Newsletter June 2008

Latest news from Woodpecker Pool June 2008

Summer has still not arrived in the Dordogne as yet, we are still having a lot of rain and thunder storms but not a lot of sunshine, lets hope it arrives soon, if not Sue and I are thinking about building an Ark!!!!

On the 18th April we welcomed back Chris Davies and John Owen, these two guys are from the Welsh valleys and we have known them for several years, they have fished here in the past so it was great to see them again. The weather was very up and down all week so what sort of a result would they have.

They had a great week as the fish were very obliging and they are both very good angler's.

The total for the week was 61 fish for a weight of 1624lb 10oz for an average of 27lb with new personal bests to both angler's.

The catch included 23 x 20s, 16 x 30s!!! Fantastic!!!  Out of which 14 were carp and 2 catfish and finally 2 x 50lb plus catfish. The biggest fish were catfish 56lb 4oz, mirror 37lb 12oz and common 36lb 4oz.

A great week fishing guys, thank you for your company and help during the week and we look forward to seeing you again.

 

26th April and we welcomed back Andy and Sue Rudduck with Jim and Helen Nicholson, two great couples who came last year. The weather again was all over the place so how would they go on this time round, especially after the previous week.

Jim wasn't very well all week so did not fish as much as he would have liked to but still had some very nice fish.

They ended up with a total of 34 fish for a weight of 805lbs with an average of 23lb 4oz.

The catch included a bag of twenties and some nice thirties and one 50lb plus catfish.

The biggest fish were catfish 52lb, a new personal best for Andy, and a mirror of 35lb, no commons were caught this week.

It was a pleasure seeing you all again and we hope Jim you are well on the road to recovery and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

 

3rd May and we welcomed for the first time to Woodpecker Mark Bullock and his two sons George 15 and Harry 13, this was to be Harry's first time carp fishing so how did this week pan out.

It turned out to be an up and down week, fish lost and fish caught but it produced two new lake records, one for Mark in the shape of a 37lb 4oz common and new personal best and one for Harry a 61lb 4oz catfish also a new personal best. Harry was assisted by brother George as they could not get the catfish in the landing net so George jumped in the lake to get the fish in the net, well done and thank you for coming to the house to get me so I could see the fish and weigh it.

They had a total of 26 fish for a weight of 750lb 8oz for an average of 29lb. The catch included thirteen fish twenty to thirty plus pounds, 1 x 40lb plus catfish and the 61lb 4oz catfish. The best mirror was 36lb 4oz.

Harry had the two biggest fish which were the 40lb plus catfish and the 61lb 4oz catfish, well done Harry and also well done Mark with the common.

It was a pleasure to meet you all and great to see two young boys so dedicated to their angling; we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

 

10th May and we welcomed back Scott Woods and new wife Kathryn, Karl and Sarah Durrant, Jon Hunt and Dave Bates who arrived on the Tuesday of the week, so only a short session for him.

The catch for the week was 34 fish for a weight of 904lb 12oz for an average of 26lb 10oz.

The catch included 26 between twenty pounds to thirty plus pounds 1 x 40lb plus catfish and 1 x 50lb plus catfish.

The best fish were catfish of 56lb 8oz, I think a new PB for Scott and the best mirror went to Dave at 35lb.

A tough week emotionally for you Scott and Dave with the loss of your close friend Simon but we are sure he was smiling down on you.

Great to see you all again and a pleasure to meet you Sarah and we hope to see you all again in the future.

 

17th May and we welcomed back the Allen family, Elsie, Terry and Anthony fishing this week with us and then over to La Folie for their second week.

This turned out to be a tough week as the fish were spawning but they still managed to have some nice fish. The catch was a total of 26 fish including some nice twenties and three thirties which was 1 carp of 30lb 4oz and 2 catfish with the best being 39lb 8oz, the best common was 24lb 6oz.

The total weight for the week was 581lb 1oz with an average of 22lb 6oz.

We were pleased to see the fish spawn but were sorry that it made such a tough week for you all. Thank you all for your company during your 2 weeks and we look forward to seeing you all again when you come back to La Folie in July.

 

24th May and we welcomed back Gary and Alison Thompson with a new couple to Woodpecker Mark and Jen Brown, so after the previous week being very up and down how would they do.

Only Gary and Mark fishing and not 24/7 they had a very respectable week with a total of 32 fish. The catch included 21 carp between Twenty to mid thirties made up of 5 carp and 5 catfish, 1 x 40 catfish and 1 x 50 catfish. The best catfish went to Gary with a new PB of 55lb 14oz, the best common also to Gary at 35lb 5oz and the best mirror to Mark and a new PB at 36lb 4oz.

The total weight for the week was 887lb 12oz with an average of 27lb 12oz.

Thank you for your company during the week and we look forward to seeing you all again in July and September.

 

31st May and we welcomed to Woodpecker for their first time Daren and Simon Wade, Gerry Dickson and for his first time fishing in France Lee Byrne.

They had a good week and not fishing 24/7 with some great fish caught and several PBs.

The total for the week was 39 fish including loads of 20s and 30s  2 x40+ catfish and 1 x 60+ catfish at 61lb 4oz and equal lake record to Simon, the best mirror was 36lb 8oz and the best common and new lake record of 38lb to Gerry.

The total weight for the week was 974lb with an average of 25lb.

Again thank you for your company and all the laughs during the week and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

 

7th June and this was a week we had taken for ourselves this year, a chance to do some fishing with our friends Stephen and Janice Cooper and Stephen's Dad Harold.

Stephen and Harold did quite a lot of float fishing and had some really nice roach and rudd plus a few small perch. The carp were being very illusive at times but we managed to bank a few nice fish during the week again not fishing 24/7 taking time out to go to the barbeque and also to do some work around the grounds.

The total for the week was 30 fish including 14 x 20s, 5 x 30s, 2 x 40+ catfish and 1x 50+ catfish. The biggest and her first ever catfish went to Jan at 56lb 8oz, the best common was the Ghost at 26lb 4oz, a rare catch and the best mirror and new lake record to Stephen of 39lb 8oz, absolute magic.

The total weight was 795lb 5oz for an average of 26lb 8oz.

A great week for us spent in great company with good fishing in that order, we can't think of anything better.

 

Well that is it till next time so all the very best for now.

Sue and Doug


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