Stu bags up on Quarry!


Blind Eye at 27lb

Stu Lennox made the long trip to the Quarry fishery in Essex recently and his efforts were well rewarded with a brilliant session — well done Stu!

Arriving at my swim I found a spot at about 60yds which felt like a hard sandy bottom covered in stringy onion weed surrounded by heavy Canadian pondweed. The weather was due to change the following day and I felt I would have a lot of fish moving through my swim so wanted a big bed of quality bait to stop them so I spombed 8-9kg of CarpParticles Fresh Hemp and M&Ms mixed with a generous glug of CC Moore Cream Booster liquid onto this small channel .

The view from My rigs were my favourite pva bag presentation ( and my rigs were simple 3” of supple braid tied to a size 8 ESP Longshanx hook, with two pieces of silicone to fix the hair and shrink tube over the eye to aid with hooking. 15lb Synchro XT Loaded was essential due to the heavy weed growth.

Hookbaits were trimmed CC Moore Esterfruit Cream pop ups on two rods and a critically balanced tiger nut on the third.
On the first morning a hectic 90 minute period saw me landing 4 fish including a stunning common of just under 27lb. This particular fish is estimated to be almost 30yrs old, with its missing dorsal and being blind in one eye it really is ‘a proper old character’ or whatever the carpy phrase is this week!


A nice example of one of the Quarry stockies — the future looks bright!

Having topped up the bait with another full bucket the following morning was exactly the same and in a very short feeding spell I added three more fish including another original in the form of ‘The Dolphin’.

In total I landed 7 fish including 4 20s and the two originals which more than made up for the five hour round trip!

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Tony completes his Hatrick!


The Black Common completes the hatrick of 40lb+ commons for Tony!

Hot on the heels of his capture of Murray last weekend, published on the ESP news page, Tony Burnham returned to Yateley North Lake on Friday and didn’t take long to complete his hatrick of 40lb+ commons from the venue!

I had the third 40lb+ common from Yateley North Lake last night (friday night)! The Black Common weighing 43lb 1oz.
I moved to a different nice quiet area this week that has been neglected for a few months’..

The fish was caught on Tony’s first time out using a prototype ESP Beaked Point hook in size 7 along with a new prototype leadcore. The hookbait was a small wafter over 70 – 80 Sticky Krill boilies.

Well done Tony!

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Nathan stacks them up on social session!

Nathan Highley had a red letter session on his Norfolk syndicate recently, culminating in three cracking thirties. Good angling Nathan!

I decided to book a week off work and some of it was going to be spent on my Norfolk syndicate. Just only the week prior I was fortunate enough to catch my target fish from the water, so this was going to be spent as a social with friends and to celebrate my capture.

I arrived down the lake on Monday morning and after a quick lap I decided to settle into the area that I had cat from the week before. This area is prime when a westerly blows and knowing that the winds were going to be west south/west for the week it seemed silly not to go in there.

I soon had the rods out just behind a bar in one of the silt gulleys. All three were kept the same, 3ft of original ESP camo leadcore, silt lead-clips, 8 inches of 20lb Two-Tone silt and size 5 D-7’s, the rig itself was a simple multi rig, 2 with yellow pop-ups and one on a white pop-up.

DSC_0058Over the top I spread 4 kg of boilie over all 3 and settled in to see if anything materialized. It seemed that I was only in bed for a short space of time when the left hand rod one-toned, a good scrap then took place and in a short space of time a good sized mirror was in the bottom of my mesh, I had a quick check on the time which was 4:00am so decided to weigh the fish and put him in the sack until first light, on the scales it went 31 – 10 and was a pristine mirror.


The prestine mirror at 31lb 10oz

The next few days went really quick and I managed to catch every night but unfortunately none of them were bigger than 17lbs, I did happen to loose an absolute steam train of a fish on the Thursday night which left me shaking.

On the Friday me and a couple of mates had decided to go up to the on-site bar and grab a bite to eat, play some pool and darts and mainly just chill out. The days on this lake are very poor with very little getting caught, so the brake was welcome. After some 4 hours the time was around 5 in the evening so we decided to call it a day and go and flick the rods out for the final evening. Again everything was kept the same, it’s a set up I’ve used for a while now and never lets me down so have never seen the need to change.


The Bronze Slopey Common

The evening sunset was really beautiful and me and my mate sat chatting drinking tea well into the night. I hadn’t been in bed long when the middle rod was away, the fight was hard with the fish taking line on several occasions, after a good 10 minutes I had a good sized common in the bottom of my net. I quickly readied everything for the weighing and on the scales she went 30 – 04, a fish known as the bronze slopey common.

I got the rod back out and despatched another 3 spombs of boilie over the top, then got back into the bag and tried to get back to sleep. I was only in the bag for 15 minutes when the right rod was absolutely melting off. On picking up the rod the fish took a good 30 yards of line of me, but once I’d turned it, it came in pretty easy and didn’t really fight at all. Five minutes later it was down my right margin and my mate who had heard the take had come over to do the netting.


The trip finished with the Muddy Common

I told him it didn’t feel very big and that it was probably a small one. I didn’t get the first look at the fish but my friend did and just turned round and said it was a cheese (something us Norfolk boys say for a 30!) Once in the net I realized which one it was, a fish named the muddy common and one I really wanted to catch. Up on the scales she went 33 – 08, we put her in the sack until first light, and I sat back to soak up the atmosphere of the place and to take in that I’d got a brace of 30lb commons in the sack. The picture’s of the two came out really well and I was made up from how the week down there had come together’.

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