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Nice One Fred

Fred Phillips is not only a new member but new to the sport of angling.  This hasn’t held him back though as Fred takes up the story:

I have now been fishing for 3 weeks.  I started by going to Bog Grove and caught a 3lb Mirror and a 2lb Common.  These were my first two fish, after this I went to Whitehouse Farm in Tolleshunt D’arcy and netted a stunning 17.2lbs Common Carp.  This was my third fish and a nice catch which I was very proud of.  I just thought I would show everyone, and recently me and my mates have had loads of double figure fish out of there.

Fred Phillips with his third and largest carp.

Thank You

The committee would like to say a big thank you to the un-named member who picked up all the litter at Bog Grove after a particularly busy week at the fishery.

Bog Grove – looking much tidier thanks to one of our caring members.

Were you at Bog Grove on Thursday 25th August?

If yes then Dave Brock asks:

Has anyone found 3 carp alarms on bank sticks left at Bog Grove by my grandson on Thursday 25th August? If so please contact the Membership Secretary who will put us in touch.  Thank you.

Fishing Open Day on Sunday 17th July – Non Members Welcome

If you are a non member and would like to fish one of our waters for FREE why not join us on Sunday 17th July at Bog Grove (it’s much nicer than the name suggests)This is one of our most popular venues as it is full of fish of most species and everyone is welcome whatever your age.  All you will need is your rod licence and fishing gear (we have applied to the EA for rod licence dispensation which means that even if you haven’t got a rod licence you can still fish, but at time of writing this has not yet arrived.  This post will be updated if and when it does). 

Juniors must be accompanied by an adult but do not need a rod licence if under 12 years of age.  Families are especially welcome. Anyone who picks up an application form on the day and joins before the end of August will receive a generous 20% discount on any of our membership and night fishing categories. 

We’ll start at 9am so just turn up at a time that suits you and hopefully put a few fish on the bank.  If the weather is sunny the carp will undoubtedly be on the surface (so don’t forget your floating baits).  Most methods usually produce so why not come along to Great Totham (at the end of Broad Street Green Road heading from Heybridge towards Tiptree just past the 30 mph sign) and look out for the banner directing you down the access track to the lake.

The venue for our 2011 Open Day.

Wheres fishing…

With a flurry of Bank Holiday’s rapidly approaching you might be trying to decide which of our waters to fish.  This is what I’ve picked up from the grapevine so far: 

Beckingham Hall – carp to low doubles.

Bog Grove – carp to low doubles, roach on the float and occasional crucian, bream and chub.

James Dunphy with his largest double of 13lb 9oz from Bog Grove

Brick Kiln Pond – plenty of small carp and fantails.

Canal & river – closed until 16th June.

Howells Lake – carp to mid twenties.

Jack Dykes with a low twenty from Howells

Little London Lake – no reports yet.

Little Park – a 25lb Common and smaller carp to mid doubles.

New Hall Reservoir – closed (re-opens on 1st May).

Railway Pond – no reports yet but it looked perfect for a fish two when I drove past!

Rook Hall – bags of roach, tench and small ide from the front lake.  The further you walk the bigger the carp get.

Slough House Farm – carp to 20lb, bags of roach and occasional tench.

Totham Pit – Willow has been out at 31lb and several other carp up to 26lb have been landed.  The bream and tench are just starting to show.  Pike are active and still getting caught on lures.

Dave Witney with Willow at 31lb from Totham Pit

Whitehouse Farm – several carp to low twenties with a new lake record 22lb 3oz Leather just reported.  The big roach/bream hybrids don’t seem to be showing (yet).

An 18lb 11oz Linear Mirror goes back at Whitehouse Farm

Where ever you choose to wet a line I hope you get a result and if you want to share your success please do send in a pic or two for the gallery.

Crucian in the sun

Bailiff Simon Putnam invited a friend, Alan Godden from Romford, to join him for a days fishing at Bog Grove and I think his £8 guest ticket was well appreciated.

Alan was float fishing in the margins with sweet corn, and had a 2lb chub within minutes of setting up, followed by this 3lb 8 oz crucian then two double figure common carp.

Alan’s been almost a professional match fisherman over the years but has never had a crucian this big before. He went home a happy man.

Like a bar of solid gold!

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