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Reports for Season 11/12

March 12

 

 

 

 


Dodds Farm

Last thursday I paid my final visit of the season to Dodds Farm. Fished the lower lake, beautiful bright sunny day which warmed up nicely after a very chilly start. No sign of any carp moving so I decided to float fish with double red maggot. Laying on I had quality roach and rudd to around 1lb all day. This was only interrupted when a large carp scooped up the bait. unfortunately after an amazing tussle it slipped the hook after about 10mins. I really rate this water as one of your best and can not wait till next season.

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Windmill

30/3/2012 I got to Field lake at 5.30pm and fished till 8pm ,fishing with fly rod with dry fly this is the 2nd carp of the trip 1st carp is mirror of about 8-9lb i didnt have my scales so I think the common is about 17 –18lb


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Straits Mill


Beautifull day there yesterday - shame there were no fish! (A cruising pike was all I saw). Had two rods out, popped-up boilies on one and alternated between float and q-tip on the other with pellets, corn and bread, all to no avail. I was on the swim immediately below the car-park. A member opposite on the riverbank side was catching a few. Although I've had the odd individual good fish in the past (incl a 2.5lb Crucian off the 'point' many years ago) I've never had great days there. I think its a water where you have to put in the hours to get to know it.

Alan McNeil

 

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Southminster

I fished Southminster (pit 6) today and my only fish of the day was this fine Mirror Carp which weighed in at 18 and a quarter pounds.
It fell to floatfished luncheon meat on 8lb line. After a tiring 12 minute struggle I eventually landed it and after weighing and photographing returned it carefully to the water.

I had several small bites afterwards but nothing positive. Nevertheless I went home a happy bunny!

Peter French

 


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Barleylands

First time fishing at barleylands Farm, only just signed up for a membership, 36hour session and caught a 19.8Ib mirror carp at 4:00am just in the margins.

Date Of Catch: 25/3/2012

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Rectory

Had a nice day yesterday at Rectory upper lake. I was the only one there. Was busy all day on the float, mostly with small Roach but had a great scrap from an immaculate 6lb 4oz Common in the morning and lost another about the same in the afternoon. Was pestered all day by Sticklebacks. Even when I switched to cocktail baits on a size 10 they were still impaling themselves and god, are they tricky to unhook! Perhaps the lake could do with an injection of Perch to reduce the numbers.
Cheers - Alan McNeil, Chelmsford

 


 


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Straits Mill

First day fishing at Straits Mill as I only joined 2 weeks ago. Had a fantastic session, 5 fish in all. All fish caught from the point swim. Pick off the bunch was a stunning 18.5lb Mirror carp caught in the margins. My thanks to a un-known gentlemen who assisted me with the net on the mirror Carp and to Geoff Latham for recommending the swim.

Neil Weller.

 


 


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R Stour

Caught this 12lb Pike on a float fished dead Roach on 05th March 2012 from River Stour at Sudbury. Looks a lot bigger than 12lb in the picture !!

Ian Mott

 


 


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Willow Mere 1/3/12

A beatiful spring like day at Willow Mere produced 3 carp float fishing in the margins. I started with a 15lb 8oz Common, followed by a 13lb 6oz Mirror and to rounded the day off a Common of 18lb 10oz. No fin damage to any of these (see my article from New Years Day).
Be warned though, the thick weed that frequents this lake is already growing fast and will probably hit the surface before March is out!

 

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Straits Mill

I fished Straits Mill last Sunday 26th Feb and chatted with Geoff the fisheries officer. He asked me to submit the attached picture of a 17lb pike I caught on 12th December 2011. It took a ledgered smelt and was caught within two minutes of my first cast. Nothing happened for the rest of the day.

Cheers, Dave.

 


 


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R Roding

Arrived at the Roding 19/2/12 at 8am with John Lesurf, John decided to fish the oak tree downstream of the bridge and I decided to give the irons a go upsteam. Arriving at the irons swim I noticed the water had risen at least 12 inches from the previous days rain but it had a good colour so I decided to give it a go. After an hour of running the float through the swim and biteless it was time to move swims so I started to walk upstream dropping into various swims and trotting through, but still nothing after 4 hours. John came up too and he had not had a sniff of a bite either, by this time we were both at Billericays boundry at Traceys Farm. We decided to walk back down towards Shonks Mill with John showing me all the swims he has cut out ( top job John ) Getting back at the bridge I noticed the colour was dropping fast from the water so I gave it a go back in the irons, John had to go as he was going for a meal with friends. I run through for another hour and a half but still nothing so I said to myself a minnow from under the bridge is a must to avoid a blank. Running the float through and feeding I managed to pick up a roach and what a welcome sight it was. I carried on feeding and trotting and picking up roach every other run through the swim and after an hour I managed 23 roach and 1 lost chub. By this time it was 4.15pm so I crossed over the bridge to give the oak tree a go. A handfull of maggots and a small nugget of liquidised bread went into the peg and 1st run down resulted in a 4lb 2oz chub, to say I was pleased was an understatement. I repeated the same and after 4 or 5 runs through another chub graced the net, not as big as the last but this was still a good fish. Another 3 chub came after the 2nd fish taking my tally to 5, what a day. 23 roach and 5 chub awesome best day on the roding for years and all in a space of 2 hours.
Lee Tomlin

 

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Straits Mill

On Wednesday 15th Feb I visited Straits Mill to find both lakes frozen solid. By mid day there was a small gap melted just enough to fish through (the third swim of the large lake – down from the car park). Single maggot caught some small rudd and perch. A small float fished live bait caught a jack pike and then at about 3pm a second take took line off under the ice. Three runs later and a 10lb pike was on the mat.

On Saturday 18th Feb I returned with my son Sam and a camera. The ice had gone but the wind and rain made conditions challenging. We set up on the small lake towards the far end. We both began well catching small rudd shallow with maggot. It seems that once these bites dry up a pike will have moved into the swim. By mid morning we had both landed small pike and Sam had lost a bigger one by the net. Just after lunch I had a take and managed the biggest pike thus far at 13lbs. Picture attached

Peter Yates

 


 


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January 12

 

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Straits Mill

Caught this 16llb pike on ledgered dead bait (Lamprey) at Straits Mill on Jan 30th

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Willow Mere

It was a case of Happy New Year with this 18lbs 2oz carp caught on New Years Day from Willow Mere.
This is the 3rd carp I have caught from this venue (I have photos of the other 2) that appear to have been deliberately marked with a 'tail notch'. What a shame that someone has mutilated such a beautiful fish. Get a life!
Graham Gallear

 


 


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November 11

 

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Straits Mill

Myself and my dad went to Straits Mill. It Started off very cold and frosty in the morning but I managed to pull out a 12lb common, it was a no show on the pike front with spinners or dead baits but 1 of the dead baits came back with its belly chewed up possibly eels. Other than the common no other fish came out for the rest of the day

Jonathan Shirt

 


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Laundry

A chilly day at Laundry Lake today, Monday 28th Nov. Norman & I arrived early and were lazy in taking the car park swim. Rods were in by 7.45 then out again then in again, not unsurprisingly all very quiet. Target was to get Norman a 20lb+ before the end of the year and things weren't looking so good as the hours passed by without so much as a beep, not even from the Crays! However, Laundry never lets you down if you stick it out and at 5.10pm Norman's alarm made a poor excuse at a beep and the bobbin bobbed so he struck. Success.....after getting the magnificent mirror on the mat the scales registered a fantastic 23lb exactly, mission accomplished! A few pics attached.
Gary Alderman
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Willow Mere

I look my 7 year old daughter to Willow Mere (only her 2nd time fishing) and she was so pleased to land 2 pike, the biggest was 3lb 10oz and the smaller one pictured here 2lb 2oz caught on the pole.
We had a lovely day in glorious November sunshine.

Adam and Holly Conway


 


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Laundry

A gorgeous Mirror caught at Laundry Lake yesterday (9/11/11) evening at 5.15pm. Weighed in at 25lb 7oz but it felt a lot more. Couldn't weigh it properly as I was on my own, very dark and I was was holding the torch in my mouth (lost head torch!), whilst trying to hold the weigh sling! Felt more like a 30 so I will just have to try and get her again!!

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Asheldham

Went with my mate Trevor to Asheldham on the last day of october.As it`s local and a lovely water we fish it quite often.I was rewarded with this splendid 15 LB 8 oz carp and another about 5LB.Trevor had one around the 7LB mark.Can`t think of a better way to spend an October day.

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Southminster

I have attached a picture of my 8 year old grandson Adam Nash-de-Villiers with his first ever carp. We were fishing on the 26th at Southminster. He was float fishing maggot on a rod given to him by fishery officer Bill Broom. The fish weighed 6lb 2oz and as can be seen by the picture he was pleased as punch with his catch.


 


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Laundry Lake

went fishing at laundryon friday, sun was shining ,but a chilly breeze ,not much happened all day but was rewarded with one splendid catch a pb best mirror carp 23lb 40z


 


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Armigers & Windmill

Had two good days fishing the first at Armigers getting battered by gale force winds and rain but found the lake to be very productive despite the weather, between myself my dad and my cousin we must have had nearly 50 - 60 fish the biggest being a 11.8lb common a very good lake to cut your teeth on carp fishing.
The second day was at swan lake again getting hit by the gale force wind initially we were aiming for the big perch but gave up on this by around 2 in the afternoon as none were showing, I changed rods over and pulled out a 10.5lb common not a bad way to end the day

 


 


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Laundry Lake

Had a long day at Laundry Lake yesterday with only one bite from 7am-6.30pm but worth waiting for. A lovely mirror weighing in at 22lb 7oz. Picture attached.

Gary Alderman


 


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Long Lake

Fished long lake Saturday 24 sep had 2 fish Friday a 12.8 and 15.12 second trip had this lovely 20.2 fully scaled mirror caught in open water


 


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Laundry lake 28-09-11


Foggy start to the day but the sun broke through for a beautiful hot day,caught a 14lbs 10oz mirror on a zig-rig early on then waited a few hours for my next a great looking common of 19lbs 8oz(picture shown) caught off the bottom followed by another common of 14lbs 7oz,my mate had a great looking mirror right at the death of 16lbs 8oz terrific day,sore sun burnt head though.
Martin Jameson


 


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Asheldam on Sunday 25/09

Slow going, only a few bites all day, but I thought you might like to see this perch - 2lb 12oz, taken on Lobworm.

Sadly I was fishing alone so this was the best I could do for a trophy shot!

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Laundry

Hi myself and my brother Graham had some good evening sessions at Laundry lake over the summer taking several doubles and three twenties.

I had a common at 20lb 9oz and Graham caught a new P.B. common of 25lb and a new P.B. mirror, the infamous 'Blackspot' at 27lb.


 


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Aug 11

 

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Willow Mere

Another evening session at willow mere and a new pb 19lb common carp


 


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Laundry

This is my new PB, 21 pounds from laundry lake


 


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Barleylands

A 48hr session at barleylands produced 14lb 2 oz common, 16lb 5oz mirror, a 22lb 3oz mirror, a 28lb mirror and to finish the session a 29lb 4 oz mirror, photo opposite.

Alan Evans


 


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Armigers

George hall 13 catching his first double carp at armigers on the 24/08/2011


 


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Asheldham

Me and my son Luke had a 12 hour stint at Asheldham, we got to the venue for 8pm and my son Luke had a fish Common of 11lb in the first hour. We had nothing all night, then from 5am till 7am Luke had another 7 fish, all doubles the biggest being this 15.5LB common.

Russell & Luke Stanton


 


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Windmill

Me and my son Luke had our first ever trip to Field lakes for a four hour session my son luke had four bream the biggest being 6.5LB and I netted a 13lb and 14lb all fish were caught on corn. HAPPY DAYS


Russell & Luke Stanton


 


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Barleylands

Hello I fished here last night and had a 27lb mirror carp.

Terry


 


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Laundry Lake

Went to the lake on saturday,hard going but I managed to winkle out a nice 20lbs 6oz mirror from the pads and christened my new mat.

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Laundry Lake

Fished laundry lake on saturday, with my mate Martin , bit wet when we got there, carp were showing well even coming into our swims. A hard days fishing but were both rewarded with a nice catch each , martin a very nice 20lb mirror , and a 17lb 15oz for myself.


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Willow Mere

Jjust had a great evening session at willow mere with my dad he only had one carp but I showed the way by catching a 9 pound 4 oz mirror carp and a 12 pound common both using bollies cast to the island

Ryan Holloway


 


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Thoby Wood & Dodds Farm

Fished thoby wood couple of weeks ago and had this lovely common 16lb 9oz in the margins freeline paste.

On another trip, my mate Glen and myself fished an evening at dodds farm bottom pond the other week Glen had 5 (Glen in pic) fish and I had just 1.
Glens fish in picture was around 14lbs the other fish we had wore all doubles around the same size. My fish was just over 13lbs. All fish caught on bread.

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Thoby Wood

On my first trip to Thoby Wood and my first session at a BDAC water on 20 July I caught this 23lb 4oz mirror. Along with this I had two more mirrors just either side of the 10lb mark and a 15lb 7oz common. I also had two Tench between 3lb-4lb and a 4lb 7oz Bream. A beautiful lake. I can’t wait to try some more venues.

Andy Stephens


 


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Laundry Lake

Hi, Norman & I had a session downat Laundry Lake last weekend. A long long day battling against the army like trained ducks and other winged wildlife swooping in on mass to empty the swim of any bait going! Day began at 6am and finished around 9pm and we only managed the one fish between us, a beautiful common weighing in at 19lb 6oz. Norman returned the next day and nailed a lovely 16lb 8oz common (no pic). A great venue, but be patient and enjoy the wildlife!

Gary & Norman

 


 


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Dodds farm

On the 6th of august I went for a evening session with my dad. I caught lots of rudd and perch and topped off the night with this cracking 18 pound 4 oz mirror carp using pop up maggots, this was the first time we had fished dodds farm what a great venue,

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Southminster

My name is Alfie Grosvenor i am 13 i've just started fishing. I arrived at southminster at 3pm with my grandad on pit 1 on 4/8/11, I was there for 4 hours and after 2 hours I landed this 21lbs 7oz with a bit of paste on a float in the margins.

 

 

 

 


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Thoby Wood

I was carping on Thoby Wood on 9th of July and caught this 21lb 04oz mirror, I have visited this venue a few times since.
I have managed a 19lb 04oz and a 14lb 12oz common as well though this venue is quite tough I do enjoy fishing here.

James Railton

 


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Armigers

Myself and my good lady went down to Armigers for the afternoon on Sunday 31st July. The weather was glorious and so was the fishing. We caught plenty of carp between us, Alex landing her PB, a Common Carp weighing exactly 10lb. Not to be out-done I had this lovely 15lb 4oz common. I heard someone round the lake say they had caught a fish just shy of 16lb so there were some nice fish coming out.

Can’t recommend this venue enough

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Armigers

On Saturday 16th July myself and a couple of mates went down to Armigers for a night session. Despite AWFUL weather conditions (meaning we only fished for about 5 hours in total) we had a great session with loads of carp (42 in total) being landed. Nothing of any great size but all put up a great account of themselves. A couple of the better fish (me with a 9lb Common and John with a 10lb) are attached.

This is a great venue with tonnes of Carp; a great place for anyone thinking of cutting their teeth into carp fishing.

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Laundry

Went to lake mid May with my mate Michael and caught 8 carp between us, I had a nice mirror of 22lbs 8oz and Mikey had a lovely 16lb common(photos shown) great day.

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Straits Mill

Had my first visit to Straits Mill today ( 12th July 2011 )
Brilliant day. Caught my personal best carp of 13 pound on the small lake on bread and then on the large lake a bigger carp of 16 pound on homemade boilie.
Also had a 1 1/2 lb bream and a 2lb pike that decided to eat the small roach I had just caught..

Excellent venue.

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Thoby Wood

Sunday 3rd July. I went over to Thoby Wood for a morning session with my Dad. We each caught some nice Tench but I capped the day off with this gorgeous 20lb 1oz common carp. This was the first time either of us had fished this venue and certainly won’t be the last. It’s a really nice place, a little weedy, but there are still plenty of clear spots to fish to. All fish were caught to feeder tactics fishing just off of lilies.

Dan McMahon

 

 

 


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Southminster

Had a wonderful 4 day session at Southminster on 15th-18th June despite the weather! Myself Norman & Roy pitched up camp on the beach bit of pit 1 on Wednesday and 4 great days/3 nights followed. Norman & Roy had a massive haul in excess of 50+ fish between them, primarily Carp but also some Bream and Tench. I managed a lowly 6 fish but everyone a beauty! Normans best of the session was a 13lb + Carp and a 12lb+ for Roy. Mine an 8lb’r. Weather was unpredictable and Friday was just a constant barrage of heavy rain and strong winds but we stuck it out to the bitter end and we’ll be back there as soon as all of the gear has dried out!!

Gary, Norman & Roy

 

 

 


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Etang des Landes

I have just spent a weeks fishing in France at the above venue. I was lucky enough to accompany Barry Cove (who won theChairmans cup) and his son Lewis on this trip. I have visited this lake several times before and have never been disappointed with the weeks fishing. On this trip Barry and Lewis both managed to beat their personal best several times Lewis now joining the 30lb plus club! As always Mary's food is out of this world!!

Unfortunately due to Paul's ill health I understand that this venue is now up for sale. I am sure all of us at BDAC wish Paul & Mary all the best for the future.

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Laundry Lake – June 14th 2011

On a hot day when it seemed all the Carp in the lake were on the surface, managed to ‘sneak’ this Common Carp out. Turned out to be a personal best of 16lb 13oz. Roll on the next outing!!

Barry Routledge

 

 


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Dyers Hall

Hhad a great time on this lovely little water last autumn with my partner Wendy who has just recently started fishing. We decided to see what carp potential dyers hall had to offer, being very close to where we live. We spent the whole of last autumn with the lake pretty much to ourselves for two months, with the exception of Brian the bailliff who was always pleasant to see and have a chat with. Thanks Brian, top man ! Between Wendy and myself, me with two rods and Wendy with one rod, we had eighteen different carp from 5lb to 16ib all in mint condition, some looked uncaught. It was productive during september up until late october and as the weeks passed the more fish came out as we built a swim up over a long period. We also had plenty of tench to 5lb and the best day we had six fish in total. Wendy beat her previous PB of 13lb 12oz from straights mill with a mint condition 14lb 14oz common.

The first day of this season I went back for a rain check and had a 23lb immaculate common which looked like the largest of the fish we saw in the margins last year. Ive
heard of a 25lb common out previously but seen no pics. Ive not seen anything remotely near to thirty pounds as yet. I would put a figure of around thiry carp averaging 10lb with one or two twenties. It could put up a surprise you
never know, but its a lovely place to fish away from the crowds if you dont mind a very long walk from the car park and can deal with lots of weed.. In my opinion its worth it, a little jewel of a water thats very overlooked, THANKFULLY LOL.

Although we are still members of Billericay and still visit
Dyers now and then, we have moved on to a Cemex water for the larger carp, Ive managed to have my first thirty and new PB and Wendy is still waiting for a new PB, Hope to see you again sometime Brian (hope you didnt miss Spring watch)

Best wishes, tight lines Dave N Wendy.

 


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Etang des Landes

Chairman’s Carp Cup Etang Des Landes visit.


Thought I would just drop a little report on my visit to Etang Des Landes at the end of May 2011 after my fortunate win in July 2010.
I went there with my son Lewis Cove & John Scraggs on the 28th May this year for one week. My first visit to this venue and indeed my first to Carp Fishing in France, and I must say that arriving on that glorious Saturday morning I was stuck for words at the stunning beauty of this place. A fantastic 18th Century Flint Stone Cottage overlooking a stunning  five acre lake sitting the most idyllic forest and countryside.
Between the three of us we caught 24 beautiful condition carp and 3 Tench. The Carp weights ranged from 5lb 3oz to 35lb 8oz being a mixture of Commons & Mirrors. The week started slow but soon gained quickly to some hard fighting fish. I myself broke my PB with a lovely 26lb 10oz Common and only to be out done by my son who after a hard fight bagged a lovely 30lb 3 oz Mirror. Don`t think i will hear the last of this!!!!
John however had the largest of the week with a 35lb 8 oz Common, one of many Thirties that he caught & then also a lot of mid to high Twenties for us all.
The hospitality we were shown by Mary & Paul was second to none, the food was out of this world!! Not a scrap of food left on our plates all washed down with a nice drop of Red Wine. The facilities at Etang Des Landes are superb and clean with nothing to much trouble, Mary & Paul certainly know how to look after their guests and are a credit, many thanks to them.
I will certainly be going back to Etang Des Landes and highly recommend that you do so too.

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My name is Jamie Sutton , age 13 and I was fishing with my granddad on Friday 3rd of June we got there at 9 o’clock and I was amazed by what i had on the end of my line it was a 20 lb carp I caught this fish on a bit of pop up corn . Before I had this amazing fish my granddad lost a very big fish around the 15 lb mark. We caught some small fish as well it was a great day out.

 

 


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Straits Mill

I was fishing Straits Mill, Braintree on the 27th of May. Me and my Dad arrived at the lake at 7am and there was already 3 other anglers fishing on the lake. The weather was overcast and drizzling. I decided to fish the swim just down the right hand side of the car park and target the carp and my dad was to target the silver fish. At 9 o’clock I had a severe drop back on my left hand rod but that was all the action till midday. The little lake was situated behind me and I had been throwing in dog biscuits most of the day and there was 2 carp which were feeding confidently, I reeled in my rods on the main lake and within a minute of casting out a surface rig I was awarded with a dark hard fighting mirror of about 9lb. I then recast my rods in the main lake, 20 minutes past and then I received a screamer on my left hand rod which turned into a hard 20minute fight and a lovely 23lb 3oz mirror. I recast the left rod again and didn’t have time to sit down and I had another screamer again on the left hand rod, another hard battle ended in a 20lb 5oz linear, a stunning fish fin perfect, the mouth on this fish looked as though it hadn’t been caught in a while. I recast my rod again and within an hour my left rod was off again, which turned out to be a small common of 14lb. I had to wait 2 hours until I had my next fish and again was on my left hand rod and which also turned out as a common but of a better size at 18lb 2oz, after that I received no more fish but I can’t complain with 5 carp including 2 20s. My Dad caught lots of small fish including a nice bream of 5lb and a few nice perch and roach.

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Straits Mill

Being a new member and coming back to modern day fishing after 35 or more years and being a fully paid up member of the ATGANI Club ( All the Gear and No Idea), I fished the small lake at Straits Mill on Saturday 28/5 totally unproductively from 0900 til 1600hrs and on the last retrieve of the day, this chased my sweet corn and pellet on a No 8 barbless on a lb. line .... No idea of the weight as I am also short of scales but judging by my unhooking may it was about 30 inches long ..
 
It turned a pleasant day into a great day
 
Forceps and scales are now on my list in case it happens again
 
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Windmill lakes

On 22/5/11 my dad and me visited swan lake(his suggestion). I wasn’t too keen as last time we fished it the water was very low
and the bottom was breaking up.However,what a difference! the water was still a little low due to 8 weeks of no rain, but the place looked a picture with irises and ox eyed daisy. Despite the gale we did ok, I had a carp 9lb 10oz and numerous roach and a couple of skimmers and my dad had a carp the same size and two bream,6lb 10oz and 6lb 2oz. Thanks to the committee for opening a month early.what a treat.
thanks to the committee for opening a month early.what a treat.
                                                Steve wallis
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Jackletts Farm


I Caught this 27lb common at Jackletts Farm on saturday 20th May at 6.30pm. I would just like to say that the baliffs have done a fantastice job and made this a really nice venue to fish.
 
Also thanks to my little help Jamie aged 12 who helped me net this lovely carp.
 
Dave Faulkner

 

 


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Bicknacre


Sorry for reporting so late,but on the last 2 days of last season(30th-31st March) me and my fishing partner Steve fished Jackletts Farm 7.00am Weds-8.00pm Thur. Alas,we did'nt get our preferred Beach Swim(Some one beat us to it by 20 mins), so we went round the other side and fished the double swim with the steps leading down to it(about a 10 ft drop). We both caught 2 small carp each (Small Halibut pellet, plus PVA bag) casting just past the weed bed (about 30 yards out) and also lost a couple each (they do know where that weed is the thickest). At 11.00pm Weds,on my favoured method, beefed up float tactics (10lb main,8lb hook length with starlite) down the margins, I hooked and landed a 12lb Common (small worm). Then at 2.00am (Thurs) on a 1 inch slug (which was climbing up my brolly) I hooked and landed,after the fish had beaten me up for 25 minutes,a superb 26lb 12oz common (on my float). Landed,weighed and safely returned, all by myself,as Steve had decided to have a few hours kip in his motor (sods law,no one to see or photograph my PB). A very nice note to end the season on. 

Darren Kneller

 

 


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Jackletts Farm


I Caught this 27lb common at Jackletts Farm on saturday 20th May at 6.30pm. I would just like to say that the baliffs have done a fantastice job and made this a really nice venue to fish.
 
Also thanks to my little help Jamie aged 12 who helped me net this lovely carp.
 
Dave Faulkner

 

 


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Laundry


I went down to Laundry Lake today, 21st May.  I arrived at 6am and it was still with a mist covering the lake,it looked most impressive. I went in a swim about halfway along the left hand side bank.  the rods were in and fishing by 6.30am but 6 hours came and went without so much as a beep.  I decided to change from zig rigs to my mate Normans secret bottom hook bait  combo and lobbed it in a couple of rod lengths out, just near some reeds to the left and within 5 minutes the line tore from the reel and I had hooked a beauty.  It took a while to get her in and fortunately the gents in the next swim kindly came over to land it for me.  In to the weighing sling she went and she registered a PB for me of 27.4lbs of pristine common.  Happy days.  A further 6 hours passed without another bite but one of them a visit will do nicely! 

Many thanks to Duncan & Paul for their help and photo taking.

Gary Alderman

 


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Southminster

Another visit to Southminster this weekend (14/15/ May) but this time on Pit 1.  Norman rules the roost with another collection of lovely Carp (3 Mirrors & 2 Commons) weighing up to 10lb and 3 nice Tench.  Roy also weighed in with an 11lb+ Mirror and a Bream and Tench.  A bad one for me, a lonely 6oz Rudd!  A fine weekend though and the rain kept away.

Gary, Norman & Roy

 


 


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BarleyLands

 

09/05/2011. I arrived at Barleyland farm at 09:30 and set up . Keith Collard was talking to me  and told me to try plastic sweet corn,  so after he went that was what  I tried. Around about 13:45   two  other members turned up.  I was talking to themand my alarm went off.  I ran to my rod and pulled it up, the rod bent over, fish  on.  I  knew it was a big fish. It puledl all around the lake and went toward the water pump,  I thought  it was going to get tangled around the power cable so I kept my rod very high and the fish went over the top the cable,  thank god.  20 minutes passed, the other member netted the fish for me,  it was a 21lb 6oz mirror PB    I asked theother member to take the photos for me and he obliged.   My camera did not work so I had to used my phone,  if I was by myself it would have been difficult to take a  photo of the fish. I would like to say  thank you to the other member.

karl Woehrle

 

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Hicks Farm

Had a nice session at Hicks Farm on 2 May 2011. It was very windy so I had to fish the pole short but it didn't stop me catching fish. Had the usual bag of small roach and gudgeon plus about 8 carp to just over 4lb, the biggest is in the photo. Also had a tench of about half a pound. Most fish caught on luncheon meat.

Dave Woollard


 


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Southminster

Just joined BDAC together with my mate and we ventured off to Southminster for the first day/night/day  of the BDAC season.  We arrived @ 4.30am on Sunday with only 1 other car in the car park.  A choice of 8 pits was before us and after having a little walk round plumped for pit number 3.  We parked up at the far left end of the car park and had the double swim there.  First impressions were what a lovely place it was and we weren’t disappointed.  I had the pleasure of catching our 1st fish, a lovely Rudd at around 9.30am.  Shortly afterwards my mate got the first of his 10 Carp haul starting off with a lovely 6.5lb mirror and then gradually reeling them in up to a 12lb common (2 mirrors and 8 commons).  In between I managed to get 2 carp, one @ 14lb and one @ 10lb.  The favoured bait was a cell boilie tipped off with fake corn.  My 14lb’r was got close in on the right hand side under the overhanging branches, the majority of my mates was from the far margin.  A few he got in the night/early hours were from the middle and  every fish was in lovely condition.  All in all a fantastic day/night/day and every person we met and spoke to were extremely pleasant with only  good things to say about the venue.  Shot off around 10.30am Monday morning to earn some brownie points with the wives and we shall be returning very soon!  Few pics attached.

Gary Alderman,Norman Darling


 


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