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5 April 2014

Next to join us was a mixture of groups – Firstly we had a new look Lee Wilmshurst (Bedfordshire) who since his last visit in June last year has lost an incredible 5 stone! Well done Lee for all your hard work – we almost didn’t recognise you!! Also with Lee were his mates Lee Simmonds and Chris Cook from Herts/London.
Chris had a much better result than his previous visit when he managed to smash his PB with his first fish which was a lovely 52.02 mirror, which he followed with 3 more at 32.08, 30.03 and 28.08.
Lee Simmonds who had the session of a lifetime last year only managed 2 fish this time around which were both mirrors at 33.04 and 33lb. However Lee Wilmshurst (who still holds the record for most fish in a week) managed to join the 50 club  while he was with us with a 55.03 common, and he also had another common at 41.02 and 3 mirrors weighing 37lb, 29lb and 27lb.
Mark Camp and James Tozer (Sussex) were also returning customers with James back to try and better his blank session he endured in the very cold March last year, and this year it looked like going the same way until in the early hours of the last day he managed a new PB with a 42.04 mirror – well done James your enthusiasm never wavered throughout the week and your PB was so richly deserved!
Mark managed 5 fish, mirrors at 41.09, 31 and 27.04, and 2 commons weighing in at 41.14 and 32.14.
Sharing Social Corner with James was one of our most regular customers Anthony Briggs from Holland, who also left it late to catch but banked 3 fish, mirrors at 34lbs and 39.13 and a common weighing 31.14. I suspect that the Bromance between Anthony and James may well be over after they have shared a swim on their last 2 visits, but only time will tell!
Chris Jones and Bernie Robins (Cheshire) managed 7 fish between them with Bernie having 4 mirrors at 32lb, 31.08, 23lb and 21.12 and Chris had 3 mirrors at 24.08, 22.11 and 22.10.
Sadly Neil Brewer and Shane Farmer from Wiltshire struggled this time around and didn’t manage to catch, better luck next time lads!
The weather was warm most of the week and the bigger fish seemed to be laying up and a lot more smaller ones were caught, but this started to change the following week. Total fish for the week was 28, with 2 x 50’s, 5 x 40’s, 11 x 30’s and 9 x2 0’s with an average weight of 32.07lbs.

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