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Orchard Lake - Our Regulars!

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Alan and Judy Lobley from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, have been visiting the complex for over a decade.

They fell in love with Orchard Lake on  their first visit some years ago to such an extent that they have booked the first two weeks of September on Orchard every year indefinitely.

Alan is a very accomplished angler and is equally at home with big cats as well as the carp and always does well. Judy likes the comfort of the cabin on Orchard and with it being so close to the swims she can help Alan out with fish if needs be.

They also fell in love with Gizmo our Yorkshire terrier from when he was a pup and he inspired them to get a Yorkshire of their own, but then they went a bit far in that they now have three Yorkies - Oscar, Ellie and Ted!

The dogs come out with them every September and really  love the space and freedom they have to wander and explore the banks.

Alan and Judy are out again for their two weeks in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 etc...........

Posted by Paul Selman on 28/12/2016 11:51 Categories : Orchard Lake


Birch Lake - Our Regulars!

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For over a decade a group of anglers from Somerset and Avon police annually visited the complex.

They fished all the lakes at the complex banking many personal bests, but their favourite venue was Birch Lake for the quality of the fishing and the good bankside accomodation..

One of the policeman, a Traffic Unit boss from Frome called Nigel Butler set a record catch in 2009.

In a single day Nigel landed seven cats with the two biggest at 120lbs and 105lbs making this catch the biggest brace of catfish ever landed from the complex.

A couple of years ago Nigel retired and bought his own carp and cat lake just a few minutes drive away, so we have lost a client but gained a very good friend. If you are coming over in 2017, you may bump into him as he often calls over to see how our fishermen are doing.

Here are the pictures of his 225lb brace!

Could you break his record in 2017?

Posted by Paul Selman on 23/12/2016 12:59 Categories : Birch Lake


Eagle Lake & Peters Pool - Our Regulars!

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David Simons and Ian Brownell have been visiting the complex for a decade now. Their early efforts were on Poplars Lake where the caught many carp into the mid-40s and some of the very big cats. In more recent years they have focused on Eagle and Peters where they continued to catch consistently and in 2016 they fished Orchard for the first time landing many fish.

They are booked onto Eagle and Peters in September 2017 and September 2018.

Another angler who has been coming for over a decade is Darren Norris. He has fished every lake on the complex and is a fan of the big cats as well as the carp. Darren holds the record carp and cat brace from Eagle and Peters with a carp of 44lbs and a Wels' of 77lbs caught on the same day. The 77lb Wels' was a new record for Eagle until it was broken by an 80lb fish this season.

Darren is out again with us for 2017.

Posted by Paul Selman on 16/12/2016 14:29 Categories : Eagle Lake & Peters Pool


Les Basses Berthieres - New Stock

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Some new stock arrived last week that have never seen a hook or boillie before. They are the fast growing Royale strain so should pack some weight on soon. The fish weighed in at 33lb,2x 35lb, and a 39lb 6oz.

Posted by Alan Selby on 11/12/2016 12:17 Categories : Les Basses Berthieres, Update


Birch Lake - Our Regulars

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The Howcroft family from Basingstoke have been coming to the complex for seven years now.

In that time they have fished all four venues: Birch, Poplars, Eagle and Peters and Orchard. They are equally at home targetting the big cats as well as the carp. I can't recollect a visit where they have no caught well with dad Fred and son David often chasing the big cats. Mum Jan is a very fine angler too and often banks the biggest carp of the week. David's daughter Lauren often comes with them.

In 2017 they have booked in for two weeks laid-back fishing on Orchard lake at the end of September.

Posted by Paul Selman on 08/12/2016 16:13 Categories : Birch Lake


Oakwood Fisheries - South Bank Renovated

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 This week has seen lovely clear days with bitter winds. Great for working, we have been continuing with our planned works and improvements to the fishery. 

First we set about clearing the south facing bank which had Alders growing the whole length of it, these were removed and cut up for fire wood. This has left spectacular views over the end of the lake. As you can seen Oakwood Fisheries is a mature stunning venue of over 150 years old.

Posted by Daniel Allen on 04/12/2016 14:08 Categories : Oakwood Fisheries


Lac Lucie - Lac Lucie Winter Work

Winter work is in full flow and we have taken down the row of dead poplars this week and cut back brambles. Maintenance work on the chalet is also being done. Swim inmprovements will be carried out prior to the start of the new season. There are now only 9 weeks left available on Lac Lucie, so please book soon for 2017.

Posted by Paul Monaghan on 02/12/2016 14:18 Categories : Lac Lucie


Orchard Lake - Our Regulars !

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We thought it would be a good idea to feature in the Blog some of our regular anglers who have fished the complex for several years now.

First up is 76 years young Colin from Luton. Colin has fished Poplars, Birch and Orchard in recent years and here he is pictured with a personal best 34lbs plus from Orchard which beat his previous best of 29lbs from Birch. He is fishing Orchard in 2017.

Shelly from Epsom is our most successful lady angler and has fished Birch, Eagle and Peters and Orchard and always does well, often outfishing her male fishing companions. Here she is pictured with Casper at 41lbs from Orchard and her pb Wels of 63lbs 5ozs. Shelly comes out a couple of times a year and is on Eagle and Peters and Orchard in 2017.

More regulars will be featured in next weeks Blog!

Posted by Paul Selman on 01/12/2016 11:43 Categories : Orchard Lake