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Cold Water Carping

Paul Kemp proved that if Totham Pit remains ice free long enough to get a bait in the water then the fish are willing to feed.  These are certainly not the largest fish in the lake but a brace of double figure linear Mirrors as part of a four fish catch on an overnight session certainly warmed him up!


Workparty on Sunday 28th February

The next working party will be held on Sunday 28th February.  Please meet up at the Totham Pit container at 8am.  The exact nature of the works to be carried out will be decided on the day but are likely to include some or all of the following dependant upon turnout:

 Totham Pit tidy up and swim trimming.

Bog Grove tidy up and swim trimming (the access track also requires maintenance work and a tree surgeon will deal with the large fallen tree).

Slough House Farm entrance and fence repairs.

 Laurence would like to thank all of the regular attendees at work parties throughout 2009 and looks forward to your continued support in 2010.

Carp match dates announced for 2010

The following carp matches will be organised by Pete Newell in 2010:

 24th Apr         Totham Pit     2009 Final!  (Rescheduled Date)

22nd May        Totham Pit

26th Jun          Howells

24th Jul            Totham Pit

21st Aug          Slough House Farm

25th Sep         Howells

9th Oct             2010 Final venue to be decided

 These are all 24 hour carp only matches fished from midday Sat to midday Sun with the draw at 10am on the Sat.  The heats are run as a league with the successful anglers competing in the final.  Please contact Pete for more info.

Night fishing

The committee have decided to revert to a single night permit covering all of our night fishing venues for the coming season.  This decision is partly down to a lack of people on the Totham Pit night syndicate waiting list and also to relieve some of the pressure on Howells Lake.  The price of the new night permit has been set half way between the two existing figures at £65 and now allows:

  • Night fishing at Totham Pit all year round
  • Night fishing at Howells Lake all year round
  • Night fishing at Beckingham Hall all year round
  • Night fishing at Slough House Farm between 1st April and 31st October
  • Night fishing at Bog Grove between 1st October and 30th April
  • Use of 3 rods between 1st October and 31st March on all venues

Please note: The maximum length of a night session on Slough House Farm is still 2 days / 1 night followed by a 24 hour break.  The other venues remain as 4 days / 3 nights followed by a 24 hour break.

Please remember that members under the age of 16 cannot buy a night permit.  These must be purchased on their behalf by a current adult night permit holder.

Gallery Updates

After a week on my hols the gallery has now been updated and features some more cracking fish from Howells, Rook Hall (where Jack Walker had a bumper haul bagging 12 fish in a day including this stunner – not his largest on the day but certainly my pick of the bunch) , and a re-appearance of  the Totham Pit monster Eel – well done to James for holding it still for the camera!


Andrew banks Willow

Andrew Fleurquin landed Totham Pit’s largest resident on 15th Aug 2009 and here are the events surrounding Willow’s latest visit to the bank in Andrew’s own words:
Arriving at Totham Pit early Saturday morning I was pleased to see only 2 other cars, fishing must be tough I thought to myself.  I loaded up the trolley and set off in search of some carp. I chose to fish the church bank, a magnet for bream I know, but I had my dad with me so for the social side it’s a great spot.
After setting up and spreading half a kilo of boilies about I was soon in the land of nod when my right hand rod sounded, I jumped up and grabbed it just in time, it had pulled the reel right up to the alarm ‘God! That was lucky I said!’
From the off I could feel I was playing one of the biggies, 5 minutes later I had her under the rod tip, I looked at my dad and said ‘Thats Willow, I’ve got Willow’, heart now thumping praying the hook doesn’t slip, there was no need to worry in the net she goes first time phewww.
Once on the mat I could see she wasn’t at her best weight, not that it mattered, I’ve been after her for ages, with Offgood gone (R.I.P)  she is now the top dog, although she only went 28.5  she looked mint! With the photos done it was time to return her to her home, the kettle went on, text messages went out and I sat down to take it all in. Pukka!
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