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17 August 2013 – Charity Week

We first talked about organising a charity week late last year and decided that all profits made would be donated to the Meningitis Trust in memory Tom Allen, a young lad that we knew who tragically lost his life to this disease at the age of only 24.
We decided that we would allow 6 teams of 2 anglers to fish, this was advertised on our Facebook page and website and we were pleasantly surprised by the responses we got and places sold out within days. We wanted the week to be a very relaxed format but with all lake rules to be abided to for obvious reasons.
The 6 teams were as follows – Team Towie– Rob Johnson and Brad (Hank) Gray, Team Optimum -Simon Bullen and Charlie Bastock, Team Blank -Paul White and Gareth Cook, Team Muddy Waters – Mark Walters and Matthew Walters, Team Delkim – Mark Lewis and John Bellini and Team Hound – Paul Sheppard and Liam Sheppard.
The draw was done for the swims so that all team members were either fishing in the same swim if it was a double or so that each team member was in an adjacent swim to his partner for the start of the week.
First off the mark was Mark from Team Delkim who had a 33lb mirror and a lovely 54 lb common in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mark ended up with another 10 fish in the week including another big common weighing 50.08, he also had 2 forties, 5 thirties and 2 twenties, while his partner for the week John only managed 2 fish in their twenties. Well done Mark.
Next off the mark on Sunday morning was the youngest angler fishing this week 13 year old Charlie Bastock who was fishing alongside his uncle Simon in the Dead Tree swim. Charlie got off the mark with a mirror weighing 39.08, and he managed to tempt 3 more fish in the week including a 24 common and a 25.02 mirror, but the highlight of the week was his amazing 53.08 common! The way Charlie played and handled the fish on the bank was a delight to see but sorry about the soaking Charlie, but that is what you get for smashing your PB! Photos of Charlie’s capture can be seen on our facebook page and gallery page on our website, and he also managed to get himself a prize from one of the leading carp magazines after sending them his photo and report of his capture.
His Uncle Simon managed 3 fish, a 35.10 common and 2 mirrors at 30.08 and 27.06. Not one of Si’s best weeks with us but I know he got more pleasure helping and watching Charlie catch.
Paul White from Team Blank did the total opposite to blanking managing 9 fish including the biggest fish caught in the week, a 55.02 mirror and he also had 5 more mirrors at 40lb, 36 lb and 3 weighing 25lb. Pauls partner Gareth also managed a new PB when he caught a 42.02 mirror and he also had 2 more mirrors at 34lb and 31lb and one common weighing 28lb. Well done lads.
Mark and Matthew from Team Muddy Waters managed 7 fish between them including 4 For Mark, mirrors at 46 and 31lb, a linear at 29lb and a common weighing 33.02. His son Matthew had a new PB mirror at 35lb and a new PB common at 32.08 and he also managed a 27.10 Mirror.
Paul and Liam from Team Hound had 2 fish apiece inc a new PB for Liam, a 37.09 mirror and he also had a 26.09 common. His dad Paul also had a new PB when he caught a lovely 42.12 mirror. Paul also had another mirror at 35.06.
Now for Team Towie, who I must say didn’t catch their normal amount of fish but were the most entertaining team of the week,  especially Hank who won the swimming gala and kept every body ‘entertained’ when he transformed his swim into a version of the Sugarhut!! When they did fish, Hank and Rob managed to have 7 fish between them, 4 for Rob, mirrors at 33, 27 and 24lb and a common at 27lb and Hank had 3 fish in between his partying! These were a 36lb mirror and commons at 28 and 24lb.
All in all, the week went very well we managed to raise just under £2500 for the charity. Next years event is already being planned and we are hoping to be able to offer prizes for the teams for all their efforts. We would also like to thank everybody that participated and helped in any way with this years event. Terry and Wendy.

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June 2013

The following table shows the top 20 carp caught during the months of June

Date Angler Fish Weight
 26/06  Lee Simmons *PB* 57.12 M
 12/06  Spencer Butler *PB* 55.15 M
 24/06  Lee Simmons *PBC* 55.14 C
 18/06  Martin Chalk *PB* 54.00 C
 08/06  Graham Myles *PB*  52.14 M
 13/06  Paul Cox *PB*  51.02 M
 19/06  Martin Chalk  49.08 M
 17/06  John Ellerton 49.04 M
 27/06  Lee Simmons 49.04 C
 26/06  Lee Simmons 47.10 C
 20/06  Martin Chalk 47.08 M
 25/06  Ray Bates *PB* 47.04 M
 12/06  Greg Barber *PB* 46.14 M
 01/06  Ollie Bentley 46.04 M
 26/06  Lee Simmons 43.00 M
 15/06  Terry Wills  42.06 M
 11/06  Graham Myles 42.03 M
 25/06  Glen Wardle  41.08 C
 10/06  Mark Smith 41.00 M
 27/06  Terry Wills  40.08 M

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3 August 2013

With the temperatures still in the mid thirties we welcomed a mixed group who had met at Moulinots over the years and decided to take the lake exclusively.
First we had father and son Kelvin and Jamie Britton from Reading. On his last trip here Kelvin managed to catch no less than 5 fifties! This time with the way the weather was he didn’t expect to do so well however he still managed a very respectable 7 fish including mirrors at 45.11, 32.04, 26.12, 26,24 and 22lb and also a common at 21lb.
Jamie also did very well when he beat his PB common with a stunner at 41lb and  he also had 3 more fish which were all mirrors weighing in at 36lb, 27lb and 25.14. A great result considering that only 14 fish were caught all week.
Adrian Moulder’s group of 5 anglers only managed 2 fish between them and these went to Adrian himself who had a perfect looking 33.08 common on Friday morning (pictures and video on our Facebook page) and Moulinots newboy Paddy McKinstry, who had the only other fish in the group, a new PB for him at 25.08.
I myself managed to have a 47lb mirror, special thanks to John for getting up in the early hours to do the photos when everyone else seemed to go deaf!!! (only joking lads) as I apparently suffered  the same deafness on Friday morning, sorry Ash..
Steve Price and his son Stu from Yorkshire didn’t manage a fish this time after having well over 20 between them last year but a major factor in this was the abnormally high air & water temperatures.
Although the weather made the fishing very hard I must say the barbecue that we had on the Wednesday (due to Steve having to go home on the Friday for his birthday) was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and I would put this mainly down to the home made fruit vodka which kindly supplied by Steve and his missus, already looking forward to trying some more flavours next year Mrs P!!
Total fish for week 14
3x 40’s
3x 30’s

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