HORRENDOUS rain forced Joe Hierons to scrap plans for a night session on the south bank at Doggetts but he did manage to fish a two-hour spell and was rewarded with a scrappy 16lb mirror.

Overall, the lake has responded well to the strong south westerly winds, but by the weekend the carp seemed to find the continual night time barrage of fireworks too disruptive and little was caught during Saturday and Sunday.

Ian Simmons found Eclipse Virus worked for him when he fished an evening on the south bank where he landed a fine upper double mirror.


Reeled in – Ian Simmons with his fine upper double mirror 

James Saunders, meanwhile, managed to lose a fish and bank a low double before the fishing slowed at the weekend while fishing his favourite swim on the north bank.

A quick overnight session saw local angler Alan Slade fish the south bank with a new pineapple bait which obviously worked as he landed two mirrors both weighing in at 17lb.

But the happiest angler this week was Lee Crawford who has watched others land fish while he struggled.

Finally Crawford found his form when fishing the south bank for a night during a south westerly gale.

Fishing the middle bar and the back reeds, Crawford landed commons of 12lb, 15lb and 17lb.

A few jack pike were also caught this week with the largest of the young fish landed being just 9lbs.



By Graham Barrett


Thamesmead: Eddie Sharp reports whiting, flounders and eels.

Erith Morrisons Jetty: One or two codling, whiting, flounders and still a few bass.

Belvedere: Flounders and whiting.

Rick from Dolphin angling reports, Gravesend: Codling up to 2lb, whiting, flounders and bass.

Greenhithe: Flounders, bass and whiting.

River Roach: Some bigger flounders and eels.

Southend Beaches: Flounders and pinhead whiting.

Westcliff: Flounder and chance of a bass.

Chalkwell: Flounders and mullett.

Garrisons concrete shelter: Decent whiting after dark.

East Beach (boom end): Mullet and the odd schoolie.

Southend Pier: Dogfish, some decent whiting, and a few codling begining to show – but mostly undersized. Bass also being taken by pier regulars.

Boats: Cloud Nine fished in the river Crouch. Had more than 40 codling plus whiting and dogfish.

Boats fishing outside round to Clacton are being plagued by 100s of dogfish. Where are the Russian factory ships when you need them? (only joking).

Felixstowe: Whiting improving numbers of codling feeding on the smaller whiting. Recommend live bait.

Walton pier: Richard Holgate reports lots of coding, whiting, dogfish, pouting and bass.

Frinton town beach: Codling, whiting and dogfish.

Holland-on-sea (Brighton Road and The Slab): Codling, dogfish and whiting.

Clacton pier: Codling, whiting, dogfish and still one or two bass.

l THERE is a winter boat cod open competition on Sunday, November 30.

The competition takes place from Wallasea for both charter boats and private boats. It’s £15 to enter, plus the charter fee.

The event is a one rod, three hook match. It takes place from 6am to 5.30pm.

Prizes are sponsored by Jetty Anglers. For more details call Guy Cambell on 07810 070371.



ROCHFORD match men Lewis and Russell Clark pulled off a one-two on Sunday at Fambridge.

Lewis won the match on the River Crouch, with his dad Russell taking second place.

A haul of 32 fish weighing 14lb 15oz secured the win for Lewis, while Russell landed 32 fish for 14lb 1oz. Kent angler Peter Josh finished third out of the 11-strong field with 32 fish for 13lb 7oz.

The biggest fish of the match was a 1lb 9oz codling landed by Rick Hodson, from Benfleet.

Eight codling were brought to shore, along with 260 sizeable whiting.