Martin Smith very kindly organised a trip to the ever popular Farmoor 1 reservoir on the 22nd April. The party consisted of Stuart Nicol, Barry Jones, Ken Giles, Martin, Julian Campbell, Tony Woods, Roy McAdam and your truly.
Eight of us met at the Sailing club and were fortified by bacon sandwiches or a full breakfast before commencing our fishing although Tony and I paid 50p extra to have ours delivered at the lakeside later by the bank ranger – sheer luxury – take aways at the waterside.
The water was incredibly clear as usual and whilst a few buzzers put in an appearance the fish were slow to switch on. A gentle right to left breeze helped us although the wind did strengthen as the day went on to make things more tricky. Some fish showed early on but then it became quite a struggle despite the valiant efforts of the assembled experts. One or two of us moved around a little to try and locate fish but the reservoir was not at its best. We were lucky initially as the banks of dark cloud looming on the horizon managed to avoid us but sooner or later we were going to get wet and so that proved to be the case with some nasty little showers accompanied by squalls.
Eventually, Stuart, Martin and I decided that a tough approach was needed and moved to the windward and quite choppy bank. Instant success and all three of us caught several fish and quite close in as well. Casting was tricky but worth the effort. See the picture below of a very happy Stuart with a lovely 6lbs fish.
Almost everyone had some success which is always pleasing on what had proved to be a really challenging day. I know that we all enjoyed the day and thanks to Martin for his organisational skills.
Towards late afternoon the weather took a turn for the worst and and a good hailstorm ensued – see below.
This proved the final straw and even the most hardy packed in and headed for home. All in all an enjoyable day spent in good company with plenty of banter as you might expect.