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Customer name
The Bennett Family
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
29/07/2017
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Carp: best 34lb mirror, some lovely twenty pound plus commons. Maddie had a fully scaled ex-livebait mirror at 6lb. Wels' catfish: best 67lb caught as packing up on Saturday. Lots of good cats, including fish of 61lb, 52lb, 48lb, 43lb and 40lb, 36lb, 30lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All fish caught on boilies or maize.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Great hosts, great stay. We really enjoy fishing the lake. Dogs loved it again.
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Customer name
Mike and Pete
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
02/09/2017
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Mike and Pete Pete Commons: 34lb (personal best), 14lb. Mike Mirrors: 32lb, 22lb 8oz, 19lb 8oz. Commons: 23lb, 14lb. Wels’ catfish: 46lb, 20lb, 52lb 8oz, 66lb, 68lb, 46lb, 25lb, 81lb (personal best), 58lb, 50lb plus 5 kittens (removed).. .
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mike cat fished only. All the carp took great big fishy or meat baits intended for cats! Mostly caught from open water.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Unsettled weather all week.
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Customer name
Paul wells
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
08/04/2017
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
To many cats best was 62 lb ,4 carp 2x25 1x30lb 1x36.8 stunning fish though
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Pop up mentle juice nothing else reayl worked
Were the facilities what you expected?
No,had to use birches facilties ,shower was always cold, caravan was out of use but looked very good
Were you happy with them?
Ok
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Any one thats into cat fishing
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
24 catfish ranging from 3lb to 62 lb 2x30lb ,50lb,45lb rest of the majority were around the 15lb mark , lost very large cat .,cats evetuly became a nusance eating up every thing in sight,4 carp caught 36lb 30lb 2x25 lots a couple, if your into cat fishing i would strongly reconmend whatch out when night falls ,facilities fitsd its purpose shower needs attending to as we had to use birches facilities


Customer name
Lee and Rob
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
03/09/2016
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
36 fish carp and cats between us biggest carp 30lb biggest cat 61lb more cats than carp but weather was baking hot
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
cell over house pellet fished to far margins
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Great lake Food awsome Paul & Hazel great hosts
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Customer name
Paul, kids George and Maddy, the two dogs Daisy and Charlie
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
23/07/2016
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Wels' catfish: 60lb, 44lb, 41lb, 29lb, 25lb, 23lb and 12 under 20lb. Mirror carp: 29lb, 28lb, 22lb. Common: 14lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Majority of fish between midnight and 4am. Fished luncheon meat, boilies, maize and corn.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Great hosts, will be back. Really enjoyed the stay. Dogs loved it!


Customer name
Richard, Cliff and Kenney
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
07/05/2016
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Richard Mirrors 26lb, 27lb, 19lb, 17lb. Commons: 22lb, 21lb, 3lb. Catfish: 9lb. Cliff Mirrors: 17lb, 17lb, 20lb, 26lb, 28lb. Commons: 22lb, 21lb. Catfish: 11lb. Kenney Mirrors: 32lb, 16lb, 27lb. Commons:21lb, 34lb, 16lb, 12lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
If you are after the carp try plastic sweetcorn/maize.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes, very.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Great week, thanks!
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Customer name
Chris and Matty
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
15/08/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Carp. Mirrors of 38lb 9oz, 31lb 6oz, 35lb 5oz, 32lb 11oz, plus five more to 29lb. Common: 26lb 8oz. Catfish: 65lb 13oz, 46lb 4oz, plus eight more to 28lb 13oz. Lost two big cats.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies over pellets:boilies for carp and maize over sweetcorn. Luncheon meat and halibuts for cats.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Had a great week with Paul letting us do our own thing.
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Customer name
Paul & Dawn
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
27/06/2015
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Carp to 33lb (pb) All carp we had were above 20lb Cats to 14lb Difficult week fishing wise. Temperatures were very high (mid 30's) nearly all week. Carp also spawned for a couple of days midweek which didn't help. Catfish also not feeding all week which is unusual.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Baitworks 'Atlantic Heat' boilies fished over the house pellets took most fish in the end but Maize fished over a light scattering of Maize worked best at the beginning of the week.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Facilities were better than I expected
Were you happy with them?
Yes, very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have!!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Beautiful lake. Very private, despite all the lakes on the complex being occupied we forgot there was anyone else around. Paul and Hazel were great hosts, being around when needed but letting everyone have their privacy.
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Customer name
Jeff Hall
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
16/05/2015
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Carp Common 20lb 23.2lb Catfish 15lb 20lb 70lb this fish is an estimate as two sets of scales were used to come to this conclusion
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilie popups short and long rigged. Meat and boilie mix. corn and boily mix. Not enough fish were caught to be able to say which baits had the best reaction.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes Very good
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes. Although we didnt do very well we know the fish are there and under different conditions could have done a lot better
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes your help was most welcome.
Things were against us from the start.The weather was not condusive to fishing and catching a net full. Rain with a few short periods of sunshine with a full time North westwerly wind was the order of the week and didn't do anything to add to our chances of catching fish, thats our excuse. it took all week to catch 5 fish with only two carp showing.
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Customer name
Wayne, Mark and Mark
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
25/04/2015
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Wayne Common: 31lb Wels' catfish: 9lb, 45lb 8oz, 12lb, 17lb, 24lb 12oz plus a kitten. Mark C Mirrors: 33lb 4oz, 30lb 4oz, 26lb 12oz, 28lb. Common: 10lb, 5lb. Wels' catfish: 66lb p.b., 18lb, 11lb 6oz, 14lb 2oz, 64lb 12oz plus a kitten. Mark G Mirrors: 30lb 12oz p.b., 25lb 8oz, 23lb 6oz, 18lb 8oz.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies/maize/pellet
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
We will be back!
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Customer name
Willis
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
28/03/2015
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
No cats but weather not very good for them carp to 40lb and a few 30s as well
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Anything really on this occasion but pineapple pop up seemed to help
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes, as expected
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes, definatley great venue to fish with great host
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, very pleased and very helpful
Weather not good but still had a great time and a few caught, been before and will def be back many thanks to paul and hazell great host and always on hand to help out already getting our dates ready for next year and look forward to fishing one of the lakes on this fantastic complex.


Customer name
Leigh, James and Brian
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
20/09/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Mirror carp: 16lb, 30lb (pb for Brian), 23lb, 16lb, 26lb, 24lb, 28lb, 29lb 12oz, 10lb 12oz, 15lb 8oz, 23lb, 19lb 12oz, 18lb, 19lb. Common carp: 12lb, 19lb 14oz, 13lb, 21lb. Wels' catfish: 62lb (pb for James), 67lb (pb for Leigh), 12lb, 11lb, 15lb plus two kittens. 26 fish in total plus roach, rudd and gudgeon.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Hybrid Cell and Solar Club for carp. Meat/worms for cats. Fished tight to margins during day, overhangs a good bet. Get out in the boat and have a prod around. Don't neglect near margin.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes already have.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Fantastic weeks fishing!!! We'll see you next year!
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Customer name
Bill, George an Joghn
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
11/10/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
CATFISH 50, 64 AND 65 LB MIRROR CARP 31LB
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
MEAT AND 22MM HALIBUT PELLETS
Were the facilities what you expected?
BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS, FEW ISSUES WITH THE HOT WATER BUT PAUL SORTED IT OUT.
Were you happy with them?
ABSOLUTELY
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
First of all the food package. If you are considering going here then YOU MUST opt for it. Superb cannot be faulted. Hazel you are a magician in the kitchen! Thankyou!!! Ok the lake. As with fishing at this late in the season , its a gamble. Its clear the catch reports indicate there are plenty of monsters living in this lake. Unfortunately luck was against us. It rained very heavily for half the time we were there. One of us sat at the far end swim (catfish corner) blanked. Another sat in the second swim up from the mobile home, blanked. And the third of our party sat in swim three just down from catfish corner. The rain then stopped and during the third night two catfish came out at 50lb and 65lb also a 31lb mirror came out. The following night a further 64lb cat showed its whiskers. If you come here you need o be aware that this appears to be (in my opinion) a predominantly catfish lake. No doubt there are carp there but the cats offer a fight that you will never ever forget. Unfortunately the neighbouring lake (Birch Lake) was occupied by three other guys who up to the time we left had a cat around 50lb or so. Due to the cats do not even think about going here without having rods of at least 2.75lb test and I would suggest line of at least 20lb, any less then you risk losing the fight of your life, it really is that good. As we left Isaw what appeared to be the start of algae blooming on the surface, from previous experience I know once this takes hold then thats it , you may as well pack up and go the pub. we used all sorts of baits. Boilies- no fish. Maize/corn- no fish. All cats came from ither inch square size luncheon meat chunks or 22mm halibut pellets. The carp actually swallowed 'five' of these pellets on a long catfish hair rig. All in all an enjoyable week and a big thanks to Paul and Hazel. (hope caravan was clean enough when we left!!!)


Customer name
Darren, Colin and Keith
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
07/06/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Darren: Cats of 35lb, 40lb, 40lb, 50lb, 46lb, 48lb. Carp: 27lb common. Colin: Cats of 40lb, 50lb, 60lb, 60lb, 60lb, 65lb, 60lb. Keith: Cats: 20lb, 56lb, 60lb. Carp: 22lb Mirror.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Livebaits for cats.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes. We are back ourselves in August.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Great place to fish, lovely people had a fantastic week fishing for cats (two of us fished a bit for carp)


Customer name
Steve Durrington
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
24/05/2014
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Mirror carp: 28lb, 31lb, 38lb (personal best), 19lb, 19lb. Common carp: 16lb, 11lb, 23lb, 10lb. Wels' catfish: 20lb, 42lb, 11lb, 65lb (personal best), 29lb, 38lb, 20lb plus four kittens.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Worked far margin with wafters, pop-ups and maize for carp. Cats on boilies, pellets and half a tin of luncheon meat. Great looking fish in excellent condition.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Really beautiful, well kept lake. We have had a fantastic fishing holiday and will certainly be back next year.
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Customer name
Shaun and Lewis
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
17/05/2014
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
34 fish between us in the week carp to 39lb and cats to 66lb and 2 cats that bottomed out our first set of scales at 64lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
18 mm cell baits for carp popped up and 20mm halibut pellets and half tins of luncheon meat
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Well looked after by Paul and hazel great venue
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Customer name
Shaun and Lewis
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
17/05/2014
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Shaun Mirrors: 39lb, 22lb, 23lb. Common: 21lb, 22lb. Wels' catfish: 33lb,15lb, 60lb (pb), 43lb, 66lb (new scales, new pb!), 40lb 8oz, 32lb 8oz, 39lb 8oz, 12lb. Lewis Mirrors: 21lb, 12lb. Wels' catfish: 12lb, 34lb (pb), 64lb (new pb), 64lb (new pb, scales only go to 64lb, bottomed on both), 15lb, plus kittens.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Most cats caught fished to back of bar in silt, big halibut pellets 20mm x 4 on hair with size 1 hook or with half a tin of luncheon meat. Carp caught Under overhanging trees fished as tight to far bank as possible, 18mm Cell popped up and 18mm Entity.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Great place to fish. Had a fantastic week, well looked after by Paul and Hazel.
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Customer name
Glenn Curwood
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
26/04/2014
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Mirrors: 29lbs, 30lbs, 28lbs, 20lbs, 22lbs, 20lbs, 39lbs, 31lbs, 22lbs, 19lbs, 29lbs. Commons: 15lbs, 20lbs, 22lbs, 16lbs, 37lbs. Cats: 20lbs, 10lbs, 14lbs, 18lbs, 21lbs, 20lbs, 10lbs, 37lbs, 14lbs 8ozs. Lost some HUGE cats.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilie, maize and pellet popped-up. 90% caught under overhanging trees.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Caught really well despite hearing it could be a hard lake to fish. Thanks Guys!


Customer name
buzz
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
07/09/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
15 carp upto 28lb with an average weight of 23lb and a few small cats caught by myself, my mate had 6 carp upto 32lb and a few small cats, we both lost big cats on carp gear, between us we had 2 days and 5 nights off from the fishing so could've increased the catch total considerably.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
cell bottom baits, snowman rigs with hellraisers, tuna pellets for the cats accounted for 5 of the carp, basic lead clip with tungsten tubing to pin everything down, most fish came from the margins with just the odd one from the middle of the lake.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
nice place, comfortable surroundings. big portions of food delivered to us nice and hot, genuinely nice people running the lakes, pricewise the whole trip was excellent value for money.


Customer name
dave drought
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
24/08/2013
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
over 40 cats and carp the cats went up to 70lb and the carp to 36lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
most of the fish where taken on small single 12mm cell boilies fished over pellets ,using standard semi fixed bolt rig size 6 hooks 35lb coated braid hook links and 18lb main line . you need 18lb to coup with the cats ,
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes all very clean and tidy
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
very nice little water , lots of cats to go at with good carp to backup , really enjoyed my stay there , the only thing i would suggest is to cut back the branches in the swim so its easier to cast if need be
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Customer name
Geoffery Jane Vanstone
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
11/05/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Geoff had a 31.9lb common pb and a 12.9lb mirror Jane had a 19.4 mirror carp and two cats one at 31.4lb and a whooper at 75 lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
little freebies bollies and luncheon meat BAIT BOAT RECOMMENDED.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes ideal AMAZING food package now we have to diet
Were you happy with them?
YES COMPLETELY
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES WE ALL READY HAVE
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes we already have more than once since being home
Was met by Hazel and Paul the owners, was shown all the hot spots for fishing and the accommodation. This didn't apply to us as the fish weren't feeding too well. Lovelly beatiful peaceful area, did see and hear big fish so they are in there.
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Customer name
gordon rennie
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
20/04/2013
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
68lb cat 41lb cat 40lb cat 38lb cat lots of kittens 21lb common 30lb common 30lb mirror 20lb mirror 10lb mirror
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
cell over a bed of pellet pop up or bottom bait
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
lovely people who run the lake very friendly and helpful grounds kept very well caravan clean and tidy with every thing you need for a relaxing week the food package was lovely big portions no complaints from any of us all in all would highly recommend and i would most definitely return thank you for an amazing week
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Customer name
Gary Norman
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
21/04/2012
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
I managed to bag 10 carp with 3 of them being 30s and the rest 20s aside from 1 double. i also landed 3 small cats and lost a big one.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Me, my fiancee and baby spent the week at poplars on 21st april, we had a fantastic week aside from the weather, Paul and Hazel were the perfect hosts and I would definatly return.
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Customer name
Brett Perrodow
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
18/09/2010
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
72lb Catfish\r\n33lb Mirror\r\n32lb 8oz Mirror\r\n29 lb Mirror\r\n24lb 8oz Mirror\r\n22lb Mirror\r\n21 lb Mirror x 2\r\n18lb Mirror\r\n12lb Mirror\r\n\r\n\r\n
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Small beds of Boilies and Pellets, both bottom baits and pop ups worked. Baits on far margin and in open water finding gravel spots.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes and more
Were you happy with them?
Absolutely
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Fantastic week had by all. Many thanks.
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Customer name
Paul Miller
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
22/07/2006
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
32lb Mirror\r\n12lb Common\r\n30lb Catfish\r\n25lb Catfish\r\n65lb Catfish\r\n15lb Sturgeon\r\n
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Korda Florocarbon hair rig with a size 6 Korda hook fished with a single boilie and a small PVA bag with crushed boilies. Best results are to fish the far bank
Were the facilities what you expected?
they were good but the barbeque area could have been bigger.
Were you happy with them?
The lake was great and and the caravan was well equiped .Tony is really freindly and gives good advice on how to catch the Carp .
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
I would recommend the venue to friends its really nice site with a good head of carp
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
The service I recived was really good and I will be recommending them to friends
I will be going back very soon
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Customer name
Paul Bradfield
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
22/07/2006
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Biggest catfish to 65lbs plus 2 Mirrors to 32lbs and a 25lb sturgeon.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Used double prologic boilie, size 6 hook and 15lb line over a bed of particles.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Great
Were you happy with them?
Certainly
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Excellent time, will look to go back next year


Customer name
Peter Long
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
15/04/2006
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
We very much enjoyed our week on Poplars, and managed to both break our Personal Bests. We averaged a fish a day, with only one carp caught under 20lbs all fish caught were in excellent condition. Advice I would give to any of your future clients is to keep it simple and listen to excellent advice provided by Tony.\r\n \r\n\r\n
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
From talking to Tony (The Bayliff) & Paul Selman, I got the impression that it is not an easy water to fish and was predominately a night water. We didn't fish nights, and really didn't fish the water hard at all. We usually started fishing between 10am-11am and fished through till about 11pm.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The accomodation was certainly acceptable for our party, with all the mod cons you could want.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Hopefully will be in touch soon, to arrange next years trip to France.
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Customer name
Mark Pittman
Venue
Poplars Lake
Date of holiday
25/03/2006
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
I landed 5 carp 36.5lb,36lb 4oz,29lb,27.5lb and 27lb 2oz. and a cat of 12lb\r\n \r\ned landed a 27lb carp and a 56lb cat\r\n \r\ntony banked a 25lb a 24lb a 14lb sturgeon (twice) and an 11lb cat.\r\n
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
all fish were caught on activ 8 18mm boilies on esp size 8 long shanks ,with long hairs on combi rigs of 15lb mantis gold.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
we arrived on the Sunday and were met by Tony . mark (pitbull) Pittman (1) ed samouelle (2) Tony baker (3) Tony pointed out various spots and was extremely helpful .
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