Fishing News from 2011

30th.December As we approach the end of 2011 The carp have started feeding giving Colin a good end of the year with a brace of nice commons. Some healthy Pike fishing has produced a good number of fish,the best being a 13 lb.cracker. Lets hope the new year stays ice free.

 20th.December. Yesterday it looked like we would be frozen for Christmas.Yet today around the lake it could be a spring morning. Very strange weather. The forecast looks good for the Christmas break so hopefully see you on the bank.

14th December. Plenty of rain at last but not many anglers,I think they must all be Christmas shopping.

1st December. Temperatures still double figures, looking back to this time last year we were frozen solid. The carp and Pike seem to like the mild weather with some good fish caught. James landed one of those lovely ghost carp at just over 15lb. Theo took a good picture of the 11lb. pike he caught, I will put the picture on the sight shortly.

 22th.November.A misty damp but mild week.Carl enjoyed the change in the weather and landed a lovely 24lb.Mirror Carp.Pike and perch still giving good sport for all.

14th.November.The autumn colours this year are stunning, only matched by the beautiful golden shine of a 25lb.leather caught by Colin on Sunday. The pike continue to delight and this weekend a few nice Perch were taking the bait.

.7th.November. A funny old week, mild as you like then buckets of rain. The pike loved it, with some cracking fish being caught by most of our pikers. The Carp were far more picky with Rich landing a couple of good fish mid week but once the rain arrived they went and hid. However, today I saw a couple of good fish feeding in the shallows.

30th.October. Some good Pike continue to be caught. Today a first timer to Shillinglee landed a lovely female at 21lb. She fought like a demon, tail walking much of the time.

24th.October. Richard an old supporter of Shillinglee returned this weekend and broke his P.B. of 25lb. when he landed one of the big girl commons. Lucky him, he certainly had a grin from one side of his face to the other. A first timer to Shillinglee also broke his personal best Tench with a cracking specimen at 8lb. 

21st October. A good week for our Pikers, Matt who is a regular caught three nice Pike today the smallest was 9lb.3oz. and best at 16lb.3oz.Nice Perch also showing.

17th.October. Carl has a break in his busy work schedule, and fits in a visit to Shillinglee at the weekend and lands one of our starburst mirrors at 24lb. The Pikers are kept busy with a good number of doubles and some nice perch.

9th.October A happy chappie caught a stunning 26lb.Pike today, his comment said it all when he claimed it was the best fish in his 30 years of pike fishing, his enthusiasm was electric. and great to hear.

1st.October PIKE SEASON STARTS TODAY. A good first day with several nice Pike caught the best being 11lb.

30th.September. Another good week for carp with four good twenties and a nice selection of the mid doubles being caught. Domonic took the best of the week when he landed a big girl mirror. Keith ended his lean spell with a couple of Tench both above 7lb.

 18th.Sept. We have been away for a few weeks. As they say when the cats away the fish will play. Simon landed one of the big ladies. Andy took a superb big girl and loads of good double figure fish were caught. Richard and Paul catching four good doubles in the space of 4 hours yesterday. 

29th.August. A good week for some, not so good for others. Mick landed 4 nice carp the best a stunning 26lb.mirror. Theo started a new tactic wearing only boxer shorts and it seemed to work with three nice carp including a remarkable common. picture to follow.

24th August. Dan and Ryan visited Silverdale for the second time after much pleading to be taken fishing again after last weeks success. Once again they had a wonderful time catching the gorgeous Golden Rudd that abound in this small water. With mum throwing in a constant stream of small pinches of bread the fish were none stop over the boys floats. A small size 16 hook with the smallest flake of bread resulted in a bite every cast. Obviously all the whoppers got away but the boys were loving it. They have both learnt to cast now and are even getting the hang of carefully unhooking their catch. Any angler wishing to take a youngster for their first session couldn't go wrong on this little water 2 to 3 hours of fun catching their first fish and even the most games hardened youngster can be prised away from their Xboxes, for a little while at least.

21st.August.The last week has been fun. Taylor succeeded in landing 4 carp in a morning three good doubles in the catch very unusual for Shillinglee. Carl who was back after a while away has not lost his touch with a lovely 18lb. Common Carp. Good Rudd and Roach fishing continues.

14th.August. A cracking few days for Carp in particular. Several high doubles with Andy suffering indigestion from his lunch when he landed one of the big girl mirrors at 2pm yesterday. Clive on his second visit to Shillinglee this year, landed a pretty 18lb.Common. Simon continues with his success with one of our lovely golden Common Carp.

9th.August. Steady fishing for all species. Steve Andy and Phil all catching good carp at the weekend. Simon returned yesterday and landed a perfect 19lb.Common and an equally stunning 16lb.Ghostiem Most of the carp are coming from 10 foot out  from the bank. Tench continue to give pleasure to everyone. I think it has been the best Tench fishing for a long time.. After many years of me ranting on about the stunning Roach and Rudd, we are finally having roach anglers visiting us, Andrew from Merton saying" its the best roach fishing water he knows at present". Long may it continue.

26th.July The carp are buzzing Simon takes a superb linear carp at 20lb and two hours later a 26lb. leather carp. Ross returning after 10 years away lands a 20lb. mirror. His friend Theo also caught some nice roach and Tench.

25th.July. A good weekend for Carp and Tench. Dom after three weeks away working, returned on Saturday and landed one of the elusive big girls. She was a stunning Common Carp in top condition, which is not surprising as the last time she was caught, was over a year ago, prompting the question where do they hide for all this time? Dom also landed a large 7lb.Tench to crown his day. Andy continued the success landing six Tench averaging 5lb's he also landed two common carp both hovering around 15lb. Long may this good spell continue.

18th.July. Three nice carp caught this weekend. A pretty 15lb Ghost Carp landed by Richard,  a 17lb Common and a 12lb.Common put on the bank by Graham, together with some cracking Tench and the pole anglers have been taking loads of Roach and Rudd many well over 1lb.

11th.July.Richard had both rods go of at once, a lovely Tench gave him a real fight then the second rod went off with a huge 2lb.Rudd.Simon had some fun on the canal pond where Tench are the main species however he ended up with a young carp but he was still happy. The big girls are jumping but are still playing hard to get.

1st July. Dominic's good fortune  returned, with him landing a pretty 20lb.Mirror,it stood out in that it had a bluish tint to its scales compared to the golden colour normally caught this time of the year. Big lob worms seem to be the bait on form for the Tench, with several fish caught over 5lb.

22nd.June. Angus after some fair time landed a stunning mirror carp at 21lb.His face tells the story.

11th.June.Yesterday saw a couple of nice carp both around 20lb. Graeme landed two nice Tench one at 6lb.15oz. the other at 6lb. A newcomer to Shillinglee landed a perfect 2lb.2oz. Roach a p.b. and the best witnessed Roach this season.

1st June. The bank holiday ended with some nice Tench. Charlie landing two, both around 6lb. Simon also caught Tench but his crowning glory was one of our stunning ghost Carp the first ghostie he has caught from Shillinglee, he has sent me the picture and I will put it on the site shortly. A first timer to Shillinglee who travelled down from Greenwich christened is first visit with a lovely 21lb.Leather Carp. June has arrived with some stunning weather, lets hope the fishing will be as good.

28th.May The week has been quite busy, Roach Rudd and Tench have been giving anglers good fun but the carp have had their heads down on the naturals that are abundant at this time of year.

16th.May We have been away for a few days and Ben has looked after things, by all accounts Tench fishing has been good with several 7lb.+ fish landed. This Saturday Theo landed his P.B. mirror carp at 22lb.10oz. Simon landed a 29lb Mirror last Monday from deep water. He fished the Canal pond on Saturday and landed a dozen nice young Tench. On light tackle he commented "what brilliant fun it was."

3rd.May. The bank holiday was reasonable for most of our anglers and was exceptional for one newcomer to Shillinglee. Within 30 mins. of casting he landed his P.B. Tench at 5lb. 30 minutes later he hooks into and lands one of the big girls, half an hour later cigar smoke was drifting over the lake. I wonder if it was a Hamlet.

29th.April. The wedding day was busy, with the morning producing 7 carp above 12lb. Phil landing the biggest at 24lb Domonic with a 23lb.and 12lb. Simon takes four fish ranging from 12lb. up to 18lb. Pictures to follow. Tench were also playing ball. The afternoon was full sun and the fishing tailed off. Looks good for tomorrow.

 26th.April. A true summers day in April. The bank holiday provided good fish on two of the days with three Tench over 8lbs. and five carp between 14lb and. 23lb.

 19th.April. The last few days feel like spring has arrived .No big girls have been caught but several have been teasing our anglers with tale jumps and  showing off. Carl landed a nice 18lb.Mirror Carp from the middle of the lake and Richard caught a lovely linear carp at 19lb.8oz. from the top of the lake. Mick lands the biggest Tench this year at 8lb.8oz. picture to follow. He also hooks into a lovely 18lb.common carp and goes home a happy chappie.

12th.April. The last few days has produced some nice fish. Bailiff Andy landed two mirror carp 21lb.and 24lb. both coming from the deep end. Simon yesterday at only his second visit to Shillinglee this year caught a cracking 27lb8oz. common carp followed by a 11lb. youngster from the Shallow end proving yet again that the fish are in both deep and shallow water. Tench fishing has really started with six fish over five pounds that I heard about the best caught yesterday at 7lb.8oz.

4th April A wonderful spring weekend Dan who has not fished for six weeks returned and landed a 17lb common and 22lb common on Saturday. James who last fished Shillinglee in July last year  caught a super 17lb.Ghostie and a 25lb.lightly scaled mirror. Well done to you both. The water is starting to warm up and plenty of fish moving about.

28thMarch. Warm spring days at last. Charlie made his first visit to Shillinglee this year and happily landed a 17lb.Mirror.Toby and his friends visited us today and caught 5 pike between them mostly male fish, the girls were probably laying their eggs.

20th.March. The weekend has been stunning but the nights were cold and clear the moon was huge,  apparently it is the nearest to the earth this week which is having an effect on the tides, I wonder if the fish sense this, certainly it has been good for some, with Carl landing a 17lb and a 24lb common on Saturday. Steve a fairly new angler for Shillinglee cast out Sunday morning within 30 mins. had landed an 18lb.8oz. common, and at lunch time Carl lands a lovely lightly scaled Mirror at 24lb. Pike also were caught in the margins.

18th.March.  Doms back and lands a pair of mirror carp one 11lb. the other 15lb. both striking in their condition and scale patterns, Big girls for the future. 

10th.March. Andy a fairly new angler for Shillinglee, has been putting in the time and it is starting to pay off, with an 11lb. mirror carp on Tuesday and 18lb.common carp today. Well done Andy.

  8th.March. Paul arrived yesterday the sun was shining, he was confident that the weather was right for Pike .Rather than sitting in the winter sun he chose a shady spot  in the laurel, where the temperature was not much above freezing. I thought he was mad. You wait and see he said. I want one of your big twenties today .He certainly did that , landing the biggest pike since the 40 lb pike four years ago . It came in at 27lb.8oz. It was in peak condition and gave Paul some real sport. Next time Paul feels that confident, I am going to buy a lottery ticket.

7th.March. The weekend was bitterly cold some of our best anglers were struggling, finally late Sunday afternoon a 16lb.Common was landed in its superb golden syrup winter colours.

4th.March. Back to cold and north east winds. Toby and his friends caught several nice pike between them, the best being 11lb.

 24th.February. The carp continue to play ball with three more good doubles landed, the best being 19lb6oz.

22th.February. This last couple of weeks have been challenging for our Carp anglers, but perhaps all is about to change. Today Dominic was back, and succeeded in landing his P.B. Mirror Carp, she was one of our big girls, caught mid morning. Dom tells me he caught the same fish 18  months ago and it weighed 33lb. then. We do not publish fish weights above 30lbs.but I can say it has packed some weight on in the last year. He also landed a very pretty 10lb.Mirror  and a 15lb.Common Carp. Well done Dom.

 18th.February. Another good week for the pikers, with three fish caught over 10lb. The best today was 12 lb.4oz.

12th.February. We have been away a few days and Ben has looked after things, by all accounts the fishing has been good. Toby had success with five Pike including three doubles the best being 15lb 8oz. Yesterday an angler returning to Shillinglee after two years and lands a nice 18lb 8oz, common carp. Already today a nice looking pike was landed near the outflow culvert. The fish seem to like this milder weather and so say all of us.

 6th.February A very windy weekend but one Carl will remember. He landed three carp two high doubles and a striking mirror at 25lb.(picture to follow)  Three newcomers to Shillinglee opened their account with some nice pike the best being 14lb. But perhaps the best of the weekend was the roach angler that landed several large roach, and the one I helped with must have been nearing 2lb. A true Red Fin Shillinglee  special.

3rd.February. The lake looks wonderful, fish bubbling, birds singing and ice gone, almost spring-like!!

30th.January.The beginning of the week saw a very coloured lake, by the end of the week it was bitterly cold, despite this Paul landed his first carp of the year a lovely youngster weighing in at 16lb.. I do not adam and eve it, The lake is partly frozen again, still ice free swims available.

17th.January. Very wet week but the pikers liked it with several good sized fish being caught, the best was on Friday with this

8th.January.   Domonic is our first angler for over 6 weeks, he lands four Carp from 13lb. to 23lb.His comment says it all. "Its good to be back catching fish." Four newcomers to Shillinglee were pleased with the Pike they caught which included 10lb and 13lb specimens.

7th.January. Finally we are there. So as they say" Lets go fishing."

5th.January.We are nearly there with the ice melting fast, I think it will be clear by Friday. Perhaps surprisingly I saw a good sized fish in the boat house today.