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The catch report will keep you up to date with the fish coming out of the lake, weather conditions, hot swims and more importantly what is and isn’t working.
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18th July 2015

It's that time of year again the ruffians from our home town Epping, Essex Shut up! Ellen's brother Jay and noddy John with special guest Holly John's daughter competing for their Noddy trophy, who will claim the title this year?  Fishing swims 9 and 10 and on the last night Jays on 7 and Johns on 4.  Baits being used are particle, pellet, Sutton's peachy keen boilies, Hybrid boilies with various pop ups.  John on swim 10 was off the mark first 30 lb 4 oz mirror also others @ 37, 26,8, 38,4, 35 lb and a new PB cat @ 57 lb 8 oz all on peachy keen boilie tipped with a white topper snowman style. John also lost a few this year not good during the week.  Jay swim 9 has also had a few hook pulls,banked a 35,8, 32,2, 38,4, 24,11, 7 and a 40 lb 8 oz all on Suttons peachy keen boilie tipped with corn,think the truths in the pudding there.

It's been very tough on the lake with temperatures hitting 37 degrees again Tuesday blazing sunshine and with only 2 of them on no pressure on one side of the lake it was always going to be difficult, but choice of bait worked for them for sure.  Me I didn't fish with them this year with the very hard conditions on the lake and lots of other work to be getting on with on the stock lake it will have to be another time.

John had the better fish average but the guys settle the trophy with the biggest fish and that went to Jay this year 2015 winner with the only 40 of the week.  So Top Rod goes to Jay Top swim 9 and Top Bait was our very own Sutton's Peachy Keen.

The weather was hot all week blazing sunshine mainly mid 30's all week up-to 37 degrees Tuesday.
Water temperature dropped off to 25 degrees mainly down to the gusty winds throughout the week.
Miss you guys already but wont be long and your be back here again next year before you know it and boy what a competition that's going to be fishing the newly face lifted stocky with all our big girls in there while the main lake gets a face lift its self!


11th July 2015

New group to us this week,Lee,Steve,Darren,Andy,Justin and Tom.Fishing same as last week 3,4,5,8,10 and 11.
Particle and pellet being used with various pop ups.
Some sad news this week Sir Bob has finally popped up after over a year of playing up when caught it all started with him after being snagged last year me and Ellen have given this fish alot of time and moving him at one point to the stock lake to help him,RIP Sir bob.
It's going to be a catch report about the weather more then fish being banked,let's start with the fish only the one fish was banked coming off swim 3 Tom's new PB 46 lb caught on a cream boilie pop up,now the weather well it's now officially a drought here after only a little rain over the last 3 months,average temperatures last week were 36 degrees and one day hit 41.3 degrees in the shade blazing sunshine the hardest conditions on the lake since we have owned it water temperatures are very high hitting 30 degrees some days with no sign of any big change yet,the lake is now down 14 inches on winter levels really need some rain now !
Fish still seem happy feeding heavy on naturals when they want it apart from that it's very hard to get them to pick anything else up .
Great bunch of guys who really tried everything and hopefully will return to us to one day to settle a few scores.


4th July 2015

Great bunch of lads from Newark,The 2 Matts,Carl,Andy,Gary, and Dave,fishing swims 3,4,5,8,10 and 11.
Baits being used are particle,pellet,various boilie baits Impulse chopped banana and tiger nut,bait works monster red,premonition baits liver, and a few others.
Very hard conditions on the lake again this week very high temperatures,fish have been on naturals all week not picking boilies up only a few fish banked only 2 x 40's up to 40 lb 8 oz which come off swim 11 on a pink pop up tipped with corn,Matt on swim 11 finished best off for the week.
Hats off to the guys they stuck at it trying different methods and baits throughout but they couldn't get the fish to pick up what they were offering just a quick take to find the fish had dropped it that was the story of the week.
Weather was blazing sunshine again temperatures up to 36.8 degrees through the week one cooler evening produced 3 fish.
Water temperature dropped off after the cool evening to 25 degrees.


27th June 2015

A returning group who have visited a number of times, but unfortunately due to their lack of respect to our property and the disgraceful state they kept and left the lodge in, will not be coming back.
It was an interesting one this week with a heat wave some swims produced in the heat and others didn't just the odd rogue fish caught.  Only 8 fish were banked up to 44 lb which came off swim 3 before the heatwave had kicked in on the first night they arrived.  We don't normally like having to report on people blanking on the lake but this week is an exception and we had 3 guys on a blank.
Weather throughout the week blazing sunshine temperatures up to 40 degrees.
Water temperature hit 30 degrees Friday afternoon.


20th June 2015

Returning group to us this week who was with us around about this time last year.
Rob,Rich,Dave,Jason aka Captain coypu,Graham aka Posh and Darren aka Billy from Oxon.
Fishing swims 2,4,5,9,10 and 11 same as before.
Baits being used are same as before Blakes snowberry,Bait works monster red various other boilie baits and pop ups,red maggots our particle and pellet also being used.
Guys have had a good few fish out this week making them top group thiss year, swim 11 by far the hot swim yet again Graham aka posh banked 2 named fish down on weight after the spawning Bricktop @ 48 lb 8 oz and The Mole @ 51 lb new PB for Posh,we also saw The Big Scale out again in less then a week also down on weight new PB for Dave on swim 2 @ 52 lb 8 oz,Rob on swim 10 also banked a 50 in the form of a cat @ 57 lb banked on swim 4 after a epic battle in the boat,the guys worked really hard this week in very trying conditions very hot sunshine and temperatures up to 36 degrees but they achieved what they aimed before they arrived Top group of 2015 so far with 37 carp well done guys,graham picked off his fish under the canopies of the island trees and bushes only certain times of the day/evening crushed boilie and maggot worked for him on the marks.
weather this week has been a sorcher boiling hot sunshine blue skies little wind.
water temperature has shot up taken from the dam end in front of swim 6/7 on the bottom 27 degrees Friday evening.
Top rod again Graham aka Posh,Top swim same as last year 11,Top bait red maggot.
2 x 50's to 52 lb 8 oz,7 x 40's to 48 lb 8 oz,20 x 30's to 39 lb 8 oz.7 x 20's to 29 lb and missed from the netting a single at 8 lb.


13th June 2015

Back to business this week returning group been with us since 2010,Dave jr,Dave snr,Dave aka nobby,Alan,Simon and Dusty from Eastbourne and London area.
Fishing swims 2,3,9,10,11 and 12 also mid week swim 1 and 4 was fished,no one fished Saturday night and they really didn't start fishing until sunday lunchtime Dave snr doesn't fish at night he sleeps up the lodge,this is not a full on fishing trip for these guys they treat it as a social get together and spend a lot of time away from there rods and had a day out on Friday which reflects the amount of fish caught.
Some good fish were still banked this week very changeable weather throughout the week and a big drop in water temperature at the start of the week after heavy rain for two days made the fish I think moody.
Even so we had 4 PB's Dave snr 45 lb 8 oz,Dusty 42 lb,Alan 54 lb and nobby with The Big Scale 53 lb 8 oz,
Weather was very wet at the start and very warm towards the end with temperatures reaching 30 degrees.
Water temperatures dropped right down to 18 degrees but has since recovered.
Top rod Dave aka nobby,Top swim 12,Top bait Hybrid.
2 x 50's to 54 lb,4 x 40's to 45 lb 12 oz,3 x 30's to 39 lb 8 oz,1 x 20 to 28 lb.


6th June 2015

After a late cancellation we have no main group on this week bet they will be laughing there heads off after reading this,so John a friend of ours fished first part of the week and made room for the start of our works on the fishery,Stage one stock lake.
After the mini spawning session last week things should have been clear cut for John, but couldn't have been more wrong it's been strangely quiet on the lake again,then Bam !  heavy spawning this time with the big girls dropping there loads everywhere how many more times this year ? But I must say this time is full on,John ended up losing 2 big girls at the net and through the towel in after the weekend,looks like the next group will be busy they are going to be on the munch for sure looks like they are all done now.
After the heat wave we have been having lately with temperatures upto 36 degrees it was on the cards there was going to be a storm or two,Thursday night went off with a bang heavy rain gale force winds and thunder and lighting for well over an hour,again I bet the guys that cancelled on us wouldn't have liked this we didn't and we watched from in doors.
Lots more storm fronts coming to us over the weekend with one banging around still Friday morning and a orange warning in place for Sunday could be an interesting week,second half of the week is going to be hot and sunny again.
Water temperature 20 degrees.


30th May 2015

New group to us this week from Northampton area.
Josh,Richard aka Selleck,Alex,Rex and Peter aka Babba !
Fishing swims 4,5,9,11 and 12 Josh fished swim 9 and arrived Sunday evening.Rex moved to swim 3 from 12 on Sunday.
Baits being used are particle,pellet Prf,Pro seed boilies and various hook baits and hi viz pop ups.
From the off swim 5 was holding many fish and wasn't  long before Alex had bagged a few but these fish never stay around too long before they move on am sure if it wasn't for the cup final he would have taken a lot more fish,going into the week around 3 - 4 big groups of fish very active crashing and fizzing none stop not bothered by baits,were am sure  spawning again on top of high temperatures upto 36 degrees blue skies hot sunshine high pressure made this week very interesting for the group.
Putting that aside they still done 5 PB 's and enjoyed it,Selleck had fun in the boat with a cat PB 57 lb,Babba did his PB mirror and common as did Alex,Rex banked fish upto 46 lb 8 oz which ended up the biggest of the week no big girls this week think they were hiding,and Josh banked fish to 46 lb.
Weather boiling hot sunshine up to 36 degrees.
Water temperature 23 degrees rising rapidly.
Top Rod Alex,Top bait just white pop ups visual working on all fish caught,Top swim 5 no surprise there.
1 x cat 57 lb,8 x 40's to 46 lb 8 oz,4 x 30's to 39 lb 8 oz,2 x 20's to 29 lb both 20's were male fish.


23rd May 2015

Returning group this week who were with us back in 2013.
Roger,Son Harrison,the 2 Micks,Neil,and Simon from Kent and Essex areas.
Fishing swims 3,5,9,11 and 12.Mick moved to swim 2 on Wednesday from swim 5.
Baits being used are particles,pellet,maggot,tiger hookbait with our PRF ,peachy keen boilie and a few they brought with them some Hybrid,supplied by us Banoffe pink dumbell pop ups.
We have seen a much better week with 6 on the lake the fish have moved around more and 2 big names have tripped up Amber the Common @ 56 lb 4 oz fell to Roger swim 3 on banoffe hi viz pop up and The Big Scale @ 55 lb his biggest weight yet swim 11 mick caught him on a tiger hookbait over pellet and particle,amazing to say these two fish came out on the same week one month ago Big Scale from the same spot.It's been testing high pressure not helping high daytime temperatures up to 27 degrees blue skies full sun but they stayed with it and got lots of new PB's.Harrison fishing with his Dad on swim 3 banked his new PB a stunning carp @ 42 lb,also down in swim 12 Neil had a epic fight with a cat which he spent some of it in the boat trying to move it his first cat @ 56 lb,after the other Micks move from swim 5 to 2 he banked a new PB @ 42 lb,Simon up in swim 9 struggled all week only banking the one fish just didn't happen for him this time round.
Was lovely seeing these guys again and they are all welcome back anytime.
Weather was warm most of the week upto 27 degrees.
Water temperature was between 18 and 22 degrees.
Top rod Mick,Top swim 11,Top bait tiger hookbait over pellet and particle.
2 x 50's both over 55 lb upto 56 lb 4 oz,1 x 50 cat at 56 lb,7 x 40's to 48 lb another of these was 47 lb 8 oz,6 x 30's to 38 lb 8 oz,3 x 20's to 28 lb 8 oz.