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the amazing fishing on the river Wye as the fish below demonstrate.......
Another big pike reported at the weekend for
lake 6 the pike lake at 28.5oz with abother at 13lbs update from
alrite adrian had another biggie
mate 28lb 5oz from lake 6 on trout dead bait popped up again mate
with plenty of additive injected in. my own little mix ive made
seems to be doin the biz also had a 13lber as well mate the lake
is fishing really well see u soon mate see u soon mate gary
A further catch report has just come in for
a 23lb and a 24lb brace of Pike from Lake 6 banked on the 30th
Regular angler Gary Allen caught the Watermarks
biggest recorded pike on Sunday at 31lbs. A huge long lean fish
in perfect condition. The fish caught from Lake 6 came to popped
up Joey Mackerel off the marginal shelf. pic below
The Tackle Den is only closed on Christmas
day during the holiday so day tickets will be availible throughout
the holiday period so happy Christmas to you all.......
Today I have been given catch reports for Lake
6. A local angler has had two carp recently of 23lbs and 27lbs.
This lake is very rich and rarely fished holding a stock of aprox
50 carp. The pike & perch are very active after the frost
with fish stricking at the vast shoals of perch in all the lakes
giving good sport for lure anglers.
21 November Newsflash
Bradley's has been producing some amazing fish for syndicate members.
Carp Talk has recently published a 36 and 39 which broke the members
PB twice on Bradley's. His fishing partner had just returned another
common of again, - 39lbs this last Sunday when I arrived. The
36 and 39 were part of a nineteen fish catch overnight! All the
photos are at the tackle Den and the Den has the low down on bait
and tactics - they sell the bait in the shop and it is working
wonders at the moment and yes its November!
11 Nov. We have been wood-chipping
some of the swims at Little H this week and the mild weather has
made it feel like spring....... Fish still moving around the lake
and now is the time to catch a big one. In the winter you can
buy 10 tickets and get a 10% discount on Little H which means
you can come whenever you want without having to go to the Tackle
Den first - you just have to date your tickets and post them through
the office door when you have finished.
4 November. Bradley's still producing
the runs in the mild conditions. The pike are now also switching
on with Hills lake a great proposition for the pike angler with
fish caught to 15lbs this week.
21 October. this last week saw Bradley's
fishing extremely well with all anglers catching at the weekend
including a brace of 36 and 39lbs common carp!!!!
14 Oct. Bradley's still producing the
30lb carp with fish to 38lbs recorded this week as well as multiple
catches of 20lb+ fish. Geoff our head baliff landed 8 carp to
26lbs during a midweek stint from Little H with some lovely scaly
We will be uploading the latest batch
of photos of pics recieved over the next few weeks.
22nd. Sept the first of the big autumn
commons has been caught at 36lbs on Bradley's this last week with
two other 20lb fish landed by the same member during a 24 hour
session. A great time of year on Bradley's when many of the bigger
fish get caught
Little H is on top form and fantastic
at this time of year with the hot showers and anglers rest onsite.
16th Sept 11. Plenty of fish coming
from Little H this week with fish to 34lbs. Now the holiday season
is over its much peaceful at the lake and a great time to come
and bag an Autumn PB like this.
Update from member 09 Sept
hi adrian.. the closure of bradleys
on sun and monday forced me to fish little horseshoe for the first
time... and what a pleasant experience it was... i set up monday
afternoon and spotted fish moving throughout most of the afternoon..
fished for one night and landed 3 fish up to 24lb... nice heavily
plated mirrors..thinking it may be a better prospect this winter
Memo from the British Army
Just wanted to say many thanks on behave of the British Army for
allowing us to use your lake, Bradleys at extremely
short notice. It was an enormous gesture and we can only say our
humble thanks. After Horseshoe & my decision not to hold the
event there on Sun Mon I had to find another venue rather
rapid as I had guys travelling from all over the UK & Germany
to attend what is our Carp festival week.
We had a great time at the venue although
the weather was very windy, it did produce 6 x carp for us. With
the winning team from Germany catching three fish of the point
swim (17,17,12), two more for the UK team of the southern bank
(by the first car park) (18,18) and finally a fish off bailiffs
We want to thank both your club and
your members who were fishing but had to leave early on Sunday
as I am sure it was an inconvenience to them but VERY much appreciated
by all the soldiers attending.
Thank you and if I can be of any help,
please do not hesitate to contact me.
Army Carp Festival
*****Bradley's will be shut
Sunday 4th Sept 1pm - Tuesday 6th September 2011pm - sorry for
any inconvenience - members may fish Little Horseshoe during this
period - please ring if you have any questions*****
29th August Bradley's. Lots of fish
rolling in the sailing club bay and have been for a week or two!
Some of the large commons have been seen in this area recently
and they always get caught in this area in the autumn. If you
have kids remember you can fish right next to Wood pool on Bradley's
and they can fish Wood pool whilst you fish Bradley's. This is
a really comfortable spot with a pick-nick bench. Remember you
need to buy a ticket for Wood Pool if you do this.
Little Horseshoe is lovely at this
time of the year when the leaves start to turn. With showers and
toilets on site this is a great venue to bring your partner with
parking close to the lake and intimate swims don't leave it to
late this year!
18th August Sam Robinson landed a PB
9.5lb Tench and a 15lb Common Carp in a day session on Wood Pool
this week. He fished the method tight to the large island. The
lodge pool is fishing well with guests catching 30 fish + a day
with tench to 6lbs and carp to low doubles. Bradley's producing
some very large tench to doubles and a steady stream of carp.
12th August Bradley's is producing
a steady stream of fish with lots of seed particles and boilies
fished with the chod a reliable method. Zig rigs producing the
odd fish if the fish are up in the water. Little Horshoe looking
its best at this time of year with fish willing to feed in the
margins. Even more important at this time of year to find some
fish before setting up...... Wood pool producing good tench and
the odd double figure carp.
5th August The fish have been feeding
hard in the margins of Horseshoe so stealth and fish location
ae key before setting your pitch. Dont forget to watch Little
H on the Korda "Thinking Tackle" DVD or on Discovery
Home and Leisure Channel to see how effective these tactics can
be. Bradley's has slowed down during the warmer weather so the
recent rain is welcome however upto five fish a night are being
caught by syndicate members using heavy beds of seed particles
22nd July Bradley's is proving to be
a prolific fishery even when other waterpark waters are quiet.
With an average depth of 12 feet and gravel silt and weed this
venue is the ideal place to catch fish this summer. Fish to 30lbs+
are being banked each week with plenty of backup stock fish. Again
as below you need plenty of bait to keep the fish on the go. We
are recieving no complaints in regards to crayfish on this venue
at this time thanks to our removal programme.
Bradley's is continuing to fish well with carp feeding hard. Anglers
catching all around the main lake with particles and boilies spodded
to the clear spots. Multiple catches of carp to mid 20's have
been the norm.... Plenty of room on this venue so come and fish
amongst the wild flowers..... Remember you can drop your tackle
to most swims at Bradley's and return your car to the car park.
Wood Pool at Bradley's has been producing
some stunning fish. This small shallow pool reminiscent of a farm
pond has produced Carp to 27lbs and Tench to over 8lbs. This pool
is ideal for stalking or fishing on the top with good marginal
The fish are on display on the
top at Little Horseshoe and still reacting well to bigger beds
of boilies. Try to find spots on the edge of the weed or silt
5th July Last week was sensational
in regards to carp landed. Little Horseshoe's 3 Scale was landed
at 38lb, this fish is ever growing. Five fish over 26lbs were
also recorded and the Sandy backed Mirror is showing and feeding
aggressively in the shallows. This is a real lump and dwarfs all
the other fish and as I write is tearing up the bottom in the
shallows!!!! At the weekend two of our syndicate members had a
12 fish haul from Bradley's with fish to over 26lb landed. Steve
Renyard had four fish in as many hours on Friday night fishing
over plenty of particles with monster crab boilies. The weather
is looking good for fishing this weekend so get out while the
fish are feeding....
28th June Fish being steadily caught
from Bradley's and Little Horseshoe this last week with Little
Horseshoe recording several fish to 27lb's. The big common was
reported hooked and lost. Carp to 22'b's were caught from Wood
Pool by Sam Robinson and Geoff Simms reported a 9.5lb Tench from
Bradley's as well as an upper double carp and one fish lost from
21st June The carping 4 cancer event was a
great success on Bradley's at the weekend. Teams caught up to
9 carp each with the event raising over £11,000 for cancer
charities. Bradley's is fishing very well as is Horseshoe. Some
of the guys in the competition caught well at extreme range with
pva bags. Tench to 11.5lbs were also landed. Last night fish were
caught to 22lbs on Little H with plenty of boilies and the chod
12th June the lake is in cracking form
with today's welcome rain set to freshen things up for the week
ahead. Remember Bradley's is closed this Friday Sat and Sunday
so head to Little Horseshoe this weekend. There are plenty of
private swims on this lovely lake to be enjoyed. Fish are being
regularly caught with the chod and bolilie approach however some
successes was had this weekend with a pva approach in the margins
in the shallows - nothing big but satisfying for the angler concerned.
Nice email from Ben Howarth as below
I just finished a 3 day session on little horseshoe and can't
believe how well the session went broke my pb twice .
I had six fish,4 Doubles,a 20lb 8oz mirror followed by another
stunning mirror of 30lb 4oz mirror smashing my pb!!!i have attached
some photos of the big one's. caught using pop ups over a big
bed of boilies approx 65 yds.
I have also added a photo of one of the fish i caught from bradley's
a couple weeks ago 18lb 10oz,Thanks for the advice and i am looking
forward to getting back down at the end of the month,Great lakes.
Full details to follow however, Little H fished well in the last
24hrs with one angler smashing his PB twice within an hour with
30lb 8oz and 27lb 4oz mirrors as well as four other upper doubles.
The lake fished well all over again with fish up to 22lbs landed
as well as some nice Tench. Chods and plenty of bait doing the
business. Little Horseshoe seems to be fishing consistently well
this season although the fish are not a walkover! The heavy rain
today will do the world of good and I expect the fish to stay
on the feed.
Conditions look perfect at Little Horsehoe with a nice color to
the lake. Carp still showing all around the lake with a notable
capture of an 8lb Tench yesterday that was absolutely black in
color - an exceptional fish.
May 25th Lots of fish showing in Little
H today sunbathing in the shallows. The big common is about as
is the commons mate. The fish are sunbathing and moving into the
main body of water to feed as they are in Bradley's which is encouraging
for this weekend.
May 23rd Nice email below from Gary
Williams with some useful information included.
Another flurry of fish on Little Horseshoe
with Max Walkers group catching fish over 27lb using the chod
over 5kg of pepperami boilies. The fish in Little H are moving
all over the lake making swim choice easier.
Its 11:30 Saturday morning and Little
has just produced a 27.5lbs mirror
and a 16lb mirror in the last hour with another angler losing
a fish. Tench and carp still coming from Bradley's however the
carp are chasing and looking to spawn.
Bradley's has consistently produced
fish from the sailing club bay this last week. The fish are present
in good numbers. They are liking a lot of bait with fruit/sweet
flavor boilies working well... The chod is a great tactic but
remember to find the fish as multiple catches are easily possible
in the right areas.... Little H is looking idylic, again the chod
has been top method fishing on the edge of the gravel patches
just into the weed. The fish are responding to big beds of bait......
Little Horseshoe stunner...
American Pizza on 01285 655655 will
deliver to our venues - either quote Gate 1 or Gate 2 Bradley's
or Little Horseshoe at the end of Wildmoorway lane and they will
deliver a range of great pizza and drinks - how great is that!
Please make sure all litter is taken home!
May 11 2011
One of our day ticket anglers caught
a 24 lb mirror on Bradley's today as I was on my rounds. He saw
fish rolling and moved straight onto them with instant results.
Try to travel a little lighter on this venue so moving onto fish
is more achievable mid session...
May 08 2011
Little Horseshoe hosted a charity event
this last weekend in aid of guide dogs for the blind. Nige Sharp
and friends attended catching some stunning fish to over 34lbs
with some stunning commons amongst them. More details and pics
to follow. The event raised over £1000 for this worthwhile
May 06 2011
Yesterday a day ticket angler had a
sensational Tench fishing session on Little Horseshoe using waggler
and half a pint of red maggot. Eight Tench to 8.5lbs between 9am
and 3:30 with no fish less than 5lbs!
Lots of carp showing close in on Bradley's
in the last 24hrs they can be seen in the margins and they are
certainly following the wind...
May 04 2011
This week Carpology have visited as
part of the fantastic underwater features with Nigel Sharp in
attendance. Look out for photos of carp poking there heads out
in the next issue which Jo Wright was quick enough to snap!
Little Horseshoe is closed
this weekend 6th 7th open again at lunchtime Sunday. Some key
dates for Bradley's as follows: closed for Carping 4 Cancer event
Friday 17th June through to Sunday 19th June 2011. Our friends
the Tench Fishers have reserved the North Bank for Saturday 2nd
Bradleys and Little Horseshoe are fishing
very well. During the bank holiday period 6 carp over 26lbs were
caught at Little Horseshoe with fish to 32lb being landed. Multiple
catches of fish on Bradleys have been commonplace with plenty
of 30's coming out to complement the stock fish which have reached
over 20lbs. Large beds of bolilies have produced the goods!
The ice has largely cleared on Bradley's
and Hills and these waters should provide good pike fishing sport.
Be mobile and try paternoster dead baits off the marginal shelf.
The Tackle Den has large stocks of bait and tackle for pike fishing
including roach, trout mackerel, smelt etc etc...and are very
knowledgeable in regards to the fishing so ask for help when buying
Bradley's has large comfortable swims
and thick grassy banks, perfect during inclement weather.... come
on, be brave and wet those lines!
We expect Little H to be clear this
weekend but please ring for an update.
With the continuing warm water conditions
Little H and Bradleys continue to respond to lots of bait. 2 for
1 deal now applies (14 October 2010) midweek on Bradleys only.
Buy one 24 hour ticket get one free must be used consecutively.
Bradley's continues to respond fantastically
well to big beds of bait through August and into September as
two anglers can testify after recent record breaking sessions.
19 and 20 fish were landed respectively with stock fish now well
This season the fish are reacting
to big beds of baits on both Bradley's and Little Horseshoe. Fruit
Baits are a winner so up your baiting campaign as anglers have
expereanced some big catches of fish this season see a report
from Wayne below
"This is Wayne, I fished Bradley's
last month and caught around 40 carp. Many were only stockies
of up to 17 pounds, but had one Bradley's Koi weighed in at 25
I enclose the picture for the site if you would like it?"
"Will hopefully be down there again soon and on a regular
basis if the misses don't mind!! - fish as below"
Carp are starting to feature in Lake
6 "The Pike Lake" give it a try and report back.
has woken 27-April 2010
With this years harsh winter a distant
memory! The giant has finally woken! Bradley's is now producing
multiple catches of carp as well as some huge tench. With the
stock fish now averaging upper doubles there is no better time
to pay us a visit. Steve Renyard below demonstrating the fine
quality of Bradley's new stocks....
The Tackle Den triumphs in secret shopping article! Click here
for the full review.
Catch Fish this winter like Watermarks
favourite regular, the one and only Ken Ball with a 30lb 4 oz
common well done Ken. Ken wins a free 48 hours on Little Horseshoe
for this month's happiest angler in a photo competition.
Hills Lake now available
on day & 24 hour tickets (4/11/10)
Hills Lake is now availible to fish
on a day ticket or 24 hour ticket as well as Bradley's season
tickets and Watermark Golden Scale Tickets and is transferable
with Bradley's day or 24 hour tickets ( i.e. a Bradley's ticket
covers Hills Lake) More details and opening times for Hills Lake
are as follows Hills Lake (Lake 17) is adjacent to Bradley's (Lake
16) Access is via Bradley's gate 2 with parking available right
next to the lake where toilet facilities are also provided. Stock
levels are fairly unknown however, we know that a batch of relatively
young fish have been stocked in recent years which in some cases
are growing past mid thirties and stunning fish they are too!
Original fish have been reported well
in excess of 40lb's. This venue is ideal for the angler looking
for the fish of a lifetime with its low stock and the potential
of producing a very special fish. You will have seen large fish
caught in the angling press with the location given as a "Large
Southern Gravel Pit" that will have originated from Hills
but suffice to say we have very little formal history of the lake.
We would love to hear from anyone with catch reports and information.
Fishing operates 1st March to the 31st October 19:30pm - 8:30am
and 24 hour fishing 1st November to 1st March
Before your visit please ring to
check that your chosen venue is ice free - call the fishery number
on 01285 862680.
Now that we have had the first frost!
Visit Watermark and catch pike like Martin Bowler on Bradley's
or the Pike Lake!
offer For AKAC Members (30/11/09)
Watermark Fisheries have introduced an offer for AKAC members
whereby on production of an existing Full Season Permit (AKAC
09/10) you will be entitled to fish half price at Bradley's Fishery
This offer applies on day tickets &
24 hour tickets only. Additionally an offer of 20% discount will
also be available for any AKAC member wishing to buy a season
ticket for Bradley's.
This is a follow up to the offer
made by Watermark to the club in regards to Lake 31 on the 14th
August when we stated that "Watermark is quite happy to let
those members who are genuine fisherman and prepared to conduct
themselves appropriately fish the waters on Lake 31" - the
full press release we made that day can be viewed at the Tackle
Den. Although the offer we made could not be agreed at that time
despite our best efforts, we now feel that it is important to
demonstrate a gesture of goodwill to those anglers whose fishing
has been affected by the actions of a handful of selfish individuals!
(Please note that camper vans
are not allowed on site. This offer is available only from the
Tackle Den and is valid until 10th March 2010 and all offers are
subject to availability)
Posted 10/11/09 Now is the time to
target Perch in Lake 6
"The Pike Lake" as "Hardy Grey's" Andy Charlton
demonstrates with this brace of stunning fish caught using the
"Drop Shot" technique.
Posted 9/11/09 Geoff Simms third
thirty this season caught from Little Horseshoe at 33lbs 15oz.
29/9/09 During the last week fishing
has been good on Bradley's with Carp reported to 35lb (Common)
by a member with several thirties reported and plenty of stock
fish being caught.... Prospects are v good for this weekend. Bubbling
fish everywhere on Little H.
Dereck Wood 33lb 2 oz Common caught
from Bradley's - see both fish in news & views
Wood Pool Common 20lb's 5/10/09
30/9/09 Geoff Simmons has just caught
a 33lb 14 oz common at 3:50pm 2nd fish (16lb common) of the trip
- Bradley's fishing very well however some anglers experiencing
hook pulls at the moment - some lumps lost at the net in the last
couple of days............. photos to follow........ - now posted
23/9/09 Little Horseshoe is on fire
at the moment latest catch Andy Howes who fished little Horseshoe
last night catching 3 mirrors 27lb 8oz, 24lb 2oz & 22lb 3oz
on his birthday - happy birthday Andy! - plenty of fish caught
19/9/09 Angling Times Angling Journalists
have fished Little Horseshoe twice in two weeks on two 24 hour
sessions. The first visit resulted in 8 fish and the second a
magnificent 29lb+ mirror - buy the paper and read about the sessions
in the next couple of weeks or so....... Bradley's fishing well
- a 25lb Koi caught last weekend! Pictures of all to follow.......
Steve Renyard fished Bradley's this
September with his nephew Ryan Crouch (Pictured) resulting in
this stunning photo!!!
I have attached photos of the 37lb 1oz linear mirror that my mate
caught at 2am on Wednesday morning 09/09/09.
Alan caught his PB of 21lb, only 4 days earlier on Friday the
Regards Mark Bie. (pic below)
36lb Mirror from Bradley's and note
from Derek - Sept 09
Please find pics of first thirty from Bradleys. One of two fish
i caught this weekend. This one was 36lb and the other was a mirror
also of 16lb.
This has made all the nights worth it and follows on from the
fish a few weeks ago. Well chuffed lets hope me good luck continues
for the rest of the year as i would love one of the big commons
to make it a memorable year.
Thanks for supplying the ultimate venue, can't see myself fishing
Stunning picture below of a 27lb
Bradley's carp caught in July by one of our favorite anglers Glyn
Everson. Glyn saw a fish roll at range and covered it resulting
in this fantastic young Bradley's fish.
Geoff Simmons Watermark own fisheries
Baliff catches his dream fish July 2009. This fantastic linear
mirror normaly tops 39lb's however at 35lb 8oz post spawning weight
has made Geoff a happy man! ! Well done Geoff!! - great angling.
Here's some pictures of two carp I caught whilst tench fishing
at Bradleys. The common went 29lbs and the mirror 20lb 12oz,
Great fishery and great people!!
Hi,Here is a photo of a 32lb 12oz common
i caught on the 17th june,also had a 7lb 12oz tench during the
keep up the good work
on the fishery.
Its refreshing to see a lake that is well kept and also litter
39lb 2 oz Common 9th May 2009
This is the biggest of a big list
of 30lb carp caught from Bradley's in recent weeks. The lake is
on fire for the bigger fish please see note from Rob below...
Please find attached a pic of 39lb
2oz Common taken from Bradley's by my buddy Steve Cottrell
on the morning of 9th May 2009, our first visit to the water.
(Paul the bailiff took some pics as well). Feel free to use it
on the website.
Fantastic lake, keep up the good work.
Bradley's 36lb + Mirror
caught this superb 36lb + Mirror from Bradley's in April - another
cracking fish for Bob - well done...
To ensure the ongoing security
of our anglers you may not visit the fishery without having purchased
a ticket or by calling to make an appointment to view.
36lb Mirror caught from
Bradley's this morning!
Griffiths has caught a 36lb mirror from
Bradley's this morning 8/4/09 - well done Bob - Bradley' s continuing
to fish well with multiple catches of stock fish to 18lbs.....
photos to follow....
Note from Steve Renyard
Adrian. A quick update for your website. Now having fished five
nights on Bradley's my total amount of carp caught is 40 fish
to 33.04 as attached. The carp have been caught on Richworth multiplex
18mm boilies and lots of spod comprising Hinders cheesy tuna multimix
and Bait tecs chilli and normal hemp mixed with tuna oil. I will
be back as soon as humanly possible in the hope of another Bradley's
stunner or fish of a lifetime! cheers Steve Renyard (fish below)
Martin Wilson catches
a stunning 33lb
Bradley's 36lb stunner
that magic time again as Stuart Oulton demonstrates with this
36lb 6oz Common (pic below) caught from Bradley's recently. With
a dry autumn forecast (fingers crossed) now is the time to wage
a campaign for a superb specimen displaying autumn colours - the
ultimate trophy shot!