May & June 2011

May & June 2011

Over these last two months, work around the pond has slowed somewhat as the fishing is becoming slowly more regular. The very dry weather over May and early June certainly took its toll on the water level with the trees and plants growing fast. The Norfolk Reeds are becoming taller and the sides of some of the swims need regular trimming. The Lillie's are now producing their regular white flowers in abundance and it will be interesting to see what the fish catches are like around these areas which provide shelter and security for the fish on the warmer brighter days.

The few bright, hot days at the end of June certainly saw a lot of fish cruising in the upper layers. The abundance of Rudd, and some of a good size, was encouraging along with the carp stocked at the end of April. Seeing the life in the pond in this way certainly makes ones efforts worthwhile.

The Coot families are growing fast, with all of the still present algae providing a packed larder for the water birds on the pond. The Canada geese have been returning in the evenings with their young, just to spend the night, before returning to the rivers the next morning, The Egyptian geese occasionally fly in to spend time here. There have been seven at one point, although these were probably some of the young birds from last year looking very much adult now.

The first series of evening matches have taken place on the pond this year on a Wednesday throughout June. Although the weights have not been big in terms of catches, two hours fishing in the late afternoon can be most enjoyable. The Tench, Bream & Crucians are now starting to show to the pleasure anglers, with some of the female Tench heavy with spawn. The extra 200 Tench from the Environment Agency are eagerly awaited but no delivery news as yet has come to light.