Bromeswell Lakes Notice Board
This board will keep you informed of all the latest news and catch reports from the fishery.
Details of lake closures due to matches and corporate booking.
Sunday 23rd May, Horseshoe Lake
30th May - Willow Lake - Reg, Terry & co.
Horseshoe Lake - Tendering Tanglers
-11th July, 2021
Sunday - 18th July 2021 - Willow
Lake - Suffolk Beach Anglers
25th July - Horseshoe Lake - Reg, Terry & co.
Sunday - 15th August 2021 -
Horseshoe Lake - GVAC
Willow Lake - Tendering Tanglers
- 22nd August, 2021
Horseshoe Lake - Wednesday 3rd
November, 2021 - GVAC
Sunday - 10th October 2021 -
Horseshoe Lake - Suffolk Beach
What a summer it's shaping up to be for Bromeswell Lakes and England (dare to dream.......)
Despite the hot weather, or possibly because of (?) both lakes are fishing very well, with water levels and flow remaining constant:
The work carried out on Horseshoe at the end of last summer appears to have had the desired effect, with fish being distributed all around the lake instead of mostly hidden in the lily pads behind the Pub. It has been really good to see large catches of carp, both in numbers (20 plus in a day) and size (18lb biggest reported this summer). The roach and bream fishing has also been excellent, with a scattering of big perch included, if you can avoid the carp. The three hour evening match record was increased to 72lb 8oz by Peter Mason, fishing on peg 5 last Thursday.
The large wasp nest on peg 6 (The Alamo) has been successfully poisoned, after multiple attempts, so the peg is now back in action - also the large amount of tackle lost in trees on the island has been removed. Unfortunately most of the hooks recovered were larger than the fishery limit of size 10 and most were also barbed - on the positive side I will be able to use the weights/leads recovered on the beach!
Willow has had extensive work carried out this Summer to remove most of the snags and make all the swims fishable (many thanks to Matt Dorey). It is now possible to fish the island margins with confidence that you will not lose the majority of fish hooked. The lake has not fished to it's potential in this years evening matches with a top weight of 32lb, however pleasure anglers have reported up to 49 carp in a morning session (embarrassingly this was from a peg that I had struggled from in the match the previous evening). One of the pleasures of this lake is the wide variety of fish, so you really don't know what it will be when the float sinks.
Jon & Mandy Hudson
Some notes from Jon, 10th May.
Just a quick update on the lakes and what has been happening recently (everything is relative) - the warmer weather has at last turned up and the fish have responded with enthusiasm. There have been many catches of in excess of 20 carp from Horseshoe with Mo banking the largest at 18lb 12oz. There have also been multiple catches from Willow, with the largest number of carp caught in a morning being 27 by Stuart.
The last of the winter matches on Horseshoe took place on 22nd April and was won by Darren Sparrow (remember him?) with 87lb, followed by Matt Dorey with 75lb and Steve Bulbeck with 74lb - there were many other good weights with Ian Torn needing 33lb for 8th place, which unfortunately did not yield a £1 coin as Peter was missing!
Yesterday many of the silver fish in Horseshoe were spawning and the carp were following on behind and mopping up the results - hopefully if the weather stays reasonable the roles will soon be reversed.
The regular Thursday evening matches will restart for the summer, next week 17th May. The draw will start at 5pm and fishing will be from 6 to 9. As it can be difficult for everyone to guarantee being there for 5pm, I will always ensure that there are enough pegs in the bag for everyone who has booked in and will not leave for my peg until 5:30. At least one lake will remain available to pleasure anglers.
Please could I also remind anglers that taking cars beyond the car park, is restricted to blue badge holders and those with special permission to do so. Any cars taken onto the lakes should not exceed a "slow" walking speed and take care to avoid other anglers and their equipment - basically just be sensible .
If you have not been for sometime, there is now an island on Horseshoe, the extensive lily beds have been "reduced", the brambles have been cleared from the banks, a new pipe has been added from Willow to Horseshoe to increase oxygen content and there are two new "double" swims. The small trees on Willow which many did not like (some loved!) have been removed which seems to have benefited the whole lake, by increasing water movement. Please come down and see the changes.
Quick up date on the outcome of the Silverfish League.
The final match of the series was fished on the 25th February, immediately before the onset of the "Beast from the East" and it was evident that the silverfish knew what was coming - unfortunately the carp did not. Although the lake was only frozen in one corner (sorry Bob), the silver fish delayed feeding until early afternoon for most people, however the carp did not - with fish to 6lb landed in the first few minutes!
It looked like "Breakfast Bob" was heading for a win on the day and a league win, as he was consistently catching small roach from peg 27 (the only frozen peg) until the ice moved and interrupted his flow(e).....However in the early afternoon, most pegs began to show some signs of life, Brian Derrick suddenly began to catch caster roach, Matt Dorey began to "miss" bites..... Henry continued to catch roach and small skimmers and those anglers with the pub behind them started to freeze as the Sun disappeared behind the trees.
Returning from a "short" walk (twice round Willow followed by a trip to find if anyone had caught), I was amazed to find that Chris Annett to my left on peg 16 had used his landing net to land an 8oz skimmer, however Steve and Tom on the only other pegs visible from my peg had still to register a bite. Feeling ever so slightly more optimistic (going through the motions), I refed my 13 metre pellet line and continued to feed casters close in - first bite on the pellet line resulted in a carp departing stage right, with my entire rig including the elastic, refeed the line.....find new rig........get depth right - another bite, another carp.....ship back fast, grab elastic manage to pull hook out of a large mirror. Refeed - try the caster line, immediate bite and fortunately the "carp" turned into an 8oz roach, hooked firmly in the anal fin. After an absolute age the float very, very slowly submerged, just as if it was taking on water and a speculative strike resulted in a 1lb 8oz skimmer. This was followed by another long period of nothingness, so back out to 13 metres where the skimmers would be lining up (not) - almost immediate bite and another angry carp persuaded me that it was pointless doing anything other than continuing to fish close in, which finally yielded a smaller skimmer before the whistle.
The weigh in started a peg 1 with Matt Dorey, who at the time of my mid match walk had caught a quarter ounce roach and a carp, however the missed bites had turned out to be liners from a shoal of good sized skimmers - so Matt weighed 6lb 8oz (remember that). Matt was the kind enough to help with the rest of the weigh in, we finally reached peg 27 and a very cold Bob aka Breakfast or the Beast from the East. Bob and Peter Mason had estimated his weight at 4 or 5lb...........so when Matt said "could someone else call this weight" I was surprised to find myself recording another weight of 6lb 8oz.
Results on the day
Bob Fuller peg 27 - 6lb 8oz
Matt Dorey peg 1 - 6lb 8oz
Henry peg 6 - 6lb 2oz
Brian Derrick peg 8 - 5lb 12oz
The league was much closer than in recent years, with 9 of the 11 anglers in the league still potentially placing following the last match - however after the match it was a more familiar story, with another win for Matt Dorey despite blanking in the third match closely followed by Bob Fuller. The full results after discarding each anglers worst result is in the following table.
|Bromeswell Lakes Silver Fish league 2018|| || || || || || || || |
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|1||Matt Dorey||16.625||10||9.000||10|| || ||6.500||10.5||32.125||30.5|
|2||Bob Fuller||15.500||9|| || ||12.625||10||6.500||10.5||34.625||29.5|
|3||Jon Hudson|| || ||12.250||11||3.625||9||3.000||9||18.875||29|
|4||Ian Torn||13.250||8||3.875||9||3.500||8|| || ||20.625||25|
|5||Norman|| || ||2.375||7||1.750||6||2.125||8||6.250||21|
|5||Dave Wright|| || ||3.500||8||1.125||5||0.625||5||5.250||18|
|7||Peter Mason||17.250||11|| || ||0.000||1||1.000||6||18.250||18|
|8||Steve Bulbeck||4.625||3|| || ||16.125||11||0.000||1||20.750||15|
|9||Matt Copping||1.375||1||2.250||6||2.625||7|| || ||6.250||14|
|10||John Dale||7.875||6.5||0.000||0||0.000||1|| || ||7.875||7.5|
|11||Richard Baker||3.125||2||0.000||0||0.000||1|| || ||3.125||3|
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Also need to do a reminder that season tickets are due for renewal;
Season tickets 2019/20
The price of season tickets has been held again for next year at £80 for adults and £65 for concessions (children, o.a.p.s. and disabled), current season tickets expire at the end of April and may be renewed as soon as you like! (there is no need for existing season ticket holders to supply photos as I have your pics saved).
There are a small number of season tickets available for new applicants, please complete and return the application form on the website together with photos (or send digital image to email@example.com
) and payment.
2018 Silver Fish League
Match 3 11th February
Despite the extremely strong wind and the lake having been frozen the day before, Steve Bulbeck recorded an excellent weight of 16lb 2oz, consisting of quality roach backed up by big skimmers later in the match. The rest of us struggled (understatement!) at times to just remain facing the lake and avoid the wind breaking tackle, with at least one person recording their first ever blank........
1st Steve Bulbeck (peg 6) 16lb 2oz
2nd Bob Fuller (peg 8) 12lb 10oz
3rd Chris A (peg 23) 8lb
Allegedly - there is a silver lining to every cloud......and in this case, it means that 9 out of the 11 people fishing the league can still make the frame and 4 could still win - so in short, it's still wide open!
This Sunday looks like being cold, which is a pity because the milder day time temperatures this week has resulted in the fish being really active. I fished on Sunday and fed 2.5 pints of maggot in 3 hours (I was trying to feed them off!) and still had a bite on the drop every cast from roach and small hybrids. My neighbour on the next peg, caught five carp on boilies up to double figures. Interestingly......having run out of maggots, I cast way past where I had been feeding and caught bigger roach and a carp without feeding - figure that out?
Second match Silverfish League
1st Jon Hudson (peg 1) 12lb 4oz
2nd Brian Derrick (peg 18) 9lb 14oz
3rd Matt Dorey (peg 23) 9lb
Weights were adversely affected by the very mild weather, as carp disturbed many swims and restricted anglers to fishing well away from any cover.
Whilst it was nice to win for a change, I overfed my swim (no change there!) and suffered from too many carp interventions - any attempt to fish longer than 11 metres resulted in instant carp as did fishing pellet. Fortunately.........Brian suffered with the same problem, otherwise he would have won.
Matt Dorey is leading the league after two matches with 20 points from a possible 22 and a total weight of 25.625lb,
Round 1 - Horseshoe Lake - 14th January
1st Peter Mason (peg 1) - 17lb 4oz
2nd Matt Dorey (peg 24) - 16lb 10oz
3rd Bob Fuller (peg 18) - 15lb 8oz
Match results from the Christmas period and a reminder about the Silver Fish series.....
Sunday 31st December - Horseshoe Lake
1st Nathan Gooderham (peg 6) 75lb
2nd Brian Derrick (peg 19) 54lb 14oz
3rd Matt Dorey (peg 22) 33lb 8oz
4th Peter Mason (peg 18) 29lb 8oz
5th Gary Ambrose (peg 14) 25lb 14oz
Nathan caught almost all carp from peg 6 (another different winning peg!), his fish all being caught pole fishing well across. The carp ranged from 4lb to low doubles.
Silver Fish Series - Reminder
The Annual Silver fish series is spread over four matches in January and February - match days are the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month (14th and 28th January and 11th and 25th February).
There is a £10 entry to the series, 200% series payout, carp count for nowt, best three results count, ties on points decided by total weight, no substitute dates for iced off matches.
Please book in either by text to 07792939869 or sign up to "events" on our Facebook page.
All matches may still be fished as an open if unable to commit to league.
Match result for Sunday 27th October
After a hard frost on the two preceding nights, expectations were not too high, but some carp still fed and there were a good number of silvers showing. It was also good to be able to report that all the matches, so far, have now been won from different pegs.
1st Brian Derrick (peg 23) 19lb 6oz
2nd Pat Denny (peg 22) 19lb 2oz
3rd Darren Clarke (peg 1) 14lb
Firstly a big thank you to Brian Derick for running the these matches while I was on holiday.
Otherwise it looks a bit like business as usual(!), messrs Dale and Gooderham still drawing spectacularly well - but also doing the business as well. Jon.
Willow October 8th
John Dale (peg 42) - 15lb 2oz
Brian Derrick - 7lb
Gary Ambrose - 6lb 4oz
Horseshoe October 22nd
John Dale (peg 18) - 51lb 8oz
Ian Torn (peg 22) - 51lb 4oz
Nathan Gooderham (peg 23) - 44lb
The first match of the winter series was held on Horseshoe Lake on the 24th September, the match was dominated by carp, although good size skimmers also featured. The winner from peg 22 was Nathan Gooderham with 66lb 6oz, followed by John Dale with 48lb 6oz from peg 19 and Matt with 34lb from peg 6. The fish were well spread around the lake with most people having 20lb plus.
The next match is on Willow lake this Sunday 8th October - I test fished the lake yesterday and had a very enjoyable day catching almost all carp between 6oz and 6lb, for some reason small roach were completely absent, so all baits including expanders worked..
New and repaired swim - and a whinge!
Many swims have been repaired, overgrown areas "pruned" and also some new swims added with more work to be done through the winter, however as maybe guessed a lot of lost end tackle was also removed. Which brings me to the whinge - the fishery rules specify barbless hooks only with a maximum size 10 allowed............however most hooks removed were over sized and barbed. The rules on hooks are there to protect the fish, I will be checking hooks in future.
See more Pictures
Silver Fish League - January 2017
Only three of the four matches were fished due to thick ice, and of the remaining three - two were fished through holes in the ice!
2016/17 Open Match Results
Horseshoe Sunday 11/12/16
1st Peg 8 Nathan 41lb
2nd Peg 23 Brian 27lb
3rd Peg 10 Peter 25lb
Horseshoe Sunday 12/3/17
1st Peg 18 Nathan 98lb 10oz
2nd Peg 23 Jon 57lb 12oz
3rd Peg 10 John D 41lb 10oz
6th Place 30lb
Horseshoe Sunday 26/3/17
1st Peg 18 Bob Fuller 38lb
2nd Peg 6 Gary Ambrose 37lb
3rd Peg 19 Peter Mason 34lb
We are retaining the existing prices for Season Tickets and Day Tickets for another year!
Adult Season Tickets £80
Concessions OAP Children and registered disabled £65
Season Tickets run from 1st May one year to end of April the following year and existing season tickets will be due for renewal by the end of this month. There are a small number of vacancies this year. Mo and I have applications forms available.
Plus - the weather has definitely changed for the better, so I am looking forward to greeting the many regulars who hibernate for the winter!
30th March 2017
Mark Wiseman caught a nice 11lb on a Lovely sunny day. (See Picture)
Our popular Thursday evening matches will start on 25th May and carry on until the end of July (light permitting). The matchs run from 6pm to 9pm, with the draw being from 5 to 5:30pm, however if anyone is going to be late just ring or text and there will be a peg in the bag for you!
I thought that it was about time that I did a spring update/winter catch up on the lakes! So here goes - firstly and most importantly Mark Johnson has finally lost his cherry.......he caught a grass carp - so well done to Mark. There is a rumour however that he is not satisfied and will be field testing a prototype bait for Fisons which includes grass fertiliser (thanks Wendy). The Silver Fish series this winter was expertly timed by myself to coincide with the lakes being frozen most times we fished - however after breaking the ice some reasonable bags of mostly skimmers were caught each match. Matt Dorey showed his class (mines an Aspells) by winning the series. Fortunately it has now warmed up and some good bags of carp are being taken most days and on most methods. The last match on Horseshoe two weeks ago was won by Nathan with 98lb 10oz, even after losing eleven carp - so near to a ton and looked for a time like being a threat to Matt's match record of 115lb. Nathans catch included carp to 14lb and other catches included stunning individual fish like Bob's 9lb 8oz tri-coloured Koi.
Don't be fooled into thinking the best fishing is always on Horseshoe, Josh fished on Willow last week for about an hour and a half using soft pellet - he caught skimmers steadily up to 1lb 8oz and also a lovely bonus crucian carp......well done Josh.
Please note that the last Sunday Match on Horseshoe will be on April 9th and that the lake will be available for pleasure anglers every Sunday until September.
Jon's winter matches
Winter is finally with us, so a quick update on the winter match results, seems in order - we have had matches on Horseshoe for the last two Sunday's. The first match was won by Nathan with 41lb of carp from peg 8 and the second was won by Matt with 39lb of carp (including a spectacular Koi of about 10lb) and skimmers. There were also good backing weights in both matches of carp and also bags of skimmers up to 23lb.
We are running our Silver Fish League again in January - with a slightly amended format, from previously advertised......many people have expressed the opinion that it would be difficult to avoid family duties on 1st January. So never say that we don't listen, the league will now start on the 8th January and continue for the following three Sundays, only silver fish will count and you can drop your worst result (total weight will decide if there is a tie on points). The league will use both lakes on alternative weeks, so first week on Horseshoe, second on Willow, third on Horseshoe, finishing on Willow! Entry to the league will be £10 with a 200% payout to the top 3. Each match can also be fished as an Open match, if you cannot commit to the league.
Finally - Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all our friends..........may all your fish be smaller than mine.
Jons's report, and Winter Match details, 19th September.
An early Autumn update! After last weeks marvelous temperatures, we are back to something more normal for late September. I watched several people fishing in Horseshoe yesterday and they were all doing well - Graham caught 10 carp on the bottom, Mark was catching carp up in the water (on a piece of foam!), a new visitor (sorry forgot name) was catching carp and skimmers for fun on paste on the pole, Fozzy and Allen were catching on bread flake as normal and ADRIAN had one carp and lost one....... So it was fishing well for all.......well nearly!
The winter matches will start this year on the 9th October - to make it easy for people to remember, the matches will be on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. As this proved difficult for some (you know who you are!) I will also put a notice on the board with the actual dates. The actual arrangements for the matches will be draw as normal at 8:30 and fishing times will be 10 am to 3 pm. The Silver Fish League will be held in January, this will be decided on points on a best 3 from 4 basis. The actual matches will be held on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays in January - hopefully this will allow some anglers to fish, who get grief from 'er indoors about fishing four Sundays in a row. As last year only silver fish will count and depending on entry, I may have a section in each lake or alternate lakes - we can all decide nearer the time! There will be a £10 entry fee for the series on top of the normal match pools and I will be continuing to pay out 200% of the league pool - so encourage as many as possible to fish.
At the time of writing (18/9/) both lakes are fishing extremely well and you can really just go down and fish your favourite method (not a pun) and catch - the carp are continuing to feed well and the other fish seem to be joining in enthusiastically - could be stocking up for winter.
Published by Jon Hudson
The last Thursday evening match took place this week, after asking (pleading) for peg 3 on Horseshoe to be included in the draw - Peter Mason drew the peg and proved his point by winning with 42lb of large carp on paste in the margin. Horseshoe has been consistently producing bags of multiple carp up to double figures virtually everyday. The successful method though seems to change all the time, but whether that's due to the fish, or people fishing their favourite method - open for debate. After my last update a few more people have been fishing Willow, yesterday it produced carp, bream, tench and big roach for the three anglers on the lake.
Hi on a muggy July morning - bit more like it!
The fishing at the moment is really good - 40lb won last Thursdays evening match on Horseshoe, with the pellet waggler doing the business. The carp are still coming to all methods, they can still be taken from the surface, but are more than ready for a munch on the deck. The method feeder (small ones) has for some reason started to work more reliably, in previous years it was good for a couple of quick fish, then they would avoid it like the plague - now they keep coming back.
There have not been too many people fishing Willow, which is a pity because it has been producing a good days mixed fishing for those who have - with roach, bream, tench, crucian carp and of course carp being captured.
Personally - people may have noticed a flirtation with the "darkside" (I have bought a couple of carp rods) and am actually rather enjoying it - very relaxing compared with "proper" fishing (just joking?). I have even done an all-nighter with the Johnsons, sadly I managed to catch an 11lb grass carp - Mark......your day will come!
OK that's enough time for a walk around the lakes - you have been warned Sam is on his way.
Posted by Jon on Facebook
The carp in Horseshoe spawned last weekend (last weekend of May) which is the latest we have ever had before - so now that's out of their system the fishing should switch to a normal summer mode........whatever that is nowadays! The Thursday evening matches have been very competitive with the number of anglers taking part increasing weekly. The results have all been close with the top five last week all having within 5lbs of each other.
Posted from Facebook:
Congratulations to Ryan Mattin on his new pb carp of 16lb from Horseshoe last Saturday. Over the weekend a lot of fish were caught, with many anglers including Ryan catching more than 10 in one session. Also commiserations to the angler who lost a roach estimated at nearly three (yes three pounds!) at the net, better luck next time - but the change of swim worked.......Weather looks glorious for the weekend and Horseshoe is open to pleasure anglers on both days (Willow is closed this Sunday until 4pm).
Three posts from Facebook...
Its coming up to the time to renew season tickets, which run from 1st May to 30th April each year - I have had quite a few reapplications to process already, but it looks like their will be a number of vacancies for season tickets as normal. So if you would like to apply, either see the directions on our website or see Mo for an application form.
Last years tickets will remain valid for those who have reapplied until their new ticket is issued.
The Thursday evening matches will start on Thursday 19th May, draw at 5pm and fish 6pm to 9pm. £20 all in. Please text on 07792939869 to book in.........remember if you are going to be late for the draw, just text and we will include you in the draw. Look forward to seeing the familiar faces and some new people who have expressed an interest - Jon
Gipping Valley Angling Club Midweek anglers had a good match on Wednesday 16th April, with a winning weight of 62lb and almost every peg on the lake taken.
Bit from Jon.
The lakes are fishing well this weekend, on Good Friday one of our season ticket holders had 21lb of quality roach from Willow on maggot - he also had tench, bream and a crucian carp. Horseshoe was also fishing well on the same day with one angler reporting a bag of big roach (most over a pound), plus bream and a carp. Today the anglers on Horseshoe are all catching carp, the only angler fishing the pole reported tat he was thinking of going home - because he had already caught 19 carp in the first hour and a half of fishing. There is an open match on Horseshoe this Sunday but Willow will still be open for day tickets.
I thought that it was about time.....
that I did an update on the lakes, especially now that winter is almost upon us even though it feels more like early Autumn with the mild weather.
There have not been many people fishing, which is a pity as those that are fishing are finding that the fish are enjoying the mild spell and feeding well. The two recent matches on Horseshoe Lake were won with weights of 65lb and 47lb......and the lowest recorded weight was 26lb! It was evident from chatting with competitors afterwards, that those who treated it as "summer" fishing did best i.e. the winner of the last match fed 3 pints of pellets.
Before anyone asks (I was not last!) but I had 26lb as well, unfortunately for me I hooked a fish 10 minutes from the end that refused to be landed by the end of the additional 15 minutes allowed after the whistle - and eventually pulled the hook trying to bully it out - how big? - minimum upper double. Actually, its not until writing this that the thought hit me - my pb is 18lb and that was probably more.....so why did I give it the heave ho?
Pleasure anglers are still catching well when they fish, I really liked the response that I had from an angler on Willow last weekend - oh....carp, tench and roach from under his rod top! (? was how are you doing).
On the subject of Willow - the lake has had another "top up" of carp and has also assumed its normal winter colour - a very nice emerald green - red floats show up brilliantly! This is achieved by a harmless dye and protects the fish from aerial predation, whilst improving the winter fishing no end. Ian Torn who fishes most of our matches, when not in Spain, practised recently on Willow and had 28lb of quality roach on maggot.
There are no matches on either lake this weekend. To make it easier for everyone - we are running matches on the second (WILLOW) and fourth (HORSESHOE) Sundays of each month - with the exception of January when our Silver Fish League will be held on Horseshoe for the first four Sundays.
Whoops nearly forgot - keep getting asked about bait - yes maggot does work, although mainly for smaller fish - pellet and corn are working well for all species - just remember to scale it back a bit on size if it gets colder.
I must have blinked at missed it, the weather was lousy and changeable for the most part, but despite this there was some really good fishing to be had. This was capped by a new lake record carp from Horseshoe of 27lb 4oz to a first time visitor - well done. The biggest bag of carp I heard of this summer was 38 in a day session - if you know otherwise, please facebook us. Talking of updating us, there is a persistent rumour of a 31lb carp from Horseshoe (by persistent, I mean people asking me which swim it came from!) - we have no first hand knowledge of this, so if you caught the fish and have a photo for our site we would be delighted!!!
Away from carp, we have many anglers who fish the lakes exclusively for the silver fish - both lakes have produced big bags of skimmers, roach and tench, which together with the crucians now making themselves felt in Willow make for great mixed bags. The skimmers that have at times proved elusive in Willow, have now started to show regularly with many of them now achieving slab status with 3-4lb fish now turning up in catches.
The evening match series was as always great fun and produced really competitive matches - only one match had more than 2lb separating the top two. We alternated between both lakes and it was really noticeable how well Willow fished for small carp, skimmers and tench, with most anglers having constant bites all evening.
Winter Open Matches
To make it easy for everyone to remember, this years matches will be on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month, alternating between the two lakes (Willow on 2nd and Horseshoe on the 4th). There will also be a match on Willow next Sunday, 27th September.
The Silver Fish league this year will be on the first four Sunday's of January, with the last Sunday in January as a reserve date for bad weather cancellations. This year carp will not count in any way (crucians are silverfish!). Bad weather cancellations will either be determined by myself, if it's obvious before the day or by a majority decision on the morning of the match. Entry to the series will be £10 with a 200% payout to the top three - the result will be decided on points, with your best three results counting and weight only being used to determine ties.
The Gipping Valley Angling Club have now booked their matches at our lakes for 2016, many thanks to GVAC for their support over the last five years or so - if you live around Needham Market and fancy joining a club you could do far worse! (G**S). Just to remind other clubs, our lakes are available for match bookings - ring Jon on 07792939869 for details.
The January Silverfish League was well supported again this year, with 14 people fishing out of the
21 who booked in. The league paid out three places – 1st £130, 2nd £90 & 3rd £60 which was a 200%
pay-out of the entry fees.
The league was disrupted by the lake freezing at the weekends only, this resulted in one match being
fished through the ice and another being delayed until February. In spite of the weather the lakes
still fished well, with some notable catches including nearly 30lb skimmers through a hole in the ice
and a bag of 31 carp as well. It was noticeable that the carp actually fed better than the silverfish
when the temperatures were low (go figure that one out!), so even though they only counted as 1lb
in the silverfish league – they were worth fishing for.
Matt’s catch of 31 carp actually weighed 106lb, which together with 6lb of skimmers, gives Matt the
new match record of 112lb for Horseshoe……….in January – roll on summer!
Bromeswell Lakes Silver Fish League
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The league will continue next year, but carp will not count at all, the other rules remaining the same
i.e. best three results from four to count.
The league will continue next year, but carp will not count at all, the other rules remaining the same
i.e. best three results from four to count.
As normal from October to April we have run our fortnightly open matches, which have been well
attended in the main with up to 18 people fishing.
The catches have been good but surprisingly more carp have shown than skimmers this winter,
perhaps due to larger fish being more tolerant of the erratic temperatures experienced this year?
Matt’s catch of 112lb was obviously the stand out weight, but others included 68lb, 81lb, 64lb with
more than 50lb normally required to win.
The baits used this year varied more than previous years with bread becoming a popular winter bait,
especially when used with a light ledger – otherwise pellet and corn as normal!
It has also been good to see a number of new faces at the matches.
There have been a number of regulars who have fished throughout the winter, targeting carp or
silverfish as they prefer. They all seem to have done well with quality roach showing to caster in
Horseshoe and maggot in Willow. The carp specialists have caught throughout the winter on bottom
baits, often pop-ups glugged in their own magic potion.
It has been quite intriguing to note the difference in the size of carp captured in the matches and
those by pleasure anglers. The match caught carp seem to average out at 4lb whilst the average carp
caught by pleasure anglers seems to be in the high single/low double figures – not sure why as in
previous years the match catches tended to include a good percentage of double figure fish.