any of his clothing got wet giving him a shock he probably needed.
The fish came off the hook as the line went slack; the rod came to rest on top of the lilies. The specimen fisherman came to the surface and said into the phone stuck to his ear ‘’ I’ll call you back’’. I helped the specimen out of the water and onto the bank. As he dripped and stripped off to put on his dry boiler suit he explained to me how fishing should be about relaxing in a peaceful location and that diving into the water is not only dangerous but against the fishery rules , it disturbs all the wildlife as well as the other anglers.
At Gabriels Fishery, anglers can arrive at 7.00am , go fishing, sit about and relax , picnic and absorb the tranquillity of the watery environment , watch the reed warblers and king fishers as well as the gold crest wrens then catch a pumpkinseed or chub or gudgeon , roach , common bream or perch . Golden tench are a beautiful fish and have not evolved any further than their present perfect form since the geological cretaceous period and yet they are here for us to marvel today.
For those of you who would like to go straight to work after fishing, please note there are hot showers at the camp site, so you have no excuse to leave for work in the mornings, smelling like…..When camping , please  enjoy the roasted marsh mellows but leave hot coals to cool in the fire pits provided.
The River Eden is producing catches of perch, chub and roach as well as a lot of others as the river can. Two brown trout were reported caught last week in the weir pool.