2018 Latest Fishery News!

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23rd May 2018 - 'Baby Big Girl' makes an appearance!

We have seen several fish to 31lb landed so far this week after the Carp headed back down the reservoir towards the 'Shallows' & 'Reserve'. First thoughts were that they were going to start spawning but infact again they decided to hit the grub hard. Fish to 24lb 6oz were taken from the 'Shallows' with a total of ten bites falling to three members. Over on the opposite bank Tuesday morning the 'Reserve' produced another of our A Team in the shape of 'Baby Big Girl'. She swung the scales to 31lb on the nose and looked in great condition. A nippy north-westerly also returned on Tuesday but it didn't appear to lure many fish back up the fishery. We expect spawning to commence over the next couple of days so please be aware that swim/bank closures may be enforced at anytime and if fishing you will need to relocate. Spawning usually starts in the 'Shallows' before they work their way up the field side bank in the direction of 'Jungle'. We'll keep you up to date on all shenanigans so keep your eyes peeled for alerts on here or on our Facebook page. Please contact/inform the fishery if any sightings of spawning are made in the mean time.
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(Left) This pristine 16lb Common was the reward for one of our members who sat out a challenging couple of days last week when the Carp were hitting the freebies hard but bites were hard to come by! (Middle/Right) Largest fish taken from the 'Shallows' on Monday. The stunning heavily plated Mirror weighed in at 24lb 6oz. Well in lads!

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18th May 2018 - Tough end to the week!

After a decent start to the week with a good number of fish gracing the bank on Monday we saw a brief lull in the action around the halfway point despite our residents responding well to a change in wind direction. Carp were soon patrolling & showing on a rough north-westerly which was battering into the dam wall during Wednesday. Activity down the far end was nothing like we'd seen the week previous even with the long periods of sunshine. One member managed to captilalise on the dam wall activity by dropping into 'Coconut' on Thursday only to be rewarded with a brace of twenties & a high double. Temperatures were again on the climb throughout Friday so after enduring a quiet night previous so two members decided to switch over to zigs at first light and soon earned themselves a fish apiece. Conditions may well have been warm & bright for the majoirty but with how the Carp have been hitting beds of bait you would of certainly expected to see a few more in the bag. That's fishing for you!

For the record, there are still no signs of spawning. The water temperature is rising but not quite there yet!

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A few hours Monday evening produced these four beauties: 16lb 10oz Mirror & Commons of 17lb 2oz, 24lb 14oz & the 'Croc' at 33lb 12oz. Cracking fishing lads!

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16th May 2018 - 'Elvis'!

Three fish from a session late last week when a member bagged five bites within two hours of arriving. 17lb 3oz Common, 19lb 12oz Mirror & 'Elvis' 8oz shy of 30lb. Well in mate, a great start to your season!
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14th May 2018 - Another lively weekend!

There has been plenty of action again this weekend with captures coming from all over fishery. Fish have been taken off the surface as well as the bottom as one member bagged a mint 26lb+ on biscuit Sunday morning. ‘Beginners’ has produced another double-figured rout with a large number of fish falling in quick succession. As already said though, the Carp are very well spread out now and have even appeared on the Dam wall over the last couple of days. It won’t be long before ‘Peg 1’ & ‘Coconut’ are the hotspots!

NO WADING - Just a reminder that anglers are NOT permitted to wade for any reason whatsoever. An area of concern is again down in ‘Beginners’ where anglers have been wading out silly distances in order to get their baits ‘right on the fish’. Well unfortunately from this point on, anyone who is caught wading in the swim will first be asked to leave the site & secondly face the consequence of losing their ticket, simple. There is an ample amount of water to aim for so there is simply no need at all.
We don’t set out to nag & moan but no wading is stated in the rules for a reason, SAFETY. Please take note as if there are any more reported incidents we will have no other option but to close the swim for the foreseeable future.

Back to the action and here is the stunning surface capture from Sunday morning. His fishing partner also bagged a brace of Mirrors weighing 16lb 2oz & 20lb 10oz. Well in lads!

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11th May 2018 - 'Creased Common'!

Here is the 'Creased Common' at 29lb after being taken as part of an Eleven fish rout during a 24 hour session earlier this week. Well done that man!

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10th May 2018 - 48 hours of mayhem!

We've seen no less than TWENTY fish landed in the last 48 hours after a drop in pressure Tuesday evening kicked started a feeding frenzy. The bulk of the action fell to the wood side where two members shared a whopping EIGHTEEN fish to 29lb. With both producing fantastic routs, one anger bagged the first double-figured hit of the year. A barrage of twenties made a bulk of the captures as the 'Creased Common' visited the bank for a second time at 29lb. Top dangling lads! Now over on the opposite bank during Thursday another session kicked off in style with a member drawing five bites in a little under two hours. After landing the first brace, fish of 17lb and the famous 'Elvis' at 29lb 8oz, unfortunately three consecutive hook pulls prevented him from bagging a full house. With conditions forecast to remain reasonably cool over the coming days we really are expecting to see a few wet nets this weekend!

Field side access now open: Vehicles are now permitted to drive & park on the grass. Please note that field side access is for the use of anglers who are fishing ONLY and is not to be used as 'go between' swims or by visitors whether a member or not! Anyone found abusing these rules will have their privellegeS revoked immeidietly. Many Thanks

Litter - Now for a moan. It is not very often we have to raise this issue but this afternoon we found some angler's rubbish which had recently been thrown/dumped from a car beside the field side track on the way down to the fishery. Quite frankly we have zero tolerance for this kind of behaviour and any individual found guilty of such an act will be asked to leave premises & have their membership withdrawn immedietly. If you can go to the effort to bring it, ensure you take it home as it clearly states in the rules. Have some respect, there is no need nor any excuse! Rant over.

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Three of seven fish taken over the last 48 hours. Every one a peach!

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4th May 2018 - Playing hard to get!

There’s been plenty of activity on the reservoir throughout the week. Although a couple of captures have been made, the general feel is that they are still playing hard to get. Large numbers of fish have again be seen in the upper layers and shallower regions. Zigs are certainly worth a shot this weekend with some warm weather forecast. We are expecting to see a little more action post sundown & early morning. Best of luck to all heading out.

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30th April 2018 - Best weekend yet!

An increase in activity towards the end of last week led to a fair bit of action over the weekend as half-a-dozen lads shared several fish to well over 20lbs. Both banks have now produced fish although the field side has generated more bites as it always tends to do early on in the season. There were a couple of multiple captures amongst the group as one angler reported having a take on each one of his rods as a shoal of fish moved across in front of him, finishing up with a brace of twenties after unfortunately losing the first. Congrats to all those who bagged their first fish of the season over the weekend, it is always a huge relief to get one under your belt and even more so a great confidence booster.

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One of several twenties taken over the weekend, this chunky Mirror went 22lb 10oz!


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25th April 2018 - On the prowl!

Well, here she is... It was only a matter of time before the pig we like to call 'Crocodile' slipped up for the first time in 2018. The belly busting Common was taken Sunday morning down in the 'Shallows' and rattled the scales round to 34lb. Without fail she is again amongst the first few captures of the year. A massive congrats to the captor.
Elsewhere, bites have been a little tougher to come by since the band of high pressure & sweltering heat late last week. Loads of fish have been in the upper layers with plenty also visiting the shallower regions but showing no interest in food whatsoever (can you blame them). Since the warm weather absconded and the traditional British climate returned, activity has completely changed with fish now showing and moving well on a strong south-westerly wind. Wednesday afternoon produced latest capture in the shape of a plump 28lb 4oz Common. Another member kicking off their season in style!

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18th April 2018 - 'Creased Common' at 29lb 2oz!

We've seen a vast increase in activity over the last few days after conditions finally started to settle down. Sightings have now been made in a number of locations across the reservoir, most frequent in the 'Shallows' but also up by the dam wall where they were spotted milling around on the surface on more than occassion.
Recent captures have included another of our Scaly additions, one of the pristine zip linears known ironically as 'Zippy'. A heavily plated Mirror taken late Tuesday evening weighing just shy of 20lb and was the members' first fish of the new campaign, no doubt the first of many (pictured below). Lastly, the 'Creased Common' has made her first appearance of the year at a healthy spring weight of 29lb 2oz. She had clearly wintered well and was in immaculate condition.

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A blistering take followed a single bleep shortly before 11pm resulted in this stunning Mirror Tuesday evening.


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12th April 2018 - Introducing Bert!

'Scaly no.11' was finally banked Wednesday morning after evading capture since its introduction back in December 2016. The stunning Mirror went just into double-figures and has been renamed 'Bert' by the captor. Another fantastic fish for the future!

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Breaking - 11th April 2018 - The deadlock has been broken!

The reservoir has finally produced its first fish of the year. A lean & pristine 16lb Common got the season underway & has since been followed up by a further three fish. A second mid-double Common made up the trio after bagging a brace of stockies. All twelve additions have now been caught after the last outstanding ‘Scaly no.11’ was banked alongside one named ‘Thatch’. Both fish were well into double-figures with the latter being the largest of the pair. It’s fantastic to finally see some action & there will no doubt be plenty more to come!
Now here’s a couple of scenic shots captured earlier this week by one of our members. A stunning sight at sundown and a not-so-clear daybreak.

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7th April 2018 - Rules reminder!

With what looks to be some decent weather on the way, we are hoping to see plenty of life on the fishery this coming week and possibly the year’s first fish.

We’d just like to remind members that all fish caught exceeding 28lb must be reported back to fishery staff. Like last year, this also applies to any captures of the 2016 stockies which should be well into double figures. This allows us to keep a close eye on the health & progress of our sort after residents. Thanks for your co-operation.
On that note, please feel free to send in any of your catch reports from the upcoming campaign.

Fishery rules 2018

Field side parking - Restrictions remain in place as the land is still far to wet to be driven on. Please leave you vehicles in the designated car park only until further notice. We apologies for any inconvenience.

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2nd April 2018 - Washout!

An insight to what the lads have endured whilst trying to wet a line this bank holiday weekend. The first couple of pics were taken 24 hours apart between Friday & Saturday. If flooding wasn’t already enough, we were then treated to a covering of snow at first light Monday. Talk about one extreme to another.

To top the weekend off, the wait goes on for the years first fish as our cyprinus residents managed to evade capture yet again. It’s only a matter of time!

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Thanks to our members for the photos.

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29th March 2018 - On the move!

We've seen a few encouraging signs on the reservoir throughout this week after temperatures finally returned to double-figures. A couple fine and bright days early on led to a good number of Carp visiting the 'Shallows' where they were seen doing a little feeding as well as some spring basking. Over the last couple of days sightings have moved up the fishery with the midway point being the most active. We're hoping the poor forecast for the bank holiday weekend doesn't dampen too many spirits as we are pretty sure we won't have to wait much longer for the year's first fish. The last time Easter weekend fell during the month of March the reservoir produced eleven fish! More of the same please.
Best of luck to all heading out.

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23rd March 2018 - Spring Equinox!

After another torrid weekend of weather, Tuesday finally marked the first official day of spring so that means from this point forward there are no more excuses! Despite temperatures climbing back into double-figures throughout the week, visual activity has been hard to come by. Don't ignore the shallower regions over the coming weeks as the increase of daylight hours and periods of sun will no doubt bring plenty of life to these quarters first. Levels have dropped a fraction but the fishery still holds a strong turbid colour. Good luck lads!

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15th March 2018 - Murky March!

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Heavy rain over the weekend and throughout this week has left the reservoir with a not so pretty soup-like tinge. Levels have also risen substantially due to a mass intake and if the snow forecast for this coming weekend is anything to go by there will certainly be plenty more to come! On a more positive note, the water temp actually isn't that bad and during Tuesday our warmest day so far, a member witnessed showing fish down in the 'Shallows'. Not only are they drawn in by the shallow warmth but also that fresh flowing water washing down a few goodies.
It looks like there's every chance of a snow Carp this weekend as the 'Beast from the East' is expected to return. Best of luck to those heading out and braving it. Hopefully conditions aren't as brutal as they were a fortnight ago.

Field Side Parking - Just a quick reminder that no vehicles are to be driven or parked on the grass for any reason whatsoever. After the recent rain it will be some time before the ground will be fit to drive on. We'll keep you posted & apologise for any inconvenience.

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12th March 2018 - Now on Instagram!


Be sure to head over to Instagram and get following. See you there!

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8th March 2018 - The wait goes on!

There has been a real sense of spring in the air at times throughout this week and following a short spell of sunshine Thursday afternoon we finally saw the first bit of movement on the res' since well back in February. The activity was again right down in the 'Reserve' where a couple of small Commons were seen mooching around in approx. 3ft of water. Prior to the sightings the reservoir had been pretty lifeless which came as no surprise after the conditions we suffered last week especially with those baltic easterly winds. Temperatures are forecast to rise well into double-figures this coming weekend so hopefully it's a sign of better things to come and by the end of the month we're reporting more about fish than the bleedin' weather!

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5th March 2018 - Campsite update!


We are currently in the process of installing electric hook-up to our ever growing and popular nottinghamshire based camp site. We are hoping that the work will be completed come the start of April, just in time for what should be a great season ahead. We will be introducing a small fee for use of the electric facility at the cost of £2 per night. This means the cost of a pitch will rise from £10 to £12 per night but dropping back to £10 after two consecutive nights. However, our basic tariff rates will still apply to visitors who would like to remain 'off-the-grid' with prices staying at £10 per night dropping to £8 respectively.

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2018 & hope these little extras make your stay even more enjoyable.

The site remains open as usual and further announcements will be made in due course.

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28th February 2018 - Small cap in the 'Shallows'!

Managed to grab a few snaps down in the ‘Shallows’ this afternoon once the snow had eventually stopped. Just a smidge of ice from ‘Teabag’ through to the ‘Spit’, the remainder of the reservoir is completely clear!

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27th February 2018 - Ice Update!

For those of you who are still considering heading out in pursuit of a snow Carp, as of sundown most of the reservoir was free from ice. Just small block at the Dam Wall end of the fishery was subject to freezing last night. With another sub-zero night on the cards, we’ll have to see whether the winds manage to keep the ice at bay yet again.

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23rd February 2018 - Ice Update!

As it stands we are currently ice free. A little cat ice had formed in the margins overnight but the winds picked-up at dawn and soon moved it on. However, we do expect a ‘lid’ to form over the coming days as temperatures are forecast to barely creep above freezing throughout the day for the majority of next week. We’ll keep you posted!
Activity has remained slow this last week despite conditions settling out a fraction early on. We have seen some life from the silvers but the Carp just aren’t playing ball yet. Not to worry though, March is on the horizon and is well known for producing a few beauties. Watch this space!

Remember this blighter from last March?

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15th February 2018 - Is it spring yet?

Well what another horror week of weather we've endured on the fishery, there is no wonder why our residents have remained in hiding. To be honest, it hasn't been much more appealing for us anglers either after being treated to horizontal sleet & snow, bitter winds and heavy frosts throughout. According to forecasters we're turning a corner over the next few days as it appears a very welcome dry spell is heading our way. Temperatures are also set to rise to near-on double figures by early next week which should hopefully trigger some life into the place. Zigs & shallow water fishing are the most likely approaches to tempt a bite at present. Best of luck lads!

Now seeing as it's a Thursday, here's a throwback to the time before it all began. A drained reservoir in the mid-nineties prior the fishery opening. The first three photos are mainly of the Dam wall & looking out over 'Peg 1' whilst the fourth shows some of the potential underwater snags.

Credit to a couple of our members for the photos.

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8th February 2018 - Ice Update!

Despite temperatures dropping to as low as -3 over the past couple of nights we have been fortunate enough to evade any significant freezing. Cat ice has formed at both ends of the fishery and in the margins of the field side but the winds from sunrise have pretty much cleared all areas in no time at all.
We also received word of a little activity down in the 'Shallows' Wednesday afternoon. A couple of mid-double Commons were spotted soaking up a few rays by one of the islands. The 'Shallows' are definitely worth a bash if you fancy a quick day session over the next few weeks as they seem to be responding really well to short periods of sun.

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2nd February 2018 - More mid-week action!

It has been another encouraging week on the fishery after we were again treated to some brief activity in a couple of locations. Reports of movement first came through on Tuesday when a member saw fish showing out in open water approximately half way down the wood side bank. The second lot of sightings were similar to that of last week down in the shallow regions of the 'Reserve', again only a select few fish were seen but this time they were grubbing! Unfortunately, we're looking at a real cold spell over the next 7 days or so which is likely to set us back a little. Nevertheless we'll keep you up-to-date on all things happening, especially any hindering ice. Best of luck to all heading out this weekend!

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26th January 2018 - Fun in the sun!

In a week of which we have seen our fair share of snow, been destroyed by yet another storm and even considered building an ark, we finally witnessed a little movement on the fishery Friday afternoon. A rare appearance from that yellow fire ball in the sky soon drew a number of our recently elusive residents down into the shallows of the ‘Reserve’ for a couple of hours. For the handful of fish that were present, feeding certainly wasn’t high on the agenda as they mainly sat basking amongst the murky depths but it sure was great to see for late January. This news will no doubt be a huge confidence booster for the lads who have been plugging away over the last few weeks. It’s amazing what magic a little winter sunshine can produce, get those zigs out folks!

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18th January 2018 - Taken another battering!

Unfortunately there is again little to report from this last week on the fishery.The only movement we have to share is that from Thursday afternoon when lots of small fish were seen topping between 'Dugout' & 'Muds'. There were no obvious signs of any larger species being present but as you know, you don't have to see them in order for them to be there. The activity came after another storm battering Wednesday evening when winds locally were in excess of 60mph. Earlier this week we also woke to a covering of snow which didn't hang around too long but that combined with some torrential downpours have accounted for the levels rising even further. This also means that clarity remains extremely poor. Springs on the way folks, Promise!

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10th January 2018 - Little life!

It comes as no real surprise that we've endured a quiet start to the new campaign despite holding off the ice for the duration. Bouts of poor weather are largely to blame for the lack of life both in and out of the water. The reservoir has taken on a fair amount of water in that time so levels have risen a few inches and the chocolate brown colour remains.

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3rd January 2018 - Storm brings colour!

Happy new year all!

Over the last 36 hours we've taken a good old battering from the latest seasonal storm, Eleanor. With the winds at their peak we saw surf like waves hammering down the reservoir whilst the heavy downpours left streams and ditches gushing. All this has led to a real heavy colour developing on the fishery, something we've not seen in quite a while. As many of you may already know, in times past these conditions during the cooler months have been known to spur-on a few of our residents. Unfortunately it seems the chances of bagging an early January fish may be short lived as an 'arctic' front is forecast to sweep down from the north this coming weekend. Hopefully we can again keep the ice at bay. Best of luck to all those braving it!

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