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Carp match at Howells on weekend of 24th-25th September

Howells will be closed to non-competitors from 8am on Sat 24th Sep to 1pm on Sun 25th Sep for the 24 hour carp match.  The draw for swims will take place at 10am on Sat.  I believe that there are still a few places left so if you are interested please contact Dean Andrews on the number listed in the rulebook.  Remember that this is a rare opportunity for any member who hasn’t got a Howells night permit to fish an overnighter at the venue.


One of the many Commons that makes Howells the ideal venue for the 24 hour carp match.

New Totham Pit and Bog Grove licence secured

Good news, after two years of negotiations we have been successful in securing a new ten year licence for Totham Pit and Bog Grove.  This at last puts any rumours to bed regarding the future of these two lakes within our portfolio.  Maintenance works have continued on both of these fisheries during the last two years including the repair of paths, bridges, steps and swims plus numerous trimming up exercises.  This new ten year agreement allows us to extend this to include fish stocks and gate upgrades.


George Gribble with a 25lb 8oz Common caught from Totham Pit in Aug-16, just one of the fish that members can now try to bank over the next ten years.

Please treat our biggest asset with care

Members and guests are reminded to treat the fish they catch with the respect they deserve and always use a suitable sized landing net and an unhooking mat.  Current rule (6.9) states that an unhooking mat is only compulsory when fishing for carp and pike but this will change on the 1st April 2017 to try and prevent fish of any species being laid on the ground.  This rule change does not take immediate effect to allow everyone plenty of time to buy a mat that is suitable for both them and the fish they catch.  Please ensure in hot weather that your mat is sufficiently ‘wetted down’ or covered with a wet weigh sling to further protect your catch.

A Bog Grove Mirror safely on a damp mat.

Weeks of effort pay off for Paul at Brick Kiln Pond

Paul Frost wrote: I’m a new member who passes the Brick Kiln Pond as I travel to and from work. I often stop off for a quick scan of the pond to see what’s about and sometimes fish on the way home for a couple of hours.  I usually see a couple of unusual pale colour long slender fish cruising on the surface and finally managed to land one on the 6th June.  I didn’t really recognise the species but Brian at the Halstead tackle shop identifies it as an Albino Grass Carp.  It weighed in at a healthy 13.5lb and certainly put a smile on my face after spending weeks trying to tempt it.

Brian Webber’s mixed bag

This was my second place concessionary match bag from Slough House Farm beaten by an excellent 21lb carp by Jack Morley.

Brian’s bag – just pipped to top spot by a carp.

Angry makes Dan happy

Went down Howells for an hour after work and managed to catch ‘mr angry’ at a very fat/big weight of 27lb


Nice one Daniel – proof that short sessions can return big dividends.

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