Russell Shipton with a beautifully conditioned FBF Common Carp.

Spring is in the air!

There are now clear signs of Spring popping up all around the venue be it new shoots in the bankside margins or the explosion of gorgeous yellow Daffodils to the thickening and greening up of the grass. There will soon be newborn lambs in the adjacent fields, the clocks have changed and there is the hope of the endless summer days to come. The changing from one season to another at whatever time of year is a magical thing for us ‘outdoor types’ but perhaps the end of winter into spring with the offer of so much hope is the most magical of all.

None of this has been missed by the fish as sport has definitely ramped up a gear or two of late perhaps this is a coincidence of the extra bankside traffic in that, more anglers are getting out to wet a line and thus catching more or maybe just that the fish share our enthusiasm for the longer days and milder conditions.

Notable catch reports this month include;

Alan burden visited from Pevensey, fishing a day session via two techniques a traditional rod, and the more modern pole that more and more pleasure type anglers are starting to employ. On the rod he caught a lovely 3lb Tench and a 4lb common Carp along with a few nice 2lb roach bream hybrids all using sweetcorn as bait. On his pole line using prawns as hook baits he tempted a lovely 6lb common Carp giving him a very pleasurable day out in wonderful surroundings.

New visitors to Furnace Brook Mick and James Wright enjoyed a day session both using two rods apiece with a mix of float and ledger techniques they found themselves enjoying a busy days sport. This included half a dozen common Carp up to 10lb, a 4lb Tench and some quality nice roach up to the pound mark. They used a mix of bait including boilies, sweetcorn and groundbait.

Dudley visited recently for a day session he fish the inform area around peg 7 and targeted the far bank features he was rewarded with a gorgeous, beautifully conditioned Mirror carp that left the scales settled at 15lb. Along with this were several common Carp and a Barbel that surprise everyone every time they are caught.


Dudley with his 15lb FBF Mirror…


…a lovely Common…



…and his Barbel.


A windy March match

Our mid month open match in March attracted as usual a select field of competitive anglers from across the region were greeted by cold Eatserly winds meaning that conditions were always going to be tricky for the competitors and so it proved.

Carp sport was patchy to say the least but Russell Shipton drew in a noted area for them on peg 13. He made few mistakes and cantered to an easy victory landing 4 of them and a few quality silvers to place 33lb 4oz on the scales to seal the deal. Leading the chasing pack and picking up yet again on the venue was Mark Hathway. Hatha’s has quickly got to grips with the venue (new to the open circuit in the SE) and is a force to be reckoned with from any peg. In the prevailing conditions his all silverfish haul of 20lb 4oz was a fantastic return and he deservedly also picked up the silvers pot for is man-off-the-match performance. Completing the top three was local rod Pat Newman with a level 15lb. There are just two more open contests remaining this side of the autumn on the 29th March and the 12th of April. The hope is the weather will improve and the fishing accordingly.

The construction of new swims continues to take shape around the main lake at the venue, you will now have the luxury of this benefit on pegs 4, 7, 8 and 9 and this will continue with more constructions and improvement being made throughout the summer.

Expect to see plenty more of this quality catch as we move towards spring and summer!


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