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Dave and Mark’s day of mixed emotions

Yesterday was a day of mixed emotion as I took my youngest to Heybridge Basin. We fished the first swim and in the first few minutes had a nice Rudd and lost (never saw it) a large fish.  At the end of the session we’d had two Tench of approx 3 and 4 lb, my biggest ever Perch of approx 1.5 lb plus loads of Rudd, Roach, Bream, Perch and Eels.

Now the downside… I lost a really big perch and a really big slab and when we went to bring the keepnet in there were only two really small fish left in it as there was a big hole at the bottom of it. I looked at Mark and we both fell about laughing!!!!

That said what a great afternoon and conditions were far from perfect as it was so windy.

Hopefully, armed with a sewn up net, Dave and Mark will be returning to do battle with the beasts of the Basin again soon.

Please be on your guard

Please be on your guard and do not leave any tackle unattended or out of sight as the Secretary had his landing net stolen from the Heron Hall car park on 21st July.  Understandably he hopes that it stinks out the thief’s car as much as it did his own.

Alf Burton Memorial Trophy

The Alf Burton Memorial Trophy fished at Slough House Farm on Tue 21st July produced over 190lb of fish and was won by Steve Holden with 29lbs  7ozs.

For the full result please click here

Have you found Hugo’s bank stick and rod rest at Little Park?

I have received a heart-felt plea “Do you think it would be sad if you posted a note on the website asking for the return of my favourite bank stick and rod rest? I’ve had both for over 20 years and I’m very sad without them. I left them at Little Park last night Thursday 16th July.  The person who might have picked them up after I left could have been driving an 04 plate silver Mitsubishi 4×4. I’d be fairly certain it was him as he was packing up as I left and half an hour later when I returned bank stick and him were gone……all very sad…….”

If you have Hugo’s favourite bank stick and rod rest please can you return them, no questions asked, to the Membership Secretary who will reunite them with Hugo.  Thank you – Paul.

Dan’s monster bream

Dan Hilton got a surprise while fishing for perch on the canal – “If I’m honest I was very surprised to catch the bream seeing as I was after perch at the time. I actually lost a 2lb+ perch about an hour later, but hey beggars can’t be choosers!!!”

Daniel with his impressive 10lb 4oz slab.

Howells carp match (round 3) results

This weekends carp match results (4th – 5th July) went as follows, Graham Surridge took 1st place with a bag of 97.10lb, Dean Andrews weighed in 43.10 to take 2nd place and Shaun Birnie deservedly took home the Thinking Anglers unhooking mat after winning the match day prize draw.  Well done chaps!  Dean Andrews now leads the race for the Alan Hare cup for biggest fish in all heats and final with a lovely common of 26.4lb. Graham & Dean now join Michael Perkins, Andy Flower, Luke Harris & Tony Hayden in the October final on Howells with two qualifying heats remaining. Well done & good angling.  All the best – Jamie.

Howells carp match winner Graham Surridge receives his XLBaits prize package from Jamie.

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