Big bream popping up all over the lake

Local specimen hunter, Ian Cougill, had a bumper session this week, landing several double figure bream.
Local specimen hunter, Ian Cougill, had a bumper session this week, landing several double figure bream.

You’ll recall a few weeks ago that we covered the monster carp and bream being hauled from Clumber Park Lake, leading to the venue being nicknamed ‘Jurassic Park’..

Well, the specimen hunters are still bagging-up and discovered some hidden gems.

Carp of over 48lb have been reported this season and local specimen hunter, Ian Cougill, had a bumper session this week, landing several double figure bream.

The big bream have popped up all over the lake, falling to legered lob worm, fished over particle groundbait.

Huge perch have also been putting in an appearance with specimens over the 4lb mark being taken on lob worm and prawns.

Day tickets are available on the bank.

As the club scene starts to drop off, I’ll be covering winter match leagues and reporting on the very latest from our local specimen hunters with plenty of tips, tricks and local venues for you to try.


Sherwood Forest Fishery: Tue Open, Sherwood Lake: 1st S Richards, peg 41, 47-3-0. Steve fished pole with caster over groundbait at 6m for a mixed bag of Ide, Skimmers, Roach and a bonus Carp of 5lb. 2nd J Holmes Woodhouse Angling Centre, peg 54, 35-4-0; 3rd F Bispham, Peg One Angling, peg 57, 30-15-0.

Wed Autumn Fun League, Holmedale Lake: 1st M Langton, peg 21, 129-7-0. Mick proved that he’s not just a pen-pusher, winning this week’s fun league with an impressive net of Carp to 9lb. 2nd A Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 39, 110-15-0; 3rd M Malia, Wickersley Angling, peg 32, 80-8-0.

Lodge Farm Fishery: Tue Open, Long Island: 1st P Jenkins, peg 94, 84-7-0; 2nd J Gunn, peg 85, 72-5-0; 3rd D Evans, peg 92, 70-8-0.

Wed Over 50s, Field Pond: 1st D Evans, peg 9, 125-12-0; 2nd R Turner, peg 5, 118.15; 3rd G Brookes, peg 1, 100-9-0.

Thu Open, Lily Pond: 1st B Richards, peg 59, 210-8-0; 2nd G Brookes, peg 53, 119.05; 3rd P Jenkins, peg 69, 103-0-0.

Daiwa Hallcroft: Sun Open, Moat: 1st M Edgecombe, MAP Leegem, peg 10, 126-3-0; 2nd J Kelly, Kelly’s Stores, peg 21, 109-12-0; 3rd D Whiting, peg 52, 97-5-0.

Sat, Open, Moat: 1st R Walker, peg 38, 107-8-0; 2nd S Robbins, Map Leegem, peg 34, 86-14-0; 3rd P Miles, peg 61, 78-12-0.

Fri Pm Open, Moat: 1st S Marshall, Subfish, peg 40, 119-12-0; 2nd J Oldfield, peg 50, 111-2-0; 3rd M Hall, Map Tuxford, peg 13, 105-4-0.

Thu Veterans, Moat: 1st L Hewison, MAP Leegem, peg 93, 74-4-0; 2nd D Whiting, peg 2, 69-10-0; 3rd A Sellars, R&R Sports, peg 16, 68-14-0.

Tue Pm Costcutter Open, Moat: 1st J Kelly, Kelly’s Stores, peg 40, 106-4-0; 2nd S Robbins, MAP Leegem, peg 32, 96-6-0; 3rd J Hobson, peg 82, 87-2-0.

Mon Veterans Costcutter, Bridge/Croft: 1st R Holmes, peg B15, 105-12-0; 2nd P Schoof, MAP Leegem, peg C27, 79-4-0; 3rd J Simms, MAP Leegem, peg C24, 64-5-0.


Toft Newton: An action-packed week at Toft, with surface-feeding fish keen to chase, follow, splash and swirl.

This feeding frenzy got the rod average up, with 84 rods landing an incredible 458 trout, giving a rod average of 5.5.

Shipman’s a real favourite with black or orange patterns best, either the foamy version or the original.

Daddies still good as are small Boobies or Muddlers, pulled through the wave.

Dave McGeever and John Wood have been the top duo of the week landing 61 fish in two visits, nearly all falling to dry Shipman’s.

They also had a £20 tagged fish each so all in all they shared a cracking week.

Steve Coleman had luck on his side when he landed a tagged fish to net him a £40 bonus.

Tim Bright managed the best fish of the week, a 5lb+ rainbow.

Toft’s Fishing for Heroes sponsored event, which is coupled with the annual Toft Newton Cup, will be fished on Sunday 13th October.

Please contact Jason Foster to register and for sponsorship forms.

As in previous years you may choose to raise a little cash for a good cause or just fish the Toft Cup.

You can also just turn up on the day

Entry £35, includes a 6-fish limit and pools. Draw 8:30 am, fishing from 9 till 4.

Grab a bargain: Worksop Angling Supplies and Retford Angling Centre have both announced the start of their pre-winter sale so it’s a great opportunity for Worksop and Retford anglers to grab a bargain!

Of course your local tackle shop is the best place to get free advice too so call in for a chat and a browse.

If you have an angling story or a picture of you with your catch, email or call 07815 308463.

Tight lines!