Well, once more I’ve hibernated during the colder months of the year. I used to be an all year round fisherman but these days I just can’t enjoy sitting for 5 or 6 hours in a biting wind hoping for the tip to go round.
I’ve settled for popping down to The Glebe and helping with the weigh-in. Weights have been up and down, typical winter fishing. Last Sunday it was rock hard, Nigel Bond had a ton from “the little girl’s peg” (86) but plenty of others really struggled, I promised not to mention Smuggler being beaten by TWO lady anglers in a lake with only 4 people on it. It was that sort of a day.
Yesterday I feared the worst, two days during the week all of the lakes had been frozen in the morning, so I assumed that the water would be really cold. It probably was, but weights were really good, most lakes were won with over 100 lbs, there were loads of good backing weights and only one angler failed to weigh in.
Our closed season on the Glebe is the months of April and May but we do have a couple of big matches during the closed season. This year we are hosting three Maver Match This qualifiers and the first of these is on 2nd April. We also have a pair of two day charity matches scheduled for May. We have hosted the Ivan Marks Memorial Match for a number of years now, and this year’s event is on Sat / Sun 21st – 22nd May. You can fish either or both days and the trophy goes to the heaviest weight caught on one of the days. We have also added a new match, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of the Fishery owner Roy Marlow’s wife Sue, who passed away last year. This is again a 2 day event and it will take place on the weekend before Ivan’s match, the 14th-15th May.
Our Glebe members matches start again in June and I’ll be fishing those and reporting here. I MIGHT fish one or two of the end of season matches in late March, it just depends on the weather and if Spring arrives on time.
Towards the end of last summer the fishing dipped considerably on the smaller lakes and part of the problem was probably lower than normal oxygen levels in the lakes. That problem shouldn’t re-appear this coming season, there’s a new generator being installed and there will be new aerators on each lake.