Well it’s been a while since I’ve had time to update the blog with any catch returns, as we’ve just been so busy this year. Not only have we been very well booked out in both the fishing and the accommodation, but we have moved our horses to the pasture behind the lakes which needed fencing in and a shelter building.
Well back to the lakes… What stands out as I review this update is that the best catches have come to lake regulars. I guess it is the same on your domestic waters, but you get better results once you get to know the water a bit better. Its not a given as many of the first timers also have excellent results.
Well the catfish well and truly woke up and any amount of pellet of boilie had them camped in front of your peg. Belgian anglers Katia Hoorne and Jonas Goosens managed a good haul of cats as well as a few nice carp. Katia got off the mark with the two-tone common at a weight of 48lb 2oz. Jonas certainly managed to tame the cats with fish of 94lb 6oz & 70lb 4oz.
Uk angler Graham house further up the Tortue lake was directly targeting the larger cats and managed to bank another 90lb plus fish at 91lb.
Highlight of the month was a superb 57lb mirror to John Evans on peg 2 of the Croix Blanche Lake. I’ve been looking through old photos to tray and see what weight this fish last came out at but have not been able to identify it…Nice one John!!
May carried on from April as one of the hottest months so far with temperatures beating all records. The second week of May saw venue regular Andy Lear and his mate Tim fish the Tortue lake. Andy slowly built his swim up and finished with some excellent fish including the big common, which was at its lowest weight for a good while at just under 45lb. He landed over a dozen fish with mirrors to 35lb plus and a 43lb catfish.
Rus Jaggers and Darren Dodde both got amongst the carp at the end of May. The duo both managed braces of 36lb mirrors with other back up carp and the odd catfish.
Another venue regular Steven Breitsprecher and his mate Lee Cotterell both fished the Tortue and had a superb haul of carp to over 45lb. Between the pair they banked over 48 fish including two 70lb plus catfish. Not to be outdone Dutch angler Arno Lubbers on his second trip this year already to the venue had any equally impressive haul of carp and catfish. His best carp was a 50lb 5oz Mirror, with a total of 22 other mirrors and commons including a further fish over 40lb and 2 catfish to 30lb plus. (I’m currently waiting for photos from these two groups as their total for the week was over 70 fish to just three anglers. A real red letter week.
Belgian angler Rudy Coussens was on peg 6 the following week and he had a really good week, with over 50 runs. His tally included carp to 38lb 8oz and catfish to 33lb.
The following week saw young Dutch angler Bob Van Leeuwen visit the venue on a two week work experience. Initially he set up on the stock pond, from which I had already moved around a dozen of the stock fish to the Tortue Lake. He was soon rattling up the captures of both carp and grass carp and we soon had the tally of over 30 twenty pound plus mirrors relocated to the Tortue Lake. The odd one quickly started to put in an appearance on the banks.
That middle week was Dutch anglers Eric Willmse and Erik Berne fish the venue. Both had nice catches of carp with Willmse landing the twotone common for its third sortie of the season at just 45lb, as well as 15 other carp between 24lb and 33lb.
Erik Berne and his mate on the opposite side of the lake landed both carp and catfish with mirrors and commons over 30lb and catfish over 50lb.
Young Bob on peg 13 managed to land a few too with carp to 33lb.
During June the weather broke somewhat with several very violent thunder storms and a number of days of rain. July has kicked off in a similar vein, but more of that in the next update.
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