Russell Freeman, Keith Francis, Guy Francis (junior member) and Robbie Joad joined the SAA for the winter season at the beginning of 2021. Despite the awful weather conditions at times they seem to have enjoyed their fishing and had this to say.
Russell - “Firstly I'd just like to say thank you for admitting the four of us to join the club for the winter season.
We've had some great adventures and caught some wonderful fish, particularly at Curls Farm and Chilley Stream. It's been a fulfilling introduction to angling for Guy for his first season and the discipline and planning involved has taught him some great skills”.
Keith - “Just to add to Russell's words, a massive thanks for the club membership through the winter, we have absolutely loved our fishing over the last few months.
I attach a picture of Guy with his first carp from Curls Farm, caught and unhooked by himself.
As you can see by the conditions, we have been in all weathers and tried to make the most of it.
It is tough enough getting children out in the fresh air and away from screens these days and I have been so pleased how much he has enjoyed and stuck at fishing even in the worst of the conditions”.
Despite the miserable weather the carp at Marle Green were still feeding,
Chailey Stowe capturing several including these.
9 January 2021
Hardy stuff these carp anglers. Despite the cold weather the carp still fed at Curl's Farm, Jack Graves enjoying a dreat day, capturing commons weighing 20lb 8oz and 15lb 9oz and a beautiful linear mirror of 10lb 5oz.
Jack reports that the biggest fish gave a great battle.
1 September 2020
Chailey Stowe reports that the other day was probably the best ever session he had had with the carp at Curls Farm, catching 2 fish weighing in at 16lb and 17lb. Both were caught on a snowman rig with a pva bag filled with hemp oil soaked pellet.
14 July 2020
It’s been a fantastic start to the 2020 season on the rivers,
Steve Hunt having a great day on the Cuckmere at Shermans Bridge,
here’s his report and photos.
16th June 2020
Just thought I'd check in and share my catch with you, particularly as it was a PB for me for both tench and bream. Unfortunately, the only thing I didn't take were my scales but having pb'ed my tench of 5lb 1oz last year (my first year back with the club since 1986 when it was Hailsham AA), this was somewhat bigger, so I am gonna take a stab at 5lb 8oz (optimistically possible going 6lb).
I have never had a bream anywhere near this size and I'm guessing at a weight around 5lb.
What a cracking start to the season, never mind one that has had a such a challenging set of circumstances but this seems to have brought a resurgence of numbers back to the sport (or new members), so that's fantastic.
Anyway, this was down at Shermans and a big thank you goes out to Keith who took the trouble to cut back a number of swims for us lucky anglers to roll up to.
Wishing you all the best
Following a short pre baiting campaign Clive Copeland targeted Carp on a recent 24hr session on the Wallers Haven at Ironbridge and landed this stunning 16lb 2oz mirror carp from a snaggy swim.
It was caught on a snow man rig and landed after a tense 10 minute struggle. Clive said the fish was in absolutely pristine condition and suspected it had never been caught before.
Strong and appropriate tackle is needed to land these fish on Wallers as they are incredibly wily and fight like demons, just look at the paddles on it !
What a fantastic start it's been to the new river season.
During the day the bream shoals on the Wallers Haven can be elusive, but if you want to find our slimy friends in numbers, then have to think about fishing at night.
Fishing at Middle Bridge on such a session last weekend, Chris Copeland, who loves the smelly creatures, landed 25 bream ranging from about 1lb to around 4lb 8oz. Using his favourite method of cage feeder full of particles, with corn or bread on the hook, the sound of his Delkim alarms kept him awake throughout the night and with most fish averaging over 3lbs, he reckons he landed over 65lb of fish.
Here’s Chris, just before sunrise, holding a reasonable sized fish plucked out of one of his keepnets. Although looking tired, he says that he can’t wait until his next night session in two weeks time, meanwhile his wife continues to refuse to enter the garage due to the smell of all that lovely bream slime on his keepnets!
Matthew Kingdon again, this time with a fine 22lb 12oz common carp captured from the Wallers Haven at Boreham Street.
Previous to the capture, Matt had been pre baiting with boilies and spooked a large fish which jumped clean out the water, so he baited with 0.8kg of 15mm scopex squid at that spot, returning 48 hours later when he put out another 0.6kg and fished with a gooed up single white scopex squid pop up on a stiff hinge rig just off the bait.
Matt was catching tench and bream and then at 2am, got another bite, just two beeps on the alarm, so he got on the rods and with the bobbin lifting gently picked up the rod, thinking it was another bream.
Feeling a solid resistance, Matt set the hook and the carp shot off about 40 to 50 yards up river and gave a hell of a fight, it just wouldn't give up, taking some 20 to 30 minutes to finally bring to the net.
Matt’s fish, if ratified, would be a new club record, beating the old record by 12oz. That fish was also caught at Boreham Street, but way back in March 2003, right at the end of the river fishing season.