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PhilG1960

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  1. Thanks guys. I have informed the owner. It's a venue where you are supposed to dip your nets before starting. I always have and I have seen many others do the same.
  2. Hi All, I caught three carp today from a local lake and took a quick picture of two as they had red blotches on them. Any idea what it is? Close up they look more like sores than blisters. I have read previous threads but thought it might be better to post the photos and let you all have a look.
  3. Thank you. The challenge set by the owner is for someone to catch the 20's he has in there. Here's hoping.
  4. Just done my third day at Tandridge Lake this week and I had my best days fishing ever. A lovely mirror weighing just under 18lb an hour after I arrived started the day off in great style. This was quickly followed by a lovely little common of 3lb. Nothing then for nearly five hours but between 2-3pm I got two more commons of 12lb and 12lb 4ozs respectively (one on each rod) and to round it off another little common of just under 4lb. Five carp weighing around 48lb. I'm chuffed to hell. I must say thank you to the owners David & Marge for the effort they put in throughout the year.
  5. Whilst I have only got into carp fishing recently, I have been fishing around here on and off for 20 odd years and I have fished most of the local places many times. Godstone Vineyard just north of J6 is on the A22 southbound carriageway. It was a great place to go especially for youngsters who would catch numerous small roach, carp etc.. on maggot or worms. There were some nice 20+lb carp there and I have seen several caught. Sadly that is no longer the case. I recently fished it along with two others who had been there twice that week and they both said they had seen other anglers catch nothing. Rumours have been rife for some years that a lot of the fish have gone. I will let you draw your own conclusions as to where. My day there was a total blank, the other two had a couple of very small roach and a gudgeon, one man did pull out a nice looking carp of around 8-9lb. Warwick Wold is relatively new but is growing in reputation. You can see it as you come down Reigate Hill (M25 bit) as you head anti-clockwise, before you get to junction 7 (M23). A friend of mine has fished it several times and speaks very highly of it as do others I have met. A neighbour and his father fished it once last winter and again at Easter, both had a lot of fun and landed a couple of good fish each. This is the next place on my list to visit. Tandridge Lake is worth a visit but you must book in advance. The number of anglers is controlled and you will need the code to get in. Great place for both kids and adults. A good number of carp up to mid 20's (fish the far end either side or behind the second island) and some nice Tench (fish by the stables). Everywhere else will produce smaller specimens but it will be fun. The car park is big enough for a dozen cars, nets must be dipped and there is a loo. Edenbrook I mentioned in another post on the topic. In short, nice place, book in advance, get there early. Beaver Farm (A22) just past the Mormon Temple before Felbridge. Lost count of how many times I went there over the years. Pike (in the winter) worth a go, several lakes some with big carp and catfish. Best to read their website first and ask when you get there what is fishing well. Personally I found tangerine boilies always worked well especially on Moat Farm Pond as did a method feeder. Others may disagree. I hope this may be of interest to some of you.
  6. I know this is a very old thread but thought I would give you all an update about Edenbrook. A colleague who lives only a minute away from there has fished it several times this year and has never failed to catch (or so he says). His biggest so far on Meridian lake is 16lb 6oz. I have been on that lake three times in the past month and have caught several carp between 3-10 lb. I have to say it is very nice and well maintained. I will be going back again next weekend and regularly throughout the summer. My colleague is off next week and aims to go there 2-3 times so we shall see what happens. The main lake does hold a lot of big fish but it is a very hard place to fish. You do have to put the hours in and you need to appreciate that it will be very busy at the weekends. Meridian however is often nearly empty and there are a few good swims. This lake apparently does hold a few fish around the low 20's. My only criticism is the lack of parking. A small car park which every time I have been there contains old vans that never seem to move and a piece of old farm machinery. That said I can think of other places that are as bad. Booking in advance is a must!! They do restrict the number of anglers and will ask you at the time of booking, which lake you wish to fish.
  7. Hi Ian, Little Chef? Now you are testing my little grey cells. You could be right, there were a lot of those around at one time. There is a big pub nearly opposite called the Arkle Manor (used to be a Beefeater) before it went all trendy. Thanks for your reply.
  8. Has anyone fished here recently? It's situated on the A25 at Betchworth (between Reigate and Dorking).
  9. I know plenty of anglers who have used whatever they buy for their dog. I think most float. Main brands can be expensive. There are specialist animal feed shops around, the sort that supply the horsey/gun dog set. They often stock brands not available in the supermarkets. Chudleys was a brand that I think used to be used.
  10. I'm glad size isn't everything And thanks for the welcome.
  11. I've just joined and look forward to chatting to you all in the future. I've been fishing on and off for 40+ years but never really got the carp bug. Until recently. I was taken to a venue not far from me in Surrey that I never knew existed. Landed three carp totalling around 18lb. Not massive by any of your standards I am sure but I was chuffed to bits.