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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.

Venue change

Please note that as Little London is flooded the concessionary match scheduled for Tuesday 8th May will be moved to Totham Pit.  Please contact Keith for more info if required.

A list of all the other concessionary matches can be found here

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.

Little London Bag

Its always good to see a decent bag of fish and Mark, Michael and Dave Bennett enjoyed a 7lb plus bag of bream, perch, roach and rudd fishing at Little London Reservoir.  Dave caught seven bream, which he has never done before, so apart from the slime he was quite chuffed.  All the fish fell to bread, casters and maggots:

The bag included Mark Bennett’s personal best perch which he caught pole fishing on a size 18 hook with single maggot:

Day Breaming

Two anglers shared a 28 bream haul at Totham Pit on Sunday.  We don’t have any photos of that haul but the Membership Secretary turned up late in the day to land his first 7lb+ bream from the venue.  He takes up the story……

I arrived at Totham Pit late afternoon before the rain set in to find 5 cars in the car park.  I love the shallows at this time of the year but the previous Sunday the resident pair of swans had made my attempts to fish a three foot deep swim almost impossible so I opted for the deeper margins of the wooded bank.  My peperami over groundbait approach only brought one bite but it was a 7lb 4oz bream.  This is my third MAS 7lb+ bream, the others coming from Whitehouse Farm (7lb 10oz) in April and my PB 7lb 13oz from Slough House Farm last year.  I know that Little Park and Little London have both produced 7lb+ bream in the past so I could yet increase my tally.

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Paul’s 7lb 4oz deep water slab (complete with spawning tubercles)

Little London Receives Roach Injection

We are pleased to confirm that 5,000 roach have been stocked into Little London Reservoir following a local EA fish rescue.

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Little London – now contains 5,000 extra roach.

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