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Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery
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Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery Report - 2/1/13
TROUT FISHING
First and foremost, Happy New year to all our contacts, whether they be customers or angling writers, we hope you have a fantastic 2013 season here on Esthwaite Water, tightline's to all! The mild weather over the festive period has provided good winter conditions and the fish have been active throughout. Bank anglers have been doing very well off the ticket office frontage. Hawkshead Angling Club member Dave Bell fished legered worm and caught and released a nice brace of brownies, the best about 2lb. Meanwhile Paul Thornber and Andrew Dawson from Burnley fished spinners from the ticket office banking catching and releasing 4 nice Brown Trout. The pair took a 6lb 4oz, a 7lb 1oz, a 7lb 4oz and a 7lb 8oz fish. The winter fishing off the ticket office is fantastic as the shoals of fry congregate around the structure provided by the ticket office and the boat jetty. I am sure who ever fishes off here in the next few weeks will do well, weather permitting! Colin Murray from Preesal in Lancashire had a day to remember on the boats. Employing Rapala's. Colin took a fabulous brace of double figure fish in the shape of an 11lb Brown Trout and a 13lb 8oz Rainbow. Wow what a day! Mark Billington from Sedbergh also had a 5lb Brown Trout and a 3lb Rainbow Trout taken on static deadbait from the boats. Both fish were safely released.
PIKE FISHING
There have been several Christmas crackers out recently! Big s club member Steve Hinks from Blackpool took a 22lb 10oz Pike while fishing deadbait from the the boats. Also another Big s club member Chris Harris landed a 24lb and a 14lb fish. Both fish were taken from the boats. Also fishing from the boats Barry Brookes took a 19lb 8oz Pike and a 5lb Rainbow on static deadbait. Another Big s member John Ashurst from Wigan used a combination of lures and deadbait from the boats to take fish of 4lb and 17lb respectively. Meanwhile bank fisherman Markus Rungeling from Blackpool took a nice 23lb specimen whilst bank fishing with sardine deadbait. Also venue regular Fonz Howard took a 14lb 2oz and 25lb 14oz specimen from the banking in the North basin. Last but not least James Macdonald aged 15 from Garstang bank fished next to the ticket office with Lamprey section and got his best Christmas present ever in the shape of a 19lb 2oz specimen. For all the up to date information please telephone the ticket office on 015394 36541 or find and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Carp Baits Online Limited
www.carpbaitsonline.co.uk
Carp Baits Newsletter | January Sale | Bait Making Special | Andys Fishing Diary
Happy New Year and welcome to our first newsletter for 2013
Hope you had a good break and managed to get on the bank, if not the weather is a bit wet but nice and mild for this time of year - perfect for carp fishing.
January Sale
Save up to 70% RRP and if you use your discount code JAN you will get a further 10% off.
Andy's Fishing Diary
We've teamed up with local fishing coach Andy Ormrod. He will be sharing some of his methods, rigs and catch reports in the coming months. Read the latest version of his diary below.
Reward Points
For every �30 spent you will receive �1 to spend on our site, which is great news for our many regulars. You get the chance to redeem the points once you get to the end of your transaction. You can also use the voucher code at this stage too. If you recommend a friend and they order we'll also add reward points to your account.
Like Piking?
Why not top up your order with deadbaits or pike attracting fish oils, take a look at our predator section.
Not placed an order yet?
Get 10% off your first order - just enter the code 1STCBO at the checkout stage.
Don't forget to use your voucher
10% off everything. Code is JAN just add this at the checkout stage to get your discount.
Tight Lines! (Or slack if you prefer), Andy, Dan and Daz.
Andy's Fishing Diary
I'll start this week's write up by wishing everyone a very happy New Year, even though I'm writing this in the lull between Christmas and the New Year. My mince pie count has hit an all time high and my liver has started to wave a white flag. I'm sure I'm not alone in this!
As well as all the festive eating and drinking I've been out on the bank too. Dan, from Carp Baits Online, and I managed to get out on Boxing Day. We tackled the Jumbles reservoir which is situated between Bolton and Blackburn on the Pennine moors.
The water is, as many will know, a notoriously difficult piking venue. I would estimate that the reservoir is getting on for around eighty acres of surface area with depths of up to sixty feet. Added to this around seventy percent of the water is excluded from anglers, in effect it allows only about twenty fishable swims on the huge, tree lined reservoir.
The Jumbles is home to some huge pike, however these fish are far from being stupid and in respect of the big fish, taking the deadbait rods there for a day session is akin to buying a lottery ticket and hoping your number come in.
I arrived at the water at first light and set up in my favourite swim which has a tree line to the left with about ten feet of water relatively close to the bank, past here and straight in front of the swim there are several rocky undulations before the water drops away to a deep, silt filled gully at around fifty yards.
I opted to fish a legered roach deadbait close to the tree line and fish a smelt on float leger tactics out towards the silt gully. I chose these options to try to fish sympathetically to Dan who had chosen to fish two baits close in on legered tactics to my right.
My float rod would allow me to fish the area I wanted to without ploughing bowstring tight line through the swim next to where Dan wanted to set his traps. We both fished Roach baits on one rod while I opted for a Smelt where Dan chose a Bream deadbait on our second rods. The session went reasonably well with us both landing pike, we didn't bother the big girls who reside in the Jumbles depths but a fish apiece kept our interest levels up.
I've also been busy with my tutorial business, Improve Your Fishing. I've had two introductory pike fishing lessons with customers who had been bought a gift voucher for Christmas. Above is a photograph of a chap called Mark whose wife had arranged for him to come piking with me as part of his Christmas present.
Mark is a successful match angler who fancied learning the basics in another aspect of angling. Although Mark has caught much larger fish on his travels around the globe his smile really says it all when he landed his first pike.
January is probably my least favourite month of the year and again I'm sure I'm not alone in this. It's a month that sees me start my preparations and make sure everything is in order for the warmer months. I'll be respooling all of my reels which is a two day job! I'm always looking for a new edge in my various angling quests and I must admit the new range of Korda lines seems to have all of the bases covered in terms of my carp reels.
If you are in the market for new rods, or that Christmas money is burning a hole in your pocket check out the range of Sonik rods that the Carp Baits Online team have available on the site, I have seen these rods in action and they not only look the part but they do the business too.
Dan has also assured me that he gets some really positive feedback from the growing number of anglers who are currently making their own bait. January's weather may see lots of anglers staying in the warmth of their kitchens, looking to save a few pounds and get into making their own boilies, I can't say that I'll be doing this myself but I know many anglers who do, and they swear by the results. I'm sure that by achieving success with a bait that you have created yourself must bring a huge sense of satisfaction.
So why not give it a go yourself?
For now I'm going to go, I think there's still a mince pie or two knocking around in the kitchen looking for a good home!
Tight Lines, Andy
Carp Baits Newsletter | Last Chance to Order before Christmas | 10% Off Everything | More Offers Added
Welcome to our last newsletter for 2012
We'd like to say thanks for being a customer and for all your orders and we hope to see you all again next year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope you get chance to get on the bank this Christmas and land a few.
Last chance to order and receive before Christmas
We will be closed for the Christmas holidays and if you need anything to arrive before the Christmas break you will need to order before the 18th of December. Any orders placed after this time will be despatched in the first week in January.
10% off everything! No minimum spend. Offer won't be repeated
This is the last time (until next December next year) that we will be offering this discount coupon), so don't miss out! 10% off everything, with no minimum spend. All you have to do is enter the code CH when you go through the checkout where it says 'Discount Coupon'. Hurry as this ends 18th December 2012.
Offers
As it's Christmas and we are feeling generous we have added lots more offers, some are up to 60% off RRP and once they are gone they won't be repeated. If you've ordered before you can use your reward points and discount code for further reductions.
Andy's Fishing Diary
We've teamed up with local fishing coach Andy Ormrod. He will be sharing some of his methods, rigs and catch reports in the coming months. Read the latest version of his diary below.
Reward Points
For every �30 spent you will receive �1 to spend on our site, which is great news for our many regulars. You get the chance to redeem the points once you get to the end of your transaction. You can also use the voucher code at this stage too. If you recommend a friend and they order we'll also add reward points to your account.
Like Piking?
Why not top up your order with deadbaits or pike attracting fish oils, take a look at our predator section.
Not placed an order yet?
Get 10% off your first order - just enter the code 1STCBO at the checkout stage.
Don't forget to use your voucher
10% off everything. Code is CH just add this at the checkout stage to get your discount.
Andy's Fishing Diary
The festive season is almost upon us, the Christmas tree has gone up, my mince pie count is already in double figures and although I know I won't get the present I really want, I'm still hoping against hope to unwrap Cheryl Cole on Christmas morning. I'm also banking on the Mrs not reading this diary entry as well! Anyway with Christmas around the corner make sure you order everything you need from Carp Baits Online before the Tuesday 18th December deadline that way you can guarantee it arriving before the big day. My fishing during the last week or so has been pretty good on the whole. My regular weekly sessions with Get Hooked on Fishing are getting tougher but the youngsters are still catching silver fish and the odd F1 carp on swim feeder tactics. We've had to scale down and use pinkies on the hook and present the bait with a small amounts of ground bait laced with the tiny grubs. I've had two pike fishing tutorials this week and although I don't think the pike have properly settled for the winter due to the fluctuating weather we've managed to catch a few and successfully avoid any blank sessions. As you can see from photograph my customer from Sundays session, Simon, did a great job in landing the fish of the week. The fish was taken on a running leger rig which was baited with a Lucebaits roach deadbait. The rig was cast into a deep channel at about 35 yards from the bank, the fish put up a spirited fight which was enough to warm Simon up on a bitterly cold day on the Lancastrian moorland reservoir. As I mentioned earlier there seems to be little or no trend to the pikes feeding pattern which is unusual at this time of year on my local water. By now I can usually set my watch by the feeding activity from our toothy adversaries, however this winter my only observations so far are that small roach and smelt deadbaits are picking up the odd fish. Again as I've previously said in my write up I think that things will settle down and sport will improve once the weather sorts itself out. I've also done a little bit of winter carp fishing with a regular client of mine, Greg. My brief from Greg was to go through a few winter tactics to trip up a December carp, it proved difficult but not impossible. The successful rig was the stiff hinged rig baited with a flouro pop up. I had set our stall out with the idea of keeping one rod stationary on an area baited with a couple of pints of maggots, we did stick to this but unfortunately this rod was to be quiet all day. The other two rods were to be roved around the swim, cast at showing fish or signs of carp. One rod was fished on a fluorocarbon hooklink with a supple hair and the other on the hinged presentation. The plan was brilliant apart from not seeing any signs of fish. The only option to us was to regularly cast the two rigs to likely looking areas around the swim. The swim we had chosen was on the back for a stiff, cold north easterly wind with spots of up to seven feet of water. By feeling the leads down we managed to find the deeper areas and eventually we were rewarded when a lovely common carp dressed in its best winter colours picked up the flouro pop up on the hinged rig and sent the alarm into meltdown. The carp wasn't the biggest fish in the world and it only swung the scales around to the 8lbs mark but it did give away a winter feeding spot which can be further explored in the near future, it also christened Greg's new unhooking mat and any December carp is a result in my book. I'm currently looking forward to several pike fishing tutorials during the forthcoming festive period. I'll be back in the New Year with a few thoughts and ideas, for now I'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and remember those banks will be a little less busy so get out and have a fish!
Cheers, Andy




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