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Winter one off night fishing special offer

As night fishing ceases on Slough House Farm at the end of October and 5 Howells night permits are now unsold the committee have agreed that they can go on sale with immediate effect to the 94 standard night permit holders who joined before mid Sep 2012, regardless of how long you have been a member.  The next 5 standard night permit holders to send me their membership card along with £30 will be upgraded to a Howells night permit and can join our existing 45 Howells night permit holders for the winter on our most prolific twenties water. This will also guarantee you first refusal on a Howells night permit for next season.  So if you have been fishing Slough House Farm, fancy a change from Totham Pit or want to catch some carp a bit larger than Bog Grove and Beckingham Hall have to offer, now is your chance to fish a few nights with a good chance of getting a decent bend in your rod even if there is frost on the ground. 

As members upgrade this will free up standard night permits for new members, pike anglers and those wanting to use three rods up until the end of March 2013.  These will remain priced at £60 in addition to your (half price) membership fees.

More info can be found on our night permit page.

George Basham with Pearly Tail from Howells, just one of the lakes twenties which in previous years have carried on feeding throughout the winter.

Basham out and about

George Basham has done well over the last couple of months landing a lovely 15lb 2oz Mirror from the shallows at Totham Pit and a stunning 22lb 14oz Mirror from Slough House Farm taken on a snowman setup cast into mid water with a few boilies scattered around. He has also banked  Pearly Tail the Mirror off the surface from Howells at 23lb 10oz and a new personal best Common from the same venue in the shape of Cut Tail at 24lb 8oz, which put up a great scrap and was caught from the point swim casting just in front of a weed bed.

George’s new PB.  His other three carp can be found in the gallery.

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.

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