Hi folks and Happy New Year from everyone at C.C.S. Well the last month in 2014 turned out to be another cracker. Though it was always going to be hard to top the November we had we gave it a good go and did pretty well I’m sure you’ll agree. The start of the month gave me some time to go out on the lake and try out some new areas. This is something I love doing as I am always looking for the next hot spot and find it hard to stay in the one area (even when its fishing well) for any length of time. There is always this nagging feeling that I may be missing something better somewhere else and I just have to take a look. Now don’t get me wrong more often than not it ends up producing nothing but every so often you find a gem so it makes it well worth the effort. So I tried out a couple of new spots with not a great deal of success catching only smaller fish but there is one area I will definitely take another look at in different conditions. Come the second half of the month I had decided to fish an area next to one of the houses we have for rent right on the banks of the lake. The reason for this was that the agents that I work with in Holland were coming over for the Christmas period to fish from the house and do some filming. I had only fished here a couple of times before, but over the last 4 months if I passed I had been dropping some bait in the area. The weather had been pretty consistent over the month so far with warm sunny days with little wind and the temps dropping away at night. This was about to change in a couple of days’ time with a wind picking up from the south with a good bit of rain and low pressure, just what I had been hoping for. The first day before the weather changed produced one fish which was a bit of a strange one as I thought it was small but it turned out to be just under 20kg. It was not your typical Orellana fish as it was very short and fat but they all count and it was nice to get off the mark in a new swim. The next day the weather had changed and I had heavy rain and a warm strong south wind blowing right into my face. Very nice though I could have done without the rain. Now I am going to be honest and tell you the full story. The truth is the first run I got I lost the fish right in front of me with no-one to blame but me. I was totally shocked as it has been such a long time since I last lost a fish and to do it like that was good reminder not to get too bloody cocky. I am going to say nothing more about it as once they are gone they are gone and that’s it move on you cocked it up end off. There is nothing pisses me off more than these anglers who go on and on about how they lost this and that big fish. Anyway it was only 45 minutes and I got the chance to redeem my early mistake. It was absolutely pissing down when on my middle rod I had a very slow pick up which is usually a good sign so it was on with the wet weather gear as quickly as I could and out to the rods. Soon as I lifted the rod and put some pressure onto this fish it was off and I was into a good fish. After another classic battle with these incredibly strong Orellana fish that just do not give up I was over the moon to have it safely in my landing net. Now I knew it was a good fish but it was not until I tried to lift it from the water to the unhooking mat that I started to realised just what a monster it was. By this time I was pissing wet through but none of that mattered as it turned the needle on the scales right round and was jumping about between 62 and 65lbs I could not get it to settle and the more I was trying the worst it got to be honest. So it was sacked and a proper weight could wait until the morning when I was dry and had stopped shaking. As it turned out in the morning it came in at just over 28kg and bang on 62lbs and with not a mark on it in tip top condition which is pretty much how every fish is on this unbelievable water. I would just like to say a big thank you to my mate Heiko who came down early the next morning and helped out with the pics etc. I had one more fish before leaving but only a small one at 15kg which is still a nice fish when you consider this is meant to be winter fishing.
It was now the Christmas week and the Dutch had arrived and gotten a day’s fishing in before I made it onto the lake. They were fishing from the house and I was back in my spot round the corner. As it turned out they had a busy 5 days with action right from day one though they missed their first 2 runs. That was all forgotten as their next fish was another Orellana monster at 26kg and was followed by 4 more fish the right side of 20kg and one just under for 5 days fishing. Now at the same time I was not doing quite as well but I still managed 3 fish over three nights fishing with them all coming in at 15kg plus or minus a bit. In fact it looked like the same fish every bloody time.
It’s been a fantastic second half of 2014 with this quite unbelievable lake just seeming to getting better and better as the years pass and what a way to finish the year with fish over 30kg and some just under. Well what can I say winter fishing on Orellana not bad eh!
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