Pete Cargill and Jake Crosby August 23

Pete Cargill down from Lancashire to the South Coast told us β€œJust got home from a 7 night session on Mallard lake with Jay Crosby. We ended up with 22 cats to 64lb and a 22lb 8oz carp, which was my new PB. Jay did his PB with his first cat which was 60lb. I fished in peg 12 and finished with 16 cats, 3 of them were 60s , and the carp. All our cats were caught on Target Catfish mackerel pellets, red pellet plus and terminal tackle. Thanks again to all the staff at Wintons for making us northerners feel so welcome. See you all next year πŸŽ£πŸŽ£β€ Great to see you Pete! Congratulations on the new PB’s. For info Target Catfish is available in our shop to members and non members

David Rudd Jnr and Jake Edwards August 23

David Rudd and Jake Edwards told us β€œGreat 5 days on Mallard spent with Jake Edwards 12 cats in total for me with the biggest being 62lb with the others being 26 51 55 56 47 48 52 49 55 46 and a smaller 20ish lber . Jake had 7 cats with his biggest being 58lb. The average weight of cat was 51lb which I would say is amazing. 2 carp (22 and 26). The weather was relentless and wasn’t pleasant but catching and being by the lake made up for it. Thank you to Paula Andy Stu Mike Harry and Mo for making Wintons such a enjoyable place to be. Great to meet both Kelly’s, Phil Dave and Andy. thanks for all the tips. I shall return soonπŸŽ£πŸ‘ All cats and carp on Target Catfish total carnage pellets and boilies. Thanks James Hill for sending them down done the job”

Matt Pollack August 23

A great start back after work got in the way for Matt Pollack who told us β€œFrom the last 3 recent sessions on Kingfisher. Big Grassy 35.04, Ethers (third time capture) 35.06, 2x spawned out commons 27.02 and 26.04, Tiger Koi at 24.14, Tigers Mate didn’t weigh but low 20 and the 14lb cricket bat common.”

Phil Cochrane 2 weeks on Mallard July 23

Phil Cochrane finally finished his 2 week stint on Mallard Lake telling us
β€œGood morning ladies and gentlemen
Friday morning and trying to get a couple more cats before the competition 🀞. 09:30 and the right rod springs into action and I’m into cat number 28πŸŽ£πŸ‘ just as Andy Jenkins was walking byπŸ‘ it wasn’t a big cat but he helped land weigh 33lb and photographs πŸ‘ before carrying on his merry wayπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. A couple of hours later at 11:30 the right rod again called fish on and I’m into cat number 29 πŸŽ£πŸ‘ this was a little bit bigger πŸŽ£πŸ‘ and put up a a bit more resistance but was soon resting in the netπŸ‘. Photographed and weighed 44lb4ozπŸŽ£πŸ‘.
Lunchtime bite time approaching could I get to 30 cats before 15:00 πŸ€”πŸ€žsadly not and my session was over 😑.
I’m in the competition so till got 48hrs fishing but from what swim is the big question πŸ€”. It’s all down to the lauck or bad luck of the drawπŸ€”. With the weather going from bad to worse with 50mph winds and torrential rain coming from the south west ideally want to be on the opposite side of the lake🀞🀞. The draw done and I’m in swim 17 πŸŽ£πŸ‘πŸ‘ which means the weather will be coming from behind me πŸ‘πŸ‘. Just a small matter of moving swims before the rain πŸ’¦πŸ’¦. Well didn’t quite make as I got soaked πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ’¦. All set up and waiting for the start as the rain and wind we’re getting stronger by the minute πŸ’¦πŸ’¦β›ˆοΈπŸ’¨πŸ’¨.
Friday night and apart from having to witness two fish for Glyn Jones swim 19 the second being 77lb12oz nothing for me.
Saturday and the weather was deteriorating πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¨πŸ’¨ not very pleasant for swims 1,2,3,7 & 10 πŸ’¦πŸ’¨πŸ’¦. There were the occasional fish coming out πŸŽ£πŸ‘. It wasn’t until 19:00 and it was my turn to have some fun as my right rod was away and I’m in not a massive cat but a blank saver πŸŽ£πŸ‘.photographed and witnessed by Tim in swim 16 38lb8oz πŸŽ£πŸ‘it’s a startπŸ‘.
Sunday 03:00 and the right rod woke me and I’m into cat number 31 my second cat of the competition πŸŽ£πŸ‘. This one didn’t feel to big at first πŸ€” but it soon woke up and made a strong powerful run towards the boathouse πŸŽ£πŸ‘πŸ¦Ύ as it turned it headed towards the reeds in swim 18 at which time I’ve got to move my left rod out the way and my rod pod so I can play the cat and not get wiped out😑. It tried going under the tree to my left and into the snags🦾 it was putting up one hell of a fight and now I’ve got to net it πŸ€”. I with it being shallow water 1 foot in front of me I could only just get it’s head and belly in the tail just didn’t want to follow 😑😑. So I placed my rod down β€œbait runner on” grabbed the net and with my right hand started to hand ball it in the net πŸ˜‚ nearly going in headfirst myself πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Job done πŸ‘this better be worth the struggle πŸ€”. So I got everything ready to photograph and weigh and woke Tim to witness the fishπŸ‘. On trying to get the fish out it almost broke my wrist and pull me in again 🦾😑. Successfully out and in the sling she weighed 77lb12ozπŸ‘. Which tied with Glyn’s cat for biggest cat πŸŽ£πŸ‘. There was no further action for me unfortunately but I did get a prize for equal biggest cat πŸŽ£πŸŽ£πŸ‘.
Including the competition I had 31 cats all caught using Catfish Bait UK Mack Attack pellets and pop ups. And one scaley thing πŸŽ£πŸ‘.
3×20 6×30 4×40 10×50 4×60 4×70 and 23lb linear scaley πŸ‘πŸ‘.
I’ve had a great couple of weeks on the bank and would like to thank everyone that assisted me over that time. Thanks guys you know who you are πŸŽ£πŸ‘πŸ‘
Thanks to Mo,Paula,Stu,Andy,Mike,Harry Pratt for making Wintons Fishery a great place to fishπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ£. I will be back πŸŽ£πŸ‘.
Untill the next time tight lines stay safe.
Phil β€œthe beard β€œ

John Helder with a banging session July 23

John Helder had a terrific session with a mix of cats and carp telling us β€œWell, had a fantastic 2 weeks on Mallard lake. First week was all catfish, the carp were well quiet. The water was very warm, can’t moan. 66lb was the best catfish with 3Γ—501b+…2 Γ—40+ and quiet a few 30″s and 20’s, great bit of action on my carp gear. 2nd week cooled down with a couple days of rain. And Mr carp started showing. The best was 36lb, followed by 33lb+..27lb + 26lb and 5 other carp over the 20lb+mark..absolutely made up. Thank you to Phil Cochrane for all your help this week, and a big thank you to everyone at Wintons fisheries,love the place. See you in September. πŸŽ£πŸŽ£β€