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Pete wins the Alan Hare Trophy for the second year running

Pete Newell won this years Alan Hare 48 hour carp match at Howells sponsored by Specimen Carp Baits with a total weight of 120lb 2oz and also won the prize for the biggest carp with a 24lber.

Pete with his winners Specimen Carp Baits bait and the Alan Hare Trophy.

For the full result please visit our match results page.

Howells carp on the feed

I had heard from Dean that the Howells fish had spawned (more than once) so are down in weight but at last they are now on the feed:

George Basham wrote:  I went to Howells farm with my older brother and we fished on ‘the point’.  We got there at 7am and we saw a few fish cruising around on the surface so we grabbed are controller floats. After an hour or two I had this beauty of 24lb along with a common of 22lb.

After this my brother had the perfect linear on his ledger rod at 23lb 10oz and as we were unhooking it my ledger rod screamed off and I landed a stunning 20lb common on a new bait called summer fruits from specimen carp baits which I am field testing at the moment.  Also the day before we went to Howells and fished the car park swim and I had the broke back common at 19lb 4oz on the summer fruits boilie and my brother had a small linear of 10lb.

Check out the gallery for more of George and Scott’s photos from these two sessions.

Specimen Carp Baits to sponsor Howells Carp Match

We are pleased to confirm that Specimen Carp Baits will be sponsoring the 48 hour Alan Hare Carp Cup Match at Howells lake over the Bank Holiday weekend of Sat 25th August to Mon 27th August.  This is a great opportunity for members without a Howells night permit to fish the lake and you now have the added incentive that you might win some bait as well.  For more info and to book your place please contact the match organiser Pete Newell.

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Accessibility of venues

A potential new member recently asked about ease of access from car to swim around our waters and I thought I would share my reply:

In terms of accessibility we can split our venues into 3 categories:

Very good – you can park in at least one swim: 

Howells (1 swim)
Little London (1 swim)
Little Park Main Lake (3 swims) 

Good - the nearest swim is a short walk (10 yards or less): 

Beckingham Hall (if parked by pump house)
Bog Grove
Brick Kiln Pond
Chelmer & Blackwater Canal (Heybridge Tesco stretch only)
Little Park Top Lake
New Hall
Railway Pond (but its too weedy for you to want to fish there)
Rook Hall 1
Slough House Farm
Totham Pit
Whitehouse Farm 

Poor – a lengthy walk to the first swim:

Heron Hall
Rook Hall 2 & 3
River Blackwater
The rest of the Chelmer & Blackwater Canal

Little Park scores highly on accessibility.

Leaders banned on Howells

Following the capture of 5 carp at Howells trailing lost leaders and instances of carp becoming tethered to marginal bushes all forms of leader are now banned on Howells with immediate effect.

Fred banks Birthmark

Fred Phillips has been catching well at Howells and has recently landed a nice mirror called ’’Birthmark’’ and a new pb 25lb 8oz Common.

Please can I take this opportunity to remind juniors that they can only fish Howells and Beckingham Hall if accompanied by an adult member.  Fred has done the sensible thing and on reaching the age of 16 he has upgraded his membership to an intermediate which allows him to fish Howells and Beckingham Hall unaccompanied.  Juniors caught by bailiffs fishing on either of these two venues without an adult will be asked to pack up and leave / be collected and could also receive a warning / ban.

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