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The traditional 2017/2018 season commenced with carp anglers enjoying an absolutely tremendous start!
Fordwich Lake’s angling pedigree has never been in question and experienced and less experienced anglers alike all caught despite the very hot and sunny conditions.
With eighteen carp to his name Richard Bacchus arguably had his most productive start for several years; his best fish was a common carp that tipped the scales to 36lb.
Keith Minter bagged eleven more including a specimen brace of commons weighing 26lb 8oz and 24lb 8oz. Sam Clugston and Stuart White both landed ten fish with Sam’s haul including five fish over 21lb and his best a 28lb common and Stuart’s heaviest, a mirror carp, weighed in at 21lb 8oz.
Fish were landed from the ‘north bank’ and from the ‘deeps’ areas at Fordwich. Alan Boxall tussled with nine more big fish including a 24lb mirror and Andy Davies three fish over ‘the magic twenty’ mark culminating in a 27lb common.
Dave Knight reeled in a brace of common carp of 20lb a piece and Tom Bennett a 21lb 8oz mirror, a 17lb common carp and seven eels to 2lb 8oz.
The searing heat and intense sunshine during the daytime put a few anglers off and some finished their early-season sessions earlier than normal. Opening week regular Steve Cock caught another fine fish with a mirror carp of 21lb.
Trenley Lake adjacent to Fordwich Lake also opened after the three- month closed season. Dan Boden fished there overnight to catch an incredible 172lb that included fifty bream and three tench. Two nights angling gave Neil Harrop twenty six bream, six tench, three big eels and three carp to 9lb 8oz.
Stonar Lake produced some mammoth bags in June. Gary Taylor targeted roach and bream and caught fish to 1lb and 3lb respectively. Plenty more bream came to the net including some sizeable ‘slabs’. Carl Rose’s haul included bream to 6lb 2oz, while David Sturge landed bream to 4lb 8oz and most notably lots of rudd to 1lb.
Gwyn Wiltshire hooked a 16lb fully scaled mirror carp and a fine bream bag of over 150lb that included fish to 5lb 12oz, and Mark Wiltshire banked six carp, his best a 24lb common.
The best Stonar carp haul at that time was taken by Peter Wade. Thirty six carp were recorded by regular visitor Peter; his excellent catch included all types of carp to 25lb 4oz.
Despite the changeable weather at the beginning of March angling generally improved.
Our members on the river and at the lakes shared in the spoils with more fish caught in the first week of March than in all of February.
The River Stour at Fordwich produced a fine 3lb 8oz chub for Bob Milkins while pike anglers fared better at stretches of the river at Grove Ferry. Dave Lowerey celebrated with the catch of his 100th pike of the season with a three fish catch from Grove Ferry. Dave’s latest fish included a small jack pike and two heavier fish of 18lb and 15lb.
At Fordwich Lake carp were more readily caught. Brian Gaymer banked a 35lb common while Dan Boden hooked and landed a new personal-best common carp of 29lb 4oz. Dan Craddock was also in on the action and his 22lb mirror carp was a welcome fish to his season’s tally.
Stonar Lake continued to improve with the weather and conditions, and lots of fish were reported.
Junior angler George Dodds hooked bream to 2lb and a good brace of common carp weighing 10lb and 9lb 4oz. Bream to 4lb and 5lb were caught in numbers at Stonar and Derek Travis, Victor Edginton and Jock white all had their fair shares. Sam Weale went a little better with twelve more ‘slabs’ to 6lb and lots of small roach.
Tremendous catches of roach and rudd were taken in March. Ernie Millard bagged sixteen roach to 1lb 4oz as well as several big bream, Chris Harnett forty three roach to 1lb 14oz, rudd to 2lb and yet more big bream.
Graham Marshall hooked twenty bream to 5lb as well as ten roach to 1lb and small carp while John Sturge had forty two roach to 1lb 9oz as well as rudd, bream and carp. Mick Moyes arguably had the best of the recent carp catches with four fish, his best 15lb 2oz.
The coarse fishing season finished in the middle of the month with the usual rush to local waters before the three month break.
At Fordwich Lake several big carp were caught including Lee White’s haul of commons weighing 16lb, 18lb, 27lb and a mirror carp of 23lb. Brian Gaymer had a great end to his season with several twenty pound plus fish topped by a superb common carp brace of 31lb and 35lb.
Three more anglers recorded tremendous carp catches from Fordwich. Stuart White’s common carp brace of 14lb and 16lb were bettered by a superb mirror carp of 36lb 8oz, while John Collins tussled with a 28lb common and Don Sedgwick a mirror of 22lb.
The Association’s first class waters that remain unaffected by and open throughout the traditional closed season were starting to fish well.
Stonar Lake continued to improve weekly. Chris Harnett enjoyed a superb trip with three rudd to 13oz and twenty five roach including four over 2lb. Chris’ best roach was a specimen of 2lb 4oz. In a return trip Chris weighed in seventy five more quality roach including fish of 2lb, 2lb 2oz, 2lb 5oz and 2lb 6oz. He also added to his rudd with thirty six, the best a superb fish of 2lb 4oz. Chris also caught five bream to 6lb 7oz in the same session.
Ten bream to 6lb and five carp to 15lb fell to Steve Harris while Jim Covus hooked eight more carp to similar weights.
Ian Gandon and Mike Chandler had a carp each with a 16lb mirror and an 18lb 3oz common respectively, Tony Cox three more to 13lb and Brian Mills reeled in a lively 16lb 3oz common carp.
The freezing conditions dented catches across the area with few fish being caught early in the month and only the occasional angler venturing out.
Where the conditions permitted a few jack pike were plucked from our local lakes but the River Stour was a little more productive with more jack pike and the odd bigger fish. Fishing at Grove Ferry Dave Lowery hooked three pike of 13lb, 18lb and 19lb.
At Stonar Lake Chris Harnett enjoyed bream to 6lb, rudd to 8oz and roach to 1lb 4oz although fewer than normal carp were landed. Paul Mills reported the best haul of that time with eleven carp his best a splendid mirror of 21lb 2oz.
Towards the end of the month, a few days of much milder weather gave the promise of a busy final three weeks to the traditional coarse fishing season.
Improving reports of catches continued with all species being landed and particularly some splendid carp at Fordwich Lake including Jack Warner’s specimen common carp of 40lb 2oz and a tremendous 24lb 4oz mirror carp for Vince Smith.
In the adjacent swims, pike anglers continued to do battle with lots of jack pike falling to lures and spinners, and the month finished a fair deal better than it had started.
There were very few anglers venturing out during the festive season and early into the New Year with conditions less than ideal.
A few pike anglers enjoyed some good sport by ‘travelling light’ and carrying a rod, reel, net, lures and the usual small tackle while venturing on foot from swim to swim to catch jack pike at the Fordwich complex. Ice formed on and off at the lakes and despite the occasional small jack pike the fishing was generally slow.
Junior member Ellie Warner started 2017 exceptionally well by hooking and landing a fantastic pike of 24lb from the River Stour at Fordwich.
Despite the conditions Stonar Lake remained worth a try with most species being caught there early in the month. The notable winter roach and mixed-bag catches included Ernie Millard’s with twenty three roach to 1lb 2oz and thirty bream to 6lb 8oz, Chris Harnett’s eleven roach to 1lb 8oz and nineteen bream to 6lb plus a 7lb mirror carp, and John Sturge’s numerous all roach bag to over 1lb.
Andy Cox targeted bream and finished with thirteen to 4lb 2oz while Graham Pugsley caught thirty six more to 4lb as well as three carp to 10lb 4oz and a lively eel of 2lb.
Bailiff Jock White enjoyed a great session at Stonar and finished with thirteen bream to 5lb as well as five common and mirror carp including a great winter fish of 19lb 12oz.
Other notable carp hauls at that time were taken by Lee Cull, Charlie Hitchman, Paul Mills and Dave Kemp. Two common carp to 10lb were well received by Gary Guarniery but his 4lb 7oz chub was a very welcome catch on a cold winter’s day.
During the middle and end of the month freezing weather hampered anglers for several days at a time and only the hardiest ventured out in these conditions to catch fish.
Two weeks after Ellie Warner started her 2017 so well with her 24lb from the Stour at Fordwich, this time it was her Dad’s turn when Jack Warner reeled in another tremendous predatory pike of 20lb 8oz.
Fishing at Stonar Lake John Sturge added to his recent great catches there with eight more roach over 1lb, while Chris Harnett enjoyed mixed bags of fish including more specimen roach to over 2lb. It remained reasonably quiet at Stonar but during an informal four hour match between friends, J. Wigston caught 17lb 14oz of silver fish ahead of second placed D. Aldiss with 15lb 4oz and K. Hobson with 6lb 8oz. Bream to 5lb and double figure carp including the odd ‘twenty’ were also occasionally seen at Stonar.
As advent began and the Christmas countdown kicked off, the usual slowdown of catches continued in early December with fewer coarse fish landed.
At Fordwich Lake John Collins bucked the trend with five carp including four over 20lb. Braving the freezing conditions Vince Samson was rewarded with a much smaller but very welcome 9lb common carp.
A few jack pike were caught around the three lakes at Fordwich. Fishing at Fordwich Lake Terry Courtney hooked four pike to 13lb and an eel of almost 3lb.
Following his recent successes at Grove Ferry, Dave Lowerey fished for pike again and followed up his 17lb 12oz pike with an even heavier specimen fish of 25lb 5oz and four others to 14lb 2oz.
Stonar Lake remained well worth a visit despite the cold weather. Scott Roberts’ eight carp to 18lb 8oz and seven more to 16lb landed by Jim Covus, joined Jock White with eight to 23lb 12oz and Jock’s son Ben White with six carp to 14lb, as the best of the early December hauls reported.
Dave Parsons was the only other angler to skilfully catch a big carp when he tempted a 20lb mirror carp from the depths of the Sandwich still water.
December is generally a slow angling month and fewer roach and rudd were caught but bream to 4lb were banked by Clive Eversfield and more weighty eels were seen at Stonar when Robert Daniels caught two fish to 2lb.
By the middle of the month the local lakes were much quieter as they tend to be at that time of the year. The River Stour was particularly low but this didn’t affect anglers who cashed in with good pike catches from most areas along the river including at Fordwich.
Coarse anglers also enjoyed some fine winter fishing on the Stour. In a short spell at Fordwich, junior Henry Weir caught several pounds of small fish of all varieties using just a four metre whip with a simple set-up.
At Stonar Lake there were a number of further good catches reported to local Bailiff Jock White. Stuart Dale landed eight good carp including the new mirror carp lake record with a splendid fish of 35lb 11oz.
In comparison, but no less impressive, was Tony Lavender’s thirteen roach to 1lb 8oz all caught on the pole in just three hours.
Jock White landed bream to 4lb, nine common carp to 11lb 11oz and an 18lb 10oz mirror carp to finish his great year at Stonar.
Carp anglers at Stonar have no idea how big or small their catch might be although it is fair to say they know they will be successful at such a prolific fishery. Dave Kemp bagged three carp to 10lb, two mid double common carp and finally a rod-bending mirror of 26lb. Another haul of three commons to 10lb 11oz followed by a 21lb 8oz mirror carp for Tony Cox and six carp to 14lb plus a 21lb mirror for Paul Mills proved the variety of carp in Stonar.
Three bream to 3lb, two carp and roach to 1lb gave Fred Munday a mixed bag while Les Hodder also enjoyed an early Christmas present with a specimen common carp of 20lb 2oz.
Angling across our waters generally slowed in November with fewer venturing to the lake or river bank.
With the much colder weather, Fordwich, Trenley and Stour lakes saw a number of jack pike coming to the net but coarse anglers were generally not catching as many fish at the popular Fordwich complex.
The exception was exceptional with Dave Roberts landing a fantastic 39lb common carp from Fordwich Lake and Bradley Linell a 25lb mirror and 26lb common carp brace from the same water.
Stonar Lake saw some reasonable early November action with most species coming to the net.
Les Lennell bagged eleven carp of all sizes most notably a 23lb 12oz mirror carp and a 6lb 11oz koi. Other great carp catches from Stonar included Adam Maxted’s haul of twelve fish to 32lb. Adam also banked a number of bream to 4lb during the same session. Wayne Pemble’s 25lb 9oz mirror carp was another fine fish, especially for Wayne who recorded this fish as a new personal-best. Mike Chandler was equally satisfied with his six carp that were topped with a lively 21lb 7oz mirror.
Also at Stonar Steve Briggs hooked roach to 1lb 11oz and perch to 1lb 13oz, while Ron Meares took a rest from pike fishing on other waters to target perch and finished with several good fish to 1lb 8oz. Other anglers landed bream, roach, perch, tench, eel and numerous smaller carp to 10lb.
By the middle of the month a flurry of great carp catches were taken from Fordwich Lake with most anglers catching their quarry using boilie baits with long casts from the north bank.
Craig Batchel connected with a tremendous 28lb mirror that came safely to his landing net while Lee White tussled with three mirror carp to 26lb 14oz and Lee’s son Stuart White caught a specimen common carp weighing 35lb.
A five fish haul was reported by Bradley Linell comprising three ‘twenties’ and an even heavier mirror carp of 30lb followed by a 34lb common. Brian Gaymer bagged a 21lb common carp and a linear carp – a carp with a line of scales along the lateral line – of 23lb 10oz.
By the end of the month Stonar Lake was quieter with fewer anglers on the bank and fewer fish caught generally.
Tony Dellaway’s twelve big bream to 7lb 3oz was one of the better bream catches of the autumn from Stonar and Frank Manning also reeled in bream to 5lb and most notably roach to 1lb 4oz.
Fewer of the big Stonar carp were seen and Lee Cull’s seven carp to 18lb 8oz was the best of the November carp hauls. Junior member Louis Bourton was also in on the action with a great catch of a 13lb common carp.
At Grove Ferry, Dave Lowery targeted predatory pike and reeled in a lively 17lb 12oz fish. The ‘Old Boy’s match’ informally fished by a few friends saw some good weights from ‘E’ section with all seven weighing in over 5lb. The best of the weights were 10lb 10oz taken by K. Hopton and T. Eversham, while A. Smith hooked 8lb of mixed fish.
The River Stour produced a number of small ‘jack’ pike from the start of the pike-season at the beginning of the month.
Association Bailiff Jon Weir landed a bigger 16lb 4oz pike on a lure while Miles Mace tackled up for roach fishing and ended up skilfully landing a 22lb mirror carp on his light tackle.
Jack pike were also caught from a number of locations around the Fordwich complex of lakes while Fordwich Lake witnessed more good autumn carp catches.
Terry Culley’s four mirror haul comprised fish of 18lb 6oz, 18lb 8oz, 19lb 6oz and one just creeping over the magic ‘twenty’ mark weighing 20lb 1oz. Other notable catches included Chris Culley’s 25lb 8oz common carp and a 20lb 11oz mirror taken by John Patterson.
Stonar Lake saw several big carp coming to the net and a good variety of coarse fish also being tempted from the depths. Les Lennell hooked sixteen carp culminating with a mirror carp known locally as ‘big girl’ being landed weighing 32lb 2oz. Nine more carp fell to Bradley Lennell including a superb 25lb 14oz mirror.
Brian Mills and Jock White both continued their recent fine form with the float, Brian catching an 18lb mirror carp. A 16lb 10oz mirror and 8lb common fell to Jock’s bait.
Nineteen bream to 7lb, a 3lb 6oz eel and fourteen carp to 22lb 8oz were coaxed by Frank West. Chris Harnett also enjoyed first class sport at Stonar with twenty two bream to 7lb 5oz, roach to 8 ounces, three small tench and ten rudd to 1lb 8oz.
By the middle of the month, the good run of carp catches continued at both Fordwich and Stonar lakes.
At Fordwich five tremendous carp fell to Jack Warner with his 31lb common topping the lot and his tally also included a good brace of 20lb plus fish. Jim Malyn’s 29lb carp was the best mirror at that time while Terry Culley also tussled with five more carp to 24lb.
At Stonar the carp were caught from all popular locations with Joe Brennan reporting a fine haul of twenty one carp to 18lb along with bream to 4lb. Jason Scott was delighted to slip his landing net beneath a small common carp but more so under his next fish, a 19lb 8oz mirror which gave him a personal-best carp.
Shaun Haynes and Paul Mills both had great carp hauls. Shaun finished with five fish to 24lb 12oz and Paul Mills an incredible twenty two more to 24lb 6oz.
Stonar’s other varied species were coming to the net. Bream to 5lb and perch to 1lb 8oz fell to Chris Harnett’s well presented baits while Ronald Rowley also reported bream to 5lb and Ian Burford yet more bream to 4lb.
A small common carp of 9lb along with five eels, five roach and fifteen rudd to 8oz were landed by Terry Marshall. James Pearce and Peter Solley both hooked eels of 2lb. James also bagged bream to 3lb and Peter bream to 3lb 8oz along with a 13lb 3oz common carp and a mirror of 17lb 2oz.
Various sections along the River Stour were fishing reasonably well towards the end of October with Grove Ferry seeing some of the best and most varied action. A number of quality roach were hooked there including a fantastic 1lb 14oz roach landed by Alan Caine. Plenty of small pike were taken at Grove Ferry and Dave Minster banked four lively fish to 16lb during a busy session.
A number of big carp were landed early in the month from Fordwich Lake despite the hot and sunny weather and ever increasing water temperatures.
The heaviest of these was a tremendous common carp of 26lb 12oz landed by experienced angler Gary Hills. Three more weighty Fordwich carp fell to Mark Plank, his heaviest was a mirror and weighed in at 23lb, while Luke Earl’s trio comprised mirrors of 20lb 3oz and 25lb and a splendid common of 23lb.
Junior anglers Shannon Minter and Henry Weir had a most memorable time at Fordwich Lake, both catching their first carp. Shannon was thrilled with her 25lb 11oz common carp and Henry equally so with his 21lb 8oz mirror carp.
It was a little quieter at other waters and even Stonar Lake witnessed a dip in fish reported. The most varied haul at that time was taken by Tony Cox who caught roach to 1lb, bream to 4lb, three small carp and finally a fantastic mirror carp brace of 25lb 13oz and 27lb 12oz.
Another notable Stonar brace was taken by Steven Sinclair who landed an 11lb 9oz common followed by a ‘personal-best’ mirror carp that tipped the scales to 18lb 5oz.
Junior Hayden West hooked bream to 3lb and a lively 9lb 8oz common carp while Martin West netted seven more Stonar bream to 3lb and a slightly smaller common of 8lb.
Pleasure anglers and carp enthusiasts all enjoyed varied mixed bags. With twelve bream to 6lb to his name, Frank West went on to catch three carp to 14lb 6oz. Dave Parsons took ten bream to 4lb and four good carp that culminated in a 21lb 12oz mirror. Bryan Kirkaldie banked fourteen bream to 3lb 8oz, a 13lb 4oz common carp and most notably thirteen roach to 1lb 8oz.
Yet more good bream to 6lb 13oz were reported by Chris Harnett, who actually finished with 32 in a tremendous spell at Stonar, and went on to catch a small tench and six quality rudd to 1lb 8oz. By the middle of the month a sustained period of tremendous carp catches at Fordwich Lake culminated in over twenty big fish coming to the net. Luke Earl hooked eleven carp over three nights with his best a magnificent 30lb 4oz mirror carp and an even heavier common of 33lb 8oz. Luke’s tally also included five more over the ‘magic’ 20lb mark. The late summer sun and warm water temperatures didn’t appear to affect carp catches with Gavin Stewart reeling in six more fish including common carp of 29lb, 22lb and 17lb and mirrors of 28lb and a super pair of 27lb fish. Dave Roberts was also in the thick of the action and finished with five more specimen carp including a mirror of 29lb.
Stonar Lake was well attended by carp anglers, but it wasn’t just them that enjoyed great sport with pleasure anglers using more traditional techniques to land all manner and species of fish from this prolific water. Tony Cox weighed in ten single figure carp and twelve over 10lb including a brace of mirror carp of 20lb 2oz and 21lb 8oz. Rudd also featured in many of the catches at Stonar with Brian Mills catching lots of these fine fish to 1lb 12oz as well as six carp to 16lb 2oz. Brian Kirkaldie netted rudd to 2lb 4oz as well as quality roach to 1lb 12oz and seventeen weighty bream to 5lb.
Proving the variety of fish in Stonar Dan Bean hooked bream to 5lb and a superb 25lb 2oz mirror carp, while Sarah Smythe bagged bream to 3lb 8oz, a 4lb 8oz tench and a brace of commons weighing 10lb and 13lb. Tony Dellaway banked ten bream to 5lb 7oz and four carp to 17lb 2oz.
Steve Easter concentrated on carp and skilfully landed a 19lb fully-scaled mirror and a 6lb common carp whilst Luke Easter tempted three more to 17lb and numerous bream to 4lb. An all bream bag for Chris Harnett produced fifteen big ‘slabs’ to 7lb 5oz in another fine session at Stonar.
By the end of the month anglers enjoyed good catches across our waters with the usual early autumn fine carp catches making the headlines.
At Fordwich Lake Gary Hills’ superb 36lb mirror was the pick of the bunch with other great catches taken by Keith Minter with another mirror of 25lb 12oz and a 26lb common carp caught by Mick Brooks. Anthony Warren carefully reeled in a superb mirror carp of 28lb 12oz which was a well deserved personal best.
Spectacular catches continued to be reported from Stonar Lake where junior angler Louis Bourton landed a fine brace of common carp weighing 18lb 12oz and 10lb and finished with a personal best mirror carp of 25lb 1oz. Another personal best carp of 23lb 14oz, again a mirror, was caught by Ian Ashdown along with seven more good carp to 18lb 12oz.
Arguably some of the best catches in late September at Stonar were made with float-fished tactics. Eddy Cross had roach and rudd to 1lb and Colin Maunders two perch to 1lb and 24lb of rudd to 1lb 8oz. Bailiff Jock White bagged commons of 14lb 8oz and 8lb using float-fished bread flake, while Brian Mills landed a 1lb 14oz rudd, commons of 10lb, 15lb 6oz, 17lb and finally a splendid 23lb mirror carp – all on the float!
Anglers on the River Stour enjoyed some reasonable catches with Cut End typically producing double-figure bags of fish of various species.
Good catches of carp were reported from the usual swims around Fordwich Lake. Reece Alleyne took three fish while all the other Fordwich carp enthusiasts featured in the early August report had two. Reece connected with a fully-scaled mirror of 26lb 4oz along with a mirror of 17lb and a good common of 23lb.
Bill Cozier’s brace comprised a 29lb common carp and a 24lb mirror carp was the best of the duos, but Bradley Linnell’s 23lb 2oz common and 12lb 12oz mirror were equally well deserved.
Both Gavin Stewart and Vince Samson finished their sessions with an 18lb mirror and a common of the same weight, while John Collins caught a 15lb common carp and a slightly heavier one of 15lb 8oz.
In addition to the sixty eight good sized carp, including a splendid 22lb mirror hooked by junior angler Bailey Culley, all caught at Stonar Lake early in the month, lots of other good quality fish were landed.
Steve Handcock bagged twenty five rudd to 1lb and a brace of roach to the same weight. Darren Fry landed another big Stonar eel following on from recent similar catches. Darren’s eel tipped the scales to 3lb.
Dan Bean landed a number of small bream and bream were also targeted by Alex Stewart, Jonathon Galligan, Chris Culley and Ian Day. Alex hooked twelve fish to 5lb, Jonathan ended his session with fish to 3lb 8oz while Chris reeled in bream to 7lb and Ian to 6lb.
Mick Small’s eight bream to 8lb were as welcome to the net as Scott Robert’s twelve bream to 6lb and numerous tench to 4lb 8oz. Rudd and tench to 1lb 8oz were landed in abundance by Andy Tappenden in another great trip to Stonar.
By the middle, and throughout the last two weeks in August, warm water temperatures created difficult conditions for anglers, causing the fish to be lethargic, however there was still a moderate number of catches with anglers making the most of shorter feeding spells.
Stonar yet again proved to be first-rate with the largest number of catches. Regular Les Lennel caught two carp including a fair-sized 21lb 12oz fully-scaled mirror, whilst Bob Stead snared 9 carp up to a sizeable 18lb 2oz common on boilies.
Jimmy Sutton’s pleasure session resulted in a range of species, including bream to 4lb, tench to 3lb, several roach and carp to 17lb 4oz.
Local Bailiff Jock White had some time off to fish with his son Ben White, catching 38 bream for a total of 110lb, whilst Ben hooked a 15lb 4oz mirror, as well as a 3lb tench and a 7lb common. The water was also fished by committee member John Sturge, who caught 22 roach up to 1lb 10oz, as well as several bream and perch to 1lb 4oz.
Peter Wade saw a series of mirror carp grace his net including fish of 22lb 8oz and 24lb 6oz, and Charlie Allen reeled in a mirror nearing on 16lb.
Paul Roskell ended his day with a 110lb bag containing a mixture of bream, roach, tench and rudd.
Probably the most memorable session at that time was enjoyed by Steve Matthews. After landing several good carp including one of 24lb 12oz, he landed the biggest carp in the lake at a whopping 34lb 2oz from the north bank.
Reports from other waters were a little patchier, nevertheless still very much worth recording. They included Fordwich catches by Steve Cox and Simon Pagdin. Steve caught several sizable fish over two short sessions using boilies at long range from the north bank. The first session resulted in a creditable 29lb 4oz and 23lb 12oz common, and the second a 24lb common as well as mirrors of 19lb and 29lb 10oz. Simon also used long range boilie tactics, catching a 24lb 9oz common.
Meanwhile on Stour Lake, Don Sedgewick chose to use short range tactics to lure five hefty commons into his net, the best of which pulled Don’s scales all the way to the 18lb mark.
Regular to Trenley, Brian Malyn stayed overnight and succeeded in using feeder fished corn. This method yielded a total weight of between 170lb and 180lb. The fish consisted of over sixty bream and one tench, up to the weight of 5lb. This included many smaller bream of 1.5lb to 2lb.
Float-fish tactics worked well on Grove Lake. Junior angler Matthew Smith, fishing in this style, encountered a magnificent 17lb mirror, which gave a great account of itself.
Although seldom fished during the summer, anglers again tried their luck on the river and successfully produced several respectable roach bags with trotted maggots and corn; these anglers included Alan Cain and Dave Sales, who were fishing Cut End. They both successfully landed bags to over 15lb, including roach over 1lb.
The changeable weather with prolonged spells of rainfall seemingly dampened the great start to the season with a notable drop in catches in early July.
Fordwich Lake produced a 24lb mirror carp for Brian Gaemar while Dan Boden reeled in a 10lb fully scaled mirror carp and an 8lb 8oz tench. Adjacent at Trenley Lake, Gareth Jones fished with his friend Keith Bell and the pair had lots of excellent quality tench to 5lb, bream to 6lb and numerous smaller roach.
Also fishing at Trenley, George Brabham hooked two tench to 5lb 8oz on his first night trip while Dan Boden beat his first night of 70lb with an amazing 204lb of fish including 73 bream and 2 tench.
Fishing at Grove Lake, junior Association member Harley Collins reeled in a scrappy 4lb 8oz tench and several good carp during a most successful evening session with his Dad.
Ahead of the Charity Shield, Stonar remained a first-class water with plenty of fish coming to the net including some big carp.
Jeremy Walker landed nine weighty carp culminating in a common of 19lb 4oz and a mirror of 25lb 10oz. Stonar Bailiff Jock White reported three personal-bests caught at that time including Mick Squire with a mirror of 23lb. Mick also caught a 14lb mirror and several bream to 6lb in a very memorable visit. Richard Cross landed a 4lb bream and a rod-bending personal-best mirror carp of 24lb 8oz while Ewan Galligan tussled with another big mirror which tipped his scales to a super 21lb ‘PB’ weight.
Les Lennell is no stranger to Stonar and his session there in July produced nine more superb carp with four of these over twenty pound with mirrors of 20lb 4oz, 20lb 8oz, 23lb 12oz and 24lb 4oz.
Carp anglers at Fordwich and Stonar Lake were in good form during the middle of the month although other anglers toiled as the weather warmed up.
At Fordwich Joe Sartain landed a 26lb 4oz mirror carp and Steve Cox a 27lb common, while Lee White skilfully played a 23lb mirror safely into his landing net and John Collins a 15lb 8oz common carp into his.
At Stonar all manner and size of freshwater fish were taken. Paul Mills hooked twenty two carp to 18lb 4oz, Andrew Hansen twelve more to 19lb 14oz and Charlie Hitchman a slightly larger common carp of 22lb.
Big bags of bream were taken by Mick Crocker, Gareth Jones, Gavin Stewart and Victor Chance while Chris Harnett’s spectacular catch of 65 bream to 9lb 5oz totalled an amazing 329lb.
Ron Meares’ mixed bag from Stonar comprised bream to 4lb, two perch to 1lb 8oz and a weighty eel of 1lb 8oz, while Steve Easter landed a good mirror carp weighing 21lb and another big eel of 3lb.
Quality roach were also caught at Stonar with Keith Bell hooking fish to 1lb and Chris Dilnut slightly bigger roach to 1lb 8oz. Both men also landed bream.
The 2016/2017 traditional coarse fishing season started in the middle of the month with a fantastic array of fresh water fish coming to the net.
At Trenley Lake Andrew Minter caught 58 bream and 8 tench in one night for a staggering 236lb while Neil Harrop targeted bream and hooked 22 in his first night for approximately 90lb and seventeen more for 70lb during his second fantastic night at Trenley.
At Fordwich Lake, Trevor Buggs took a break from his volunteer hard work on behalf of the Association and landed a fine brace that included a rod-bending 31lb 8oz common carp, Richard Bacchus hooked eight carp, his best a fantastic mirror of 31lb, Stuart White tussled with six more carp to 27lb 4oz, Stuart’s best was a 27lb 4oz common.
Gill Gilmore banked three more carp from Fordwich including a 27lb 8oz common and Alan Boxall’s four included another fish over the magic ‘thirty’ in the shape of a 31lb common carp.
A number of smaller but equally scrappy and no less welcome common carp were landed from the picturesque Fordwich Lake. Sam Clugston safely landed a 15lb common, Kevin Ratcliffe another of 13lb 5oz and Lee White a lively 12lb 6oz fish. Good catches of tench were also reported across the Fordwich complex of lakes.
Stonar Lake had fished well throughout the closed season that affects some of our other waters. Carp anglers had typically landed over ten double-figure carp in one outing.
Quality as well as quantity was seen on the bank in June with catches such as Neil James’ with nine carp under 20lb to his name as well as a much bigger 23lb 7oz mirror carp landed in a single session.
Bream at Stonar were taken in numbers including fish to 6lb reported by Ryan Bean and John Wilkinson. Tim Glass fished for other species and skilfully caught a number of tench and most notably five rudd to 1lb.
With just under two weeks of the traditional coarse fishing season remaining a number of anglers were in action despite the chilly weather in early March.
At Fordwich Lake Mark Evans Jarret landed a splendid 32lb 2oz mirror carp while pike anglers tussled with several jack pike at various locations around Fordwich and from several swims on Trenley Lake.
Fordwich Lake and the other nearby waters closed to anglers from the middle of March but the Association has several still waters that remain open throughout the year including Stonar Lake. During Match carp anglers were encouraged by the size and quality of recent carp landed including a splendid 24lb 3oz mirror bagged by Stonar expert Phil Bing. Mick Sharp safely landed a good double-figure common and mirror brace while Matthew Law landed three more commons and a good mirror. Mike Chandler had a good pair of rod bending common carp to 14lb 5oz and Simon Shears four more commons to 12lb.
Mixed bags of carp and bream fell to several anglers at Stonar including Allen McDermott with a common carp of 8lb 7oz and several bream to 4lb, James Davies with bream to 4lb and three good commons and Hayden Plank with a 6lb common and even more bream to 3lb.
Bailiff Jock White caught a small common carp but on relatively light tackle and went on to land six bream to 6lb all taken using the method feeder with sweetcorn bait. Steve Harris’ haul were exclusively bream and included numerous fish to 4lb.
The 2015/2016 season drew to a close with the usual flurry of activity at our local lakes and on the River Stour. Plenty of Fordwich Lake’s carp were landed. Stuart White’s mirror carp of 28lb 8oz was a very fine specimen as was Brian Gaemar’s 25lb mirror and a common carp weighing 18lb 4oz hooked by a delighted Chris Knight.
In the final few days of the season at Fordwich two anglers enjoyed superb sport with a brace of carp each. Ady Minter weighed in mirrors of 27lb 3oz and 20lb while Lee White a fine 23lb mirror and another good common carp of 18lb.
At Stonar the fish continued to come to the net with numerous mid-size common and mirror carp as well as good bags of bream caught. Les Lennell hooked bream to 3lb while Bradley Lennell concentrated on carp and finished his session with five lively fish to 15lb. David Hills hedged his bets and landed both bream to 4lb and carp to 10lb, as did Shaun Haynes with fantastic specimen bream to 9lb 2oz and two weighty common carp, in more memorable sessions at Stonar.
Despite the continuing unsettled weather with a mixture of heavy rain and freezing conditions, Fordwich Lake produced some first class carp catches in early February.
Mark Plank landed a splendid 32lb 2oz mirror carp while Brian Gaemar’s 31lb 8oz common and 25lb fully-scaled mirror gave Brian one of the best braces caught at that stage in 2016.
Fewer than normal anglers ventured to the Association’s waters but Stonar Lake remained reasonably busy with good catches of all species being reported to local Bailiff Jock White who himself enjoyed a good day fishing with seven carp to his name. Junior member Charlie Allen showed the seniors a trick or two with two small common carp and a great condition 13lb 8oz mirror carp.
In addition to the endless big bags of carp from Stonar including Jim Covus with three fish, his best a 26lb mirror, Mick Small with fifteen carp to 18lb 4oz and bream to 8lb, some tremendous bags of silver fish and other species were taken throughout the month.
Following his fantastic 3lb roach caught during the winter from Stonar, Paul Roskell landed more of the popular fish with quality roach to 1lb 9oz. Terry Marshall also bagged up with roach to 1lb 4oz and perch to 1lb, but it was Tony Lavender with twenty two roach to 2lb 2oz, seven bream to 6lb and two perch to 1lb 12oz who arguably had one of the best mixed bags of the month.
By mid month the wintry weather continued to affect conditions generally with few anglers venturing out.
At the Fordwich lakes complex a few jack pike were taken from various locations while carp anglers mostly struggled. Brian Gaemar enjoyed some success at Fordwich Lake and finished with three carp, his best a 22lb common.
Stonar Lake remained a popular venue towards the end of February with a good variety of fish coming to the net. Rodney Offen reported seven bream to 5lb, a 4lb roach/bream hybrid and a 14lb 11oz common carp while Darren Offen tussled a small common carp to the net before landing a very welcome 21lb 10oz mirror carp.
Simon Shears enjoyed a fantastic session with sixteen carp to 22lb and a number of bream to 6lb also to his name. Other all carp hauls included eight fish to 15lb 9oz for Mick Moyes and five more to 16lb for Andy Singleton.
Stonar regular Lisa-Marie Wallace used her local knowledge to safely bring two small commons to the net and then a tremendous common carp of 20lb 2oz. Adam Spink’s bream to 5lb were matched by Steve Harris who also caught three carp to 22lb 8oz. Several twenty pound carp were caught from Stonar during February and towards the end of the month the most notable catches were a mirror of 26lb taken by Colin Winbush and a 23lb mirror carp that followed a much smaller common to Steve Price’s landing net.
For the past few seasons the start of the New Year has generally seen our local River Stour in flood and January 2016 was no exception.
Despite the difficult conditions, Steve Simmonds hooked and safely landed a lively 16lb 5oz mirror carp from the ‘deeps’ at Fordwich Lake while other good carp bags were reported from Stonar Lake.
Les Hodder banked seven carp to 15lb and a good ‘twenty brace of mirrors’ of 21lb and 23lb. Four more to 17lb fell to carp enthusiast Mark Plank while Michael Farrell and Steve Seager also took four a piece. Richard Martin had three more to 17lb and Mark Forrester another three to 19lb.
Mixed bags were also seen at Stonar where Tony Lavender caught bream to 4lb, roach to 2lb and perch to 1lb 8oz. Tony’s was a big perch but an even bigger fish was taken by David Haworth fishing at Grove Lake. Choosing float-fished red maggot, David hooked a tremendous 2lb 4oz perch.
Other notable mixed bags taken from Stonar included Angela Northcott’s carp to double figures and bream to 8lb, James Stanford with carp and bream, and Gareth Jones’ bream to 4lb and roach to 1lb. Keith Bell also targeted roach and caught several to 1lb 4oz, while John Sturge bagged up on roach, skimmer bream and perch.
Fishing at Fordwich Lake prior to the worst of the flooding, Bob Wilkins landed one of the best pike seen for several seasons. His 20lb 4oz fish was caught from the ‘deeps’ area.
Those anglers braving the freezing and flooding in January were reminded of the normal hazards and risks associated with such ventures including the increased likelihood of damage to the normal river and lake banks after such high water levels.
During early December several more big carp were landed from different swims at Fordwich Lake. Darren Offan reported a splendid common/mirror brace when he banked a 27lb 8oz common and a 35lb mirror while Steve Shepard tussled with a tremendous 32lb common carp that eventually came safely to his landing net.
Fordwich Lake has a flourishing head of smaller carp and Jack Warner carefully landed a common brace of 15lb and 10lb before returning them.
Stonar bailiff Jock White reported that fishing was starting to slow at the popular Sandwich still-water but a number of memorable catches were made before the seasonal down-turn of anglers attending set in.
Sam Murphy had one of the best sessions ever at Stonar finishing with over twenty five good fish including a 2lb eel, 4lb 12oz chub, several bream to 5lb, five common carp to 10lb, a mix of thirteen commons and mirrors between 13lb and 19lb, mirrors of 21lb, 23lb, a fully-scaled of 26lb 2oz and culminating in a personal best mirror of 34lb 2oz for Sam.
Another weighty eel of 4lb was taken by Richard Martin along with several carp, while Adam Spink banked a 3lb chub, bream to 4lb, a 2lb tench and seven carp to 22lb. All of Adam’s bigger carp were commons.
Lots of other anglers connected with big carp and good bags of bream were reported, but Lisa Marie Wallace targeted roach and finished her trip with a number of quality fish to 1lb.
Leading up to Christmas yet more great catches, including a record-breaker, were reported from Fordwich Lake.
Kevin Harding broke the Association’s common carp record with the first forty pound plus common. At 40lb 14oz Kevin’s common beat the previous record fish of 35lb 10oz caught by S. Simmonds in the 2006/2007 season also from Fordwich Lake. Not content with this early Christmas present, within 48 hours Kevin also landed another superb common of 35lb plus five other big carp including a 29lb mirror carp and a common over 20lb.
Other notable carp hauls at that time were taken by Steve Shepard who bagged three fish including a 24lb 8oz mirror and a 21lb common, and four fish taken by Kenny Needham that featured a 21lb mirror and a 22lb common.
Hugh Molloy enjoyed several fruitful day sessions at Stonar to hook sixteen small common carp, ten more double figure fish to 20lb and four good mirror carp over the ‘magic’ 20lb mark. Another big catch was taken by Sam Murphy who banked a 10lb red-koi and twenty common carp to 19lb and an equally welcome 16lb 12oz mirror carp.
Our Bailiff Jock White used his local knowledge to reel in five common carp to 12lb while Jock’s son Ben White eight more to 11lb. Craig Fisher landed a mixed bag that comprised bream and big rudd, as well as eight carp to 20lb 15oz.
Leading up to what is generally a quiet period across many of the Association’s waters, a number of other all carp bags were taken including Ashley Clay with nine good carp, with his best a 26lb 8oz mirror carp, while Dave Dunkley landed several rod-bending carp and sizeable bream to 5lb.
Angling in early November was generally slow with few venturing to the lake or river bank. Fordwich, Trenley and Stour lakes saw a small number of jack pike coming to the net but coarse anglers weren’t catching many fish at the popular Fordwich complex.
Despite the dip elsewhere, fabulous catches at Stonar Lake continued with Darren Edwards haul of thirteen carp to 10lb, ten more double figure carp and mirrors of 20lb, 21lb, 26lb and 27lb not untypical. Owen Fowler banked four mirrors weighing 12lb 12oz, two at 13lb and one a little heavier at 15lb and Kent McDonald a good common/mirror brace of 19lb 8oz and 15lb 12oz. Quality roach continued to be caught at Stonar with Terry Marshall catching fish to 1lb and Colin Maunders to 8oz.
Mixed bags went to Tony Dellaway with two small carp, one of 19lb 8oz and a number of bream to 5lb, while Martin Bing also took bream to 5lb, two small commons and a very fine mirror of 23lb 8oz. Michael Palmer targeted bream and finished with twelve to 4lb 8oz. Other notable mixed bags included those taken by Angela Northcott made up of bream to 5lb and two common carp, Jason Peterson’s with more bream to 5lb and carp, and Alan Plant’s carp to 19lb 10oz and bream to 3lb 8oz.
By the middle of the month, Fordwich and Stonar lakes once again hosted some great carp catches. At Fordwich Gavin Stuart landed a splendid 28lb 4oz common carp while congratulations were also due to David Frost who landed his first Fordwich carp, a lively 13lb 12oz common, with a number of other heavier double-figure fish coming to the net from various swims on the ‘north bank’ and the ‘deeps’.
Two notable, but different hauls, were reported from Fordwich Lake. Brian Gaemar hooked six carp to 32lb, his best fish was a mirror, and Sam Binks five pike to 12lb.
By the end of the month, in one remarkable night at Stonar, carp angling enthusiast Sam Murphy bagged a 34lb mirror, a 26lb full-scaled mirror and nineteen other carp.
Paul Chatley fished at Brook Lake in Minster and caught only the second perch he had ever landed. His specimen fish of 3lb 8oz was a marvellous catch and only a quarter of a pound less than the Association record fish of 3lb 12oz shared by R.J. Milham and K. Pennick, both caught at Fordwich lakes in the 1987/88 and 1995/96 seasons.
Big carp were certainly on our member’s radars in October. At Fordwich Lake, Keith Minter banked a lively 19lb 12oz mirror carp while another bigger mirror of 27lb 2oz was safely landed by Dan Boden. Four more big carp were hooked at the picturesque 33-acre water by Stuart White with his best a common carp of 23lb 4oz proving the big carp were starting to feed up for the colder months ahead.
The Association lakes at Minster are well looked after by local bailiff George Gore. Taking a well deserved break from his bailiffing and maintenance duties, George caught twelve carp to 17lb in one incredibly productive and hectic morning while George Brabham landed ten more to 7lb in his first ever trip to the popular venue.
Bailiff Jock White reported that angling at Stonar had picked up with some splendid fish caught. Owen Fowler’s 10lb common carp joined Wade Fowler’s personal-best 19lb 4oz mirror to the bank, while Ian Phipp bagged up with several bream and nine carp including two over 20lb.
Other magnificent carp hauls included those taken by Sam Murphy with twenty three fish that included a 23lb mirror and two of 24lb, and Les Lennell’s who caught sixteen more including mirrors of 22lb, 23lb 14oz, 25lb and 26lb 2oz. Mick Hulbert’s 10lb common and 19lb 5oz mirror were landed in the same session as twelve weighty bream and a personal-best carp of 23lb 8oz. Ten more carp that included a tremendous mirror carp of 32lb 8oz fell to Stonar expert Martin Bing.
Grove Lake regular Charles Church was once again in on the action with two carp to 10lb coming to the net in a short session. Charles also lost two more with luncheon meat proving to be the successful bait.
The cooler autumn weather encouraged the big carp to feed for the winter ahead with a number of specimen fish seen at Fordwich and Stonar lakes towards the end of the month.
Terry Culley’s superb mirror of 30lb 8oz was a fantastic fish to weigh in at Fordwich, as was Dave Roberts’ 37lb 8oz mirror, while Steve Cox had a tremendous haul, five Fordwich carp including a 26lb common.
Stonar’s big carp were also on the move with Mick Sharpe’s 25lb 10oz mirror one of the best landed in October and Steve Segar bagging one of the best hauls finishing his session with eighteen heavy carp. Martin Whitney scrapped with three small common carp to 11lb 8oz before reeling in a good mirror brace weighing 17lb 2oz and 20lb 5oz.
From the start of the pike season at the beginning of the month no big fish had been reported but pike anglers were encouraged to learn that a number of smaller jack pike had been landed from the Fordwich lakes complex. Fishing in the River Stour, Sam Binks, Alex Dredge and John Collins all took pike to 10lb.
Autumn roach fishing was also underway on the river with the occasional quality roach coming to the net including a fine 1lb 2oz fish, his first roach over one pound, for junior Association member Henry Weir. Henry’s roach was caught at Grove Ferry.
Our club record roach is 3lb 4oz and fish of that weight were taken during the 1980/1981 season by R. Nicholls and during 1985/1986 season by A.W Sharp, with both roach landed at Grove Ferry.
Another short but memorable session at Grove Lake proved most successful for Charles Church who bagged ten carp including several good double figure fish in just three hours facing into a rather chilly north-easterly wind.
In contrast to his successes, a few days later Charles returned and reported he waited three hours for his first bite and landed just two small common carp.
The heavy and prolonged rainfall through August and September left the River Stour very high although a number of fish were being taken from the adjacent lakes.
Brian Gaymer’s fine brace of common carp weighing 35lb and 31lb were arguably one of the best duos at that point in the season from Fordwich Lake and another superb 35lb carp, this time a mirror, was reeled in by Gary Hills. Congratulations also go to Samuel Binks who recorded his first Fordwich carp by skilfully landing a fantastic 29lb mirror.
Largely unaffected by the unseasonable weather, Stonar Lake anglers continued filling their nets. Junior Association member Lauren Matthews hooked 80lb of bream and a mirror carp of 17lb, while Stephen Matthews banked six carp to 10lb, twelve sizeable carp ‘doubles’ and a mirror and common both of 22lb.
Tyler Jordan, also a CDAA junior, was amongst the action when he bagged bream to 4lb and carp to 12lb from the popular Sandwich stillwater.
Perhaps the most notable catch from Stonar in September was the mixed bag of roach, bream and perch that included some superb roach to 2lb 1oz taken by Ron Meares.
Other mixed bag catches included James Rintoul’s bream to 4lb and perch to 1lb 8oz and notable carp catches include Jim Covus’ with fourteen fish to 23lb and Lee Cull’s two commons of 14lb, a mirror carp of 17lb 8oz and a personal best mirror of 26lb 5oz. Szczepan Lipiec finished his session with bream to 4lb, an 11lb common carp and finally a splendid mirror carp of 23lb 8oz.
Bothers David and Charles Church continued their fine seasons at Grove Lake although during one session the north easterly wind meant the fishing was a little slow. David caught one chub of approximately 2lb and also lost a carp at the net, while Charles landed five carp, a mixture of commons and mirrors to 10lb, plus a small gudgeon.
A few days before our Open Competition, another notable catch of silver fish was taken by Colin Shaxted fishing at Grove Ferry. Colin skilfully caught more than 25lb of fish using tares, mainly roach, with a number of quality fish over 1lb.
Back at Grove Lake regular Charles Church braved a strong north-westerly wind and moved to various swims including two backing on to the Nature Reserve and another near the car park, to land fish at all, and finishing his day with five common carp, the best tipping the scales to just under 14lb.
Some sizeable carp were landed at Fordwich Lake including Stuart White’s 30lb mirror and a 24lb mirror that fell to Frazer Marsh. One of the best carp braces of the month was taken by Tony Moscati who ended his session with a 27lb mirror carp and a 19lb common carp.
Anglers continued to fill their nets at Stonar Lake during mid to late September. Fair size carp and big bags of bream were taken using simple tactics such as float-fished bread. James Rintoul landed ten carp to 10lb, bream to 5lb and most impressively rudd to 3lb 4oz.
Mark Wiltishire’s carp bag included five fish to 10lb, nine doubles and two hefty mirrors weighing 26lb and 34lb 4oz, while Gwyn Wiltshire bagged up with six more carp to 18lb. Junior CDAA member Bailey Culley showed the adults a trick or two with ten bream to 4lb, a tench of 4lb and fifteen carp to 15lb 10oz.
Early August at Fordwich Lake saw a number of good carp catches including Hugh Malloy’s six big fish that included a fantastic 30lb mirror carp.
Roach and skimmer bream were weighed in at the end of a local match on the River Stour at Cut End. The winning weight of 19lb 14oz taken by J. Ryan with second placed M. Elsom hooking 18lb 5oz and J. Byron 7lb 6oz.
Trading in his sea-fishing gear that he is arguably best known for, Alan Yates won a local four-hour match at Stonar Lake with a very fine 82lb ahead of T. Libby with 74lb and Alan Caine with 24lb. All three top weights reeled in bream to 6lb and roach and rudd to 1lb 8oz.
Fishing at Stonar, Bradley Lennell landed a new personal best when he caught a mirror carp known as ‘The Big Girl’ that tipped the scales to 34lb 11oz.
Several other big carp were banked early in the month from Stonar including Bob Stead’s 22lb 4oz mirror carp, Michael Cotton’s 23lb 2oz common and Tony Cox’s mirror of 23lb 9oz, with the three men all reeling in other hefty carp in the process.
Silver fish were also seen in plenty at Stonar where Ian Frost bagged numerous roach to 1lb 14oz and over fifty bream to 6lb.
By the middle of the month the hot weather and bright conditions affected catches but a few big carp were still being landed from Fordwich Lake. Commons and mirrors were being seen and Matt Pritchard’s 22lb common and Dan Boden’s 21lb mirror were both excellent typical catches.
Fishing at the Association’s Grove Lake, Charles Church landed a mirror carp of 8lb 8oz while his brother David hooked six more to 8lb and Charles’ uncle Peter Wilson a lively brace, also mirrors, the largest fish tipping the scales to 12lb 8oz. The three men found floating crusts the most successful bait and the fish tended to feed when the wind blew across the lake in a southerly direction. A visit to Grove also paid dividend for Sam Binks and Alex Dredge who landed eleven similar size carp in just 2 hours.
Stonar Lake continued to fish well through the month. James Sutton banked three bream to 7lb, common carp of 15lb and 8lb, and a splendid mirror brace of 12lb 4oz with a personal best carp of 25lb 7oz. The lake’s credentials have never been in question and in addition to the big fish the variety of species to be landed remained superb. In addition to carp, Bob Stead banked bream to 8lb and a 4lb eel whilst rudd to 2lb were weighed in alongside carp by Mark Bancroft and roach to 2lb 2oz along with 135lb of bream to 8lb by Peter Croft.
The last two weeks of August saw torrential and prolonged rainfall and the River Stour was very high throughout this period.
More big bream known as ‘slabs’ were reported by David Sturge in his 100lb plus bream haul from Stonar, with Kevin Prior slipping his landing net beneath twenty more to 7lb and more big rudd to 1lb 4oz.
Carp anglers at Stonar never quite know what they will land and Hayden Plank proved that in late August with a small mirror carp followed by a much bigger fish of 20lb 5oz. Gavin Stewart’s incredible twenty eight carp included two fish over the magic 20lb mark.
The July hot weather slowed catches at the Fordwich lakes with only a few bites to be had. Early morning and late evening proved the most successful, additionally with a respite from the intense sunshine and high temperatures.
Despite the conditions Martin Daily hooked a splendid common carp of 37lb 12oz and ever successful junior CDAA members Hannah Boden a fine 1lb 4oz perch and Henry Weir a weighty bream of 5lb. In addition to Fordwich Lake, the north bank of Trenley Lake with its deeper water remained a good option.
Our bailiff Jon Weir skilfully fished to land thirty one bream that included fish to 8lb 10oz and three tench to 6lb 4oz, in a most memorable session at Stour Lake.
A few days before the Stonar Charity Shield anglers were encouraged to learn that the Sandwich stillwater was fishing extremely well with many twenty pound plus carp coming readily to the net. Numerous smaller carp were also being landed as were bream, rudd, roach and eels.
Joseph and Terry Willis shared nine carp to 22lb 12oz while Scott Golesworthy banked eight carp to 10lb, nine ‘mid-doubles’ and a great common of 23lb 15oz in a remarkable stint at Stonar.
Ten bream to 7lb were taken by Les Lennell and a small bream for Ian McDonald accompanied eight rudd to 2lb 3oz. Terry Marshall also bagged up with some fine rudd that included fish of 2lb 5oz.
Stonar bailiff Jock White reeled in twelve bream to 7lb, four carp including a mirror of 16lb 12oz and a massive eel of 4lb 8oz.
Towards the end of the month at Stonar, Paul Whitehorn banked nineteen carp under 15lb and six more over 15lb culminating in a mirror of 24lb, while Jason Brady skilfully tackled up to catch another rod-bending mirror carp of 23lb.
Good bags of bream, rudd and roach were also recorded. Szczipan Lipiec caught eleven big bream to 8lb 8oz and six carp to 14lb 4oz. Stonar witnessed a number of personal bests established. Michael Farrell’s eight small carp to 10lb 8oz were good practice for his personal-best mirror of 24lb while Stuart Groombridge’s PB of 20lb 2oz accompanied three smaller carp to 7lb. Junior member Aaron Powell targeted bream and finished his session with a new PB fish of 3lb 13oz.
Away from Stonar things slowed down again, possibly as a result of the warmer air and water temperatures. Notable carp catches from Fordwich Lake at that time included Brian Gaymer with a 21lb mirror carp and Hugh Malloy a common of 22lb.
Pump House Lake at the Association’s Littlebourne lakes was fishing reasonably well. Alex Dredge hooked eight carp to 11lb and Sam Binks five more to 9lb.
The 2015/2016 coarse fishing season started with some tremendous catches across all the Canterbury and District Angling Association’s waters but most notably those from Fordwich Lake.
Following on from his hard work in carrying out extensive voluntary work for the Association during the closed season, Trevor Buggs was rewarded with six carp that included a fine 22lb 12oz mirror and a splendid common carp of 26lb 12oz.
Six good carp also found their way to the bank for Keith Minter who recorded a mirror of 18lb 6oz and a common of 16lb 8oz, while a specimen tench of 7lb 4oz was also a welcome addition to his tally. Sam Clugston also bagged six carp to 25lb 6oz that included a 13lb fish skilfully caught off the surface and that magic number of six at Fordwich Lake also gave Steve Cox six more to 23lb.
Steve Matthews started his season well with eleven carp to 23lb 12oz, while Steve’s brother Max Wellard landed his first brace of Fordwich carp that comprised a 17lb mirror and a common of 15lb. Steve’s daughter Lauren Matthews also got in on the action with a scrappy 19lb 4oz mirror carp to her name.
Stuart and Lee White bagged an astonishing 26 fish between them with Stuart’s fourteen to 29lb 14oz and Lee’s twelve to 27lb 2oz.
Another great haul of eleven carp was taken by Richard Bacchus that included fish to 27lb while Alex Dredge landed a new personal-best mirror carp that weighed 22lb, and Kevin Ratcliffe three more with his best a 20lb common.
Fishing the first night of the new season, John Sturge hooked 120lb of bream and a 20lb carp. Arguably the catch of the opening week was taken by Toby White who enjoyed a spectacular first carp session at Fordwich with four fish that included a 38lb 8oz common carp that equals the CDAA record established at the same venue last season, a 32lb mirror, a 13lb common and another mirror of 16lb 8oz.
Stour Lake was a very successful venue for Mark Parker who landed lots of bream and tench, as well as three carp to 14lb.