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New Hall update

I have cut three more swims out and there are now six swims to fish from. I was extremely disappointed to find that someone had left litter in one of the new swims and wonder why I put the effort in to make the swims! Take Your Rubbish Home! I fished one of the new swims, fishing was not as good as the last time however I had three fish all about 1lbs 8oz Roach, Bream and an Eel (wonder if 1 lb 8oz is the maximum!) plus a lot of small Roach and Rudd.  Thanks - Kim.

One of Kim’s New Hall swims – before and after!

New Hall re-opened for fishing on 1st May

We know how difficult it can be to please all of our members all of the time.  Some like to fish maintained waters with an almost large garden pond feel to them such as Little Park or with large dug out swims to house bivvies etc like Totham Pit or Slough House Farm.  Others prefer the wild natural feel of our more isolated venues which are overgrown; some might even say bordering on neglected.  We like to offer a mix of venues and regard some of them as natural such as our section of the River Blackwater at Wickham Bishops.  New Hall fits firmly into this last category and those that fish there seem to like it that way?  Our Head Bailiff paid a recent visit to fish one of the 3 fishable swims (he is threatening to open up a few more though!) and took this very respectable bag of roach:

 

He said there are some rudd and bream in this net of fish too but I couldn’t spot them buried under all of those roach!

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.

High water alerts

Please take the following into account if you are venturing out onto the soggy banks over the next week or so:

Flooded:  Little London

Higher than normal water levels:  Rook Hall (the middle and far lakes have joined together but some swims on all 3 lakes remain fishable), Railway Pond.

Brim full: Slough House Farm (outflow pipe cleared), Bog Grove, Little Park. 

Low Risk:  Heron Hall, Whitehouse Farm, Totham Pit, Beckingham Hall, Brick Kiln pond, Howells.

Closed:  All rivers and canals (just as well!). 

Please also remember that the access tracks at some of the venues that aren’t flooded such as Whitehouse Farm, Beckingham Hall and the alternative entrance to Little Park can get very slippery for ‘ordinary cars’ and only members with four wheel drive vehicles should attempt to access them. 

This must be the wettest drought since records began!

Rook Hall far lake is brim full and has joined up with the middle lake.

Please stick to the car parks

Members are reminded that under no circumstances can they drive beyond society car parks and around society waters.  Anyone caught doing so will be liable to receive a warning and lose their right to hold a night fishing permit.  The main venues where people are tempted to ‘drop off tackle in their swims’ or ‘fish from their vehicles’ are Slough House Farm, Rook Hall and Beckingham Hall but reports have also been received in the past from Howells and incredibly from Little Park, Bog Grove and New Hall!

Also if someone else drives around the lake to visit you or drop you off (member or not) then you are still responsible so please ask them not to do it!

Finally we are working on replacing the combination padlock at Little Park so until we do you might still have to use the alternative approved (by the landowner) entrance by Red Lodge.  It is very important that you close and lock all access gates, especially at Little Park and Rook Hall where new signage will soon be put up reminding members to do so and improve the security of these popular lakes.

Please keep access gates locked and stick to the car parks.

Dont forget New Hall

New Hall at Purleigh often gets forgotten about.  Why not give this small lake a try.  Our Head Bailiff did and caught a nice Roach and three small Bream along with several tiddlers:

Kim’s nice mixed bag.

A nice autumnal view as well!

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