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Howelling Success

The photo of Kris’s thirty from Howells has arrived and Kris takes up the story:

I got to the venue at first light Friday morning, and did a couple of laps of the lake, didn’t really see much just the odd one or two shows from small fish so decided to set up in a swim that controls a lot of water. I managed 4 takes during the day but only landed 2 due to hook pulls which I wasn’t very happy about. It was about 7 o clock that evening when my left hand rod started peeling line. Whilst playing it at the beginning I didn’t think it was much bigger than 10lb until it was under the rod tip then it seemed a bit better. After about 20 mins I finally had its head up and she is kissing the spreader block. As I was preparing the unhooking mat my girlfriend lifted the fish with a struggle and placed her down while I unhooked it. As I don’t really fish this venue I was unaware of what fish it was and as I didn’t lift the fish out of the water I was unaware of the weight until the scales flew round and settled on 30lb 2oz. After a few snaps, I got the kettle on for a brew to try and stop me shaking.


Well done Kris!

Silver Strikes Gold

Rob Silver, a member of the Totham Pit night syndicate, writes:


I was well pleased that on only my third session on the pit I managed to bank these two stunning Commons of 25lb 4oz and 26lb 4oz within five minutes of each other. I landed the first smaller one and as it was on the mat my second rod screamed off. Luckily my brother was on hand to take care of the first fish while I landed the second. It rounded off a 24 hour session that is easily my best to date and totalled to around 110lbs of carp with the biggest being my new PB, beating my previous by just under 1lb. Please excuse the dates on the photos as I only changed it after like a fool!


Rob has also submitted a picture of a 22lb 12oz Common to the gallery from Howells the weekend of the Slough House Farm match.



Mitchell Reels Them In

Mitchell Harwood has only just become a member this year with his Dad and has had a great start to his first session at Howells this weekend bagging a total of seven fish, with a combined weight of 78 1/2lb beating his dad and setting himself a new personal best by bringing in single handed this 18 1/2lb Mirror Carp.  He would like to thank his Dads mate Deano for making his bait for this weekend…



Howells about that!

Jason Smart was disappointed when he found out there was a carp match at Totham Pit but certainly made the most of his enforced switch to Howells.  Jason takes up the story:



Well after my session the week before I was eager as ever to get back over Totham Pit only to find a match was on for the weekend so off I went to Howells to see how busy it was. When I arrived the point on the lake was being fished by a few gents so I decided to set up left of the island.  Well I wasn’t disappointed having fish of 7lb Common, 15lb Common, 27lb Common, 29lb Mirror and a very scaley 19lb Mirror. At the time in my haste I made a claim that the Common was a thirty but now I believe that I did not adjust the zero setter correctly, and after seeing the same fish caught recently at 27lb that just confirmed I was 3lb out.  At the end of the day I would only be cheating myself and it just makes me want a Maldon thirty more.





We wish you well in you quest for that thirty having already received reports of 3 different scraper thirties landed from Totham Pit and Howells so far this season.

Totham Twenties

Totham Pit is fishing well at the moment as the carp go on their pre spawning feeding spree.  The Parry brothers are amongst those who have taken advantage of this situation and this is one of six fish caught in an overnight session by Scott Parry, whose brother Kevin also caught a new personal best in the famous one eye Common at 28lb (see gallery).  Jason Smart has also been in touch to say that his first year with the society was very slow and although he didnt get in the fish he learnt a lot about the waters he wanted to target.  His first session of 2009 was at Totham Pit and after just acouple of hours he caught a lovely 24lb Mirror (also in the gallery).


This is one of the fish transferred to Totham Pit from Beckingham Hall:


Bank Holiday Bonanza

News has already started to arrive of catches over the Bank Holiday weekend.  One of our bailiffs, Kris, has reported landing a 30lb 2oz Common from Howells (photo to follow).  Tom Howlett has made the news page again with a new personal best 24lb 1oz Mirror from Totham Pit.  Tom takes up the story –  ” I was fishing on the point and had to get in the margin to pull it back round as it was going round the corner, I was absolutely soaked but it was well worth it as it is my new pb!”.  Last but not least, friends Jack Childs and James Morris hooked carp at Bog Grove only seconds apart and got both into the net at the same time (see gallery).

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