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Catch Reports for Season 2012/13

March 13

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R Wid

On Friday 8th March I fished the river Wid at Writtle. The river was flowing well and filling with coloured water - due to it raining all day. Temperature was still mild 11 - 12 degrees and little/no wind. Some banks were very muddy - making those swims dangerous/unfishable. Despite all this,due to work, this would be the last chance for me to fish before the close of the river season. The tactic here is to remain mobile, take the minimum amount of gear and remain in each swim for no more than 25/30 mins. Small/strong hooks are ideal for single maggot and a 10’or 12’ ‘top action’ rod helps to cope with the overhanging bushes/underwater roots.

I found fish in most of the swims downstream of the bridge. Some good dace with chublets, small roach a large gudgeon and a few minnows (no perch). All fell to trotting a 3BB stick, tripping the hook along the bottom and ‘drip feeding’ 3-4 maggots at a time. The biggest chub, just under 2lb, was taken beneath an overhanging bush in the first fishable swim of the last field.

At one point a kingfisher, perched on a tree opposite, looked accross at me as if to say ‘why are you bothering, when all you do is put them back?’ All in all well worth getting a soaking for. Sorry too wet for photos.

Note : take a long handled net as some fishable banks are 6’ high.

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Laundry lake

Went over to the lake yesterday 7-3-13 with my mate and although it was raining constantly and cold I managed to winkle out this superb common carp of 20lbs 8oz. A liking for sweetcorn was its downfall and it put up a good fight,as you can see it is in fantastic condition.
Martin Jameson


 

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Straits Mill

On the 01/03/13 I visited Straits Mill for a short afternoon session; I managed to catch a carp in the cold conditions. As the light was beginning to fade the rod screamed off and landed this 14lb stunner.

George Shorten

 


 

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February 13

 

 

 

 

Hicks Farm

Fished Hicks Farm on sunday morning for a few hours. Part of the lake was frozen, so fished the top end of the lake. I caught some nice roach on corn and lost a good carp close in. My friend who was fishing with me also caught some nice roach and landed a nice 8lbs mirror carp on light float gear on free line worm. Great fishing on a cold winter morning


 

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Armigers

Fished all day from 9am until 4pm with nothing happening. There were three rods in the water between two of us and we had three bumps, my brother caught a small bream and soon after this was gratefully banked. A half dozen others were there and as far as I could hear from the grumbles of people going home, no-one got so much as a bump. One stalwart was still legering as we left. This mighty carp was caught on single sweetcorn and method. We were on the double peg opposite the car park. It was very muddy, especially on the path down to the corduroy section across the stream and it defeated a couple of chaps trying to come that way. A very enjoyable day, especially when the sun came out, only more fish could have improved it. My first day as a new member and looking forward to the year ahead.


 

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January 13

 

 

 

 

Southminster

Went to Southminster on Wednesday 30th January 2013. Fished Pit 1 - sunny with overcast cloudy conditions, temp about 10 degrees. Strong wind pushing current into swim. Caught 3 bream each weighing in at about 1lb each. Noticed all swims on Pit 4 were under water.

Andy Pestell


 

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Southminster

Went to southminster pit 6 for the day relatively cold but no rain. Had two small commons. Which was two more than some. Just goes to show that you can still catch them in the winter with little effort. Sorry no pics

Ray Worth


 

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December 12

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Saturday 29th December 2012

Just had to get out before the end of this year and do some fishing. We hadn’t been to this venue since last spring so I decided to have a go at a winter carp or two. Dad was going to fish the river. However, due to the amount of rain that proved impossible. He eventually settled on the smaller lake. The weather forecast was for heavy rain in the afternoon and high winds, so on arriving at 8.00am I tucked myself under a brolly, with a good book, in the ‘point’ swim. To the right hand side (at the 2 o’ clock position) there is a gavel patch/bar which was the other side of a thick weed bed. This was to be my main ‘catch zone’.

I put in two handfuls of boilies and used a snowman rig over the top. A second rig went in to the left and the wait began. It is obvious that an awful lot of work is being undertaken by the fishery officer/bailiffs at the moment. This is much appreciated and will benefit the club greatly. The wildlife seems to love it too. A Robin spent all day rooting through the leaf litter behind me and the sight of a hawk dipping over the tree tops was superb. By lunch time nothing had taken. Time for a re cast and refresh of baits. It was only then that I discovered the left rod had been tangled all that time and wasn’t fishing – no wonder I hadn’t caught. The bailiff came about and boosted my confidence by telling me ‘not much has come out for a while’. That means the fish must start to feed some time soon. Although the wind was still blowing the rain had not yet started and the temperature was around 11 degrees

About an hour later the right hand rod gave a single ‘bleep’ and indicated a drop back. I wound down and struck and felt a thud on the end of the line. It ran out into open water and gave a brief fight. A flat backed, low double dark common was on the mat. Re bait and re cast. Where there’s one there’s more. By 2.15pm the rain had started but 15 minutes later the same rod indicated a slow take. A much better fight from this fish, taking me first hard to the right – trying to get amongst the overhanging trees – then staying deep close in and burying its head in the weed bed. This one was a mid double and was also a dark common. I had decided to stop fishing at 4.30 pm. At 4.00pm the deluge of rain stopped and at 4.25pm – with almost everything else packed away, including the left hand rod, my right rod for a third time sounded again and lead to a mirror weighing around the 17lb mark. These 3 fish finished a lovely wet and windy winters day fishing and a good end to 2012.

PS : My Dad managed loads of small Rudd. Three good Roach and a Pike of 6lbs.

He said they all fell to red maggot fished 18” deep and a good distance/cast out.

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2nd December 2012
waking up to -4 degrees isn't much fun when you plan to go fishing but with all the planning the day before and what swim you think could produce a fish or two it leaves you no option but to get out and carry on what you set out to do. On this day I planned to fish the river Roding between Tracey's farm and down stream of shonks mill bridge. Arriving at the cafe at 6.30am I was expecting to see the French bailiff of the Roding John le Surf but as it was -4 degrees he decided to stay in bed for another hour, maybe he's not a stupid as me but I planned to go early and finish at lunchtime so was up for the challenge regardless of temperature. Eventually John turned up half asleep still but we had breakfast and made our way down to the Roding. The lanes were like sheets of ice and at one point I thought of turning around and admitting defeat but eventually we arrived at shonks mill bridge and I decided to park in our car park and start at this point, John drove further up to Tracey's farm and walked down to the river. The river was around 18 inches higher than the norm and still fining down from the previous weeks rain but it looked spot on for a bite. The frost was so thick on the ground that everywhere you walked it was impossible to be quite as a loud crunching sound embarked with each step. Starting out at the oak tree I threw a pinch of bronze maggot into the swim and ran the stick float down, the centre pin was peeling off perfectly and as the float was just near the end of the swim it buried and my 1st fish was in the bag ( a minnow ) but I'm sure I was 1 up on the Frenchman. After 3 more runs down the float buried again and this time it was a small roach around an 1oz which I was quick to swing in and let john know that I've now had 2 fish. After this fish something strange happened and I couldn't get a bite on anything I did so it was time to move upstream. Arriving at another swim I did the same as before, a pinch of maggots and I ran the stick through the swim, this time the float buried at the end of the swim and I was into a good fish, after playing the fish back up through the snags I slipped the net under a nice looking chub that went 3lb 4oz on the Avon's. Another pinch of maggots into the flow and the stick was running through the swim again and this time the float buried before the end of the swim and another good fish was hooked but this was bigger and put up a really good scrap and snagged me twice before I slipped the net under another cracking Roding chub, this fish was a clonker and weighed 4lb 14oz on the Avon's. Trying my luck again in this swim I ran the float through with maggots and had no luck so I pinched on a piece of bread flake and bang I was into another fish but this time there was no stopping this one as the fish managed to break my 4lb bottom in the snags. I had been at the Roding for 2 hours and had 2 chub a roach and a small minnow and a lost fish, could it get any better. I walked back down along the river by the road bridge and met J ohn who had had a couple of roach but nothing big so I decided to have a run through under the bridge and after 3 or 4 runs through the roach came on and from that point it was a fish every trot down, the fish were averaging 2oz - 6oz.
I fished for another 2 hours and decided to call it a day with 2 chub 22 roach and 8 minows but not a bad day considering the temperature and the good company of john lesurf.
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R Pant

Had a day on the river a few weeks ago to try out my first centrepin. Fished the first swim over the footbridge. Conditions difficult with lots of leaves a debris but started with a couple of Dace to curried-maggot at the end of the trot. Thanks to the bailiff who came along and told me about the deep hole just downstream. Alternating between stickfloat and simple leger I accounted for three Perch - biggest about 3/4lb. I'm a novice at fishing running water and will definately need more practice with the 'pin, but a good day all the same.
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October 12

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Straits Mill

Young Jack Plesance aged 7 was fishing Straits mill at Braintree, with his big brother Adam 10 and there Granddad Chris, when Jack hooked into this 15lb mirror carp, a terrific catch for a 7 year old by any standards, but more unusual was the fact that Jack was fishing for Pike at the time with a 5” diving plug, caught squarely in the mouth his granddad helped him land the fish, but what was even more remarkable is the fact that 2 hours earlier he landed a 10lb Carp in exactly the same manner and the same plug, he did say that he was going carp fishing next to see if he can get a Pike.

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Bicknacre

A GOOD BAG , APPRX. 15LB OF QUALITY ROACH FROM BICKNACRE, MOSTLY ON CASTER
A FEW ON PELLET, GOOD WEATHER , GREAT FISHING.
REGARDS STUART MACKENZIE


 

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Dodds Farm

I caught 2 beauties on October 10th on my weekly afternoon / evening trips to Dodds farm, a 16lb common fell to popped up Tiger nut and the 20lb common to another flavoured pop up!
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Two 20 lb+ carp I caught last Sunday at Straits Mill using orange coloured boilies on a running method rig.
The Common was caught around 6.00pm and the other at 9.00 pm,just as I was starting to pack up.
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Mountnessing

After a sharp ground frost, I ventured out to Long Lake around 9am, for a quick Perch session in the bright morning sun. I've seen some good sized Perch chasing the Rudd in the margins all summer, so I fancied trying to catch one. I started off with a float fished lobworm and baited up with some small pellets and ground bait. I had a few dips on the float, but no takes. I then switched rigs and ledgered a lobworm in the margins, surrounding the area with a few pellets again. About half an hour after that cast, I had a huge line bite, followed by a screaming take. This was no Perch or Tench, but a fully scaled Mirror Carp, which weighed in at 24lb 3oz, my personal best. A lovely fish and immaculate, apart from a split left pectoral fin. These fish have really put on some winter fat and I'm convinced there's a thirty lurking in the depths. My friend Colin, also took a chunky 15lb Common from the smaller Old Island lake on luncheon meat later in the afternoon.

Neil Stanley (aka Zigah Crew Anglers on Facebook)

 

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River Roding

I fished the Roding today and there was frost on the ground and the river was high. I fished a well known swim at Passingford bridge with legered lobworm. I caught a 3lb perch and one over a pound and one about 4 ozs. I didn't weigh the 2 smaller ones however with my reubens I weighed the largest, a new pb. I also fished yesterday and blanked about 300 yrds away. 3 weeks ago I had a 2lb 2ozs perch near to the bridge.
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On Friday 5th October I caught this 15lb 4oz Straits Mill common on a single hi-viz pop up cast towards rolling fish in deeper water in the centre of the lake.

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Went over to the lake yesterday(2-10-12) and managed to catch these 2 beauties, a common of 17lbs 6oz and a mirror of 19lbs 9oz both caught on sweetcorn. Unfortuanetly my mate lost a nice common at the net but was a good afternoon.


Martin Jameson

 

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September 12

 

 

Dodds Farm


I caught this 22 pound carp from Dodds Farm on Sunday I also caught an 18 pound mirror and a another lovely 21 pound common it was a great day.

 

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Southminster

A good couple of days at Southminster on 19/20 September. Roy & I caught a number of fish between us, ranging from 6lb up to 16.5lb (pic attached). All were carp, commons & mirrors, and all in lovely condition. Set up camp on pit 1 on the Beach swim, very comfortable. Also had a few Bream between us as well.


Gary & Roy

 

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Southminster

I had my best ever day today at Southminster. My best fish was the Mirror Carp shown here that weighed in at 15 and a half pounds. In addition, I had 21 other carp including 4 Commons at 12 pounds a-piece and 2 Commons at 10 pounds a-piece. The remainder were a variety of Mirrors and Commons averaging 7 – 8 pounds each. There was also a solitary Roach of roughly half a pound.

All of the fish fell to float-fished Luncheon Meat.

Peter French

 

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Here is a nice Bream I caught last month at Southminster. It weighed in at just under 6lbs and I had several Tench averaging 3lbs in the same session. They all fell to float-fished Luncheon Meat.

Peter French

 

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Thoby Wood

This is a photo of a common carp I caught at Thoby Wood Sept 1, I was fishing at the lilly pads at the end of the lake,this is the best carp iI have had from the lake this year at 26lb ,it was caught on essex carp baits method mix and 10mm pop up. Martin with the red van

 

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August 12

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Willow Mere

Visited Willow Mere Saturday 25th August and had 3 carp biggest this lovely 19lb common caught during the thunder storm.
Alan Hudson

 

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Armigers

Saturday 25th August. A Good day at Armigers as usual. Sam Harman Junior member with 11lb 11oz common as part of a seven fish haul, Dad managing 12 in 6 hours . Waters fishing well despite heavy storm.
Roy Harman

 

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Shalford

A beautiful day on Shalford lower pond today. Fish coming in all day to simple waggler with soft pellets, paste, corn, worms and bread all working. Crucians and Roach to 3/4lb and Commons to around 4lb, a Gudgeon and a Chublet - I'd guess 30-40 fish in all. This was my first re-visit after re-joining the club and it wont be long before I'm back again
Alan McNeil

 

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Laundry lake

Went over lake yesterday (7-8-12) with my mate Michael,great fishing weather for a change this year.We managed to catch 5 carp between us with Michael catching the biggest fish a mirror of 15lbs 6oz (pictures shown) after snapping up his chocolate boilie.
Martin Jameson

 

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Windmill lakes

Colin and I had a quick afternoon session on Long Lake. The weather was warm and sunny, sometimes overcast with a little wind. After baiting up the far margins and one in close, we had four good carp: a 12lb common, two 15lb commons and a 18lb 7oz fully scaled mirror. I also had two tench to 3lbs on boilies!!

Neil Stanley

 

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July 12

 

 

Parsonage Farm

I went with a mate to Parsonage Farm on the 24th of July in order to do a bit of roach fishing, by way of a change from carp fishing. It was nice to get back to my roots of light line, small hooks and a match rod. I had last fished this place about two years ago and found it had changed a bit with a lot of rushes at the margin. We found a spot past the platforms and started to fish, the roach did not make an appearance but the Rudd did, at first I was catching small fish but as the morning wore on and the baiting method of liquidized bread, the odd ball of Sensas Lake ground bait and loose fed sweetcorn and caster made themselves felt, the size of the fish improved. By 1 o clock it was time to go as it was getting very hot and we were losing the tree cover, I can say that I had probably had the best mornings Rudd fishing ever. I had some 60-70 fish with a fair sprinkling of 4-6oz fish and some two dozen fish of the 1/2lb mark along with a couple of Perch and a Tench of about a pound. I had a short spell catching some of the better Rudd on the feeder with red worm but that didn't last long. I lost a very good fish that I can only assume to be a large Tench, I was fishing a Lobworm on the feeder just in front of the margin rushes when the rod bent double and line started to peel off the clutch. I moved down the bank to get an angle, to apply side strain in an effort to keep it out of the rushes but the knot failed at the hook. Never mind better luck next time. I think I will go back in the Autumn for the roach but I think I will take a weed rake this time.

Jeff Mason

 

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Straits Mill

Caught this on 9th July on a rainy day at Straits Mill mid afternoon. I guess it is about 5lbs but doesn't it look beautiful. Caught of method feeder use ground bait mix of green betamine pellet, brown crumb corn and green betamine ground bait from Dynamite baits. Hook link Korum Easy with two pieces of corn

 

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Straits Mill

Tench, weight 4Lb 3ozs. Bream, weight 3Lb 6ozs. Tench was caught on 6-7-2012 and the Bream on 11-7-2012. Both caught on float fished luncheon meat.

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Long Lake

Started surveying the lake around 06:15, with very little to go on as there wasn't any carp showing, just big Perch chasing the fry in the shallows. The weather was very wet and I was plagued with heavy spurts of rain all day. I settled on the NorthWest corner (from the broken foot bridge). The swim had overhanging trees either side, so I set up well back and plopped my bait two feet off the bank and waited. The field behind me had surface water running into the lake, which clouded up the whole back end. About an hour later, after loosing a small tench, the rod screamed off and I was into my first carp. After a five minute battle I landed an 18lb 9oz stocky common. The swim by now was spooked, so I baited up the adjacent swim and adopted the same tactics. Nothing happened for a couple of hours, but the rod hooped round and another nice 12lb 2oz common came out from the margins. Around 16:30, I decided to move swims and fish the last part of my session near the old bridge. Again, dropping my bait under a tree. Twenty minutes later, a beautiful 12lb fully scaled mirror was in the net. I called it a day by then, as I was getting rather wet!!! A great session and I'll be back for the huge Perch next time.


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June 12

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Lovely day on Pit 1 on Wednesday. Nothing big but a steady stream of silvers all day to simple waggler fished corn or red maggott two rods out. Mostly Roach and quite a few net-sized but a few Perch and a solitary Rudd too. In terms of numbers it was one of the best nets I've had in a long time. I was surprised to hear from the bailiff that oxygen levels were dropping fast. After the mixed weather I wouldn't have thought it would be a problem.
Alan McNeil

 

 

 

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Laundry

I fished laundry lake the weekend of 7/7/12 and it was a very wet weekend, I waited all morning and made a little change to my rig and had a 12lb12oz mirror carp. I moved swims and then put a bottom bait in and within 30sec I had this stunning 14lb 15oz black mirror carp after that all I had was crayfish.

Jamie Sutton

 

 

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Kings Court

Today I just paid my first ever visit to Kings Court. Having dried out considerably I was able to drive down to the lake. I must say that if I was not able to do so I dont think I would have done the still long walk. I was very surprised to see so much weed on and under the water. I nearly changed my mind and went to Dodds but I thought I would give it a go. I chose a swim just to the left of the parking area which by the amount of weed on the bank had been well raked. My first rod I set up with a feeder baited with 4 maggots and two corn. My other rod I floated. very deep around 12 foot to the weed bed, bubbles were fizzing all over. I got a take on my feeder and latched into what I thought was a decent tench but to my surprise it was this very nice 2.5 lb perch . The bait had been taken by a roach and this in turn was taken by the perch. I went on to catch another 5 perch of around 1.5lb on the unfortunate roach. Lot of small roach/rudd/perch on float. Quite a nice morning, if some weed control could be put in place and a bit more comfy swims for us pensioners, im sure this will now prove popular. If you try this venue watch which way the wind is blowing. two men started fishing at the end and had to move after an hour because the surface weed blew in and made their swim unfishable.

John Shaw

 

 

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R. Roding

Fishing at River Roding, Passingford Bridge on Wednesday 20th June, using maggot and lobworm cocktail. PB Perch, no scales available but approximately 2 3/4lb, while fishing with my
mate Jimmy Cooper on our first visit.

Norman Birch.

 

 

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May 12

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Mountnessing (Long Lake)

I arrived around 2pm and met up with my friend Colin, who was fishing the bottom end near the closed foot bridge. Fishing one rod each to the opposite margins, Colin hooked into a lovely 16lb common on a boilie bait fished around a few free offerings. I then missed a take from the far reedy margin, but managed to land another fish, which was a fully scaled mirror at 12lb 7oz. We then moved to the top end of the lake and saw a huge fish in the margins a foot off the bank around 20+lbs!! I then hooked into another fully scaled mirror at around 14lbs from under a tree, before leaving at 6:30pm. All fish caught on boilies, with a scattering of chops and pellets. A short but productive session on this very pretty lake.

 

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Straits Mill

Fished Straits Mill a couple weeks ago and landed these lovely carp. Had a common and a mirror from the point, then had a lovely mid double commom from down the channel. They all fell for a bright popup on a chod rig fished in the silt with a scattering of boilies

 

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Straits Mill

Decided this season that I was going to set my sights on the tench from the big lake at Straits mill, decided to fish a swim that hasn’t been fished tor some time, mainly because I closed it as the old tree was in danger of falling ove,r it already had dropped a large branch into the swim, it was cut down the week before.

8 o’clock on the 2nd May saw me at the water’s edge I would of fished on the 1st, but it was raining, I must be getting soft in my old age.

I had expected to connect with a few carp, but as the water was coming in from the river at a fair rate of knots, lots of the Carp were up the other end of the lake trying to get into the river

The result of the day was two 5lb+ male tench so off to a good start, one was in poor condition but I could not recognise a specific problem, the other is in the photo. The following Friday I fished the opposite end of the Lake. No Tench landed, but I lost one very big Tench as the hook pulled out as it rolled, that’s Angling

 

 

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Southminster

Well the three of us from the Zigah Crew, revisited Southminster after a long long time. We settled down to the far bank and fished the margins and reed beds, which due to the high water level, made for some good features for the carp to explore. This was one of the hottest days so far this year, so naturally a lot of carp weren't bothered about feeding and just lay on the top. Dave had the first fish from under a snaggy tree, then I had one from a foot off the bank under my rod tip. This followed into two more fish each and by 6pm, Paul had two as well. All typically 5lb - 8lbs, not the biggest fish in the water, but they are long and lean and fight well for their size. Looking forward to coming back soon for a night session like we used to do back in the early 80's.

Tight lines!

Regards, Neil, Dave & Paul.

 

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Straits Mill

On 21st May I caught this 18.6lb common. I also had a tench at 4.5lb and another common at 16.4lb. This was my first visit to the lake and fished from 12.30-6.00. Great lake.

Chris

 

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Straits Mill

18th May. This is was my frist session there this year and I caught two lovely looking black commons. The first one was a 12.4lb and then at the end of the session a 17.9lb stunner! Great lake and friendly people.
George

 

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Southminster

Ben Johnson, aged 14 caught this 21 pound carp from pit 6 at Southminster on 12 May, his new PB

 

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Windmill Lakes

Caught this on my first visit to Windmill lakes, Field lake. A lovely 12.5lb ghostie caught on strawberry zest from Mainline.

Alan Hudson

 

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Straits Mill

I fished Straits Mill yesterday (8 May,) it was a nice day with some showers. This was my first serious attempt at the carp in the main lake and what a day, on my first cast I caught and landed this fine 22lb 8oz common carp then went on to hook and lose several more fish.

David M Yeoman

 

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Barleylands

I had this 19lb mirror carp today 7th may 2012 at barleylands. Its not huge however it was caught on an avon rod with hair rigged maggots on a 14 barbless hook to a 6lb hooklength. I would not fish this fine but I was going for barleylands smaller residents. It equals my best mirror from barleylands 6 years ago. Thanks to matt for the photo.

Andrew banham

 

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Windmill Lakes

On the 6th may I popped over swan lake,for my 1st trip to this lake this year and within 15 mins of starting fishing with one rod it jumped off the alarm. 10 mins later I had the carp in the net, an 18lb common. Essex carp bait method mix and 10mm pop up pineapple perils

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