Damsel, was a little quiet this weekend but saw Richard Saunders bag a nice common at 20-15. Gary Hassan also had a common at 15lb and a bream. Dave Varney a 6-08 tench, Simon a 12lb mirror, Duncan Mitchell 3 to 15-08 and Karolis banked an 18lb common and 2 bream.
On Carp Lake, Adam Stevens banked a 23lb and on his first visit to Manor Farm Nathan Stewart landed a 21lb PB. Andy Stapleton also had a 22lb common. Michael Gould bagged 5 commons to 21lb all on Mainline Cell and Jerry James caught 5 commons to 23-08, all on Sticky Baits Krill. Ken Sharpe landed a 18lber. Stuart Raby landed 4 to 19-08 and Daryl Emery 5 to 17-14. Dan Jackson caught 3 commons to 22lb on Milky Toffee pop-ups. Gerry Allbury a 17-15 common and an 18-15 common while Lee Feltham caught 2 low double commons and one of the few mirrors to come out at the weekend at 15lb. A 20-08 common fell to a snowman fished by Brian Morgan. Paul Cook caught 3 to 21-03
On Becks, Sam Gough banked 3 to 15-10, Lee Gilbert 2 to 17-10 and William Lewis 2 to 10-08 and a bream. William, Anthony and Chris caught 7 bream between them and a 14lb common. Dexter Bugg had 3 at 12lb and 2 at 15lb and Mark Barton landed a 16-08 common. Carl Harvey caught 3 to 18-10 and Marin Weemes 2 to 17-04 and Stuart Webber a 15-02.
On Blunham, Vickie Dudley-Cave landed a 13-05 PB common and Ben Hogan a 14-05 mirror.
On Winters, Andy Harrison banked a 16-08 and a cracker at 27lb. Eddie banked to at 18lbs. Keith Barrick bagged a 17-08 common, a 19lb mirror, a 28-08 common and PB 30lb mirror, all on Cell and a Cell bottom bait.
On Booneys, Adam Wilson on his first visit caught a 18lb common and went on to bank another at 29lb. Gregg Taylor had a 15lb. Darren Worley banked a 14lb common and a 24-12 mirror. Andy Stapleton caught a 15lber and Stuart Minney had a great 48 hours catching 7 fish to 29lb.
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There was a sharp drop in air pressure and some pretty miserable weather this weekend keeping a lot of anglers at home. Despite this fish were still caught.
On Damsel, Darren Davie caught 3 bream and a nice 21-02 common.
On Carp Lake, Spencer Hedingham banked a 20-12 and Zac Hedingham 4 commons, 2 at 16lb and 2 at 15lb. Chris Harris caught a 13lb common, a 16-04 mirror and a 4lb tench. Tom Large netted a 16-04 mirror and Craig Daniels 3 to 18lb. Wayne Durler bagged 2 at 12lbs, a 14lb, a 18lb and a 22lb common. Chris Harris caught 3 mid doubles and a 4lb tench and Stefanie Lewis caught her first fish ever, a 17lb carp. John Beavis had 2 to 18-08 and Lee Redhead 3 to 19lb. Miller Woskett banked the orange koi at 15-02 and a common at 22-08
On Becks, Michael Murrell caught 2 to 13lb, Gary Blunt caught a 11lb common and Jacob a 15lb common. Darren caught 2 low doubles, Tom a 12-08 and Michael Gould a 17-08.
On Blunham, Matt Dudley-Cave caught his PB at 15-01 on a method feeder on the last cast of the day.
On Winters, Charlie Page caught 5 to 25-10 and Eddie Page 3 to 15lb. Sam banked an 18-08 and Joe Tasker a 26-02. Steven Freear was looking to beat his PB and did so with The Zip at 29-06, he also banked 4 others, 3 of which were over 20lb. In the week Morgan Bacon had his last 48-hour session on Winters before going back to Uni. He had 9 fish, 6 of which were 20lb plus to solid bags and the beachcaster. The twenties were 22-09 common, 23lb mirror, 25-08 mirror 'TwoTone', 26-12 common, 27-08 mirror 'The Big Scaley' and a 27-10 'The Long Common'.
On Booneys, Jason Smith had 2 to 18-04 and Steve Bartlett 5 fish all around the 17lb mark. Stuart Minney caught 2 to 17lb and Jack Milton on his first visit to Booneys bagged a 14-04 and a stunning 18lb mirror.
The third match of the Autumn Open Series was held on Blunham and was won by Tony Ryan on peg 8 with 14lb, 2nd was Paul Nicholls on peg 1 with 13-05 and 3rd was Darren Tait on peg 6 with 12-12. The August photo competition was won by Andy Uhl for his catch photo of the black and white koi from Carp Lake.
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48-hours on the Waesmere syndicate in Belgium has seen Solar Tackle team member Alain Servaes enjoy 7 takes, with a 32lb mirror and a true ‘old character’ fish tipping the haul before ending the trip in a heart-stopping fashion as he put Solar's Originals Club Mix boilies to great use.
Alain explains: “I arrived at the lake on Monday evening to be told that there had been a social on the lake for the past 3 days and from the 11 anglers only 3 carp were caught. The lake can be very tricky nowadays and so I planned to try something a bit different. Most fish at range, and so I was going to target some margin spots.
“I positioned two rods on two clear areas in the margins. Hook baits were Originals Club Mix boilies and matching freebies were spread over both spots too.
“At first light came the first bite. A crazy, close-range battle resulted in a 32lb mirror… what a start!
“The day passed quietly until dusk when one of the rods ripped off, but within seconds the fish had found its way in to some sunken trees and it was game over. I topped the spot up with more club Mix boilies and an hour later my rod was away again. It wasn’t the biggest carp in the lake at around the mid twenty mark, but it’s certainly one of the oldest and a great character.
“In a repeat performance, the following day passed without event. With the onset of evening, the rain started to fall heavily. Almost the moment the rain stopped, a couple of hours later, I was in again and quickly landed a small common. The landing net had barely touched the ground again when the second rod tore off and one of the lake’s younger stockies paid me a visit.
“Again, the spots were rebaited with Club Mix boilies and first light brought another bite, this time from a 20lb common, which was quickly followed by another take, and another 20lb common.
“Please with my result and needing to get back to work I started to pack up when I got a screaming take. I picked up the rod, but couldn’t stop the fish as it tried to empty the spool. A fun, powerful fight, but the big sturgeon responsible wasn’t exactly what I was after. Even so, it was a hectic way to end the session.”
This awesome 44lb mirror has graced Solar Tackle team member Wesley Lagaert's net as he presented an Originals Club Mix bottom bait and Candy Floss pop-up snowman presentation over a bed of Originals Club Mix and Red Herring boilies.
Fishing an overnighter on the Integra syndicate water in Belgium Wesley had pre-baited a clear area among weed the night before his session.
The Originals bait range will be re-released by Solar at the start of September.
A chilly autumnal day on Saturday followed hot late summer sun on Sunday and Monday gave mixed results at Manor Farm this Bank Holiday weekend.
On Damsel, Jack Oakins caught bream and carp to 14-08, Michael Bundy 2 carp to 17lb. Louis Andrews and Anthony Eldridge banked 8 to 20lb and Neil Sewell a 18lb common. Fishing together Sven Anderson banked 4 mid doubles, Chris Guymer 5 to 15lb and Luke Hipgrave 11 to 15lb including the orange koi. Matthew Cornwell banked his UK PB at 22-08 on a Mainline Tutti Fruitti.Graham Bateman and Jason McArdle banked 10 fish between them up to 23lb, one at 10lb and the rest high doubles. Piotr Wojdlowicz caught 3 to 16lb all off the top
On Becks, Alan had a 16-03 common and Will caught 3 to 16lb. Mark Dodd bagged a 15-02 mirror and an 18-01 common on Nash Zig Bugs one foot under the surface. Ed Clarke banked 4 to 20-04 under his rod tip with a pop up over 6mm pellet. Kirk had a 16lb common off the island.Alan Murrell 3 to 16-04 and Kian McCarthy 2 to 18-04. James Coles 4 to 16-08, Manuel Osan 2 to 18lb, and Norbert Hodasz 2 to 19lb
On Carp Lake, Craig Daniels banked the yellow koi at 14-08, Lee Turner banked 2 to 19-08 and Jamie Hunting a 21lb common. Paul Coleman caught a 24lb common and Robin Stannard a 19-02 within a half hour into his day ticket. Mike Lucas had 4 to 15-08, Julie Shadbolt caught an 11-08 carp on the float with 6lb mainline and a size 12 hook, she went on to bag a 23lb mirror on a single white Manilla pop up on a Ronnie Rig. Paul Shadbolt caught 2 to 18lb. Andreas Fencovas caught 3 high doubles to 18lb. Brian Morgan a 19-08 and a 22lb to a chod rig and Lee Morgan a 17-02.Paul Coleman caught a 18lb, a 20-04 and a 22lb. Tommy Atkins banked 4 to 20-14 on a dayticket. Louis Methven bagged his PB at 20lb During the week David Barnham enjoyed his best session so far with 13 fish to 28lb including 4 other twenties.
On Booneys, Francis Jervis 17lb, Paul Hargreaves 15lb, Ricky Clark 17lb and a 19lb, Stuart Minney 3 to 21-07 and Steve landed a 18lber.
On Winters, Greg Foot 21-04 and 2 low doubles, Richard Beaumont 2 to 23lb, Jack McMahon 2 low doubles. Andy and Craig caught one each to 24lb. Steven Ely a 26lb, a 26-12 and a 27-13. Carl Clark a 23-15 common. In the week Daniel Gray enjoyed another good session catching 6 fish including a 26lb 12oz common, a 25lb 2oz common and a PB mirror of 22lb 11oz Morgan Bacon bagged The Big Scaley at 27-15
The second match in the Autumn Open series on the Canal was won by Gary Dunning on peg 8 with 73-04, in second place was Paul Kyle on peg 13 with 65-12 and third was Andy Tebbut on peg 9 with 59lb.
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A 48-hour guest session on Chilham Mill fishery has seen Solar Tackle team member Jake Anderson land two of the ‘A Team’, the Starburst Mirror at 35lb and The Stunner at 33lb, both over using the new Originals Club Mix and Red Herring baits.
Jake explains: “After arriving at the lake I found a nice clear spot among weed, although the spot wasn’t hard as there was still some low-lying weed, but the area was fishable.
“I put in around 6kg of 20mm Club Mix and 15mm Red Herring boilies to start and around 5kg of HOB Chilli Hemp with some 11mm low-oil pellets added too. Two rods were fished a rod length apart on this area. The third rod was placed around 16 yards away from the main baited spot to another clear area, which I baited with around 2kg mixture of boilies and particles.
“The idea of the third rod was that it would be just off the big baited area and hopefully attract the warier carp that sit back from the main shoal. The first 24 hours passed uneventfully for me, but Josh Scoble, who accompanied me on the trip, managed to land an absolute pearler called Ringo at 33lb.
“The second night brought with it perfect weather. It went from hot, humid conditions to overcast, raining with periods of thunder. When I woke up at around 6am I was puzzled as to why I had not caught during the night. I had seen fish fizzing over the bait, the weather was perfect but a carp was missing.
“It got to around 10am when my rod placed on the smaller baited area sprung into life. After a short battle, the hook pulled!
“I re-rigged the rod, and this time made some slight rig alterations as I put the hook pull down to my rig rather than the weed or the barbless hook rule. It’s all too easy to blame the weed, the rules or anything else for losing a fish, but it's only you that can prevent it.
“With the rod back out one hour passed and the same rod screamed into life again. After a dogged battle, one of the ‘A Team’ popped up in the shape of the Starburst mirror, which was at a spawned-out weight of 35lb. The next 2.5 hours were quiet until I started packing up. Just as I started taking down the brolly one of the rods on the larger baited area sprung into life. The culprit put up an enjoyable, strong fight, but after 15 minutes a fish aptly named The Stunner popped up at 33lb.
So a great session had with 3 30s landed between the two of us and also 3 of the best lookers in the 26-acre, Kent pit!”
Solar’s The Originals boilie ranges will be released to the public at the start of September.
Fewer anglers were hitting the bank at Manor Farm this week no doubt allowing things like summer holidays to get in the way of their fishing, those who decided against such frivolity were rewarded with some excellent fishing.
On Damsel Gary Robertson bagged 12 fish between 10lb and 17lb, 10 of them coming from the margin. Darryn Clark caught a 15lb mirror and Sam Burden banked 6 to 15lb including the orange koi. Simon caught a 5lb tench and some bream.
On Carp Lake, Debbie Lefort caught 5 to 16-14 using a PVA mesh bag. Kieran Pailing bagged 7 to 21-02, his PB in a 48-hour stay. David Hill caught a 24-10, a 17-04, a couple at 8lb as well as a 3lb tench. Harry Holt, aged 10, fishing with his dad caught his PB at 15-03 on a Cell dumbbell and PVA mesh in the margin then went on to smash it again with a 20-05, he also bagged a 16-07. Dan Orchard banked a 22lb mirror and Paul Reed two 13lb commons. Steven Freear back on Carp Lake banked 2 twenties to 21-06
On Becks, Jack Rose bagged a 21-08 mirror to a Krill dumb bell topped with a piece of IB fake corn, and another 2 at 11-04 and 14-01. Martin Walker caught a 19lb common.
On Blunham Ray Renford was delighted to bag a 15lb carp
On Winters Adam Pearce caught two at 18lb, a 19lb and a 20lb. Dan Jackosn a 17lb and a 18lb. Luke Spencer caught two thirties in one day, both commons at 30-08 and 32-12. a new PB, and finished off the weekend with a mid double mirror. Neil Conway caught a nice mid double scaley to Signature pop up presented in a gap in the heavy weed. Earlier in the week, Jordan Pashley banked 6 to 24-12 and Dan Gray bagged a 29-14 common.
On Booneys Jamie Fahey fishing the north end caught 3 to 20-02. Andy Morrison banked a 21lb common and Ryan Murphy 2 commons to 16-08. Chris Hayward picked a swim he had not fished before and caught 6 to 29-04.
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On Damsel, Paul Herron caught 2 to 15-07 and 2 bream. Roy Driver banked 3 to 21-07, Danny 7 to 23-05 and Damon 5 to 17lb all to Mainline Banoffee. Mike Lucas caught 5 to 18lb, Matthew Lucas 3 to 17lb and Ben lucas 2 to 15-08. Kevin Burton bagged 5 to 20lb and 3 bream and James Wallace 4 to 22-08.
On Carp Lake, Finlay Shepherd caught 2 to 16lb. Martin Walker an 18-02 and 2 tench to 5lb using small solid bags a single fake corn. Steven Freear had 4 to 16-08. Steve Ginn caught 3 to 21lb Gareth Hancock 4 to 18lb and Ryan Hancock 2 to 16lb. Andy Uhl caught the black and white koi at 16-09. Stephen Chambers caught his PB at 23lb on his first night session on the lake
On Becks, Matthew Cornwall bagged 6 mid doubles and a 20-07 mirror on Pineapple boilies. Jake Balaan 3 mid doubles and a 24lb. Jack Chance 4 to 18lb and lots of bream around 6lb. Terry Benford fishing for bream or tench with a quiver tip and sweetcorn hooked and landed a 18lb common. Lee had a 20lb and some big bream. James McArdle 3 including a 17-08 and a 18-08. Chris Leader a 21-02
On Winters, Kevin Tingey had 5 including a 22-15 and a 24-07. Howard Carter caught a 22-04 common on a chod. Craig Daniels a 24-14 on a bottom bait over particles. Lee Turner banked 19lb common to a yellow pop up on a stiff hinged rig. Louis Andrews bagged four twenties to 27lb. A 21-10 mirror fell to Tom Wright and a 15-05 common to Stuart. Tony Pullen smashed his previous PB of 21lb with a 27-04 common. Tony Virgo bagged a 24-03 and Josh Virgo a 19-03 and Marcin Wozniak a 25lb common.
Booneys is back on form after a lean spell. Kenny Langrish had two twenties to 22lb to Cell bottom bait. Darren Mullin 3 twenties to 24lb all commons. Tony James a 19-01 common and a 16-11 mirror. Phil White bagged 5 including a 21lb and a 27-04 using Denham Baits. Gabriel Prodan caught a 24lb mirror and James Ingram bagged a 18lb and a 28-06.
The first match of the Autumn Open Series saw Paul Kyle in first place with 81-12 on peg 9, Alan Laney second with 61-04 on peg 17 and Steve Hill third with 57-12 on peg 11.
On Damsel Simon Chitty landed 3 to 16lb and Robert Prutton 2 to 18lb. Jamie Pullen bagged 7 to 22-06 including the orange koi at 10-02. James Nicholls 6 to 16-10 and 4 bream and Aiden Nicholls, aged 8, 3 to 14-10 his PB. John Brooks caught 2 to 12lb and a bream using his 'Distance Keeper'. Mark Hook caught 4 to 16lb and David Emery 2 to 20-04. Claire Gollick banked her PB at 16-13. Joe Doherty had 3 to 19-02 and Brain Mickleburgh a 19-12.
On Carp Lake Gary Hatchett netted a 20lb, Ben Carmichael 14 to 16lb. Dave and Danny Small 6 to 16lb, Ian Lefort an 18-12. Neal Clayton a 17lb. and Mark Trigg banked a 26lb 8oz on Urban baits in the margin. Steve Berrington had 2 twenties out midweek.
Becks fished well with Ben Carmichael taking 2 to 21-08 before he switched to Carp lake. Morgan Bingham came down from Hull with his dad and banked a 21-08 PB on his 11th birthday and Barry Evans 6 to 21lb. Ryan 4 to 10lb. Michael Horwood had a 14lb common, a 5lb tench and rudd on float fished maggot. Colin Horwood banked 4 carp to 15lb and 3 bream between 8lb and 10lb. Frank and Jamie each had a carp at 15lb and Martin Weemes 5 to 21-02 his PB. Carl Harvey caught 4 to 16-14 and a 7-02 bream. Katie King and her boyfriend had a good weekend Brett caught 3 commons to 17lb and Katie banked 5 to 16lb beating her PB twice. Luke Bowman bagged 6 carp to 22-08 and 2 tench.
Winters is still consistently producing. Jae Stevens caught 2 to 16-08, Tony Virgo 3 to 15-10 and Josh Virgo the orange koi at 14-10 and a PB 24-10 common. Dave Hansen a 15lb Steve Last 3 to 16-10. Marcin Wozniak, his first time on Winters caught 5 to 24lb. Stefan Kirbyshire had 4 to 25lb on solid bags with Mainline Cell and a Cell wafter. Morgan Bacon on an overnighter on Thursday had 4 to 23-15 and caught The Zip at 26lb on Sunday evening. Stuart Minney spent a couple of evenings stalking and bagged a 16-08 mirror and a 31-05 common. Sam Kelly fished on July 27 and landed 8 fish, 6 of which were over 20lb, biggest 27-08 with Steve Kelly who had 6 fish, including 2 twenties, biggest 23-04.
Booneys was quieter this weekend with Jason Lawlor catching 2 to 20lb on Mad Baits Strawberry White pop ups. Graham Povey landed a 15lb common
Damsel has come back into form here at Manor Farm but the denizens of Carp Lake were playing hard to get this weekend. 2 anglers broke their PB on Winters this week and both went on to break it again on the same session. Please remember that the best tactic, particularly on Carp Lake and Winters, is a chod with a scattering of boilies or a solid bag. Spodding in loads of bait is often counter-productive and in the summer months can quickly sour the water. Less is more! Please take all excess bait home or chuck it in the bins provided, not in the lakes. Please be aware that we are now asking all anglers to dip their nets, slings and mats in the tanks outside the shop prior to fishing.
Damsel: First time on the bank in 25 years for Darren Purdham saw him catch one at 17-05 and one at 17-02. Lee Whitby having done his homework on this lake put in another good performance with 12 carp to 17lb and 5 bream to 8lb. Also having a good weekend were Matthew Lucas, his dad and his friend Ben. Dad had 7 to 17-08, Ben 4 to around 15lbs and Matthew banked a low double and a twenty, and there were 8 good sized bream between them. Most fish came to a handful of corn sprinkled along the margin and a hookbait fished over it. Paul Scott had a good session with 6 to 18lb and Roger Scott had 2 to 16lb. Luke Reedman banked a 17-02.
Anglers on Carp Lake were struggling this weekend due, I suspect, to the carp being pre-occupied with eating their own fry. Amongst those who managed a fish were Stuart with 3 mid doubles, Lee Morgan with 4 to 16-08 and Brian Morgan with some pasties and a welcome 14-08. Malcolm Campbell was relieved to avoid a blank with a 14-08. Gary Denham caught a 19-08 fully scaled and a 16lb. At the beginning of the week, Jonny Roberts caught 3 to 16-05 on pop-ups.
On Becks, Josh caught his first tench at 5lb and 3 bream. Rob Lamont fishing the car park end bagged a 15-08 common. Stuart banked a 16lb common and Duane 2 mid doubles. while Scott Lawson bagged 9 bream and a tench.
On his first time on Winters Glenn Barrable was 'blown away' he broke his PB with a 25-12 common and went on to break it again by snaring Scar at 30-05. He also had a 17-12 common. All fish falling to a solid bag. Rade Maksimovic banked The Big Fully on Saturday at 26-04. Dave McKay fished a 48-hour session in the week. He banked 9 fish 14lb to 28lb. He broke his PB twice, his new PB now 28-02. Worth getting a bit damp for, he said.
Stuart Minney was back on Booneys and banked 4 fish including 2 twenties, one of which a stunning fully scaled. On his first time on Booneys Reece Jackson banked a 12lb common.
On Blunham Stuart Raby banked 3 bream to 6lb and an 11lb carp, all on the pellet. Neil French banked 5 to 11lb, Ryan and Gary Gardner 8 carp to 15lb and 3 bream. Dennis Holliday was preparing for Wednesday's match and finished up with 82 roach on the pole fishing caster and maggot. Steve Berrington fished Blunham on Wednesday and caught 9 carp in a 4-hour session between 9lb and 15-05, all to floating baits.
Saturday saw a match on Match Canal with Isabella Mioch on peg 5 just beating John Patmore into 2nd place. Izzy had a good bag of bream to 33-12. John on peg 19 weighed in at 32-12. 3rd place went to Paul Nicholson with 19lb.
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