I thought I might do a quick post showing you the lakes that me and Brian have been fishing recently. These pictures were mostly taken in Summer 2011. I will add some pictures later on of a few of the fish we've been catching but first, just the lakes so you can see the beauty that we have been surrounded by recently.
These first few are of Stoneham Lakes. These lakes are right near us and are private- they belong to the club that Brian is a member of. We can fish here whenever we like and not pay a daily charge. We like it here. They have carp up to around 30lbs in the top lake and up to around 20lbs or so in the bottom lake. As well as the mirror, common, ghost and crucian carp they also have pike, perch, roach, rudd, tench, bream and eels.
These lakes at Stoneham are beautiful. We are always surrounded by nature. There are often over 20 or so species of birds flying around including cormorants, ducks, several types of geese, swans, coots, moorhens, jays, kingfishers, tree creepers, nut hatches, seagulls, robins, various types of tits, birds of prey, herons and we even had a parrot recently! Admittedly, it was an escapee but it still adds to the tally!
We also see plenty of deer which is nice. Sorry for the awful, highly zoomed photo, but here are 2 deer we saw not that long ago:
During Spring and Summer, there are a huge amount of geese and ducks on the lakes at Stoneham. The Canada Geese and Greylag Geese nest there and we get huge numbers! They have just turned up again and will be breeding soon. The babies are so cute but can cause a nuisance to fishermen for obvious reasons! Here are a couple of pictures showing the geese:
This is another lake we visit occasionally called Witherington Farm in Salisbury, UK. It is a great lake complex and I love it there. This photo was taken in November 2011 and we actually had near on 20 degrees sun that day. It was a strange winter for us in the UK- very mild.
I hope you enjoyed looking at these photos. I'll be back soon with some fish photos!