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.
With a new postcode and a new challenging venue to boot, Dan Whitford has signed a contract to join Wychwood, ensuring he can focus solely on outwitting the lakes residents.
Having fished for two decades now, Daniel Whitford landed his first 20lb carp at just 13 years old, and from that day his lifelong passion and obsession has just grown stronger. He’s worked various jobs in the trade from tackle shops to his current position at bait manufacturer CC Moore. Having lived in Essex until recently he’s banked some very sought-after carp from The Essex Manor, including George’s and The Peach, both fish well in excess of 45lb. And despite just nine nights on the venue throughout the season he landed a staggering four forties and two thirties from the ultra-tricky venue.
Now based in Dorset with his girlfriend, Dan’s recently got his hands on a 13-acre gravel pit ticket he dearly wanted, and with the backing of Wychwood he can now focus solely on targeting the somewhat elusive residents safe in the knowledge he has all the tackle support he needs. Several trips have yielded fish thus far and we’re excited to help Dan on his journey, as well as document his success and work closely with him on upcoming product development.
Here’s what Dan Whitford had to say, “I’m very excited and a little overwhelmed to be approached by such a large and respected tackle company, not only does this help to remove a large expense from my angling allowing me to concentrate on catching carp, but it also gives me the backing and support to improve and progress my angling. I’m looking forward to learning from the rest of the well-respected Wychwood team, helping out with testing and developing new products and enjoying my fishing surrounded by like-minded people.”
Here’s what Wychwood comms co-ordinator Karl Jenkinson had to say, “I’ve worked with Dan briefly in the past for Advanced Carp Fishing magazine and his passion for carp fishing was clear to see. Here at Wychwood we look for keen anglers to act as brand ambassadors to use, develop and advertise the entire catalogue of product, which has a reputation for being incredibly good value for money. We’re excited to see Dan’s campaign play out, as well as his video blogs which they will be bringing to Wychwood's Youtube and Facebook channels in the near future.”
Pewsey Vale children make a splash at Marlborough with Fishing 4 Schools
Pupils from Pewsey Vale School in Wiltshire have been learning to fly fish at Marlborough College’s fantastic angling facilities on the River Kennet this term, thanks to a collaboration between the two schools and the National Fishing 4 Schools (F4S) project.
Six key stage three pupils – Callum Dawson, Zak Awoodun, George Prout, Kahlan and Raye Colgate and Joe Long – visited the prestigious private school each Tuesday to take part in the six-week course, with professional angler and F4S founder, Charles Jardine, Colin Smith and Sean Dempster from the college and F4S instructors Lee Hooper, Rob Doyle and Julie Wicks.
The short course taught them about the anatomy of the fish; they surveyed the river’s aquatic insect life, using microscopes to inspect what they found and learnt to tie flies and cast.
Marlborough College teacher Sean Dempster had the idea after meeting Charles Jardine at a country show. He said: “It can be difficult to gain access to fly fishing and it can be prohibitively expensive for children to take part, but it offers some very valuable skills. This F4S course is an opportunity to get children out in the great outdoors and offers a combination of maths, biology and ecology – all without them knowing they are doing it!”
Pewsey Vale student George Prout said; “The course was lots of fun. I caught one trout which was a big achievement!”
And a spokesman for Pewsey Vale School added: “Thank you to Marlborough College and Fishing 4 Schools for the fantastic opportunity our students were able to experience. We look forward to working with them all again in the future.”
F4S is a charitable project administered by The Countryside Alliance Foundation that offers short fishing courses that fit into the school curriculum offering an alternative way of learning for children who struggle in a classroom environment.
On Carp Lake Martin Bochenek landed his PB at 25-08. Lee Piper bagged a common at 29lb, had 3 other 20’s to 22-10 and 6 others between 15-08 and 18-09, all to float fished luncheon meat over halibut pellets. Lee says it was the best days fishing he’s ever had. The Ferguson family had a great day; Steve catching a 17-06 mirror, Lucy a 20lb PB and Meggan, aged 14, a 29-08 PB all on Essentila Cell wafter. Aaron Jones landed 2 to 24-08. Liam Nash 3 to 19-13, Richard Saunders a 15-02 common to a white Manilla pop up. Francis Jervis an 18lb common to a chod rig, Carl Clark enjoyed another successful weekend bagging 12 to 25-06 using Hydrabits on a Ronnie Rig. Tommy Atkins netted 3 to 23-08
Over on Becks Lake Steve Ibbot caught 3 carp to 19-06, 4 bream to 8-08 and a tench. Tony Wilson had a 13lb common and a 6lb tench. Charlie Tokeley 2 commons at 14lb and 16lb. Kain landed one at just under 21lb. Brian Morgan netted 2 to 18-08 and 2 bream around 6lb.
On Booneys Ben Stockwell took a 19lb and a 20-08 common to a pink pop up. Paul Weston an 11-0 and a 16-08. Leigh Amer a chunky 13lb common. Dan Tuck 20-09 mirror, and Graham Simmonds an 18-12 common. Andy Stapleton bagged up with 3 to 28lbs
Earlier in the week on Winters Andy Baker had a good session taking a 28-08 common, a 29-05 common and a 30-08 scaley. Adam Calvert landed a 29-12 common to 2 grains of maize flicked to nearby marginal reeds. Lewis Waldren banked a 2 commons at 32-08 and 29lb to Spicy Crab pop up on a chod PVA mesh bag with 5 Manilla boilies.
Blunham held the 4th Open Match, coming 1st was Dennis Page on peg 1 with 44-08, 2nd was Darren Tait on peg 23 with 18-08, 3rd Paul Boltryk on peg 15 with 17-08, 4th Dave Carter on peg 11 with 16-08.
Did you know that just about anybody can learn to fish? Fishing really is a four-season leisure pastime, and one of its joys is that in each season there are different and exciting fish to catch.
Fishing transports you to the heart of nature and the many, intriguing plants and animals that live there. By attending an organised event this summer during the National Fishing Month Silver Jubilee, you could experience the joys of fishing yourself.
Angling takes you into the fresh, unpolluted air, promoting healthy lung function and a sense of well-being. Recent research clearly shows that getting out on the bank can be good for you and the family. These health benefits also extend to the mind, and angling is well-known for its therapeutic, mental effects. It really is a perfect hobby to get you away from the daily stresses faced by both time-poor adults and children growing up in the twenty first century.
Dean Macey, Olympian and Big Fish Off presenter has no doubt about why he is an enthusiastic angler: “I have been fishing for as long as I can remember and wherever I go in the world, I will always bump into someone who also loves fishing. It’s such a great hobby - you get to spend time outdoors, appreciate Mother Nature, meet some great people and, if you’re lucky, witness some marvellous creatures at close hand.”
Dean continued: “When I was a kid, I found it hard to get my head around school work or any kind of discipline. If it wasn’t for fishing and athletics I dread to think where I would be right now. Between them, they gave me something to focus on and kept me off the streets.
“Throughout my athletics career, fishing helped me unwind mentally and I’m sure without it, I would have burnt myself out. Whether it’s a day on a river, sleeping under the stars on a stillwater for a few days or jumping on a plane to fuel my passion abroad, I don’t mind, I love it all. That’s why I support National Fishing Month and urge everyone to get involved and take part. Everyone I have ever taken fishing has fallen in love with the sport. Give it a go - you owe it to yourself!”
It doesn’t matter what age you start. Children can take part on equal terms with their grandparents. You can fish alone, with friends or in an organised group for an hour or two or for a whole day – you have the freedom to choose.
Enjoy yourself this summer, get outdoors and get healthy - take part in a National Fishing Month registered event and follow thousands of young people, parents, grandparents and friends who enjoy quality family time together at the waterside over the holiday period. Book your place now at www.nationalfishingmonth.com.
For 25 years now, National Fishing Month has helped introduce nearly 300,000 people into the incredible sport of angling. It’s a hugely satisfying way to strengthen relationships and get active together, and it often leads to lasting participation in and a passion for angling.
National Fishing Month 2017 runs between 21st July and 3rd September.
Manor Farm had a very busy week, with a range of carp being caught. Follow the full report below!
Damsel fished well this weekend with many anglers catching fish, most notably Oliver Fisher, Adam Stevens and Josh and Tony Virgo who fished the south end for 2 nights; Oliver took 4 to 20-04, Adam 5 to 21-08, Josh 6 to 20-01 while Tony missed out on a twenty but bagged 9 to 19-02. Also Andy and Darrell Smith, on their first time at Manor Farm, had a great 48hrs bagging 19 fish; 12 bream ranging from 5-7lb and 7 carp ranging from 10-20lb. Simon Chitty, Steve Robinson, Doug Ashley and Chris Guess were among others who caught with James Bryant banking a 22lb common and Matt Upton netting 5 carp to 17lb and 3 bream and Jason Shill banking 3 to 21-04, a 4lb tench and 2 bream.
On Becks Lake, Dave Hatcher caught 6 to 20-08 plus a 7lb bream. Paul Caudry and his girlfriend bagged 5 carp to 17lb and a 9-12 bream. John Reeves fishing 2 nights to the reeds on the A1 end bagged 10 carp to 21lb, 4 tench and 2 bream using 10mm boilies. Dan banked 4 to 21-09 and Tom landed a 21lb.
The Canal and Blunham continued to give good sport and mixed bags to pleasure anglers; Jay landing a nice 15lb carp on Blunham and Ollie also in there with a 12lb with Charlie Dent landing a brace of low doubles in the week. Float anglers were also picking up good fish on Becks.
On Carp Lake, the Road Side fished well. Dan and Reece Jackson caught 23 fish between them; Reece 12 including 4 over 20lb and Dan 11 with 2 over 20lb. Liam Henderson took 3 to 21-08 and Jack Reynolds 8 fish between 13lb and 22lb fishing Mainline white pop-ups. Sonny Eales caught 4 to 21lb while JJ Coulson, aged 14, outfished his dad by landing a 21-01. Michael Buckingham and Nicky Creswell bagged 9 to 21-04. Sean caught 3 and was another to bag a new PB at Manor Farm with a 25-08. David McKay and Andy Mazzoni bagged 7 between them to 21-02. Elliot Bertram 4 to 26-13 and a tench. Another 20 came out to Stuart Blacow along with a big tench. Ian Hamilton caught 7 to 19lb fishing with Eloise who banked 3 to 18lb. Ben Roberts also caught two 20’s and 2 mid doubles. Mark Freeman snared 2 to 29lb.
On Booneys Ross Burridge banked a 24-08 and a 27lb on Manilla. Stuart Minney using wafters caught a 21lb and a 25-04 and one of Booneys tench at 6-08. Gabriel Prodan on the Winters side of the lake fished between the islands with a pink pop up and landed 2 commons and a mirror to 26lbs. Alan Andrews also banked a 26lb mirror, Ben Siggins-Mackie a 21-07 and Martin Olchawa a 21lb. Sean Backhouse banked two mirrors at 23-01 and 27-06
Winters is still on form and producing more 30’s. A 30-02 fell to Tom on the double swim, Canal side. Dave Field banked a 25lb Common and a 17-12 using Manilla and a white wafter. Rhys Coote landed 2 nice mid doubles and Jonathon Warne in the double swim Booneys side banked a 28lb common to a krill pop up – another PB. Jason Tranter netted a 29-07. Earlier in the week Adam Fye banked 6 to 33lb in a 24-hour session, Matthew Kingsford landed 5 to 30-02 and Danny Lovely on his first visit to Manor Farm smashed his PB with a 27-02 and then went on to beat it again with a 29-08. Cameron Lovell also landed a new PB on Winters with a 31-04, he also banked a 20lb common.
It has been a very busy week at Manor Farm with lots of fish being caught...
On Damsel Lloyd and Karl bagged 2 x 20’s, 2 x mid doubles and 2 bream. Adam Foy landed 5 doubles. Danny Emery caught 3 to 18lb and his friend Henry one at 14lb. Also catching were Chris Hobbs with 2 to 15lb and Luke with one at 10lb. During the week Wayne Avis graced his net with a splendid 22lb common.
On Blunham Jake Cooper had 2 to 14lb. Francis Jervis had a break from carp fishing and enjoyed catching quality roach on the quiver tip. Many other anglers enjoyed good catches and carp can be seen cruising on the surface and will fall to floating baits.
Over on Booneys Richard McSweeney bagged 2 to 21-04 and Jordan Daniels caught 2 tench at 5.08 and 6.08. Gerry James stole the show on Booneys this weekend catching ‘Onescale at 35lbs, plus another 30 and one at 25. He was using Krill boilies and pink krill pop ups
On Winters Marc Jarvis caught 2 to 17lb while his friend Neil Barford bagged up with 7 to 22lb and a big roach with a taste for carp baits. He was using Manilla and Krill. Ross Burridge landed a 25lb, Adam Harris 2 to 24lb, Justin Clark bagged a common at 32lb, 2 mirrors at 24lb, and a nice scaley. Paulius 2 to 22-08 and Charlie Dormer bagged a 32lb mirror
Becks fished well with Bryan Vahey bagging 3 bream, 2 tench and 7 carp to 16lbs over the weekend. Daniel caught 3 to 13lb. Alan Calvert caught 8 commons to 19-12 and 1 bream. Also catching were Wayne Grant with 3 to 16lb and Darren Harris with an 18lb common. Paul McQueeny and Will Astell both enjoyed midweek catches.
Carp Lake has seen lots of action. Ed Clarke bagged 6 to 18lb. Jake Douglas 4 to 20lb. Liam Knight caught 3 20’s to 24lb and 2 mid doubles. Louis Slack had 4 to 21lb using solid bags. Chris Peacock 4 to 26lb and Carl Clark 7 to 25lb using Hydrabaits. Tom Moss caught 2 to 14lb and Carl and Lee Bunyan and Liam Rushton fishing together caught 13 to 24lb between them using chods and zigs. Liam Bagged up with 12 fish including 5 x 20’s to 25lb. During the week Anthony Draper caught 6 to 24lb with Mainline Cell on Chods.
Solar Tackle fieldtester Peter Zyla has kicked off his spring season in style with this awesome 46lb 9oz common.
Peter explains: "Outside the lovely, spring sunshine is shining, but this early in the season the water temperatures are still low. My target water is a shallow pit and so the weather affects the carp very quickly. Although the sun was shining, the temperatures were quite low for a few days, followed by a cold, easterly wind.
"Once the cold wind had died off though, I put my plan into action.
With the sun warming a particular, sheltered area of the lake in the morning, I headed to the lake in the early hours to be in prime position for dawn. The water here is a little deeper, and I presented Solar’s 14mm TunaMino test boilies and a Pink & White Top Banana pop-up over the top.
"In the early morning in the first rays of sunshine I got my first bite of the year. As soon as I picked up the rod I knew it was a decent fish. As the fish neared the margins, in the clear water, I saw the golden scales of a big common. As the fish slid into the net I was thrilled, as I knew I’d got my season off to a great start.
On the scales the fish went 46lb 9oz."
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Targeting a pre-baited plateau for a day-only trip, Solar Tackle team member has landed this 40lb 10oz mirror. Having baited a clear, gravel plateau, which is 2m deep on top, at 120m from the bank with a mixture of particles and Candy Floss boilies soaked in Candy Floss Mega Big Shot Liquid, Thomas presented a 14mm Candy Floss pop-up over the area with a scattering of Candy Floss freebies.
Three hours in to the session, one of the two rods placed on top of the plateau tore off. After a long, nail-biting fight, Thomas finally slipped the net under this lovely carp, which is his 12th carp over 40lb so far this year.
Fenn Wright, the leading specialists in the sale of water related properties, are pleased to offer for sale; Dragonfly Fishery. The site is ideally situated in the heart of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, on the outskirts of Cerrigydrudion village, just 12 miles from the popular town of Betws-y-Coed.
With a guide price of £275,000, Dragonfly Fishery comprises of a well-stocked fly fishing lake extending to 1.1 acres, a retail building, a two-bedroom manager’s log cabin and a large car parking area. The overall property extends to four acres (1.6ha).
Fed from a natural spring and the Afon Nug brook, with an inlet and outlet, the lake features a central island, 16 pegs and depths from five to 17ft, and has previously been stocked with a variety of trout species. The fishing income has, to date, been derived from day tickets on both a ‘catch and keep’ and ‘catch and release’ basis.
The single storey retail building, which extends to (140m2 NIA) was constructed in 2011 and includes a fully equipped kitchen, office and toilets. The café has a capacity for 32 covers inside and 20 outside, and to the front provides parking for a minimum of 15 vehicles. The retail area has also been used to sell fishing tackle, local produce as well as garden and home accessories. The manager’s accommodation which is a former park home log cabin comprises of two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen/living area.
The site also includes a plant nursery, equipped with polytunnels as well as two six meters long raceways used for rearing and holding trout, prior to stocking.
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