Well this month hasn’t been bad at all for carp so far considering the relentless rain we have had here in the south west. As i write it’s blowing a hoolie (23/02/14) and we are having fish caught with a lot movement on the water. We kicked the month off with some new anglers on the water but to be fair with the poor conditions they struggled to land any carp but 3 lumps were lost, one being a 30lb+ lost to regular Steve at the net. Then we had well known professional angler Ian Macmillan spend a 36hr session in The Main Lodge to do a photo shoot for some new tackle and again conditions were against him and to be fair Ian didnt really fish hard and alas didnt manage to bag a Mead carp, but he will be back later in the year to do battle with The Meads “Hippo’s” so watch this space. Valentine’s saw more new faces on The Mead and also one of our regulars, Damo and his wife have a go for a winter carp. Damo was fishing from The Main Lodge in pretty poor conditions and following a lot of pre baiting by myself with 50kg of The Meads carp pellet he proceeded to landed 2 stunning carp which both went 20lb+. A brief rest bite for the carp then then we had the lake booked out exclusive by Anthony Gordon and his friends but this time the carp seemed to be waking up a bit and I have kept the feed going in with 50kg of our carp pellet every 2-3 days and they are munching there heads off on it. Anthony was fishing from The Oak swim close to the areas where i had fed aroung 25kg of the pellet the day before. At 7.30am on friday 21st I had a phone call from him asking me to come and see “The Hippo” he had just caught. I took our scanner with me and when I saw the carp I knew it was a new 40 or at least upper 30lber. We proceeded to scan the beast and the number did indeed show that it was a totally different fish from our other 40’s, could this be Olivemead’s 4th different 40lber??? Alas no but what a fish it was weighing in at 39lb 2oz and which smashed Anthony’s previous P.B. by 12lb. Anthony then had the priviledge of naming this “Hippo” which is now known as “TUBBY’S FISH”! A massive well done and huge congratulations goes to Anthony Gordon for what can only be described as an awesome winter catch and a fish of a life time.
Saturday 22nd February
This weekend has seen newbies to The Mead Jimmy and Jade both fishing from The Main Lodge and coming to the lake for a nice chill out with no expectations just a good time where a carp would be a bonus. Well think again, they are having a great break in The Lodge and as a bonus the carp gods have seen fit to reward both anglers with new p.b’s, Jimmy landed a stunning common weighing in at 23lb 8oz and Jade has landed an absolute stunning mirror weighing in at 22lb 9oz. Well done to both of you and glad your weekend break has proved to be a memorable one.
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2014 – end of year catch report: please also visit our FACE BOOK PAGE “olivemead lake” for regular catch updates
Well 2014 has been the most successful year for big carp The Mead has seen since it was first excavated more than 45 years ago. This year has seen more P.B’s and lake records than ever before. Firstly the year kicked off in early winter with a new lake record first caught by DALE HOSKER at 44lb and was aptly named “GOLIATH” then later in the spring was again caught by KEITH HAYWARD at a massive 46.4oz. Also during the winter and in the same session DALE HOSKER landed another 40.4 oz mirror which he named “BRUTUS” and Dale made it into the front pages of Carp Talk with his rare winter brace of 40’s., well done Dale and congratulations mate. Not to be out done “SINGLE SCALE” put in an appearance a couple of times weighing in at a very impressive 40.6oz which gave Olivemead Lake 3 different 40’s and gave the first of many anglers their new P.B’s. Following these captures came the big 30’s and one which really sticks with me was ANTHONY GORDON’s 39lb+ capture of “TUBBY’s FISH”, which is the nameAnthony gave to her. She really is a stunning carp and very sought after by many of our anglers. Then there was regular CLIVE WYNN who’s has caught more than 10 x different 30’s from The Mead and landed his P.B. At 39lb+ from The Oak swim.
I can’t name everyone who has had a personal best this year from Olivemead but it is well over 150 anglers and to each and every one of you I thank you for sharing your excitement and enthusiasm with me because this is what we are all about here at The Mead, striving to make your carp angling dreams come true. Over the year we had more than 300 x 20lb+ carp caught and of these over 100 were different fish. We had 53 x 30’s caught and of these 27 were different fish and we had the 3 x 40’s come out 7 times in total between them.
Although this is only a short snippet of the years catches it gives our new visitors to the lake a small insight into the immense world of fishing Olivemead Lake and what this little gem of a carp water has to offer.
2015 will see a couple of positive changes to the lake which will only enhance the carps environment and improve fishing where more water will be accessible to the angler. This just leaves me to say thank you to everyone who visited us in 2014 and we look forward to seeing you all back in 2015.