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only joined the club this season,and,only recently rediscovered
my "passion" for angling, I have to admit that I
thoroughly enjoyed the chairmans challenge held on 19/20th
was fishing just along from the eventual winner Mark Tucknott,
and witnessed all his fish during the 24 hour match. For a
while I thought I was in with a chance after landing a beautifully
conditioned common carp of 17lbs, but, as most people will
already have read in the newsletter, it was my only fish, as
the heat and then spectacular thunderstorm seemed to conspire
would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mark, and
everyone else who took part, whether they caught or not, for
their perseverance in the prevailing conditions, and, encourage
everyone to have a go, as the competition element added an
edge to what would have been a frustrating weekend session
otherwise, not to mention being able to help a very worthy
cause at the same time.
the competition I have only fished here three times, and have
caught an 18lb common and a 16lb mirror carp, plus a 6lb bream
on a boilie!
I have been fishing here quite a lot
in recent weeks, mostly evenings after work, and although I
have not been deluged with fish, I have only blanked once.
In conversation with some other members about
the lake we inevitably come to the subject of the amount of
weed, comments normally take the form of "there's too
much weed, I'll wait 'till it dies back a bit", well yes
there's a lot of weed, but it just makes it more interesting,
and makes you think about your choice of method and tackle!
I have found that by not using a ledger
rig, but just 3 swan shot on my mainline allows me to fish
on top of the weed and get fish out that I wouldn't normally
have a chance at,.so go on try it, its great fun ,and when
you get that fish out, large or small, the sense of achievement
is very satisfying. My fish from here averaged 10lbs.
fished a weekend session here in company of my wife and another
member I know only as Glen, on the hottest weekend of the year
in more ways than one!
had five takes, despite the heat, but lost two in the lillies
the fish I did land averaged approx 9lbs (we won't mention
the duck that took a floating dog biscuit, eventually released
had fourteen fish averaging about 10lbs over just under 24
hours! I'm not going to tell you where from you'll just have
to try it for yourselves.
(hopefully,as I'm new to this computer lark!) are some pictures
of some the fish that I have had over the last couple
of months, from Bicknacre and Barleylands, and believe me if
I can catch like this then you certainly can. so go on, get
out there and do it!
lines to you all
Hodgson September 03
Thanks to all the people whom I have met who were only too willing
to share their experience and advice with me.
As a new
member I hope to try most of the venues, The four venues I've been
to so far I've had success, They are:
afternoon session at barleylands had a 13lb mirror & a
12lb common on strawberry boilie
25/08/03 All day session at old lake on windmill
complex had a
11lb common on a hair-rigged mini boilie
Morning session at Asheldham had a 9lb common about mid-morning
on hair-rigged pellet but due to the hot weather the lake went
very quiet so about
I went to Southminster lakes for the afternoon session after
looking around the complex I fished pit 6 & had a 7lb mirror & two
5lb commons all on hair-rigged pellet,
12th JULY 2003 Fished Armigers
for the first time last week what a session between four of
us we caught over 100lb of fish in five hours. Biggest fish
went to Samantha a 14lb mirror carp second best
a 9lb.9oz common caught by Ben, Stacey didn't catch any whoppers
but caught mostly 2-3 pounders ,best bait we found to be luncheon
meat we will certainly be coming here again.
The Allen family
Darren Wells, aged 12, with his
16 lb mirror carp caught at Armigers on Sunday 21st September
2003 . Darren tells us that it was caught on the top lake on
a warm day using floating bread. He was very excited and plans
to visit the lake again to see if he can beat this weight. He
would like to know if any other Junior member has caught a bigger
I have just spent the afternoon and evening
at Asheldham, in the company of my long suffering wife Fiona,
it was quite chilly and the wind really made us feel it.
When we arrived at our chosen swim we were
surprised to see a large bi-colour linear mirror carp porpoiseing
around the bay, however the afternoon was fruitless until 6pm,
when, just as I was checking out another spot, my right hand
alarm started to sound. A good battle ensued in the darkness
and 15 minutes later, after it had taken me into every snag around
the bay, a beautifully conditioned wild looking common carp was
in the net. It just goes to show that perseverance ,and a nice
lump of luncheon meat, pays off.
live a 2 minute walk away from the asheldham lake and fish
it very regularly I have floated fished at the lake with
maggots and have had tench and carp on paste ( the
Carp going to 9lb) as well as roach and rudd to 1lb 9oz.
I have fished more nights at the lake than I can remember,
on bite alarms and have had well ova 100 carp this season
up to the weight of 13 pounds mainly on tiger nuts and fruity
flavored boilies.. I have also been lucky enough to have
a few perch all breaking the 1 pound barrier and up to 1lb
9 oz. As well as fish the lake regularly I visit the lake
to check out swims and fish routes and have seen and landed
an 18 pound common carp from the lake. I am happy to help
out any newcomers to the lake who would like help on fishing
the lake just ask and I am usually fishing or walking around
the lake somewhere!
lines to all those who fish the lake, Dave Hall.
Apologies to the captors below
I lost their details
3½ lbs perch caught by Stan Carr
Kings Court Reservoir
Finch with a 3 lbs 2 oz perch
Little Easton Fisheries Rectory
cold and clear, but worth the trip! 2 carp of approx 8lb
Mark Wicks (2122)
had a good season so far at at Rectory Ponds my best fish
have been from the same swim in the bottom pond (
June ) many good Carp all weights all day then a
Mirror of 11lb 8ozs followed by a nice 16lb 9oz Mirror.
July ) Again a very good day then a Mirror of 11lb quicklyfollowed
by a new personal best a 17lb 2oz Common.All fish in good
condition. All caught on free running lead and hair
rigged halibut pellets.
Little Easton Fisheries Laundry Lake
( November ) tried
Laundry Lake one fish a good looking Common at 13lb 14ozs.
Just a short
I joined my daughter lucy this
season, I thought id show you he pb caught
at the laundry lake in the summer.
She was over
the moon, it weighed 12.5lbs.
The lake has fished
very well for me as well. Even a brace in the net at the same
Trevor and lucy walker
I have fished Laundry for the last 3 seasons
and enjoyed catching carp in a range of 6 to 15.04 lbs.
I have recently tried using running rigs on the last 2 visits
and have been amazed at the number of twitches and near takes
that my previous bolt rig did not register on my swingers. Whilst
I have lost more fish I also feel I am initially hooking more
as I now get more indication. On a short session ( I had agreed
to pick my son Tom up at Stansted Airport) on Sunday 7th September
I increased my best to 16lbs 14oz from this lake and thank the
member in the next swim for taking the photo below.
Parsonage Farm Reservoir
Fishing Parsonage Farm for the 2nd time.
I arrived mid afternoon June 25th 03. Started off ledgering and
as before lots of bites producing Skimmers and Rudd. At about
6pm I changed over to a piece of peacock quill a size 12 hook
and a large piece of luncheon meat fished on the lift method.
The lake was now perfectly still with a few feeding bubbles beginning
to rise. At 8 20pm after a few more skimmers the float shot up
and over and resulted in a 7 1/4lb Tench ! Perfect days fishing.
I visited Shalford on Sunday
1st February intending to fish the river, armed with
my 18ft trotting rod and 3 pints of maggots. Going
up the valley, it was obvious very quickly that I would
not be river fishing that day, as the banks were indistinguishable
from the fields for
much of the river's length. So I went on to the ponds
behind the church, firstly fishing the bottom pond, which
was a bit slow, and then walking four metres behind me
to sit down on the top pond which seemed more coloured.
The reason for this became apparent, when I spent the
rest of the day experiencing a bite a cast. It should
be borne in mind that
this was only a few days after the mini freeze at
the end of January, but the weather was mild (13"C),
sunny and the overnight winds had abated--very pleasant
for the first day of February. My catch of 101 fish
consisted of 1 chublet, 35 roach up to 10 ozs, and
65 carp up to over 1 lb. If I had been geared up to
fish a lake, with a pole, etc, the catch would
have been much more.
whole point of my mentioning this catch, which
is unremarkable for this popular BDAC Club water,
is that I did not speak to another soul all day,
BECAUSE I WAS THE ONLY MEMBER THERE ALL DAY! In
a Club of 4400 members, I find it amazing that
there were no other members willing to go out on
a warm Sunday in winter, to find fish crawling
up you rod, using a single maggot just a few rod
lengths out, on a water with nearby parking, clean
banks and a nice toilet!
I just hope that we see more
members on our waters before the end of March, otherwise
we will have to provide our fish with food parcels in the
Get out there,
DEREK A. HOWARD
My first ever Pike, caught on a small gold lure at Straits Mill at the beginning
of the year.
Saturday 12th July Darren Knott
aged 15 caught a 14lb, 16lb, 12lb and a 9lb
carp all on pit 6 using scopex boilies.
21-4-2 carp caught by Ben Allen
13-08-02 carp caught
by Ben's dad Robert
All caught at
Field Lake, Windmill Lakes on 14th August 2003.
12lb 8oz mirror from Field lake caught on sinking bread on
Elizabeth and I fished island lake on 25/8/03. At 3pm she caught
4 lb, 8lb 4ozand 11lb 4 oz common carp on dog biscuit.