2017 Latest Fishery News!

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18th August 2017 - Mid-week round-up!

Carp have continued to pop-up all over the res' throughout the week as anglers shared approximately ten fish from low-doubles to 25lb+. Although most of the fish have been taken from a 60 - 80 yard range there has been plenty of activity much closer in especially over on the field-side. On more than one occasion small shoals of Carp have been seen working the margins in both 'Weedy' & 'Summer Bay'. The forecast is again looking good for a bite or two this weekend so best of luck lads!

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17th August 2017 - KHV, Disinfecting angling equipment!

Apologies for keep repeating this but can all members please remember to dip all angling equipment that is liable to come into contact with our fish (i.e mats, net, slings etc) before fishing. As many of you are aware the highly contagious KHV gets closer every year, non-more so than 2017, so we'd like all parties to be extra cautious in helping to protect our precious & irreplaceable stock from this devastating disease. Another proven method of 100% killing all dangerous bacteria is to ensure all equipment is dried thoroughly prior to your next visit.

Litter - There seems to be a current trend of using carpet or vinyl in front of the bivvies' whilst fishing. Although we are not against this, if you insist on doing so please ensure that said material is taken back home with you and NOT left in the swim or rolled up and stashed in the bushes. We are classing this as littering and anyone found guilty of doing so will be dealt with accordingly, most likely banned! There are no excuses, you have been warned.

Many Thanks

Back to the action & here's one from last weekend, 25lb 6oz warrior like Mirror. Well in mate!

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15th August 2017 - Wood-side nine!

A selection of nine fish taken by a member on the wood-side last week. Part of the haul was a handful of twenties including the 'Upside down Common' (Top-middle) which he has now banked on all three of his previous visits. Another creature that really stood out was this fantastic looking Linear (Top-right) equipped with some serious paddles and was quoted as being the angler's "favourite capture of the season so far". We can certainly see why, well done that man!

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11th August 2017 - Future is bright!

We've seen near on twenty fish landed on the reservoir this last week but it has taken a little while for some of our larger residents to re-appear. As reported earlier this week the younger residents have been on fire the last few days and below are just a few examples of what the future has to offer and it sure is looking good.
Unbelievably the 'Black Spot Mirror' which was only caught for the second time Monday morning appeared again on Wednesday from roughly the same area of water weighing 7lb 4oz. Secondly is a 13lb Common taken shortly after arriving for a 48-hour stint on the field side. Despite losing a further two Carp on his outing that impressive thirty-fish milestone is edging ever so closer following his recent success. Third & finally is another beauty of a Common from just over a week ago weighing 15lb 4oz. Good stuff lads!

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9th August 2017 - Bites returning!

We endured a brief lull in the action over the weekend as a change in wind appeared to draw the fish up the reservoir towards the Dam head away from anglers.
The bites began to filter back through on Sunday and picked up further when the wind changed again & the showers returned after dark. There has been a lot of young fish caught since with even Carp of 1lb being recorded.
Two of the winter stockies have also made an appearance this week, the first of which was one of the fully scaled Mirrors taken Sunday afternoon from the 'Shallows' weighing a plump 7lb 14oz. The original 'Scaly no.2' has now been renamed 'Jane'. Well in Al! The second fell the following morning, 'Black Spot Mirror' weighed in at 7lb 3oz over a pound heavier than her debut capture back in spring.
As of Tuesday morning, it seemed the fish were really starting to spread out all over the fishery so we're hoping for a few productive days ahead. Good luck lads!

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4th August 2017 - Fish to 25lb+ mid-week!

The mid-week has produced a handful of fish to 25lb+. Yet again the 'Shallows' has proved to be very popular with the Carp and has been coloured heavily for the majority. Plenty of sightings have been made out in open water throughout Friday but more than twenty fish were also spotted playing around close in between 'Crash Barrier' & 'Coconut' shortly after lunch. Here's a few more from the action over the last fortnight including the 'Unknown Thirty'...again, she's one hungry pig. Well done fella!

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3rd August 2017 - Introducing 'Stella'!

Here's two of three fish taken off the wood side late last week when the feeding was in full flight. Part of the trio was the first capture of 'Scaly no.6' which the angler has now renamed 'Stella'.

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2nd August 2017 - Scaly no.6...again!

After only being caught for the first time last Thursday night, 'Scaly no.6' who is still awaiting a new name was banked again over the weekend. If it continues to feed at this pace it will be into double figures in no time at all, a cracking Linear.
In other news, we are hearing the sort after warrior 'Angry Annie' has made a second appearance of the year at over 30lb. That's all we have at the minute & we'll bring you the finer details as & when we get them. Another elusive reservoir character has also been spotted this week. The distinctive 'Corporal Common' was picked out from a handful of fish having a good old mooch around in the margins over on the field side bank Monday morning. Carp have been showing from around the halfway mark for most of the week as the wind continues to batter down into the 'Reserve'.

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1st August 2017 - Twenty-five fish in six trips!

Here are five fish taken nearly a fortnight ago by a member who has now landed twenty-five in six 48 hour trips. Weights ranged from upper-doubles to 20lb+. He'll be back very soon in search of topping that thirty fish milestone!

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31st July 2017 - Twelve to 34lb 2oz!

Following a manic week of fishing Saturday morning brought us the news of another memorable Moorgreen session. After arriving midday on Thursday, a member dropped half way down the wood side and instantly found himself amongst the fish. Over the next thirty-odd hours he took a staggering TWELVE Carp to 34lb 2oz and lost a further three! The largest of the bunch was the 'C Scale Common' which has put on a little more weight since his last known capture in May earlier this year. The hefty Common was in excellent condition and now has everyone wondering just how big he's going to be in two or three months' time! Also part of the haul was a heavy set grey Mirror which topped the scales to 28lb. A massive well done to the angler!

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28th July 2017 - Scaly no.6!

The action remains in full swing on the reservoir with a good head of fish making an appearance over the last couple of days. The largest known capture up to press was a Mirror of 28lb taken early Friday. Last night also saw 'Scaly no.6' slip into the net of a member on the wood side. She weighed in at 8lb and the pictures really show her starting to fill out her frame. We await a new title & congrats to captor. Elsewhere anglers have taken fish from 16lb to 20lb+ with even quick overnighters producing the goods. One angler was even fortunate enough to bag a couple out the 'Shallows' on waggler yesterday. Late morning until around lunchtime is currently proving to be the liveliest part of the day. Have a hectic weekend lads!

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27th July 2017 - Result in 'Reserve'!

48 hours in 'Reserve' resulted in eight of the reservoir's finest earlier this week as the Carp continue to hit the feed hard. After only banking his first fish from the water just over a week ago his follow-up stint produced fish between 17lb 8oz & 31lb including the 'Fat Common', Elvis' & the 'Croc! All the action came from open water on the tail-end of a strong south-westerly wind. He unfortunately went on to lose a further two Carp but did also bank four Tench 4lb - 5lb in weight. Great angling!

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24th July 2017 - 'Unknown' part of six fish rout!

It's been a pretty hectic weekend on the fishery with plenty of fish being caught including two of our resident thirties. The first thirty banked was part of a six fish haul in which a member took a upper-double, four twenties and the 'Unknown Thirty' at a spawned out weight of 31lb. The member has been on a real good run as of recent taking more than ten fish inside the last week. A massive well done!
Sunday morning saw the capture of the second thirty, a well known pig of a Common called 'Crocodile'. She weighed in at 31lb and up to press has been taken alongside four other fish to 22lb. The captures have been made from all over the res' along with tonnes of activity. One angler reported a crazy period of activity Sunday evening when Carp were constantly seen tail-walking & boshing off the point opposite 'Steps'. Despite the wind hammering into the Dam Wall, the fish remain completely spread out with all the latest action falling to the back end of the current north-westerly. Forecasters are predicting a very similar outlook for the remainder of the week so we're hoping for just as many captures if not more over the next few days. Best of luck lads!

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23rd July 2017 - 'Gate 1' access!

Just a quick reminder to all members that all gates should be left closed after use when gaining access to 'Gate 1' on the field side. This morning all three gates had been left wide open with what seems no attempt to close any of them. Please understand that over the coming months cattle will be grazing the field allowing access to the 'Gate 1' bank so it is essential that all gates remain closed at all times.
Further abuse of this rule will result in access & privileges being revoked, so consider your actions before spoiling it for others.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

21st July 2017 - Two stints takes tally to twenty-five!

We brought you the news last week of a member who has been on fantastic form recently after taking an impressive twenty fish in his last four visits. He's been back at it again this week for another round of action and he has only gone and bumped up his tally by a further five fish. During his two 48 hour stints he had a total of eight bites but unfortunately lost three, all of which fell in his first session. On both occasions he hit the ground running by taking fish almost instantly upon arrival. Photos will follow.
It's not only wood side producing the goods this week as members on the field side have also taken fish to 20lb+. The wind has been all over the place throughout the week but it seems to have had no influence on fish location as they continue to show here, there & everywhere! Good luck to those out this weekend.

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20th July 2017 - Creased Common!

As we reported to you on Tuesday, the weekend saw a member bank a 30lb+ Common that at first was not recognised as one of our known thirties. Well now the photos are in and the verdict has been cast. It has been confirmed that the 30lb 4oz fish was in fact the 'Creased Common' which to our knowledge has never been caught exceeding 30lb. For some time the scale perfect Common has averaged 27lb - 29lb but now it has finally reached that magical milestone. The member in question has managed to get amongst a fair few fish in recent weeks and below are two of his rewards, both mid-twenty Mirrors. Well done Sir!

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18th July 2017 - 30lb+ Common!

Saturday saw the capture of a 30lb+ Common which as of yet has not been identified as one of the known biggies. Further details will be posted as and when we get them. Elsewhere both banks produced more than half a dozen fish to nearly 25lb. Plenty still on the move with swims from the mid-way point onwards proving most productive.

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13th July 2017 - 48 hours produces seven!

As reported earlier this week, Tuesday's rain triggered the reservoir into a feeding frenzy & below are the results from one 48 hour session. After arriving Monday it wasn't until the following morning when the downpours started that it all kicked off. By lunchtime the same day he had taken four fish to just shy of 28lb and lost a further two. That afternoon another brace graced his mat before rounding off the session with a 17lb+ Common Wednesday morning. Weights were as follows: 3x 17lb+, 18lb 5oz, 22lb 5oz, 24lb+ & 27lb 8oz. This member has now banked twenty fish in his last four visits. Certainly on fine form, well done that man!

'Shallows' closures lifted - All restrictions have now been lifted in the 'Shallows' on the field side bank. 'Teabag', 'Island swim' & 'Spit Peg' are now open for fishing.

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11th July 2017 - Rain triggers action!

Like a 'flick of a switch' the rain triggered our residents into a frantic feed Tuesday morning leading a chaotic few hours of fishing. Prior to bite time the Carp had been crashing all over the fishery with some anglers witnessing three & four fish clearing the water at any one time. This morning's indulge saw one member land four fish to just shy of 28lb & unfortunately lose a brace before the turn of lunch. It's not only the Carp in search of food but so are the Tench with captures now into double-digits & weights in excess of 8lb+. Carp appear to be seriously hogging the weed at the minute and it seems presenting a bait as close as possible to one of the denser beds is proving most successful. The weed cutter has been hard at it over the last few days with the bulk of the wood side swims now clear as well as even more being shifted over on the field side.

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5th July 2017 - Action on the up!

After a few productive days on the res' we've seen the lads pluck out nearly a dozen fish since late last week to 28lb+. Carp continue to pop up all over the fishery with several anglers reporting pesistent activity from first light until around mid-morning daily. So far this week the dam end of the fishery seems to be holding on to a large number of fish despite being currently sat on the tail of a mild south-easterly wind.

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29th June 2017 - Four in 48!

Following on from a successful 48 hour trip a fortnight ago this member dropped back into the same swim on Tuesday hoping for much more of the same over another two day stint. This time he wrapped up with four fish under his belt, every one a twenty. The first two were taken in quick succession on the day of arrival weighing 21lb 5oz & 25lb 8oz with the remaining brace of 20lb 5oz & 22lb falling a few hours apart the following afternoon. Well in pal, top dangling.

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27th June 2017 - Action slowly returning!

After another bout of spawning started just under a fortnight ago, fishing has proved a little challenging but the lads have stuck at it and most have been rewarded for their efforts. Below are a couple of that have been winkled out, the first being a dumpy 23lb 7oz Common taken during a quick overnight session and the second pair of snaps being that of well known resident 'Big Wilf' weighing in at 26lb 6oz. Well done lads. Most of the spawning had ended as of Thursday last week so all restrictions have been lifted except for 'Teabag', 'Swim Island' & 'Spit Peg' which will remain closed until further notice. The weed cutting is still well underway after Monday morning saw another good chunk of the 'green stuff' shifted off the field side bank.

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22nd June 2017 - Twelve fish rout!

Here are the remaining six fish from another impressive result a fortnight ago when a member took twelve fish during a 36 hour session to 34lb+.

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20th June 2017 - Five from last week!

Well here are the five fish taken early last week during a 48 hour stint on the wood side. Every one a cracker including the well known 'Baby Big Girl' a little down in weight after spawning. Four twenties & a high-double: 18lb 5oz, 24lb 5oz, 25lb, 27lb 7oz & 28lb. Well done that man!

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Breaking - 16th June 2017 - Spawning Update!

The Carp have started to spawn again this morning over on the field side. Unfortunately they began between 'Goose Point' & 'Gate 2' so these swims are currently out bounds. In the last hour they have also started splashing about down in 'Summer Bay'. We have been expecting it and with what's forecast over the coming days it is highly likely several more will be joining the 'party'. Please keep an eye for spawning if fishing this weekend and if you happen to do so, please leave them to do their thing. With any luck they'll completely get it out their system by the end of next week.

Dipping equipment - With water temperatures well on the rise, the risk of KHV grows ever greater so here's just a quick reminder to all our members that all nets, slings & mats MUST be dipped prior to fishing. Please also ensure that all your equipment has been dried thoroughly before visiting the fishery to help further destroy any dangerous bacteria. Disinfectant baths are clearly visible in both car parks.

Many Thanks

15th June 2017 - Fish to 28lb!

The reservoir has produced no less than ten fish since last Friday ranging from 2lb to 28lb. The best session of the week fell to a member fishing top side 'Muds' where he bagged five fish during a 48 hour stint. The handful included three cracking fish over 25lb. Up until Wednesday the Carp had been showing in their masses every morning til around 11am. They had been so active one angler reported seeing more than forty fish in less than an hour on Tuesday. Since the return of bright sunshine on Wednesday the activity has fallen drastically and has even led to some fish returning to the 'Shallows' in groups of three & four but as of yet there have been no signs of any commotion! The 'Shallows' bank will remain closed until further notice, we apologise for any inconvenience. The swims between 'Goose Point' & 'Jungle Point' are starting to open up nicely after weed maintenance. There remains a bank of weed close in to fish over but out in open water plenty of clear spots & channels have been made available.

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10th June 2017 - Mid-week rout!

Despite another week of inconsistent spawning it seems some of our residents are finally back on the hunt for food. With a fair bit of activity in open throughout the week, one of our members decided to drop in half way down the wood side for a session he wouldn't forget in hurry. In 36 hours of fishing he managed to bag twelve fish with seven weighing over twenty to 34lb 8oz! Not sure many would have visioned such a hit with how up-and-down it's been over the last fortnight, a massive well done indeed! Weights were as follows: Mirrors - 10lb, 22lb 9oz, 23lb 10oz, 25lb 'Big Lin', 25lb 8oz 26lb 3oz. Commons - 16lb 2oz, 17lb 2oz, 18lb 9oz, 18lb 12oz, 21lb 9oz & 34lb 8oz 'Croc'. We've also received word of more captures being made right up until Saturday morning. Well in lads, keep em' coming.

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8th June 2017 - Weed control & maintenance!

As many of you are aware towards the end of May we experienced a sporadic growth of weed on the reservoir which we feared would lead to another smothered summer like that of 2015, our worst year to date. Now in order to ensure that the growth doesn't escalate to that of two years ago we have invested in a professional motorised weed cutter. The boat mounted tool has a cutting width of 5ft & can reach depths of up to 7ft allowing us to work at various ranges. We have already made a start on the field side but unsurprisingly due to the weather being a nuisance this week we have been unable to get back out. Please be aware we will be working both banks to keep it clear as possible for the welfare of our stock.

In addition we will also be hitting the banks over the coming weeks in order to improve some of the swims and paths on both banks. On the field side we will be limestoning the footpath alongside the reservoir for better access during the winter months as well as back filling some of the swims with sandstone to help against erosion and fabricate jetties where needed. The footpath over on the wood side will also be receiving a tickle of stone from top to bottom for a much smoother journey or 'trek' as some like to say.

We'd just like to apologise to all our members in advance for any disturbance or inconvenience caused during this time.

Many Thanks

5th June 2017 - Weekend action!

We saw roughly half-a-dozen fish to 26lb landed over the weekend with most of the action falling to the wood side bank. Two anglers fishing close to the mid-way point shared four fish & unfortunately went on to lose a fifth. The spawning dropped off on Saturday but the Carp continue hold up in the 'Shallows' despite the change in weather. Lots of sightings made Monday morning in front of 'Dugout' & 'Stump' as the wind graduall gained pace before it eventually began to hack down into the 'Reserve'. It is fairly unlikely that any spawning will occur over the next couple of days due to the forecast but be warned temperatures are expected climb again in time for the weekend. The 'Shallows' will still remain closed though until further notice.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

26th May 2017 - 'Shallows' to remain closed!

The 'Shallows' will remain closed for the duration of the bank holiday weekend despite some of the spawning easing off throughout Friday. They were still hard at it first thing this morning but as the days progressed most of the thrashing came to an end with the majority of participants now just laid up soaking up the sunshine. Keep up to date with all the latest action via our Facebook & Twitter Page.

Now back to the action prior to spawning. A quick overnighter in 'Beginners' on Sunday produced three fish, a 14lb Common, 20lb Mirror & this cracking Linear at 26lb 5oz. Massive thumbs up, top dangling!

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BREAKING: 24th May 2017 - Spawning underway!

The Carp on the reservoir began to spawn late Tuesday afternoon & continued this morning. Until further notice 'The Shallows' will be out of bounds. This includes swims between 'Teabag' & 'Goose point'. Please be aware the spawning fish tend to move further up the field side in the latter stages of the process so additional closures may be put in place. Another popular area for spawning is 'Pegs 1 - 3' on the wood side but for the time being these swims will remain open. Please also keep an eye out for any 'commotion' when fishing elsewhere on the fishery.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Many Thanks

23rd May 2017 - Weekend brace!

Check out these beauties from the weekend. Another fine brace of twenties taken off the wood side. 22lb 9oz Mirror & 24lb 5oz Common. Top dangling fella.

Plenty of activity on the reservoir so far this week. Carp only seem to be interested in the sun throughout the day and may be even getting ready to spawn but the lads are still managing to bag one or two during the early hours.

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19th May 2017 - 'Shallows' success!

We saw no less than eight fish grace the bank in the 'Shallows' last week ranging from 18lb - 34lb. For the duration of the week the early hours proved to be the prime bite time as well as being the most active part of the day out in open water. Along the way the lads unfortunately lost three or four fish but still no-one left empty handed. Weights were as follows: 18lb, 21lb, 21lb 15oz, 2 x 24lb 8oz, 28lb 4oz, 29lb & 'Crocodile' at 34lb. There's still a large number of fish moving & showing on the currently mild south-westerly wind.

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16th May 2017 - Fish to 34lb!

After a quiet end to last week the action returned over the weekend as anglers took fish to 29lb. The fish don't seem to be holding up in one particular area with a number of swims producing the goods. Below are a couple of said captures, the first is a pretty half Linear weighing 19lb which we believe has come through naturally. Second is a fish we like to call 'Baby Fat Common' looking fat as ever, she tipped the scales to 26lb 6oz. Well done lads. There have been a couple of lost fish early this week but most notably one that has been on the prowl & 'snapping' up the bait again is 'Crocodile Common' 1lb lighter than her last visit. The captor has now caught her at least once a season for the last four years. Photos to follow later this week. There were a few fish knocking about on Tuesday & they now seem to be well spread out all over the fishery.

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9th May 2017 - New 30lb Common!

48 hours in 'Beginners' produced six fish for one of our members this weekend including a new 30lb Common. Four were taken during the first half of the session, all of which were twenties: 2 x 25lbs, 27lb & 28lb 8oz. 2am Sunday morning then saw an unrecognised 31lb 7oz Common slip into the net. (Top Left). If anyone recognises the Common please get in touch and provide pictures if possible. There are several high twenty Commons in the reservoir that have been pushing the magical thirty mark for a while now and it seems this one has finally done it. We're sure it won't be the last! The session was then rounded off with a pristine 18lb 3oz Mirror. Yet another memorable session, a massive well done indeed!

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'Elvis' at 28lb 10oz!

This fella ended up the net of one of our members Saturday morning. In excellent condition the fish known as 'Elvis' was taken off the wood side weighing 28lb 10oz. An absolute corker, well done that man!

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22lb Scaly Mirror!

Not a bad wakeup call first thing on a Monday morning is it? This beauty of a Mirror was taken off 'Peg 1' weighing 22lb. What a peach! Congrats mate.

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8th May 2017 - Wading in 'Beginners'!

As many of you are aware we carry a strict 'no wading' policy on the fishery but recently it seems a small minority of anglers think they are exempt from following this rule especially when it comes to fishing 'Beginners Peg' or 'Pole' as some like to call it. It is well known that some anglers have been wading up to 30 yards out in order to get their hookbaits & freebies closer to the snags. Consequently the root of which the line then lays when the rod is on the bank runs close to/under a overhanging bush off a point further down the 'Reserve'. This kind of angling practice is COMPLETELY unacceptable. Firstly, it's bad enough anglers are taking it upon themselves to wade these distances risking their own life in extremely soft & deep mud as stated in the rules but also endangering wildlife in such a manner and we are not just talking about our invaluable stock. Recently a member was fortunate enough to retrieve some trailing line which turned out to be several, some lengths even still had leads attached. Yes, we all lose a rig or two in our fishing careers but losing them in such a way, knowing the risk of tethering a fish in the snags or being cut off by poor angling is downright irresponsible. From this point forward, anyone caught/seen wading in this swim will be asked to leave the fishery and most likely have their rights to fish withdrawn. There is plenty of room to cast from the bank as well as plenty water to aim at. If this rule continues to be abused we will have no other option but to close the swim, simple. Again punishing innocent parties who abide by the rules on every visit. This also leads on from fishing 'out of bounds' issue we reported a couple of weeks back.

Apologies for the lengthy post but please fish safe & responsible.

Many Thanks

5th May 2017 - Bedlam in 'Beginners'!

The action returned to 'Beginners' this week after a member landed ten fish during 48 hour session. More than half of the captures were made up of twenties, topped by the 'Big Lin'. The angler also unfortunately lost a further four fish over his to night spell but I'm sure he wouldn't have wrapped-in too disheartened. Meanwhile over on the field side persistence paid off for another member when a 23lb 4oz Common saved a blank at 3.30am Friday morning. Well done lads. Tench to 8lb+ have also been caught this week, I know they're not everyone's cup of tea but they sure are impressive fish. The majority of the action has fallen to the rear of the north-easterly wind which has been hacking up to the dam wall and even a little bitter at times. Water clarity remains crystal clear.

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A 23lb 4oz Common from 3.30am Friday morning & 'Big Lin', largest of ten fish from 'Beginners'.

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3rd May 2017 - Quick overnighter produces Three!

A quick overnight session in 'Gate 1' produced three fish to 27lb+ between two anglers late last week. The smallest of the trio was a 16lb Common which was followed by a brace of twenties, another Common of 22lb & 'Big Lin' at a solid weight of 27lb 6oz. Well done to the duo!

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2nd May 2017 - Scaly no.7!

We saw a fifth December stockie landed over the May bank holiday weekend. The fish known as 'Scaly no.7' when stocked weighed in at 6lb 2oz and has been renamed 'Winston' by the captor. A massive thumbs up! We saw a number of other captures over the three day weekend with fish to 25lb being taken off both banks.

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1st May 2017 - 'Crocodile' at 35lb!

Well it seems that our largest Common has finally woken up. The beast 'Crocodile Common' made her second appearance inside a week last Tuesday weighing a mighty 35lb. The captor smashed his Personal Best after banking the colossal Common alongside a 21lb Mirror. She's certainly not dieting & there's no doubt she'll 'snap' up another victim before long. A massive well done to the member who also banked his first brace from the water.

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28th April 2017 - Dippping angling equipment!

As many of you are aware we installed two disinfectant baths last year, one located in each car park. Now with the temperatures back on the climb we'd really appreciate it if each & EVERY member would dip their nets, slings & mats before every session. This also includes those who only fish our water. Each year aquatic diseases become more widespread, non more so than the devastating KHV. So please take just a couple of extra minutes before setting up to dip any angling equipment liable to come in contact with fish. For extra precaution also ensure all equipment is dried thoroughly before fishing. This is proven to kill any active bacteria & reduces the risk of contamination massively. For the record, Ignorance of this rule will lead to membership being revoked.

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27th April 2017 - 'C Scale Common'!

'C Scale Common' banked Monday morning from 'The Shallows' at an impressive spring weight of 33lb 8oz. Well done that man!

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26th April 2017 - Selection from 'Beginners'!

A selection from an eight fish haul taken last week in 'Beginners'. The 48 hour session produced six twenties, two doubles and one of the december dozen reported on Monday. Congrats to the angler.

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24th April 2017 - Big fish Monday!

What a great start to the week we've had, three fish landed Monday morning including two of our largest residents. Starting on the field side where a member a banked one of our larger commons weighing 33lb 8oz. The capture was made at around 11am and was identified as the 'C Scale Common'. The fish also happened to be the member's first of the year, nothing like doing it in style, eh? A massive well done indeed. Now moving over onto the wood side, another of our sort after residents made an appearance shortly before the 'C Scale Common'. This time a chunky Mirror known as 'Angry Annie' tipped the scales to 34lb! She has hit this weight before but that was during late Autumn a few years back so it's another impressive spring weight. Congrats to the captor who smashed his Personal Best! The third fish was also taken off the wood side by a new member who got his season up and running with a fish of 21lb. There's not a lot showing at the minute but the fish are being caught all over the reservoir so it seems they're on a serious hunt for food.

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As promised pictures of 'Scaly no.4', now known as 'Thatch', caught last week from 'Beginners'. The pretty little lin' was taken alongside seven other fish including five over 20lb. Keep 'em coming lads!

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20th April 2017 - On the move!

The Carp may still be playing hard to get on the reservoir but they have been much more active over the last few days. We have seen a fourth stockie landed in that time, 'Scaly no.4' taken by a member on the wood side early Thursday morning. The pretty little Linear weighed 7lb 6oz but photos & a name are on the way. There has also been a re-capture of the very first stockie caught a fortnight back. 'Scaly no.5' or the recently titled 'Snuff' made a second appearance earlier this week and weighed exactly 7lb. The original captor settled on the unique tag of 'Snuff' due to the sheer size of the creatures nostrils. Second capture pictures to follow. Also below is a capture from the Easter weekend, a 16lb 11oz Common from 'Beginners'.

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The newly named 'Snuff' at 7lb & a 16lb 11oz Common from last Sunday morning.

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17th April 2017 - Field side parking!

Anglers are now permitted to drive and park on the grass when fishing. Please stick to the clearly marked routes and when parking up, do not block the tracks/paths & ensure other vehicles can pass easily. The field side access is NOT to be used as a go between swims or a 'quick visit' for whatever reason. The access is for Members use ONLY.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

16th April 2017 - Third Winter stockie!

A member on the wood side bagged another winter stockie during the early hours of Sunday morning. This is the third fish from the December dozen to be caught in the last ten days. The Mirror originally known as 'Scaly no.8' weighed 6lb 2oz and was in immaculate condition. The captor got to rename the fish and settled on the 'Black Spot Mirror' due to distinctive markings. Congrats sir!

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13th April 2017 - Mid-week brace!

A 48 hours stint in 'Beginners' produced this cracking brace during the mid-week as the rest of the reservoir continues to fish hard. Both fish were taken on the day of arrival with the 15lb 5oz Mirror falling just minutes after getting the rods out. A couple of hours later, a second take produced a heavy set scale perfect 25lb 5oz Common. Again chucking singles to showing fish produced the goods. A great way to get your 2017 tally underway, well done!

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11th April 2017 - Twenties from the weekend!

Casting single hookbaits to showing fish down in 'Beginners' produced both of these 20lb Commons over the weekend. The action came as massive boost with both members bagging their first fish of the year. Well done lads, plenty more to come!

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10th April 2017 - Introducing 'Zippy'!

The reservoir may be fishing a little tricky at the minute but one angler was fortunate enough to winkle out a second winter stockie over the weekend. The fish was identified as 'Scaly no.3', a stunning zip linear. He weighed in at 6lb 13oz and went on to be given the fitting title of 'Zippy' by the captor. Well done that man!

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7th April 2017 - Stockie capture!

Shortly after dawn on Thursday morning, a member fishing 'Stump' became the first angler to catch one of the twelve December additions. The fish was identified as 'Scaly no.5' and in was immaculate condition. It's a great capture to see, knowing they've wintered well, and now starting to hit the grub. Congrats to the captor.

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It doesn't matter how big they are when they look like this...

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5th April 2017 - Five from 'Beginners'!

Two nights in 'Beginners' produced five fish for one of our members earlier this week. Despite a lack of sightings & activity down in the 'Reserve', the angler was convinced the fish would eventually move in on the strong south-westerly that had been pushing into the snags prior to his session. He wasn't proved wrong as all of his captures went on to break the 20lb barrier. Weights were as follows: 21lb 3oz, 21lb 6oz, 22lb 3oz, 23lb 8oz & 27lb 4oz. This haul takes his 2017 tally to six, all twenties, which is pretty good going for the time of year. A massive well done! The wind direction has since changed and is now gusting up towards the dam wall. Only a couple of the smaller residents have been seen in the region since, just basking in the fine spring sunshine.

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3rd April 2017 - No fooling around!

This member certainly wasn't 'fooling' around on Saturday, taking an impressive brace of twenties off the field side. Well done Sir!

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31st March 2017 - Tough few days!

The lads have endured a tough few days on the reservoir despite conditions being pretty much perfect for a bite or two. Half a dozen anglers were looking to round of March in style after such an eventful weekend which saw fish to 35lb landed. They set out to cover a vast area of water including both ends of a new mild south-westerly wind but unfortunately came to no avail. Sightings also proved rare with only a handful of fish seen over the duration. Nevertheless it has still been a successful five week period with a total of nine fish gracing the bank, off into April we go!

E.A rod license renewal - Don't forget you E.A rod license(s) expire at midnight on the 31st March so make sure you've renewed well in time before your next visit. It is a legal requirement to have one in your possession when fishing and up-to-date checks can & will be carried out.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

27th March 2017 - Year's first thirty!

What an exciting last weekend of March it proved to be, no less than five fish landed including one of the reservoir's largest residents! The headlines were made on Saturday when a member fishing 'Peg 1' bagged a hat-trick of Carp to 35lb+. The huge Mirror known as the 'Unknown Thirty' was taken alongside a double figured fish & one weighing just over 20lb. Three milestones in one day, a massive well done to the captor! Not to forget it's also an impressive spring weight for the big girl too. The action didn't stop there though as the opposite bank had also produced two twenties by lunchtime from 'Gate 1' & 'Teabag'. Not a bad day's work for the end of March. Still plenty of fish knocking about, most of which are in the shallower regions or at short distance.

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Here she is in all her spring glory. WOW!

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24th March 2017 - Has spring finally sprung?

We've seen a slump in activity throughout this week after conditions took a downwards spiral and became somewhat unpredictable. A number of sightings were made between the dam wall & 'Dugout' during Monday & Tuesday despite an extremely wet start. From then on the winds gained pace and temperatures took a tumble which pretty much knocked of all movement on the head. A little life returned around lunchtime on Friday when a couple of fish were spotted in slack water in the 'Shallows' as winds hammered up towards the dam wall. Things are really looking up for the weekend though with some fine & mild weather forecast. Best of luck to our lads out wetting a line over the next few days!

Reminders

Field side parking - Vehicles are still NOT permitted to be driven or parked on the grass (including verges) for any reason whatsoever. All vehicles must be left in the designated car park only! As stated in the 2017 rules, anglers will be issued with a warning for failing to comply with this rule. The accumulation of three warnings will consequently lead to having their ticket withdrawn.

Out of bounds - We have good reason to believe a small minority of members have been fishing in areas that are classed as out of bounds. This is deemed as trespassing on private land and is a serious offence. Anyone caught in these restristed areas will be dealt with according, most likely being removed from the site & receiving a ban. You have been warned, there are no excuses.

Please respect the rules and take the time to revise them all. Also think about the anglers surrounding you and how your actions may affect them.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

16th March 2017 - Visit from 'Big Lin'!

With activity still increasing by the day, one angler managed to lure a fine brace of twenties into his net during a very mild mid-week. Over a 48 hour stint he had a total of three takes but unfortunately lost one after a short battle. The sort after & well known 'Big Lin' appeared on his mat first weighing 27lb 3oz before a heavy set 22lb Mirror rounded off an impressive March session. As already said, there remains plenty of activity all over the reservoir with lots of fish visible on and just under the surface. Conditions are forecast to deteriorate over the next couple of days but temperatures should recover to double figures by early next week!

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10th March 2017 - Fish on the move!

There has been a fair bit of movement on the reservoir throughout this week but we are yet to receive word of any captures being made. Most of the activity has been on or around the surface with shoals of up to thirty fish being seen at any one time. An inconsistent wind has led to fish popping up all over the place with the latest report coming from down near the 'Reserve' swim where five Carp were spotted basking in a marginal bay Friday afternoon. The mild conditions are forecast to stick around for at least another week so the use of zig or two is a must, best of luck lads!

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3rd March 2017 - March Mayhem?

Despite a lively start to the week we've seen a slump in activity since the midway point after conditions turned a little sour. Following a couple of captures last weekend, the Carp were still present between pegs three & eight during Monday & Tuesday with several sightings made at an approximate 50 yard range. A few fish also appeared in 'Coconut' were they were believed to be feeding high up in the water and on the surface. Once conditions started to deteriorate on Wednesday our residents had pretty much shut up shop come Friday. 'Soggy' would be the best word to describe the weather going into the weekend but it is expected to turn drier by Saturday afternoon whilst temperatures are likely to climb back to double figures. So hopefully it won't be long before some of our fat finned friends are back on the hunt for food.

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27th February 2017 - Weekend brace!

The reservoir produced another fine brace over the weekend after a large number of fish moved up the fishery into open water. Following several sightings the captures were made on the wood side bank in the region of 'back & beyond. The two members got their season's underway with fish of 16lb+ & 22lb+. Congrats to both anglers. It's been an impressive end to Feb with four fish in the last week, something that has rarely happened in recent years. With March just around the corner, let's hope the momentum builds and we get to see a few spring 'hauls' over the coming weeks. Surely they've got to be hungry?!

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24th February 2017 - Battered by 'Dorris'!

It's been a pretty brutal 48 hours on the fishery after the somewhat intimidating storm 'Dorris' crossed our path leaving us with far too much water & a colour resembling that of oxtail soup. A couple of lads bravely rode out the conditions knowing all too well they had every chance of bagging one of the resident monsters who are partial to a 'slight' breeze every now and again. They were also faced with the task of trying to pick out fish amongst the crashing waves. The strong winds are forecast to return this weekend along with the occasional shower. Hopefully the temperatures stay mild enough to keep them active.

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22nd February 2017 - Capture number two!

The year's second capture was made during early hours of Wednesday morning. An overnight session once again produced the goods with a 16lb Common falling to a second member in as many nights. Congrats to the angler. It's certainly good to see some action before the end of Feb!

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Another fine Common of 16lb.

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21st February 2017 - Off the Mark!

News reached us early this morning that the year's first fish had finally been banked. The pristine well wintered 23lb 7oz Common was taken during a quick overnight session on the wood side. A number of sightings had been made prior to the capture after a being drawn down the reservoir by a strong but reasonably mild south-westerly wind. Well done that man, the first of many!

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Not a bad way to open your account for the year is it?

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17th February 2017 - Spring finally on the way?

After another chilly weekend and start to the week, it seems conditions are finally turning & on the up! The weather improvement mid-week has led to a little life out on the banks and with any luck the 'warming' vibes will also motivate a few of our scaly friends. Downpours and strong winds had left some parts of the reservoir coloured for a short time this week but clarity has since returned to normal. With a very welcome mild spell on the horizon, don't forget to give those zigs a go! You never know one may just get your season off to a flying start. Best of luck this weekend lads, just a couple will do.

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10th February 2017 - 'Beginners' temporarily re-opens!

The swim has temporarily been re-opened for fishing. Work is still to be done in the swim so further closures will be announced in due course. Don't forget to book!

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A rather bitter north-easterly wind & a flurry of snow!

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9th February 2017 - 'Wrap up' this weekend!

Despite a promising build up to last weekend, we have seen little activity since the turn of the week as conditions continue to head downhill. During the gales late last week we received reports of a few fish moving on the hacking wind that was pushing down towards the 'Reserve'. Around the same time another member remarked how he was 'kept on his toes' after witnessing signs of activity over his baited area along with several liners but unfortunately the bites just didn't materialise and was left a little disheartened. The frosts returned the following night which pretty much dampened all spirits and sent the residents back into the depths. To our knowledge only a couple of sightings have been made during the 'topsy turvy' mid-week. From Thursday night onwards we are expecting some heavy frosts and even the chance of a flurry of snow so temperatures won't be stretching much above 3C or 4C during the day. Hopefully the brisk winds keep the ice at bay for all the lads braving it this coming weekend, don't forget your woolies!

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2nd February 2017 - Rough it up!

Not a lot happening on the fishery since the thaw out last weekend. We have seen a handful of lads hit the bank but we are yet to hear of any captures or action of any kind. Along with the current mild-ish (emphasise ish) conditions, we are going to have a strong & gusty southerly wind with us for the next couple of days which has plenty of potential to get a few of our residents all fired up. These conditions have always been known to produce fish during the colder/tougher periods of the season, so fingers crossed. 'Dugout' down to the 'Arena' area would be the recommended swims whilst the gales are present. Another cold front is expected to move in during the latter stages of the weekend so it just may be worth biting the bullet and making most of the rough 48 hours ahead.

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27th January 2017 - 80% ice free!

Temperatures may still be hovering just above freezing but the brisk and bitter wind we've endured for the last 36 hours has thawed out most of the reservoir. A large sheet of ice was still drifting about up by the dam wall on Friday afternoon but the rain forecast for this coming evening should pretty much clear what's left. Hopefully we should remain ice free throughout the weekend as temperatures are expected to climb towards double figures during the day but showers are also likely along the way. Best of luck to the lads braving the bank this weekend!

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25th January 2017 - Mostly frozen!

As of Wednesday afternoon 'Dugout' down to 'Arena' was the only region on the fishery free of ice. It seems wildfowl activity is the only reason why this body of water which does span the full width of the reservoir hasn't yet frozen over. Further heavy frosts are expected tonight & tomorrow.

Many Thanks & Frozen Tight Lines

23rd January 2017 - Ice update!

Approximately two thirds of the fishery was frozen over as of Monday morning. Most of the wood side bank was covered with a 'thinnish' layer of cat ice to a range of roughly 80 yards. Some small clear areas had started to develop this afternoon but the temperatures soon crashed again after dusk. Another frost is forecast tonight so we are expecting a larger lid tomorrow. We'll keep you posted!

Many Thanks & Frozen Tight Lines

20th January 2017 - Sunshine sightings!

After another bleak week of weather, it wasn't until Friday morning that we finally saw the first sign of life. Amongst some very welcome rays of sunlight a handful of fish were seen rolling at distance in the 'Dugout' region. With persistent grey skies, drizzle and 'next to nothing' sunshine it's no wonder the Carp have remained in hiding. With February just around the corner, it looks like conditions won't be improving any time soon. Forecasters are predicting another chilly week ahead with a number of frosts likely.

2017 Rules - Can all members please ensure they read the updated rules for the 2017 season. The revised list can be found here.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

13th January 2017 - 'Topsy turvy' conditions!

It's been a quiet mid-week on the fishery after conditions made a complete u-turn despite an up-beat start to the week. Hope of any significant activity & even action was shattered when a cold front swept across the country bringing heavy frosts and snowfall from Wednesday onwards. A couple of marginal areas are still covered by real thin cat ice but the bulk of the reservoir remains clear and fully fishable. This coming week's forecast doesn't look too pretty either with temperatures expected to climb a fraction but becoming very unsettled. Still, you've got to be in it to win it. Best of luck to all the lads venturing out over the next few days!

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9th January 2017 - Rule reminders!

Field side pakring - We'd just like to reiterate that vehicles are NOT permitted to be driven or parked on any grassed area for any reason whatsoever during the winter months. As previously explained the ground at this time of year cannot cope with heavy vehicle traffic and further abuse will only cause more damage & delay access later on in the season. From now on, anyone caught driving or parking on the grass, even on the verges will be issued with a warning and further infringement will only lead to a ban, there are no excuses!

Barbed Hooks - we have recently retrieved some terminal tackle on the reservoir and discovered rigs armed with barbed hooks and as many of you are aware, these do not comply with fishery rules. We know some anglers aren't keen on barbless hooks which is understandable but the use of barbed hooks can also have severe consequences. So please take just a couple of seconds to either crimp your barb with forceps or simply use a quality micro-barb hook. Breach of this rule will again lead to warnings being issued and further more a ban.

Please respect the rules lads, they all serve a purpose.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

5th January 2017 - A little fresh!

Happy new year all!

It comes as no surprise that we've seen little activity during the first week of 2017 after some real chilly nights. Several areas on the reservoir have frozen throughout the week and as of Thursday afternoon ice was covering roughly a third of the fishery up by the Dam Wall. We're expecting most of it to thaw by Saturday morning. Temperatures are forecast to rise over the next 24 hours with the chance of a shower or two.

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