Reconnecting with anglings simple pleasures

I was pleased to take my friend Rick fishing at Horwood Lakes taking advantage of the Angling Trust & Environment Agencies joint Take a Friend Fishing Campaign.

Rick had not cast a line since 1985 and had been inspired to return to the water’s edge after reading my book “ I Caught A Glimpse”. We started off taking a walk around the the venue with fishery manager Neilsen Jeffery who has transformed the lakes in over a decade of hard work. Trees and rushes have been planted around the lakes perimeter where we observed several large hawk moth caterpillars feasting upon the willow leaves. These were collected from the juvenile willows and moved to the more mature willows on the upper Lake.

Swallows and martins swooped over the water as the summer sun beat down upon the reed fringed waters.

We set up in adjacent swims and selected a float from a float box that contained a pleasing array of balsa floats that had not seen the light of day for close to forty years.

The depth was set so that a grain of sweetcorn rested lightly upon the lakes bottom. A handful of corn was sprinkled around the float. Moments later the float bobbed and disappeared, a tiny tench was swung ashore for a smiling angler reconnected immediately to the joys of angling.

After an hour catching tiddler’s we spotted a few larger carp slurping down offerings of floating crust. Repositioning the weights to sit beneath the float we cast out segments of crust.

The carp toyed with the offerings often rejecting our hook-bait whilst devouring the free offerings. Persistence paid off though and throughout the day we caught half a dozen carp each the biggest an immaculate common carp its flanks glowing bronze and gold in the late summer sunshine.

It was a perfect day’s fishing using simple tactics that should be savoured by all anglers from time to time.

Peaceful corner

As we left the fishery we paused for a moment to reflect upon the memorial to young lives lost when a Wellington Bomber crashed nearby during the Second World War.

Horwood Fishery.
Set in rolling rural Farmland.
2 Stunning Lakes very well Stocked with just carp and tench.
Bottom Lake :-
Carp to double figures ranging from 2 lb to 19lb
Tench up to 3.5lb.
Top Lake:-
Carp ranging from 1lb to 19lb
small tench (lots of )
Drive to your peg so no walking ,
Come and relax at what are 2 stunning lakes .
Limited membership is available at £30 for the year from Neilsen Jeffery (phone 01237 421123) Please Note there are no day tickets available for this water.

Stafford Moor Carp Update

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(Below)Lee James who had 4 fish out from swim 5 (lord island) on Beatties lake, Lee caught on Sticky baits Manilla over our house pellets plus Lee now has a new pb of 26lb 4oz.

(Below) Geoff Wright and nephew Jon Bentley who had 37 fish out from the beach swim on Beatties lake , all fish were caught on sticky baits krill boilies and krill 16mm wafters.

KRACKING 40

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Massive congratulations to Sam Passmore 27, from Plymouth who felt he had the fishing gods looking over him when he caught a personal best 44lb 4oz Mirror known as Parrot and a 29lb 13oz Mirror.
Both Carp were caught using 18mm Krill wafters from Nirvana’s Kracking Carp Lake.
Anglers Paradise

Xanna from Nirvana’s Xanadu Lake at 27lbs 8oz

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Dwayne Baker has caught the beautiful Mirror known as Xanna from Nirvana’s Xanadu Lake at 27lbs 8oz after spawning so at a lower weight than normal but what a stunner!
Dwayne shared –
“My friend told me he been trying to get xanna from the Xanadu lake for many years. He showed me a pic on Instagram & said I should go on there for the next night. So I packed up from the kracking and headed down to the Xanadu. I set up a method as I’d seen loads of activity and didn’t know what sort of head of fish was in there. Using essential cell response pellets mushed down with some warm water. And a small pink plastic corn. Within 3 mins my Rod went and my luck strikes. 1st fish and was only xanna!! Weighing 27.8. Was over the moon with the talk the night before of her. So thanks guys at anglers paradise and will see u next year I hope!”
Anglers Paradise

Ben Smeeth Leaves South West Lakes Trust

South West Lakes Trusts head of Coarse Fishing Ben Smeeth is leaving the trust after close to twenty years of sterling service. Ben will be missed by many in the angling community having contributed to a thriving Coarse fishing portfolio that includes several of North Devon’s favourite angling venues.

Ben Smeeth pictured at Upper Tamar Lake
“After nearly 20 years with the Trust it is time for a new challenge. I have made many friends and have worked with some fantastic colleagues during that time and am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given within the organisation. I feel very lucky to have worked on and around the amazing lakes for so long and I am very proud of the achievements that have been made. I am leaving to take up a fishery manager role with another organisation but leave with a heavy heart. I wish everyone at SW Lakes and everyone I have come to know during my time here a very happy, safe and prosperous future.
Ben Smeeth – Visitor Experience Manager North / Head of Coarse Fishing.”