New Year Update 2020

I hope that you all had a very good Christmas break and your New Year has started well.

Helen and I have been trying to squeeze in a bit of down-time since my last blog and very sociable it has been too, we had friends and family over for Xmas, and we went to friends for New Year, Helen managed a couple of weeks in the UK to catch up with her shopping, and, even I managed to get back to Blighty for 2 days.

My first trip back to the UK in 3 years so I thought I would make the most of it, while I was there I made a visit to Specsavers and bought myself 4 pairs of new glasses, what a treat, now I can see what I am doing !!

The main reason for my trip was to get home to visit my Mum and to add to the occasion my big brother Paul was over from New Zealand.  Little brother Matthew, who is actually the biggest, organised a family party down the Pub and 22 of us had a great get-together.

This is a very rare photograph of my Mum with me and my 4 surviving brothers :

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Mark and Paul on the left and Glen and Matthew to the right.  My Mum is looking great considering she is 89 in the spring.  Bit of a shame that my sister could not join us.

Other than a bit of extra social life the work continues at a normal pace, I am going to start dropping the water level on the lake tomorrow so the following week will see the start of the annual trim and tidy along the far bank and around the swims.  I am going to be a little more “climate conscious” this year and instead of burning the waste wood cuttings I am going to chip it all, hopefully Helen will be able to use all of the chippings for bedding for the horses.

I have been promising to upgrade my workshop for the last 8 years and at long last I have made a start, you all know the one I mean :


Unfortunately as I progressed other jobs around the place, of which there has been many, the tools and the rubbish seemed to gravitate toward my workshop, shamefully it looked like this inside and I was struggling to find things :


The heavy bit has been done, that was taking down those hideous steel folding doors.  Just to do that I had to sort out the true rubbish from the bulk rubbish, I hate throwing things away as they always come in handy at some point.  It now looks like this :


Once the rest of the facade has been stripped away it will be replaced with an all wood facade which will have double garage doors, my intent is to be able to park the ride-ons inside and clear some space in the other barns and garages.

I will let you know how that develops.

The more pressing project at this moment is the Gite.  So far it has turned out to be one of those proverbial cans of worms that one regrets opening.

It sounded so simple;  replace the kitchen, and strip out a couple of stud walls to gain a little extra space.  That was relatively easy :

from this :


to this :



The damage to the original walls was so bad that it suddenly became clear why they were studded out in the first place, on top of that the wiring was inside the stud walls so the whole place is having to be re-wired and re-plumbed.

Anyway, no point in moaning, it was simply a case of “get it done”, I am pleased to say that all of the hard stuff is finished and it is now at the stage of being ready for a coat or 2 of paint :


I am waiting for the January Sales to start next week and that is when the really difficult task will have to be tackled;  shopping with Helen for a new kitchen, aaaaaaargh !!

My target date for completion is the end of February but I do have a bit of wriggle room in the event that any of the lake work gets a bit complicated.

Our first guests arrive on the 27th of March so it will have to be finished by then.

Watch this space for further updates, till then ;

Happy New Year


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Waiting List – 2020 and 2021

I have a bit of a problem that I cannot fix without your assistance !

While sorting through the flood of bookings for the 2022 Season I have had numerous requests from people who want to be put on my 2022 Waiting List.

This morning I went to transfer those requests into my little blue book only to find that it has disappeared, I have turned this place upside down and cannot find it anywhere.

Obviously I still have the names for the 2022 Season and I have started a new list in a new blue book, my problem is that I no longer have the names of those of you who have previously asked to be put on the waiting list for the 2020 and the 2021 Seasons.


In order to correct this I must ask you to re-submit your names if you still wish to be on the waiting list for 2020 and 2021.  If you can also indicate your preferred periods that would be helpful.

We do not get many cancellations but we do get one or two most seasons and it is always nice to think that they can be given to someone who has been waiting a while rather than someone who just happens to be in the right place at the right time.

Thank you for your help with this.

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Availability Update – 2020/2021/2022


It has been a very hectic morning because of the opening of the 2022 calendar and I would like to thank everyone for their continued confidence in Helen and I to provide you with a great session of carp fishing.

My only regret is that I have had to disappoint so many people this morning, I just wish that I had 3 Septembers !!

19 weeks of our 32 week season have already been reserved and assuming that you all confirm your bookings then the current availability is as follows :


Fully booked


July the 10th and the 17th only


April the 2nd,  the 9th,  and the the 30th

May the 14th,  and the 21st

June the 11th and the 18th

July the 30th

August the 6th

September is fully booked

October the 8th,  the 15th,  the 22nd, and the 29th (last week of the season)


In accordance with our normal practise the 2023 Calendar will open on the 1st of December 2020.


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The 2022 Season


I am just posting this as a reminder that the calendar for the 2022 Season will open from mid-night on the 30th of November.

Importantly, that is 11 pm UK time, to be fair to all please do not submit your application before this time.

All inquiries will be dealt with in order that they arrive in my in-box, please ensure that you use the following e-mail address :

If you have multiple options please list all of your dates on the one e-mail in order of preference.  In the event that I am unable to allocate you with your first option I will allocate your second option, and so on.

If you are trying to reserve multiple weeks please ensure that this is made clear in your e-mail.

I will reply to all inquiries before close of play on Sunday the 1st of December.

If it is of any interest there are still 2 weeks available for the 2021 season and they are the 10th and the 17th of July.


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Availability 2020

Yesterday I posted an article about the unexpected availability of the week commencing the 15th of August 2020.

I would like to thank everyone who has inquired about it but in an effort to stop my phone from ringing I must inform you that the week in question has now been booked and is no longer available.

I am receiving a constant flow of inquiries regarding next season so I would also like to take this opportunity to confirm that the whole of the 2020 season is booked.

Helen and I thank you all for your continued support.

Big Ben


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Unexpected Availability – 15 Aug 2020



Due to unfortunate circumstances we have just received a cancellation for the week commencing the 15 of August 2020.

If this period is of interest to you please contact me directly by either telephone on 0033 555 48 69 74 or via e-mail on

If you are not able to take advantage of this opportunity please share this information with anyone who you think may be interested.


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Catch Report Summary – 2019

I am a great one for quoting facts and figures at everyone when they are here fishing and people do sometimes wonder where I get it all from, well the answer is simple, I get it from Helen’s spreadsheet.

You will all know that my fish are micro-chipped and every detail from those little catch sheets that Helen and I get you to complete is duly transferred on to her spreadsheet, this can then be interrogated to produce all manner of information.

I am not pretending for a moment that I know how to do this because I don’t, but Helen does.  I ask for the information that I need and she produces the stats, the only weakness with the system is that it is only as accurate as the information that has been input to it.

There is always an occasion when people forget to scan a fish or forget to record a number, or weight, etc, but the vast majority of you keep immaculate records of your catches and as a consequence I reckon that our data is 99% accurate.

This is an invaluable tool and it allows us to manage our fishery with the accuracy that we do, to everyone who has contributed to the data this season we thank you all for your input as we could not do this without you.

The average catch this season has gone up as has the total weight of fish but the average weight of each fish has dropped, this is mainly due to the fact that I introduced some new stockies last Winter and they have been appearing on catch records at an alarming rate and bringing the average down !!  Hungry little blighters.

As usual we have only fished 26 weeks of this year, we have had a total of 66 anglers plus 10 other non-fishing guests so the average number of anglers per week has been 2.538, lets call it 2 and a half.

In between that we have been completely closed for 6 weeks randomly spread throughout the season, so if you add that into the mix then the average is reduced to 2.06 anglers per week of the 32 week season that we operate around.

I must be a politician because I can make up stats as I go, if you spread the 66 anglers across the year then it works out to 1.26 anglers per week for the whole of 2019.

I prefer to use the first version because it gives a truthful indication of how lightly fished our venue is; an average of 2.5 anglers per week for 26 weeks of the year.

The total weight of fish caught this season is 32 thousand 161 pounds, yes 32,161 lbs, if you divide that between our lucky 66 anglers then that is an average of 487 lbs each.

We have recorded a total of 925 fish caught, divide that into the total weight and it gives an average of 34.78 pounds per fish, or in real money that is slightly shy of 34lb 12oz.

This is down on last year’s average but, as said,  that is mainly due to the number of times the new stockies have been showing up as sub-20lb fish.

We have recorded 203 individual fish caught but we have also recorded 53 fish as non tagged or no tag recorded, primarily the latter.  Obviously we have no way of knowing for sure whether some of the 53 are the same fish as the 203 or completely different fish so the best I can say is that the total of individual fish caught is between 203 and 256.

If you divide these figures into the 925 fish caught then you can conclude that the average number of times that each fish has been caught is between 4.55 and 3.61 times per fish per season.  Obviously some more than others.

What I can say is that this season we have had 3 fish caught for the very first time since we stocked them in 2012, so that has been a very pleasant surprise.  We also still have several fish that we have never accounted for since their initial stocking so I am convinced that there are more surprises to come.

The total caught of 925 divided by the number of anglers makes for an average of 14.015 fish per angler per week, lets call it 14.  That is up from 2018 when the average was 12, but of course that is only an average.

Every angler is different and the conditions vary from week to week and even from day to day.  Another key element is the number of anglers fishing on any one week and how they spread themselves around the lake.  Here are some interesting stats :

Groups of 1 angler;  the best 1 angler catch was 63 fish, the least best was 9 fish.

Groups of 2 anglers;  the best 2 angler catch was 96 fish, the least best was 9 fish.

Groups of 3 anglers;  the best 3 angler catch was 69 fish, the least best was 14 fish.

Groups of 4 anglers;  the best 4 angler catch was 85 fish, the least best was 28 fish.

Groups of 5 anglers;  The best and worst was the same group with 47 fish.

You can interpret these stats in many ways but I would say that if you are by yourself and you are “on-the-fish” then the potential is there for the session of a lifetime, but, be aware if you cannot locate the fish, because 10 acres is a lot to cover by one angler and they are not always easy to find.

Groups of 4 produce a better average across the group providing everyone with the chance of a good average session.

I have had to massage the figures slightly as we did have a 2 angler group who only caught 3 fish, but they were only here for a 24 hour session so I have removed them from the above stats.

We have also added to our dry-net total this season by 2, giving a grand total to-date of 5.  One was a genuine dry net and try as he might he could not locate the fish.  The second is questionable as the chap in question had to leave rather early and go home so he never actually had a chance to rectify the situation.  But stats are stats and 5 dry nets in the 7 years we have been recording them is a pretty good stat in my book.

The Big Carp Award this season goes to Big Adi who is currently our lake record holder at 66lb 06oz :


The Top Rod Award was less simple as I have been torn between 2 catches.  Geoff knocked up a total of 63 big carp for 2195 lb of fish and he was fishing all by himself, that was an amazing feat.

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But stats are stats and I have awarded this season’s Top Rod to Garry, and although he was part of a 2 man group he still knocked up an amazing individual total of 72 big carp for a total weight of 2421 lbs.


I am sure that you will agree that it has been a fantastic season across the board.

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for next season.


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