Catch Reports

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23rd Oct Olly Jones managed a nice mirror of 22lbs from the Channel swim around 10pm on his first trip here, and I believe there was a fish out of the Moat on Sat night of 18lbs, otherwise the carp got the upper hand with two fish being lost in the Snags swim, and one from the Boathouse on Friday mid afternoon. Water is fairly clear currently. Not many fish showing during the daytime, so perhaps we will have to wait and see what happens after the first decent frosts arrive !!

19th Oct Stephen May ended up ith 3 fish banked and two lost, fishing over to the far side from the Snags swim. Ste used between 8-10kgs of 10mm and 15mm Pacific Tuna boilies, all rehydrated in Tuna LO30. Although that sounds a lot of bait, he was on for 4 nights so its only around 2.5kgs per day, and he feeds mornings and evenings so its not really that much. If you're getting bites then the rest is almost certainly being eaten. I managed to join him for a couple of nights, dropping in next door in the Moat for the storm on Monday night. I managed a very plain looking mirror of 21lbs around 2am. The Tuesday night was so very different, we had an amazing sunset, fish started rolling for an hour, then stopped, and it was one of the quietist nights I have ever spent on the bank, not a breath of wind, or sound from birds or animals, or even fish ! Tom Gibson who was on with Bev Clifford at the weekend, managed an upper double mirror from the Moat on Sunday night. This weekend looks promising, low pressure, good winds forecast tomorrow, so finger crossed for a couple of the big girls to show up. I personally think it will be after the first few hrad frosts that we start to see them, but lets wait and see what happens.

15th Oct Its been pretty quiet all week, despite good winds but slightly higher pressure may be to blame ?  Paul Ryding was on for 48 hours in the Moat for his 7th visit, and when he lost his first ever fish on Friday morning he was begining to wonder if he woukd ever get on to the bank. However at 7pm he landed his first Blakemere carp, a fine mirror of 21.06, then at 11pm he followed it up with another mirror of 15.02 and finally again at 4am he  landed a common of 22.04  so was an extremely happy angler packing up on Sat morning. A few fish boshing in the dark last night, but otherwise hardly any fish showing during the daytime. Stephen May is on for a few nights and managed his first fish just on dark last night from the Snags, with a mid double mirror.  Weather looks great for end part of the week with pressure falling and very strong winds.

9th Oct I was away fishing in France last week, so the following report is based on those who contacted me to say they had caught. Andy Remelie had an upper double mirror from the Moat.  John Buckley had 'H' the common at 27.04 after having lost two fish to start, then made up in style with a mirror of 24.14 from the Boathouse . Nathan Burrows had a mirror of 21.02 from the Pads. Chris Onions had a mirror of 22.12 from the Stumps. Mark King had an upper double from the Snags. CraigRidge also had a mid double zip lnear from the Boathouse. If you caught and are not on here please let me know. The oxygen levels are back to normal now, and were at 5.3 mg/l at 7.30am on Sun morning, compared to barely being at 2 mg/l a fortnight ago, so the aerators are off for the time-being. One thing about fishing a week long session, is that you realise how incredibly challenging it is to catch a carp in only 24 /48 hours. Fish on pressured waters, know when they are being fished for, and last week was no exception. The lake would seem devoid of fish at times when it was full, then as anglers left fish would show up in numbers within 24 hours and clean up all their bait !! However, we are entering a period of the year where it is definitely ''easier'' to get a fish from Blakemere, compared to June - August. I have been practicing my photographic skills on my new camera, and if you catch a decent fish around mid twenties upwards and want a photo, let me know and I will come and do it, if I am around and have time. There's no charge, I just like to see my fish, and so many anglers who do manage to catch a decent fish, leave without any good shots to remember it by, so I will come out as much as I can.

28th Sept  2 mirrors of 16lb and 17lb out from Herons view last night to Nick Cooper, both on bottom baits, which seems to be against the grain somewhat with the majority of anglers fishing pop ups, so well done Nick. Conditions looking spot on this weekend with plenty of rain last night. I am away to France tomorrow morning at 6am, so anyone due on tomorrow onwards for a week won't see me. My wife Nic, will be around whenever possible, so please let yourselves in and close the gates behind you, and let me know if you catch. You can text me (my numbers on the unhooking mats and both mine and Nic's numbers on the booking confirmation form).

27th Sept Mark Barton has now had two fish from the Moat, a lovely dark mirror of 19lb followed up with a zip linear of 21lb at 1am this morning so is enjoying a good session with 12 hours left to go, after having blanked on his previous 7 visits, so well done Mark !  Two fish lost from the stumps yetserday around 3-3.30pm 

25th Sept Bit of a wierd weekend in some ways with fish showing quite well on Friday then getting quieter as the weekend went on. Joe Charnock dropped into  Herons View on Sat morning for a quick 24 hours, after seeing fish there when he arrived. 20 hours later he hadn't had any action at all, when within an hour he had three runs, sadly only got one mid double fish to the bank. Kevin George was in the Channel, and had experienced some aborted takes and missed runs fishing red maggots. Finally he struck into a fish, and ended up landing a 5lb Eel which is very big by todays standards !  The rain came down Sunday evening and all night, and the lake rose by 1.5" and is now flowing out of the outlet pipes for the first time in over 5 months.  If we could just have a couple of frosts, and some big winds with low pressure we will be away. I saw Gary Denmade as he was packing away inthe rain last night, and he ended up with a mirror of 17.08 from the Snags, as well as losing a better fish. Matt Tesler had an upper double mirror from the Stumps this morning as i was chatting to him, so well done Matt on your first Blakemere fish.

21st Sept One fish out yesterday morning to an angler in the Stumps. Fish had been showing there consistently and he was finally rewarded just before leaving, having spent two days previously in other swims with fish all around. There's still plenty of life about, with swarms of daphnia still in the sheltered bay by the aerator this morning, and also lots of snails about which love to eat the dying lily pads at this time of year. You can sometime hear the carp 'slurping' at the pads to get the snails off if its quiet. Water temp is down slightly to just under 15 degrees.  It's forecast to go down to 4 degrees tonight, and I'm sure once we have had our first few frosts things will cick off for us as usual.

18th Sept Callum Boyd came on for a few days and headed for the Moat. On his second night he had a slight surpriese when he landed a small mirror of around 5 or 6lbs. This fish is from the stock pond, and has escaped, I think quite a while ago when one of the wire meshes covering the pipes got dislodged by the coots. I have no idea if any more escaped, so I apologise if you do catch any stock fish of this size. I am going to leave him in the main lake as a comparison against the stock pond fish which are fed daily, to see the weight differences, so if you do catch a small carp please take some photos of it, and weigh it quickly for my records. Thank you. Cal managed to bag a mid double mirror on his last morning so was happy enough with thsat. I didn't see the anglers last night so not sure if anything was out yeasterday. 

15th Sept I managed to sneak in behind George and Joe, and do a couple of quick overnighters, working during the day and resting the swim. I put about 3 kgs of B5 out the first night, even though I knew the lads had put in at least the same during the previous 12 hours, and had nothing during the night before leaving the swim around 7am. Then on Tues night when I returned the swim was alive with fish rolling and fizzing. I flicked out a bottom bait with a pva bag of 6 shellfish B5 boilies and had a lovely scaley mid double mirror around 20 mins later. Then around 6.30 am I had another mirror of the same size from a spot about 2/3rds the way across. The fish will start to get their heads down now for the next few months and hopefully put some weight back on quickly ready for winter, so its one time of year I'm not afraid to bait heavily.  Jason Hunter was in the Channel swim for a few days and had a very quiet time, up until the last 12 hours of his seession when he had 3 runs,  unfortunately losing 2 to hook pulls, but he did manage to land a mid double in the end. Quite a few fish boshing at nighttime currently.

10th Sept Peter Barton came on for his first time and managed a 16lb mirror from the Snags on Sat.  There was another fish lost from the snags today. Joe Ogden had a mid double from the Moat on sat morning, and lost a fish this evening due to a hook pull.  Joe is paired up with his good friend George Jones- Dobbs. George lost a fish around 6.30pm this evvening then made up for it with a lovely linear of 20.02 around 7.30pm.They have put a fair it of bait out over the last 36 hours so it looks good for them tonight with 4 runs coming within the last two hours before dark. John Dixon had a fsh of 18lb from the Channel swim early this morning. Water temp down to 15.8 degrees and still clearing each week.

6th Sept Martin in the Boathouse had a mid double mirror at 6am this morning, and shortly after 8am a good fish was lost into the pads from the Channel swim next door. Lots of fish rolling in front of the Moat and snags swims this evening, both of which are vacant tonight.   More rain forecast over the next 3-4 days coupled with some very low pressure so hoping to see some more fish on the bank this weekend. 

5th Sept Well, the recent rain has kicked things off finally. Nick Bennett came on this morning and has had 4 runs in the Snags swim almost on each hour between 1pm and 4pm this afternoon. His first two bites resulted in fish of 17 & 18lb then he lost his third fish, which was much bigger as he couldn't stop it kiting around the corner of the snags. We managed to get all his gear back in the boat, and due to my barbless hook rule, the fish had shed the hook long before we got to it. Then in the midst of the downpour, he had a fourth run resulting in a fish of 21lb. There were loads of fish fizzing like crazy and rolling quietly down in front of the Moat and the Snags when I went round at 5pm.

4th Sept I had a very excited angler on the phone at lunchtime today, saying he had a large fish in the net. I set off with camera, tripod and scales, down to the pads swim, where Mateusz Kopytko had been on since last night. We got the mirror outand weighed and photographed before slipping her back. It turned out to be The Frog, and well spawned out too at 25.14 so it will be another 6-8 weeks before she gets back up to full weight and possibly past her heaviest of 32lb.  Sp after having no fish for nearly a month we have now had 4 in a week.

3rd Sept Luke Thompson had a low double mirror from the Pads this morning. There were loads of fish rolling and boshing all over the lake last night, and a lot of bats flying low over the lake (giving plenty of liners !!!) which would indicate that there was another large hatch of some sort. The air temp was much cooler first thing and water temp just a fraction under 16 degrees. Water is also clearing gradually so I expect to see catch reports building up gradually over the next few weeks. Nice to have some wind and rain today, feels proper carpy after still and sunny days.

29th Aug Nick Cooper came on yesterday and went into the snags and had a lovely half linear mirror this morning at just over 25lb, probably oa named fish but won't know until I see the photos later, but he said it was still slightly spawned out. Loads of fish in front of the Moat fizzing like crazy. Perhaps we will start to see some more fish out over the next few days, looked proper carpy this morning, fresh wind after the rain, and overcast.

28th Aug Hands up to Mike Gospel, who this morning saved us from going a whole calendar month without a fish when he landed a mirror, and new PB from the pads swim at 24.09. Mike got up early and re-cast his rods and received the take within ten minutes so a massive well done Mike on your new PB, especially as we have only had two fish lost so far this month. The fish have continued to show, lots of fish boshing in the pads, but also showing mid way across from the bBoathouse, and off the back of the island. The temps in the mornings are starting to drop, and as they do we should see catches improve as we move into prime Blakemere time over the next 6-8 weeks and onward into winter. Due to be warm and dry with fairly high pressure for the rest of the week, so hopefully we will get some rain and low pressure once we get into mid September.

22nd Aug Well we have had another fish lost this weekend at 4am on Sat morning from the Moat swim, so we are getting closer !  However if we go another week it will be a month since the last fish was actually on the bank, so even for our usual slow summer period its a little quieter than normal. Thats probably contributing to the lack of catches too, as only one angler on last night for a quick overnighter, and a couple on tonight. Water temp is just at 17 degrees and mornings are definitely cooler so the fishing should get better over the next month ahead. Fish are still quite active, they are jumping and rolling so they are obviously feeding, just not on little round balls. It might be worth someone giving the worm or maggots a go. We do have Eels which can be a pain but they generally come out at night. Pads are clearly starting to die back, going brown around the edges and breaking off in some places. I do love this next six months on the mere, and I'm really hoping for a few surprises this Autumn and winter. see you soon.

11th Aug I'm currently on holiday in France with the family, but spoke to Woolly this morning and found out that we still havent done any fish as of yet this month. So, since 17th of July (almost a month) we have only had one fish out and one lost, despite having some very good summer conditions and plenty of shows of fish. Autumn isn't far away however, and I'm sure once we get into Sept and October we shall see the fish appearing once again. Its interesting that Marbury mere is also fishing hard, yet Ossmere is doing a few fish, as they are both glacial meres within 5 miles of us. I look forward to the autumn and to seeing some of the fish this winter and hopefully a few new thirties and fingers crossed for our first 35lb + fish. See you all soon. 

29th July I have had a lovely bunch of lads on for 3.5 days this week.  They have seen loads of fish, had plenty of rain, tried every tactic in the book, and enjoyed their time despite only one fish coming out to Paul Greenall in the Snags swim on Friday lunchtime. Paul had a mirror of 19.11 off a baited area in the middle of the lake. Only a few fish showing tonight so perhaps without so many naturals about they may be catchable !! The air was fresher this morning, and almost had an autumnal feel to it, and it wont be long until we get into our best months once the summer is out of the way, as its yet again proving to be the hardest three months fishing on the mere.

25th July It's been a fruitless week since my last report, with just one fish getting lost from the Stumps swim on Friday night. We have had two big displays, one on Friday night in front of Herons view and the Boathouse, and last night in front of the Reeds and Snags swims, where fish crashed, and slurped and rolled as there was a huge hatch of midge pupae. On both nights, the anglers fishing these areas failed to get a bite, however the spectacle of seeing so may fish almost makes up for it, especially if you have been here a few times and not seen many fish, its a real eye- openener as to how many fish are present in front of you at times, without you even knowing!! I'm sure it will stay quite hard, as it has done over the previous summers, until the days start to cool and we move into Autumn. The average daytime temps are starting to fall over the next week, and we have a few rainy days along with some lower pressure on the horizon, so lets keep our fingers crossed that a few fish grace the bank at some point over the next few weeks.

17th July Marc Minshall went into the Pads swim last Monday when we had the short spell of low pressure and rain, and had a great session, landing two fish of 13lb and 15lb as well as loosing two more which was a shame. He was followed in by another angler who lost one and 'got done' twice.  This weekend passed without any fish at all, apart from a few eels and roach to guys fishing maggots and worm. I have dyed the lake again today as the algae was getting really bad. Unfortunately with the first attempt, the results were short lived, but this dye is from a different supplier so I'm hoping it will work longer, and I have only had to put a fraction of the amount in. It certainly has spread out well and the lake looks great this afternoon. Last time we dyed it , the fishing really picked up, so fingers crossed once the algae dies off and the clarity improves, then I'm hoping the fishing will too. 

10th July With the blistering hot weather over the weekend, it wasn't too much of a surprise to hear that no fish had been out except for a Tench from Herons view, and plenty of silvers etc to the guys in the Moat who are bit bashing whilst waiting patiently for the carp. There have ben lots of fish up in the channel, I even got them going on the floaters last week, mainly fish around the mid double sort of size with one slightly larger one amongst them. Hopefully with the rain we have had all day, on and off since 4am this morning, and a whole day of rain tomorrow, combined with a drop in pressure, it should be good for a bite, and certainly the best condtions we have had for the last few weeks, so fingers crossed to all those out these over the next 48 hours.

8th July We have sadly lost the fish known as 'The Pretty One''. It was found unwell about two weeks ago and we placed it into the tock pond. She was bloated and full of fluid and I thought after 48 hours of her surviving we had past the worst but she popped up yesterday sadly. She had clearly been hooked at least once, possibly twice very recently. Always a shame when its one of the A team, and hopefully another new thirty will take her place this winter. No fish out this weekend so far.

4th July David Gilbert had two more fish on his last night, weighing 14lb and 13lb so unlucky to have 3 small fish but thats the way it goes sometimes. Two fish lost from the snags from the middle area of the lake, one of them felt to be a bigger fish, and one low double to davids son Lee, who as in the Moat. So, overall they had 6 runs in three nights which isn't too bad at this time of year. Interestingly enough, 3 of those runs came within minutes of each other at around 2am. Last night there were quite a few fish literally boshing out of the water around 10 pm or just after, but no doubt it will be different tonight as its seldom the same for two nights running !

3rd July  Well despite fish being seen in numbers on Sat evening its been a pretty quiet weekend, with David Gilbert having the only fish out at 16lb from the Reeds swim, and one other fish being lost from the Pads. Lots of bloodworm coming in so its a matter of tempting them off that somehow. The Pretty one hasn't bobbed up in the stock pond which is great news so I'm hoping it will recover fully and can go back into the main lake at the end of Autumn.

28th June Joe Massey had been in the Moat and was walking the long way back round after packing up when he stopped in the Pads swim for a quick look. We had an easterly wind blowing down there, and after ten minutes Joe had seen half a dozen fish rolling on the top very subtly which was enough to convince him to stay for an extra night.  It's quite unusual to see fish roilling in open water at this end, but like everything else in carp fishing there are never any hard and fast rules, and he saw plenty more shows before it went too dark. Around midnight Joe hooked and landed a new 25lb + fish, one he has now named 'Jurgen' and weighing in at 26.08 so nice to see new fish still coming out over this weight at this time of year, and bodes well for the autumn / winter. Weather has been more carpy this week, with some much needed rain, and water temps currently at 17 degrees.

26th June Apologies for lack of reports, its been a combination of me being away working, the lack of fish being caught, and the fact I have no internet at home as I'm changing providers !  Anyway, I'm enjoying a nice Cappuccino whilst i use Starbucks free wifi to get this update done. Stuart Stanton was on at the weekend and had a mid double leather at the unusual time of 1pm on Sat afternoon !  James Patrick had a fish of 21lbs from the pads at 12 noon yesterday morning after I had been around. I was away in the mid part of last week so I'm not sure if any fish came out then, but it has been quiet, generally, which is nothing nusual at this time of year given the conditions. We have a weather front moving in this week, bringing some much needed rain and lower pressure so that may switch things on, but we shall have to wait and see. Darren Griffiths was in the Snags on Sat and pointed out a fish just hiding in the pads next to the platform. It obviously wasn't quite right and I went over to get the boat, Darren managed to get it into his net, and it turned out to be the Pretty one. I took it over to the stock pond and it looked very bloated, as if it hadn't spawned so I ''stripped it out'' and removed a huge amount of fluid, along with a few tiny eggs. I spoke to Viv at V.S.Fisheries and he said it maybe a kidney issue which is causing water retention. Anyway, thanks to Darren its in the stcok pond and now 48 hours later still appears to be alive so fingers crossed it survives and can come back inot the lake later this winter. I did notice that it had a couple of small tears on its lips, so there was a good chance it had been hooked and lost, once if not twice and the stress of this pre, or post spawning may possibly have been anough to cause the issues. The path round the far side is now complete and I have put some bivvy screws out on the platforms so please put them back if you use them. Thank you.

17th June Well as the hot weather continues it's proving to make the fishing quite tricky, however as always with fishing if you're out there, then there's always a chance no matter how small the odds are. Dan Hepworth came on Wed and went into the Moat for the day but ended up moving up to the pads later on in the afternoon. Nothing occurred overnight, but a short feeding spell for an hour just after 9am saw him bank 3 fish of 19lb, 20lb, and 24lb so a very welcome outcome for him. Geoff Aspinall has just had his first Blakemere fish with 'Nyeve' at a spawned out weight of 24.02 from the Reeds swim this morning, so well done Geoff.

12th June Kyrie Smethurst came on for a quick night last night and went onto the Channel swim. Between 9.30 and 10.30pm there were fish rolling over most middle areas of the lake. Kyrie managed to bag a small fish of 16.08 around 2am so was happy enough when he left this morning. Not quite so many fish showing this evening although its a bit earlier as I write this.

11th June We had a lovely bunch of guys on from the Bentley motors factory in Crewe over the weekend, from Friday morning until today, but despite very carpy looking conditions the fish didn't seem to play ball. One fish out to Toby, from the Stumps at 18lb, and other than that just a tench and an eel, as well as one other carp lost from Herons view on Friday, so a little bit dissapointing. I'll be treating the lake again tomorrow with some more dye as its possible the algae is starting to return as its gone a bit cloudy.  Path round the far side is now finished, just needs a smooth top coat later on when its all settled down.

8th June  Andy Barton moved yesterday afternoon from the Moat over to the Boathouse. He had already had a fish of 17lb from the Moat on his first night, but had seen lots of fish in the middle part of the lake showing in late evening, so decided upon a move which turned out to be a good one, as he landed a fish known as Ash at 27.00 around 4am this morning. It's down nearly 4lbs since last caught prior to it spawning so I'm really happy to see that, and the fish are now feeding and will start to build up their weights again over the next few months. I have neary finished the path on the far side, and will have it done by tonight.

6th June After a successful spawning period, the fish have had a good rest, and its given me time to re-do the Reeds and Snags swim so they are both all decked out so you can bivvy up behind your rods, providing you bring some bivvy screws. I have started on the path and should have it finished on Wed, so I will be going behind the Stream and stumps swims on Wednesday with the dumper and whacker, so please be warned it will be a little noisy whilst i'm there. No fish out at the weekend that I know of. I was away Sat night and by the time I got home on Sunday nnight everyone had gone bar two fishing on through Sunday night. I do know that two fish were lost from the Sangs swim. Conditions looking about as good as they get this evening with low pressure, weterly winds and rain and warm temps. Wish I could be out there n ow but sadly I can't tonight.  Still should be good for a few days more despite the pressure going back up slightly tomorrow. Tight lines all thoe lucky enough to be out there this eveninig.

24th May We have now closed as the fish are spawning, and they are reallly going for it all over the lake. They are spawning down by the tree with the lifebouy on, in the pads by the Reeds swim, under the snag tree by the moat , loads of fish down in the pads at the far end, and also in the pads along the margin between the boathouse and channel swims, and to the left of the channel swim behind the island, so fingers crossed they go at it for 3 days solid and all the fish then still have a good weeks rest before I let you back at them !  Stephen May came on last Sunday for 48 hours and ended up with 3 fish in lcuding Sally at 26.06  She is almost identical to Tubs, but it was definitely her, and also had a brace of 19's as well as lsoing 3 fish. One was a straight hook pull after a few seconds but one was due to a double take, with Stephen believing the fish he was aplaying had gone through his other line. Obviously the 2nd fish got in the pads and despite me getting the boat out it had ditched the hook. Then on his final morning Ste lost a fish which he described as the most powerful fish he has ever hooked (including catfish) and despite palying it for ten minutes and keeping it out of the pads, it had flat rodded him on several occassions and ended up straightening the hook. As I said to Stephen, as I do to many, I would never fish smaller than a size 6 and make sure you use good quality hooks. I won't go into any more detail as he's done a video diary piece so you can see his anguish on screen soon. I've also banned three anglers who have left rubbish bags and cigarette buts and joints on the swim, I don't allow drugs, and I don't tolerate litter, so please take note. see you all soon.

20th May Ryan Waters moved from the Snags into the Stumps yesterday and had a low double early this morning. Paul Clark ended a fantastic session in the pads after catching a mid double early this morning, followed by a repeat cappture of Nyeve at 27lb (his previsous pB)  and another lovely mirror of around 16lb to leave with 4 fish landed and two lost, but a very happy angler. Andy Remelie is trying out his new founded secret ''Blakemere Rig'' which caught him a tench alst night, then a fish or 19.10 and one this evening of 16.08 so its working well. Water temp is 15.5 degrees. Very warm temps of 20-23 degrees forecast every day this week with no rain so theres a very good chance they will start spawning by the end of the week. I'll keep a close eye on the lake and let you know as and when it happens. Its usual to have a few blank days before it happens as they comletely switch off and anyone booked on will get refunded for any time left they have on.

19th May Mark Cunliffe came on Wed and spent the night in the Snags without success, so upped and moved at 6am into the channel where he had a low double at 7.30am. Then when the anglers left the Moat at lunchtime he moved all the way back around, just for a few hours before he left, and was rewarded with 2 more fish from the Moat, both being upper doubles , so well done Mark great effort and a just reward for staying so mobile. Paul Clark has just had Shadow Scale at 4.30pm this evening (Friday) from the Pads, at a PB weight of 30.04 so well done Paul and its been 14 months since she last saw the bank so thats even better. Water temp was over 16 degrees this afternoon before it started raining, so we are getting closer to the 18 degrees needed for them to spawn.  Warm days ahead, but rain too , so I'll just keep the site as well as FB updated every day.

16th May Nick Cooper went into the Snags for 36 hours and had a very leathery looking upper double to start with, then followed it up with a fish called the Pretty ONe at 27.08 which is slightly down in weight. Nick said it had a hookhold on the otherside of its mouth where it had possibly been hooked and lost recently and may account for the slight drop in weight. Water temp was only 14.5 degrees yeaterday so we are still some way away from spawning, certainly until we get some sunshine and heat to warm it up again.

15th May MIchael Hodgetts came on last night at 8pm for a quick overighter as his first trip, and had a common of 12lb from the Moat during the night. Then around 6.30am just before he was due to be off, he managed to land a fish know as 'The Frog' at 33.00 on the nose, a fish which last saw the bank back in Dec 2015 so thats great to see it up in weight and looking immaculate. As many of you regulars know, its not unusual to have many of the fish go over a year or two (some even longer) without capture, so its a special moment when they do appear. So well done Michael !  David Anderson has a nice Mirror of 22lb from the pads at 7.30am so well done on making the move yesterday from another swim.

14th May  John Buckley caught 'Ash' from the Moat at 11.15am yesterday weighing in at 30.14 so goes home this morning a happy man, and deservedly so. Colin in the pads lost one and had another lovely linear of 18lb around 3am. Water temp still at 14.9 this morning, but fish are starting to be a little more active into dark as the light fades around 9pm onwards.  Still time for some of the A team to show up before they spawn. The angler in Herons view, pulled in a right tangle of lines all wrapped up around an eel of approx 2lbs. There were two rigs and leads wrapped tightly behind its head and after cutting away at all the line for five minutes or so, he was able to slip back the eel which swam off gingerly, but intact. If you lose a rig with lots of line, or a spod / spomb with braid, please tell me (it happens to us all so don't worry) and I'll get the boat out when the swim becomes free and try and recover it.

13th May Steve Hall left this morning and told me how he had been well and truly 'done' in the night. Receiving a single bleep, followed 20 mins later by another Steve came out to find his bobbin right down so tightened up his spool but the bobbin kept falling back, so he wound in to find that he had been picked up and the fish had dumped the lead and spat the hook. This occurence is happening all the time, and is one reason I'm sure that those trickling the bait in catch more fish, as they keep coming back and feeding. Putting only one hit of bait in  sees the fish come in, clear you out then leave your hookbait on its own. Also I have had a number of anglers fishing with line so slack its drooping from their rod tips and drooping between the eyes of the rings. Now unless the fish swims in the opposite direction you're not going to get any indication at all, so I would advise at lease a ''semi-slack' approach so that last part of the line is on the deck, and you'll have half a chance of seeing if you get any liners or pick ups at least . The water temp stayed at 16 degrees all day yesterday, but with the rain and cool new westerly wind has dropped down to 14.9 degrees this morning. Colin Campbell came on last night for his second visit, and managed to get into the Pads jsut as Joe was packing up. He lost  common early ths morning but followed it up at 5.30am with a lovely, yet unusal Mirror of 24.10 that has a tiny dorsal only a few cm's long, then a gorgeous looking dark Linear of 23.04 at 6.30 am. 

12th May  MIchael Conely was fishing in Herons on Wednesday and produced its first fish in ages with a 20.04 mirror so well done Mick.  Steve Hall from Crewe is in the Stumps and had had a small common of 14lb this morning at 6.15am as well as losing one yesterday. Joe Massey also had a common at 6.15am from the Pads swim this morning, although somewhat bigger, when he broke his PB common with the 'S' common at its heighest weight of 33.00 so well done Joe, its not been out for 8 months so a great result. Joe was fishing a kd rig over about 3kg of manilla boilies to the far side. PLease try and ensure you lose your lead, especially if your fishing in the pads swim as they will get into the pads if they can. I also found a couple of zig rigs hanging up in a tree, both with barbed hooks on. Now I don't know how long they have been there, or if they had been used, but please be aware its strictly barbless, and, as its my number 1 rule if you brake it you will have to leave. As the water gets warmer - its 16 degrees this morning, please ensure you keep the fish out of the water for the absolute min of time, get all your camera gear ready, use the water buckets, and please take your time releasing them and make sure they can swim away strongly, so you can catch them again in the future. Thank you. 

10th May Connor Virtue had a lovely mirror of 25.10 named 'Jabba' which has  not been out for 16 months, along with and a common of 18.06 from the pads swim around 7.30pm yesterday fishing with the Spotted Fin catalyst boilies. He had lots of fish down in the pads so hopefully he may have had another one or two overight. I managed to get out quickly, getting down around 9pm and fluked a small common of 16.04 out from the Moat. I'm hoping to get back down tonight to catch its grandmother !  My fish came at 3.30am (very considerate ) and there were loads of fish boshing until 4.30am when I finally got back to sleep. It went very cold last night and we actually had another very early morning frost. The water temp got up to 16.4 degrees yesterday afternoon but was down to 14.7 at 7am this morning. We have rain coming in tonight and tomorrow, so we will have to see if the water temps drop or stay stable. If they reach 18 degrees for a couple of days the fish will most likely start spawning, even though we would be two weeks ahead of normal. I think we will be ok this weekend, but if your planning coming next week please keep an eye in here and our facebook page which will be updated reguarly. 

9th May  Not seen half the anglers this morning as they were all tucked up as I went round early, But Ian Birchall was awake in the pads and had just landed his second fish of his session. Unfortunately it was the second small fish weighing in at 11lb just a pound less than his first. The pads does seem to throw up good numbers of fish but I think the smaller ones are there in numbers and simply get onto the bait before the bigger fish. It was otherwise quiet, which was a little surprising as it had fished so well on Fri and Sat then apart from a decent fish being lost on Sunday, its been very quiet except for Ians brace. Water temps are up afters Sundays sunshine, going from 12.9 up to 14.6 degrees. The fish normally require the water to be 18+ degrees for a couple of days, so we are still a little way off, especially if the cold easterly wind blows like it did last night !!  If the fish start pairing up I'll let you know, and we will close once they do start spawning and refund any anglers that are on at the time. We will be shut for one to two weeks depending on how well they spawn.

6th May Well its all starting to kick off now, rather like the same week we had in May two years ago, as the fish go on the feed in order to bulk up before spawning. Matt Huxley has moved onto fish number 6 from the Moat, the biggest being 28.08 with a fish named T-Bone, and lots of fish rolling in front of him as it went dark, so I'll be very surprised if he hasn't increased his total by the morning. Ryan waters has had a lovely scaly fish of 16lb from the stumps, one of my favourite fish in the mere, then followed it up with a new PB of 27.00 with a fish called 'The M&M fish'  so well done to Ryan who is understandably buzzing. Hats off also to David Anderson in the Reeds who has only been fishing for just over a year, he stayed put and has finally caught a stunning scaley of 18lbs, so well in there David. Hoping to see some more of the A team over the next few weeks, (especially If I mange to get out this week !) Thats now made it 10 fish in the last 24 hours, and nearly 30 fish in the last two weeks.

5th May Well the Easterly winds are still blowing, meaning its pretty chilly out, but it hasn't put the fish off. I commented on a facebook post yesterday how the Boathouse hadn't done a fish for ages, then as I walked round last night there were loads of fish rolling across on the opposite bank. There were thousands of midges out, and some large sedges, and plenty of bats too, so no doubt some major hatches going off which may be why the fish were so active. They tend to be showing between 8.30 and 9.30pm but not much in the daytime.  Simon Carrier went into the Boathouse last night and was watching the fish but was having trouble getting all the way over to them in the wind. Anyhow he excitedly rang me just after 10pm to say he had broken his Blakemere duck, and I went down to do some photo's for him, and his lovely clean looking mirror of 21.06.  Matthew Huxley went into the Moat and had 3 fish, the first was a very small common of around 9lb which we took out to go into the stock pond, then at 3am he had a leather of 17lb and at 8.15 this morning followed it up with a 19lb mirror so a great start in his first 12 hours of his session. Full today so hopefully see some more fish off this weekend. May can be a very good month, and it certainly looks to be so this year, possibly due to the dye getting rid of all the algae, so I'm really hoping to see some of the big girls this month before they spawn, and a new lake record can't be far away as there are possibly four fish that will pass it next time they come out ! 

4th May Darrin Bromsgrove came on for a 48hour session on Tuesday night and blanked on his first night in Herons view, so when Joe left the pads last night he upped sticks and moved in behind. Despite sitting by his rods until the small hours, Darrin had a couple of short runs which he ended up striking into nothing. He decided this evening to stay for just one more night, so booked himself on from his phone, and some 2 hours later smashed his old PB of 17lb with a fish called Cluster weighing in at 25.14. Darrin fished a wafter across to the far side, and was understandably excited when I went down to do the photos. Well done Darrin, its made all the waiting worthwhile at long last. 

3rd May  Joe Massey come back on for 48 hours and went down into the Pads swim. He fished at night and spent most of the daytime standing right down in the corner watching all the fish just swimming around, the water really is that clear. Anyway he said he enjoyed that as much as the fishing, and I have to agree, having never been able to see the fish, it's fascinating to watch them when the suns out and there's not too much ripple. Joe ended up with 6 runs, landing 3 of 13,15 and 16 all fish coming at night. 

1st May Steve Hall from Crewe came onto the Moat last night at 8pm for a quick overnighter, and had fish showing in front of him as it went dark, right in the middle of the lake. He had a 16lb common at 11.30pm and followed it up with a 21lb mirror at 7am this morning before he left so job well done Steve. Colin Campbell in the pads added 3 more with fish of 17lb, 18lb and a19lb coming at 9.30pm, 1.30am and 2am all on pop ups. I got called out in the boat over the weekend to some ducks in distress under the snag tree by the moat. It turned out that a spod ha snapped off along with around 50m of very thin braid, and both ducks were cuaght up in it. The female was unfortunately already dead, and the braid had actually amputated one of her legs. I managed to get the male out alive, and retrieve the rest of the braid after much difficulty. So please, if you crack off (it happens to us all don't worry) please just tell me, especailly if you have lost some line either on your rig or spod, and Ill get it back so that anglers / fish / wildlife don't get caught up in it, and you get your £11.99 spod back with a bit of luck.

30th April  Not the greatest of conditions with slightly high pressure and easterly winds, however the pressure is on its way down, and with a bit of rain this evening we have managed a few fish. Roy Murtagh lost a fish from the channel on his first night, but ended up with a mid double common on the second to make up for it. Andy Remelie had a lovey apple slice mirror of 20lb around 6pm yesterday from the Reeds swim, and a fish was lost in the Moat at almost exactly the same time.  Colin Campbell had a nice two tone mirror of 22lb at 2pm this afternoon on a single white pop up, and as I made my way around tonight, Kamil Przybylski was just finsihing playing a very large common on the stumps swim, which turned out to be H at an all time high of 30.08 and another thirty for the venue as it was 29lb last time it was out nearly a year ago. That now tsakes us to 11 thirties.     Kamil had already lost two fish this morning in the pads, but he was using inline leads and backleads, so I told him to put on a lead clip and dump the lead on the take, and take off the backleads, and despite H going into the pads to begin with he was able to get it out quickly with his new arrangement.   I would actually say that the water is now so clear that zigs may be worth a go, and also floaters. If anyone fancies a challenge then we have never had (as far as I am aware) a fish taken off the top in all the 6 years we have been open, but now the clarity is so good, that might change.

26th April Wow, got back to Manchester airport at 6am this morning to find my car frozen solid !!  sounds like you have had a couple of hard days with the weather whilst I've been away. Lake has cleared amazingly well and is nearly as clear as its ever been. Thomas kyffin was in the pads swim last night and managed a mirror of 19lbs. I had 4 anglers on yesterday who came for 12 hours and sent me an email to tell me they all blanked, saying ''nice place, just needs stock'' to quote them, so may I say once again if your reading this and thinking of coming on, then please realise its NOT a runs water and even the guys who fish it reguarly blank.. We have just had 10 days without a fish, despite being full, then it switched on and we had 5 fish out over last weekend all between 23 and 28, but thats the way it goes. Obviously the weather plays a massive part in whether the fish are feeding, and if they aren't it wouldn't matter if I doubled my stock, you still wouldn't catch them. 

24th April  I managed to get all the dye in two parts last week, and within 24 hours you could see the dead algae collecting on the surface film in the mornings, and the clarity improving. Fish had been spotted cruising in the pads to the left of the channel and in the pads swim, so it as inevitable that after 10 fishless days it would all come good in the end. I flew off to China last Friday and the fish started coming not long after I had left !!  Marcus Morris and his brother Ryan ended up swim sharing in the Stream on Friday night, as we were full with 7 anglers coming on in the evening. Feeling it was a bit tight for two (which it is really) they moved on Sat into the recently vacated Pads swim. Ryan ended up breaking his PB 4 times I believe with fish of 23.05, 23,06, 23.11 and 24.00 and Marcus broke his pB with a single fish of 28.05 so they had an amazing end to their 36 hours trip, well done to you both. They hve sent pictures but due to China not allowing Facebook I'll have to wait till my return to see which fish it was that Marcus had. I also heard that Declan Sarge had a fish of 17lb from the Reeds so the fish are obviously getting into the shallower water now. If anyone else had any fish please let me know by text or email. Hopefully the water will be nice and clear (and blue) by the time I return and I'm hoping for a much increased catch report this summer without any alage to ruin the fishing.

17th April  Well its been very slow to say the least. Hardly any fish even showing, and I really can't say why, I think chatting to some of the anglers that fish the shropshire mere's reguarly say thats the norm with them, sometimes they are just moody !!  The water temp has actually dropped in the last week from just under 12 degrees to just under 11, mainly due to the very cold winds we have had over the last two weeks. High pressure dominating the net few days. The dye is hopefully coming this week and we will see if that makes any difference over the next month. April and May can be two of the best months for carp fishing, so lets hope thats the case this year and temps warm up and the water clears in the next few weeks.

11th April  Stephen May had the lake to himself for 24 hours on Sunday night, and took himself round to the Stumps, which was a brave move given the North Westerly winds that were blowing into him it was pretty dam chilly despite looking like summer to me from inside the house !!  And given how hard it's been fishing, I have to take my hat off to him, as he only fished one rod at night down the left hand margin. He had seen 9 or 10 fish show down there, and had been introducing bait reguarly, using approx 5kgs over the course of 48 hours. He was getting liners too, a couple of quite savage ones where in all honesty he thinks he was probably done, but at first light, around 6am he had a lovely mirror of 24.06. The reason for only fishing one rod was that the fish often kite back along the margin and get caught in your other lines. Ste had lost a very big common from this swim previously, where it ended up wrapped around his middle rod just wallowing on the top a foot out of netting range before just coming off and sliding away !! He also saw fish rolling to the rhs of the Stumps, mainly just on dark or first light, with very few shows in the day. The activity is definitely increasing ,but its how you go about your fishing, and how you feed  that can be the difference between blanking or not. He also told me he had snagged up on something, so after he left it took the boat out with a rope and claw anchor. There wasn't really any snags other than the lily pad roots which are the thickness of your wrist, but he would have been caught up in the couple of hundred yards of line I got back in from at least ten rigs. Quite how anyone has cast down this margin and managed to wind their rig back in is beyond me, such was the extent of lost lines of at least 30-50m in length. Anyway I seemed to have got most of it out, so tight lines, we are getting there slowly. The dye should be here in the next week or so.

8th April Andrew Ward had a 17lb common from Herons view last night just on dark, he had walked the far margin and found a clear patch in the lillies which are rapidly coming up, and got a bait onto it, and had the fish within the hour, so a very good bit of angling for the only fish of the weekend so far. Andrew fished a pop up on a stiff hinged rig. It was again very cold last night with a hard frost and bivvy's and water buckets frozen solid this morning. Sun is up and looks like being a hot and still day. Not great conditions biut at least the water might warm up a bit over the next 48 hours.

7th April  I have been away working since Sunday, but Stephen Wright messaged me to say he had managed a mid double from the Boathouse last Sunday, which was a great result especially after he had come down with a bout of man flu on the Friday and stuck it out. Apart from that I've not heard from any other anglers regarding catches. We had a fish lost from the Channel at 3pm on Tues this week and one lost yesterday morning from the Boathouse. Having been down south, I couldn't believe how cold the North wind was when I went round yesterday evening. It really was bitter, and followed with a frost last night. The water temp is 10 degrees so its hardly risen in the last few weeks, but we have two very warm days ahead this weekend with temps getting set to get close to 20 degrees, along with 11 hours of sunshine !! The water is still a little murky too, not sure if its a result of the chalk taking effect or if its just all the lilly pads pushing up through and the bottom turning over as it does each spring. A few fish being spotted here and there, but hopefully things will pick up at the weekend.

28th March Well done to Darren Griffiths from Wrexham who managed to land our first fish for two weeks, a very clean mirror of 19lbs, and on his first visit too !! Even more encouraging is that it came from the Pads swim, and thats the first fish from there this year, and probably in around 5 months so the fish must now be getting about with the increase in daylight hours. It really is still very cold in the mornings with the wind chill, and although the water is warming up by a degree in the afternoon, its dropping back down at  ight, so its still hovering just under 9 degrees. Warmer  nights in the middle and end of this week should see it push through into double figures and hopefully catches will increase along with the temperature.

27th March Just had a look back through the catch reports to last March (you can go back a few years of you want) and its uncannily similar in that we didn't have a fish for two weeks from 9th -23rd March ! The weather was just starting to pick up, and we started to finally see fish coming out a little more reguarly into early April.  We seem to be a couple of degrees warmer this year in water temps right now, so fingers crossed with air temps of 14-16 degrees for the middle of the week, coupled with double digit night time temps too, we can't be too far away from seeing the next run of fish out. 

26th March Blank, blank, blank, blank, blank, blank, blank, blank, blank. Thats the catch report from each swim this weekend so far.

21st March Nicholas Cooper came on yesterday morning for 36 hours and set up in the Boathouse after having seen a few flat spots on the far margin as he walked around. After a very quiet day, and night, his right hand rod was away at 7am this monring, and he ended up with a pristine common of 21.12 falling to an orange pop up on a withy pool rig. I've just done a couple of nights in th Moat without so much as a bleep, so thats now 7 nights for me this year, and one fish banked, just in case that makes any of you feel any better as I know there's a few going through a tough patch !!  It's still only March and there was a frost this morning, so keep the faith, the fishing will pick up in time. 

19th March After having a weekend of seemingly great conditions its was a little surprising to have to report that no fish have been ot all weekend. We did have one fish lost in the Snags swim early on Sat Morning but that was it. Apart from the Moon phase not being great, it was warm and windy with low pressure over most of the last few days. The water is still pretty murky, perhaps not surprising since storm Doris tchurned it up, and the recent winds have kept the water body moving well no doubt under the srurface layers. The chalking may also be starting to take effect. However I did notice in one of the water buckets where an anler was washing out some bait, there's a huge amount of daphnia in the water already. I'm sure it will kick off soon as water temps continually creep up and are now just under 9 degrees and the pads in the stock pond are just starting to come up off the bottom, so in the next month we should see a big change with everything springing into life. 

15th March I managed a couple of nights out in the Moat with Stephen May, to catch up and discuss the new video, and other new ventures for the future, as well as just have a good social fishing trip with the lake to ourselves on Monday night. We actually saw a few fish show too, into dark as well, as the moonlight was extremely bright. Needless to say Stephen banked a lovely common of 24.04 just as it was going dark,which was surprisingly his first 20+ common from the mere. I managed a very pretty mirror of 17.10 at 3am and one to watch in the future. With all the sunshine today the fish should start moving around more and water temps are now creeping up towards double figures at 8 degrees so a few more sunny days and we will be seeing lots more fish activity. Love this time of year !

12th March We have had the slowest two weeks for some time, perhaps due to the heavy plant work on the railway, or the weather or perhaps something else, however, we have had some fish out so far this weekend, including two fish to Matt Barber in the Reeds swim. These are the first fish from this swim for at least 3-4 months, so perhaps they are starting to move around and get into the shallower water. Matt had mirrors of 18 lb & 19lb at midnight and 3am. We were also honoured to have Emily Blake on this weekend. Emily is the current British Womens carp champion, and she got her Blakemere account off to a flier with a PB common of 23.05 from the Snags swim around 1pm this afternoon. Emily had been baiting off the snags for the last 24 hours little and often with Urban Baits nutcracker boilies and tiger nuts, so well done Emily !! Hopefully Network Rail will finish all their overnight work tonight, and they will be gone within 4-5 weeks altogether.  The water levels have dropped back down and the snags and reeds are both above water now, altohugh it's still very muddy down this end on the path behind the swims.

8th March We are slightly flooded on the Reeds and Snags swims- there is approx 1" of water over the stages so you can still use them with suitsble footwear. Its still very muddy behind these two swims. Please don't turn up in trainers (yes people still do !). We have had no anglers on for last two days, and are closed today as we continue to remove some snags. Network rail are still vibrating their pilings into the embankemnt although I am hoping they will be finished on our side by tomorrow. They will be working on the other side after that, but hopefully it will not be quite as noisy.  Weather is looking ok for a fish or two this weekend.

5th March What a miserable weekend, with rain taking over most of it ! Very quiet on the fish front, just one fish lost from the Moat, however I did see my first carp for around 3 months, when it rolled just off the far bank of the Boathouse, so that was a little bit encouraging, and hopefully over the next few weeks, as temps finally start to rise, it will become a more common sight. Network rail should be finished piling the huge steel plates into our side of the embankment by the middle of the week, so the noise and the vibrations should be a little bit more tollerable for next weekend.

2nd March Its been very quiet since the weekend, after a frosty night and two other fairly cold ones. No bites at all as far as I know of. I get a lot of requests and text etc asking if there's been much out etc, so I just wanted to say that this catch report area is kept very up to date the majority of time, unless I'm away working or on holiday, so if theres nothing new on here, then it generally means nothing has been caught !! Its getting very muddy (due to the recent rain and amount of anglers) on the far side between the reeds swim and the snags swim, so please bring appropriate footwear. I will be stoning this stretch from the otter gate all the way to the stumps, BUT it probably wont be until we close for spawning when the ground is firm enough for us to get machines in, and we have a quiet time on the lake, so please be prepared. I have managed to keep on top of the candian geese this year, and hopefully within the next week there will be none on the lake, apart from the terrible mess they make on the swims, and into the water, they are also exceptionally noisy, especially at this time of year, so it should be a little quieter once the last pair have gone. The railway embankment is being underpinned by Network Rail so there is quite a bit of noise coming from there during daytime working hours, and that might continue for a couple of months but I cannot do much about it apart from let you know in advance.

26th Feb Well its been a windy old few days and the mere is properly stirred up now after having been quite clear in the middle of last week. We were pretty full over the weekend, and managed to see two fish on the bank, one of them a new lake record for Lee Neild fishing in the Stumps when he landed Ivy the big common at 33.08 just before dark on a white pop up. Lee has had mirrors over thirty but had been wanting a big common for a long time so well done Lee, its a fantastic fish to add to your portfolio. Anthony White came on for his first ever trip and landed a mirror of 27.07 from the stream swim fishing fairly close in to the tress on the rhs of the swim. Unfotunately he only got photos of one side of the fish and I really cant be sure which one it is, ( I think it may be T-bone slightly down in weight) but none the less its a great result for anyone on their first visit. One other fish lost from the Boathouse.

23rd Feb  Well storm Dorris has well and truly battered us today, and left two anglers with broken bivvies and having to leave early. Gladly its all passed and we can look forward to a good weekend of angling, even the moon phases are up to 90 and 100% for Sat and Sunday, so along with the low pressure and relatively mild temp there should be one or two fish out. I am away from tomorrow lunchtime (friday) until Sun afternoon, but Rich (Woolly) is on site. He's fishing in the Channel so if you need any help with photos of a fish etc please give him a call on 07932 605501.   James Hatchell came on yesterday and braved the storms today and had an 18lb mirror from the Boathouse swim early this afternoon. Its getting very wet and boggy behind the Reeds and snags swims, so please bring wellies or boots and go easy along this section. Its easier to actually pull your barrow through the small bit behind the reeds and theres less chance of tipping it over if you do. Its on the plans to stone this section all the way along to the stumps once it dries out in the summer and we can get machines down again.

20th Feb We were shut all last week to net the lake, and put 5 tons of Calcium Carbonate (chalk) in, as well as thinning out the snag tree on the moat swim, so the lake was put through a fair bit all in all. That might explain why it fished hard this weekend, but the water is now very clear and all looks to be settling in. There was a fish lost last night from the Boathouse and a 6lb tench caught from the Stumps yesterday so they should be back feeding well this week. Weather looks spot on right now and some rain due in the next few days. For anyone who doesn't know why we chalk I'll expalin briefly. The chalk benefits the water in several ways. It can help to improve the PH of the lake as its an alkaline based product so reduces any acidity,  as well as removing suspended particles which improve clarity, but mainly it acts as a catalyst for crustaceans and invertibrates to live down on the bottom and in the silt, as oxygen molecules attach themselves to the tiny microns of chalk before it settles onto the lake bed. This will help to increase the levels of quality natural food and will also help reduce silt levels over time. We will probably put a few tons more in about 6 months time. We will also be dying the lake in about a months time, this will be in an attempt to stop the 'red light rays' from the sun, penetrating the water. Red light rays are required by algae to photosynthesisie and without them they cant survive so if we can put this in early in the year before we get any algae then it will help the lake immensly. Last year we had two major algael blooms from May right through till early October. The fish didn't feed well (therefore they are much harder to catch as many of you know who fished through the summer), the oxygen levels were much lower at times, and of course you run the risk of a total oxygen crash once all the alge dies off at the end of the year. By getting the water quality as good as possible, it will help keep the fish in top condition and be stress free , meaning they feed harder and longer (making them a little easier to catch) as well as growing bigger which we are all keen to see.

11th Feb Iestyn Smith came on yesterday and went into the Channel swim.He recast his right hand rod at around 5pm after seeing some bubbles out in the middle area of the lake and had a fish about ten minutes later which was a 16.02 leather. He added a mirror of 18.08 at just after 1am from the same area. Pretty cold out there this morning with a Northerly wind and snow in the air. Steve Shaw has just landed a mirror of 24.14 from the Stumps, and Paul Clark has just broken his PB with 'Nyeve' at 27.04 from the Boathouse at 10.15am. Tight lines to all those brave enough to be out there. 

10th Feb Brad ended up on 7 landed with 2 lost and six of them 20lb + so an amazing February session for him, well done Brad. Ste Harry made the decision to move from The Boathouse and was rewarded when he had two fish of 21lb and 11lb so well done for making the effort. There was a fish lost today from the Boathouse and one caught from the Channel around 5.30pm this evening but not had any details yet. We are netting on Monday and chalking the lake on Tuesday hence why I have closed it until Friday. I'll post some vides and stills up of the netting, if we catch anything of interest !! Tight lines to all those out there this wekend, its still pretty cold !

7th Feb Despite only having three anglers on (all good ones !) we have had a few more decent fish out. Brad Lewis moves his totals to 5 landed with 2 lost, comprising of fish of 20,22,23,26 and 29 (the pretty one) and Stephen May had Scar at 30.08 today from the Boathouse. 

6th Feb Well, its hard to believe But Brad Lewis came on today and went into the Moat, and had our third new 25lb+ fish of the last three days at 26.06 making it a total of 30 fish over 25lb in weight. He also had two other mint fish of 22lb and 20lb. 

5th Feb   I was away working today, but word got back to me that Rich Newell who had been in the pads overnight, moved into Herons view just after the two lads vacated it this morning, and fished a yellow and black zig across the far side to take as fish just as he was packing away. It turned out to be another NEW 25lb+ fish for the mere at 25.04, so thats two new ones in as many days, and only the sixth fish caguht on a zig in as many years. Top angling rich. Pictures to follow shortly.

4th Feb 9.30pm Well I did my evening round slightly earlier so I could get back in time to watch the England rugby on telly, however by the time I got round to the Moat Shaun had landed yet another fish,a mirror of 19.07, so he finished up on 5 fish landed and two lost, not a bad day on the bank by anyones standards, and top angling Shaun. He has called the new fish The Half Linear which is quite fitting and certainly one to watch out for in the future. I cant seem to see any photos of it at any weight in the last two years so if you have caught it previously I would be intereated to know when and at what weight, thank you. 

4th Feb Sat 9am  Just done my early morning rounds. One fish lost this morning from the Boathouse to a hook pull shortly after connecting. Shaun Marchington moved yesterday morning from the Boathouse, round to the Moat, and lost one fairly quickly after his move.  Then at 8am this morning he had a mirror of 14.09, he quickly recast whilst the fish was in the net, and before he had got the fish out to weight it, the same rod was away again resulting in an 18.06 common. Then an hour later he landed a new unknown 25 at 25.06 and a real stunner of a fish which he will get to name. Shaun is using cell, but has been washing it out for the last 24 hours. This takes the tally to 11 fish landed and 4 lost so far in 2017.

28th Jan Dave Johns came on this morning and went into the Boathouse swim. Its been 3 years since he was last here, and at 5pm he had a very welcome new PB common at 21.12 (pictures to follow) so he was one very happy man this evening. Five minutes after that, Craig Dunning had a lovely scaley half lin at 19.12 from the Snags which hasn't been fished for ages, so well done Craig. It was already freezing at 5.15pm and due to go down to -2 so keep warm if your on the bank tonight !

27th Jan It really has been bitterly cold the last 48 hours with the wind chill making it very unpleasant. Steve Shaw put the effort in to come on last night in the dark after work, and went in the Stumps so the wind was over his back, and was duly rewarded with his first fish of the year at 8am this morning when he landed a mid double mirror on a pink pop up fished on a chod. Top angling Steve, anyone who ventures out in these conditions deserves a bit of luck.

20th Jan Luke Thompson came on this morning about 9.30 and was set up and fishing by 10.30 in the Stream. He only had to wait an hour before his goo soaked pop up was away resulting in a mint common of 23lb which had a very distinctive tail- that the top lobe was very dark , and the lower lobe a lovely glowing orange colour. Anyway he was very pleased to say the least and it was a welcome prize for just a short days fishing. Its set to go down to minus 3 tonight. Water still just above 4 degrees this mornning so I don't think it will freeze but I'll post it up straight away on the home page if we have a lid on in the morning. 

19th Jan  Water temp slightly up at 4.3 degrees. Only a couple of anglers on this week. Mark Reilly had a mirrorof 15lb around midnight last night as well as a tench early this morning.

10th Jan I was away for the first week, hence no report, but I'm glad to say we have had a few fish out already this year. Obviously numbers of anglers are down, and we have had some severe frosts in the last week, including last Thursday when it went down to -7 and the lake froze over for 24 hours. Despite this Paul Locker had the 1st fish of the new year at 19lb from the Moat, and went on to lose one as well. Steve Hall from Crewe had a mirror of 24lb + then lost one under the ice, both from the Boathouse,  and Andy Remeilie has just landed 'Joelle' at 5am this morning at 27lb + from the Boathouse. Conditions look good for the next 36 hours then its set to cool back down again and possibly give us some sleet / snow showers over the weekend. Water temp currently 3.2 degrees so its pretty cold !

Happy New Year to you all, I hope that 2017 brings you all you want from your angling, and we look forward to seeing many of you again sometime later this year. We have loads of plans for the year ahead, we will be netting out the silvers in early Feb, as well as chalking the lake afterwards. This will help to improve the water quality and reduce silt slightly. We have plans to build Bivvy platforms directly behind the Snags and Reeds stages so you can be on top of your rods at all times. I will continue to remove any fish of 15lb or under into the stock pond and we will be adding some new fish to the stock pond also to grow on for future release once they reach upper double size. We will also be trying our best to get a shower and toilet block put in by the end of the year, which will also provide power and drinking water within it. We will be putting in some barley straw 'sausages' in the early part of spring to try and reduce the algae which has effected so many lakes in 2016, as well as continuing to keep on top of the Coot population before the shooting season closes. I will also be increasing the supplimentary feeding of the fish this year. I really didn't feed as much as I would have liked in 2016, mainly to do with the fact that the fish weren't feeding properly during the summer as a result of the algael blooms, so we will try and increase this when possible, and only when the lake isn't full. It was noted that the fishing was consistently better within a few days of feeding ,especially after it had been having a quiet spell, and the quality and condition of the fish last year was second to none. Supplimentary feeding is an important part of fishery management. The lake record was broken shortly before Chrsitmas by regular Steve Shaw and a fabulous common known as 'Ivy' at 33.04, but I'm sure we will see it broken very soon by any number of fish, and on more than one or two occassions this year, so lots to look forward to. Quite a few fish around the 24lb mark last year, so if you catch a fish of 25 or 26lb and want to name it if its a new one, please make sure you take some high res pictures of BOTH sides, otherwise you wont be able too.

2017

29th Dec We have had 3 really cold nights and hard frosts each morning, and as a result the water temp has dropped from just under 5 degrees last week to 3.5 degrees today. There was ice up in the pads area this morning, but this has now gone and temps are set to increase over the next few nights so the lake shouldn't freeze over if the forecast is correct. Steve Adcock is in the Boathouse and has managed a mid double mirror this morning at 8.15am which was then taken to the stock pond. It was so cold his alarm didnt go off but steve just happened to be up and see his rod bending round !!  He then added another mirror of 18lbs at midday. The rest of the lake has been quiet as far as I know.

27th Dec There as plenty of frost on the ground this morning, but it didn't seem to bother the fish and Stuart Wareham added his second fish with a pristine common of 24lbs then followed it up later on with a 19.08 mirror. Anthony lost a fish in the Moat due to a hook pull about 3pm this afternoon. More frost forecast overnight then its starts to wrm up a bit.

26th Dec  3 anglers on today, and two fish out so a very Happy Boxing day to them all. Anthony Barton first off the mark at 9am this morning in the Moat with a 19.08 common followed by Stuart Wareham with a 22lb mirror around 11.45am from the Boathouse. Clear skies tonight so I think there might be a bit of white stuff on the ground in the morning !

24th Dec George Jones-Dobbs has had the lake to himself for the last 48 hours as he braved storm Barbara, which despite the winds, ended up with what was pretty good conditions. It remained quite warm and pressure was fairly low, but despite that he had remained fishless. So this morning he decided to move from the Channel to the Boathouse swim for the last part of the day before leaving this evening. He had only just got his third rod out when he was into his first fish, a stunning mirror of 17.02. Then at around 4pm he had a savage take and after a very spirited battle which would have easily led him to have thought he had a very big fish on, he netted his first common from the lake at 17.00 so a lovely Christmas brace and full marks for making a move last minute and saving a blank. Nic and I would like to thank all of you for your support this year, and look forward to our best ever year next year. We will be netting the silvers out early in Feb and chalking the lake, then putting barley straw in early spring in the hope of keeping the algae blooms down this year. We will continue to remove all fish of around 15 or under into the stock pond, and with a bit of luck get a shower block and toilets in before the end of the year. We are also hoping to put bivvy areas directly behind the snags and reeds platforms so you can be next to your rods at all times, so plenty to do as usual !!  hope you all have a great Christmas.

21st Dec Steve Hall from Crewe popped down for 48 hours and went into the Boathouse as the lake was empty when he arrived on Monday. After a quiet first 24 hours Steve managed a mirror of 19lbs, before losing a second fish. Then at 2am this morning he landed a fish known as Ash at a new PB weight of 30.08 so a very happy Christmas to Steve, and he's stil got a few hours left today before he leaves.

15th Dec  Alex Woodall managed another fish last night, landing a 17lb common at midnight so a good session for him overall with 4 fish in total. A pike nalger on today had 14 runs landing 10 pike between 2lb and 4.5 lbs on sprats and smelts. Although only small it was good fun for him on light gear. Its pouring down tonight, but temps are still warm and we have a few anglers coming on Friday night so we will hopefully see some more fish this weekend. The fish are still feeding and those who are apllying bait reguarly are still doing well. Alex used 3kgs of bait over his 48 hour session.

14th Dec Joe Massey came on yesterday for 48 hours and was gutted to lose a fish around 5.30pm last night from the Snags swim. However his loss was soon forgotten when he slipped his net under a lovely looking mirror of 28.10 at 6.45am this morning. Although this fish looks similar to Shadow Scale, it is in fact a different fish, and another NEW 25lb+ fish for the fishery, so its happy days all round. Joe gets to name it too so I'll let you know what its called soon enough. Alex Woodall also came on yesterday morning, and went into the Boathouse. He's fishing at around 23 wraps and has 3 fish and lost one so far, weighing 12lb , 17lb and 22lb. If any of you catch a fish of under 15lb please put them in the large retaining slings provided on the swims, and let me know, I'll come and get them for the stock pond. Thank you. Despite fish getting caught there are virtually no fish being seen anywhere on the lake.

9th Dec update Just been called down to Stephen Wright in the Boathouse, has had had a lovely looking mirror of 19.03 this evening followed at 5pm by Scar at 30.11 to follow on from last nights 24.15, so thats 3 fish already and he's only half way through his session. Happy days indeed. 

9th Dec  Just got back from installing an Otter Fence in Limogues in France, so having been working non stop for the last six weeks or so on the fencing side, I've not really been around the fishery much which I hate !!  Thankfully we only lost the single fish to the otter, and it found its way back out either on the ame night, or the sunday night when we left the gates open on purpose, or the Wed night when an angler left them open again !!  anyway, please close alll gates around the fishery, at all times, regardless of if you found them open or closed. I am using the image of the half eaten fish to make into signs to go onto the gates to help prevent this happening again. Anyway, it seems to have got quite mid here this week, after a cold fotnight previously, and Stephen Wright came on yesterday, initially going into the Channel, then moving into the Boathouse for the night when the two lads vacated before dark. He went on to land a mirror of 24.15, a fish which ironically he caught 3 weeks ago at 25.04, and got to name it Sally, before it got caught again a week later, and now its made its third appearance in as many weeks !  Its still a great result for Decmeber, and hes here until Sunday so dingers crossed he can add a couple more.

28th Nov I forgot to mention that Andy Barton who was on last week had two fish and lost one fishing in the Boathouse swim. The fish weighed 19 and 15lb. Pressure a bit high at the moment, but coming down a bit for the weekend. The water levels have gone down 4 inches since last week, and water temp is 4.1 degrees. Thats bloody cold to you and me. Its forecast to be -4 to -7 degrees tonight !! 

27th Nov I have been away all week, otter fencing around york. For those that dont foillow us on facebook, the gates were left open last weekend, and an otter got in and took a 25lb fish out. I am fairly happy the otter has gone out. We have had 7 nights now without losing another fish so I'm pretty sure it went back out on sat night when it came in, or sunday night as we opened the gates in the field, or on wed when angler left the gates open. either way, we haven't lost a fish since so I am relaxing a bit. We had a mirror of 25lb caught from the Moat this morning and it turns out to be the same one that was caught last weekend by Stephen Wright who is yet to name it. The weather is constant for this week, and the moon phases are excellent for Mon through till wed so we will see if that makes any difference. tight lines to all those bearing the minus temp this week.

20th Nov  Well i'm pleased to say that my gut feeling was right, and we have seen some better fish so far this weekend. Stephen Wright was in the Boathouse and had what I believe to be a new 25 in the shape of a 25.03 mirror at 9.30pm on Sat night. John Buckley had 'The Pretty One' at 32.04 from the Moat at 4.30pm on Sat, whilst Craig Dunning had his first Blakemere fish at almost the same time, next door in the Stream. Although it was only 15.08 he was buzzing as its his first one, and not to be outdone, his brother Stuart also had his first Blakemere fish around 10.30am this morning from the Stumps at 21lbs so they both went away happy chappies !!  One fish lost from Herons View at 2.30 am. There are now xls retainers in all swims, my number is on the side of the unhooking mats so call me if you get anything under 15lb, and myself or Rich my baliff will call by and take it to the new stock pond. Thank you.

16th Nov Joe Massey has just finished 48 hours in the Channel. He had a lovely looking mirror of 18lb yesterday morning at 10am on a white pop up on a chod rig fished off the back of the island. Weather starting to look proper carpy as the pressure drops and the wind picked up today to its stongest level in ages. My gut feeling is this weekend we will see one or two of the bigger fish that have been avoiding everyone for a long time now !! fingers crossed.  Joe has just text me to say that the fish were going mad out in the middle of the lake just as he left as it was going dark, shame he couldn't stay on a bit longer.

14th Nov Rich Wollam had a second fish from the Moat at just before midnight on Sat which turned out to be 16lb and Ricci Skellam had a low double common from the stumps last night. so we do seem to having a run of small fish lately. I'm hoping to finish off damming the back of the island but it all depends on the ground and how badly it rips up after all the rain. If I get it finished then I will be asking people to retain these small fish so I can ut them into the stockpond for a year or tow and monitor their growth weights. Hopefully we will eventually see a run of big fish, and warm temps and very low pressure coming in towards the back end of the week so things looking good for then.

12th Nov Jason Ellis had another fish around 8pm last night, only a low double common but another fish non the less. Steve Shaw lost a very good fish this morning around 8am in the Boathouse from across the far side. He played it in and got it 2/3rds of the way back, the fish just plodding steadiuly back and forth, when he suffered a hook pull and was gutted. Steve was using a size 8 hook, and my personal opinion is that his is too small. The fish here feed in the silt, and as such have fairly soft mouths, unlike their southern cousins in the gravel pits who's lips toughen up from feeding on harder bottoms. As such, too much pressure from a small hook can result in hook pulls, and I have seen it too often on here for it to be a coincidence. So my advice is, use a size 6 hook to give yourself the best chance of landing a fish if you get one on. Muchh warmer last night, and water temp is currently 6 degrees. 

11th Nov  Jason Ellis came on yesterday morning, and at 6.30 pm had a mirror of 14lb followed by a common of the same size at 5.30 this morning. All bivvies completely frozen last night in the coldest night so far recently, but temps look to rise again next week.

10th Nov Carl Williams came on last night for a quick overnight session and had a 15.08 common within two hours of arriving in the Boathouse swim ! Rich Woollam had a beautifully scaled homegrown mirror of approx 12lbs this morning shortly before 9am from the Moat. The wind has picked up today and with all this rain its the first time we have had water going out of the outflow pipes for four months so hopefully we will see some more fish this weekend. Its going to be wet on sat so bring your coats. The path has been fully finished from car park 2, but unfortunately the rain has very much stopped play on the damming off of the island which I hope to complete next week weather depending.

5th Dec Andy Remelie managed to sneak an 18lb mirror out of the Moat on Thursday night fishing off the back of the island. Steve Hall from Wolverhampton was in the Boathouse with his friend Jason in the Channel for 48 hours. After a blank day and first night, it all looked like it may be a rare blank for Steve, but in the end he managed two fish of 21 along with a mid double , and Jason had an 18lber from the Channel. After having spent the first part of the week finishing off the path from car park 2, Thurs and Fri were spent damming off the back of the island to create a new stock pond. This should be finished by middle of next week, and after that anyone catching a fish of under 15lbs should call me, and if I am here I'll come and get it and put it into the stock pond to feed up and monitor its growth. We hope to buy in some more VS fish and feed them up along with our smaller ones, in order that we can have a regular stocking programme of 10 or so fish pa going back in. I usually lose 1-3 fish per year on average so it will ensure the long term future of the fishery and slowly increase stocks ever so slightly. We will be photographing the small fish and weighing them, and any that are stunted or not growing will NOT be put back into the main lake, but replaced by ypunger faster growing fish of 18-20lbs from our own stock pond.   Next year we are hoping to finally put in a shower and toilet block, and also a new compost toilet over the back side of the fishery behind the Stream and Stumps which will save anglers coming all the way around to car park one. 

29th Oct Its been a very quiet week from what I can gather as I have been working away. There were two fish lost last night from the Reeds and Herons view, and Joe Massey managed a 22lb common on Thursday night at 1.30am as well as losing one the night after, so the odd fish making an appearance. The weather is really all to blame, continual high pressure, no wind and warm temps. As soon as we get a new low front moving in with high winds, rain and low pressure I'm sure it will kick off, but looking at the forecast that isn't likely for at least a week !! Oh well, at least its going to be dry for us this week as we are finally doing the path down from car park 2 and across the field at the bottom so i will be very happy when we finally finish that as its been well overdue. Then I'm hoping to get my own rods out the week after that if possible.. Water temp is currently 11.4 degrees. 

24th Oct Ricci Skellam came on Sunday morning for 24hours and headed for the Stumps. At 3.45 am this morning he had a 26.15 mirror known as Joelle, then followed it up with another smaller mirror of 15lb about an hour later just after getting back into his bag.

23rd Oct Conditions not been great of late, with high pressure and no winds in general. However we have had a few fish this weekend. Dave Jackson fished in the Stumps and had a mirror of 18lb at 7am yesterday morning as the fog was lifting, and almost at exactly the same time Matt Lightfoot was in the Moat and caught the ''Pretty One'' at 26.06. One fish was also lost on a zig from the stream. This morning there were no fish to report other than the anglers in the Boathouse and the moat reporting they had both been done. Not many fish been seen at the moment, and a slightly cooler Easterly ind has come in for a few days. Virtually no rain, but high pressure for the rest of the week until next Sunday when it looks set to drop back again.

19th Oct Andy Poole looked like he was facing his first blank of the year on the Moat, and after having spent 48 hours with absolutely no signs of any fish in front of him, was a little bit gobsmacked when his alarm rattled off, resulting in him landing a 25.11 mirror at 6.30am on Monday, shortly before leaving.  If you catch a fish just over 25lb such as this one, then please take a photo of both sides of it, even if its in the mats. If you want to name any new fish over 25lb, of which there will be a fair few this winter, I won't do it without a photo of both sides, as its too difficult to compare sometimes with only one side. Joe Massey has been in the Channel and had fish of 15lb and 17lb both at 3.30am on consequitive nights, as well as losing one. Stephen May came down on Sunday for 48 hours and had a few fish in front of him on sunday night in the stumps. He ended up with fish of 18lb and a mid double, as well as losing a mid 20 common when it got caught around his middle rod and was wallowing on the top, just out of nets reach before finally spitting the hook.

4th Oct Jono Tolley ended up with a 4th fish just before he left, adding a 13lb linear to his previous captures, so 4 fish in 3 nights was a good result. Paul Morear has come on for 4 days and got off to a good start in the Channel swim. Paul arrived yesterday morning and had a 22lb mirror at midday. At 4pm he followed it up with a low double common, and at 11.45pm he had a mirror of 17.07. He went on to lose two more in the night, as well as having a nice tench of 6lb. Paul is using 10mm CBS Krill boilies. Jonathan Lilley had his first ever Blakemere carp last night when he landed a 13lb mirror from the Moat swim at 10.30pm. Pressure is dropping nicely for the weekend and the wind is picking up so all looks good for a few more fish to be visiting the bank over the next few days.

10th Oct  Jonno Tolley came down on Sat night and had a mirror of 20.14 on Essential Cell from the Boathouse around 10.30am on Sunday morning. Last night he was the only one on and the fish were rolling all around him in the middle area of the lake, just on dark. He had a mirror of 15.02 at 10.30pm then a third fish at 9.30am this morning at 18.05 and still has tonight to go so hopefully we will see some bigger girls appear. I think a bit of a cold snap would do it good myself.

9th Oct I have been away in France this last week, so I'm afraid i don't have too much to report as Nic was working and the kids were taking round Ruby where possible so they didn't stop and get many details !! As far as I am aware its been very hard, with very little wind and high pressure most of the week and the fish not playing ball, as they generally don't when it's like this. Bradley Joinson did however manage a mirror of 18.06 from the Channel last weekend and kindly sent me the photo's so well done Bradley. The carp here at Blakemere do love the days when the wind picks up and that doesn't look like happening this week either, so we will have to wait a little longer for better conditions. However, the water has cleared and everything looks good for whenever the conitions do turn next. I am hoping to get the path done from car park 2 this week, depending on availability of the track dumper, so fingers crossed that will all be done by your next visit. If not we will end up doing it by hand, but either way its a priority for us now this autumn.

29th Sept Nice and breezy out there today ! 3 fish lost in last 36 hours and one mid double landed from the Stumps early this morning by Stephen May who is on for a couple of days. 

26th Sept Craig Bailey came on yesterday morning and headed straight down to the Reeds swim as the wind was blowing strongly down there. There were a lot of fish rolling opposite the snags and as it was empty at the time cast a rod towards a showing fish, and was rewarded with a lovely shaped mirror of 24.06 on a snowman rig. Jason Ellis had a pb fish of 18lb from the Boathouse at around 3am so well done Jason, lets hope another pb comes your way before you leave. It's rained almost none stop for the whole of today and felt pretty miserable to be honest. Not many fish been seen, but then again most anglers have been zipped up for the majority of the day !

25th Sept Friday night was met with anticipation, as those on watched the carp roll all over the relatively flat lake, from around 7pm and well into dark. Morning was met with dissapointment by all, but with a big drop in pressure due, along with big gusts of wind and rain sat night looked about as good as it could get. For once the forecast was absolutely spot on. Not as many fish were seen as expected, but they were rolling off the back of the island opposite the moat, and down in front of the snags and reeds. Come morning and it was fish 3 anglers 1. Peter Hunt being the only angler to get one to the bank in the shape of a low double mirror in the moat swim at 4am. Steve Hall lost a very big fish from the Stream which simply plodded about keeping low, and taking out another anglers lines it eventually got in the marginal snags and threw the hook. The angler in the Snags lost 2 fish, one at 2am amongst a torrential downpour, and a second one at 6am. Nothing at all to report from the other half of the lake. The pads are begining to die back, so provided you have got strong line and a decent size hook then you'll have a better chance of getting them out of the pads if they do find their way into them. Next 8-12 weeks should be one of the bext periods on the lake for the year, and hoping to see ALL the big girls out this autuimn / winter. 

22nd Sept Jonathan Mann came down for a very quick overnighter, just before dark so rushed down into Herons view. John fished approx 3/4 of the way across, spreading essential cell boilies and half a dozen spods of pellets. He fished inline leads and 8" braided hooklinks and at around 8pm had a mirror of 25.04 followed by another mirror of 21lb at midnight. I'm waiting for the photos' to see if its a new 25 or one we recognise, but clearly a great result for a few hours on the bank. Well done Jonathan.

21st Sept Luke Thompson is back on again and had fish rolling all over him in the Stream this morning as he slept !  I got a call from him at 2.30 pm this afternoon to say he had a decent fish and it turned out to be Badgers fish, down in weight at just over 22lb and its first appearance this year too. So the fish are finally getting their heads down at last. A lot of them have Argulus on them, which is a parasite present in almost all water courses. It normally shows up on fish that are stressed and I think with the low oxygen levels this summer, and the algael bloom making visibility almost Zero the fish have been having a tough time. Now the waters clarity is rapidly improving and the water temps are dropping they are coming back on the feed and more fish getting caught.

20th Sept Ryan Cope managed a small common of 12lbs at 10pm after losing a good fish the previous night from the Channel at 1.30am. Loads of fish rolling around 8am in front of the Boathouse, Channel and stream areas. Water is still clearing uo and fish seemingly happy at the moment.

19th Sept One fish lost from the Channel at 1.30am last night, and one lost in the Moat. However Ian Locker who is also doubled up in the Moat managed to catch 'The Pretty One' at 28.12 and a new PB on his first ever visit, so a very happy angler indeed. Ian was fishing out in the middle area of the lake where there have been quite a few fish showing over the last few days. Catched definitely picking up now and should continue to do so. 

18th Sept Lea Warrington had a mirror of 19.14 from the Stream swim at 4am this morning, and was followed shortly afterwards when Rich Woollam also managed a nice 19lb from the Stumps at 6am. 

17th Sept  First one of the Big Girls out for a while, perhaps coincidently as the water temp has dropped down from 18.7 to 16 degrees, and we do seem to fish better in the cooler months. Andy Pool had booked on for three nights and had been frustratingly watching fish rolling over him for the last two mornings in the Boathouse. He lost a fish yesterday morning, so decided a bit of tweaking was needed. He lengthened his hooklink to 10" and decided fished a wafter, which resulted in The 'S' common at her heighest weight of 31.03 and a new PB up from 27lb so well done Andy. If anyone does land a fish over 30lb please call me, my numbes on the bottom of your booking confirmation email, and I'll happily come and do photo's for you if I'm around, especially if you're on your own, as its a shame to catch a fish like this and only end up with a photo on the mat. It also makes it difficult for me to identify which fish it is which is a shame, as I cant update the named fish data when that happens. Luke Thompson fished the Moat yesterday and had 'Nic' at just under 25lb so shes still down in weight from spawning, as well as another mid double, so two fish from only his second trip is a good result.

16th Sept The oxygen levels are back to normal after having been depleted by both the algae dying off and the thunder storm on Tuesday night, when they went down to around 3 mg/l at 5am. Loads of fish rolling over the last few days and the forecast today is for rain and winds, so we are starting to get towards some decent conditions on a regular basis. The Water temp is still 18 degrees so we could do with a few back to back colder nights and days to drop that, then I'm sure we will see a noted increase in catches. Stephen May was down on Mon and Tues to do some magazine features for CC Moore, and went into the Moat swim. The fish teased him for two days, showing in close then moving out as soon as he repositioned his rods ! Anyway a bit of persistance and he ended up with mirrors of 14.14 and 15.15 on bright northern special pop-ups on his stiff hinge rig, fihsed over beds of pacific tuna boilies. Pete Johnson had a 14.04 mirror last night from the Reeds, which hasn't been fished for ages. Pete said he would have guessed it was an upper twenty had he lost it, such was the fight it gave him. One fish lost in the nearside pads from the Boathouse swim at 7.30am this morning, all other anglers asleep so I'll find out any more news later. We are putting out Landing Nets and Weigh slings today on all swims. Please DO NOT bring yours with you. If you do by accident, please leave it in the car. Thank you. If you want to see the latest outbreaks of KHV click on this link to visit the fish health inspectorate website where you can see all recent notifications https://www.gov.uk/search?q=khv

12th Sept Excellent conditions over the weekend, and the first real drop in temp on Sat night making it feel much colder than late. Loads of fish rolling and boshing in most parts of the lake, especially the middle reaches, but somehow still avoiding capture on the whole !  Steve Hall from Crewe went into the Snags for the day last Thursday in the big winds and had a lovely leather of 17lb and another mirror of 15lb. Shaun Jones had a nice looking mirror of 18lb from the Boathouse down the left hand margin using a worm, early on Sat morning. 

8th Sept I lost my first fish of the year yesterday, it popped up after having been lying on the bottom for a few days and was covered in silt. It was a lovely linear of 16lb, but probably weighed more when it was alive. There was nothing obviously wrong with it, it did have some red markings on one side of its mouth, and its possible that it was hooked and lost in the pads, and as a result became stressed and died. The algae seems to be retreating and as such we are seeing a lot more fish rolling and crashing. The aerators will be kept on constantly for the next few days as we have low pressure this weekend, and as the algae dies off, the bacteria which feed on them use up a lot of oxygen and can cause sudden crashes. The water temp was 18.7 degrees yesterday so its still warm, so please try and keep the fish out of the water for the minimum amount of time as possible. Leave them in the net until your camera and weighing stuff is all ready, and please make sure you have some water to pour over them. There were two fish lost last night both from the Boathouse swim, one at 11.45pm to a hook pull and a second at 6.30am when the fish came all the way in before finding sanctuary in the nearside pads !  Winds started to pick up already this morning, and promises to be strong today, so along with some light rain and low pressure, its looking very carpy indeed out there at the moment. Fingers crossed we get to see a few decent fish on the bank this weekend. 

5th Sept I've just been round to see Ryan Cope as he was asleep this morning on my rounds. He's on for 48 hours and has been having it tough recently. Ryan was the first angler at Blakemere to catch two thirties in 24 hours, and believe it or not they were on his first ever visit, since which he has blanked on all seven occasions, so he was happy to report that he had landed a lovely 19.06 mirror at 11.30am this morning. He was using a white pop up over a bed of krill and manilla boilies. He said there were so may fish rolling last night that when he woke this morning without a bleep in the night he was gutted and thought he was half way through another blank, and 11.30am is not usually known as a bite time so it was a welcome shock. Looks good for a few more fish tonight. More bites coming during daylight hours now and as we move into autumn and winter we should see some bigger fish appearing and in the daytime too.

5th Sept Darren Carr came on last week and I believe ended up with a fish of 19lb as well as losing one other before he left on Thursday morning. Over the weekend, Steve Shaw managed two small fish of 11 and 14, ones we will take out once the stock pond is in place, from the very underfished stream swim. Jason Glover had a 21.12 mirror from the Boathouse swim, and Tom had a fish of 14lbs from the Reeds at 3am on Sunday morning. 

31st Aug 2 anglers on last night, one in the pads and one in the channel. Unfortunately both of them lost a fish, one at 3am and one at 8am this morning. Loads of fish fizzing and rolling early this morning. Forsecast is for some good solid winds in the next few days so hopefully that will bring a few out, they do like a good wind here at Blakemere. 

30th Aug We had a busy weekend as expected, and after having a fishless week prior to Friday, I was wondering what to expect. With a bit of rain, and a decent breeze, coupled with low pressure on Friday night it surely couldn't stay that way. At around 6.30 am on Sat Jason Glover in the Channel swim had an 18lb leather on hybrid boilies. Then between 10am and 10.30 we had 5 runs around the lake. Jason had another run on cell, but unfortunatel lost it. Steve Shaw in the Moat ended up with two fish of 14.12 and 10.04 and Connon Obrien had fish of 16.08 and 14.06. Connor managed another small fish of 11.10 at 6am on Sunday morning. There were fish showing early mornings on a couple of the days. The algae bloom seems to be clearing slightly, however one minute it seems to be clearing the next its all brown again !! I have installed a second aerator, a bubbler that turns the water column. Both are on during the night and just the bibbker during the day. The night temps are starting to fall, and the nights are definitely drawing in, and Sept will be here on Thurs so I'm certainly looking forward to the next 3-4 months.

24th Aug Andy Poole was on for 3 nights and after starting out in herons view for the first 24 hours moved down to the Channel where he had a common of 18lbs at 3am yesterday morning. Quite a lot of fish showing in front of him from 6.30-8am before it went quiet. Aerator is still on and water seems brown again after clearing yesterday considerably !  The aerator will stay on until the algae clears completely, or we see a decent drop in temps and the water cools down. Spotted Fin delivery of Catalyst boilies will be here on friday if anyone would like some they are. £11 per 1kg bag or £40 for a 5kg bag. Please text me on 07973 254 626 and let me know or ask me when you see me on my rounds in the morning or evening. 

21st Aug I put the aerator back on Thursday, mainly to try and get rid of the Algael bloom which doesn't like the movement of water and destratfication the aerators cause. The water has cleared a liitle since then, and I am sure that when the algae finally dies off, and the clarity returns to a decent level, the fishing will switch back on big time. You can definitely sense a change of seasons with nights drawing in and cooler mornings. The big winds yesterday saw plenty of fish showing in the waves, mainly in front of the Boathouse and the Channel. Stuart Chard came on for a quick overnighter into the Reeds and its looked absolutely prime for a fish however they didn't get down there for some reason or another and he left this morning with no action. Sam Stott managed a small double common yesterday around midday in the Boathouse, and Steve Shaw had a common of 16.12 around 7am from The Channel this morning. Interestingly it had a leech on its underside, and I commented that it still looked a bit 'spawned out'. Perhaps its has been laying up and not feeding in the alge, hence the leech ? Anyway, we will be coming into three of the best months here on Blakemere soon, so I'm looking forward to getting out a bit more myself, and trying to unlock the Blakemere code once again.

16th Aug Well I have just got back from a lovely 2 weeks in France with the family. I managed to sneak 2 hours fishing in on a small pond on one of the campsites we stayed at, and eventually caught a strange looking carp of around a pound on freelined breadflake after having baited patiently for an hour and a half previously. It really took me back a few years, and made me glad I had packed my travel rod once again. While I was away, the first ten days were quite busy on the fish front. I believe the winds were pretty fierce and the change in weather even saw 4 fish come out in daylight hours. We had 12 fish out in total, including the Big LIn at 28.07 but also had at least 6 lost. The last 5 days have been quiet again and no fish have been out. Its starting to feel much fresher in the mornings, and the pads are just starting to 'turn' and as the nights start drawing in, and as Autumn approaches in the next month or so, the fishing should steadily improve. The dumper and digger are all booked for next week, so despite the rain coming later this week, we hope we can finally complete the path down the field from carp park 2 by the end of next week. I am also hoping to block off the back of the island if we have time, to create a stock pond and to stop any fish going round the back to hide. Any fish caught under 15lb must be kept and I'll put them into this once its finished to grow them on. We will also have new nets, slings and unhooking mats in place in the next few weeks as soon as the delivery comes in from China as they are all out of stock at present. This is to prevent the risk of KHV which has reared its head recently on a few occassions, and can be rread up on in this weeks carp talk. Once they have been delivered, you will NOT be permitted to use your own nets, weigh slings or unhooking mats at all. I'll post it on here and on FB as soon as they arrive. 

27th July Craig managed another fish last night, this time a mirror of 18lbs and at 2am from the back of the Island. Craig fished 7inch flurocarbon D-rigs with B5 bottom baots tipped with fake corn and used essential bait cream Salami as free offerings. Hopefully last nights rain will have cooled the lake further, and the clarity will improve. As we move further towards September the night temps will fall and hopefully the fishing will pick up, as its still quite patchy (as it always is in June/ July).

26th July Craig Ridge is in the Moat for a three day session. Sadly he lost a fish right at the net in the early hours of Monday morning, but made up for it last night having a common of 18lb at approx 2.30am. There were quite a few fish showing in front of him last night, and in front of the Channel and Stream areas too. There was also a fish lost in the Snags on Monday morning. Water temp has dropped down to 19.5 degrees which will help things, as its way to warm once its past 20 degrees which it has been for the last ten days or so.

24th July Wel its been another quiet weekend up to now. The water temp is 23 degress, which is very warm, and the water has gone very murky, and dark for some reason I am not sure of. A good fish was lost yesterday on the Moat when a fish just took off back across the lake and into the snag tree with the angler unable to stop it and a repeat of last weeks episodes ending in the same way. However we did have one small double common caught from the Pads swim around 5pm yesterday afternoon. Hopefully there may be a little bit of rain this week to cool the water down and let it settle and start clearing. As I have said before, its a hard time of year on hear, and I'm already looking forward to September onwards when it starts picking up.

LOST & FOUND I have a landing net that was left in one of the swims. It's a bit different to normal, so if you can tell me what make it is, and what swim you were in, I have it here for you to collect at any time, or on your next visit. 

20th July No more action over the weekend into Monday, and yesterday the lake was empty, so I took the liberty of spending the day cutting back the new young pads that have started to grow up in the middle of the swims. Thats all done now so all swims are pads free. I also cleared back some of the lillys to the right hand side of the pads swim just to help get fish back in more easily from that area. The water has coloured back up again, after having gone quite clear. I'm not sure if its because we are having another algal bloom, or if its because I put the aerators back on for a couple of days in this intense heat. It's the most worrying time of the year from a fishery management point of view. Water temps are very high, into the 20's which means low oxygen, especialy early morning, and algal blooms and thunder storms can mean oxygen crashes are more frequent. I also heard that another fishery in the west midlands has had a bout of KHV which means they will be shutting, and also a report that a local fishery may have Top mouth gudgeon. For most of you who haven't heard of these little things, they are the worst Non-Native species we have. They breed every month, and the only way to eradicate them it to net out your big fish, then pour a chemical into the lake which kills absolutely 100% of ALL living organisms, so pretty drastic as you can imagine. By September, there will be new unhooking mats, nets, and weigh slings in all swims so you wont need to bring your own. I know some of you want to use your own, but I simply can't justify risking 10 years of hard work for someone to use their own net, especially now with the stamp of fish we have. The net dips etc simply don't work effectively enough for my liking. Anyway, we'll see what you all think, and it will be a bit less gear for you all to carry. If you do catch a fish in the next few months, please keep it out of the water for the absolute min of time, and have all your cameras ready, and plenty of water to pour onto the fish, thakk you.

16th July Well, Blakemere is certainly living up to its tricky summer reputation, and last night was no exception. The fish were very active in most areas of the lake, and reports of bloodworm coming in all over rigs was probably the cause. This is particuarly frustrating when you have fish rolling, boshing and fizzing all over your baited spots, only to sit in front of motionless indicators. Last night we did however manage to get three takes. The first was in the Moat at 1.30am when a fish was hooked at 85 yards, only to swim directly across the lake back towards the angler and straight into the snag tree on the right where it came off. At 5.30am an anlger in the pads hooked a fish only to suffer from a hook pull. Then at 9am, the angler in the snags, who had been sitting next to his rods since 4am, got up to get something from his bivvy, as he reached his bivvy he heard his alarm sound and by the time he had turned and got back to it, the fish had already found the sanctuary of the tree and was lost !  All in all, 3 takes across the lake in one night at this time of the year was not too bad. Lets hope it continues tonight. 

RANT; Just been on my morning rounds. 1st swim I come to is the Channel, and the angler is absent from his bivvy, with all 3 rods out, so I wonder down to the Boathouse as I know the 4 anglers on that side all know each other, so guess he must be having a morning brew next door.. The angler in the Boathouse is all zipped up and asleep, so I start wondering if the 'missing' angler has gone down to Herons view which is not acceptable as its too far away (over 100 yards). Just as I am about to start heading down to Herons, he comes walking along down the path from the car park. 'Morning' I said politely. Where have you just been ? ' to the toilet' came the reply. I drew a big breath and followed him into the swim. 'Do you think its acceptable to go to the toilet and leave all 3 of your rods out ? 'no, its not really, I suppose' was his reply. 'Can I check one of your rigs please ? The right hand rod comes in with a barbed hook on. 'I don't allow barbed hooks, its my biggest rule, are all the others the same ? 'yes' was the reply. 'Did you not read my rules ? ' no we got here in a rush ' .
So I had no choice but to ask him to leave immediately. Unfortunately for his friend he had to go too, as they were in the same vehicle, but I had checked his rigs and they were fine so I refunded him. PLEASE understand, if you get here late and have no signal to check the website, there is a rule board in car park 1. Barbless hooks is my biggest rule, and hooks must go in and out of my jumper without snagging. The toilet is 175 yards from the Channel and takes 1.5 minutes to walk to, so thats 3 mins plus toilet time of say 2 mins ( if your super fast) so 5 minutes being 175 yards away from your rods , whilst your mate is asleep next door is simply, and completely UNNACEPTABLE. If you don't have respect to me and my fishery rules, by not reading them before you come, or by chosing to ignore them, you will be asked to leave, without a refund, and barred for life regardless of who you are. Thank you for the majority of you who abide, I respect and welcome you.

NOTE The field at the bottom of car park 2 is still waterlogged. Please bring suitable footwear. I simply cant do anything until it dries out, and this will be the next thing we do, once the weather allows us to get machinery down to site. Sorry for all the inconvenience caused. Its best to do 2 or 3 trips across this section (about 100m) or go round the long way from carp park 1 which is flatter and dry, but just a long way. 

th July I had the pleasure of meeting Geoff Cartwright last night after I got back from my lads cricket match. He was fishing the mere for the first time in the moat swim so I took around a cup of tea to say hello and see how he was getting on. We stood chatting about his days on Savay, and in the hour between 9.30 and 10.30 we must have seen well over 100 shows in front of the moat and channel. Fish were coming up 3 and 4 at a time. The whole time this went on, Geoffs line never flickered, or his indicators beep, and quite frankly how so many fish can be rolling and swirling over your baited area without giving any indications at all is beyond me. Needless to say, both Geoff and the regular in the Channel who had also seen the fish both blanked !! We did wonder whether a zig may have worked, and, although they don't seem to work here most of the time, when the fish show like this they rarely get caught on the bottom, so its almost certain that they are either feeding deep into the silt ( rather than on the top of it)  or up in the layers. Anyway, it was amazing to see so many fish, and I'm sure one day someone will unlock the code. Perhpas soemone will take it apart off the top going into dark ? I have been feeding floating trout pellets when possible and have managed to get the odd fish going when conditions are right, and to date, as far as I am aware, no-one has ever caught a fish off the top . 

11th July Well another quiet weekend, despite conditions looking good, and the water clarity now back to almost 'normal' too. The only noteable thing to report is that Andrew Hawkes had two fish from the Moat in his 48 hours stay, one fish each night. He started off with a Leather of 13.14 on Friday night and then on Sat night had a mirror of 16.04   Two fish lost from the pads swim and blanks all round for the rest. Some of those on for sat were just fishing for roach, perch and tench.

7th July Pete Johnson was on for a few days and managed a mirror of 16lb from the Channel swim on Tuesday evening. Michael Croucher has doubled up with Stephen May and has managed a common of 12lb from the Boathouse swim fishing 25 wraps over to the far side. They have baited heavily between them and the fish excreeted loads of both their baits all over the mat, so yet again the fish are clearly feeding but just not showing much. The water clarity is now much much better and I'll turn the aerater off after the weekend. 

3rd July There have been more fish moving, especially in front of the Moat where Craig Ridge has managed 3 fish of 16, 16 and 22lb. Rich Mack was doubled up with Craig and had a tench and lost one fish near to the island last night. All fish coming out between 10pm and 5am currently. Craig fished with a mix of B5 and B5 salami. There was also reports that a fish had been lost from the Boathoue swim last night too.  Recently, I got asked if I could make it a bit clearer how difficult it is on Blakemere, by putting how many people blank. Whilst I can't possibly do that all the time this weekend since Friday, we have had 10 anglers on and 3 fish caught by 1 angler and 2 lost to just 2 other anglers, so 9 blanked. Thats pretty typical on here at this time of year. I am only being honest for those who turn up 'excpecting' to catch. Even with all todays 'wonder' baits, it still depends on the weather, and how the fish are feeling, more than anything else. The fishing definitely improves from September onwards and long into December which has been an excellent month over the last 3 years.

30th June Well, after having seen only one fish in the last two to three weeks, the wind picked up big time yesterday and the fish went mad late afteroon. I saw at least 20 shows in half an hour. The fish continued to show, although not quite as often up until dark. They were showing opposite Herons view and the boathouse close to the far bank, then as you moved down the lake between the Moat and Reeds they were in the middle area of the lake. I nipped out for a quick night such was my excitement in seeing so many, and managed to catch a very small, fully scaled fish of around 7lb, one that has been born here no doubt about that. I put out around 3kg of B5 Salami and another 1kg after the fish. There were two other anglers on up in the pads who didn't have anything. Hopefully we we will see a few on the bank this weekend. Loads of rain again this week. Car park 2 is open, its not too muddy, but its still wet on that side so be prepared. We simply cant do the path until it dries out properly. 

26th June Fish 4 - Anglers 0. Four fish lost last night. One from the Channel and 3 from the Boathouse swim where the angler who I won't name, had put around 5kg of boilies out, so although there have been very few fish showing over the last few weeks, they are obviously still feeding.

25th June After a couple of fishless nights, we had 3 fish hooked and 2 landed last night. Steve Shaw had a 13lb common from the Stumps, and Rich Woollam had a mirror of 16lb from the Pads swim, and one fish lost from Herons view. 

22nd June Mark Barton has just finished his 48 hour session and ended up with a new PB last night when he caught Speedy at 24.12 from the Moat swim at 10.30pm. Mark had no other action and didn't even really see any signs of fish so its a good result, and interesting that its the 2nd time speedy has been caught in the last 10 days but is up in weight so must be eating well after being so well spawned out. Roy Cookson came on with his son Stevan and had 48 hours in the Pads and herons view. Roy had the only 2 fish both coming at night from thePads and weighing in at 10lb and 16lb. Algae bloom still very heavy in the water column hence aerator is remaining on 24/7. Field is still boggy in car park 2 the ground is gradually drying out but we will need 3-4 weeks of dry weather before we can get the machines back in and complete this secion of pathway.

19th June All the swims were re-stoned and the path on Car park 1 side finished before the rain came, but unfortunately we have had to postpone works on the path in the field from Carp park 2 as its waterlogged again. Please either use car park 1 and go around the long way, or bring wellies. We will get it finished as soon as it all dries out, but we simply cant get the machines round without getting stuck or making even more mess until its completely dry. Sorry for the inconvenience.

18th June Its been a patchy week, possibly due to the prolonged algae bloom we have had, and hence the aerators have been on for approx 10 days and will remain on until the bloom has gone. Algae blooms are commonplace, and occur most years on most lakes, but inevitably if they affect oxygen levels then the fish will be less likely to feed. We have still managed a few fish this week and with 3 off last night things seems to be getting better, however its always a tricky time of year here on Blakemere, and its a bit of a trade off between being by the lake in its full summer glory, with the longest days of the year approaching, and, understanding the fishing isn't quite as good as it is from September onwards. Anyway, Darrin Bromsgrove managed a 13lb mirrror from the pads on Monday, Carl Williams had a similar sized fish from the Boathouse on Wednesday, I managed a quick overnight on Thursday and had my first fish of the year, a long lean common of around 11-12lb. Last night an angler in the Boathouse had a mid double, Rich Woollam in the Reeds had a mirror of 17.08 at around 1.30am, and Iestyn Smith smashed his old PB of 18lb with a mirror of 27.10 at 4am from the Snags. Iestyn put out 2kg of krill boilies over the far side and fished a krill pop up over the top. I'm waiting for the photo's to confirm if its a named fish or not.  Hopefully we will see a few more tonight, and conditions looking good other than the pressure which has been creeping up over the last 24 hours.

12th June Well we have finished stoning all the swims, and all of the path on car park 1 side. We just have the path on car park 2 side plus the field to finish this week, but rain forecast so its not great news. We have been shut for the last two weeks for work to be undertaken, and just opened up for the weekends. Stephen May came to help out for a couple of days and fished the pads swim at night. He had Speedy at a well spawned out weight of 23.08 and lost two other fish. Steve Shaw landed Big De ' at 22lbs yesterday morning, again well spawned out which is great to see. The fish can lose between 3-7lb after spawning, but always put it back on by the end of the year, plus more in many cases. Open fully now, but we will still be working on Car park 2 side of your booked on, so the other side will be quieter. 

4th June Damian Richards was in the pads last night as we re-opened and lost a fish within the hour to a hook pull. He did however, manage to land a lovely looking mirror around 1.30am, only 15lb but with big apple slice scales randomly scattered over its flanks who cares ! The water has an algal bloom at present (as do an awful lot of waters at the moment) . With Light winds, and high temps, I have the aerator running 24/7 currently, and then will revert to running it at night times only. One of the town parks pools had an oxygen crash on Thursday losing 25 fish, so its a dangerous time of year for fish mortaliies, if your not prepared for it. We will be shut again on Monday morning until Friday 10th at 8pm when we re-open. All of the swims will be finished, as well as a new bunded pathway across the field from car park 2 ! 

31st May Well after a full week without a run from anyone, we managed to finish off with two fish, one to Simon May in the Channel at 23.00 and one to Kevin George in the pads at 22.00 . We are now closed and the fish are spawning well, and more aggressively and longer than when we closed two weeks ago. I would imagine that they will be all done spawning by tomorrow night, as they were going at it from Sunday night and all through the night last night and today, so I am opening back up again from Friday night 8pm until Monday 8am. We will then close again until the following friday night, or earlier if we get all the work done around the lake. We are stoning all the paths and swims, and building a bund across the field so you can get across easily and without getting your feet wet. 

24th May Well the fished spawned in patches between Sunday and wednesday, but not on mass so I expect we may see some more spawning when the water warms back up again. Chris Olsen came onto the Reeds swim, and managed a low double as well as landing Speedy at 28.02. Ricci Skellam went in behind him for a couple of nights and Ricci ended up with a very small common as well as catching 'Nic' at 28.08, which is the first time she has visited the bank since Sept, and at a good weight for the old girl too. I think from the pictures that she hasn't yet spawned so hopefully she will do in the next few weeks. We are shutting from the Tuesday after the bank holiday monday next week, to do all the paths and swims. We will be starting on the car park 1 side, so when we have finished this side, I may just open up 4 swims for the second week, depending on if they are trying to spawn again or not. Quite a few fish starting to show late evenings before dark, but still fishing quite hard at present.

16th May CLOSED FOR SPAWNING until sat 21st.  We are letting the fish get on with their spawning, and hopefully they will get it all out of the way. Its not been completely full on yet, so hopefully it will be tomorrow,  we keep just getting odd fish here and there spawning. With rain coming they might just stop and start again another time. Befor we closed Andy Murray managed a nice mirror of 21lb from the Reeds swim and Steve Coleman added a nice common of 29.12 to his other fish up in the pads swim. I haven't seen any pictures so not ure what fish it is, but its been a while since any of the big commons made an appearance so well done Steve. Will certainly make the drive back to Grimsby a quicker one !

15th May Daniel Shaw was in the Reeds, and made up for the one he lost on Friday night having 4 fish in total including a 17lb leather, and mirrors of 18, 23 and 24.08. Chris Tonkinson in the Snags added two more with a mirror of 22 and and 18lb common. Steve in the Pads swim had a mid double and Craig Lamb in the Channel had a new pB of 19.06. There were reports of fish crashing in the pads up at the reeds end during the night although there has been no spawning this morning. If they start today, or tonight we will close and refund anglers due on.

14th May 9am. Just been round for my morning walk. Rich Woollam finally managed to get one all the way to the bank after having lost two into the pads. He landed a lovely mirror of 24.13 at 1am this morning. Chris Taylor and Will Tonks came on last night and went into the Moat swim together. Chris had Mirrors of 12, 17 & 20lb and a common of 18lb as well as a tench, and Will had a 15lb common and lost one other fish, so rather a busy night for them both ! They have been fishing krill boilies over a bed of crushed boilie and bloodworm pellet. Chris Tomkinson in The Snags also came on last night and had a common of 17.01 from the far margin. One other fish lost in the Reeds swim. So, finally there's been plenty of action. The fish were showing more actively despite the pressure rising, and hopefully we will see a few of the bigger ones making an appearance in the next few weeks before they spawn. 

13th May  Dan Ryder had an unusually small fish of 11lb from Herons view this morning around 11am. Two fish have been lost in the pads swim today. Kevin George went onto Herons View last Sunday night and put his right hand rod down towards the lilly pads opposite the Pads swim after Joe had put a fair bit of bait out, and had a nice mirror of 25.04. I haven't checked to see if its a new 25 yet so I'll let you know .Water temp is currently 17 degrees. The carp will spawn anytime between 17 and 23 degrees. I have shut the lake for the first two weeks of June to get all the swims and paths done, but if they spawn before then we will close, and any anglers fishing will be asked to leave, and refundd for the time they lose out. Hopefully they might hold out until June !

10th May Joe Charnock came on for 48 hours and went into the pads to land a mirror of 17lb as well as losing one. Its been very quiet otherwise. This sometimes happens a few days prior to them spawning, and given that lakes had fish spawning in Oxford as well as Essex yesterday, they may well have been getting ready. However, with rain this morning, and tomorrow and fresher winds it will be a while again before they look set to go, and its very early still considering how cold it was a week ago. We haven't had the big hit week we had last year when 40 fish came out from all swims at all times within a week, so perhaps it will still happen ? who knows !!

8th May Ian Mayhew fished in the Reeds swim on Friday and had a mirror of 21lbs as well as losing two other fish in the pads. Paul Welsby had 2 fish from the Channel swim of 16lb and 21lb. Stephen Wright started off in the normally productive Boathouse swim, but decided to move into the Reeds once it was vacated, and has had two fish, a mirror of 17.04 and possibly the smallest fish in the lake, but argueably one of the prettiest in a fully scaled mirror of around 8-9lbs. Rich woollam had a tench of around 6lb early this morning, as well as a 2.13 eel the night before from the Pads swim. 

5th May Chris Olsen came on last night, and settled into the Reeds swim for 24 hours and after getting his feet soaking wet on the way across the field from car park 2 (yes its still wet, but drying slowly ) he was paid his due rewards this morning at first light when he landed Shadow scale at 30lb on the nose- a new PB, and the first time this fish has done thirty, so taking us up to 10 thirties which is a nice little milestone. Simon Cope fished the opposite end of the lake in the Pads and lost 2 fish in the night. He was using size 8 hookks, so I suggested using 6's as the fish have fairly soft moths and if your near the pads you need to give them a bit of stick so want a hook that will stay in. Its looking promising for the next few days and weekend. Warm days, and nights and fairly low pressure. We are shut the first 2 weeks of June to stone the swims and do the paths. If any regulars are able to help at any point at all it would be much appreciated. Thank you. 

2nd May Sadly I have very little to report ! We have had plenty of anglers on, but no fish out since the last fish in midweek. On friday night anglers reported a lot of fish boshing in front of the Snags and Moat swims between 1am and 3am. Then Sat night when it was warmer they saw nothing. The weather this week has been particuarly harsh for the time of year, with frosts most mornings, sleet, hail, rain, cold winds so its perhaps not that surprising. The weather forecast is to steadily improve this weekend and temp looking like they might hit 20 degrees by next weekend so that would be very welcome, and hopefully result in a few fish coming out. 

28th April Only 2 anglers on today, braving the arctic conditions. It really has been savage out there, with rain, hail and bitterly cold winds. Warming up ever so slightly for the weekend and next week, but way behind where we all thought it should be. Hopefully we will see a fish or two on the bank this weekend. Good luck to all of you coming on. Car park 2 is open, the path at the bottom of the hill is just about ok and the swims are all fine now, even after todays rain.

27th April  Mark Barton fished in the Boathouse swim for 48 hours, and endured four seasons of weather in one day yesterday ! When I went round at 7am this morning, there were still huge balls of ice from the sleet shower we had at 8pm last night, that hadn't even melted ! Anyway he managed a nice clean mirror of 22lbs from the trees on the far side so was understandably buzzing given the conditions. More cold weather forecast so looks like we will have to wait until May for some warmer days. I have shut the lake for the last week in may, and first week of June as the fish generally spawn then, but mainly its due to getting organised with machines etc to come and do the paths and swims over those two weeks. If the fish dont spawn during that time I will still close again for at least another week, and refund fully any anglers booked on, so fingers crossed they go for it whilst we are working.

25th April Firstly apologies for lack of reports. I have been away over the last 3 weeks to France and latterly in China and only just got back this morning. This weekend jsut passed saw Craig Ridge land a fish called 'my Jennie' at 25.08 from Herons view, along with another fish which I believe was a common. One other fish of 16lb was landed from the Reeds but Rich didn't get his name.  About 10 days ago, Stephen May came on and had 6 fish, over 48 hours and ended up getting through 7kg of bait !! Not all at once I might add, but after each fish, he wound in, walked around and baited up with a kilo more, so good effort Stephen. He had f1sh of 9lb, 2 x 16lb , 19.01, 19.15 and a fish known as 'Ash' at 30.11 so another 'A' list member off the list for him. Its seems more like winter again today, with Northerly winds and temp only just reaching double figures. Night temps this week are going down to 0+1 degrees so its not great for this time of year which is usually a lovely time to be out on the bank. 

7th April  Andy Elwell and his mate Matt Rosling fished for 48 hours in the moat and stream, and despite Andy having the fish early on, didn't feel it was happening, so made three trips around with all their gear and paired up in the Boathouse for their last 24hours. They spread some more bait over the far margin as they came by. Only an hour after being in the new swim, Andy had a fish, followed by another 3. Matt finally had one the next Morning before leaving. Andys 5 fish weighed 21.00, 'Nyeve' at 26.04, a new 25.06, 21.08 and 20.06 and Matt had a 22.00   Ste May is now in the Boathouse and lost a fish last night, but managed another 19.15 this morning just before first light. A fish was also lost from the Snags at 9.30am this morning. The lads catching have been putting bait out reguarly, at least 1-2kgs then when they are getting fish going around and putting out another 1kg again, and just repeating this every time they get a run. More rain again, so paths absolutely saturated at the moment.

I'm really sorry, but I cant do anything about the state of the paths or the field until it dries up. Please be prepared. The swims themselves are genrally ok.

3rd April  I've been working away this week, putting up the otter fence around Biggleswade & Hitchin's swan lake, so that's now safe for the future, hence why there's been no reports. Fish starting to move and show themselves a bit more and a couple of reports from people who have emailed me. Nathan Burrows came on his first trip and went into the Boathouse. He fished across the far side, and got through 5kg of boilies in 48hours, topping up after each fish. he ended up with 5 fish in total, 15lb mirror, 15lb common, 16.08 common, 18lb mirror and the 'H' common at 28.06 so a wicked first trip. Well done Nathan. Andy Elwell came on this morning and had a mirror of 21.00 this morning. Not heard from anyone else, so if you visited and caught, please let me know. Our Otter fence is now almost finished, just the brackets and skirt to be covered this week. When I walked around today when I got back and the gate was wide open in the field. I will be getting signs made, but please use some common sense, I haven't just forked out a huge some of money to fence the whole lake for gates to be left open all night !! Thank you.

28th March We have had some incredible weather this weekend including some of the heaviest rainfall last night I can remember. I don't think I have seen the stream come up sohigh, so quickly. All the dry weather of the last two weeks which had started to dry out the paths has been undone in the last 24 hours. I suggest you either travel light if wanting to fish on the far bank swims, or do two trips, or take the long way round. The farmer has finally given me permission to build a 'walkway' but it will have to wait until June before itsdry enough to do so.Fishing wise Dave Nuttall added another mirror of 19lb around 9pm last night, and his mate Tom in the Channel lost a fish during the night. George Dobbs-Jones came on last night into the Moat and fished singles tight to the island. He had a hard fighting fish on after a couple of hours but lost it after it kited far right under the tree. He then lost another during the night to a hookpull, then finally landed a low double this morning. Its been a much more pleasant end to the day at least. Good luck tonight for those on.

26th March Harry Deakin has been in the Stumps and had a common of 13.13 last night around 1.30am, before losing a bigger fish this morning around 7.30am. Steve Shaw is in the Moat and has just had a fish of 16.15 at 9.45am. The Otter Fence is now up all the way around, which is actually 100m short of a mile !!  Please make sure you close the gates behon you at all times. The ground skirt will be covered next week (digger on site mon or tues 4th or 5th) and brackets put on to secure it all. Hopefully a few more days of bright sunshine like yesterday and warm overnight temps will keep the fish moving around.

23rd March  Stephen May was on for 48 hours since his last visit two weeks ago, since when we haven't had a fish out ! The lake was fairly quiet so he opted for herons view, a swim he is getting to know quite well. Steve baited reguarly during his session, at least twice if not three times per day,and used 3.5 kgs of CC Moores pacific Tuna boilies. He fished matching pop up hookbaits over the top on hinged stiff rigs and had a low double common last night around 9.30pm and a mirror of 19.15 at first light this morning, so he was well chiffed with 2 fish given how hard its been fishing of late.  Nobody on today, but a full lake tomorrow night, so hopefully on or two more fish will grace the banks over Easter.

22nd March First morning for quite a while where we didn't have a frost. I saw my first carp crash of the year, on the far margin opposite the boathouse, and at least four other fish have been seen today. Stephen may has just had a small common from Herons View, so hopefully things are looking up. Rain forecast for Thursday then most of the weekend, but its warm and pressure is low so conditions better than late at least. I looked back to last years catch reports for the sam dates, and they are very similar, even water temp and fish captures being slow. Start to pick up and kick off in the next few weeks so depends on the temps but things are looking up. Otter fence almost done, got around 250m of fence left to do, then add the gates and clad them plus bracket all the way around and cover the ground skirt. 

20th March Water temp is now up to 6.4 degrees, the reeds are starting to push through, and the willows up in the pads swim have started to bud, so spring is now officially here. The carp however have different ideas, and we haven't had a fish on the bank for nearly two weeks, although we did have a fish lost in the pads swim on Friday night. Hopefully this week will see a change, it doesn't look like we will be having any frosts, and the pressure is dropping nicely by the end of the week. The swims have all dried up, however the paths are still muddy, and the field at the bottom of the hill from car park 2 is still very wet. The otter fence is about 1/3rd the way around and should be nearly finished by the end of the week. I still haven't seen a fish myself this year, so hopefully they will start mooching about in the next few weeks and I will see one or two starting to roll.

13th March I wasn't here yesterday, but haven't had any news to say anyone caught, so it looks like our second blank weekend on the trot ! Water temp up 1 degree to 5.4 degrees so finally the sun is making a difference. Next few weeks will see the trees start to bud and reeds just poking through, so rapid changes ahead, and hopefully I will start seeing some fish move, as I still haven't seen one yet this year.

9th March Just two anglers on over last 24 hours, with temps down to minus 3, wind and rain I can't say I'm surprised. The ground paths, and swims are saturated once more, however the forecast is for a week or more without rain, and some sunshine and warmer days so hopefully we can start drying out. However if your due on in the next fe days bring some suitable footwear,which i know I keep repeating but you will end up with wet feet if you don't !!  I've checked rigs of those on, and they have been good, and not minded me doing so, which has made it easier for me. Anyway, after a fishless weekend, Stephen may had a stunning little mirror of 17.15 from the Boathouse swim this morning. It turned out to be the same  fish that was his first ever capture from the mere 18 months ago but was only 14lb back then so its doing well and looking stunning in its winter colours. Hopefully over the next few weeks as the weather improves and we see double figure daytime temps, and above freezing at night, more fish should grace the bank.

6th March We have had some very good anglers on this weekend, but sadly havent had a single fish grace the banks, possibly due to a sudden drop in temp on Friday when we had hail, snow and rain all on one day, along with cold northerly winds all weekend. The water temp is still only 4.3 degrees so we need some sunshine and warm temps to get it rising. We have few more frosty nights ahead, but hopefully some warmer weather heading in from the middle of next week.

3rd March Fairly quiet on the banks this week, and no fish out last weekend at all which is unusual. Joe Ogden came down on Sunday night and fished in the Channel swim and had a 19.13 mirror at 8.45am on Tues and followed it with another mid double mirror at 9am the following morning. His mate George-Jones Dobbs was in the Boathouse and he managed a 15.10 mirror too. 

28th Feb I have been away all week so reports are low. Staurt Chard had a lovely fish from the Boathouse swim last Sunday and Monday with a very nicely scaled beast at 16lb.  However, since then, with the drop in temps I am not aware that any fish have been out, even though we have been full this weekend. I took the water temp this evening and its 4.3 degrees, so still pretty cold. The air temps seem to be getting better next week, so lets hope that as they rise so do the number of fish getting caught.  We have had a digger in this weekend, clearing the path for our Otter fence which will go up before the end of March. the post knocking machine will be on site from Monday 7th march so there will be a little bit of noise for 3 or 4 days whilst he's here.  The swims and paths are starting to dry up at long last, but we still need a few more weeks of dry and sunny weather before they finally dry out fully enough for us to get machines down to scrape them clear and lay some stone.

21st Feb Pretty horrible all day yesterday with it raining almost non stop. Adam Harris had a second fish, a 22.01 Common from the moat, and Mike Farrall finished off with a 15lb mirror this morning at first light, to end a great Feb seesion with 5 fish and one lost. 

19th Feb Mike Farrall has added a fourth fish to his tally so far with a mirror of exactly 20lbs at 10.30am this morning. Adam Harris had a nice common of 18lb from the Moat swim at 7am this morning and had to play it through and under the ice which had covered this end of the lake overnight. Its all melted now and temps set to rise tonight and tomorrow with wind and rain on the way. It is still very muddy and we are busy and its raining, so please don't come in trainers then complain, I can't do anything until the ground dries up, at which point we will be re-doing the paths and swims with stone. 

18th Feb Mike Farrall has started his session well today with 3 fish under his belt already ! Kicking off with a low double common at 2pm, Mike then went on to catch a fish called 'Ash' at 30.08 and another New 30 for the lake which was last caught in June 2014 at 25.07. After unhooking this fish, he re-cast, and before we had even done the photos the same rod was away again, this time with a fish named 'Speedy' at 27.12 Mike fished in the Boathouse swim and had fed Salopian Baits crushed boilies, corn and hemp to the far side with a pop up. Top Angling Mike, and fingers crossed for a couple more before you leave.

15th Feb I have been away as you know, and from What I have been told, Steve Bathers common of 20.14 out of the Boathouse was the only fish out at the weekend.  There was also one fish lost in the Moat and there has been a small low double mirror out this afternoon. Ground was still frozen with ice on it at 4pm after a couple of very cold nights. Lots of rain due all day Wednesday, but warmer air and low pressure coming it for the weekend.

8th Feb I have been working way since last week, and as far as i know we havent had any fish out. if you have been on and caught please do let me know as i have not been getting round. Most anglers have been confined to thier bivvies by all accounts, and the weather has been horrendous over the last few days, so just when we were starting to dry out properly, six hours of constant rain on sat, plus more on Sunday have meant that its all muddy again !! 

5th Feb Steve Hall from Crewwe fished the Moat for 48 hours and had a nice dark coloured mirror of 19lb off the back of the island in line with the telegraph pole around where its very hard on the bottom. 

3rd Feb Stephen May has had the lake to himself for the last 48 hours, and manged two fish from Herons view, including one today on his Birthday, so Happy Birthday Stephen. Nothing to shout about weight wise, 10lb and 17lb but check out the small fully scaled on the gallery, who cares what they weight looking like that. Would be nice to see it go past 20 one day. 

31st Jan  Staurt Wareham was the only angler on last night braving the winds, and was rewarded with a mirror of 16lb at 1.15am so good result for a quick overnight session. Very windy over last 24 hours, Temperatures look set do drop slightly by the end of the week, but pressure is going to be very low next weekend with lots of rain coming in from Fri throught till Sunday.

30th Jan Jono Tolley wins himself 24 hours free fishing for catching the first thirty of 2016, when he landed Scar at 32.11 from the Stumps swim at 1 o'clock this afternoon. Jono fished down to the treeline and used a cell wafter hookbait. Well done Jonno, top angling.

30th Jan James Wilson had a 17lb mirror from the Moat swim around 10pm last night but everywhere else was quiet on the fish front. Very windy night with rain, dry and cold today but pressure still consistent and warming up tomorrow.

29th Jan Stephen Wright has come on for the weekend, and had a mirror of 14.10 from 90 yards out from the Boathouse, after which he put in around 200boilies. He has just had another mirror of 22.12 at 7.15pm so looks set to have a good weekend. Stephen is fishing DNA Nutcracker boilies as bottom baits tipped with some pink plastic corn on KD rigs. 

27th Jan Jack Cuthbertson came on for his first 24 session, and went into the Boathouse swim. At around 12pm he had a common of 16lb at 16 wraps on his right hand rod, then 15 minutes later had a mirror named 'Jabba' at 24.14 from his left hand rod fished at 22 wraps, so a pretty good 1st visit especially in winter. Well done Jack. The swims are all still muddy and paths especially due to rain and how busy we have been this winter, and I do apologise for this. We will sort all the swims and paths out when it dries out properly in the spring. Therefore its still sensible to come in wellies or boots and not advisable to come in trainers. 

26th Jan Staurt wareham fished herons view last night and had 3 runs, but unfortunately lost two due to hook pulls and landed a mid double. Runs came at midnight, 1am and 6am. 

24th Jan Not a bad weekend considering the lake was frozen a few days ago. Steve Shaw ended up with a brace of fish, landing a 24.14 mirror on Sat morning at 1am, and following it up with a 24lb common this morning around 10am from the Boathouse. Stuart Chard came on at 11am yesterday and had a mirror of 24lb from the far side opposite Herons View at 4pm. Adam Hulse came on this morning for 24 hours and made the long walk round to the stumps and caught a common of 15lb a rod length off the trees down to the left of the swim. No fish showing, which is usual for the time of year, however a fair amount of bloodworm bing retrieved on anglers leads and hooks.

23rd Jan Steve Shaw is fishing in the Boathouse and had a fish called 'Nyeve' last night at 1am at 24.14. Stuart Chard came on this morning and went into Herons View and had a mirror of 24lb at 4pm this afternoon on a white pop up. Water levels right back down but paths still very muddy and wellies or boots are strongly reccomended.

18th Jan Only two anglers on all weekend as the lake froze over on Friday night. It thawed out on sat night and has now started to drop back down. The Moat is above water but very soggy. There is still water covering the reeds and snags platforms but only just. No anglers booked on until next Sat at present, and no fish caught by the two who were on. Temps set to get up towards high single figures, possibly even 10 degrees for this coming weekend. All paths still very boggy. We will be re-doing all the paths later in the year when it dries out, as well as stoning all the swims, but it will be well into the spring before this happens as we simply cannot get any machines down with the ground being so wet, so please bear with us. 

15th Jan One angler on last night in the stream who unfortunately lost a fish which is a shame. Water levels have dropped about 2" overnight. All swims on car park 1 are fishable. Stream and Stumps are also ok, but Moat is still flooded. The snags and reeds bivvy areas are ok, but their platforms are under about an inch of water. Hopefulyl it will keep dropping over the next 24 hours. 

14th Jan No fsh to report sadly. The water level has been rising steadily for the last week. Last night it came over the Pads platform, and the Boathouse. It's also over the Moat, Reeds and stumps. I have been a mile downstream today, and cleared out some of the large 3 foot pipes that were almost totally blocked with weeds and the water level dropped a foot in the stream at that point within miniutes. Hopefully it will start subsiding now overnight and we will be back down to a normal level within a day or two. Obviously the paths and pegs are wet and muddy. Anyone who comes who feels its too bad for them to stay can let me know and I'll refund them in full.

On a seperate note, when I walked around this morning, an anlger was on his way up to the toilet. He was gone 5 minutes and his rods were still out in the water. I know its winter and chances of bites are less, but if you are going to your car, or to the toilet, either give your receiver to someone next door, or wind in. I then walked along and the angler in the 3rd peg was also ''missing''. He didn't appear until I was right round the other side. If you are caught away from your rods (1 swim either side is acceptable if you have a receiver, except for snags and moat where you must stay put) then you will be banned, regardless of how 'experienced' you are, or how regular you are. My fishes welfare comes before everything else.

9th Jan Wet, windy and very low pressure, so perfect conditions for the fish, bit muddy and damp for the anglers ! Hoping to see a couple of fish on the bank over the next 24 hours. You can now see Stephen Mays  new video 'Reflections' which was released this morning, showing some of his highlights of 2015 at Blakemere. Click Here to watch it, certainly one of his best video's to date.

8th Jan Simon Cope popped down for the day yesterday and had a low double common from the Channel using Hybrid boiles. 

2016  7th Jan  Happy New year everyone, I would have liked to have posted something before now, but the first three fish hooked this year all escaped capture !! Anyway Steve Hall from Crewe fished the Channel last night, and as I walked around at 8am this morning Steve had a run which ended up in him catching 'T-Bone' at 29.12 Steve was fishing directly out towards the middle of the lake, so well done Steve, a cracking way to start 2016. In case any of you have failed to see the news or weather, we have had rather a lot of rain, and hence the paths, and swims are very wet and muddy so pleased be prepared. As much as I keep saying it people still turn up in mid winter in trainers and get soaking wet feet, so you have been warned ! again. The stream that we diverted is doing its job but its only 6" from the top and its shut the return flaps on the outlet so we need a couple of days rain free for it to all go down. Therefore, the water may drop or rise, depending on how much rain we get over the next 48 hours.  

30th Dec Mike Farrell had a very scaley mirror of 18lb from the Stumps yesterday, along with a tench of around 3 1/2 lbs. Stuart wareham had a 21lb mirror from Herons view this morning just as it was getting light. Both fishing boilie hookbaits,Mike's topped with live maggots, with maggots and crushed boilies as loosefeed. 

28th Dec Mike Howard has been on for 2 nights in The Channel and broke his PB this morning just on first light with a fish known as The Frog at its highest weight and 1st time over the 30lb barrier at 30.03, so that takes the tally of thirties up to 8 fish in total. Mike was fishing approx 60 yards straight out fishng with hybrid boilies tipped with corn and a small stick. Well done Mike.

28th Dec I hope you all had a great Christmas and santa brought you lots of goodies to take to the bank with you in 2016. Despite the continuation of mild weather and anglers on the bank all over xmas, things slowed down compared to the previous week. A lad called Jack had a stunning mirror of 19lb out of the Moat yesterday morning, and other than that its been quiet. I look forward to seeing you all on the bank in  2016 and hopefully o load more new 30's which have avoided capture so far this year.

23rd Dec Lee Burns was on the Stumps for 48 hours and had a nice 24.06 linear and also lost another fish. We have a few anglers on over xmas so fingers crossed we see a fish on Christmas day !

20th Dec Still fishing well to those who venture out. Stuart Chard had 24 hrs in Herons view and had 3 fish of 11, 14 and a common of 24.06 as well as losing one, so well done Stu on a great short session. Interestingly he put 2kgsof bait out at the start ! Dave Nuttall had a 15lb mirror out of the Pads this morning. Andrew Mann was on with his dad Steven for their first 24 hour visit. Andrew fished in the Snags and caught a new PB and his first thirty when he had The pretty One at 30.02 this morning. His dad had a leather of 17lb from the Reeds at 11pm last night. Kevin George Followed Andrew into the Snags this morning and had a fish of 16lb before he had even got hs third rod out. One fish lost from the channel swim too due to a hook pull. So as you can see fish are still coming from all over the lake.

16th Dec  A very special moment occured this Tuesday evening. Regular Stuart Wareham was down for 24 hours on Monday, to make most of the incredible mild spell of late. He went into the Boathouse swim, and had a nice 21lb mirror early Tues morning. He decided to stop on for another night, and walked round to scatter some maggots ,corn and boilies off the far bank with his catapult from the far side, spraying maggots into the air to let the southerly wind spread them out. I managed to get down to see him with a brew around 7.30pm and only having been there 10 mins, his right hand rod was away. I could see instantly from the bend in his rod, it looked a heavy fish, even at range. After a few nervous moments when it took out his middle rod, I managed to slip the net under the fish, and looking down thought thats got to be close to thirty. Anyone who knows Stuart will know that he has caught dozens and dozens of fish to over sixty pounds in France, but has never had a UK thirty. After zeroing the scales we hoisted it up, and the needle swung round to 32.12 . Stuart was absolutely blown away ! We had a big hug and took some photos before getting the fish known as Scar, back on its way. For me, running the fishery is about moments like that, and I'm so pleased he caught it from Blakemere, and that I was there too, espcially after all his efforts over the last few seasons. He then followed it up with a brace of 17's to end on 4 fish for his session. Merry Christmas Stuart, and well done on your new PB.

12th Dec Jason Glover had two fish over the weekend of 18lb and 22lb from the Boathouse swim.

10th Dec Network Rail have a compound in car park 1 on the RHS as you drive in, Please use the left hand side when you drive in. It has been re-stoned. Car park 2 is very wet but hopefully will be stoned tomorrow (friday) or very ealry part of next week. The path down at the bottom of the field is very wet due to all the rain so please bring suitable footwear, you will get wet feet if you come in trainers.

Andy Remelie had a fish of 17lb from the Channel swim last night. He was the only angler on. 

7th Dec What a weekend, with gale force winds, low pressure, rain and mild temps, it was certainly good for the fishing,and hats off to all those that braved the winds on Friday and sat night. Shaun Marchington went into the Moat for 48 hours and had 9 runs, landing 7 fish up to 24.06 and was very happy to say the least when he left on Sunday morning. Dave Nuttall went into the Channell and fished maggots about 40-50 yards out and at 11.30pm on Sat night landed a lake Record mirror of 33lbs. Amazingly this fish is an un-named fish, having never previously been caught at over 25lb so it just goes to show that the fish do go long periods without being caught. So congratulations Dave, on a new PB too. His mate Bradley Joinson was fishing in the Boathouse and landed a fish almost at exactly the same time, this too being a new PB of 26.00 and another NEW 25+ fish for the lake. This takes us to having 27 fish over 25lb in weight, and 6 x 30's, and hopefully still chance to see another few whackers on the bank before the new year.

5th Dec No anglers on this week until yesterday. Shaun Marchington went into the Moat on arrival yesterday morning with friend Connah Reynolds. When I walked around at 3.30pm yesterday, Shaun had already had 3 fish up to 24.00 and lost one. He added another 20lb mirror last night at 4am. I have six anglers on today, and apart from the gale force winds, its exceptionally mild with low pressure pushing in tonight, so conditions looks really good and I hope see some more fish on the bank before tomorrow night. Network rail are working on the tracks and have compound inside carp park one so please turn left as you come into the gates and park on the newly laid stone area. I will be getting car park 2 stoned in the next two weeks as well now I have managed to get consent from the farmer who owns the field.

29th Nov It certainly wasn't a weekend for the faint hearted, or those with short pegs ! Gale force winds, driving rain and a cold night on Friday all part of the weather, however it didn't stop the fish from feeding. Steve Hall came on for three nights and went into the Moat. He called me around 8pm on Friday night to say he had the Big lin in the net. When I got round to do the photo's it was blowing a proper hoolie,  with rain driving horizontally down the lake. None of which would remotely shrink the size of Steves grin, and, after a big hug, and a few photos I left him to go back to sleep with one hand holding his bivvy down. Last night around 10.30pm Steve landed the Pretty One, at 28.04 (which equalled his old PB before the big lin) and was a very welcome site after not gracing the bank for at least 2 years. Having seen how excited Steve was on friday night I'm not sure he got much slepp after that, but well done on a brilliant session, certainly one to remmeber. Craig Ridge wont forget the weekend in a rush either, not with the same happy ending, but a pair of very wet socks from his first take, and nearly burning down his bivvy whilst he ran out to a fish with his cooker on his second take an hour later, only to end up with two hookpulls. Gutted for you Craig. James Waters had his first trip down with his friend Tom, and went into the Moat to get some shelter, and had a lovely fully scaled mirror of 14lbs mid afternoon.

24th Nov Joe Charnock did 48 hours in the Reeds and managed a mirror of 19lb on sat around 11pm.  Now we have had a couple of cold nights will be interesting to see if it picks up at all once we get some anglers back on the bank for the weekend.

19th Nov I managed to get out Sunday and Wed nights (both pretty windy) and had a lovely common of 18-19lbs around 8pm on Sunday evening gfishing a single B5 bottom bait tipped with corn. Only one other angler on this week for the day who blanked as far as I know. Few on over the weekend, but still a lack of fish showing anywhere. 

11th Nov I am very pleased to announce that Mr Shaw has ended his long barren run with two fish so far of 17.12 and 22.14 from the Moat swim so is once more a very happy chappy. Well done Steve.

09th Nov At last a change in weather, and with it some fish to report. George Jones -Dobbs had Nyeve at 25.07 from the pads at 3.30pm after losing a fish at midday. Joe ogden had a lovely scaley mirror of 13lb. George then followed his 25 up with a late fish of 22.12 before packing up at 7.30pm.  Stephen May fished in the Channel and caught the Big Lin, slightly down in weight at 30.12 a new pb and looking as stunning as ever. Mark Reilly came on in the dark last night and had a 16lb mirror from the Boathouse at middnight, around 70 yards out. Steve Shaw aslo lost a fish from the Moat around the same time. Bill O'connor had a fish from the Moat on Sat and also lost one Sunday morning, so things looking much different now compared to the catches over the last two months. Hopefully they will finally get their heads down in preperation for winter. Still loads of the big ones to make an appearance so its exciting times over the next 6 weeks.

3rd Nov Andy Remelie had a lovely mirrorr of 23.13 from the Moat swim last night around 11.30pm, despite it being very damp and foggy and conditions looking far from favourable. He is the only angler on until tomorrow. 

2nd Nov  Firstly apologies to Andy Remelie who pointed out I had not mention his 3 fish catch from 2 weeks ago whilst I was away. Andy fished in the Moat and had fish of 18.15, 19.15 and 22.09.   This weekend gone, was one of the dampest and foggiest I can remember, and not really very carpy at all. Hardly any fish showing at all, just the odd one in the pads at either end. Stuart Chard had a mirror of 20lb from the Boathouse early Sat morning, the only other fish coming to Steve Hall (w'ton) at 2am from the Moat and weighing in at 19lb. Water temp is 10.1 degrees today and still very clear.

29th Oct I've been away over the last week in china then in London, so the report is based on anglers I have seen tonight, or those who have emailed me, but things are obviously picking up. Steve Hall from crewe came on for a 12 hour nights session in the Boathouse last week and had 2 runs for 1 fish of 15lb. Craig Ridge fished the Moat at the weekend and had a 19lb mirror in the morning. Joe Ogden fished Heron view and had a 17.07common at 8pm. His friend Tom fished the pads and had 3 fish of 15, 17 and 18 coming at 3.30pm, 5pm and 10pm so fish starting to come out in the daylight hours now. Tom also played another big fish for 15 mins before it picked up one of his other lines and he lost it. Kevin George was in the Moat and had a mid double mirror at 5am fishing only 25-30 yards out. Water is very very clear at the moment. High pressure coming back in for the weekend which is a shame, but hopefully over the next month we shall see some more seasonal weather with low pressure and cold snaps, along with some wind and rain and hopefully accompanied by some of the bigger residence who have been in hiding over the last month !

20th Oct Well as we approach November, it seems more like September. The continued high pressure and still days and nights, have made fishing very hard, not just here but on many waters across the UK, and, in a month when we would expect to see the fish feeding hard, they have done the opposite. We do have some rain forecast for the end of the week and early next week, and its coupled with some slightly stronger south westerlies and drop in pressure, so that might just be enough to get them feeding. I think a good couple of days rain and a cold snap is whats needed, but we shall wait and see how the next week goes.

16th Oct As the high pressure continues then so do the results, or lack of them ! Ian Woodvine fished in the Boathouse for 36 hours and had an 18.08 mirror yesterday morning at 7am, then lost a fish this morning at 9.30am. I have just come back from having a brew with Steve Hall in the stumps (10.30pm) and loads of fish rolling in the middle part of the lake. Interestingly they seem to be out in front of the Boathouse but only 40-50 yards out, and presumably feding on naturals as Ian was fishing over to the far side, and I'm not aware of much bait going in at that short distance over the last week. pretty frustrating but still at least the odd fish coming out, and seeing them in the dark is encouraging. Fingers crossed for a few out tonight and over the weekend. Pressure due to drop slightly next Wed but I really think we need a complete change. Either some hard frosts, a couple of days of rain, some low pressure or big winds before we see any dramatic change in captures. All part of the jigsaw !!

13th Oct Ste May has been down for two days in the Moat. I joined him for a brew from 8.30-10pm on Sunday night and the amount of fish we heared was crazy. Not just rolling gently, but rolling hard and a few huge boshes coming off the island opposite, and up by the reeds and snags. Surely the fish were finally getting their heads down for winter. Not wishing to let this opportunity pass I joined him for  quick overnighter, and even though it was much warmer last night, the action just wasn't there, with only a few fish rolling quietly, and both of us having an uniterrupted nights sleep. Dam this carp fishings annoying !! Frank Warwick is on and off over the next week with 4 tutorials, so hopefully he'll be able to show us how to do it, and I'm sure as he gets a feel of the water and swims over time he'll help his customers catch a few too. Still think we will be seeing some big fish over the next few weeks. Water temp is down to 11.5 so down 2 degrees from last week, and I think once it drops a couple more, the fish will have no doubt its time to fuel up for winter.

10th Oct John Buckley had a 22.03 mirror from the Snags last night around 3am. Lovely misty sunrise this morning at 7.15am for anyone that was up !

9th Oct Joe Ogden had a nice mirror of 18.11 last night around 9.30pm from Herons view. The take was only a few bleeps, so think the fishare either getting riggy or not feeding flat out yet. Still,  that's 3 fish out in last 24 hours so not too bad.

8th Oct back to high pressure with little wind and clear skies for the next few days. Stuart wareham had a fish of 15lb last night at 10pm from the Stumps, and Andy Remelie upped his PB to 27.03 with Shadow Scale at 7am this morning from the Moat swim. Well deserved Andy.

7th Oct Given the conditions over the last 3 days, I would have liked to have been on here daily, but alas it has not been the case. Depsite the seemingly ideal weather, as opposed to last week, I was expecting to see fish all over. However its been very quiet. I managed to sneak a small mirror out of 17lb on Monday night, but thats it as far as fish captures go. There were however reports of loads of fish rolling and boshing last night from midnight onwards, and I have actually seen 3 fish today in daylight which is a first for a week or so. On the bright side there are 14 less coots than this time last week. 5 anglers on tonight and I'll be gobsmacked if we don't see some fish, and biggers ones too, in the next week or so.

1st Oct Kevin George went into the pads for 24 hours and had a 20.02 mirror around 4pm on Tuesday, so another fish out in daylight hours. As we get closer to winter we will probably see more fish coming out through the day. Simon Cope went in behind Kevin and had a low double. Water still like glass at night and pressure remains high until the weekend at least.

28th Sept I said there would be a few surprises, and we had two this weekend. Ste may added a second fish on Friday night at 3am. he had a couple of bleeps and as he was fishing locked up across the far side from th boathouse came out and struck. He thought he heard a coot, and started winding thinking he had a coot on the end. he wound all the way in, then in the thick mist a fish rolled in the pads to his right, then swam stright into his net. At 17lb its certainly not big, but beautiful it most definitely was and a surprise to see such a lovely fish for the fisrt time. Ste is sure it has never been caught before, and hence it had no idea what was happening which would explain why it came in so easily. Its not a fish that I recognise, so please let me know if any of you have caught it before and at what weight and when. If it reaches 25+ or even 30 in a few years it will definitely be one of Blakemere's most wanted !!  Neil Corner came on for his first visit, and surprised us again by catching a mirror of 20lb from the pads at 4pm in the afternoon in bright sunshine. This is the first fish to come out in the middle of the day for over a month. High pressure all week so not looking great, but its dropping slightly for next weekend.

25th Sept Andy Remelie finished off his session with a fish of 21.04 at 3am, fishing at 18 wraps out from the moat, which is at the bottom of the drop off. I nipped out for a very quick overnighter in the channel and had my 2nd fish of the year at 18lb !  Just as I had landed it, I had 3 beeps on my right hand rod, then heard a fish roll out towards that rod. Just as I slipped my fish back, Ste May who was in the Boathouse came down to say he had just had one, and it had gone over my line at one point. Seems we both had them on at the very same time. Ste's fish weighed 21.10 and we both went back to bed around 11.30pm with fish rolling all over the middle parts of the lake, which was flat calm, and well lit from the moon. Sadly we both got some good sleep after that , but the fish are steadily getting their heads down now, judging by th amount of activity last night, and the recent catch rates. There's going to be a few surprises this winter I'm sure.

24th Sept Andy Remelie had a mirror of 17lb at 10.30pm, and Steve Hall came on for a quick overnighter, arriving in the dark and fishing the Stumps. His efforts were rewarded with 3 fish between midnight and 5am weighing 14, 16 & 17.04 so well done Steve. Lots of fish rolling quietly in the dark last night. Hopefully a few bigger fish will start to appear in the next few weeks, and perhaps we might see a few more come out in daylight hours too, as the majority of fish still all being caught at night presently.

23rd Sept Andy Remelie is in the Moat for a few days. He had two runs last night, one resulting in a mid double common, and the other a much larger common which tangled over one of his other lines, and stopped him netting it, despite several efforts the hook finally pulled out ! gutted. John Taylor came on for the day and went into the pads. After being pestered by the coots all afternoon he moved his rods away from the pads on the right and went straight across and slightly short to land a common of 19lb shortly before leaving. Weather looks perfect tonight for a few bites, slight westerly breeze, overcast, warm, drizzle and low pressure ! lets see what happens .

21st Sept Had an amazing weekend with lake booked off for my birthday and 8 good friends and anglers all coming down for a BBQ. Loads of laughs and fantastic bbq weather, but sadly despite over 150 years of angling experience we could only manage 1 small low double to Mike Farrell fishing in Herons view and one fish lost in the stumps. Loads of rain in today and forecast for tomorrrow along with lower pressure so will be interesting to see how the few mdweek anglers fair this week. Water temp down to just over 13 degrees and fish should strart feeding in earnest over next couple of months.

15th Sept Ryan Cope came on yesterday morning for a 24 hour session and went into the Channel Swim. At 1.30am he landed the Big Linear at 30.04 then at 7.15am, shortly before packing up, went onto land his second of a BRACE of 30'swith Bertha at 31.08. This was Ryans first ever trip to Blakemere so well done Ryan. Bertha was last out in Dec 2013 at 25.00 so has put on 6 1/2 lbs in the 21 months since it was last caught, and is a new 30 for the mere. There are a few other fish that havent been out for a year or two, and they were 28-29lb when last caught so we must surely see the lake record dissapear this winter. Ryan fished over 1kg of cc moore's oddyssey boilies and fished bright pop ups over the top at 50-60 yards range.

14th Sept  Stephen Bathers is on for a couple of nights in the Boathouse and had a personal best mirror of 27.11 last night at 3am, as well as losing one fish yesterday moring.

13th Sept After a barren week we finaly have had some action with a 20lb mirror from the Boathouse and a mid double from the Pads swim. There wwas also a fish lost last night in the Moat. Again all fish coming at night at the moment.

10th Sept I've been away most of this week so far at tradeshows and as far as I know we haven't had any fish out since the weekend. Got back late last night and could hear a few boshing in the dark, and with the nights drawing in quickly and water temp slowly falling should start seeing some better reports twoards the end of Sept and into October. Next 3 weekends already pretty full so hopefully we will start seeing some fish on the bank, and one or two of the A team that haven't made an appearance so far this year. Interestingly enough, Nic was caught a few weeks ago for the first time. Last year she didn't make an appearance until Sept, then came out 3 times in 6 weeks, so it seems like the same has happened this year with her avoiding capture uo until now, along with some of the others. The pretty one, crinkle tail and lilly are to name a few, all of which should be well over 30 on their next visit. Fingers crossed. I still seem to bee getting new anglers coming on, thinking they are going to 'rinse' the place, and leaving dispondant, or saying there are no fish in here !! The fish are most definitely in there, but getting wiser each year, and its not the sort of water to come to if your starting up in carping, or if you have an irrepresable urge to catch fish on every trip, you wont !. I can't be more honest than that. There are nearly always some regualrs on the lake, so if your new, have a chat to others, they are all friendly and will help you and tell you how it is, and tell you that all of them blank on here, as well as having good sessions where they catch. 

6th Sept Its been a pretty hard weekend so far. Only two small mid doubles out all weekend, one of those to Mark Jordan who was having a tutorial with Frank Warwick in the Moat , and the other to harry Deakin in the Boathouse.  2 other fish lost.  Not too many fish showing, at least in the daylight, and almost all fish over the last few weeks have come during the hours of darkness, including these two at 1 and 3am. Hopefully now we have had some rain, and the lake is nearly back up to normalheight, the fishing will continue to improve as Autumn closes in and water temps start sloing down.

1st Sept A 16lb common out of the Boathouse on Sat night. Two fish lost to anangler in the pads swim. I will mention now, again that if you're fishing tight to the pads, you need to make sure you dump your lead, and you are completely locked up- thats NO line at all coming off your clutch, and NO baitrunners as the fish will get you in the pads and come off. You need to be out of your bivvy for every single bleep. There is absolutely no point in fishing for them otherwise if you're not going to have a hope in hell of landing them. If you can't afford to lose your leads, or just don't think you would like to fish like this, then just come 2 rod lengths away from the pads, its fairly simple. The fish have wised up now, and if you do get them away from the far side pads, watch out for them getting in the pads on your nearside too, once you get them close in. Two lads , Mark and Steve were in the Channel on Sunday night, but blanked so moved at 8pm last night once the Boathouse became free. Steve had a mirror of 29.09 (not identified yet until I get the photo) plus one of 17.04, and Mark had a 16lb common, and mid double mirror, so well worth the efort lads, well done.

29th Aug Steve Hall from Crewe had a great 24 hours in the Moat swim with his son Harry, catching 2 pb's in a row, firstly with Shadow Scale at 27lb then in the morning with 'Nic' one of the original commons at 28.04 so well done steve. Steve Hall from Wolverhampton fished in the Boathouse and had three fish of 16,18 & 22 during his 24 hours. Stuart Chard had a 16lb fish from the tight to the back of the island last night. Simon Cope had a common of 17lb from the pads on Thursday night doing a quick 12 hour overnighter.

27th Aug Andy Remelie was on for a few days midweek, and fished in the Moat. Andy baited up with B5 and a spod mix, and on Tuesday night had 4 runs, with 3 fish landed up to 22lb. Steve hall (from Crewe) has just had a fish of 27lb from the moat and a new Pb so well done steve. Loads of fish showing all over for the last 3 nights.

25th Aug I have been away in Italy on holiday for the last week, but Rich my baliff was looking after the place whilst I was away. In total we have had 11 fish out since last report, including a 30lb+ common from the Channel, which I am awaiting photos of. There was also a 25, and most other fish upper doubles and low twenties. There were loads of fish rolling last night, very quietly between 9pm and 10.30 and if you were on the north bank (car park 1 side) you could see them in the moonlight. One fish lost in herons view last night, and one from the stumps this morning, both fish gaining sanctuary of the pads !! Alan Mcgervin caught shadow scale at 26.08 well spawned out so it looks like the big girls have had a good spawning season and will soon start packing back the weight in sept to Nov before the winter sets in.

15th Aug After whats been a tough couple of weeks everywhere, things picked up this last few days. Guy Ward and Damien McGloughlin booked the lake exclusively from Thurs to this morning. Just the two of them fished in the Pads and herons view, and when they arrived the wind changed and blew Easterly up towards them, for the first time in what seems ages, after almost constant westerleys. By Thursday evening they had landed a fish known as 'Tubs' at 25.08, then on thrusday night they had 8 runs between the 2 of them landing a further 5 fish most upper doubles, so an amazing 12 hours spell for them. The rain came in on Friday and despite still looking great for a bite, the wind swung back round to a westerly and they managed to catch up on all the sleep they missed out on the previous night, without so much as a bleep !  Thats carp fishing for you ! Full changeover this morning so hopefully we will see some more fish on the bank. Fishing should start to steadily improve now as the temps fall and we move toward Autumn. Tight lines.

11th Aug Well its been another difficult week, but we have seen a few fish at last. Ronnie Hewett had a small fish of 12lb in the pads, as well as another angler having one of 12lb from the moat last Thursday morning. It was a pretty quiet weekend though overall. Kevin George had a 14lb mirror from the Reeds, and Liam Brown on his first visit last night had a mirror of just under 20lb from the Pads. A lad called Alan had a new PB, jumping up from 12lb to 26.08  with a mirror from the Channel around 8.30am this morning. I'm waiting for photo's to be sent so I can see which fish it is as I couldn't tell from his camera. Rain forecast for Thurs and Friday so hopfully it will cool the water a little and get the fish feeding. August is always tricky and I look forward to mid Sept to Dec when the fishing gets a little easier and the fish start piling on the weight.

6th Aug It's been a pretty slow start to the month, one that I consider to be one of the hardest, along with July, Jan and Feb. Fish seem to be feeding and showing one minute, then switch off the next, and although conditions have looked perfect, like last night for example, the fish have had other ideas. John Buckley managed a couple of upper doubles from the Boathouse over the weekend, as well as losing what he said was possibly a 30lb common which he had its head over the net cord when the hook pulled out !  Other fish have come from the Moat, and Stumps and all been between 17-19lb. 

28th July  Well I managed 36hours in the Moat with Rich (Woolly) my bailiff, and conditions looked absolutely spot on, with low pressure, rain, cloud and warm temps. I had an absolute one toner at 4am, I was already awake and lying on my dedchair so it was only a few seconds before I had the rod in my hands and hooped over, only for it to cut off on a mussel shell within seconds, gutted. At 5am I was having a coffee when one of Rich's rods burst off. It went straight for the Island, and just made it, but luckily he managed to get it out quickly. We were both fishing about 18 wraps, on the bottom of the drop off. That fish went 25 yards up the slope and against the clutch to reach those pads in just a few seconds!! Anyway after a very spirited fight, we landed a lovely looking mirror which I reckognised as 'Big De'. The fish weighed 21.15 down nearly 5lb post spawning. Yesterday saw a lot of fish activity from 3.30-4.30pm then it went quiet again. Stuart Chard fished the Boathouse and had a nice 18lb linear this morning fishing very tight to the far trees on the left hand side.

26th July  Despite plenty of fish showing on friday night, we haven't seen a single fish on the bank this weekend. In fact until 10am this morning when Stephen May lost a mid double at the  net, nobody had even had a run. Pressure plumetting tonight, and rain and winds forecast all day, so its too good an opportunity for me to miss out on a rare 24hour session, but with everyone else blanking, it gives me a god excuse too !

24th July Firslty, apologies for lack of reports, the admin site broke down and my web guy was on holiday so its only just been fixed. I have also been away working so only got reports from those that have contacted me. Matt Nolan came back a week after catching the big common and only went and landed the Big lin at an all time heighest weight of 31.06 !  on his second ever trip, so well done Matt. Herb Owen had a mirror of 26.10 from the Moat also, Ronnie Hewitt had his first Blakemere fish 18, 17 and a very small fish of approx 8lb from the pads, so well done Ronnie. Mark Benson had fish of 18, 17 and a 25.04 from the Stumps. Jay had a 25 mirror from the Reeds swim on his first trip. There have been at least 4 fish off up to 19lb in last two days, and fish showing well just before dark. Bites seem to be coming between 3 and 5 am in the last few days.

July Russ ended up with two more small fish around mid doubles, then had another hook straightened, before going on to land a fish of 24.08, and one of 16.09 before leaving, so ended up with 6 fish and 3 lost. Simon cope had a night on the Stumps and had two mid doubles at 4am and 6am this morning, his first two Blakemere carp so well done Simon. Matt Nolan lost a very big fish this morning from the moat, fishing off the back of the island, playing the fish all the way in, only for it to charge under the snag tree on the right and Matt unable to stop it. He was absolutely gutted, but his misery was short lived as this afternoon he landed a new PB common at 31.05 which I think is Ivy but will confirm once I get the photo's, so he absolutely made up now, and has forgotten about this mornings loss. Steve Shaw came on this morning and gone into the stumps and has had a mid double this afternoon. Andy Remelie had a PB mirror of 25.02 this morning from the Reeds, turns out ot be a very spawned out Shadow scale which was last out at 28.14. So for the time of year its fishing pretty well. Water is still exceptionslly clear for here.

2nd July Christopher Olsen went into the pads on Monday night and had the lake to himself and ended up with a fish of 21lb before leaving on Tueday. John Taylor came on for his usual 12 hour day session today, and had a 16lb common from the moat. Andy Remelie has gone into the Reeds swim today, and has had a very hard fighting fish of 17.08 so he's well happy as he's here til Sunday.Russ Helsby and friend Gary went into the pads this morning. Russ said he had 6 runs in the first three hours, with two fish landed - a mirror and common both at 15.08, and lost another decent fish which he had on for 5 minutes before it straightened his size 6 ESP hook so he was undestandably gutted.  This afternoons rain seems to have quietened action off, but im sure it will see some more fish this weekend, as the rain has been desperately needed. The lake is very clear at the moment.

28th June Stephen Mcgee managed another fish at 5pm yesterday and upped his PB to 28.13 with a lovely mirror known as Scar and fully spawned out as its usually over 30.. He also lost another fish in the Pads at 8pm. Fairly quiet for all the anglers that were awake when I went round, on a very sleepy sunday morning. Conditions look perfect with rain overnight and warm south westerley, and cloudy skies. Dean walker added another two fish last night from Herons at 16 &17lb.

27th June Dean Walker has been in the Herons view for a couple of days and has so far had 3 fish of 15, 18 and a pb of 23.08 as well as losing 1 fish. Stephen Mcgee came on yeterday morninig and went into the pads, he had just landed a 19lb pure leather carp this morning whilst I walked around. Pure leathers are genetically different, and often have deformed fins, as was the case here. Its pecs were smaller and twisted and it had very little dorsal fin too. Lovely conditioned fish though and will be a true prize once its 25+. Jono Tolley went into the Reeds last night and had two small fish of 14 and 15.08.. Most fish coming out during 1-4am at present. Loads of fish showing all over last night mainly from 9.30-10pm onwards. One other fish also lost from the Stumps at 4am this morning.

25th June Andy Remelie had a nice mirror of 22.01 from the Reeds swim last night as well as losing another which took off whilst he was playing his fish at 1am. pretty quiet  everywhere else, but fish rolling just under the surface from 9.30pm onwards for a few hours. Not much activity during the day when its so bright.

22nd June Steve shaw added another fish of 21.00 at 2pm, before leaving yesterday. No anglers on overnight so nothing else to report, other than there were thousands of tiny fry swiming around the sheltered back part of the island, possibly week old carp and ones for the future, if they can make it that far. No more signs of spawning but water has dropped below 18 degrees once again.

21st June Well despite the fish spawnig really well for 48 hours non-stop last weekend, they don't seem to have got back on the feed in any style, and its been very quiet here all week, hence the lack of catch reports ! Only a few anglers been on mid week but full this weekend. Geoff Nicholl managed a fish of 18lbs from the Pads around 9am yesterday morning, using cell wafters, and also had a tench of 8lbs so well done Geoff.  Last night Steve Shaw had a New 25 from the Reeds at 2am, fishing his flurocarbon D rig with a B5 snowman set up over a bed of B5. The new fish weighed 25.12 and I'm now just waiting for a name from Steve for the fish. The pictures aren't brilliant as Steve took them in the cradle, but he did get both sides and they are fine for identification, and if anyone catches a new fish over 25 I WILL need a picture of both sides. To be fair to Steve he wanted to get the fish back in the water as soon as possible, so thank you for considering my fish welfare Steve, much appreciated and very respectfull at this time of year when the water is warm.

14th June Fish have finished spawning for the time being at least. Water temp has fallen back to just over 16 degrees after the rain amd cooling winds yesterday, but as they have had a good 48 hours of non-stop spawning, it will be interesting to see if a few spawn in the middle of next week when temps get back up into the low 20's. Geaorge Jones-Dobbs has had mirrors of 21.12 and 14.08 from the Reeds swim, and Steve Shaw had an 18lb from Herons view. Stephen May had a small pike this morning taking his pop up clearly in the mouth. Next weekend should be a good weekend, with hopefully all the fish spawned out, and looking to pack on the weight as quickly as possible.  Aerator is staying on for the timebeing too, and according to feedback, is quite relaxing and not intrusive by keeping you awake at night.

12th June typically the fish started to spawn this morning. I have closed the pads swim off where most of the activity is. I think that with all the rain due in tomorrow they will most likely stop tonight, and perhaps look again next weekend once it warms up again, but we shall see. Please make sure that any fish caught in the next two weeks, are kept out of the water for the absolute min of time. Please get all your cameras and weighing stuff ready, before taking the fish out of your net and the water. Please try to  get them back as soon as possible, and please let them go off in their own time once back in the water. If they need a couple of minutes please just hold them upright until they are ready to swim off unaided. Thank you.

8th June Two fish attempted to spawn on Sat morning, for about half an hour, but nothing else has been happening. The water temps are still 2-3 degrees below where they need to be at 18 degrees. The wind is cooling down the water so we'll have to see what happens on Wed/ thurs this week when it gets up to 18-19 degrees and there is less wind. I know some of you are booked on this coming weekend, but if the fish dont spawn until then, I will be closing and you will all be refunded. Fingers crossed it happens in the next 5 days.

1st June. We have closed this morning for the next 11 days to let the fish spawn. There were loads showing last night, and it certainly closed with a bang -Jonathon Tolley had been here over the weekend, and was half packed down when he had two fish within 20 mins of each of other from the Channel. A lovely common of 21 and a mirror known as Sara at 25.08  Steve Hall came down at 8pm for a quick overnighter and had 6 fish from Herons View 8, 14, 14, 18, 19, & 25   Stuart Wareham was in the Stumps and had 3 fish of 11, 15 & 21  so an excellent way to close off. The fish will be fed some micronized flaked maize and car pellet over the next 10 days and hopefully will be all recovered by the time anglers return. Hoping to get some decent video footage of the spawning too, for those who haven't witnessed it first hand so fingers crossed.

30th May Three fish out last night, 13lb from the Moat and one lost, 16lb from Channel and 16lb from the pads.

27th May I have just taken the water temp and its only 13.7 degrees. Although it's nice and sunny the forecast over the 4-5 days is for temps of only 14-15 degrees, and with rain forecast for tonight, Fri, sun and Mon I can't really see the water warming up enough for them to spawn. The fish are ready to spawn, but water temp must be high enough for a few days, so all anglers on this week before we shut should be ok. However, if I'm wrong, and they do start spawning I'll close straight away and refund all those who were booked on.

26th May Still pretty quiet compared to last few weeks. Thomas West made the effrot to move from the Boathouse down to the pads for his last night, and at 3.30 in the afternoon caught his first ever twenty when he landed 'Joelle' at 26.01 so well done Tom and congrats on your 1st twenty and new PB.

25th May  Craig Ridge sat it out in the Reeds for two nights without a fish, and decided to stay for his last night, despite not seeing only a few fish. He had a 23lb mirror shortly after 1am, then a tench, and at 7.30am this morning, broke his PB with 'Shadow Scale' at 28.07 so well done Craig, its his last session for a while as they are expecting their first baby in a month or so, so congratulations to you both. Rich Woollam managed a mid double out of the Moat at 5am too. Only one other fish lost in the pads. Water temp still only 14 degrees, so although the carp are probably ready to spawn, I cant see it happening until June when the temps hopefully pick up. I caught an angler with 2 rigs with barbed hooks on today, please READ and RESPECT my rules, I don't like the confrontation it causes, but will stand by my rules regardless.

24th May 9am It has certainly been a different week this week. We normally get a quiet spell just prior to spawning, however the water has only just got up to 14 degrees so we are at least 5 degrees below where it needs to be for them to kick off, but it really has been quiet in comparison to the last two weeks.  Staurt Chard had a lovely 23lb mirror just before leaving at 7am on Wednesday, and other than seeing a few fish roll they have been few and far between visiting the bank. Steve Shaw did managed to land one though, and at 8am this morning he had his first UK thirty, and new PB common, with the 'S' Common at 30.02  - another new thirty for the fishery.

18th May  Well its been a quieter weekend than last, but that was to be expected after having had so many fish grace the bank in the last ten days. Steve Hall ened up adding one more, and losing one before he left with 9 fish in total from the pads. Mike Farrall had a low double from there after he moved in behind Steve. Stephen may has been in the Stumps for a couple of nights and has now had 4 fish between 17 & 18lb as well as losing one. There were loads of fish rolling last night between 8-10pm, mainly in open water, in front of the Stumps , Boathouse and down to the Moat, where they were in the middle part of the lake . Lots of rain this morning, but we still have a few anglers on midweek, so will be interesting to see the results as the week goes on.

15th May In the last seven days, the fish count has been as follows. 42 fish caught . 2 x 30's, 1 x 29, 2x 28's, 3 x27's, 2x 26's, 1x 25, 1x 24, 1x 23, 3x 22's, 2x 21's, 2x20's, 4 x 19's, 2x18's, 4x17's, 4x 16's, 2x15's and 6 fish under 15lb. Total weight  850lb giving an Average weight for the week of 20.02.

15th May Stuart Wareham managed two fish just as he was about to pack up last night, a 23 and 24 from the Boathouse. Steve Hall had 2 more upper doubles in the pads last night and lost one, so his tally is up to 8 fish so far, and Endrew Sidwell moved down to the Reeds for his final night and had a mirror of 28lb fishing across towards the island as there was no-one in the snags or moat. Might be 'The Frog' but will await photos to see which fish it was. Wind has changed back from an Easterly yesterday to south westerly.

14th May  Steve Shaw ended up with 9 fish in total, his best trip so far. Keving George was in th Boathouse, and moved into the Pads behind Steve, as he was leaving early afternoon, and had a fish of 17lb, a really amazing gold coloured fully scaled. Then Steve hall from Crewe moved in after Keving and had 5 fish last night !  He had fish of 15.02, 19.02, 12.00, 17.00 and 17.02, landing both seventeens at the same time in the same net. Top angling Steve.

13th May Staurt Chard came on for a quick overnighter in the Snags and had a fish of 16lb. Kevin George had a fish of 17lb from the Boathouse, and Steve Shaw ended up with 7 fish in total adding fish of 19 and 21.08 this morning from the Pads.

12th May Steve Shaw has added fish of 28.08 (shadow scale) and mirrors of 16 and 12lb from the Reeds. John Taylor came on yesterday for a day only session and had a mirror known as 'Speedy' at 29lb from the Moat. Andrew Sidwell is here for a few days. He had a common of 27.08 from the Stumps in the middle of the day. Andy Remeilie is back and had fish of 22.09 and 19.08 as well as a 7.12 tench from the Reeds last night.

11th May A fantastic weekend all round. In all we had 19 fish landed and 4 lost. Two new 30's and two new 25's too. I got the rods out myself last night and fished off the back of the island, about 15-20 yards short, at the bottom of the drop off, and finally after 25 years of carp fishing broke the 30lb barrier with The Big Linear at 31.02, its first time past thirty at 5.30am this morning. To all those who have found it hard, this is my first fish in 12 months after 12-13 quick overnight session, so its worth the wait when it finally happens. Fish weights this weekend were; 31.04, 31.02, 27.06, 27.04, 26.00, 25.00, 22.00, 22.00, 21.02, 20.12, 20.03, 19, 18, 17, 17, 16, 15 and one of the prettiest of them all, a home grown stunner of 10lbs.

10th May 9am Well, it seems like things have realy kicked off here this weekend. Stuart Card came on last night and went into the Boathouse behind 2 anglers leaving who hadn't caught. He walked around the lake and baited up with 4kg of boilies across the far margin about a rod length out. From 2am -6am Stuart ended up with 4 fish and one lost, weighing in at 17,18,a new 25 and 27lb. Duncan Farrall added another 2 fish to his tally including a mid double and 20.03 mirror. His brother Mike moved from the Reeds into Herons view after Ian left, and had only been there an hour before landing a lovely common of 27.04 and followed it up with a mirror of 15lb. Joe Ogden was fishing in the Moat, casting tight to the island. After 4 attempts to get it right, Joe was happy with his cast, and as he was about to put his bobbin on, a mirror of 20.12 nearly pulled the rod out of his hands !  His bait had only been in the water a few seconds. Steve Shaw has just come on this morning, gone into the pads and had a common of 22lb on his right hand rod, he hadn't even set his net up, or his other two rods, so clearly the fish are feeding well. This common looked as though it may of had spawn in, so they are clearly feeding up in readiness for a few weeks time. 

9th May  8.45am, just been for a walk around and its been quite an eventful 24 hours. Duncan Farrall is in the Stumps, and after having blanked on his last 9 trips here, started off with a mirror of 21lbs yesterday, lost a fish at 4am and then had a beautiful common of 31.04 at 6am this morning. Well done Dunc ! Carl Williams was in the Moat for 24 hours and fished tight to the back of the island. He lost a big fish yesterday, then had mirrors of 19 and 22 during the night, as well as losing one at the net estimated around 25lbs. Ian Pattison is in herons View and had a 16lb mirror, then upped his PB to 26.04 with a mirror around 4am this morning, as well as losing another fish too. Plenty of time left this weekend for a few more fish yet.

6th May Well, depsite what seemed like perfect conditions, with low pressure, overcast skies, rain and a strong south westerly, fish have not showed themselves at all down on the windward end (Reeds and Snags end). Mark Higgins did a quick 12 hour overnighter in the Stumps last night and had a mid double mirror from the left hand margin, fishing over corn and small baits. Fish have been seen off the back of the island opposite the Moat swim.  Nobody up the far end by herons view or the Pads so its difficult to know if they have stayed on the back of the wind. Plenty of anglers on tomorrow so perhaps we'll find out where they all are !!

3rd May  Steve Shaw had a 22.04 common on Sat afternoon, and followed it up with two mirrors of 18lb and 19lb during the night. he fished the Moat swim and baited up tight to the island where fish were crashing close to the bushes. A 24lb mirror has come off this afternoon from the stumps swim. Chris Thomas had a 19.02 mirror from the Pads swim on friday night at midnight. Nice strong westerly blowing this afternoon, which is much warmer than the cold easterly we have had for the last 3-4 days so hopefully conditions will stay good for any anglers on over the next few days. Steve Hall from Crewe had a mirror of 18.04 from the Reeds swim during a quick overnighter on friday night too, so plenty of action all over the lake. 

01st May Andy Remelie came on for a couple of days earlier on this week.  Andy has been on over ten occassions, and had yet to catch. His luck finally changed and Andy was delighted to catch the ghost common at its highest weight of 24.04 from the Reeds swim.  Stuart Chard went into the Reeds on Thursday night and caught a fish known as 'the Frog' at 28.02 at 3am. We had an 18lb mirror from herons view yesterday too. Fish showing all over the lake, mainly in the last hour of light or early morning, Temps overnight have been very cold with regular frosts, but the fishing has been getting steadily better, and a lot of fish still being lost. Fingers crossed for a couple more whackers this weekend.

26th April  Stephen May added an upper double common to end his session with 3 fish. Stephen fished krill boilies rehydrated in hemp juice, and baited by hand after walking round the far side. He is particular about getting his rig in the right place and will make 4 or 5 casts if necessary, something that possibly makes the difference on a water like this. Steve Shaw lost a fish from the Stumps at 2am, and sadly Craig ridge lost 2 from the Reeds swim in the night including one very big fish, which he swears was the biggest fish he has ever hooked and would have been a PB.  Rich Mack had a 14lb mirror from the Snags.  One fish also lost from the moat this morning, so overall a very good weekend, 11 runs in total, with 6 fish on the bank. If you can lose your lead on the take it will help prevent fish losses, not all obviously, but the fish are wise to the fact that the pads offer them sanctuary and will head for them, so you want everything on your side if you want to get them out. On past history, I predict that if Lily's fish is going to appear this year, it will be in the next 3-4 weeks, so good luck, and please contact me immedaitely if you catch her.

25th April As predicted, this new south westerley and drop in pressure has switched the fish on. Stephen May had a 24lb mirror at 4.30am yesterday morning in the fog, and has just caught 'Shadow scale' at 27.10 from Herons view so well done Stephen. Steve Shaw had a 21lb mirror at 12 noon, and Craig Ridge had a 14lb mirror from the Reeds last night. Hopefully we will see a few more before the end of the weekend but conditions looking spot on for the next 48 hours.

21st April Had an email from Chris Leeming to say he caguht a 29.11 mirror from the Channel swim a week last Friday. I'm pretty sure the fish was one called Arthur which ahs not been out for way over 12 months, but the image quality was too poor as it had been taken at night on a phone camera. Please try and make sure you get a shot of both sides of the fish if they are over 25lb and that the photos are in focus. I know its more difficult at night, but its a shame to catch such a nice fish and not have a decent memory of it. Well done Chris anyway on a great catch.

20th April  The weekend before last saw  8 fish banked. The Handley brothers fishing in the stream and stumps,had 5 including 2 twenties, as well as losing a couple. My Jenny came out at 26.08 and also two other fish landed. This weekend saw Jason Welsh catch a 24lb mirror and his mate Adam had his first Blakemere carp at 17lb, both fishing from the Boathouse swim. A small 14lb mirror came out of the Moat on sat evening. Pads are nearly up, just 5 or 6 inches below the surface, but will be completely up in the next 10 days or so. The end of this week, looks fantastic with pressure dropping below 1,000 and night temps staying around 5 with winds turning southerly (instead of these easterly's we have currently) and rain forecast too. Just what we want as far as the perfect weather goes.  Just an early reminder in case you're looking to book a month or so ahead, to say that we do shut when the fish spawn, normally around the first week in June (but weather dependant) and any anglers booked on will be refunded in full for any time lost fishing.

7th April Well after an amazing weekend of weather things have definitely woken up at last. Stephen May fished Herons View and broke the 30lb barrier for the first time by catching a fish known as Scar, at 30.09 around 2pm on Sunday. Stuart Chard had just lost a fish from the pads swim next door around an hour before. The pads have suddenly started to shoot up, and will be poking up through the top soon enough, and fish have been crashing uring the day, mainly around the warmer marginal spots, however they were rolling in open water last night from around 8-10pm. Two fish lost last night from the Boathouse swim. I'm sure we see planty of the bigger fish appearing now in the next 4-5 weeks.

30th March Well after a mixed bag of weather including very strong winds, rain and sunshine the fish seem to be starting to move and a few have been seen rolling over the lake. Stee Shaw had 2 low doubles on Sat night, both commons from the Boathouse swim, and fish were lost from the Moat and Channel swims early on Sat morning. With night time temps staying above freezing this week we will hopefully see some of the larger fish out in the next two weeks as they get munching after their winter slumber.

26th March  Joe Charnock came on Moday for a few nights. After a very quiet night on Monday Joe had a 14lb mirror on Tuesday fishing in the reeds swim. He then lost a big fish after receiving just 4 bleeps in the night he got out to find his bobbin tight up and rod tip bouncing, but unfortunately suffered a hook pull. Water is still only 6.5 degrees, but forecast for the weekend and early next week is good with temps in 12-13 degrees and staying above 5 degrees during the night, so hopefully the water will warm up next week and the fish will switch on properly.

15th March Just as we thought spring was here last weekend, it seems winter has returned today with a biting easterly wind. No fish out this weekend. One decent common seen rolling out from the stream swim yesterday afternoon ,but other than that its been pretty bleak all round. Sleet showers forecast for Tuesday and temps not looking to rise much above 10 degrees this week so it looks as though it may be a while before the water temps rise and catches improve steadily as a result.

12th March I have been asked to update the catch reports so here's the latest news for you. The weekend before last saw one fish out at 17lb and one lost as well as 2 tench. Last weekend there was just one fish lost from the Channel swim at 2am on sat night, plus an eel of 3lb !  Only one angler on a day session this monday who blanked. Water temp has now reached 5.5 degrees, and is rising slowly but we had frosts on Mon and Tues this week, and winds are still bittelry cold if you're in the face of them. Anglers on today right through till early next week so fingers crossed we might see a few fish on the bank. I've been informed that Baden Hall has just done its first fish of the year last weekend, plus other waters not having done fish for 6 weeks, so please remember we're just coming out of winter, and don't get too dispondant if you're blanking, its still early days yet. Once we get some prolonged weather in double figures and some sunshine, I'm sure it will improve. Hopefully I'll be updating this again with news of some carp gracing the banks. Tight lines.

Feb 23rd A very quiet weekend, with only one small pike gracing the bank ! two carp were spotted, which is 2 more than I have seen this year ! one was opposite herons view, and one was halfway between the Channel and the Stream swim. Hopefully the weather will improve and the water temps rise, as they are still around 3.5 degrees,which is pretty cold. Thats not surprising as we had, snow, sleet, rain and sun at the weekend, coupled with frosts for the last 3 or 4 nights. Spring will soon be here.

Feb19th Steve Hall from crewe did a quick overnighter last night in the Boathouse, and fished glugged balance baits as singles across the far side. His right hand rod went off at 3am this morning and ended up with a nice mirror of 18lb, the first fish out since the netting last week.

Feb 10th We have been closed for the last week due to being frozen. The lake thawed just in time for our netting on monday, part of ongoing fishery management, to remove the biomass of smaller roach which have bread so well and survived last winters exceptionally mild weather. Nobody was expecting to see what lay in the net when we found a huge crucian weighing 4.07oz, just a few ounces under the UK rod caught record. Hopefully it will live for a few more years and put on some more weight and go over 5lb !! It was an awesome sight for those present, and just goes to show that you never really can be sure of whats lurking beneath. Back open tomorrow night. Levels are down 18" as we dropped the lake to help with the netting. Should fill back up over next 2-3 weeks now we are back to normal. We also netted around 30 tench mainly between 6-9lb and looking awesome, even though they seldom get caught, along with around 6 very healthy looking carp. Plenty of food this year, should ensure they gain 3-4 lb each in weight, and we end the year with 8-10 thirties. Tight lines.

Jan 25th Steve Shaw added another small mirror of 15lb at 8.15am this morning. Temps dropped sharply last night and there were bits of cat ice floating around, mainly down at the Reeds swim. Sun is up and bright already so should dissapear quickly.

Jan 24th  Steve Shaw followed Steve Hall into the Boathouse this morning as he left, and had a lovely looking mirror of 20.12 around 3.30 pm. Steve was using Milky Toffee wafters over a scattering of cell boilies.

Jan 23rd Steve hall from Crewe came down at 11am this monring after running late, and had a lovely 17lb leather on the bank by 1pm. You have to be in it, to win it !!  He was fishing in the Boathouse swim. 

Jan 17th  One small fish out of 14lb from Herons view to Mark from Wolverhampton. he had only been fishing for half an hour, so it just goes to show, if you put it in the right place your in with a shout. Lake froze over sat night, then thawed out sun afternoon, and froze again sunday night.

Jan 11th 3 fish out yesterday and one lost. Craig Walmsley upped his pb from 11lb to 22.08 when he landed a mirror from the stumps within an hour of setting up. Jonathon Tolley landed 2 fish from th Snags swim, both mirrors of 14 and 16.08 and Steve Shaw lost a fish up in the Pads swim, so looks like there are fish all over the lake. Water temp was 5.7 up at the pads end, and 4.4 down in the Moat.

Jan 9th  No anglers on this week until tonight. Very mild, and very windy, and water temp up from 3.7 degrees last week to 4.4 degrees tonight. Its very boggy down at the bottom of the filed from carp park 2. I am going to try and put some spare otter fence down on the ground to walk over asap to see if it will help. Most of you know this is not my field, and despite several ongoing talks with my neighbouring farmer I cannot get him to allow me to put an earth track down there sadly. I'll keep trying as I know its a hard slog to those pegs in the winter.

2015 Jan 3rd Stuart Chard had the fist fish of 2015 with a stunning 18lb mirror from the Boathouse swim. Not the biggest fish, but really dark, with a golden orange colour to its belly and a great start for Stuart who only managed 3 fish last year, so hopefully a good omen for him this year coming.

Dec 21st Simon Corney came on this morning for a quick day session and went straight to the Moat swim. 5mins fater setting up he had a mirror of 15lb, then at around 9am he had another stunningly scaled mirror of the same weight. At 1pm he smashed his old PB of 24lb with a fish known as 'Big De' weighing 27.00 and then followed it up with an absolute pearler of a common at 17lb. Nota bad days work by anyones standards. Well done to you Simon.

Dec 11th Stephen Hall (from Crewe) came on for a 24 hour session aiming to catch a twenty, as he has had a few this year but noine over this mark. He fished in the Boathouse swim and at 10pm had a fine 20.04 mirror, then at 2am to round off his year, he smashed his PB with a fish known as Nyeve at 26.04 !Well done Steve and a very happy xmas to you.

Dec 7th Steve Hall ended up with 4 fish, 2 doubles and mirrors of 25.04 and 28.12 from the Boathouse, James had 2 doubles and lost one from the Snags swim, Ian had a 19lb from the Stream, & Chris also had a 19lb from Herons view, so 9 runs and 8 fish in 24 hours is a pretty good result all round for the 1st week in decmeber. Pictures to follow tomorrow. Don't forget we are doing our usual FREE fishing for xmas eve, xmas day and boxing day again this year. If you would like to fish you must email me at fishing@blakemere-leisure.co.uk so I can book the space for you.

Dec 5th  Nick Rushton added another fish of 12lb before Paul and himself left, not a bad session though with two fish a piece. Anglers leaving this morning had  blanked but said they saw quite a few fish this morning down opposite Herons view. Ditches have now all been cleared downstream and the stumps and reeds platforms are now above water again, and we should remain flood free for the rest of the winter hopefully.

Dec 2nd Paul Cummins is on for 48 hours and fishing in the Boathouse swim with his friend Nick Rushton. They have had a great first day so far, Paul beating his PB with a mirror of 25.10 at 3pm, then having another mirror of 17.08 at 8.20pm. Nick has just landed a mirror of 21.04 too, all on B5. great start to the session lads hope it carries on.

30th Nov Stuart Wareham came down on monday night and fished a quick 24 hour session in the Boathouse. He had 2 fish of 22 and a low double as well as losing a third. Steve Hall came down from crewe on Friday and had a fish of 14lb also from the Boathouse around 10.30pm then lost a bigger fish at 1.30am. No other fish out this weekend as far as I'm aware.

24 Nov  I was away most of the weekend, and as far as I know there don't seem to have been any fish out. Stuart Wareham came on Sunday night for a quick 12 hours and had 3 runs between 12.30am and 2am from the Boathouse, landing two fish, a low double mirror and common of 22lb. The temp dropped massively and his bivvy was well and truly frozen this morning. Water temp still 8.5 degrees so fish still quite catchable.

19th Nov Nick Rushton was back after last weeks session and had a 16lb mirror from the Boathouse last night. Nick was fishing the far marginal shelf and had the fish on B5 at 2am in the morning. Nick has now followed up with a fish known as the Frog at 27.08 at 4.30pm this evening.

15th Nov  Rich Mack broke his PB last night at 1.45am fishing in the Moat swim he landed 'Shadow Scale' at a new highest weight of 28.14 and looking absolutely pristine. Well done Rich. Plenty of fish rolling in the dark beteen 9.30 and 11.30pm in the middle part of the lake and off the back of the island, but not much showing during daylight hours.

14th Nov Catching up from last weekend when I was away, I know that a 19lb mirror came from the Channel and reports of a 27 as part of a 2 fish catch, but  not sure who by or what fish, so please let me know if it was you. Nick Rushton fished in the Boathouse midweek with his mate Paul Cummins. Nick had a new 25lb fish weighing 25.09 and has named it 'My Jennie', along with a common of 22lb as well as losing one, and Paul unfortunately lost 2. Stephen Perrins came on yesterday and had a mirror of 18.00 from the snags, which was a great relief after 4 blank sessions here. I'm getting the rods out this weekend, and in some daylight hours too, in between family stuff, hoping to get my second fish of the year in 11 nights !!

2nd Nov Update Lee Neild in the stumps had packed his barrow and was shortly about to move at lunchtime, when he saw a fish roll down to his left, and flicked a chod over it, 5mins later he was playing a good fish which turned out to be a 27.10 mirror, so needless to say he has now remained put for the night. Thats 4 runs in a 12 hour period after no fish in the last week. Funny old game this carp fishing lark !!

2nd Nov Well its seemed a long time coming since the last fish was out, but it came last night to an angler called Jay who came on after dark and left early this morning. His mates have been here since Friday, with no action, so Jay went into the Moat, put out 4kg of boilies with a catapult around 30 yards out, went for a brew with his friends then got back and put out a couple of pink pop ups on Chods over his baited area. At 3am he had a 27lb mirror, which I think is a fish called Tubs and up 2lb from last year. Jay also had a fish 21lb this morning before packing up !  Lee Neild fishing the stumps lost what seemed like a good fish in the night when it found sanctuary in the pads. Pictures to follow shortly.

24th Oct George jones-dobbs came on last night with his friend Louis and went into the Moat swim. At 3 am George had a run and a twenty minute battle ensued before he landed a new PB of 26.06 with a fish known as 'Big De' - well done George. He was fishing a pepperami boilie tipped with a pink pop up. Lets hope its the start of seeing a few more of the big mirrors which have been hiding away all summer !

I have decided to stock some alternative freezer boilies to the fantastic B5 that we will continue to stock, just to give a little more choice to anglers. I have developed with my good friends at Salopian Baits a very digestable and soft birdfood based, white Mullberry boilie, along with a low temp fishmeal based Squid and Orange bait. Both are available for ?8.50 / kg or ?40 / 5 kg. The Mullberry comes with a dozen hardened bottom hookbaits. All can be delivered straight from the freezer to your swim. Tight Lines.

Oct 19th Jason Welch came on with a party of 9 from Friday morning for 48 hours. Andy Naylor went into the pads and had a 16lb common within half an hour of arriving, then Gary Murphy had a small fish of 14lb from the Snags. Jason won the biggest fish of the weekend with this mirror of 21.08 taken from the left hand margin of the Stumps swim. Conditions looked perfect, and I'm surprised more fish didn't come out, but at least its starting to pick up.Jason Welch came on with a party of 9 from Friday morning for 48 hours. Andy Naylor went into the pads and had a 16lb common within half an hour of arriving, then Gary Murphy had a small fish of 14lb from the Snags. Jason won the biggest fish of the weekend with this mirror of 21.08 taken from the left hand margin of the Stumps swim. Conditions looked perfect, and I'm surprised more fish didn't come out, but at least its starting to pick up.

Oct 15th  Paul Cummins fished in the Boathouse with his friend Nick Rushton, and Paul was rewarded with a mirror of 24.06 around 2am. Nick unfortunately lost a good fish in the night too.

Oct 13th Well, I had one of my best ever sleeps last night on the bank. Despite putting in 5 pints of maggots over stick mix with added bloodworm, I couldn't buy a bite !  fish still rolling into darkness, and being quiet during the day. The bloodworm seems to be very widespread at present, so the fish are spread out still. I'm hoping that as the daylight hours diminish ,and the temperatures continue to fall, that the  fish will start switching over to anglers baits. Still, I enjoyed every minute of my short session, and remainded confident until my last rod was in. Thats what its all about for me, and I look forward to getting back out again soon.

Oct 11th No I haven't been away, just not had anything major to report. A couple of small doubles off last weekend, and plenty of fish showing into the first few hours of darkness, as the fish continue to feed, presumably still on the bloodworm given that anglers are still bringing it in on their leads and hooks. I'm going out tomorrow night, armed with 5 pints of red maggots, and some bloodworm juice that I'll make a sloppy mix with some b5 stick mix and spomb out with the maggots. I'm going to try really short hooklinks of 2-3 inches and see if I can tempt anything, as at present they seem pre-occupied and not taking the boilies. The lads on last night (fri) said they had never seen so many fish in all thier visits, right in front of them, but still unable to get a run, so I have to go and try some new tactics that are not often used, to see if I can unlock the code. Hopefully as the water temps continue to drop, the naturals will become less abundant, and they will start feeding heavily on the boilies in preparation for the winter. I'll let you know if it works or not !!

October 1st Well, at long last its raining properly today, and boy do we need it. The lake has not had anything going out of it for about 2 months now. We also have wind so I'm expecting the fishing to pick up from tonight onwards. Last night was very mild, and we really have needed a break from the warm, bright, windless days , so lets see what happens now its here. Having said that, Rich Wollam, my bailiff came on last Sun night with his friend Ian. Rich landed the 'S' common from herons view at 27.00 around 8pm. Unfortunately Ian lost 3 fish, two kited across from the far side of the pads swim into the pads on the near side and spat the hook, and one went under the platform and cut him off . Loads of fish showing in middle of the lake last night between 7.30-9.30pm but no anglers on to take advantage.

Sept 21st The lake has been booked out this weekend to 8 anglers, and so far 6 of them have caught a total of 7 fish with 2 fish lost. The only swims not to produce being the Moat and herons view. Most fish being mid doubles, but 'Nic' one of the original commons at bang on 28lb. Fish came on feed on Sat as soon as we had a downpoor, which was well overdue. Fish boshing and rolling just after dark, and most fish were caught through the night. Looks like its starting to pick up now. Flat calm and bright this morning.

Sept 18th Nick Rushton and Paul Cummins have sat patiently together in herons view for last 36 hours, and despite only seeing the odd fish in very hot and calm conditions, Nick finally managed a mirror of 24lbs at 7.30pm last night, and Paul joined in with a low double mirror at 7.30am this morning. The water temp is still very high for the time of year at 17.7 degrees !  Hopefully a good drop in temp, a day of rain or some strong winds will arrive soon and get the fish feeding properly. The barn owl is about at the moment, usually around 7-8pm so keep your eyes peeled. We have'nt seen on for a year or so and its a wonderful sight if you manage to see him close up.

Sept 14th 3 mid doubles out to Mike Matthews fishing in the pads swim last night. fish coming at 1, 2 & 3am for him. Fish crashing in middle of lake after dark, but quiet everywhere else.

Sept 13th 3 fish lost in the pads swim to an angler this week. If you are going to fish near to the pads, its imperitive that you dump your lead on the take, and lock everything up tight. Even the stretch from mono lines is enough to give the fish that few feet they need to get into the pads, which although are starting to die back, are still strong enough to snag you and lose the fish. There's no point in hooking them if you don't have any chance of landing them, so best to fish away from the pads a safe distance, and try and get the fish to come out of the pads to feed. Gordon Goodwin was in Herons view and had two fish of 23 and 18lb as well as losing 2 others. An angler called Steve is in there now and had 4 runs last night landing fish of 12, 16, and 15, and lost a much larger fish. Stephen Hall just had a 12lb from the Moat. So although the big girls aren't coming out in abundance the smaller fish are starting to feed up now, and they will soon be behind.

Sept 5th Gus Moon has fished the Channel for 24 hours and caught a fish know as 'Sara' at 25.04 around 10am this morning from the back of the pads on homemade hybrid boilies. Not much wind, or many fish showing of late. Think a decent downpour, soe wind and a cold snap will kick it off for us soon.

Sept 4th  I believe that three fish were out on Monday, I was away, but Nic spoke to a couple of anglers on. The electricity company finally came (after 4 years of trying) and moved the wires that went across the lake by the reeds swim. They now go over the Reedbed itself so should be out of harms way from now on. Earnest Hart came on last night and had Nic at 26.10 from the Pads swim, around 2am on Cell. Its about 4 weeks since she last came out, which is quite strange as she had not been out for the first part of the year until a month ago.

Aug 31st Joe Ogden has been paired up in the Moat with George and ended up with two fish of 17lb one mirror and one common both from open water. One fish yesterday afternoon, and one at 7.45am this morning. He was also using pepperami boilies tipped with corn.

Aug 30th George jones-dobbs caught a 21lb mirror from the Moat last night on Pepperami boilies, fishing mid water. Quiet everywhere else.

Aug 29th Mark Higgins came on at 8 last night, 1 of only 2 anglers on, and after a quiet night in the Moat, managed two commons of 19 & 16lb both coming as close to the back of the island as he could get, after seeing several fish rolling very close to the trees and pads on the island. Very busy tonight, but conditions looking good so fingers crossed for a few out over the weekend.

Aug 26th It finally stopped raining this morning after what was almost 24 hours. Steve hadn't caught anything more overnight, but called me at 9am to say he had a big common in the net. I went down and did some photos for him, and it turned out to be a fish called 'H' which was last caught a year ago at bang on 25lb. It was excreting B5 all over Steves mat, so had obviously been feeding on the bait from the weekend anglers, quite possibly mine as I was in the Boathouse 2 days previously! Anyhow, Steve then had a small common at lunchtime and unfortunately lost another fish just before 4pm, so in 20 hours fishing he had 4 runs and landed 3 which of late, was a fantastic result. Just goes to show they are catchable when the conditions are right, and there's not too much pressure on the lake.

Aug 25th Steve shaw has come on tonight and gone into the boathouse in the driving rain and has already had a mirror of 23.04 do fingers crossed this rain will switch them on, as well as less angling pressure after a full weekend.

August 25th  We have just about finished fencing Horseshoe lake, what a mamouth task it was. Over 6 tons of fence  2,500 m, over 200 tons of topsoil moved to cover the ground skirt, and just half a day left to finish off. I also managed 5 days camping with the family too, so havent been here for what seems like ages. I noticed Stewart Wareham had posted a picture of an 18lb miror (near leather) he had caught, but other than that its been very quiet. One of the weekends we had the Eel society up so no carp anglers on, and they had around 20 eels between them up to 2.08 and one big one lost estimated at around 4lb. This weekend has looked perfect, and I managed to get out myself for 36 hours, catching the only fish of the weekend so far, a fish of 17.14 on a B5 pop up on a chod, from the Boathouse swim at 4am on Sat morning. There were loads of fish rolling between 4 and 5.30 am on sat morning but other than that there have been very few showing !! There was a hatch of midge pupa yesterday and the surface was covered in spent cases, but if the fish were feeding on them, they should have been showing more. Water temp down to 14.8 degrees. Still waiting for it to kick off after the hot weather, surely it will happen soon !!

Aug 9th  Hi All, I have been away this week starting our mamouth task of Otter Fencing the carp societies Horseshoe lake in Gloucester, all 60 acres and 2,500 m of fence, so I only have a few reports where people have emailed me this week. Mark Higgins came on at 8pm on Tuesday night and lost a good fish around midnight. He then went on to catch Nic at 26.08, looking a little spawned out, and followed it up with a 19lb mirror. Mark used 2 kgs of bait in his 24 hours session. Adam Arathoon had a 17lb mirror came out of the Moat on Thursday night. Lee Oconnell had an 18lb common from the Reeds swim during last night. Still reports this morning from anglers on, that plenty of fish showing either first thing in the morning or late in the eveninig. Water temp is 18.8 degrees.

Aug 3rd So, after the perfect conditions of this weekend, I should be able to report loads of fish, and I can honestly say that in the last 48 hours, I have seen loads of shows, fizzes, and boshing, mainly from the Moat down to the Reeds, but also in most other swims, but still no fish on the bank. I have been full, and with decent anglers on the bank too. So, why no fish ? well, I am almost 100% certain they have been gorging themselves on large bloodworm beds, completely pre-occupying themselves. There have been fish rolling and fizzing over anglers baits all weekend, but no one can get a pick up. I think the carp are simple burying their heads into the silt and feeding on the bloodworm that lie below the lake bed. Loads of anglers bringing in very big bloodworm on their hooks or leads. Perhaps once the beds have all dried up, then we will see some fish on the bank again. I have suggested to an angler coming on tonight to bring a load of red maggots, just to see if that will tempt them. One one hand its been amazing to see so many fish over the last 2 days, but very frustrating for the anglers !! All swims have been re-done and finished, and all re-woodchipped so its very comfortable at least ! Perhaps thats why Blakemere fishes better in the early and late months, when the naturals are not so prolific.

July 27th  Well, we nearly broke our 9 day duck, with a fish lost from the Reeds on Friday night, one lost from the Moat on friday night, and another lost from the Channel this morning, as well as having a couple lost from the Pads on Thursday. Weather much cooler, but water is still 23.5 degrees !!  A little rain in the air this evening, and nice westerly wind is blowing, but only one angler on tonight to take advantage, so good luck to him. Once we get some rain and cooler temps to drop the water temp down below 20 degrees I think it will kick off. Nice to be out though in the long daylight hours.

July25th Although we have had a nice Easterly breeze blowing the last few days, its little to take away the heat of the last week, with temps ranging from 27-30 degrees. Very few fish being seen, and none being caught. Weather looks set to stay like this for a while, although temps and pressure dropping slightly and possibility of some light showers next week, I think it will be a while before it switches back on to 'normal' conditions. One we do get some decent rain, wind and overcast conditions, I think it will switch on big time, but at the moment I guess we all just have to sit back and try and enjoy the sunshine, and wildlife !!

July 20th Well we have been closed this weekend for a huge work party. We have extended car park 1, put in 3 new outflow pipes and finsihed the dam, re-done the path by the bridge. We have rebuilt the channel, the boathouse, the sream and the moat, then woodchipped all the swims so they are all looking absolutrly mint, all level with the pegs, and nice clean and dry. Just got some heavy barrow work to do to finish the paths off, as we ran out of time.  I'm going to try and gets my rods out this week just to Christen one of them, and catch my 1st Uk carp of the year !  Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

July 18th  Josh Blundell had a low double from the nearside pads to the left of the Boathouse swim, which makes a change as normally most anglers fish across to the far side from here. Matty Haigh had 3 tench and lost a good fish from the Snags. We have had about 7 tench caught in the last week which is a lot for one week, so I'm guessing they are on the munch after spawning, which they do around this time of year. Sean Berry is in the Moat, and has had a mid double as well as losing a fish. The wind has now swung completely round from its westerly direction , and as of around 4pm yesterday (Thurs) it is hacking down in an easterly direction  towards the pads swim, where there was one fish lost last night. Bit of thunder in the air this morning, and rain forecast in next 24 hours so it can only imporve things. Water temp went up to low 20's yesterday so we could do with some rain to cool it down !!

July 13th Well before I do the catch report, I just want to say thank you to all of you who, over the last year have donated a ?1 or more when booking on. We had the casting 4 cancer weekend at Frisby lakes in Leicester, and raised just short of ?7,000.00 !!! and I managed to raise ?823.00 with your help, so thank you all for your contributions. The lake has been fishing very hard last week. The weekend before only saw one fish lost on the friday and a mid double on the Sat. I don't think that we even had a run this last week, and water temps were still sround 20 degrees. However,Steve Hall and group of friends booked the lake this weekend and had 12 fish in total thanks mainly due to a major change of weather on Sat night. Hopefully with some more rain the lake will keep fishing. Major working party planned for next weekend, all swims to be revamped, and paths between swims built up and woodchipped so should be looking great after that.

July 8th Well, I have to say it been pretty tough going here for the last 2 weeks. The water temp is still at 19.8 degrees, and the aerator still on 24/7. Despite the rain on Friday, and the decent westerly wind blowing for 2 days it doesn't seemed to have kicked things off as it should. There were more fish showing on Thurs and Fri than we have seen of late, and there have been lots if fish fizzing madly, but takes have been hard to come by. A good fish was lost on Friday night in the Reeds, and Craig Cartledge managed a small fish of 14lb on Sunday morning. I missed some of the anglers leaving at the weekend, but haven't heard from any of the to say they caught. I personally think we (Blakemere) will benefit from some heavy rain, and wind, so that the lakes temp drops down to 17 degrees or so. Anyone who does catch a fish, please ensure you keep it out of the water for the minimum amount of time possible. Have everything ready before you take it out, and please make sure you take your time releasing it. Just hold it upright in the net until it has fully recovered and is well and truly ready to go back. Oxygen levels are at their lowest at this time of year, so we need to be careful how the fish are treated in these hot conditions. Thank you.

July 2nd  A decent day today, not as bright but a good strong westerly wind blowing which we have not had for a few weeks, so I will wait and see how the anglers in the Reeds and Snags get on. Dean Watson from Total Angling was here for 48hrs doing a feature for Total Carp on pads fishing. Dean managed a 23.04 as well as a fish of 17lb and lost a few others too. One fish lost from both Herons View and the Boathouse last night.

June 29th  Hi All, nothing spectacular to shout about in last few weeks, weather has been a bit too bright and hot. A few fish coming out mostly doubles, and one 20 to Daniel Walls in the Pads swim, the rain on Thurs kicked off things a little, with 2 fish coming out mid afternoon as it rained, fish have come from the reeds, the channel, Herons view, the stream, and pads in last week, so they are well spread out, however we could do with a drop in pressure, and possibly some more rain. Hopefully the big girls will switch on soon, it can be tricky at this time of year with water temps nearly at 20 degrees. Aerator still on 24/7. Nice time to be out, everything in full bloom, long hours of daylight, and a few fish showing late in the evening and between 5am and 7am.

June 19th Adam Moss finished his session with 5 carp, one tench and 5 fish lost from the Pads swim. Apart from the 31.14 he had a mirror of 25.08 known as Nyeve today, as well as two fish just under 20lb and a mid double, so very happy and a great session overall. His friend Brad had 7 fish from 9 runs, all between 15 and18lb and lost a very good fish last night. Steve hall was in the Reeds last night and had a double take at 2am, landing one of 18lb. A very small fish of approx 7-8lb came from the snags last night too.Ground drying up nicely, diggers now re-booked for 19-20 july when we hope to do all the paths and refurbish all of the swims.

June 16th Adam Moss is in the pads swim, and the wind was blowing in there nicely this morning. At 11.30am Adam landed a big common, which i think is a fish called Ivy at its all time highest weight of 31.14 well done Adam. He lost another fish straight away, and has now also landed what he described as a very old looking mirror of 18lb as well as losing a second fish.

June 15th Joe Massey and friend Dean Picton are swim sharing in herons view. Had a quiet night for all, with heavy rain at 4am, then Joe caught 'Speedy' at 26.15 and followed by Dean ten minutes later with the Koi common at an ounce under 20lb at 7.30am this morning.

June 12th Well its been hot and still, not ideal but welcome all the same after so much rain in the last month. Chris Thomas from Wem went into the Boathouse last night and had a 26.04 mirror at 9.30 this morning, and dare I tempt fate, a possible new addition to our over 25lb class. I'll just have to check the photos thoroughly when they are sent to me. A few fish on top, but nobody using mixers at all. I know we have ducks and seagulls, like many places, but if you bring enough, you should be able to feed them off and gott to be worth a shout when the weather is hot and still. Beautiful just to be out, and birds singing all night !!

June 9th Stuart Wareham went into the S mirror at team on Sunday night, and had 3 fish between 4 and 6am. They included the 'S' common at 28.00 (named so as it has inly been caught by 2 other anglers both called Steve- and now by Stuart, so unless your name begings with an S it looks like this ones uncatchable for you !) a NEW 25.04 mirror, which he can name, and a pretty double linear mirror of 12lb which has almost certainly been born in the mere. Pretty quiet all day yesterday and last night, very warm and still, however a good south westerly has picked up this morning so that might pick things up a little today.

June 8th Lee Waring is in the Stream and had a fish of 18lb last night at 3am and lost another, as well as having an Eel on red maggots. Gary Walls is doing his first overnight session for 7 years and went into the Snags. After losing his first fish, he has had fish of 13lb, 15.08and 21.05. His friend Ian Law is in the Reeds and had a fish of 23.06 last night about 11pm.

June 6th I have been travelling round the country last few days doing site visits for my otter fencing company, so not sure what has been out specifically other than 3 fish on Wed. Rich my bailiff was around so as soon as I catch up eith him ill post details. Today has been hot and bright with a good strong easterly blowing. Joe massey moved from herons view to the Pads this morning and had two low doubles followed up by a mirror of 24.14 at 4.30pm so hopefully a few to come out this weekend.

June 2nd Went round at 7.30am and Sean Bailey had just had a twenty pound mirror from the Boathouse, fishing open water over some spod mix he put out last night. The fish looked spawned out, and almost a leather. I saw a few other fish cruising on the top and one just basking, again something I have not seen a lot of over the years, and possibly due to an impovement in clarity / quality of the water since red-iverting the stream. It would be very interesting to see some guys have a go with the floaters, you'll need a few to get passed the ducks and gulls, but I definitely think its worth a shot. Getting the aerator fixed this week, then it will be on for a month or two over the summer, in its usual place opposite the snages swim.

June 1st  Well its been a very tough weekend, after fishing well last week, the wind died down and bright skies came out, and the fish went quiet. Mike farrell winkled a couple of very small fish out of the reeds swim, almost certainly ones born in the mere. A few fish were seen crashing, but despite everyone's best efforts, they weren't playing ball. The wind has turned tonight, and the pressure is dropping over the next few days. A nice overcast night, and westerly , surely there will be a few out tonight ?  interestingly enough the clarityof the water (and no doubt the quality) seem to have improved no end in the last 6 weeks since we have re-diverted the stream. Loads of daphnia swarms in the edge and some tiny fry all about, as well as fish cruising the surface this evening before the wind got up. All good for the future.

May 30th Craig Ridge has had fish of 18, 20.02 and 22.00 and all well deserved as he moved from the pads to the stream, then from their to herons vioew, and had one fish from each swim. James Sansoni and his friend Russ fished in the Pads for 2 nights having an 18 and 21, then losing what looked like a bigger fish right in the pads by the net, and finishing with a small mid double.

May 27th Mark Higgins came on for a quick 12 hour night session and headed for herons View as there was a strong Easterly blowing down that end. He spodded out a bucket of spod mix with tuna, and had a new PB within an hour, and, a new 30lb fish for Blakemere when he landed 'Scar' at its heighest weight so far. He also added fish of 17lb plus a tench, so pretty good for an overnighter. I got out myself for a quick nighter, but went up the other end, out of the way, and had a very good nights sleep ! Craig Ridge is in the pads and also had a fish of 17lb very early after arriving last night, where fish were rolling all over the place. Wind has changed this morning, blowing north westerly so the fish may move again. 

May 25th Well in the last week I have put out around 75gk of 10mm carp pellet, 25kg of wheat and 50kg of flaked maize. At certain times yesterday and today the fish were going crazy over the food, with up to 3 or 4 fish rolling simultaneously within a small area, some crashing out too for quite long spells. The weather (rain) has been terrible and the ground is very waterlogged, so I am afraid that in stead of having all the paths done, we will have to wait. I am halfway through re-building the stumps and stream swims, and these should be finished tomorrow.

May 24th  Sadly, due to the huga amount of rain we have had, the spawning only lasted 2 days, whereas in past years we have seen it go on for as much as 4 or 5 if weather conditions are perfect. It's therefore difficult to know if all the fish have spawned, and if some sporadic spawning by small groups appears later on in the summer. Fish can carry spawn for a long time, and in the past we have even seen them with spawn in September. Thats not good of course, and if fish are unable to absorb all their eggs, or shed them, it can lead to infections and ultimately fatalities. Obviously this is all down to nature and nothing a fishery owner can do, other than keep his fingers crossed. Also sadly, I have had to postpone the track machine, again due to waterlogged paths. We were hoping as the ground was so dry prior to spawning, to do all the paths, and re-do many of the swims. This work will be done, but the ground needs to be bone dry for at least two weeks to do it properly and without causing any further mess !  Good news is that I have dismantled the stream and stumps swim, and will be raising them up 10" before we open on Tuesday. The fish have been fed over the last week, with a mixture of 10mm coppins carp pellet, flaked maize and rolled wheat to give them a good balanced diet. Last year saw Stuart Wareham break the lake record for number of runs in a 24 hour period, when he had 17 runs in the first week after spawning, so the fishing could be good next week. However, it is carp fishing after all so who knows what will happen this year.

May 14th Gordon added another 2 fish from the pads swims as well as losing a third. he had fish of 22 and 17 so was pleased with his session overall.

May 13th Loads of fish rolling all over last night,between 8pm and 9.30pm when it finally went flat calm after what had seemed like more than 24 hours of non stop rain. Two fish out last night of 18 and 20 to Gordon Goodwin who is in the pads swim. Just had a report in today from Craig Cartilidge who fished last weekend in the Reeds swim. Craig had mirrors of 17 and 15 followed by a 6lb tench, then landed another new 25+ fish in the shape of a lovely looking 27.06 well done craig who will get to name it shortly. His friend Craig Ridge also had a common of 13lb. Two fish out of the Moat over the weekend, as well as two lost. Hopefully a couple of warmer and dry days should see some more visits from the big girls as they get ready to spawn in the next 2-3 weeks .

May 10th Hi All, I've been down in darkest devon all week installing 600m of otter fencing so have not been around to do reports. Plenty of fish out mainly mid - upper doubles and from all over the lake. Fish starting to show much more often according to anglers on tonight. Will Tonks who had the 27.00 a week or so ago,  is on and having not seen him since he told me that after catching that he had lost a bigger fish, one he played for 30-35 mins but simply could not get any line back. eventually when he did get it in, it shot under the tree and cut him off - Gutted !! Thats what keeps us going back I supose.

May 5th Joe Charnock had a 17 and a 23.10 from the Reeds last night. I managed a quick 12hours camping overnight, despite seeing fish all over from 8.30-9.30pm . Thats 4 quick overnighters for me and no fish ! Oh well, I'll just keep holding out with my big fish rigs for Lilly. I expect the fish will spawn towards the end of this month if the weather stays warm. We will close for a week as usual once they start, and anyone booked on will be refunded in full .

May 4th Steve Price from Whitchurch came downn on Monday for a 5 day session and after a fruitless 24 hours decided to move into the recently vacated Pads swim as 6 fish had been lost from here during the previous 36 hours. He started catching on Wed from directly opposite the platform and went on to catch a total of 19 fish. Steve was using bottom baits tipped with plastic corn. The wind had been blowing down there most of the week, however very few fish had been showing. It was a great result, even though the fish were all small, mainly double except one very small single figured fish, one that has no doubt been born in the mere, and two low twenties. Joe Charnock followed in behind him as he left, and Joe had an upper double and lost one, but the wind changed and is now blowing westerly, so Joe upped and moved today to the opposite end in the Reeds swim and has lost a fish already. Big Carp magazine guys were here too for a few days to shoot for a feature in July's mag, and caught from most swims, however again most fish in the 16-18lb bracket. One or two fish starting to show signs of having spawn in them and I would imagine they will be spawning at the end of the month or 1st week in June. We will shut as normal for a week when this happens and refund any anglers booked on.quite often we see spells where the smaller fish feed then the bigger fish follow on behind so hopefully the bigger fish will show over the next few weeks as they feed up in preperation for spawning.

April 25th Will Tonks came on late as two anglers cancelled and went into the Moat swim. He had a common of 21.05 and 2 mirrors of 16lb then followed it up with a 27lb mirror and proceeded to lose and even bigger fish (lily's fish perhaps ??) anyway pictures to follow as soon as I receive them. At least 5 fish off all other areas of the lake all between 13 and 18lb. An angler in the Reeds was on for 48 hours and had 3 fish when I last saw him including two twenties. I'll contact him to get an up to date report on how he finished up.

April 21st Hi All, just got back from an amazing week at Abbey lakes - Fox lake where twelve of us had 93 fish in total, 8 pbs, 1 fifty, 17 forties and a new lake record to our very own bailiff Rich Wollam (Woolly) with Humpy at 70.10 !!!!!!!! Whilst I have been away, lake has been fairly quiet, most fish have been doubles with a 23.00 out last wek, 4 fish lost last night, and not a lot showing with the cold easterly wind of last few days. Temps much better today, and hopefully with a change of wind will come a change in fortune. Most pads nearly up now so lake should be in full bloom within the next 10 days. Paths have dried up too which makes getting around the far side much easier now.

April 10th Just done a quick tot up on the nunber of fish reported so far this year to find out their average weight. The fish we have reported (and many aren't) total 71 for a total of 1,282lb which gives an average weight of just over 18lb. Hopefully within 12-24 months we can get this to an average of over 20lbs.

April 10th  Joe has decided to call the new 25+ 'Joelle' so thats great, and makes it 24 fish over 25lb. He had another fish last night, a fish called 'Sara' at 25.10 so ended up with 9 fish in all, including 3 over 25lb so a fantastic session.

April 8th Joe Charnock came on Sunday night for a 5 night session, and had a 15lb common on his first night in the Reeds swim. Then last night as I walked around he was playing a fish which turned out to be the Big Linear at its top weight of 29.04. By this morning, Joe had added another 15lb common, and an 18lb mirror, but had also caught a NEW 25lb + fish with a mirror of 26.08 which he gets to name. This means we now have 24 fish over 25lb, so in a couple of years, if the weather is good, we should be home to at least 12-15 fish over 30lb !  Joe still has 3 nights to go so its looking good for a bumper session already. Will Tonks had three fish from the Stumps of 16, 16 & 14 on his first trip, so well done to you too, Will.

April 6th Wes Kilgannon had a great session on fri night in the Reeds swim, breaking his PB twice. He had 3 fish of 16lb at 1am, 24.01 at 2am and a fish known as 'Scar' at 28.07 at 3am so he and his cameraman were both pretty tired come the morning. Only two other fish out at 6and 7am this morning, both mirrors of 15lb, one from the boathouse and 1 from herons view. I have just been down to meet an angler coming onto the Reeds swim tonight, the wind has changed from a sw to a full westerly, and I have seen at least 10 fish in 15mins, which is more than I have seen all year so far, so looking good for you tonight Joe ! no excuses in the morning !

April 3rd Clayton Siddall sat quietly and patienly down in the pads swim for 48 hours, and had a PB tench of 7lb on the first day, then on his 2nd night had a PB carp of 27.02. Well done Clayton thats what its all about. Steve Shaw came down last night and had a small fish of around 11lb from the Channel.

April 2nd  Joe Massey had a 16lb mirror from the Boathouse swim at 7pm tonight just before he left. One or two fish starting to show themselves, not a lot, but more than previous weeks. Pads are at least half way up and should be out in the next week or ten days.

March 29th  I have been away on busines this week so a little behind on reports. Stephen Wright had a couple of blank nights in the Channel so moved for his last 2 nights in the Boathouse. His first fish he lost and was gutted, but it wasn't his last and he ended up with 4 fish of 19.00, 21.03, 24.08 & 25.02 so a cracking session in the end, well done Stephen. He fished B5 on KD rigs tipped with plastic corn over to the far side. Allan Marchington had a scale perfect common from the Moat this morning at 15lb. The Stream has now been completely re-diverted round the back of the field behind the stream and stumps swims.  The field to the right of the pads is very muddy due to the track machines working in the rain this week.

March 21st Steve Adcock has finished his last session on here for a while as he is moving areas soon. he fished the Snags and the Moat and had a total of 7 fish and lost 2. fish weighed 13.07, 13.11, 14.04, 14.08, 15.09, 18.00 & 20.11 Well done mate, shame Lilly's fish didn't come out to your rods. All seasons in one today, sun , rain, hail and wind !! Water temp is up to 8 degrees, so fishing should be getting more consistent over the next few weeks.

March 19th Dave Algie arrived at 8am on Monday and after 3 hours had landed a 25lb mirror from the Channel swim. His friend Gerry Gladman went round to the Moat and had a mirror of 27.02 on monday, and followed it up with 'Nic' one of the original commons at 27.00 plus a low double of around 13lb. Steve Adcock is back for a couple of days and has had two doubles so far from the Snags.

March 16th Well we have finished the Blakemere 'French' social weekend today and with 11 capable anglers on for 36 hours, only 2 fish came out all weekend, and both of those came to the rods of Steve Shaw who fished 'The reeds' swim. Steve fished white banofee pop ups over a bed of b5 boilies and had a 12lb common and stunning mirror of 19.10. Well done steve, it was hard going with Northerly winds and clear bright skies.

March 14th  Steve Adcock had the Koi common (an original) out at 20.08 on Wed, this fish only comes out once a year. Stuart Wareham Came on last night and has had 4 fish this morning, despite the fog. Stuart is fishing the Stumps up to his left hand margin and has had 4 mirrors of 16, 26.08, 14 and 12lb. Although in previous years Stuart has had fish to 28lb from Blakemere, 2013 was his bogey year as he had 30 fish from approx 10 visists, and not one over 20lb !  The second fish he has had this year,was the 26.08 above, so well done Stuart, a fantastic and well deserved result for your perseverance.

March 11th  Fish are biting well here at blakemere. I put out some flaked maize on sunday night as no anglers on and wanted to get the fish mooching about. Whether or not it's coincidence or not its switched on big time. Sean Cannon went round to the stream and has had 5 fish including a PB of 23.12, plus one of 18, 16.08 and two at 15lb, Mick Lloyd lost one this morning in the Stumps and had a mid double later today, Andy Mullock in the reeds had a low double common at 6pm and steve Adcock has had 3 from Herons view including a common of 21.04 and two mid doubles so there are fish coming from all over the lake. Water temp now above 7 degrees so more fish expected over the next week, and with some vey good anglers on at the weekend (?) we will hopefully see some of the bigger ones on the bank.

March 10th  Sean Cannon made the long walk around to the Stream swim and had a new PB mirror of 23.12 this morning so was well made up. There was a common of 22.08 out of herons View on friday Night to Stuart Chard. A few fish have been seen today, and the water temp is now over 7 degrees so things should be getting gradually more consistent over the next few weeks. Still waiting to see Lilly's fish on the bank..will she be 33, 34 or even 35lb by now ??? Not been out since last may at 31.08.

March 6th Ben Critchley is in the Boathouse and has had 2 blank days before landing a 20.08 common this morning around 9am. Ben then had a low double mirror of 12lb at approx 11am then had a tench later in the afternoon as well as losing one. The water is now up to 6.7 degrees so its getting warmer every few days and the forecast over the next few weeks is good with little rain and temps into double figures on most days. The fish have still got leeches on so they are obviously only just waking up, and still very few fish showing at all. Lets hope it switches on properly for the weekend.

Feb 28th One fish lost from the Channel yesterday. Steve Adcock came on yesterday morning. He lost a fish after an hour then went onto catch a common of 28.02 and one of 16lb, as well as two mirrors of 17lb and 13lb. This morning he has had two more mirrors of 16lb and 12lb. he is in the Boathouse fishing over the top of a bed of B5 boilies, with white chods, about 2/3rds - 3/4 of the way across. Still no fish showing but they are obviously starting to get their heads down.

Feb 24th I have been away on business an awful lot, and that with the combination of high winds, flooding and very few anglers has meant there has been little to report. I was away this last weekend, but Stewart Chard did email me to say he had a 20lb fish out on Friday night. Also 2 anglers fishing the Moat lost a 20lb common at the net that was trailing a line and a lead. I will be checking most rigs from now on, please dont be offended, even if you are a regular. barbless hooks will fall out easily in the event of a break off, and we should not have fish trailing rigs, and leads, if it gets snagged thats one less 20 for you all to catch. Please make sure you are using barbelss if you change you rigs, there will NOT be any second chances. Hopeully the water will keep down now, and temperatures start to rise. I did hear that two other fish were out, but not had any emails or texts so I cant confirm.

Feb 9th Mick Lloyd had a lovely fat mirror of 15.08 then followed it up with a common of 18lb, from the Boathouse swim this morning, fishing double bottom baits. The weather over the last 24 hours has been terrible, with fierce gusts of wind and driving rain, and the water levels have come up another 3 or 4" overnight. Please make sure you bring decent footwear as many of the paths around the edge are now under water. Lets hope for a dry spell to let the water levels fall, as its still very mild, just hard work in the wind.

Feb 3rd Well, we decided to cancel all the fishing over friday and sat due to the severe forecast. So no thing to report from the weekend, and no anglers on in the week. Two lads on tonight, so we will see how they get one, and possibly one guy coming tomorrow so hopfully we may see a fish or two coming out, as its still pretty mild overall. Water temp now up to 4.7 degrees so is up from 4 degrees last week.

Jan 27th Not much to report folks, other than the lake came up 6" over the weekend and now the swims on the far side are currently all underwater. The weather at the weekend was horrendous and all anglers had packed up and left by 4pm which was probably a wise move. temps still mild but water is still cold. No anglers booked on midweek this week and only 2 day anglers on last week. We did have one fish lost last weekend at 9.30pm from the Boathouse swim, fishing across to the left of the swim. Hopefully once the water levels drop and water temp rises a couple of degrees the fish will start coming out  again, but we'll need some anglers here first to catch them !! Booked up for the weekend so maybe we will have a few out then.

Jan 12th Well our long run of fish has come to a halt and no fish out this weekend. At least 3 fish were seen, but nothing coming to any of the anglers. We had a lot of rain last week and by Thursday the lake was up a foot and flooded over the pegs on the far side. The water has now dropped but after the heavy frost this morning the water was only 3.7 degrees. No anglers booked on this week at the moment until Sat.

Jan 6th To be fair, any anglers out over the last few weeks all deserve a medal. Although its been mild, the winds have been pretty crazy here at times, and we have had a few bivvy's turn inside out, so in all seriousness, please check the forecast and make sure you hve the right gear to make your stay comfortable. Turning up in crocs at this time of year is not a great idea ! Anyhow Michael Robb has endured the head on winds in the Channel swim and was rewarded with a 22.09 mirror today, and then lost one an hour later. So we are still havinng fish out every few days which is great for the time of year.

Jan 4th Matt Preston has added a third fish of his 36hr session, a mirror of 26.04, pictures to follow. No other fish off today so great result for Matt.

2014 January 3rd Joe Charnock added a mirror of about 10lb to his fish on New year Eve morning, then finished off the year with a new 25lb fish, a mirror of 25.04 at 10pm. We have named the fish Nyeve (pron 'Neeve') !  Steve Adcock had the 1st fish of 2014, a mirror of 12lb from the Moat. Nigel Millward had a mirror of 14lb from the Boathouse yesterday morning around 10am.  Matt preston has come on this morning for 24 hours and has 2 fish today fishing from the Stumps, along the margin to his left (opposite the boathouse)and about 2-3 rod lengths out. Both fish were low doubles of around 12 and 14lb. We are hoping to put a stock pond on site later on this year, and when its done and settled, we will be removing any fish under 15lb to put them into the pond to grow on for a year or so until they are up to 20lb before releasing them again.

December 31st Stewart Wareham has just finished 24 hours in the Moat and ended up with a total of 4 landed and one lost, a great result for this time of year. He added 2 more doubles this morning to his fish from yesterday. Steve Adcock has followed in behind him, and I will be joining Steve for a night tomorrow to try and catch my first carp of the new year.  Joe Charnock came down last night and has gone into the snags for a few days. He had a mirror of 17lb at around 9am this morning, so it looks as though there are fish down this end at the moment anyway. Nic and I would like to wish you all a fantastic new year, and thank you all for your custom during 2013. We hope that 2014 is a prosperous one for you all, and that Blakemere can give at least some of you a new PB on your next visit. Best wishes, Dave

December 30th Hope you all had a great xmas folks. weather has been pretty horrendous here with the winds, but finally calmed down tonight. Stewart Wareham went into the Moat at lunchtime and had a common of 17lb and a 14lb mirror within an hour or so. Its just a matter of finding them, which can be tricky as they aren't really showing. Will these be the last fish of 2013 ? we will know in just over 24 hours. Tight lines to the anglers on tonight. Would make my year just to see Lillys fish on the bank one more time......

December 15th Roy Batterbee fished in the Channel and had a mirror of 19lb at 4am. Steve Adcock came back for 24hours and had 2 low doubles from the Moat swim, fishing across towards the Island, before losing what he thought was a very big fish at 2pm due to a hook pull after the playig the fish for a couple of minutes. Weather still exceptionally mild for the time of year, and fish still feeding.

December 13th  Fish still coming out to the few that are veturing out. Craig Ridge had 2 fish out of the channel last weekend, 17 & 18lb. An angler on Tuesday had a 20.04 mirror from the boathouse at 7am shortly before packing up. Steve Adcock came on yesterday and started in the Stumps and had 2 fish of 17.04 & 17.08 before moving to the Boathouse where he had a 15lb mirror. Damian Richards did a 24 hour session yesterday in Herons view and had a 22.00 mirror at midnight. This was the first fish out at night for a while as most have been coming during daylight hours. With temps still up in double figures today, its still worth a shout before it gets really consistently cold, even if its just for a uick daytime session.

December 4th My good friend Rob Timmis came for a days carping and pike fishing. We went into the Boathouse swim at 8am and Rod fished 2 carp rods and one for pike, and I had a single pike rod out, fishing deadbaits. At about 9.30am Rod had a take and it resulted in a lovely mirror, and at bang on 25.00 is a new 25lb fish for Blakemere and has now been called 'Bertha'. This takes our tally of 25lb+ fish to 21, with 5 of those coming in the last five weeks. We also managed 5 pike between us from 2-7lb. Thanks to Rod for his great sausage baps, custard creams, endless cups of tea, and flowing conversation. Can't beat a good days fishing in the December sunshine on an empty lake !!

December 3rd Rob Woolley went into the Boathouse yesterday morning for the start of his 24 hour session and had a fruitless day and night, only to be woken at 7am with a nice 20.04 mirror shortly before leaving. Anrew Powell came on last night in the Channel, again a quiet night but he managed two low doubles this morning so well done to both of them.

December 1st  Only 2 anglers on for the day midweek who blanked, and 6 swims taken at the weekend. One fish lost in the snags, but Steve Adcock had a red letter 36 hours fishing the Boathouse swim. he fished 3/4 of the way over, using 2kgs of boilies in all, baiting little and often. He fished chod rigs over the top. His tally, all mirrors, included fish of 14.06, 14.12, 16.04, 18.00, 22.07, 24.08, 25.12 & 28.06 as well as losing one other fish. 'The pretty one' has not been out for over 18 months, and the big linear (28.06) has only been out once since Steve caught it two years ago !  The fish were all immaculate, and fought like mad. Steve had done 4 blank sessions before his luck turned, and turn it most certainly did. A great result, and all the reasons why we go fishing and keep trying despite not catching. vey few bookings at moment, so why not take advantage of a quiet lake, while the fish are still feeding hard, and before it gets too cold. Effort = reward.


30th November Well, what a difference a day makes. Wed was calm and warm, and I managed a night out myself, and was rewarded with an excellent nights sleep, no wind, no beeps, but great to be out. Thursday was flat calm all day and how it changed yesterday with verys strong winds and rain, making it feel properly wintery. The winds died down around 3am this morning and it was flat calm at 7am, with loads of roach topping all over the whole lake, and a few carp too. Ryan Tisdale lost a fish first thing from the snags swim, and Steve Adcock came down this morning, and has landed a mirror of 14.12 from the Boathouse, so they are still feeding. Hopefully as we are full today there will be a few more fish out, as the sun is shining, and wind is only very light, so its looking good for a few more bites yet.

24th November Steve 'Golden Hooks' Hall was here for his tenth visit, and having never blanked it looked like this weekend might be his first as we had a very severe frost on Friday morning. Steve went into the Channel swim, and saw a patch of 2 or 3 bubbles come up about 50 yards out, so quickly dispatched a small single pop up on top of them. An hour later he was rewarded with a 13lb mirror, and just reward to keep his 100% record in tact. At this time of year, the difference between catching and not are slim, but watching the water for any small signs will give you that edge. One other fish out, a 14lb common from Herons view on sat night. Very few anglers booked on for next few weeks, but the pressure is dropping mid week and with milder temps forecast, and fish still coming out, its still worth a shout to bag yourself a nice winer carp.

19th November Stewart Wareham just finished a 24 hour session in the rain, sleet and light snow during the night. He had a 13lb common yesterday morning, and a 17lb linear at 4am this morning, so good going in the conditions. He fish ed pop ups down the margin from the stumps and said there were fish rolling opposite the Boathouse and herons view last night just as it went dark.

17th November One fish lost from the Reeds swim on Friday night at 11.30pm. Adam Harris had a 25lb common from the stumps swim fishing down his left hand margin, and kevin Horton, had a mirror of 24.15 fishing next door in the stream. kev fished tight to the back of the island using a chod rig. Mike farrell stayed this morning an ended up with a 19lb mirror from the Boathouse fishing over towards the far bank. All three fish came to Salopian Baits boilies. Only a few fish showing just before and into dark, but at least a few on the bank this weekend. Quiet week ahead with bookings and snow predicted wed /thurs.

13th November only 2 swims in use today, the Boathouse and the channel. One fish lost from the channel at midday due to a hook pull. other than that very few fish showing. Fingers crossed for a few at the weekend.

08th November No anglers on last night, so just an update on the water levels. The water has dropped over night,so the Reeds, Snags and Moat are all ok, however the stumps has 1/2" water covering it and the Stream is still floating at the back. All other swims ok. The path to far side is very muddy. I will be putting some hardcore down by the gates to try and improve these areas for now.

07th November  Only one angler on today who didn't catch. Water has now flooded over the Stumps and stream. The Moat is still ok, but its close to the top and muddy, the Snags and Reeds have a few centimetres of water covering them but are still fishable. All swim on car park 1 side ok, but a little water in Boathouse so you'll just have to move back as there's plenty of room. Hopefully the levels will start dropping after a beautiful dry day today.

6th November Not much to report, other than it doesn't seem to have stopped raining for the last week !! the water went down, but has now risen steadily for the last 2 days and its still coming in from the stream at quite a flow. Good news is the ditches are all clear, and water is going out well. However, the stumps are under water, and Reeds and snags very close to it !  I'll update agian tomorrow evening. The paths round from car park 2 have also gone very muddy after being hard all summer, so take care. All swims on car park 1 side are currently ok (there is a tiny bit of waer at front of Boathouse but its fine to fish from still). Regarding fish, there was a 17lb mirror out from the Boathouse on Sunday as well as one lost, and possibly one from the same angler on Monday according to someone else, but I didn't see him to get confirmation.. Not many fish showing while the cold brown water is coming in. Lets hope for a break in the weather to let the levels fall a bit.

3rd November Marc Ellis had a mirror of 20lb from the Stream over the weekend, and there  were two fish lost, one from the Snags and one from the Reeds swims. The water has risen again with all the rain, but seems to be dropping now. The paths have turned very muddy in the last week, so pushing the barrow around the far side is a littel harder than normal. At least there have been a few opportunities this weekend, as I'm not sure anyone even had a run between Mon-friday last week !! 

1st Novemeber Well, it has been one of the quietist weeks we have had this year, so far. We had a frost on tuesday night, and the water has come up about 10" so it maybe partly to do with that, or perhpas something else. Have a few anglers on today and over the weekend so hopefully they will manage to bag a few and give me something to write about. Still hoping to see Lily's fish come out before xmas as we are hoping it will be in the 32-33lb region and set a new lake record - we'll just have to wait and see ! tight lines.

27th October Sorry for lack of catch reports I have been in China all week and only got back late last night. It has been fairly quiet, fish coming out here and there but no real big hits as we were hoping for. Just a few recent catches I have been told of include young Josh Blundell who had a 16.04 mirror from the Boathouse. Lst night Rich Mack had a PB mirror of 22.08 from the snags at 2am and almost at the same time - 2.15am Karl De Silva had a stunning 25lb mirror from the Boathouse (photo's to follow when karl sends them). Good luck to all the lads who are on tonight, hope all those extra bivvy pegs and guide ropes hold tight.

20th October After having had 4 fish over 25+ last week, I thought it would be fishing well this week, but its been the opposite and slow over the last four or five days. Shaun Ashton had an 18lb mirror from the moat yesterday and Steve Adock managed a 14lb common from the snags, and apart from one other fish lost in the Boathouse, thats been it.  Lots of fish showing last thurs, and on sat after the rain storm, but none biting !  Weather looks good, lowish pressure, southerly winds, rain, but I think perhaps we need a proper cold snap with some frost to get the fish really feeling like winter is coming, as its still redicuously mild for this time of year. lets wait and see what happens this week.

Lake closed on Monday as we rebuilt the Stream swim, and no anglers on yesterday. Three on today (wed) so hopefully something to report tomorrow, other than 3 very wet anglers. 

12th October Mark Richards was on with his son Daniel over the weekend with two others. Mark had a stunning common of 22lb from the Boathouse swim, and Daniel managed a low double of around 12lb from the stumps.

10th October Chris Caddick has just come on this evening and had only got 2 of his rods out when one tore off ending up with a 25.01 mirror from the Boathouse swim, fishing a critically balanced B5. He walked all the way around and put out about 1/2kg with a catapult. Now he just has to get his last rod out and bivvy up in the dark !! So that makes it 4 fish out of 25+ in the last four days. This cold change seems to be putting the bigger fish on the feed as I predicted on the 8th.

9th October Gerry Gladman came on for 48 hours yesterday morning with his mate Dave. Gerry went into Herons View but Dave went down the other end on his own into the Moat swim. At 7pm Dave had a new PB mirror of 25.10 (up from 17lb) and 3 hours later gerry had a 25.00 mirror himself. As they had only one camera between them, there was quite a lot of walking for them to do for the photos !  As predicted yesterday, the wind has gone much colder this morning, and I have heard and seen some big fish crashing in last 48 hours. I think we may see a few more big fish out in the next 10 days or so. Gerry was using crab and fruit boilies, and dave was on sticky baits Krill with a yellow pineapple snowman.

8th October An angler had a 21lb common at weekend, but did'nt get his name. Steve adcock had a common of 27.15 at 5 pm yesterday from the snags, fishing red pop ups over B5 to far side. He has also lost a fish at 6am this morning and had another low double mirror. Wayne bull is in the Channel and has had mirrors of 13lb and 18lb so far. he is spodding out around 50 yards and fishing with 'Entice' boilies. Fish have been showing a little more in the late evening and mornings, and I think that once we do get a colder snap the bigger fish will start showing more reguarly.

4th October Stuart wareham did 36 hours in the Stream and had a mirror of 19lb and a low double common. Steve Adcock was fishing with myself for 36 hours. We started off in the Moat but after 20 hours without action moved down to the Pads and herons view. steve Had a mirror of 14lb very quickly and Iemded up with two fish one after another at 4am this morning from the Pads swim, firstly a common of 12lb then a true leather of 19lb. For those of you that don't know, leathers are gentically different, and not just mirrors without scales. The anal fin was hardy developed, its pecs slightly deformed and a very small dorsal fin, all classic signs of a true leather carp. sadly the photos weren't great as it was raining, but all the fish out in the last month have been in immaculate condition and clearly feeding up for the winter ahead. My fish came about on double B5 bottom baits, 1-2 rods lengths off the pads over about 1kg of B5 on each rod, Steve had his on a chod over B5. The wind changed direction this morning down to a westerly and the fish are already up this end now and have been rolling often. Weather conditions have been excellent for last few days.

01 October Mark Higgins had a low double from the Moat on a quick overnighter. Rob Wolley had a 19lb common from the pads, and his son Mike lost a good fish in the night fishing herons view. Craig has had a 19.08 mirror and double figure common from the channel in the last 24 hours. wind blowing Easterly still but temps still warm and conditions looking better this wek than last. Quite a few fish coming out in the daytime recently, compared with a few motnhs back when they were mainly at night or early morninig.

25th Sept Its been a little quiet last 48 hours with very little wind and bright skies. The weather has changed this morning with overcast skies and rain. Andy Mullock came on for a quick 12hr session last night and had 2 doubles from Herons View. Gerry Galdman has just landed 'Nic', one of the original commons from the Boathouse swim, at a new PB of 27.08. he was fishing B5 boilies across to the far shelf. Nic was last caught at 26lb so she is packing on the weight again after having dropped 3-4lbs over the last winter. Hopefully she'll be back up to the 30lb mark by the end of the year.

23rd Sept 3 Anglers on overnight, which was a very still and damp one, the mist was down by 8pm. Chris White turned up as it was going dark, and went to the Pads where he had a 21 common before leaving this morning. Just a quick mention for young Charlie Scott who came last week with his dad, and enjoyed himself catching some lovely roach and perch on the maggots, well done Charlie, lets hope its starts you off on a long fishing career.

22nd Sept Damien McLaughlin booked the lake exclusively from Friday until this morning,even though there were only two of them fishing. Apart from a few liners last night, it looked like they were going to blank for their 48 hours. With just his rods left out, and his friends departed, Damien had a run a 10.45am which resulted in a PB common of 27.08 ! well done Damien. He fished cell boilies over to the far marhgin on herons view swim.

20th Sept Dean Walker had the lake to himself for 24 hours of his 36 hour session and had 3 fish of 12, 13 & 14lb last night before leavinf at 8 this morning. I have cleared the outflow ditch by hand to help prevent flooding later on in the year, and now ALL of the swims have had a good dump of fresh woodchip to keep them dry and stop you getting muddy during the winter.

19th Sept update. Gerry ended up with 2 more fish, a 15.08 and 16.08 from across the far side of the Boathouse swim. Chris ended up with another tench and a mirror of 19lb at 3 am this morning.

19th Sept Its been a little quiet on the fish siting front, with only a very few shows over the last 2/3 days. Chris Morris has been in the Channel swim for 48 hours and has had 2 tench about 5lb each, and a 13lb mirror at 3am on the first night, followed by a 19lb mirror at around 3am last night. Gerry Gladman is in the Boathouse for 48 hours and had a mirror of 14lb the first night and just landed a stunning mirror of 15.08 at 9am this morning, shortly before the rain arrived. Dean Walker arrived at 8pm last night, went quickly into Herons view and had a low double in the early hours. So, most of the fish seem to be up in the middle area of the lake, and have backed off the westerley which has been blowing for 3/4 days. There has been an angler in the Reeds and the Moat for last 48hours but neither of them have had a fish.

16th Sept Ciaron Jordan has just had a new PB mirror of 23lb from the Reeds swim. The fish got caught up in the pads for a while and he managed to get it free before it gave up a spirited fight. The fish suffered some damage to its mouth due to the barbless hook, but that is why we have the rule. If the line had broken the fish would have easily shed the hook in the pads, as opposed to being unable to get rid of a barbed hook and ending up being tethered. It was in absolutely mint condition and really solid, so they are abviously getting their heads down at the moment.

16th Sept  8am. The fish seem to have switched back on again yesterday. Matt had four more in the night and early this morning, with two low doublesa 14 and 18lb mirror, all on Nash purple squid. His dad was using cell but didn't get any more action, and Ciaron had a mirror of 13.08 on the B5, as well as losing another fish around 10pm last night.

15th Sept Despite the overscast and windy weather the last 48 hours have been particuarly slow, and not many fish have been seen rolling anywhere. it seems to have picked up today a bit. Chris White fished in the pads and had a low double last night, Ciaren \jorden came back for his second visit and had a 22.01 mirror from the Reeds swim last night. Father and son duo Matt and geoff Nicholl have come back into the Stream and Stumps swims this morning. Matt has had a 20.06 mirror a low double as well as losing one, and geoff has had a common of 19lb so far, so things looking good for them for tonight. New load of woodchip arriving this week to get the swims ready for the winter.

12TH sept Paul Higgins is in the Boathouse and had a common of 18lb at 2am on an Indian Spice pop-up. Wind picked up this evening with light rain and nice and overcast so looking good, after a bright day.

10th Sept Stewart Wareham fished in the Channel last night and lost a fish before deciding to move round to the Moat for the rest of the day to only lose another 3 !  Thankfully he ended up with the next 3 in the net, all mid doubles. Ciaron Jordan has only been fishing for 4 months and came to Blakemere last night for his first 12 hour session with us. He went into the Boathouse swim and there were a few fish showing, and I'm happy to say he ended up with 2 mirrors of 13.03 and 18.02 as well as losing one, so well done Ciaron on a great start to your campaign.

9th Sept 9am  Steve Hall has a fish of about 12lb in the night, then at 7am had a double take, and landed the first fish at 22lb but lost the other, so takes his tally to 8 fish, (5 twenties) and 2 lost in 24 hours. Steve plans to go after lunch so pushing for the double figure mark now !!  Robert Hoise added another fish early this morning too in the fog, just a low double. Robert was fishing using Cell boilies.

8th Sept  8pm- Steve has now had six fish and lost one in 11 hours. His last two mirrors were 21 and 23.08. Robert Hosie is in the Channel swim and after losing 2 fish last night landed a mirror of 27.08 this morning, on his first trip too, so well done Rob.

8th sept 12 noon -Steve Hall (from wolverhampton) came down this morning and went into the Moat swim and has already had 4 fish by 12 noon. So far he has has mirrors of 17.12, 20.08 & 22.12 as well as a common of 19.08. Steve is using B5 with a little bit of plastic corn to balance his baits slightly. Interestingly as some of you will have noted, Steve has never blanked in 8 trips so thats really top angling, making it look so easy. Well done Steve, lets hope you get a few bigger ones later on.

8th Sept Joseph Brandreth had a small fish of about 11lb off the Reeds swim just before packing up this morning. Steve Garrett came on last night at 8pm and had a 20.11 pb mirror at 2am from Herons view, and fish were lost in the Boathouse and Channel swims so they are quite widespread at the moment. Loads of fish rolling last night and first things in most parts of the lake.

7th Sept Lee Clarke has had a 16.08 common from the channel swim today. The two anglers in the reeds and snags have loads of fish in front of them this afternoon on the end of this strong fresh westerly and have so far lost one fish each, so fingers crossed for them to put one on the bank tonight.

6th Sept Steve hall (from crewe) fished a quick day session in the Stumps swim and had upped his pb to 17lb with a common this afternoon shortly before 6pm. Well done Steve, worth getting wet for !

6th Sept  Just back from the excellent annual fisheries management conference at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, so missed a few anglers leaving this morning. The Osullivan family were here for 48 hours, Chris fished in the reeds and had 3 fish last night, 24, 18 and 16lb, his brother James was in the snags and had a 16lb fish last night as well as losing one, and their dad fished up the pads swim t the other end didn't manage a fish. Raining this morninig, and better temperature than the high 20's we have had over last few days. Expecting delivery of all essential porducts bait in today and will post on the homepage once it arrives in stock.

3rd Sept  Geoff and Matt Nichol are back fishing the stream and stumps swim. So far Geoff has had two mid doubles and Matt has lost one. They were here the week before last whilst I was away, and had 7 fish between them. They also confirmed that the angler in the Moat had 7 fish, but I am not sure who he was, but well done anyway. It was very still first thing this morning, fish just fizzing rather than rolling. Getting into what I think are two of the best months fishing of the year, and looking forward to seeing some of the bigger fish out soon.

27th Aug Steven Mcfarlane has just landed his first Balkmere fish in shape of a 20.02 mirror from the Snags swim, shortly after losing another. A different Steve Hall to the one on yesterday, is on for the day and had a tench from the pads swim. Conditions looking much better this evening with it now being overcast and a good morth westerly breeze blowing, in contrast to the still and bright conditions this morning. Looks good for a bite or two tonight.

26th Aug Steve Hall had another fish during  the night,, and one at just before 8 this morning as he packed up, both mirrors around 14lb. That makes Steve's total to 6 fish in 24 hours. Steve has fished at Blakemere 6 or 7 times in the last two years and is yet to blank so he must be doing something right. He fished the Boathouse peg on the far side, 3or 4 yards short of the pads, with small pop ups on 8" combi links, and baited up with boilies using a throwing stick. One more fish lost to the angler on herons view, and quiet for everyone else overnight.

25th Aug Steve hall has just added another common of 15lb this evening at 8.15pm and fish still showing out in front of The Boathouse and the channel swim. One fish lost at the net at 8pm in herons view too. Hopefully Steve will add a few more overnight to end a good 24 hour session.

25th Aug Hi All, sorry for the lack of catch reports but I have just got back from a week in Italy. Apologies for those fishing this week, and not seeing any baliffs, but Rich is away in france fishing, Steve has been busy at work, and Ray has had problems with his knees (he's in his 70's) so hasn't been able to get round. The lads I saw yesterday had not had much, but ended up with a mid double last night. Apparently there were quite a few fish out earleir in the week, one guy I was told had 7 fish out of the Moat and a father and son had 4 or 5 a piece during the week. If it was you please send me the details. 6 new anglers on this morning, Steve Hall is in the Boathouse, had his 1st fish at 8.45am- 15lb miror, a common of 12lb at 9.30 and his third fish at 10.30 another mirror of 15lb. We are hopefully filming the lake this afternoon from a quadrachopter (weather dependant) and will add some footage of Steves fish in. I'll post the footage on the site and facebook as soon as its been done. Essential baits order should be arriving sometime this week and be in stock ready for next weekend. See bait availability for lists and prices.

16th Aug Fishing has been quiet for last few days. Daniel Richardson had a 15lb mirror from the Moat, and a fish was lost at 5.30am from the channel this morniin, but they have been quiet and not showing a great deal over the last 48 hours, compared with Tues night when they were showing all over the middle of the lake. We had a lot of rain right throughout the night, and it seems that the fish may be starting to move back down to the west end. We have an angler in the reeds swim tonight so we will see if that produces, as the pads and herons view swims have been quite quiet for last week or more now. Forecast for next week is getting warmr, so the aerator will be staying on until after the bank holiday. Esential Bait delivery should be arriving last week in aug/ 1st week of Sept so let me know if you ned anything once it comes in. Prices all on bait tab on left hand side under booking tab. I will post it up when its all in stock. 

14th Aug There were a couple of fish out on Sunday night, but both anglers left by 6.30am so I dont have full details. Please let me know if you catch, I dont always see people before they go, so its important to let me know if you want this catch report to be accurate. I did a quick overnighter with my friend Steve in the Channel swim on Monday, we had a torrential downpoor about 8pm, then it went cold for a few hours, but looked good for a bite as fish were rolling around us. We both blanked !! However,  fish were clearly fizzing and rolling in the morning much to our frusration. The same happened last night when there were loads of fish in front of the two lads setting up in the Boathouse swim, but again they couldn't temp one, then it went quiet and very few fish showing this morninig. I'll update again this evening once i have done my rounds.

11th Aug The lads are sending me photos and full catch report this evening, but I think as of 9am this morning they had caught 15 and lost 4 or 5 fish over their weekend stay. The majority of the fish coming from the Stumps and they seem to be in this area of the lake. Pegs that would be good tonight or next few days will prob be the stumps, channel, Boathouse, possibly Herons view. Will post full details later.

10th Aug Just a quick update on the 6 lads fishing, they have now had 10 fish and lost 3, and fish still rolling, mainly in the middle area of the lake, despite the wind hacking down towards the reeds swim. Hopefully they will get one of the big ones tonight, so far having 2 twenties, one low double and all the rest 16lb+ so fingers crossed for them. Interestingly I believe half of them have been caught on Zigs. Full update on their tally tomorrow when they leave.

10th Aug I have been away in Devon over the last week, and Rich has been baliffing for me. Only a few anglers on each day midweek, with a few fish out, mainly doubles up to 17lb as far as I know. We have a group of six anglers on for the weekend, and so far they have had fish of 22, 18, with 2 other doubles, and 2 fish lost in the night. Will update their full catch report tomorrow evening when they leave. Loads of fish showing yesterday in front of the Stumps, and opposite the channel.

3rd Aug Ryan Mallon fished in the Moat on a quick 12 hr session last night and had 2 fish of 17 and 14lb. One fish lost this morning at 8am from the Channel swim. Fish showing from the middle part down to the Reeds.

31st July  RIP Gale  Darren Williams added another mirror of 13.06 last night before leaving. Loads of fish showing out in front of the Moat this morning, whilst I stood with the two anglers who were just packing up from there after a blank night. Fish after fish, rolling over their baited areas, and around. ''We'll be back'' they said, not to be beaten. Sad news of the demise of Gale, a brood fish from VS Fisheries and stocked at 24 lbs in 2009,  Gale reached a height of 31.08 last year. She had not been landed this year, although she may have been hooked and lost, which may have stressed her out enough in this warm weather to cause her death. She may too of had some spawn in her. Anyway, she has given many anglers their PB, and was a fish that normally came out 5 or 6 times a year. She will be missed by us all. Long live her offspring !!

One fish landed from the channel swim at 8.15am this morning. No details yet as I had walked around that way and was on the other side. will update details later.

29th July 9.30pm Darren Williams has just caught a lovely common of just under 26lb from the Reeds, and with fish still showing is looking forward to a few more before the morning. Pictures of him below, along with Keith Valentines capture of Nic on Sat.

29th July I went out for a quick overnighter with my 10 year old son last night.There was a strong westerly blowing and fish rolling everywhere so he was very excited, however he missed all the action. I had a 15lb mirror at 1am and lost another a 2.15 both of which he slept through, then as we were packing up, he took some stuff up to the house and I had another mirror of 16lb. Essential baits B5 fished on the bottom with short hooklinks and running rig set up doing the business. Darren Williams has moved down from a fishless 24 hours in the pads and is now fishing the Reeds, and has lost one so far today, but plenty still showing down this end.

28th July Gary had a 16lb mirror on a plastic piece of sweetcorn fished as a zig from the snags swim. He was fishing tight to the far margin just under the surface. As far as I am aware, Gary and keith last night are the first anglers to catch using Zigs ,unless any one cares to correct me. Getting out myself for a quick overnighter with my lad see if we can get him a fish or two.

27th July Only two anglers on over last few days who had 3 runs on Thursday night but no fish landed then a very quiet night last night. Full house today. Keith Valentine had 'Nic' at a PB weight of 26.08 from the pads swim on a black and yellow Zig. Keith has now added 2 more commons of 12 and 13lb, both too on Zigs set about 5 foot deep in 6 feet of water.  Rain forecast tonight and tomorrow, so my prediction is that the fishing will improve dramatically by Mon /Tuesday (although not many booked on for these days) so may have to get the rods out myself and see if I can prove my own predictions correct !! Hopefully it will pick up tonight if we get enough rain, and a few fish come out tonight / tomorrow.

24Th July Dave lowther had the original Ghost common out of the Channel swim on Monday lunchtime at 18.08 and Matt Hall had a double from Herons view as well as losing one this morning. The rain we had yesterday morning stirred the fish up and there were lots rolling down in the Reeds swim last night and again about 10am on the end of the North westerly , but fish were also showing up opposite herons view and the boathouse. We could have done with a little more rain as it did not last for long, but as I had not seen any fish in open water for 10 days it was welcome to see so many rolling last night, even if they weren't being caught ! The aerator is on opposte the snags, and is being left on 24/7 for the next few weeks.

21st July David Lloyd and Ian Bushall came on for 48 hours over the mid week and had a fish each on the first night, 12 and 15lb, then a 7lb tench and one fish lost on night two. No fish out this weekend !  except a tench. One fish lost first thin this morning, but its been pretty tough going. The aerator is back on as of last night, and will remain on for the next week at least, 24 hours. Hopefully the 9mm of rain forecast for tuesday plus the thunder storms will improve the fishing.

17th July No anglers on yesterday and only one today so nothing to report really, other than say i have put the aerator back on, and it will remain on for a week or two 24 hours a day. If you don't like the noise (which is not bad, and quite relaxing after a while) please don't fish in the Reeds or Snags , then complain. Fish welfare comes first, and its at this time of year that oxygen crashes can happen at anytime, and fish are lost. I am sure you all understand. Despite the low level noise, its actually quite a good place to fish near to. There are ropes going straight down to lake bed, so please dont cast witihin 2 meters otherwise you might get snagged, thank you.

14th July Well, the fishing has been pretty slow still, especially during the day. However, the night times or early morning are still producing a few fish. David Milne is in the Boathouse and after enduring the full heat of the sun yesterday (32 degrees) was rewarded with a PB mirror of 25lb at around 6am this morning. The fish was caught just a few yards out next to the pads. Mike Wooley had sat behind motionless rods for 30 hours up in the Pads swim, before having 4 runs in 3/4 of an hour at 4am this morning. The first fish was a tench of 7lb, followed by a fully scaled mirror of about 7lb and a fish that is almost certainly home grown in the mere, judging by its scale pattern. Then he had a spawned out mirror of 16lb and finally his last run the fish got into the pads and strightened his hook!

10th July Fishing still hard during the middle of the day, however Andrew Mullock had 3 runs last night in the reeds swim, sadly losing 2 but banking a mirror of 22lb this morning at 7.30. All the fish came off areas tight to the pads. Michelle Pritchard (pictured below) was in the Channel and landed a PB mirror this morning of 15lb at short range again near to the pads at 8am. Well done Michelle.

7th July Quite a slow weekend so far as expected rea lly in this hot weather. 3 fish up to 15lb off last night and one lost, fish coming from The Channel swim and The Boathouse.All fish caught between 3am and 7am.

4th July Stuart Chard has just finished a 36 hour session in the Moat swim, having two low doubles and a spawned out mirror of 18lb as well as losing a good fish in the tree which he simply couldn't stop. The wind had picked up loads over the last 24 hours, and there were lots of fish crashing out in front of the Moat, and also in the Channel area, so the stream and Stumps cover the same area. An angler in the Boathouse had three fish in the night on Wed all doubles, so presently most fish seem to be in the middle area of the lake. If the wind stays westerly might also be worth going into the Reeds or Snags as they haven't been fished for about a week.

1st July Unfortunately I wasn't around much this weekend due to my son's football and taking part in a 22 hour walking relay for life, raising money for cancer research. From the anglers I saw I believe there were about 3 upper doubles out between 17 and 18lb with 3 fish lost, so a quieter than expected weekend given the conditions. Plenty showing at certain times, possibly on naturals and making it frustrating for those anglers seeing the fish over or near their bait, but not getting runs. I guess thats just fishing !!

26th June Only had a few anglers on this week. Stewart wareham was back on in the Snags where he had 2 fish of 12 and 16lb before moving down to the Stumps swim on Mon afternoon. he said he had never seen so many fish out in the central area of the lake, opposite the Boathouse and channel swims. He spent the rest of the afternoon there having a mirror of 17lb before losing a very good fish which he said he simply could not stop and ended up throwing the hook in the pads. Kevin George had a quick 24 hour session in herons view to take two low double commons and a 16.08 mirror, and also moved to the pads swim for a couple of hours where he lost 2 fish in the pads, despite sitting by his rods. The fish were still boshing last night out in front of the Moat, the stream and the Stumps, and I would imagine stay in this area for a day or so as there is very little wind.

23rd June Christopher White had a 23lb mirror from the Pads swim, Thomas West and Chris White had an 18lb mirror, 10lb common and a tench from The Reeds. Craig Ridge had 2 PB tench of 7lb and 9lb from The Channel then had a new PB carp in the shape of a 22.08 mirror, so well done craig.

21st June Stephen valentine fished the pads swim for 36 hours and landed a mirror of 30.06 yesterday afternoon. i am waiting for pictures but I think it may be Lily's fish again, which was caught a few weeks ago at 31.08 so may have spawned as we believe this to be a male fish. I will confirm once I receive the photos. His dad keith fished next door in herons View and had a fish of around 12lb. Phil McCrae came on yesterday afternoon after work and had 3 runs between 2am and 2.30, and ended up with one low double in the net. He was in the moat swim. Wind has been blowing in almost every direction over last 24 hours.

16th June Sewart Wareham came on Friday monrinng, after booking last minute. He decided to go down in the Snags swim as the wind was blowing nicely towards that end. He started fishing at 2pm and by 9pm he had landed 4 fish and lost 2 and by the time he left the following morning he had a total of 10 runs landing 6 fish, all doubles up to 18 1/2 lbs. Ed Whitby and Mike Bennet followed in behind Stewart, fishing together and so far have had 6 more doubles to 15lb and lost one. So that is effectively 16 runs from one peg in 36 hours which is without doubt a record for Blakemere ! On the other side Lloyd Mchale was fishing the Channel swim and smashed his previous PB of 18lb when he caught the Big Linear on a 20mm pop up at 28.06  The fish was looking absolutely mint and has not been out for at least a year, so well done Lloyd (below).

13th June Christopher Thomas was on the pads swim last week before we closed and had a common of 18lb and a new PB fish with a mirror of 25lb, plus one lost all in one morning. We have been closed since then and re-open tomorrow. The fish have spawned, however not as long or as hard as last year, as the cooler weather and rain put a stop to it all. I don't know if all of them spawned, or if they will try again, we shall have to see what happens with the weather. weather looks good for fishing however so fingers crossed for the anglers back on this weekend.

30th May  John Faulkner had a 19lb mirror off herons View at 1am this morning. The two young lads in the Reeds swim had a fish each, both around 12lb.

29th MayI have been away all day today but it seems there was a fish of 16lb caught from the Boathouse and one of 18.06 to Jay Storey in the pads. The 26lb common caught from the moat was Nic as I have had photos through so she is obviously down a few pounds in weight since last year, but looking healthy non the less for an old fish. The long drawn out winter has meant some of the fish are down a pound or two, but obviously on the munch trying to pile it back on, so we expect the weights to be back up to normal in the next few months.

28th May Callum Beddoes came into the Reeds swim for a quick 12hour overnighter and had 2 fish of 12 and 17lb. He said there were a lot of fish moving in the pads, and with the two hot days over the wekend they seem to be still down there. Not much else to report other than John Atherton catching a 26lb common from the Moat swim at 5am. John was fishing fairly close in down to the left of the swim just off the trees. I am awaiting photo's to see if I can tell what fish it was.

23rd May 9.15 am. No fish out overnight. I have to say that the last few days have been like winter. North Westerly winds, rain, more wind, its just crazy. The pads are still coming up, and the reeds are only half the height they normally are at this time of year. I really cannot remember ever having so many freezing cold days in May before, and obviously its having a major effect on the fishing across the whole country, with fish coming out at lower weights too. Lets hope we get at least a couple of decent months this summer of good consistent warm temps where the fish can get feeding properly, spawn well then put back all the weight they have lost. Good old English weather hey ?

21st May Phil Corden is on for a 12 hour session today and went into the Reeds swim as we have a north westerly blowing towards that end. So far he has had a 11lb mirror, lost one, had  4lb tench and a stunning 26.10 common - picture below.

19th May Matt Huxley emailed to tell me he finally caught on his 48 hour session landing a 25lb mirror from the Boathouse swim.

18th May Loads of fish showing in the evenings and early mornings. Despite the torrential rain on Wed the lake came up a foot overnight and has now dropped nack down. Nick Wintle is fishing in the Pads and had 4 fish so far. He had 16lb common yesterday, then this morning had 3 more, including two runs at once. All mirrors weighing 20.04, 18 and 17lb. His friend Michael Clewes isin Herons view and had a mirror of 20lb yesterday as well as losing another. Simon Hansen fished a 24 hour session in the stumps and had two mirrors of 16.08 and 21lb today.

13th May Nathan has now had 5 fish in total from the snags swim in just 24 hours. He has had commons of 16lb, and 20lb, and mirrors of 8lb , 18lb and 31.08. Two of his fish came from the end of the island infront of the Moat swim. His friend Lee fishing in the Reeds swim lost a fish at about 5am this morning. Steve hall was fishing in the Boathouse had a small commom of approx 10lb plus a 15lb mirror again at first light.

12th May Despite the rain being constant today, Nathan Roper has just landed Lilys fish from The Snags Swim at 31.08  Nathan was fishing a white pop up across to the far side near to where the aerator has been on. He has also had another smaller low double mirror and lost one. Well done Nathan, its been a while since Lilys fish has been out and great to see it in such good condition. Hopefully this will be the start of the bigger fish coming out.

10th May Steve Shaw did catch last night having a 15lb mirror about midnight, followed by a leather of about 12lb later on this evening. We both thought he would have had more given the amount of fish showing in front of him last night. Interestingly I was chatting to some match anglers at a party tonight and they were saying that even the commercial puddles are fishing hard with few carp being caught and it does seem that all across the UK the carp are only just starting to really come to life after the last week or so. Lets hope we get some warmer weather, low pressure coming in again in a few days so things looking good to pick up to where they should be for this time of year. The angler in the reeds swim had 2 fish, but most seem to have moved back off the end of the westerly wind into the middle part of the lake for the time being. Lets see what this weekend brings.

9th May  A few emails in from last week to say that a few fish caught all between 10 and 15lb so still waiting for the big fish to show. I have put the aerator on (opposite the snags swim) for a couple of days as it looks like we may have some algae which we often get. Last time it went on we had a run of big fish within the week, so fingers crossed. Ben Oakes has been fishing the Reed and has had 2 small fish to 14lb, and still has another 24 hours to go with a Westerly wind blowing down towards him. Steve Shaw has just set up in the Stumps ( a very underfished and underated swim) and had seen over 10 fish show in less than 45 mins, all within 30 -50 yards of his swim, so he is ultra confident of a few fish going into the night. I am Considering making it 3 rods all round (at no extra cost). Any views on this please - dmarvell@hotmail.co.uk  I may also look at making the booking form to allow you to book specific pegs (if possible) and an option to get a reduced price if 2 fish in the same swim. Let me know if you think any of these things would improve the fishery. Cheers, Dave

7th May  I have been away fishing in France for the last week. If anyone fishing has caught anything in the last ten days please can you email me with your catches to dmarvell@hotmail.co.uk  and I will post them up for all to see. No fish out on Sunday or yesterday since getting back and only a few showing. Pads almost out now, will all be up by end of week if weather continues. Water a little cloudy as bottom is breaking up as pads and reeds push up through the water. Cloud and rain forcast for tomorrow and should bring better fishing conditions.

26th April Rich Woollam did a quick overnighter in the Boathouse on Wednesday night and a lot of fish were showing half way out. He had a 13lb mirror at 5am followed by a mirror of 24.01 at 5.30 am falling to snowman baits in 8-9"  hooklinks. Two small fish came off the snags swim, both around 13lb and both just after midnight. Fish starting to show themselves much more, perticuarly in the morning or evening if the wind drops off, so keep your eyes peeled at these times.

19th April Wayne pemberton had a 14lb mirror out of Herons view and saw a few fish last night up that end, so it seems the fish have indeed backed off from yesterdays westerly wind. The wind today was from the North and much calmer than the last few days. Looking good for a few fish over the weekend. His friend in The Pads has lost his landing net, thought to have blown into the lake during the night. if anyone hooks into and manages to get the landing net in, from either the pads or herons view areas, please call me on 07973 254 626 so I can return it. Thnak you.

18th April  Hi All been away for a few days but some fish have been out. An overnight angler had a 10lb pike, 7lb tench and 11lb mirror all on pva bags from the reeds swim, an 18lb mirror came out of the moat, and Mark Higgins has had a 15lb mirror today from the stumps. He has seen quite a few fish out in the middle part of the lake so it looks as if they have moved back off the south westerly wind which has been blowing for a number of days.

14th April. Another fish lost tight to the far bank of Herons view, and Matthew Huxley landed a 16lb common this morning about 7.30am from the snags swim. A few fish seen opposite the Boathouse in mid water and on far side. Fish also rolling out from the Moat / Snags area. The wind has turned south westerley but was blowing an absolute hooley this morning and is just calming down now. Hopefully Matthews fish will be the first of a few over the next week as they finally seem to be waking up.

10th April Regular Steve Shaw did 48 hours in the Reeds swim and lost a fish due to a hook pull. I managed a couple of hours out myself today, no fish to show, but lake looks like its starting  to come to life at long last. There were a few fish bubbling and an anlger saw a fish roll down in the pads swim, but no fish on the bank. It was interesting to see the pike spawning today, something which normally happens in February or early March, so we are definitely about 4-6 behind this year !  The milder weather over the next 7-10 days should see a noted difference, and with more anglers on the bank too, I hope to see a few fish out to report.

2nd April  Another fish lost today, from the Boathouse swim. Hooked up to the right of the swim only 10 yards out from the reeds but headed straight into them and shed the hook. Dissapointing, but encouraging too that things might be warming up. Temps looking good for middle of next week and after.

1st April One fish lost today and another run dropped. Lake was frozen over first thing but thawed out by lunchtime.

30th March Still bitterly cold easterly winds keeping most anglers at home with only a few venturing out. Only fish so far this weekend was a 6lb tench to Steve Adcock who fished under his Evo brolly in minus -7 degrees- proper hardore !. Needless to say his rods were solid in the ice this morning. The lake however thawed out by lunchtime, and we have two anglers braving it tonight. If the wind stays the lake will be ok, but if it drops the -5 degrees will surely put another lid on it. Will be a few weeks at this rate before the water warms up ! come on Spring hurry up.

10th March So we thought spring was almost here. It seemed like the middle of winter again this weekend with bitterly cold east winds and snow today. However, despite the conditions some braved it. Phillip Kemp from Lancashire brought down his friend Barry Eyles for a 48 hour session. This was Barry's first ever carp trip, after converting from the match scene. After getting their van stuck in car park 2 they pushed, pulled and carried their barrows across the field (it is still very boggy and hard work) to end up in the Reeds and Snags swim, both on the back of the wind. Barry broke his PB 3 times in all, firstly landing a 14lb mirror, then one of 16lb then finally a 20lb to finish of with !! His good friend Phil had to just look on in disbelief, and I'm sure there would have been some good banter on the motorway journey home today. Just goes to show, if you can find the fish, they can be caught. Temps due to plumet further in next few days so I think spring is still a week or two away...

6th March Daniel Newton has popped down today for a quick 12 hour day session ans went into Herons view.  He had a 10.12 common this morning and has just followed it up with a 21.02 mirror. This is just reward or Daniel who has had his fair share of cancelled dates due to either flooding or the lake freezing over on his days booked, so well done mate. The weather forecast is good for the next few days with some low pressure and decent temps, however its still very fresh out there in the face of the wind, but spring is most definitely well on its way.

3rd March Lea Warrington had a nice mirror of 16lb fishing from the Boathouse swim across to the far side using a cell snowman set up. The lake had been frozen in the morning, and froze again later that night. Hopefully seen the last of the ice now and expecting more fish on the banks this weekend coming as temperarures rise towards double figures !!

8th Feb Ryan has now had an incredible 7 fish and lost 2 others. His mates have now moved from the stumps and Snags over to the Boathouse and the Pads swim so we will see if they can get on the fish too. Great result for any time of the year. No big girls out yet, largest so far going 17lb. Fingers crossed for the next 36 hours.

7th Feb 6.30pm Ryan has had two more fish and lost another. He had a mirror and common both around 11lb, then lost what felt like a bigger fish. Great first 12 hours of a session with 4 runs and 3 landed so far for Ryan and one fish for Mike.

7th feb 2pm Ryan Tisdale is back on today with Mike and Duncan Farrell. Ryan set the pace at 1.15pm with a lovely linear mirror of 15lb from the far bank off Herons View using a bright pink Mullberry pop up. Mike then had a small mirror at 1.35pm of around 9lb from the Stumps swim which came to a single hookbait fished just out from the stream entering the lake, so a great start to their session already. Fingers crossed for a bigger lump or two.

20th January 1st fish of 2013 goes to Ryan Tisdale who landed an immaculate common of 15lbs from Herons View at 1am this morning in the snow. Ryan fished to the far bank using home made boilies with a white pop up on top snowman style ! Great result in the conditions and proof that effrot = reward.

2013 16th January We have had the ditches cleared for 1.5 miles downstream and water levels have gone down below the bank. Last week we moved 60 tons of topsoil, to build up The Channel, The Boathouse, Herons View and The Pads Swims. However as of last night the mere is currently frozen solid. The swims on the far side are fishable (except the moat and the stream) HOWEVER access is extremely difficult due to the field from car park 2 being waterlogged and full of cows hooves making holes, and thus getting a barrow round would be very difficult .If you can travel light and carry your gear then the Reeds and the Snags, along with The stumps are all ok when we open. These swims on this side will be revamped once the weather improves and the ground dries out.

28th December We will be Re-opening on Friday the 18th Jan. The ditches have been cleared of all the reeds for a mile and a half downstream and the water has now dropped and STAYED below the bank for a few days, despite the fact it has not stopped raining. We have to re-build 3 of the swims, and all need clearing of the mud and debris, as well as some new soil and woodchip being put in place. The paths will still be very muddy, so be warned as the ground is saturated, and forecast is for more rain for the remainder of 2012.


24th September Danny and Jay from Livepool came down for a few days last week and ended up moving from the pads end, into the middle,before a final move to the Reeds swim. Danny ended up with two twenties of 24lb and 22lb and a low double, and lost 3. Jay had two low doubles and a pike ! See gallery for some of their fish. Darren Millward came down on Friday and had a 19lb mirror from the Channel, followed up with 2 more double Commons and a Tench. George Whitfield came to endure the horrendous weather last night when it rained non stop, and was rewarded with two low double commons before leaving first thing to go to work.

17th September Daniel Richardson came on last night and fished in the Channel swim. I was surprised that when I saw him this morning he had not had anything, however between 1pm and 4pm when he left today he had 5 fish all low doubles to 15lb. Thats how it can go at this time of the year !

17th September The fishing hs been slower than expected, a few out mainly mid doubles. No fish out on Friday or Saturday and unsually nobody fished on Sunday, so I popped out myself for a quick overnight session. Fishing the reeds swim, I set up just before the rain and winds arrived, and fish started rolling all over this end, and the middle section of the lake. I had a common of 24.06 at 7pm then the wind died down and the rain stopped and the fish stopped rolling too. I then had a mirror of 13lb at 11pm followed at 3am by a stunning mirror of 9lb which was heavily scaled and one that was born in the lake without doubt. I used snowman rigs on size 7 barbless Fang twisters with blow back rigs and fished Shellfish B5 snowman hookbaits, with 10" hooklinks on running rigs with 1.5oz leads. Packed up at 6.30 am to see the new anglers on and get off to work, so not a bad 12 hours in all.

04th September We had 5 carp out at the weekend, nearly all between 12 and 14 lb. Yesterday morning Staurt Crippin had a 22lb mirror from the Reeds swim and his nephew James stott equalled his PB with a nice fish of 14lb for the youngster. Stuart also text to say he had seen an Osprey. I noticed that Nick Burrage was on facebook and had taken some photos of an Osprey on the same day, so keep your eyes peeled in the next few days.  One other fish out of the Reeds at 6am this morning, and loads of fish showing from the middle of the lake down towrds the bay infront of the Snags. I am working in Birmingham this week and struggling to get round so relying on anglers to send in any catch reports, so please send them in if you catch, either by email or text. Thank you.It would also be great if we could have some photos of smaller fish too, just for the records and so we can record their growth rates over the years.

27th August Ryan Tisdale had one more stunning linear mirror of 16lb to end his session. Mike Farrall had a mirror of 16lb from Herons View at 16lb and lost another fish. His brother Duncan had two mirrors in the night of 14 and 15lb which were very welcome as he had not had or seen any action in this swim up until last night. temperatures finally starting to drop slightly in the evening and during the night, as we approach September which is one of my favourite fishing months.

26th August Joe Charnock added two more fish last night after moving the short distance from the Snags to the Reeds swim which was empty. He fished off the pads and had a mirror of 15lb at 7pm followedby another of 16lb at 2am. Ryan Tisdale was fishing in the Stumps and had a 15lb common at 4am. Mike Farrall was in Herons view and had a common of 12lb at 9pm then lost another fish about an hour later.

23rd August Steve Shaw fished the Reeds swim and the wind was blowing nicely down towards him, when I left to go with the family on a camping trip on Tuesday. Steve text me to say that there were fish all over, then later text again to say he had a lovely fat mirror of 22lb and followed it up with a 17lb fish shortly before leaving. Daren Williams moved in behind him, as he had done 2 weeks ago in the pads when he had 5 in a night. Darren had 7 fish, a common of 10lb, and mirrors of 14.02, 16.08, 17.06, 21.00, 29.06 a new pb, which was short lived as he caught Lily's fish at 31.00 which is her only second visit to the bank so far this year. I don't know if it is the aerator that has made the difference or the thunder storm on Tuesday evening which saw the lake rise 3" in a matter of hours. Joe Charnock was fishing the Snags swim next door and casting towards the aerator and had two mirrors of 10lb and 23.08 as well as 'Gale' at 26.08 .  Nearly all the fish came during daylight hours which is a complete contrast to the last few weeks, but its great to see the bigger fish making an appearance again, whatever it is that has switched them on. Lets hope this run continues. Photos to be posted once received. Just seen Ray who was telling me that an angler in the Channel swim also had a 27lb fish this morning, hopefully some photos will follow soon.

19th August Matt Nichol was back on with his dad for 48 hours. Matt had 4 fish on between 4 and 6 am on his second morning, but sadly only landed one of them which was a mirror of 13.02 so he was gutted to have lost the others. Tom West fished in the Reeds swim and had a 4.08 tench, before hooking into a large fish at 5am. He played the fish for half an hour and got it near to the net, when it made a sudden burst which straightened his hook !  Needless to say Tom emailed me to say he would soon be back to try and land it !  We have had anglers on this weekend aiming primarily at tench. They have only caught one tench, along with several Eels, a 2lb Perch, roach and Rudd to 1.08, and a small pike. The carp had avoided them however. I have put in one of our aerators, as the weather has been pretty warm even at night, and some other fisheries saying they have had some oxygen crashes, its mainly a precautionary measure. It will be interesting to see if it improves the fishing at all ? 

16th August  Apologies for the lack of reports, due to work and poor fishing of late !  Whilst the hot weather of 7-10 days ago, we had a very quiet spell. It was bright sunshine during the day, and with no wind at all, there was very few fish showinf and even fewer being caught. A pair of anglers did manage a mid double mirror each during a 48 hour session. This week, the temps have dropped slightly, we have had wind , from all directions, and also some rain, including a torrential downpour for an hour yesterday. One angler who is over from Qatar for 3 months, had 48 hours in the channel swim and after not even having a liner or seeing anything, packed up and moved into the recently vacated pads swim. It proved a worthwhile move nad he had 5 fish up to 16lb and lost 2 other during the remainder of his 12 hours. Steve Shaw popped in for 24 hours but only managed one mirror of 11lb. Two thewr fish lost yesterday to hook pulls, and one more this morning to father and son duo, Geoff and Matt Nicholl (see homepage image) who had only been fishing for half an hour. Two other lads fishing on the Reeds swim have had an Eel, some Roach and a tench of around 4.5lbs fishing with bread and small pellets. So looks like tihngs are starting to pick up, although reports are that everywhere seems to be fishing slower than the conditions would suggest. The lake has now finally receeded to almost normal levels thankfully and we will be doing some repair work to the paths and swims over the next month or so. 

1st August Just had an email from Stuart Dillon who was fishing with Steve Chambers (report below). Stuart was blanking when I saw him but emailed to say that at 8.30am he had a low double mirror, followed by a low double common at 9am, then at 10.30am had a 24.08 common so he was well chuffed by the time he left. He was fishing in Herons view. Steve Shaw moved in after him last night and had a low double mirror too.

31st July Steven Chambers braved the pads swim for the last 36 hours despite it being patially flooded. He had caught 3 fish to mid double when I walked round this morning, and lost two more which he said were both much better fish, but had suffered hook pulls on both. Whilst we were chatting at around 8am, his rod tore off and after a very spirited battle, we slipped the net under Gale, at a weight of 26.04 so Steve was happy to finally landed one of the larger fish at last. Most other anglers have caught this week, most of the fish though have been in the 10- 17lb bracket. One angler on Herons view had 4 and lost 2, and others just picking up one or two fish. The water has dropped and nearly all swims fishable now. The paths are still a little muddy in places, and the moat swim is very boggy although you can bivvy up just behind it where the grass is drying out well. Hopefully the light rain we are having today, and the rest of the week will stay light and not put the levels back up. There were about a dozen or so fish spwawning last Thursday / Friday just for about 24 hours but all activity had stopped by Sat. We are hosting another charity match this coming weekend with all the Shimano sposored anglers so it will be interesting to see how they get on - no pressure lads !!

25th July  The Channel, Boathouse and Herons view are fishable, although very boggy and still suffering from high water levels. Most of the other swims are about 3-4 inches under water. Hopefully we will be able to get to work on them on Friday. Please come prepared for the conditions. If you feel that it is still unfishable when you arrive and don't want to fish, we will either re-book you or refund you so please don't worry. A couple of small fish out yesterday to 16lb. I have been away until tonight so will get a better feel of how fast the water level is dropping by tomorrow evening and update the site again.

17th July I decided to brave the weather and do a quick overnighter with a friend Gary. Our bivvies were 30 feet from our rods, and the platform floating a foot above its base. It rained for hours yesterday evening before giving up to a mild and dry night. I lost a mid twenty after only an hour, having got it to the net it took off and shed the hook in the nearest lily pad bed !  At midnight I had a one toner and caught 'Nic' one of the original commons at a lower than normal weight of 26.09. She was looking in very good condition despite her low weight and was good to see her doing so well. Gary had a common of 15lb at 2am, then a mirror of about 15lb on my rods as I walked Ruby the dog round the lake ! By the time we woke up at 5am, the water had risen again and was inside our bivvies so we packed up smart. Looks like the lake will remain unfishable for sometime yet, but good to see the fish are feeding well for those who are the first back on when we open- whenever that might be. I'll keep the site updated as it changes.

16th July Well, after being flooded for over a week now and closed to fishing, I was hoping to open up to anglers again on Friday. The lake had dropped about an inch overnight, but we have had heavy rain this morning again and more forecast, so it looks touch and go for this weekend coming. There were quite a few fish rolling this morning, which is the first sign of ativity I have seen for the last week, so hopefully they will be feeding well once we re-open. It will be very muddy when we do open, so I would suggest wellies or good footware to be worn.

7th July The carping for cancer weekend was a huge succes raising over ?4,100.00 for the cancer charity. There were 10 fish caught all small but up to 16lb. The heavy rain did not dampen any of the spirit of the weekend and the water had settled back to make all swims accessible. However the last 24 hours of rain has meant the lake is now up and many of the swims flooded again. There were two guys on the pads on Thursday who had a low double and a mirror of 25lb, not sure which fish as still waiting for photos. Steve Shaw had two fish from Herons view in the week again both doubles. The water temp has been up and down, and hopefully as it receeds we can get some more settled weather and water temps, and see the fishing improve. A few other fish out in the week, mosly in the 10-13lb bracket, so the big girls are due to show up soon as quite a few have not been seen this year, so we are looking forward to seeing their weights after spawning.

25th June Sorry for the lack of reports but due to work, I have not had any time. The fishing has been up and down, rather like the weather. We are currently flooded on the reeds, the snags, the moat, the stream, the stumps and the pads. The other 3 pegs on car park one side are all fishable. Hopefully the water will start receeding tonight in time for the carping for cancer event, on which we have had a cancellation of one pair so if any body wants to come and join what will be an amazing weekend. 1st person to call me will get the places. ?75 sponsorship for the charity pr person. call me if you want the places on 07973 254 626. Mike Bubela fished the channel last week and broke his pb twice, first with a 22lb mirror , then a 23.09 mirror the following morning. Billy Devlin had 2 fish from the moat at the weekend weighing 21lb common and a mirror of 23lb. A few other low doubles out over the weekend but none of the big girls. Perhaps they are saving themselves for the great guys raising so much money for a great cause this coming weekend.

13th June Sorry for the lack of reports, work commitments have meant I have not been able to get around so much this week. Matt Vincent fished with his girlfriend in herons view and had 7 carp ranging from 6lb up to 14lb so was very unlucky not to catch anything larger. The 6lb fish is the 2nd smallest fish we have ever had caught and its likely that many of his catch are young Blakmere offspring which is a good sign of water qualtiy and for the future.His girlfriend also had a carp of 10lb as Matt was landing one at the same time. They also had a tench of 6lb along with their friends who had a few tench to 6lb. Steve Shaw did a quick 24 hours and had 2 fish as well as losing 2 again from Herons view (sizes not confirmed but again thought to be low doubles). The fish are now starting to show again with a strong easterly wind blowing, as opposed to last week when it was flat calm and very little moving. Jason Orrell is here for a few days, had again a small fish of 13lb last night from the pads and has now moved to Herons view. Quite often we seem to have a run of small fish then followed by he bigger ones so it will be intersting to see what has happened by the end of the cweekend, even though the weather forecast is not great.

7th June Callums fish (below) was a fish known as Crinckle Tail and was looking in fantastic condition. His friend Danny Rogers added a mirror of 19.10 beating his old PB of 17.02 and also fishing was danny's father who smashed his previous pb of 13.09 when he caught 'Gail' at a very spawned out weight of 23.09 (down from 31.02 just 2 weeks earlier). Most anglers asleep when I went round this morning, but seems there have been 5 or 6 tench out between 5 and 8lbs. Hopefully a few more carp today. I have been away since Sat, and did not get back until 10pm last night so sorry for the lack of reports.

2nd June 24 hours now passed since re-opening from the spawning, and Callam Griffiths was fishing in the Channel swim with his friend last night. He had a nice tench of about 7lb as I walked around at 7pm last night and when I went round this morning he was buzzing after catching a mirror of 29.08 beating his previous PB of 19lb. Well done Callam. He was using home made boilies too ! I'll post the pictures once Callum sends them in and see which fish it was.

28th May  The fish are still spawning this morning, in most areas of the lake covered by pads. They were going crazy all day on Friday and Saturday, and most of Sunday, however it appears that yesterday they were spawning 1st thing in the morning until around 11am, so it looks similar for today also. This is great news for everyone. The fishing should be much better than last summer when the fish were carrying spawn for most of May-Sept and the fishing was very poor, so hopefully this summer it will be much better. It's great news for the fish too, as they have now had 5 goods days of aactivity and hopefully got it all over for the year, and can settle down to thinking about eating boilies and growing healthily for the remainder of the year. I think for those anglers on in the first few weeks after we open, you won't do much better than bringing a good quality food source boilie. The carp will be looking to put back the weight they have lost, in the most quick and efficient manner, and boilies will offer them a much better option than rooting around expending more energy for small particles. I have also been down the last couple of evenings firing out some floaters. The birdlife, although present, has not been too much of a problem, and I have managed to get one or two fish going late in the evening. I can honestly only recall a couple of anglers over the last 18 months giving them a go, so perhaps if the weather stays warm it would be a worthwhile tactic to try at least.

23rd MayMatt Nicoll was not to be outdone by his dad, and despite leaving it until an hour before packing up, Matt landed a lovely mirror of 26.14 from Herons view at 7am this morning, breaking his old pb of 18lb by some way. Matt was using cell boilies.I think the fish may be called 'Speedy' which has not been out for a long time, but hopefully will be able to confirm this tomorrow once they send me the photos. Although only having 1 fish a piece in 48 hours, they both smashed  theirs PB's and seemed very happy with themselves, and deservedly so.

22nd May Geoff Nicoll fished the pads swim with his son next door. After an uneventfull 24hours at 1pm today while Geoff was taking a rest from the heat, he had a run which resulted in him catching the biggest original common 'Nic' at a weight of 31.06 and beating his old pB of 22lb. This is the second time she has been out this month, getting caught just over a week ago on the 14th May from the swim next door. Geoff told me she looked in fantastic condition which is great news for such an old fish. I have to say I cant think of a nicer guy to have caught it, and understandably Geoff was ove the moon. Well done Geoff.

21st May There was another huge hatch of over the weekend, of what seem to be Stonefly. Similar to last weekend, although it is great to see so many fish show, it can make the fishing quite hard as the fish become pre-occupied on these naturals and don't look at much else. I did manage a quick nights fishing myself on Sat night and fish were rolling constantly from around 7.30 pm until 5.30 am. I also managed to bank my first Blakemere carp of 2012 at 4am weighing approx 10lb !! I did manage a slightly better fish of 24lbs at 11am so I was pleased with that. There were a few other carp out mainly in low doubles. On Sunday morning Rick Speed turned up, went down to the Channel swim, cast out a pop up, and before he had set his other rod up, landed the 'Pretty One' at 27.05 !  much to the disgust of Colin who had been in the boathouse next door for 48 hours without a run, but thats carp fishing for you. The forecast looks great for the next week at least, and some shallower fisheries already reporting that fish have started spawning. I expect that we may be about two weeks away, dependig on the weather, and will shut for at least a week once this happens. Any anglers booked on during this time will be called, and refunded in full.

18th May Michael Bubela Senior had a new PB catching a mirror of 24lb at 6am this morning from the Stumps. He was fishing with good old sweetcorn in the edge near to the pads.

17th May Steve Shaw added a common of 25lb during the night to his other two fish of his session. Top angling Steve.

16th May Regular Steve Shaw came down this morning for 36 hours and dropped into Herons View. After just 2 hours he had a nice plump mirror of 22lb, then at 9pm this evening he caught The brood fish known as 'Gale' at a PB weight of 31.02 . This is the 1st time its been out since last Autumn at a spawned out weight of 27lb so it looks like it should be pushing mid thirties by the end of the year. Well done Steve, a well deserved fish, and Nic and I are genually over the moon for you. The wind has completey dropped tonight for the first time in 4 days, fish are still rolling in their normal quiet way, so you need to be looking out, especilly in the evening when most of the action appears.

16th May Duncan Farrall has been fishing in the tumps swim for the last couple of days. He had landed one mirror of 19.02 on Monday and lost two due to hook pulls including a 20 at the net, however he has had 3 more mirrors this morning of 17lb, 15.12 and 12 lb so things seem to be picking up nicely. His brother Miachel is next door in the Stream and has hd a PB tench of 6lb. Callum Griffiths come down for a quick overnighter before work today and had a 19lb mirror from Herons View as well as losing another fish early this morning. Less fish showing, but more on the bank ! Wind was still cold last night, coming from the North West, but the fish seem to be well spread out at the moment which is good news.

15th May A few fish out over the weekend up to around 15lb, including a lovely looking linear from the Boathouse. Last night 'Welsh Rich' as he is known, had 'Nic' at just over 31lb fishing a Vortex Boilie snowman over a kilo of free offerings from Herons view, and casting to the far side bushes. He also added a stunning mirror of 16lb at 9am (see gallery image). Loads of fish showing again last night from 7.30pm -10pm, however not so many tonight after the hail and cold wind which has swung round to a north westerly.

13th May Reports of a few fish coming out on friday night from the stream swim, but I did not see the anglers and not had any confirmation. A lovely 15lb linear came out last night from the boathouse, but that was it. There were a lot of fish showing down in the reeds / snags end of the lake as we have had some very strong Westerly winds blowing, however the nearest anglers were in the stream, and although they saw fish, they couldn't tempt one. Regular Steve Shaw has moved into the Reeds tonight for 24 hours so it will be interesting to see how he gets on as we have not seen many anglers down this end of the lake so far. I heard today that some fisheries have fish fish spawning, but I think we are still a few weeks away from that here.

11th May Phil Scanlan fished for 72 hours with his dad on the Boathouse, but after moving up to the pads he was rewarded with a small but welcome fish of about 10lb. A day angler on today had a fish of around 12lb from the stream. After getting back from work tonight I walked around to see all the anglers. There were quite a few fish showing from 8pm onwards. Down in the Reeds swims there were a lot of fish showing half way out, ,also opposite the snags in mid water and opposite the moat about 3/4 away acroos towards the island. So I made a cuppa and went down to sit by the water for an hour. in that time I saw over 40 shows, more than I have seen all year, put together. There were a huge amount of swallows on earlier and it may be that there has been a huge hatch of something. Although it is great to see so many fish after such a quiet few weeks, they may all be pre-occupied, but time will tell and it will be intersting to see how many fish come out this weekend. At least its nice to see all the fish are still in there, Sometimes you cant help but wonder when its quiet !!

08th May Water levels dropped all weekend, and all swims now fishable, allbeit a little muddy with waterlogged paths. Fishing still slower than expected, but fish stil showing in the last few hours of daylight. Steve Adcock managed a mirror of 14lb fshing towards the island from the Moat, Steve Hall (who has yet to blank here) lost one, then had a mirror of about 13lb which was a beautifil linear with very ling scales, a fish that may well have grown on from previous years spawnings.He fished boilies from Herons view across the far side where most of the fish are showing. Please send me any pictures you have, even of the smaller fish as it helps us to keep a record of the 'future' fish and their growth rates. An angler came on late last night for and had a mirror of 15lb again from Herons view. One other fish caught and also one lost from the Stream on Saturday morning.

05th May Wayne Pemberton fished the Stream for 36 hours and had to Bivvy up in the field due to the water levels. He lost a fish on a branch thta has obviously come down in the flooded stream ,then last night had an imaclate mirror of 12lb. He was fishing  his own made boilies and introduced 80-100 baits to some showing fish. Two other anglers have had a tench a piece this morning. The water is now down below all platforms, except the Pads which is still floating slightly, and the moat, whihc is still half under water.

3rd May The water has fallen again overnight. The Channel and Herons view are the best swims at the moment still. The boathouse is fine if you have wellies and bivvy up on the grass. The pads bivvy area is ok, but the platform is floating still. The stumps, snags and reeds all have platforms under about an inch of water , however all the bivvy areas are fine, so hopefully by tomorrow will be fishable once more. The moat is still under water. I'll post again this evening.

2nd May 10.20 pm Just been around the lake, it has dropped again today and The Channel swim is nearly back to normal. Herons view swim is ok, the boathouse is half under water but fishable if you have wellies, you can sit or bivvy up behind the back of the swim if you want. If it keeps dropping at the same rate, most swims should be ok by Friday and weather forecast is fairly good, fingers crossed. Most other swims still flooded.I will update again in the morning.

2nd May The Mere has dropped at least another 2" overnight, however many of the swims as still fully or partially covered. The forecast is good for the remainder of the week, so hopefully it will keep improving each day. It may be a good Idea to bring wellies as the paths and surrounding area to the lake are still really waterloggedand will become muddy once anglers come back on. There were quite a few fish rolling last night particuarly over where the stream comes in (This swim is still completely under water) perhaps due to all the food that may have been washed in. I also saw a fish crash out up in the pads swim. This platform is currently floating above its base, so it will start sinking if you step on it, but it will rest back onto its base once it has sunk down a few inches. Car park 2 is still very muddy, and the path leading from it is still a bog. I will hopefully be getting this sorted this weekend. I'll keep the site updated as much as possible over the next few days and until we get back to normal.

1st May The Mere had gone down by about 2" overnight, although the swims are still all covered in water. The forecast is for drizzle most days this week, with no significant heavy rain due until next Monday, so if it keeps falling we may be ok for the end of this week. I have not seen any fish move for a couple of days, so the cold water is obviously not helping. Please note that when we open, the paths will be extremely boggy, so please go carefully and bring some wellies. We will be repairing the swims as soon as the water levels allow us. I will keep this updated at least daily, if not twice daily.

28th April Steve Hall and his friend Christian fished the Channel swim last night, and quite a few fish were rolling out during the evening. He had a common of 14lb at around 10pm fishing cell boilies out in open water mid way out. Quite a pleasant mornig after the last few days, but still a lot of water coming in from the stream. You can bivvy up back from the swims on the grass banks if you want, and bring wellies to help get to the waters edge. Heavy rain forecast for tmorrow.

26th April We have had to ban a group of 6 anglers who were on earlier this week. They took their hired van down the field, and Ray (bailif) spoke to them and asked them to take it back onto the car park. After he had gone, they took it right down to the lake and got it stuck- the main reason we dont allow it ! Mind you it cost them ?40 to get pulled out by a local farmer. I got home and went down to see them. There were bits of rubbish everywhere and simply waiting to be blown round the field or into the lake so I told them to clear it up. Then I noticed the case of beer so I was starting to get my back up, and told them there was no drinking allowed. I walked around the far side by which time the two anglers on Herons view left their rods and went down to the Channel swim for a social which is over 100 yards away. I was really fuming now, so decided to go round at 10pm where I found they had a mate visiting with his dog which was not on a lead. We have 3 pregnant ewes in the field and odn't need them to be chased around in thier state. That was enough for me, except that after they packed away they left two big bags of rubbish on the swims, along with tea bags and metal can lids all over the place, which Ray kindly cleared up. Almost all the anglers we have had in the last 18 months have been great, njoyed themselves and stuck to the rules. Its a pleasure to have those type, and I would rather be empty for two weeks than have the sort of 'anglers' described above. Thanks to all those who have made it worthwhile so far !  Regarding the fishing, they did have two small fish before they left. Steve Shaw came down last night and had a 21lb common from Herons View. The water level is rising and very cold, the pads platform is under water, and the Moat is partially flooded too. The rain is still coming down however, so it will probably come up some more yet. Car park 2 is ok, (keep to the left hand side) but sadly the cows have been down and trashed the field into a mudbath. I can only suggest putting your barrow into the field empty onto the grass past the mud and loading it up from there. I do apologise but its not my land. I will try and see if my farming neighbour will let me fence a small path along this stretch to prevent it happening again.

22nd April Winter has arrived, well that is what it has felt like over the last two days ! We have had at least 5 hale storms today, and likewise yesterday, with large amounts of ice balls decending, followed by gorgeous sunny spells. I'm sure this is having an effect on the fish, as the low pressure should mean goods results normally, but hardly any fish showing or being caught overall. There is a large amount of cold water now coming in from the stream too which will set things back, so we will have to wait another few weeks for tihngs to warm up properly again. Mike Crisp came down today to try and catch some pike, in order to get some scale samples so we can see how old they are. He caught the same 4lb pike twice within half an hour, followed by another one of 3lb later on. We are trying to establish if these are old fish, rather than jack pike, so I will let you know the results when they came in. He did however have a surprise, when ledgering a live roach from the snags he landed an Eel of 5lb in broad daylight !  Pads are nearly through, and I think by the time May arrives, the lake will nearly be into its full glory. The anglers did also have the pleasure of seeing a fox wonder slowly round the lake, again in broad daylight, so sometimes it's nice to appreciate the wildlife when the fishing is not on form. Lets hope it picks up next week.

21st April  Hi all, reports for last few days.Matt Huxley had a 10lb carp on boilies on the16th, Kevin Fellows had a 13lb common on the 17th. Paul and Stuart Crippin fished the moat for 48 hours and had a fully scaled mirror of 8lb, 2 mirrors of 11.09 and 12.03 and a the original ghost common of 19.15oz as well as losing two others. This is only the 3rd time the ghost common has been caught to my knowledge. The weather in last 48 hours has been horrendous with bright sunny spells followed by sleet showers, or heavy rain showers, but hopefully is dying down tonight. Bailif Steve Adcock, had the 'Big Linear' out at 26.06 around 8am this morning fishing from one of the house swims. He was fishing over a big bed of boilies with a scattering of hemp he spodded out. This fish has also only been out once or twice in the last year.

19th April  sorry for lack of repoert, I have been walking round lake at 6.15 am but most anglers still asleep ! I know that 5 fish have been out up to yesterday, however I will see if the anglers have written in the catch report books and update late tonight. Although this low pressure is pretty miserable, it should be good for the fishing and plenty of fish have been rolling and crashing.

14th April Cradles Stolen Sadly, we have had the cradels stolen from The Reeds and The Snags swims. They have been ripped out of the ground with force. If anyone knows who has done it please let us know.  They are riveted together so cant be undoe, and also have small brass eyelets in the botom, which is not standard and were put in ourselves, so should be recognisable. I will consider whether they are worth replacing or we go back to enforcing a large unhooking mat rule and you bring your own again. A sad day at Blakemere.

14th April Richard Low and his son Scott fished a 48 hour session in the Boathouse and had two mirrors of 17lb and 14lb as well as loosing a fish said to have been a good twenty. Richard told me it got snagged stright out infront of the swim about 2 rod lengths out. I am not aware of any snags here, if any of you have found a snag here too, please let me know and as soon as the peg is free I'll get some ropes and drag it to see if anything is there. Mark Higgins fished in Herons view last night, coming on at 8pm. By this morning he had 2 commons, a 25.05 and a small one about 12lb, so a good start to his weekend. Not quite so cold this morning,everywhere was frozen solid yesterday morning, however the North wind has a good chill in it !

10th April Callum Trow fished the stream swim last night, possibly the first angler to do so this year and had two doubles overnight.

10th April  Neil Beeforth added another mirror of 15.08 before leaving last night. Only one angler on overnight but he was still asleep when I went round early this morning.

9th April Neil Beeforth had a 22lb Linear and 12lb mirror from the Boathouse during the niht and lost a fish this morning. The anglers fishing the pads said there were fish moving all morning but they didn't manage to pick one up. A pretty miserable ay so far with steady drizzle and North Westerly winds.

8th April  I managed to get away to France eventually all be it on Tuesday night and ended up with a pb mirror of 53lb along with a grass carp of 23lb and a 6.03 oz crucian !!!! so hopefully extinguished my nickname of 'Dave the Camper'. Over the last few days a few fish have been coming out. on Friday it was Nic's birthday (my wife) and spookily enough Wesley Brookes caught 'Nic' at a PB weight of 29.07 on the same day from herons view. He also had mirrors of 16.08, 12lb and 17lb. Wesley Prestage had one of 12lb from the Boathouse, before moving up to the pads to take another mirror of 17lb from the Pads. Hopefully now the weather is more settled (although cooler) it will help the fishing and the catch reports will have more to say. The pads are almost up and if we get some sunshine this week, they should be out in full in a week or so.

3rd April I am sorry for not updating recently, but there has not been anything to report ! Despite my optimim for last weekend, things have still remained slow all week. Rich Woollam who does some balifing for me, spent 36 hours on the snags last night and had 2 fish of 12lb and 16.08. he was fishing up to his left about 10 yards out from the bank in front of the trees. He used red plum pop ups over a bed of crab and oyster boilies. The fish are showing just before dark, and normally for less than an hour, so keep your eyes peeled for the last hour of light. Hopefully the small amount of rain we had last night will get things going a bit more. The lads at Total Angling were telling me that everywhere is fishing very hard, so that's some consolation for me, but obviously not for you if you are fishing ! It's surely got to get off properly  in the next two weeks or so. The pads are just starting to poke through the surface at long last, so the lake will be transformed over the next 2-3 weeks.

28th March Just when I was expecting things to kick off big time, it only goes and does the opposite. Not a single fish out over the weekend ! quite a few moving and crashing, but not feeding. There is a lot of bloodworm coming back on hooks and baits, so it may be the fish are pre-occupied on that. It may be that the high pressure has put them up in the water, and the freezing fog over the last 4 nights has had an effect too. The water is coloured as the bottom is breaking up now the strong sunlight is penetrating through the depths, but we can only guess. Thats one of the great things about the sport, trying to work out what is going on, and why. If we had all the answers it would be too easy and there would be little reward in our efforts. However Kevin George came on last night into the boathouse and had a small fish of 12lb from the Boathouse at only about 20 yards range, just over the drop off. This is interesting as ALL of the fish that have been showing have been over on the far bank, so its always best to try different areas at this time of the year. I'm not going to temp fate and say the fishing will kick off this weekend, i'm just keeping my fingers crossed !

23rd March Mark Higgins was the only angler fishing overnight in Herons View and had landed a mirror of 16lb around midnuight last night. I heard fish crashing last night as I walked around, and again this morning one large fish boshed right out, twice, around 10-15 yards out from the far bank if you were standing on the Boathouse swim. The pads are on their way up and if the sun keeps shining which the forecast predicts, the lake will be looking different in the next few weeks. The fish seem to be getting more active by the day, so we're hoping for some good catch reports this weekend.

20th March Mark Webster came down for a quick day session and had 3 mirrors weighing 12lb, 15.08 and a 22.12 linear from herons View. He was fishing over a big bed of fresh boilies towards the far side.

20th March Stewart Wareham had the lake to himself last night and managed to catch a common of 11lb from the Boathouse. He said the fish were very active showing themselves for about an hour just before dark, and early this morning. I noticed the pads are starting to come up, but it will be another couple of weeks before they break surface and come out fully, but it will look like a different lake in about a month or so once all the new reeds push through too.

17th / 18th March Wesley Prestage caught another stunning mirror, one of the mere's smaller residents at 9lb but one for the future for sure. I'll post the photo once I recieve it. He was fishing to the far side of theBoathouse swim over a spod mix of hemp, corn and maggots. Wes added a further 2 commons this morning (18th) both low doubles so ended up on 6 fish, a great result, well done Wes.

17th March  Kevin Fellows was in the Moat swim and had a common of around 12lb at 2am this morning. Wes Prestage had two fish during the night , mirrors of 16.04 and 14lb then at 7am he had a new PB common of 30.01  Photos to follow shortly. The sun is out and it's looking promising for the rest of the weekend.

16th March Wes Brooks has just had a 17lb mirror from the Channel swim, and his friend Wes Prestage is in the Boathouse and has had a couple of fish crash out in front of him so he is quite confident of a bite tonight.

13th March Some of you will be pleased to know that you can keep calling me 'Dave the Camper' !! Despite my best efforts and using 9 pints of maggots, I couldn't even rustle up a tench. I resorted to a 6 foot Zig on the far side of the lake and lost a fish during the day, but thats as close as it got. Just to rub it in, Rich Wollam (Wooly) who does some part time baillifing for me, fished next to me in the boathouse and caught 4 fish, plus he has text me to say he has had another this morning about 13lb. He is fishing on the far side of the lake from the Boathouse swim and scattering boilies amongst the seagulls !  His fish yesterday were mirrors of 13.2, and 11.08 (one of the prettiest fish in the lake) plus commons of 13.08 and an original common of 24.14 . Chris Griffiths had a mirror of 12lb from Herons view on Sunday night fishing cell bopilies over a spod mix.

11th March Dave Richie had a mirror of 14.05 from the Boathouse, his friend Andy Scanlan had a 24.01 linear from herons view also during the night. David reynolds had a mirror about 11lb and lost a fish from the Moat, so the fish are obviously starting to spread out which is good news. I am doing an overnighter myself tonight, with the sole purpose of relieving myself of the nickname 'Dave the Camper' so any size fish will do, even a tench !

9th March Mark Higgins did a quick day session and fished in the Snags swim and had 3 fish all low doubles, but commented thay were in pristine condition and had wonderful scale patterns so was a happy man. Peter Fitzgerald and Paul Noon fished overnight in the Boathouse and had a fish each during the night, both again small fish but had a very enjoyable time. We often find that early season the smaller fish 'wake up' first, then we can get a run of bigger fish coming through, so hopefully that will not be long, now the temps are getting uo and staying mild overnight.

4th March A pretty hard weekend in all, the wind changing directions several times, and cold rain throughout last night and this morning. Steve Adcock managed his obligatory two tench of 6 and 7lb, again on maggots. Malcolm Owen came down on Sunday morning for a 12 hour day session and has had a common of 17lb from the Boathouse swim which is a greta result as no other carp were caught all weekend. We did however see the meteor last night which was quite spectacular as I'm sure you will agree if you were lucky enough to see it yourself. Hopefully things will start picking up again in the next few weeks, as they had promised to do last week.

1st March I walked around the lake ealry this morning at 6am, there was a cold damp mist across the mere and all the anglers sound asleep. I stood on the snags platform and saw my 1st fish of 2012 bosh out about 30 yards out in front of the swim, Spring is most definitely on its way. The catch report folders read that Kev jones had a 17lb common, and two mirrors of 17lb and 14lb fishing cell boilies in the Pads swim. Steve Kendrick fished the Boathouse and had 3 mirrors of 12, 13 & 14lb also on cell boilies and a snowman rig. Almost fully booked this weekend so hopefull plenty more fish out and a few of the bigger ones too.

28th Feb Stuart Wareham did a quick 24 hour session in the Boathouse and had 3 different species fishing with maggots. He had a tench about 5lb, a pike and a mirror of 11lb.

26th Feb Steve Adcock ended up with 2 tench and a common of 14lb at 6.15 am fishing maggots over a big bed of maggots. Mark Webster from Winsford has come on for a day session and is fishing in the Boathouse. He has had a 21.12 mirror at 4.15pm after losing a fish early, and had just had another scraper double mirror at 5.30pm. Mark is fishing over a bed of about 100+ boilies at about 50-60 yards out.

23rd Feb Steve Shaw fished a quick overnighter in Herons view and had 2 fish of 18.08 and 12lb both fallinhg to snowman hookbaits in open water about 50 yards out. He was the only angler on this week so far so no other reports.

19th Feb - Sunday- Ash Law who was part of the group fished in the Bathouse swim. Ash was using Prestage boilies and fishing nito open water around 30-40 yards out. He finished up with 4 mirrors of 8lb, 13.02, 15.08 and a new PB of 27.04 - a fish named 'Sara', so well done Ash,a great result considering the ground was white over with snow this morning too ! One friends Wesley Brookes had a stunning 16.08 mirror from the Moat swim around 10pm. The wind picked up again last night and has a strong chill factor to it, but the forecase is predicting temps into the teens by Wednesday, so we should be off and running into Spring with a bit of luck.

18th Feb We have had a group of 5 anglers on since Friday night and so far they have had 4 fish out, all doubles except one small fish of about 9lbs. I will see them all in the morning to see how the night works out for them and update the site then. Conditions overnight were very mild but gale force winds again.

28th Jan No fish out today, but two fish seen rolling so there is always a chance. The lake started to freeze, but has thawed out this morning.

21st Jan Anglers back on for the first time, after freezing over this week. I walked around last night and it was lovely and still. What a difference a night makes, it was back to force gale winds today without letting up at any time. Steve Shaw fished a day only session in the Boathouse swim about 30 yards out, and despite having his brolly smashed in the wind early on, decided to stay, and was rewarded with a new PB when he caught Arthur at 28.00 so well done Steve great result. He caught the fish on a white pop up.  One of the other anlgers also broke his bivvy in the wind and had to leave early. Lets hope the wind drops off tonight.

13th Jan Two anglers on overnight had a 12.08 Carp plus a tench and some roach all on maggots despite it going down to minus degrees last night. Another cold one tonight, it was -2 when I got back at 9.30pm tonight. One angler on tonight so I'll let oyu know how he got on tomorrow.

8th Jan Gary Denmade fished Herons view overnight and had a mirror of 14.08 fishing maggots. Steve Adcock added another tench of 5.04 today but couldn't get the carp to feed. Steve was also fishing over a bed of maggots at about 40 yards, however the tench came to the rod he had a red plum pop up on. 

7th Jan James Patrick had his 1st fish of 2012 with a pristine mirror of 12lb from the Snags swim. James was extremely happy as it has been a long time since he had a fish on the bank ( I wont disclose exactly how long !). Steve Adcock is in the channel and has just had a tench of 7.08 and also lost a carp at the same time (2.30pm ). The winds are not letting up as we had thought, but the fish are obviously still catchable. The water is going down, but still over many of the swims. You can bivvy up behind the, if you want on the grass.

5th Jan Andy Todorvic from Rugeley had an 11.5lb mirror from the Boathouse swim, despite the horrendous gale force winds and rain. Thankfully the winds have stopped today, but the water is very high and over many of the swims.

2012 1st Jan.  Happy New Year Stewart Wareham had the 1st fish of 2012 at 3am with one of the smallest fish in the lake at 7lb !  Steve Adcocks tally has risen to 4 Tench, 1 pike (on maggots) and still only one carp, although he has lost a good fish today.

31st Dec Neil Beeforth has just had a 15lb mirror from the Boathouse swim, fishing both rods about 40 yards out. Well done Neil, happpy New Year to you and the 5 other anglers out tonight. Here's hoping for a big fish in the morning to kick 2012 off with.

30th Dec My good friend and long term fishing mate Steve Adcock lost his bivvy yesterday, as we were struck with a mini hurricane for around 5 minutes last night. The rain belted down and the wind changed direction completely ripping his bivvy out of the ground and flinging it across the field, smashing the poles in doing so. He was sitting in it at the time but just couldnt hold onto it. He came up to the house and I lent him mine for the night so he could continue his session. He spodded some more maggots out at 2am and at 7.30 this morning his alarm went into meltdown. The result was a mirror of 31.06 I will post the photos tonight once I get his camera off him, but I think it is a fish known as Lily's fish which has not been out for a while. He still has 24 hours to go and conditions looking much more favourable today.

29th Dec My 9 year old son James and I enjoyed an couple of hours piking in the wind today , catching 2 pike and losing two others despite the rough conditions. Two other pike anglers on this morning, had had 3 runs by the time I went round at 8.30 am !  Steve Adcock is on for 48 armed with a gallon of maggots and has just had a 5lb tench ! Good encouragement to see tench still feeding late into December. Two anglers up in the pads for a 24 hour session, not had any fish bt said they had seen one crash early, so fingers crossed for them too.

26th Dec STEVE Adcock from shrewsbury had a very welcome mirror of 15lb on boxing day. Andy Jackson came down later on and had a 16 lb mirror at 2 am and lost a mid 20 right at the net at 4am. He was fishing on the back of the wind in the pads swim. Stewart Carr from Manchester has just landed 'Gail' at 28.04 from the Reeds swim, so is very happy indeed- 6.30pm.

18th Dec No anglers on midweek, and I was away last weekend, so not sure if anyone caught. We had a few brave anglers on this weekend and Michael Baynham from Cheshire had a double figure mirror at 11pm on Sat night, despite the wind chill being -5 degrees. Part of the westerly end by the house froze, but the breeze kept the remainder of the lake ice free. We still have free fishing over Christmas on all days if anyone fancies a few hours out please let me know. Thank you all for your business this year, we wish you and all your families a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year for 2012.

4th Dec  Neil Beeforth from Stafford was the only angler on yesterday fro a quick 24 hours. He had a fantastic 29.00 mirror last night at midnight from the Moat swim fishing at around 40 yards out. This may be a new named fish, will confirm once I get the photo's later.  He fished a snowman rig with a birght pink pop-up on top and used a pva bag of pellets. He has also just had another mirror of 15lb at 8.30 this morning. So they are still biting for those anglers that make the effort.

30th Nov John Ellison ended up with one more fish of 18lb at a very unsocail time of 4am !

29th Nov John Ellison and his friend Chris Whitehead from Burton on Trent are doing a 48 hour session currently, and despite sleet and high winds today have managed to catch. Chris is fishing the Channel and has had 2 mirrors of 12lb and 9lb plus a late season tench of around 3lb - one we stocked at around 6 inches 3 years ago. John is in the Boathouse swim and has a common of 12lb so far. The fish all came during the night last night, but the temp seems to have dropped quite a bit this evening, so we shall see how they get on tonight.

27th Nov Daniel Newton from Winsford had a lovely mirror of 22.08 from the Channel about 2.30 this afternoon. A few fish started showing late on once the wind dropped. Craig Jones from Denbigh lost a fish from the snags also during the day time. We are going to close the car park 2 as it is getting waterlogged and vehicles getting stuck. sorry for any inconvenience, it is not our land but we will do all we can to get it operational as soon as possible. Also the farmer let the cows down into the field here before putting up his electric fence so they have ruined the path and made it very difficult to get a barrow down this end due to the ruts and holes from the cows. Please accept our aoplogies here too.

26th Nov Only 3 anglers on yesterday as 2 had to pull out due to work commitments (either that or they saw the weather forecast !) No fish caught, in one of windiest nights we have had in 5 years. I hope it dies down a little today as itsd still very mild so the chance of catching should still be good.

24th Nov Steve Shaw came for the day and had a small but stunning common of 11lb at 8.30am.

23rd Nov Ben Davies and Bobby Baynham from Cheshire fished overnight in the Channel swim and had 4 mirrors of 18, 15, 15 and 12 between them. Stuart Brewster is fishing in the 30Boathouseth Decswim and has put out a gallon of dead maggots. He has fished maggots over the top, without success but has had 4 fish of 15, 13, 13 and 10lb taken on fluro pop ups about 5 rod lenghts away from the baited area. 3 of the fish came witih  1 hour around 3pm this afternoon, the last one around 7.30 pm tonight. Stewart told me that there we plenty of fish showing all morning so they are still quite active for the time of year.

20th Nov Steve Hall did a short day session today for one bite - a mint 30.04 Common- a fish known as Ivy, and a NEW 30 for Blakemere, so well done Steve. He fished the Moat swim . Gary denmade fished the Channel swim over the weekend and ended up catching a small mirror of 13lb at 2am on sunday Morning.

19TH Nov Only a couple of snglers on midweek for thurs and Fri and no fish reported. 6 anglers on today, but only one fish lost by 2pm this afternoon. Still a few moving when the wind had dropped.

14th Nov Daniel Newton is fishing the lake on his own today and tonight and has had 2 mirrors around 2pm this afternoon, one of 11lb and a 27.02 fish. He is in the Boathouse swim. There are a few fish crashing and it is still quite mild so fingers crossed for a couple more. Wind is blowing strongly towards the pads tonight.

12th Nov Rich Newell fished the channel swim and had a lovely mirror of 18lb.

6th Nov Herons view which is not one of the most popular swims for some reason, saw 'Nic' caught at a pb weight of 30.04 on Thursday to Gordon Williams, on a day only session, a pb mirror of 25 on Friday to a guy called Rob and another pb 26lb mirror last night to Ben Davies who also fished a 12 hour overnight session. Jason Gregory also emailed me to say he had fish of 14.06, 11.02 and 10.09 last week.

Just had an email from Nathan Tew who fished here on the 21st, he had 3 fish of 8, 10 and 15lb during his 24 hours using mainline grange and bottom baits, so well done Nathan, and thanks for letting me know.

26th Oct Just on my way back to another trip to China. I will try and find out what has been caught this week and update the catches in the next 24 hours -just been round the lake, Callum Trow fished in the Channel swim for 36 hours and had 6 runs but lost three inlcuding one he recons was a very good fish. The others weighed between 8 and 12lbs. None of the other anglers had caught, and I have had no emails from anglers whilst I was away so not really sure how it has been fishing.

18th Oct Just 3 anglers on last night. Steve Shaw was the only one to catch, fishing the boathouse he had a mirror of 21.08 at around 2am and then lost another later.

17th Oct Chris Deakin and his friend Peter Nicosia fished the channel swim.  Chris had fish of 10lb and a lovely mirror of 24.08 that I have put on the gallery, and Peter had one of 16lb too.

16th Oct Steve Hall just text to say he had 8 fish in total up to 25.08 so

15th 16th Oct Steve Adcock from Shrewsbury had a 21.08 mirror and 14lb mirror using 12mm Graze boilies as bottom baits. Steve Hall fished the Boathouse and had mirrors of 17lb and 15lb fishing 3/4 of the way across in front of the swim. Karl De Silva and his friend Dave fished the Stump swim and had two small fish between them of 7.07 and 14.00  Loads of fosh rolling last night at dusk all over the lake, but a quietish night all round considering the amount of fish moving. Low pressure coming in today so perhaps there will be a few out in the next 24 hours.

14th Oct Ian Porter fished the Boathouse swim and had a 17.5lb mirror.

13th Oct This is a copy of the email I recieved from the group that came for Mon - Wed.

''Hi dave and nic,
all the lads would like to thank you for a great few days,the lake was truly stunning in a great setting.at last a fishery owner who we could clearly see is passionate about the lake and fish in it,you can tell your an angler yourself dave and its not all just about money. 6 anglers great stock of fish and a stunning lake what more could you ask for and only 1 hour away,happy dayz.
our catch was:
channel - fished by twiggy not been carping since the last time i dragged him out the house 2 years ago,1 x 28.8 common new pb by over 10lb and 2 x doubles
boathouse- fished by my brother graham showing me how its done,1 x 28.7 mirror and 4 doubles of 11,14,14 and 18 with 2 fish lost
herons view-fished by bri landing 1 x 11 common 1 x 15 new pb common and a 17 mirror
the pads-fished by paul landing mirrors of 17.8 and a new pb 22.10 mirror
the stumps- fished by pee landing mirrors of 18.8,21.7 and 23.6
the moat-fished by crissy landing a 21.6 mirror
the snags- fished by lee landing mirrors of 14.6,15,4,16.5 and 17.1 loosing 4 fish one of which went like a train a heavy train !!!! ill be back.
so 21 fish in 3 days is a good result for our first visit.next time we come hopefully all the lads will have bought themselves a descent camera, as you will see by the pics mobile phones dont take good pictures.

thanks for having us guys,tight lines   ... Lee Neild.  

11th Oct I have also just recieved an email from James Whalley who came to Blakemere on the 5th -6th October with his friend Chris Donnelly from Buxton. Chris fished the Snags and James went in next door to the Moat. Chris lost a fish within an hour, but then caught a small fish around 10lb half an hour afterwards. Soon after that James had a good mirror of 24lb followed by a double, and Chris had 2 more doubles as well. Then it was quiet in the night until 3am when Chris had a 17lb mirror, and at 6am James had a fish of 15lb. Chris finished with one more double before they both left.  

10th Oct Stephen Crawley came down last night at 8pm for a quick 12 hour overnight session. Despite massive winds he managed to keep his bivvy down to the ground and ended up with a 17lb mirror early this morning. He fished the boathouse swim about 40 yards out over a spodded area.

7th -9th Oct Steve Shaw had a 25.01 common from the Boathouse swim on Friday and  followed it up with a smaller fish of 14 lb before leaving.  Callum Trow did a quick overnighter and went round to the Stream swim, which has not been fished for ages. He had a lovely mirror  of 25.01 which he has named Sadow Scale. Well done callum. Steve Adcock fished the Channel swim for a day only session and had a 14 lb mirror despite having 2 or 3 very big fish roll over his bait he couldn't get one of them to pick it up.

James Byrne emailed me to say it was him that had caught the 27.03 mirror on Monday, a fish know as Scar  fihshing out of the Channel swim.

End Sept / Early Oct all I can tell you that is we had reports of a 27lb fish in the last few days. Regular Steve Shaw had a 25.03 common from the Boathouse swim on Thursday night followed by a 14lb fish this morning (07/10). I heard the guy fishing the snags swim had 10 runs, landing 5 and losing 5 but I do not know what the weights were, so please let us know if it was you ! I believe his friend fishing the reeds swim also had 2 fish. The wind has been blowing down here for a couple of days now.

26th Sept Stephens Pugh's friend had fish of 26lb and 18lb

25th Sept  Steve Adcock from Shrewsbury fished for 24 hours and was having a mare of a session losing all the the first 4 runs he had, including two very big fish. Just as he was packing up, he noticed his rod tip knocking and ended up landing 'Gale' at a weight of 28.07 so was more than happy. Could have been a red letter session if the others had come in too. He fished the moat swim, 3/4 of the way across, and used white baits on chod rigs, fished over a large bed of 12mm Graze boilies from Total Angling. Liam Stenson came down at 8pm on Sat night with two mates, on only his second ever carp fishing outing. He outfished them both, having two carp of around 12lb, then a mirror of 26.08 from the pads swim, and went passed his two friends pb's in doing so ! Well done Liam.

22nd Sept Alan Williams came for a short session and had a 10lb mirror and a common of 30.02 his picture is now on the gallery.

21st Sept I have been away working again since Sunday and have not had any emails from anglers regarding catches so I'm not sure what has been caught. We are full at the weekend and I will be around to make sure the catches are up to date by Sunday night. 

17th Sept  Thomas Quigley fished a 24 hour session and had a 4.04 tench  followed up with an 18.08 mirror. 

16th Sept Jason Welch fished in the Moat swim and had a 19.08 lb mirror. His friend Kevin fished along side him and had 5 runs, landing to fish of 14lb and 14.08.  Rob Smith had fished the Boathouse earlier in the week and emailed me to say that he ended up with 8 fish plus two tench in 24 hours.

14th Sept I took a stroll around the mere tonight just before 8pm. The sky was clear and it was almost a full moon, and no anglers on the lake. Once ruby (the dog) and I got to Herons view we spotted a barn owl just behind us. Its only the 2nd time I have seen it this year although the anglers last week had seen it. Then suddenly, 50 yards behind it, we noticed another barn owl flying around and going over towards the road. Thats amazing, seeing two at once. Then Ruby took off having seen something in the grass about 30 yards ahead. To my astonishment , up got a third barn owl !  Now I have lived ruraly all my life and seen many barn owls, but only ever seen one at a time. I don't know much about them, but I would love to hear if anyone else has seen more than one together. I'll post this on the forum if anyone wants to let me know . Keep your eyes peeled until its really dark, you may be lucky enough to see them togehter too.

13th Sept Just heard from Rob  smith to say he ended up with one more small carp (total of 7) and a 4lb tench. Not a bad 24 hours Rob , as well as loosing 2 carp. Nick Parkes fished the moat over the wekend and has just e-mailed me to say he had a mirror of 15lb and a lovely common of 25lb early in the morning. No anglers on till end of the week if anyone fancies the lake to themselves !

12th Sept Rob Smith had six fish from the Boathouse today including mirrors of 15.02 and four between 7 and 10lb pus a common of 13lb and he lost 2, so the fish seem quite active now, especially the small ones. Hopefully the big girls will folow suit shortly. His friend James Hunt fished the channel and had a small mirror about 10lb and lost another one too. One other fish lost up in the pads. The wind has been making waves high enough to surf on today, so should be plenty of oxygen in the water now.

12th Sept Howling gales this morning, but the anglers on last night were still in one piece . One fish caught overnight, a small fish of about 11lbs from the boathouse, just off the pads, and a better fish lost from the pads swim.

11th Sept I was away over the weekend and only managed to see one angler on Sunday evening. He had lost a fish. He told me that the guy fisihng in the moat had a couple, but I havent heard from anyone yet to confirm what was caught. Its really important if you catch to drop us a text or email, as unfortunately we ccant alway get round, even though we would like to every day !

09th Sept Phil Bull ended up with two fish from the reeds and lost one also. They were both mirrors of 21lb  and 22lb, his son Wayne fished in the snags next door and had commons of 18lb & 24lb and a mirror of 18lb. James night fished a 12 hour session overnight and had 3 fish of 9, 11 and 12lb. His friend Tom Huckenhull fished Herons view and had 2 fish of 12lb and 14lb again just on aquick overnighter.

08th Sept Phil Bull is midway through a session with his son and has had a lovely mirror of 22lb. There were plenty of fish showing tonight as I talked to him, so hopefully he wont get much sleep.

05th Sept Michael Crisp has mirrors of 18lb, 24.08 and 27.02 . Geoff Nicoll had a fish about 10lb.

Lee Allen had a 10.09 tench- new lake record tench, plus a small common of about 10lb but lost a good fish around the twenty pound mark, right at the platform. His friend had a pb mirror of 14lb.Tom Quigley had a 28.08 mirror on Thursday. Andy Buckingham had a 15lb linear pb followed by another pb of 27lb the same afternoon.  We have had a few twenties to 26lb fish out and quite a lot of fish in the 10lb - 16lb bracket, but things seem to be picking up a little as expected.


 
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