Ben Thomas 60lb
Ben Thomas 53-07
Tam Oakes 57-12
John Hobson 53-08
Andrew Dunning 51lb

June 2017 week ending 10/6/2017

Not so many anglers out this week so lots of room to move about and catch a few from the corners where they rarely get fished for, this is a tactic that doesn’t get used much and its really worth a go.
Three sixties out and a fair few 50s, so i will concentrate on the big fish first.
This weeks top rod award goes to Gaz Oakes in peg 1 on lake 1, Gaz managed a eighteen fish haul to 60-11, he backed the big one up with two 50s and six 40s, he even managed five 30s, wel;l done Gaz top angling. Amy Jenkins had a goo0d week taking fish to 62-09, she baked that up with three 40s and five 30s, well done Amy. Ben Thomas also banked a sixty and managed a 50+ aswell, well done Ben. Jon Boswell joined us late but still managed to bank sixteen fish to 49lb so well done Jon. Andrew Dunning had a 51lber and backed that up with a couple of 40s, and Eric Yeoman also banked a 51lber so well done to both of you. John Hobson had a quite week but did land a 53-08 so that will do very nicely, well done John. Tam Oaks enjoyed had a good session with two 50s and five 40s and even managed a couple of 30s, her biggest went 57-12, well done Tam.
Please remember to bring your photos up at meal times so we can upload them, thank you.
Below are a few tips to make your week  more enjoyable

Moving
The number one mistake has got to be moving too quickly, when you arrive it takes a couple of days just to learn what’s in front of you, if you already know the area from previous trips then that is an obvious advantage but all the usual carp fishing instincts apply, have you seen fish topping, are others catching from the same area, are your baited areas on the right spots? If you have been fishing a peg for 2/3 days and seen nothing or have had no indication or liners then it’s probably time to look for a different peg, knowing when to move is one of the most difficult decisions in carp fishing so give the peg a fair try before you make that move.

Resting your peg
Resting your peg can give big rewards because fish will move onto baited areas with no lines because they feel more confident. Try walking around to empty pegs and bait some deep margins where you can observe the baited area and quite often see fish feeding, When there confident drop a bait on the area, this type of mobile fishing can pay big dividends, some anglers have had 10-20 fish in a week whilst resting their main peg so its defiantly worth a go.

Bait
Most of the bait that goes into the lakes are the Cretelakes Specials, Mainline Cell,  and A2 Creamy Toffee, most of the fresh frozen baits on the market will catch but the three mentioned are by far the most common used at Cretelakes, these baits with good angling ability will not let you down in fact most weeks they produce the top rod and biggest fish. How much bait to use is always debatable but if you’re confident in your chosen area then big amounts usually will out fish small amounts. Most of the big hits i.e. 20 fish plus fall to 20kg plus of bait with some anglers using much more,

Rigs
Use the rigs that work for you in the UK, the carp at Cretelakes can be rig shy at times so it’s always good to talk to the bailiff and see what’s been working for others, pva sticks are always an excellent way of presenting your hook baits. It’s no good fishing back leads or slack lines to a far margin when you’re probably fishing for a single bleep or small drop back, so indication is vital in these circumstances, same applies fishing against snags or weed beds; ask a bailiff if you’re not sure they are there to help.

Have a great holiday and don’t put yourself under pressure to catch a fish of a lifetime or to have a mega haul, don’t choose a peg you would like to fish before you have even arrived, this defies every rule in carp fishing and fish location so keep an open mind. Sometimes the carp gods are kind and other times not so kind, whatever happens on your trip just remember we love carp fishing and just being there is a privilege for most of us, so enjoy your holiday and remember every fish is a bonus.

Monday 12th June 2017