Temple Lake Latest Catches week ending 8/10/17
A move of swims from peg 11 to peg 9 transformed Karl Jansen’s season, helping him to catch the lake’s largest fish, Nemo, at a near-record 42 lb 15 oz (see the fine photos below, taken by bailiff Sam Sawyers).
Karl admits he has struggled this season on Temple, landing his first fish only three weeks ago, and he couldn’t believe it when he looked into his landing net and saw Nemo, his fifth fish of the year.
The famous mirror is a new personal best for Karl, who has fished Temple for several years and has landed ‘thirties’, including Friar Tuck, Two Tone and the Double Row Linear, along with multiple hits of ‘twenties’.
He was on the bank when Nemo came out at its record weight of 43 lb 3 oz just after the Christmas break in 2015, ringing the fishery to have the fish officially weighed for Martin Goddard back then.
This latest capture is Karl’s first UK 40-pounder, and it took a 16 mm wafter on a 48-hour session, during which he also had a 20 lb 1 oz common.
On his previous visit he had landed three ‘twenties’ to 26 lb 12 oz and an upper double from peg 10, again after a move, on Mainline Cell bottom baits tipped with a home-made pop-ups in open water.
Nemo’s best weight this year was 43 lb 1 oz in June, just prior to spawning, and by July the fish was at 41 lb post spawning, which was the last reported capture until Karl’s.
Nemo seems to be at its biggest weight just after Christmas, which means a potential fishery record at the end of the year.
With Nemo out this week and Two Tone last week, there is a good chance that The Ghost, last reported caught twice in May, will put in an appearance, as those three often come out at about the same time.
Also in action on Temple was Graham Collins, from Croydon, who had a 23 lb 3 oz mirror carp from peg 12, on an 18 mm Active Bait Solutions PLAN B boilie over Cray Valley Baits freebies.
PLEASE NOTE: LEAD CORE IS BANNED ON BOTH TEMPLE AND THE OLD LAKE. PLEASE SEE KEN IN THE SHOP FOR FURTHER DETAILS.