Darren McGuire 50-08
Gary Morrison 49-08
Natalie May 44lb
Darren McGuire 54-08
Tyler Griffiths 51lb

July 2017 week ending 8/7/2017

Considering the weather has not been favourable the last couple of weeks the anglers still done well with eleven 50s.

Top rod this week was Gary Morrison in peg 23 on Lake 3 where he landed a 26 fish haul that included two 50s, five 40s, and seventeen 30s, well done Gary top angling. Darren Haynes had a good week banking 16 fish to 50-06; Darren’s haul included six 40s, well done Darren. Mitch Atwood was another hauler with 20 fish to 57lb; amongst his haul were five 40s and thirteen 30s, well done Mitch. Darren McGuire had an excellent week on lake 4 taking three 50s to 54-10, and what was equally impressive was the eight 40s he banked as well, top angling well done Darren. Alan Moore managed to bank eighteen fish including two 50lbers; he also banked four 40s and eight 30s, well done Alan. Tyler Griffiths got amongst the big girls with a 51lber and backed that up with a 40+ so well done Tyler. Natalie May had a good week banking four 40s and seven 30s, well done Natalie. Charlie Barnett was another angler to bank four 40s so well done to you.
Lots of other anglers had multiple catches of 40s so well done to you all.

A few tips for anglers coming out in the next couple of weeks.

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.

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. Top rod this week used 50kg of Cell and landed 26 fish.

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.



Tuesday 11th July 2017