By Graham Barrett


A SLIGHT drop in water temperature and a change in the weather has really seen quite a bonanza with the carp fishing at Doggetts this week.

The week started with eleven-year-old George Hammond enjoying a day on the short arm where he landed some excellent tench plus a very scrappy 13lb common.

Mick Bowman fished a late evening on the short arm landing a 21lb mirror in the new gap in the reeds plus some good-sized tench also gave runs and scraps worthy of many carp.

Local angler Lewis Clark fished for a couple of hours before dark on the long arm where he banked and 18lb mirror on new boilies he was testing closely followed by friend Alan Slade who fished a favourite swim in the back pool with pineapple boilies.

Not only did Slade land some good tench, two mid-doubles, one common and one mirror completed the bag.

Ryan Owens spent a night on the North Bank in overcast blustery condition again some scrappy tench gave some sport through the night but two very pretty commons weighing in at 17lb and 19lb completed the night’s sport.Carl Barrett and Lee Bowlings both landed their first ever Doggets carp from the short arm.

Lee landed a 20lb mirror and five tench whilst Carl banked a 16lb mirror.

At the time of going to press, regular to Doggetts Craig Sexton was halfway through a 48-hour trip on the long arm.

So far Craig has landed four carp all mirrors between 16lb and 20lb.

Hopefully Sexton’s bag should be larger by the end of the second day.

Cameron Edwards fished his first short day session on the south bank landing a mid-double fully scaled plus a similar weight common.

Michael Patience also landed a mid-double common from the North Bank but friend Danny Jennings who joined his fishing chums late landed the best carp of the week.

Fishing 18mm solar pineapple boilies over a bed of pellets by the reeds from the gulley swim.

The stunning common gave good account of itself and weighed in at 28lb 4oz.

There has certainly been a few more carp landed this week but it is still very noticeable that the majority of fish landed are the smaller males. After spawning it is usual for the bigger females to start feeding later. So it is hoped that September is going to be quite a month.


Huge – Danny Jenning and his 28lb 4oz common



ANGLERS at Rochford reservoir have had to contend with high winds, flooding, and very hot weather conditions in recent times but this has not put anglers or the fish off.

Carp anglers have had some great sport on floating baits with most that have used this method catching large numbers of carp up to 18lb.

Sean Thacker and Dave Gray have been catching up to 25 carp each on most visits to the reservoir.

They have been using a variety of different methods but most of the fish have fallen to floaters along the Freight House bank.

Bailiff Graham Lee fished a afternoon session on the same bank and took 20+ carp to 16lb 8oz all on floaters.

Meanwhile float and pole anglers have had great sport too.

Pole anglers using pellets have had good bags of silvers, carp and tench.

The Rayleigh and district AS held the John and Hanah North memorial match at the reservoir..

Dave Benjamin had a top weight off 44lb 8oz, second was Steve Taylor on 32lb 10oz and third was Ken Hannell with 29lb10oz Dave Benjamin fished the notice board swim, the fish were slow to start feeding but gradually came on the feed.

He had carp to 14lb 13oz, silvers and a nice chubb of 2lb14oz..

On Saturday the reservoir will host the annual carping for kids in conjunction with Nash Tackle.

It starts at 9-30am and finishes at 3-30pm and is open to six to 12-year-olds.

It is free of charge and all tackle and bait is supplied.

Also on Sunday there is a open carp match at the reservoir, £15 entry all in.

Fishing takes place between 9am and 3pm but places must be pre booked as there are only 22 slots available.

For more details on either event contact Nick North on 07963 112588.



Thamesmead: Eddie Sharp reports flounders and bass.

Erith, Morrison Jetty: Flounders and bass.

Belvedere: The travellers have now left this fishing site. Eddie Sharp had 13 flounders in one session on small rag plus a few bass.

Barking Creek (near the barrier): Some decent eels. Lots of undersized flounders.

London Bridge: Lots of eels being taken. Bait digger Bill Rich, who used to be a dab hand here in his younger days (and could earn a living from eels then) caught plenty, which were all returned.

Gravesend: Graham, from Dolphin Angling, reports, flounders, eels, soles, and bass to 2.5lb.

Greenhithe: Bass to 6lb plus soles and eels.

Woolwich Ferry Terminal: When the ferry is not running it’s good for big eels and flounders.

Southend Pier: Lee, from Southend Angling Centre, reports schoolies, flounders, and eels on the inside by the station (30 plus mackerel. At the Pier Head big mullet at low water (on sweetcorn or maddies).

Barge Pier: Mackerel, mullet and flounders.

The Garrison’s concrete shelter: Flounders and mullet.

Shoebury Boom (left hand side): Mullet and the odd bass.

Beaches, Thorpe Bay slipway: Codling on night tides.

Leisure Centre Westcliff (right hand side): Flounders and chance of a decent bass.

Chalkwell: Mullet to 4lb.

River Crouch: Bass, flounders and eels.

River Roach: Increasing numbers of flounders, plus eels and schoolies.

Walton Pier: Richard Holgate reports codling, whiting, bass, soles and thornacks.

Frinton Town beach: Thornbacks and codling.

The Naze, Hipkins Beach: Big bass and codling.

Holland-on-Sea: Brighton Road: codling and whiting.

Clacton Pier: Big thornbacks, codling and whiting.

Pier Information, Walton Pier: Closes at 10pm, be off by 11pm. Clacton Pier: Anglers must be off the pier by dusk. Night passes can be obtained at the pier office for £75 for the season.

Charter boats, Misty Lady (out of Walton): Mixed bag of codling, whiting, thornbacks, bass, pouting and smoothhounds.