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   Old Thread  #822 20 Jul 2020 at 12.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Swim 5 is always a favourite it's a nice double swim
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   Old Thread  #821 19 Jul 2020 at 4.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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How did you get on any swims better than others on kingfisher lake there 8th of August for a week
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   Old Thread  #820 16 Jul 2020 at 9.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yes mate there from 5th Aug to 14th. First night on wildbore then on Heron rest of it.
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   Old Thread  #819 15 Jul 2020 at 4.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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2 of us tried to book a week end Sep/Oct but was fully booked managed to get a week on Fox back end of November
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   Old Thread  #818 12 Jul 2020 at 9.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone out there the first week in August?
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   Old Thread  #817 12 Jul 2020 at 6.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Returned Matt.
Also might be worth messaging my mate DEKAY on here heís a good lad and will help you out
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   Old Thread  #816 12 Jul 2020 at 5.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iíve sent you a PM mate
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   Old Thread  #815 12 Jul 2020 at 5.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You will love it mate.
My mate caught a few from Kingfisher last week and another mate is on Heron as I type this .
They are on the feed.
Enjoy 😉
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   Old Thread  #814 12 Jul 2020 at 4.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Has anyone been over since Lockdown has eased? Ive done a last minute Booking and going on kingfisher this Tuesday for 3 nights, my first trip to abbey and looking forward to it 👍🏻
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   Old Thread  #813 26 Apr 2020 at 4.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ring Evelyne @ Abbey mate .
Sheís snowed under and having to deliver options set out by Seb .
Heís changed his stance ( as published ) of 50% now and 50% in September .
Good luck itís a fecking mine field
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   Old Thread  #812 26 Apr 2020 at 11.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi there
1 week this thursday i am meant to be at abbey and had no contact from abbey regarding the trip so far.
i am more then happy to change dates and then i can change tunnel booking and not lose the money i have paid.
so i wondered did they contact you as promised or did you contact them.
i sent e-mail last week for details but no reply yet.
thanks.
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   Old Thread  #811 21 Apr 2020 at 9.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's called sessions mate its basically the same in the uk and France
A chance you take
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   Old Thread  #810 21 Apr 2020 at 1.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Were you not due out in May this year too? How do you know what the weather will be a year in advance for next May?
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   Old Thread  #809 20 Apr 2020 at 1.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well update time

Spoke to abbey very disappointed in the way they have dealt with this
Been given another date that we cant do due to other commitments
The 15th -22nd may 2021 which is basically spawning time,so they are happy for us to sit behind motionless rods watching them spawn and take our money regardless and as we can't do that date they are keeping our deposit
Thought abbey had a good name ... not the case now
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   Old Thread  #808 18 Apr 2020 at 9.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah I saw that on the heron video comments.
Wrong though they cant back track on what they say...
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   Old Thread  #807 18 Apr 2020 at 8.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Conflicting reports on their FB page.
Looks like they are not honouring their previous statement about a 50% now and 50% in September.
Various posts about them keeping your 30% deposit .
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   Old Thread  #806 9 Apr 2020 at 9.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone else had there call yet
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   Old Thread  #805 1 Apr 2020 at 5.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
2 of my mates swapped there March trip to November. There must have been availability for when they wanted to get the swap then.
Makes sense if there isnít availability.

My info is from mates so yours is more than likely now correct. They were due out opening week.

Either way a good move to refund.
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   Old Thread  #804 1 Apr 2020 at 4.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's what I last I heard and read 50% now and 50% in September
So full refund
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   Old Thread  #803 1 Apr 2020 at 3.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Where did you read that Dale .
Are they not refunding 50% then 50% in September.
I didnít think they could offer alternative weeks as they are heavily booked already .
I might of missed your information on FB.
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   Old Thread  #802 31 Mar 2020 at 10.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Money minus deposit back or swap for a different available week.

Very fair.
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   Old Thread  #801 31 Mar 2020 at 9.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah I read that I just wondered if anyone has had the call yet
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   Old Thread  #800 31 Mar 2020 at 8.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They put a post on face ache explaining what they are doing
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   Old Thread  #799 31 Mar 2020 at 6.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Has anyone had there phone call from abby yet to cancel there trip????
If so how dose it work ????
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   Old Thread  #798 26 Mar 2020 at 5.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well I've just managed to cancel my Eurostar
Due to go to abbey (attila) may 2nd
I have two in my party over 70 and one with type two diabetes, and even if we do get to go I dont think it's worth the risk.
I would imagine the travel ban will be in force for a while anyway.

I Phoned up explained to Eurostar and they said I would receive my full refund within 3 to 4 days.

Just waiting for abbey to contact me,mid April for a refund too
As they have stated 50%now and 50% in September
Gutted but tight lines to all
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   Old Thread  #797 22 Mar 2020 at 2.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can't beat that early Alarm call first thing in the morning on Kingy Peg 5/6 its like a jet
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   Old Thread  #796 27 Feb 2020 at 8.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm fishing attila in may, my first time in France and booked lake exclusive for 6 of us and cant wait.

Theres a few videos on utube but not many of either kingy or attila its mainly heron or fox as there supposed to be the big fish waters ???
I've been searching

Ip 100 is a wealth of info as I've picked his brains a few times dave the abbey bailiff is very helpful and if you email him he will normally reply within 24hrs
Hope this helps fella
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   Old Thread  #795 13 Feb 2020 at 4.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Don't think there's a great number of vids for kingy mate as it's not really been a carp orientated water for that long. Kev Ellis did one but thats the only one I've seen. It's quite deep, very weedy but apparently fishes well for the carp these days. Fished it twice myself but the last time was about 12 years ago and just for the cats. The end nearer to the other lakes is the shallower end..
The train line runs right behind it and its bloody loud, and once the sun goes down the frogs start, and they will do your head in for the first night or 2 until you get used to them
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   Old Thread  #794 13 Feb 2020 at 2.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've been trying to get up to speed with abbey before a trip there later this year.

Any links for good youtube videos to watch for Kingfisher lake please?
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   Old Thread  #793 31 Jan 2020 at 7.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thank you, much appreciated..
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   Old Thread  #792 30 Jan 2020 at 11.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The end closest to kingfisher is the deeper end, the far end much shallower. Avoid pellets as there are crays in there, take hardened hookbaits as there are hoards of roach. There are tree stumps and mussels so strong leaders are a must. Keep it simple. I fished the shallower end and the fish didn't like it when spodding, killed it for a day or 2. Bait boats, or catty/stick loose baits out. Use big hookbaits as there is a fair head of small tench and bream too
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   Old Thread  #791 30 Jan 2020 at 9.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ok now I am all booked to go to Wildboar at abbey lakes for a 5 day session. There is 3 of us going in spring. I am asking for any info regarding best swims, where to fish, rigs, bait methods etc. After as much info / help as possible as this is our first time. Cant wait
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   Old Thread  #790 28 Nov 2019 at 1.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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And they've all gone.
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   Old Thread  #789 28 Nov 2019 at 7.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Winter tickets are £500 from mid November till mid March
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   Old Thread  #788 27 Nov 2019 at 2.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
How much are and when do the winter tickets run?
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   Old Thread  #787 27 Nov 2019 at 0.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks again great bit of info
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   Old Thread  #786 22 Nov 2019 at 9.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You have to email Evelyne on the Abbey email address and she will let you know if there is availability for the dates you require ( be aware the lakes are getting booked up well in advance)
You then turn up at the complex on the date you have booked and take your chances on what swims are left.
First come first served basis .
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   Old Thread  #785 21 Nov 2019 at 7.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks again for the valued information. Whilst I am on what is the set up at Abbey. We are looking to book wild boar in June 2020. There will be three of us. I was wondering who would be best to converse with reference to arrival, peg allocation etc all prior to the business of fishing, has anyone got any signposts re you tube, vids etc. What tactics to use as a first timer, thanks in anticipation,
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   Old Thread  #784 19 Nov 2019 at 6.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No probs mate. Seb will tell you there are no crays in wild boar but trust me, they are there in droves.
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   Old Thread  #783 19 Nov 2019 at 4.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sound advice from Ian.
I normally fish Heron or Fox booked on Kingfisher Iím May
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   Old Thread  #782 19 Nov 2019 at 3.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #781 19 Nov 2019 at 9.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Avoid pellets due to the crayfish, fish the shallower end of the lake in the hot weather, use a strong line and leader as there are some nasty snags in there, hardened hookbaits will help as the roach will whittle normal baits down if the crays don't get to them first. Bait boat loads of particle and boilie dropped in open water got a lot of quick bites when I did it. It's a very easy lake tbh.
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   Old Thread  #780 18 Nov 2019 at 9.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Plenty of fish in Wildbore also worth considering fishing Frog lake if itís free.
Dave the bailiff will point you in the right direction .
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   Old Thread  #779 18 Nov 2019 at 8.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hello,
I am new to the forum so If I make any silly mistakes my sincere apologies. I am also newish to Carp Fishing, however been coarse/sea fishing since a very young age. I am looking to go to Abbey Lakes next year around June for a monday to Friday session with two others and looking to go on WILD BOAR. Anyone can provide any advice it would be really welcome... Thanks
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   Old Thread  #778 3 Nov 2019 at 10.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Welcome mate plenty of info on attia on here I'm out the for the first time in may 2nd
Cant wait lots to plan lots to buy
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   Old Thread  #777 29 Oct 2019 at 10.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
hi guys I'm new to the forum are any of you chaps fishing Attila at the moment..
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   Old Thread  #776 19 Oct 2019 at 2.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanx great info
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Thanx great help
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   Old Thread  #774 19 Oct 2019 at 11.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Train is easiest. 30 mins crossing. just over £100 in a van each way.
Tolls are £16 each way.
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Tolls are something like Ä18 each way. Ferry or tunnel, you choose. Personally I use the ferry as I like to get out on deck for a bit and stretch my legs.
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   Old Thread  #772 18 Oct 2019 at 5.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Can anyone give me a little advice plz planning my first trip to abbey lakes. What I'd like to know is none fishing cost,
What's best euro train or boat ferry?
What's the cost of motorway tolls
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   Old Thread  #771 8 Oct 2019 at 9.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers fella
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   Old Thread  #770 7 Oct 2019 at 9.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They get caught all over mate. Just speak with Dave when you get there, he'll put you right.
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   Old Thread  #769 7 Oct 2019 at 8.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers mate theres 6 of us going on attia so with 9 swims we have the option to move about.
Any prolific swims I should be aiming for????
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   Old Thread  #768 7 Oct 2019 at 6.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was on peg 10 when i called you. That was the same crew on pegs 9&10 that told me both pegs were reserved. And you agreed on the phone. Of you knew it, why you said i could choose any THINGS exept the closed peg 4 during the checkíin.
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   Old Thread  #767 7 Oct 2019 at 6.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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like i just tried to explain the guy that moved on to peg 9 on saturday morning had already been here for 3 days so surly that gives him first choice? as for peg 10 there is no one in there? im sure you will find that is how it has always been here please correct me if i'm wrong
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The Guy on 9 was leaving ! He told me i canít take it since its reserved. Same thing happened on 10. Then I called you and you told me the same. My english is bad but Enough good to understand than you didnt respect your own rules. I was the first on both and couldnít fish on it. Thatís all
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you was'nt ejected by the bailiff!!!! swim 9 had been reserved by a guy that had already been fishing here for 3 days i think you find that fair and how it has always been so get your facts right!!
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   Old Thread  #764 7 Oct 2019 at 5.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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just to clear this up there is no reserving swims for friends or famous anglers and anybody that knows me will know that i run it here as fair as i possibly can,the rule is once you are checked in and on the complex then you are able to reserve a swim you are only allowed on the complex if there is an available swim that you have paid for which i think is fair!
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   Old Thread  #763 6 Oct 2019 at 10.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Spread yourselves out, if you leave an unfished area the fish will soon know.
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Looks like peg 9 commands a lot of water
I've booked attia ( lake exclusive for my party of 6)
So shouldn't have any problems with swims ect
Seems a bit dry of updates on there Facebook page
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never really fancied 6 as a swim 18 is awesome fishing the channels in the weed.......you'd think the weed would would be sufficient warmth and protection rather than travel into deeper water but then its deep over by the corner of 16 it was always a good winter spot
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I didnt know too. When I booked, the person told me its impossible via e-mail...
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   Old Thread  #759 6 Oct 2019 at 6.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm hearing this more and more that swims are being reserved for either friends or famous anglers? Its a day ticket venue first come first served basis. i'll be honest i don't think Sebastian would be too pleased, i know he's already raised an eyebrow over some of the emails/reports he's received. i don't really get to see a lot that goes on mainly because i'm only there for a couple of days at a time and miss arrivals and departs as i use it as a stop over but i hear a lot more unhappy reports than i ever used to and its a great shame
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   Old Thread  #758 6 Oct 2019 at 5.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I didnít know you could reserve swims at Abbey , seems to be a few changes happening .
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   Old Thread  #757 6 Oct 2019 at 5.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We were there a couple of weeks ago. pegs 6 7 8 9 18 19 could all get near where the fish turned up most days, under the pylons. They were in deep water at night 14 and then when it warmed up in the afternoons turned up in front of us most days.
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   Old Thread  #756 6 Oct 2019 at 5.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We will see, 19 is taken

I was the first on pegs 9 and 10 but got ejected by the bailiff saying ę† those pegs are booked†Ľ... a real back Stab after mailing me ę† first arrive, first choice†Ľ at the payment...
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   Old Thread  #755 6 Oct 2019 at 5.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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as far as i know swim 12 now has a maximum of 60 yards out, Dave the bailiff was very quick to point this out to me when i was there in late august early September the spot at 80-85 yards is old banker spot your about 10-15 yards short of being level for the point opposite swim ten there is a hole iirc its almost 3 metres deep , around it is 2-2 1/2 meters the fish make a beeline for it when they move in or out of the bay that holds swims 13 and 14 like the Deekay says you'll know when their in there, but i do find they spook easy... there are a couple of clear spots close but the weed is starting to detach this time of year so these may be harder to find
i fished this time of the year a few times there and found the little swim on the side of 19 looking down to swim one to hold a lot of fish there is a big gully 3 rod lengths out and then it shallows to the weed i've had two good sessions in there this time of the year in the past
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   Old Thread  #754 6 Oct 2019 at 12.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks !!! Well at the moment i dont see any activity, on the whole lake


Looking on the Map with gps measurement, 85yard is still on my swim ! Am I mistaking ?

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   Old Thread  #753 6 Oct 2019 at 12.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If they are in there then you can't miss them, if they aren't, go elsewhere.
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   Old Thread  #752 6 Oct 2019 at 12.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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not the swim it was now its been restricted to 60yards, but stand on the pallet in the front of the swim look at 90 degrees and you should see a overhanging tree into the water (cant miss it most of the lower foliage is missing where it's been cast at a million times) you need to be under the overhang

if no one is in 10 then at 85 yards directly to the pilon just to the right of the island is a hole i had 5 fish out of that last year just don't get caught casting there
then there is a bag hanging in the tree to right about 45 degrees just find the gravel there those are the spots i fish when there
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   Old Thread  #751 6 Oct 2019 at 5.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hello, any tips for the peg 12 on heron ?
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   Old Thread  #750 5 Oct 2019 at 5.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Peg 9 did a load of fish last week. 20 odd I think.
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   Old Thread  #749 5 Oct 2019 at 8.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Any more updates on abby especially attia????
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   Old Thread  #748 6 Sept 2019 at 7.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Had one for 6 years till last year which was a big disappointment, made some great friends and most people where regulars every winter, it was a good atmosphere, i don't know how it will pan out this year as all the winter tickets where sold off a waiting list before a lot of us had a chance to buy them, a large group of us have been invited to a winter ticket on a well known dutch lake by one of the old winter ticket regulars so looking forward to that this year.
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   Old Thread  #747 30 Aug 2019 at 7.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks ip
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   Old Thread  #746 30 Aug 2019 at 1.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Iíve got a winter ticket for this year, anyone else fished it in the winter ?
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   Old Thread  #745 30 Aug 2019 at 11.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes mate there are, about 18 euro each way if I remember correctly. You can do either cash or card, although my mates card would work on them mine did
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   Old Thread  #744 30 Aug 2019 at 10.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Can anyone tell me if there are toll roads on the way to abby and if so ruffly how much ?? Cash/card????
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   Old Thread  #743 8 Aug 2019 at 8.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
At least the post on facebook clears up any confusion about boats
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   Old Thread  #742 1 Aug 2019 at 10.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just returned from abbey boats on kingy r still in use stil plenty of cats they will be impossible to ever remove them all as I got done numerous times by them weed is still bad in places but itís what they live in I fished in the weed and did well the carp will prosper no question kingy was fishing well when I was there 3 weeks ago rats were of no issue complex was very quite due to the heat I think but fish were still coming out complex is still relaxed nobody on ya back when fishing cats r being put in a lake called hook Iím think and wonít be fished for but sold on at some point . I believe u will always be able to target cats in kingfisher no matter how much they remove certainly for the next year or 2.
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   Old Thread  #741 28 Jul 2019 at 9.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i think there is a lake behind fox that they would go into the railway lakes are Jurassic and full of good stock fish it would be almost impossible to get them out again, i also don't think they have scratched the surface with removing the cats from kingy iv'e known two different fish over 160lb that haven't been landed yet to be removed so keep your cat gear for a while yet
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   Old Thread  #740 28 Jul 2019 at 9.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I got a feeling this is a selective rule spoke to a mate that was there end of June and he had a guy moaning in the next swim as he was told boats was banned but two dutch guys where using their boats and nothing was said ??? i went there for two days at the end of may on my way to Rainbow i always have a boat in the van but can't be arsed to pump it up for a couple of days
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Yeah no doubt they are going into their other lakes the other side of the railway. Real shame though. Its not like the carp weren't doing well in kingy anyway. I was going to back for a go at them in the spring but not now. I will have a go for the carp on one of the lakes next year, but was going to carp fish kingy during the day and for the cats at night. Can't see boats being banned though, some areas of kingy will be nigh on impossible to land them without going out, the weed can be horrendous. Thick right upto the surface in 30ft plus depths. I've wound in 6ft balls of the stuff on many occasions without a fish attached so can't see how you'd land much in that from the bank
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   Old Thread  #738 27 Jul 2019 at 10.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was there in May and people were using boats then.
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   Old Thread  #737 27 Jul 2019 at 9.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i've no doubt Dave will have a plan for the cats i can't see them throwing them in the river they've probably been moved to one of the many lakes Sebastian owns and they are a commodity of sorts
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   Old Thread  #736 27 Jul 2019 at 9.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yep the horses mouth, it was Dave the bailiff telling a group of anglers that boats were now banned when i was checking in in may, unless he's had another rule change of course, i'll find out in a couple of weeks i'll ask the question to see if the rule has been rescinded, dunno about Ru but i do remember fishing next to Ian Russel on fox and over a early morning coffee he was clear that although he didn't pay for his trips out there the rules where clear that he had to slot in around paying anglers, swim 12 Heron was closed a lot and unless Ru thought you was a capable angler (weather you was or not) it was often kept shut, i fished for two years there before he would allow me to fish it and you had to have a boat for fish retrieve, and often see other anglers go in there not just famous ones
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   Old Thread  #735 27 Jul 2019 at 5.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Don't know where you're getting your info from mate but id check it out first before posting.
From the horses mouth........ boats are still allowed, same as before, not for baiting up with etc but 100% not banned.
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   Old Thread  #734 27 Jul 2019 at 2.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I guess there's no pleasing everyone all of the time mate. I will go again for sure. I actually preferred it last year than the last time I was there some 12 or so years back.
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   Old Thread  #733 27 Jul 2019 at 2.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Re the swims being held for well known anglers. This happened to us a few years ago when Ru wouldn't let anyone fish peg 12 on Heron because of the weed. Ian Macmillan turns up and goes straight in there .
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don't get me wrong i love the place and i'm normally out there 3 or 4 times a year mostly i use it as a stopover when im traveling much further south and only do a couple of days either on the way out or way back, i did read on another forum last year about the rats on Attila and a guy catching weils but i put that down to a one off, another report was about how a guy got lumped with a bill for two anglers that had left, he met them at the ferry and followed them down the bailiff assumed they was all together the two guys left the day before and he got a bill for over 300 euros.. ...i been going to abbey for about 15 years i have noticed on the odd occasion an atmosphere when ive been to the club house to collect charging items or food from the freezer, there doesn't seem to be that customer bailiff banter that was always there... as i keep myself to myself and always travel alone it doesn't really affect me i go for the fishing nothing else but like i say when ever abbey is brought up in conversation of late i seem to hear a lot more moans about the place than i ever have
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   Old Thread  #731 26 Jul 2019 at 9.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's odd. Was over there last year and saw one rat the whole week, didn't hear anyone else complain either. Personally I think it's a well run complex from what I've seen. Only negative for me is they are now removing the cats from kingfisher. Did he say what rules where changing? Only thing that was mentioned whilst I was there was to keep the fish in the water as it was in the middle of the heatwave last August. Not a problem at all. Went in with all 23 fish I had, plus a swim most days
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   Old Thread  #730 26 Jul 2019 at 8.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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only bait boats now. from what i can remember from my may trip to many people baiting from boats so they are now prohibited
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   Old Thread  #729 26 Jul 2019 at 8.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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spoke to a group that had been on attila early in the year who where overrun with rat's two pf the group contracted weils disease after their visit both had been in the water with fish
Another guy on my local syndicate said he had a rule change every day more or less and has been going since Hans was the bailiff and is not going back, then last week i was waiting for the train after a trip to new dutch owned lake, two guys said the top part of their lake was closed for two days and they wasn't allowed to fish it or near it when on the third day a well known angler turned up, didn't look around and went straight into the swim where the fish had been held up, like i said my trips there have been ok but these are just a couple of examples of some of the mixed reports i'm hearing
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   Old Thread  #728 26 Jul 2019 at 1.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Like?
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   Old Thread  #727 26 Jul 2019 at 6.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Not quite sure What's going on at abbey at the moment although my experiences are ok,Im hearing some very mixed experiences and views on the complex
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   Old Thread  #726 6 Jul 2019 at 8.15am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is anyone on abbey at the moment whoís on here can give a tru update of how itís doing Facebook page very limited had email from bailiff not saying a lot at all really Iím making my way there tomorrow
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   Old Thread  #725 5 Jul 2019 at 8.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Canít even give holiday away
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   Old Thread  #724 1 Jul 2019 at 5.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
5 days on atilla lake for free July 8th -12th my mate has pulled out so Iím goin alone which is **** to France but hey ho so if anyone fancies it PM me and u got a free 5 days if u like a couple ales and bit of a laugh itís there obv pay own ferry travel. Cheers.
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   Old Thread  #723 24 Jun 2019 at 8.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No mate no connection or privileges here. Yes i think Seb would say anything to make a few ££.
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   Old Thread  #722 24 Jun 2019 at 5.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I guess so, just thought you might be in with them seeing as you seem to know a bit about it. I know dave is sound so he'd probably give good info, more so than seb when he told me there are no crays in wild boar . Lake is riddled with the things
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   Old Thread  #721 24 Jun 2019 at 3.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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no idea, I was over there in may when Dave told me all about the removal, id guess that if you email Abbey asking where and when they can be fished for they'd soon put you right.
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   Old Thread  #720 23 Jun 2019 at 11.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Any idea what the biggest they have removed is? I must have been unlucky with them, they used to say the average was about 80-95lb but in the 10 I had from there the biggest was only mid 60s
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   Old Thread  #719 23 Jun 2019 at 11.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yes i think so.
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   Old Thread  #718 23 Jun 2019 at 8.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fair enough, shame for those people who had their holidays messed up for them though. Are they going into another lake that they can be fished for?
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   Old Thread  #717 23 Jun 2019 at 7.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yes people, mostly German/dutch booked it to fish for the cats,, but now that they are being removed bookings have gone through the roof because people know the potential that it has once the carp get to eat all the bait that goes in there. There were a couple of people who'd booked who wanted there money back but that was nothing compared to the increase from people wanting to get on there once the cats were gone.
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   Old Thread  #716 23 Jun 2019 at 2.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wonder how many people booked it to fish for the cats and now have to put up with them being removed?
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   Old Thread  #715 23 Jun 2019 at 12.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm booked on for next year and I was looking forward to catching some big cats if I could...

Will have to make do with the carp then!
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   Old Thread  #714 23 Jun 2019 at 12.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Kingfisher was a catfish lake when I fished it... It was always known as the cat lake. Its always done decent carp too. There's plenty of 50s and 60s come out of there so it's done the carp no harm imo
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   Old Thread  #713 22 Jun 2019 at 9.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It doesn't do the carp any favours, of course it doesn't effect the catfish growth. Most carp anglers don't want to be catching kittens either when the bloody things breed. If you want to catch cats fish a lake catfish lake or the Ebro.
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   Old Thread  #712 22 Jun 2019 at 9.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cats in a carp lake don't work? Hasn't done them any harm in there so far. Plenty of big fish coming out. Real shame they are removing the cats, was considering another go for them myself next year.
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   Old Thread  #711 22 Jun 2019 at 12.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thats the plan. They have plenty of other lakes and they are going into one of these. Watch the weights of these KIngy carp fly now that they get to eat all the boilies that go in there. Catfish in a carp lake doesn't work.
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   Old Thread  #710 20 Jun 2019 at 10.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Be a shame if they are, it's awesome seeing them hitting bait fish on summer evenings. Be some job removing them all, there are plenty in there. I know a few have found their way into wild boar which they are trying to get out
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   Old Thread  #709 20 Jun 2019 at 10.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just seen a post saying cat fish removal going well in kingfisher are they getting rid of all the cats
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Ye noted. We will see what happens.
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Never have, but they are were ravenous on there last summer apparently. I was on wild boar and was told there weren't any, and my mate was getting hammered by them by the second day, I managed to go 4 days before they found my spots. The lads who were on atilla were moaning about them, and a couple of Dutch lads had problems when they fished it earlier last year. Sounds like they are on all lakes there now
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What on atilla. Never suffered on other waters ?? When was last time u fished Attila
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Make sure you take plenty of hard hookbaits etc, the crays can be horrendous at times
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   Old Thread  #704 17 Jun 2019 at 7.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ye I will update. July 8th. Iím there.
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   Old Thread  #703 17 Jun 2019 at 4.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's definitely no runs water these days, even wild boar lake can be moody at times. Wasn't much coming out from atilla when I was there last year, the lads on it seemed more intent on getting hammered than catching though tbh
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   Old Thread  #702 17 Jun 2019 at 3.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Will be interested to hear how you get on. My mate has booked it thinking it is a runs water, I'm getting the impression thats not the case now either. Hopefully you fill yer boots and give us something to look forward to!
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   Old Thread  #701 17 Jun 2019 at 2.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
It used to years ago pretty sure thatís slowly changed I always fished Fox but fancied atilla but I been looking on Facebook page and like u say not much on there lately from atilla.
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   Old Thread  #700 16 Jun 2019 at 10.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You never hear much from Atilla.. we're out in October and have no idea what to expect. Does it do many fish?
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   Old Thread  #699 16 Jun 2019 at 10.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Any atilla updates. 3 weeks to push till Iím there 🎣🎣🎣
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   Old Thread  #698 14 Jun 2019 at 7.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's always been the rules, but both times I fished kingfisher we were left alone to do whatever and used the boats to drop rigs although it was over 10 years ago. I fished another lake on there last year and there were a couple of Dutch lads on kingfisher fishing for cats using boats to set up tie up livebait rigs. There are boats on site to use, think you have to put a deposit down for one.
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   Old Thread  #697 14 Jun 2019 at 12.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've got a session booked on Kingfisher late next year (already getting excited!)

A couple of questions re boats (assuming the rules don't change....)

Are you allowed to bait up and drop rigs from boats? Rules seem to indicate not allowed, but there are some videos on youtube showing rigs being taken out and dropped.

Are there boats there to use or would I need to take mine with me? I've got a porta-bote so could put it on the roof at the expense of a roof box.

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   Old Thread  #696 14 Apr 2019 at 8.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Keep us posted mate good luck materclass
Any info on swims depths bait tactics pictures would be helpful
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   Old Thread  #695 14 Apr 2019 at 8.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Theres a few pics on Facebook from abby
Some nice lumps coming out from all lakes including attilla
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   Old Thread  #694 13 Apr 2019 at 5.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone been out there this year yet ?
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   Old Thread  #693 3 Feb 2019 at 9.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I fished fox, throwing stick and 2 or 3 rods onto a big baited area worked well for me and my mate in an open water swims if you dont wanna use a spod
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   Old Thread  #692 20 Jan 2019 at 5.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No, like I said I've never fished atilla
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Good luck mate ive got a while yet

Keep me updated fella
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   Old Thread  #690 19 Jan 2019 at 12.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Any more info on attila Iím out there in April
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   Old Thread  #689 11 Dec 2018 at 10.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not sure on that one, but on wild boar it killed it when I used a spod. Using single boat loads was the way to go. Every time we used a spod that spot would dry up for a couple of days. With the boat I had a couple of runs before I'd even got the boat back to the bank. I'd be wary of pellets, the crays in there can be horrendous, and apparently the one we fished was the one with least crays in.
I'd say 20kg of boilie would be plenty, and is take another 20 of particle too. Take a load of it dry and prep it there if needed.
They do hire bait boats out if you want one
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   Old Thread  #688 11 Dec 2018 at 7.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks ip
Im thinking about taking 20kg boilies
Plus some particles and pellets with me will that be enough ??
Don't have a bait boat so I'll be spoding do they react to spods ?
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   Old Thread  #687 9 Dec 2018 at 4.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I spoke to some lads who were on atilla while I was there this summer, and they were fishing exactly as you would over here other than using hard hook baits. They were doing quite well considering it was the middle of the heatwave and knocking towards 40 degrees some days. Steve the bailiff did advise me to use mainline bait while I was out there as that's what they sell, but I used my own rolled baits and had more on the lake I was on than the other 5 on there combined so don't think all that expensive, low grade gear is necessary
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   Old Thread  #686 9 Dec 2018 at 4.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks fella got a while to wait but the more info i can get the better i am prepared
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Haven't fished atilla myself, but the complex sees all sorts of baits so take whatever you are confident with. Lots of crays on the complex so make sure you take plenty of hardened baits, and mesh too. I'd avoid too many pellets but cause of the crays too. Bit of particle is worth taking
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   Old Thread  #684 5 Dec 2018 at 3.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Im fishing attilla in march 2020 yes i know its way way off lol but has anyone fished it any tips
First time abroad
How much bait
What bait
Lake info ect

Thanks guys
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Nice one
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   Old Thread  #682 8 Oct 2018 at 8.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good luck lads.... I managed to sneak out a 44lb and 30lb mirror losing a much better fish as well

Not too shabby for 4 days in NNE winds

Tight lines
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17th
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   Old Thread  #680 4 Oct 2018 at 8.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Going 8th
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   Old Thread  #679 4 Oct 2018 at 4.55am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm down mid Nov again, might see you down there.
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   Old Thread  #678 3 Oct 2018 at 9.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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On heron second week of November done well last year same week not a lot of help to those struggling, if it is slow stay up they show at night and move if you can.
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Funny old place Heron, can be very moody. Shame its rammed.

Like Fox, the carp do react to disturbance and will find the more quieter areas.
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All solid here mate nothing free really.

Very slow across whole lake nothing out


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There is a gulley and a couple of bars that run from about 3 rod lengths off the Island back towards the point at 19 that are worth finding.

Edit: Is there many on and if not, what pegs are still available?
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   Old Thread  #674 1 Oct 2018 at 0.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nobody???

Ok here now.....blanking royally as per usual on Heron. My mate Lee has had a grassie from 9 44lb but now all quiet.
Tips for swim 8 would be hugely appreciated.


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   Old Thread  #673 13 Sept 2018 at 10.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ditto.....also off too Heron end of the month

Come on lads spill the beans on any hints or tips please.




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   Old Thread  #672 24 Aug 2018 at 8.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Iím going over to fish Heron in a couple of weeks time, any ideas as to how itís fishing?

Are there any specific areas the fish hold up in at this time of year?
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   Old Thread  #671 5 Aug 2018 at 2.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Strangely quiet here this week, only about 15-20 people on the whole complex. Kingfisher and frog have nobody on at all
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   Old Thread  #670 30 Jul 2018 at 4.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Going friday
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   Old Thread  #669 30 Jul 2018 at 3.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone been lately??
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   Old Thread  #668 20 May 2018 at 9.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Whilst I don't have anything to do with the complex other than the occasional catch up call and annual visit anymore, I can categorically state that there are NO fish movements between the lakes on the complex..
The lakes are being stocked with a handful of fish from the other lakes belonging to the family in the area. The same way that the complex was originally stocked in the beginning!

With regards to Dave, give the man a chance. He came in with less than a week's notice to open the season on time for Seb (and that included moving country in that time too)!

He's a bloody nice bloke with a great track record at another well known complex in France, he just needs to find his feet ffs.. After doing the same job for a few years I can tell you it took me 2 solid winters (8 months) of walking the site with a marker rod, pen and paper to do the original maps to aid everyone visiting and even then there was no guarantee they'd be correct once the weed came up!

I'm also certain that once he's got his daily workload into some semblance of order, he'll make a start on clearing the waters one by one. I'm here now and I've seen both he and his Mrs walking about with a bin liner on more than one occasion.

As for Attila not being a 'runs' water, you may be correct in the true definition but it offers a far better chance of a 20+ fish week than the others on site, so by Abbey standards it is. None of these lakes are to be considered bagging waters, that is half the appeal to most of their repeat anglers. The rewards ARE there if you approach the lakes correctly though.... As will be the failures if the weather is off, the fish have just had a feeding spell and/or they took a bit of a hiding the week before, I'm afraid. I'm fishing my bits off at the mo. I'm as keen as I've been for years, I've got every conceivable gadget (plus some 5yr old maps) and the blokes in my swim have rinsed it dry for the previous 2 weeks, Dave had 8 the night before I arrived, yet even with all the tools at my disposal, I've struggled to reach the heady heights of 4 and a loss in 48hrs. Despite the fact I've got nearly every fish in the lake held up between myself and the peg opposite (who's blanking)

C'est la vie....
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   Old Thread  #667 16 May 2018 at 7.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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To be fair the website does say from 8am? Think the bailiff is new too as when I booked last year to go this year his name was Steve, its now a guy called dave so that would explain why he wasn't overly clued up as yet and also why you were told mail nearer the time. Litter etc isnt on though, hopefully they have a clear up before we go later this year. Weren't any toilets other than the main block last time I went so that's an improvement
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   Old Thread  #666 16 May 2018 at 1.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hi guys
so I thought I would give a bit of info on abbey lakes and its with mixed feelings I wright this as abbey regulars will be im sure disappointed but feel people should at least know a little more than whats being said/told.
well weve been to the complex on a few occasions now and fished all the lakes on the complex bar frog lake and caught fish from all that weve fished. we have really enjoyed previous occasions but after our last trip there this year it will sadly be our last time to the complex.
we decided we would fish attilla this time around and I opted to try find out some info which was tricky as there doesn't seem to be too much on the lake, I emailed abbey which I had done before on previous occasions and had received great info and feedback, but this time round I was told "email closer to the time"(may 2018), so I did this and was told "yeah theyre coming out all over", that was it, not really very helpful but hey ho.
so off we headed, now I also want to add that a few weeks ago abbey put a facebook post up about "not bothering to get to the lake before 10am as that's when you can start" or something along them lines (buckets or gear in the swims or something), well this isn't true, the office opens at 8am and once you've signed in you can then go to the lake, there were a lot of new guys who even asked the bailiff about the time thing to which he replied you've signed in now so now you can go fish. now come 10am when other people start turning up imagine there disappointment at the guys who have turned up early and got on early, these poor buggers are be palmed off in swims out the way or away from the fish as the early lot were let on, its a bit naughty really, so abbey need to put things right there its either 10am for everyone or 8am for everyone.
now on atilla you really see that they don't care as much about this lake and the smaller less known lakes other than fox and heron. fox and heron are clearly there main draw for the complex both lakes hold enormous fish but its like the other lakes are not bothered with now, for example fox and heron are littered in toilets for the punters whilst atilla's 1 toilet is still shared on the heron lake side but is miles away from all the other swims on there, if your in peg 9 on atilla then good luck, the back of wildboar doesn't have one either, fishing atilla peg 9 is full of poo in the bushes. also the swims are filthy on atilla, I filled up a bin liner of rubbish I collected in my peg in 30 mins it was grim.
when the bailiff walks around and you ask him any info on the swims ie features he may know of or anything but he replies "I don't know" its a little worrying (isn't that his job to learn and know the lakes on the complex??), some of the poor fellas were blanking, struggling, they've paid a lot of money travelled along way and need some help and all they get is "I don't know", its not really good I really felt for these guys and im not sure if the bailiff is really there for the better of the complex, he really upset a few of the lads fishing with the little help he gave and they admitted they wont be coming back to abbey either..
another thing which I didn't agree with is the bailiff turns up and says oh I think im gonna jump on and fish tonight, now maybe this is me but if a paying punter is fishing a lake and lets be honest most people go to france to catch a special fish, if the bailiff then catches said special fish then your chances to catch that again in the limited time you have there is slim to none, I really don't think a bailiff should be fishing a lake of paying punters but that's just me. maybe he should fish it when no one is on the lake, just an idea. then again maybe the current bailiff also needs to learn about the lakes on the complex he works and realise that not everyone is fishing fox or heron.
another thing is the website needs updating, advertising attilla as a runs water is a little misleading, atilla isn't a runs water guys, so many guys turn up there for a bend in the rod and runs, when in fact many people blanked or caught 1 or 2 fish in a so called stock of 450 carp (rumours of good upcoming carp being taken out of the other lakes on the complex to bulk stock levels in fox and heron did do the rounds) any answers on said rumors abbey? anyone have any pictures to prove said rumors? anyway maybe advertise wildboar or frog lake as a runs water might be better fitting. I just felt that people should know any info and I can only put my experiences and others on the same time across.
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   Old Thread  #665 25 Mar 2018 at 11.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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anybody been doing much on Attila at all? much been coming out?
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Anybody been recently am thinking of a week in September on wild boar does it get rammed as would like two swims together any info would be great
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   Old Thread  #663 24 Jan 2018 at 5.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There are boats there already mate, or there were last time I went anyway. You wouldn't want to fish kingfisher without one, the weed can be horrendous
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   Old Thread  #662 23 Jan 2018 at 7.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Did anyone fish kingfisher in the summer without a rowing boat last year?. We are booked in June but just passing through so will not have a rowing boat.
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cook my particle there, not a bad shout, cheers mate.
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Take your particle dry and cook it there
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Booked on to Heron next year and thinking ahead about the amount of bait to take. 1kg of boilies per rod per day, same 1kg per rod per day for particle/pellet. 12 of us travelling , saying we all take the same , gonna need a separate van just for the bait ! guessing cheaper to take it rather than buy it there but even so , with all the gear and bait , gonna be a heavy load. Any tips on taking bait etc much appreciated .
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Hello lads. I'm just wondering whether anyone would like a companion for a winter ticket this year. I live in the north west and can't drive. I'm in the Cheshire region. If there's anyone that's willing to give me a lift etc. I can pay towards petrol and give my company for the majority of the time kind regards Jack
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   Old Thread  #657 29 May 2017 at 4.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No signs of spawning on fox yet
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Have they spawned or started spawning yet on fox lake?
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Fishing fox lake in June any tips on pegs?
What is the food package like?
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Ok Ru thanks, I'm going on a Friday start so can I choose what swim is free and move without notice if people go on the Saturday do you know.
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Hi mate,

Was out v.early in the year (late Jan, early Feb) but not been since.. Am DEFO going at the end of the month as I need to get some fresh imagery for the website, etc. now it's in full bloom again!
Not too sure on the state of play regards weed, etc.. but I pitstopped overnight prior to the world carp champs last September and was shocked (in a good way!) at the lack of weed on Fox, it was virtually non-existent.. Although the water clarity seemed to have suffered as a result of the sludge on the bottom!
Hazarding a guess, I'd say Heron will be it's usual 'orrible self on that front by now but there are always holes (and bigger) to find and this year's catch reports show that the fish are defo still catchable and eating a lot too, if the weights are anything to go by!!

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Have you been over to abbey yet this year Ru any news on fox, weed etc, have the swims been made better than they were when you was last there 3 or 4 years ago out in 3 weeks.
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   Old Thread  #651 8 May 2017 at 7.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very much appreciated Ru, full of excitement now a week to go 🎣🎣🎣🎣
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   Old Thread  #650 8 May 2017 at 2.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Loads of bait will probably be required in swims 1, 3, 5 (definitely!!), 6 and 9/10..

Take plenty of particle as opposed to too many boilies (Cats are lazy eaters)..

Spread your bait far'n'wide, do not just tip buckets over the side of a boat, a couple of spombs of hemp/corn and some boilies scattered with a throwing stick are far more preferable (Cats are lazy eaters)..

Don't go in heavy (and tight) with bait, Cats (are lazy eaters and) will guard areas of food until they're hungry again. Carp will not feed in these places!!!!

Try and keep disturbance to a minimum, the Kingfisher carp are used to people swanning about in boats but repeated casting can put them down for a few hours if it's done at the wrong time of day..

It is VERY weedy, your maximum casting range is likely to be about 95yds but the average range is somewhere between 45-65yds, so spool up with thick mono (20lb+) and use heavy fluoro leaders or relatively long (1.5m) lengths of leadcore to cope with that and the catfish!!

Don't neglect the margins, for the most part (swims 4 round to 9/10) they're about 5-7' deep within a rod-length of the bank, the Kingfisher carp love to come in close and a day or two of prebaiting with pellet and chopped boilie can produce if there appears to be a lot of cats out in the middle..

Make sure you've got bumper bags of pva nuggets, mozzie repellent and some ant powder (1-3 are particularly bad)..

Get there early and grab peg 5

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   Old Thread  #649 8 May 2017 at 1.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi,

WildBoar is virtually weed-free, barring the central arm that connects the deep/shallow ends.. It's not a hard water by any stretch of the imagination but like all places, it can have an off week or two, so it's always worth approaching with caution!
I'm the best part of 3yrs out of touch with Abbey now but a boot-full of the freshest hemp and corn, plus a 10kg sack of quality boilie will stand you in good stead on there. There's no point piling it in to start with but anything from 10-25 spombs (or 1-2 bait boat loads) over each rod and I'd say you were up and running..
With regard to likely areas, I'd take a set of polaroids and have a scoot between 3-5, 8-9 and maybe 11-12 prior to unloading anything, it won't take long for you to work out whereabouts they are!
Please note that the area between 1 and 5 (at 45 degrees left and front of 5) is riddled with mussel-ridden tree stumps and roots, so an upgrade to thick mono and fluoro/1.5m leadcore leaders prior to your trip could prove advantageous?!
Aside from that, use whatever works for you in the UK (providing it's legal), with the exception of bigger hooks, 4's and preferably 2's would be my choice!!

Regards, Ru

PS There is a perfectly polite, friendly and helpful Bailiff available on the AbbeyLakes FB page nigh on 24/7, drop Steve a message on there for any up-to-the-minute info you require....
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   Old Thread  #648 1 May 2017 at 7.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Has anyone got any update for please on how to approach a week on wild boar lake please.have a week on it may 15 has anyone got some most appreciated advice/pointers thanks
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   Old Thread  #647 29 Apr 2017 at 1.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I'm fishing kingfisher lake in june and would love some advice from my fellow carpers, iv recently got back into carp fishing and blanking on this trip would ruin me lol

any tactics , bait tips etc would be so much help

thank you.
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   Old Thread  #646 16 Apr 2017 at 8.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi all,
My first day in forum so thanks to all for anticipated advice 👍
I have a week(15-19) booked on wild boar ,Abbey complex,it will be my first session outside the uk & would just like to know on the general plan of attack ,where what when etc,, what should I expect etc.
Just some general ideas please guys.
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   Old Thread  #645 13 Apr 2017 at 8.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Great stuff Ru! My first trip starts tomorrow Humpy hunting.......any tips?
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   Old Thread  #643 13 Jan 2017 at 1.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Afternoon all!

Just thought I'd drop you a quick message to let you know I'm going to be working for Abbey again and as of now, shall be responsible for the running of their social media/marketing and in the near future, the construction of a brand-new website. Unfortunately for me, the role is based in the UK this time around but I'm hoping to get across the channel on a little and often basis to build a fresh image portfolio.... and have a dangle too, obviously!
On that note, Seb and I have been looking at some set dates where I can best capture the seasonal mood of the complex with film/video and we're going to fix some dates for the coming Spring (May), Summer (July), Autumn (September) and Winter (November) to do this. I will be at the fishery for a full 7 days for these times and was wondering whether there'd be any interest from you guys in booking a guided-week with me, instead of just turning up and fending for yourselves?
We've not settled on a format as yet but essentially I'd be spending a couple of hours a day with each of you to try and ensure you're fishing not necessarily to the best of your ability but to suit the particular water you're on! I will also help you make the most of the swim you're in, with tips on feature-finding, baiting strategies and rigs. For those that are interested, I may even throw in a little camera tuition to help you get the best trophy shot(s) and/or scenics too...?
I will also be taking some short trips across throughout the warmer months and again in the depths of winter, so for those of you that can't make the set-dates, there may be other opportunities throughout the year, albeit with virtually zero notice, as they'll be based around my new job in the UK!

I hope the new year finds you all well anyway, I look forward to (some hopefully positive) feedback on the above and chatting with a few friendly faces and/or names through the course of the coming year....

Kind regards, Ru
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   Old Thread  #642 7 Mar 2016 at 10.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks iggy,

How much did u put in at the start of did u just go little and often ?

Also did u fish on the deck or pop ups for quick bites ? I have a week on there so I have time to build a swim ! The bait I was planning to take was a squid / krill fish meal boilie with massive leakage will this be ok ? Of is it just worth taking cell?
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   Old Thread  #641 6 Mar 2016 at 9.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Attila is a cracking lake, mainline bait and particles work pretty well on there as that's what most people are putting in but tbh any decent freezer bait will work. I took a bait from a local company and had plenty out.
As for swim choice it's best to have a look around try and locate the fish 1st I was in peg 2 but most swims were also producing as well, there's a lot of hungry fish in there.
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   Old Thread  #640 6 Mar 2016 at 1.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi guys,

This is my first post please be gentle,

I'm off to Attila lake for the last week of march for a week, where are the go to areas/ best baits to take? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
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   Old Thread  #639 3 Feb 2016 at 7.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone fished wild boar in the last 12 months or so?
Only Heron and Wildboar available for the week I fancy and done heron a few times now,just fancy a change.....
Cheers guys.
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   Old Thread  #638 5 Jan 2016 at 8.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pm for you mate
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   Old Thread  #637 5 Jan 2016 at 2.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can anyone point me in the direction of swims 1-6 of Ru's Herons Swim Guide. I can only seem to find swims 7 to the end over a couple of different posts, but not 1-6.

Thanks
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   Old Thread  #636 21 Oct 2015 at 7.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Oh right that's strange it might be coz I booked a bank holiday week then mate, well least it's sorted and I've got something to look forward to now
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   Old Thread  #635 20 Oct 2015 at 8.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i've just booked the lake exclusively for July mate. they offered me plenty of availability??

interesting
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   Old Thread  #634 20 Oct 2015 at 6.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Rich I think your gonna need to b very lucky to get a full lake exclusive for either lake next year in the peak months, I've just booked 1st week of May and there was only a few places left on fox.

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   Old Thread  #633 19 Oct 2015 at 10.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fox lake exclusively or half of us heron and fox then switch... What would you do
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   Old Thread  #632 18 Oct 2015 at 2.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi lads,

a group of our going to book a trip to abbey next year and not sure when to go. We are thinking either may or july. Can any regulars give us some direction on there preferences. Also some idea on when they spawn would be great

thanks

Richard
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   Old Thread  #631 23 Sept 2015 at 3.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Jeez - looks like ill be taking my own then
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   Old Thread  #630 22 Sept 2015 at 8.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
£95 for 10kg
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   Old Thread  #629 22 Sept 2015 at 8.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Does anybody know what the bait price is at Abbey?
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   Old Thread  #628 3 Sept 2015 at 4.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for that.... read the whole lot and took most of the day. Are waders required on Fox lake? I know you have to photo 50 lb fish in the water but I don't mind getting wet for a 50! Or are normal boots sufficient? How deep is it the margins?
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   Old Thread  #627 5 Jun 2015 at 4.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mate if you go back to the start of this tread there maybe enough info on the the lake your after if not do a search on here. It's a smashing lake with a fantastic amount of 40s in it , I fished 3 rods and done about 25kg boilie and about the same in particals ( caught my best 3 fish on maize) but some of the Dutch anglers I fished with done double that.
If you can find Rupert Whitemen (old bailiff ) Ru12 on here he has done a peg guide which I think you would be a fall to dismiss, I spodded but a lot of people use bait boats. For me the only downside was the frogs at night, some will say the train line but that never bothered me, the town is 5ish minutes away with a good supermarket. If it's not to busy you can move. I think I didn't fish more than 20 wraps but I will check my log book.
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   Old Thread  #626 4 Jun 2015 at 5.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just booked Fox lake at the beginning of October. Any tips especially with the amount of bait required gratefully recieved! !
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   Old Thread  #625 19 May 2015 at 10.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi, Heading off to Abbey lakes next Thursday, Fishing Wild Boar.
Anyone got any news on how the lake is fishing? any updates or info will be much appreciated.
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   Old Thread  #624 6 May 2015 at 8.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's not what happened this year in April, not allowed to put anything in swims you have to book in first and then Run
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   Old Thread  #623 23 Apr 2015 at 5.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just to let you know it's first come first serve. The last time I was there. We got there early hours of the morning and was waiting in the carpark and see people carrying buckets around the lakes and putting them in the swims that they wanted and that was in the dark!!!!!
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   Old Thread  #622 23 Apr 2015 at 12.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi im off to abbey in june for the first time, im going on herons any tips and tactics would be appreciated
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   Old Thread  #621 13 Apr 2015 at 8.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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good to hear as i'm a spomber
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   Old Thread  #620 13 Apr 2015 at 5.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Boats do not rule on abbey,caught plenty last year just spombing bait out.
Cant see the point using one on Atilla
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   Old Thread  #619 13 Apr 2015 at 1.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Do bait boats rule on the lakes?

And is one needed on attila

thanks
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   Old Thread  #618 11 Apr 2015 at 9.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just got back from heron 😁 start of the week was slow but it ended up being a productive trip (9 of us)a few a 50 a few 40s and 30s and loads of 20s and a couple of sturgeon and a special fish from fox but I will let abbey realese that 😜😜
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   Old Thread  #617 8 Apr 2015 at 7.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anyone else going to abbey in November
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   Old Thread  #616 7 Apr 2015 at 8.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
i was out there on heron last week, lucky enough to catch 3 carp as the fishing was slow, only 3 of us caught
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Still a while till i go........november
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   Old Thread  #614 6 Apr 2015 at 3.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm going to heron on the 25th can't wait
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   Old Thread  #613 31 Mar 2015 at 6.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Simon
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   Old Thread  #612 30 Mar 2015 at 8.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Peg 19 apparently
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   Old Thread  #611 30 Mar 2015 at 4.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Aaron Peg 11?
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   Old Thread  #610 30 Mar 2015 at 7.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just to let anyone know that might be interested a friend of mine is out at Abby this week,
He texted me yesterday letting my know that shoulders came out the other day at 95lb!!!

Well done to who ever that was #fish of a lifetime!!
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   Old Thread  #609 27 Mar 2015 at 3.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I went last September without one - lost 1 fish and caught 12 from heron. You definitely don't need a bloody boat!!!!
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   Old Thread  #608 27 Mar 2015 at 8.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can only speak if Heron but there isn't much at all. Few standard weed beds but it's the least weedy I've ever seen it.
They have had a bad winter over there and it was still cold when I was over last week.

I suppose if it gets really bad they will then allow them but for the time being there is no need for one what so ever.
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whats the score regarding inflatable boats for weeded fish,says in rules not allowed.been in the past and everyone has them.whats the weed situation like at present
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cheers Noodle, yes i have got all this advice from the facebook page ready. good tips too fairplay.

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Go to ex bailiffs Rupert Whiteman FB page for a guide to swims on Abbey.they are in the notes section
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   Old Thread  #604 15 Mar 2015 at 8.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you want shoulders peg 11
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   Old Thread  #603 15 Mar 2015 at 8.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Anybody fished Wildboar recently, any catch reports from there ?

Not the lake that most even look at, but I know a few spend the odd night on there. Any info, gladly appreciated.
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cheers for replies, on Heron lake for 7 days (11 of us there apparently) and first week fishing after the winter syndicate i think. word is the fish are starting to move about there atm.
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What lake are you on, then we maybe able to help.
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May sound obvious but stay mobile watch and watch more they show a lot and don't be afraid to give them some bait if your on them well that's the approach I took and had some good hits.
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roll on next Friday ! first trip to the Abbey complex and quite excited, any tips for an Abbey virgin ;-)
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Elad I'm with you! I'm out on the 27th of this month I hope this mild weather continues!
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I'm out there in 3 weeks for my annual march trip, hope the weather plays ball.
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I personally don't think 75kg is a lot if you are on the fish,done 20kg in a 48 hr session over here lol
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   Old Thread  #595 27 Feb 2015 at 4.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I fish Heron july/august for the last couple of years and i mainly use boilies.
I add some pellet and hemp as well but wouldn't bother about any other small food.
I've had some good results as well using this method by the way.

Food wise you can order whatever you want on a daily basis.

Have to add that the old bailiff Rupert (love him) his left recently, but i spoke to the owners during the Zwolle show a few weeks back and it seems that not much will change regarding running the complex on a daily basis.
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   Old Thread  #594 26 Feb 2015 at 7.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Booked on Heron in July...Could anyone tell me if you can buy food on demand.? And what can u buy particle wise Please ?
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   Old Thread  #593 24 Feb 2015 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Are you going for a month mate!!! don't forget about the CATS in KIngfisher lake.
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   Old Thread  #592 24 Feb 2015 at 5.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is taking,say 75kg particle to kingfisher over doing it....bear in mind I will probably bait 4/5 spots
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   Old Thread  #591 21 Feb 2015 at 5.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi guys anyone been to abbey lakes lately I'm going there next month for a few days first trip on fox slightly worried about that bait boat situation on there any advice on tactics?
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   Old Thread  #590 16 Feb 2015 at 9.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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UPDATE POST 580:

After a few e-mails to Abbey on Friday with regards to the new rule they are trying to put in place for this year they have now lifted the "not allowed to bring your own particle rule" until the start of 2016, so Happy days...

I stated its not on the web-site or in the Rule list, But apparently is was supposed to have been added to the website and rule list last year but was missed,going forward they will be reducing the price on particle but not by much !!
According to the e-mail I received they want to stop people bringing particle onto the complex
"to guarantee the quality of water and health of our fish,All our particles are fresh made and frozen straight away in order to keep all the nutrition and flavours"

So if you are booked on for 2016 be aware



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   Old Thread  #589 15 Feb 2015 at 10.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Will it be the bucket of water in your face that you'll miss when your holding one !!!
In my humble opinion that is as stupid as it gets, and won't be missed.
And no, I haven't had a sense of humor bypass either before anyone says it.
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   Old Thread  #588 15 Feb 2015 at 9.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thats just silly mate. Iam good mates with Ru, but i went for the fishing, seeing Ru was a Bonus.
Was your main reason for going to fish or see Ru ?
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   Old Thread  #587 14 Feb 2015 at 10.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I am relieved you can still take your own particles, I take hemp dry and cook it as I need it. Do the same in this country. Also take sweetcorn in tins as it stays fresh and you can open it as you need it. I am there in May and probably wont bother with boilie or pellet on Fox. Caught most fish last year on hemp n corn. Might take some maggot this year though
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Agreed, he was a smashing guy. Hope everything is ok for him. Place won't be the same, but still awesome I'm sure.
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   Old Thread  #585 13 Feb 2015 at 8.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I went on Heron for 4 nights early august last summer.
I decided to take 20kg of boilies and 20kg of pellets (all Baitworks KingFish) and no particles what so ever.
Even though the lake was fishing very slow, i had 6 fish in 4 nights (up to low 40s) and was the only angler who caught fish together with Ian Russel.

I met the new bailiff last weekend in Zwolle by the way.
Seems like a nice bloke.
It will be hard to fill Rupert's boots though!
I absolutely loved the bloke and i'm still in doubt wether to go back to Abbey or not.
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   Old Thread  #584 13 Feb 2015 at 7.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Be daft if they ban it. The rules on there are just the right balance at the minute, no need to change any of them.

The fish I had out there were immaculate so the rig rules seem to work, no one took the piss with the bait boats bar one bloke but nothing too bad. The atmosphere was quite relaxed ie no spying on you every 5 minutes- the way it should be.

If you're going to ban particle because of safety then just put a particle checking policy in place first. If for commercial gain then fair play but make them at least affordable when you get out there.


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   Old Thread  #583 13 Feb 2015 at 3.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Where did you see the rule about not being allowed to take your own particles mate ?
I cannot find it on the website.




Update : from Abbey lakes via FB.
You can still take your own particles , this will be looked into this year
Thanks
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Hi Scott, just pm you mate
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That's b#####s
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   Old Thread  #580 12 Feb 2015 at 3.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just been informed that you can't take your own particle on to Abbey......New Rule as at this year
and they don't know what the price of there own particle will be as yet !!!!!................
9 Weeks to go
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Taking me own
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   Old Thread  #578 9 Feb 2015 at 11.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers David1985 and tillyfishing1
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Hi Freespirit, Me & my mate fished Kingfisher two years ago in April. for the first time. We fished swim 5 a double swim. I fished the left hand side & my mate fished the right hand side. it was only he's 2nd time fishing in France and the first night he landed a Cat fish of 167lb. took him 1&1/2 hours to land !!! we had a great week. how many are going with you mate? PM me if you want more information
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   Old Thread  #576 6 Feb 2015 at 9.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There's a lot of cats in there so I would maybe use particles, not that that will stop them as they eat anything. I would normally say a decent fish meal bait but cats love fish meal so maybe not???

On heron though you want a quality fish meal I think, like Odyssey xxx, Malarkie or shrimp/liver shellfish from trent baits. Only been once but the guy in the peg the week before me fished cell and blanked all week - conditions were no different to when I was there so the bait might have had something to do with it - who knows though, he could have been using PVA hooks.

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   Old Thread  #575 6 Feb 2015 at 9.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Denty and David1985
Im there from the 25th April till the 2nd May , we have booked the kingfisher lake.
can't believe they want to charge Ä12.50 for 2.5kg of particle !! I was told by Evelyne that they don't like people
to bring there own particle onto the complex.
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   Old Thread  #574 5 Feb 2015 at 9.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I took 20kg of boilie and about 15 kg of hemp, maize and pellet. You are right the freezer space is quite tight. I wrapped mine up in 1kg bags, froze it and then took a kg out at a time from my car. I put 5kg of boilie in the freezer. By the end of the week the particle was quite wiffy that was left in the car but it lasted probably 5 days in those bags.

I didn't use anywhere near all of the bait I took. Brought probably 15kg of bait back but had 12 fish to 57lb from Heron lake. Amazing place
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   Old Thread  #573 5 Feb 2015 at 7.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I took 25kg mate, depends when your going. The freezer is not always full, but that was when Rupert was there.
Took my own partical.
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   Old Thread  #572 5 Feb 2015 at 11.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Guys,

I'm off to Abbey Lakes End of April for the week,
What's the bait situation like, I hear only 5kg pp can be stored in the freezer as they only have
one freezer for the whole complex?
Has anyone taken there own particle with them or did you use the Abbey particle

thanks
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   Old Thread  #571 3 Feb 2015 at 7.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Daniel, if you go on Rupert Whitemens face book page he has a peg guide for Heron. Shame he's not there any more.
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   Old Thread  #570 31 Jan 2015 at 5.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi i shall fish Heron lake in the middle of april, it`s my first trip there so any advice would be nice to have.
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   Old Thread  #569 29 Jan 2015 at 10.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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People start there trips at different times though so a hat would never work.
I'm going in March, Thursday - Monday, if you turned up on a Saturday then you take what's left.
I was under the impression you couldn't get on the lake until the bailiff opens up each day so the bucket in the swim the night before shouldn't be allowed and I would be having a word with the bailiff if I rocked up at 7am before it opens up and people starting the same time as me have already picked there swims.
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   Old Thread  #568 28 Jan 2015 at 8.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's the only thing that's stopping me from going back. It's a great place to fish. but if your fishing for a week and your in a group, how would you fill if there's people already fishing etc on your lake?
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Cheers tilly, hopefully hat
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Cheers tilly, hopefully hat
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The only thing I don't like about Abbey lakes is, It's first come first serve. people where walking around the lakes at night and putting a bucket in the swim their wanted (night before their were fishing) so be aware first times
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   Old Thread  #564 28 Jan 2015 at 1.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well to be honest, kingfisher is as good as wildbore. Just the fish are much bigger.
Only trouble is, the time your going the cats will be just waking up.
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   Old Thread  #563 26 Jan 2015 at 6.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Englishman. Im hoping the boy has a few and really has a great first French adventure, the first of many
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   Old Thread  #562 26 Jan 2015 at 1.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not really. They should be well spread out in April so you will be fine.
The New guy seems ok. Time will tell.
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Unfortunately for us, Ru has moved on. I hope the Abbey management can fill his shoes with someone half as good.
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What happened to Ru, always seemed to be a very helpful guy.
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going in April, so they should be up and about, depending if the suns shining.

Any tips for Wildboar, areas to avoid ?
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   Old Thread  #558 24 Jan 2015 at 9.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wildbore is a cracking little lake and your Lad should do fine on there. Depending on the time of year of course.
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   Old Thread  #557 23 Jan 2015 at 8.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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anyone fish Wildboar recently ? Im planning on taking my son for a long weekend, its his first french trip and have heard that it is considered easy.

I dont want him struggling for one big fish so thought this lake would be a good start for him. He fishes on his own and can catch em.

Was just hoping for some recent experiences, problems with crays ?

Thank you.
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   Old Thread  #556 14 Jan 2015 at 10.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ru has left, the winter syndicate runs until the 14 March and then the normal system of selecting swims kicks into place. The fishing has been a bit slow over the last couple of weeks maybe down to not a lot of angler pressure
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   Old Thread  #555 13 Jan 2015 at 4.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Has anyone fished Abbey lately ? I was told that Ru has departed .
What's the situation on choice of swim, is it still a free for all. Thanks
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Hi all, managed a blank for 3 days which was very similar for everyone on Heron for last couple of weeks. There were a few out while I was there last week but not many. Most of the carp appeared to be held up in the weed in front of peg 12 in the corner.
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how did you get on?
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   Old Thread  #552 5 Oct 2014 at 3.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Below is a catch report from my recent trip to Abbey fishing Heron lake.



Heron Catch Report
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   Old Thread  #551 20 Sept 2014 at 4.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Roll on next Friday 3 of us booked onto Heron for a long weekend.
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Hi
I'm booked on to go Wild Boar for the week 22-27 sept! With my carp section within the royal engineers,British army. I see the scandanavians are smashing it up!
Please can anyone give me tips on bait,rigs tactics that may give me the edge.
I've never been and want to maximise my chances
Thankyou in advance
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   Old Thread  #549 4 Sept 2014 at 7.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You SHOULD have a blast, Chris! They'll be contemplating stocking up for Winter if we don't get some sort of Indian Summer under our belts in the next week or two and with that being the case, the Cats SHOULD have disappeared to settle down for the Winter too.... If that happens, your sesh on Kingy could be particularly well timed, cos the Carp feed like stockies for a month solid once they realise there's no competition for food!!

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Aw, Pepe.. Don't be like that, poppet! I should've written 'read : ability wise and not on a friendship basis' in brackets to have made it slightly clearer as to why somebody maybe present in the swim, I have already turned down requests from one or two 'famous' (grrrr) faces, yet let one or two regulars fish in there over the course of the Summer....

Either way, you'd still be f****d

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   Old Thread  #547 3 Sept 2014 at 9.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've booked mate. See you on Heron on the 27th Sept - moving onto kingfisher on the 2 Oct for a couple of nights :D
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(read : ability wise)

>>>>crosses 12 off my list for october
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   Old Thread  #545 2 Sept 2014 at 7.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers for the update Ru. I'm gonna give u a call later this week mate anyway. See u the weekend.
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Hi Guys,

Apologies for the radio silence in recent months but I did warn you I was going to be busy this season.. Even more so now that I've got a little nipper to contend with at home!

The whole complex is fishing pretty well right now, Heron has been a bit sketchy in recent weeks but I think that was more in part to a quiet period (booking wise) than anything else, past form suggests that both the main lakes actually fish better when there are enough Anglers on to keep the fish moving around, rather than giving them space to hold up in unpressured water!

The weed isn't too bad either, we had some concerns due to the very mild Winter but seeings as we've had no Summer to speak of either, it's not really bloomed to it's normal extent. Currently there are just 2 swims closed across all 5 lakes, those being 10+11 on Heron.... Please be aware that if I don't know you (read : ability wise), then there maybe a call at check-in, that I'm closing 12 too. It's more than fishable in the right hands but some of the weed is pretty savage in there right now, so unless I think you're capable enough and have all the right tools at your disposal (boat, lifejacket, glove, short net and spare unhooking mat) then I'll probably say it's shut for the week

The past week has seen Single Scale, The Unknown and one called Little Jack out at good Summer weights, the rest of the A team are pretty conspicuous by their absence but that can only be a good thing if they're going to achieve top, top weights on the run up to the end of the season!

Attila has produced an awful lot of 40's over the past month or so and one fish at 50lb+ The weed is spread far and wide in there but it's not especially thick or tall and there are still vast areas that are silky smooth.

Kingfisher has also been turning out big numbers of (upper) 40's and the odd 50 too, as well as a handful of LOST fish that would've set tongues wagging for sure. I'm one of the guilty parties that had tightened up the clutch one notch too many and watched in horror as a good 60 spat the hook on to tight a line!! There were also reports of a proper one lost from the point swim and as the guy in question was fishing here on the way back from a fortnight at Rainbow, where he'd had fish to 73, I'm not gonna be the doubting Thomas (he said it was in the same league!)

Fox is probably fishing more consistently than I've ever known it, there have been one or two slow spells but for the most part, it's producing somewhere between 5-20 fish per Angler each and every week of late! There are no weed issues here (touch wood), just the usual finger of silkweed extending out from 1/18 and the patchy stuff around the plateau infront of 12.. The fish are shoaling up in tighter groups than on Heron but they're moving from one end to the other regularly and feeding all the while

WildBoar is surprising a few people, not least of all, us! So far this season, we've had 18 different 40's reported and also 2 new 50lb+ fish in the past month, just last week, a young girl braced a 47.12 with another mirror of 50.11, not bad for her first trip abroad!!

If anyone really does need to reach me, it's far easier to send me a PM on Facebook as modern tech dictates that the scourge of the earth is hotwired on to my iPhone and I receive constant notifications and peeps whenever someone farts online! This is therefore far more likely to provoke a reaction from me when I'm doing the night-shift and am whiling away time on bottle duty!

Regards,

Ru
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Hi David,

We have a number of very limited spaces available on Heron and Kingfisher from the 20-27th September (2 on Heron, 1 on Kingy)

You can't book direct via the website, you need to get in touch with the office, either by phone (00 33 344 380 866) or email (info@abbeylakes.com) and Evelyne will handle the booking for you

Kind regards,

Ru
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Anyone been on lately?? Fishing a week on Heron early next month
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   Old Thread  #541 7 Aug 2014 at 9.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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well i took the cell and didnt catch on it, yet had more success on Premier Quad
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   Old Thread  #540 7 Aug 2014 at 8.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Yeah I understand that but if a preferred bait is going in day in day out wouldn't you take that?
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   Old Thread  #539 7 Aug 2014 at 6.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just use whatever bait you normally catch with at home.
Any decent bait will catch if put in the spot.
I see no need to change your bait just because your going to France.
Enjoy
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   Old Thread  #538 6 Aug 2014 at 7.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Me too mate.

Thinking of taking some trent baits shrimp and some cell too.

Not been before so a bit uncharted for me.
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   Old Thread  #537 6 Aug 2014 at 5.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I'm going in September and unsure on bait I'm fishing heron and read they do like a fish meal but do a lot of people use cell on there?
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   Old Thread  #536 28 Jul 2014 at 10.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Are you sure you've got the correct email address? They are usually pretty quick to reply
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   Old Thread  #535 28 Jul 2014 at 12.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'd phone, as i'm still waiting for e-mails to be answered
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   Old Thread  #534 28 Jul 2014 at 11.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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its best to email or phone Abbey for booking info.
Evelyne is very good at getting back to you.

contact details on the website
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   Old Thread  #533 27 Jul 2014 at 10.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What are the chances of getting a ticket for a week end of September this year? Going on my own that is?

Do you book via the website?
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   Old Thread  #532 15 Jul 2014 at 6.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Anyone heard anything from rupert need to speak to the man
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   Old Thread  #531 13 Jul 2014 at 1.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
How's the weed doing on Heron? Can anybody give me a heads up?
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   Old Thread  #530 2 Jun 2014 at 8.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just got back on Friday fished peg 11 had one rod by the crayfish pot never really had a problem to be honest, I see the young frence bailiff emptying them from all the lakes and he must have a good few hundred,

Oh and with the rod by the pot I had a PB.
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   Old Thread  #529 2 Jun 2014 at 7.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Are the crays still a problem on fox? What have people been doing to get round them plastic baits or just fish particle?
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   Old Thread  #528 25 May 2014 at 11.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just come back from a week on Fox. First 3 days a sudden heatwave didn't help with the fish having spawning on their minds. Still blanking on Tuesday (Arrived Saturday) then suddenly fish started to appear over the spots and then 3 fish in 3 hours, 31.4, 45 and 25. Cooler from Tuesday on seemed to help. Only 1 more fish from original swim 27.10 then moved to showing early morning fish on Thursday across other side of the lake. Thursday night 5 takes between 1am and 6am, landed 3 and Fri night 4 takes, same times landed 2. 8 of the 9 takes all from the same spot and all 5 fish landed between 22 and 29lb. All fish coming to small amounts of particle (half a boat about 1KG), bought 30KG of boiles and 30KG of pellet home. Fish were spawning Fri night. Generally quite hard work with long periods of inactivity and short bursts of intense feeding. Not as grim as Heron though, the fish spawned there early in the week and then laid up for the rest of the week and the boys on there had a really slow week.
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   Old Thread  #527 22 May 2014 at 12.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Would like to hear aswell, arriving next saturday
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   Old Thread  #526 21 May 2014 at 9.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi Ru, do you have any update on the spawning at wild boar lake?
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   Old Thread  #525 21 May 2014 at 8.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Gaz how did you get on in the end in Fox?
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   Old Thread  #524 20 May 2014 at 2.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They were spawning in heron sat morn in peg 12 proper going for it .
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   Old Thread  #523 20 May 2014 at 8.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
They must be close by now Ru?

ps Will you please keep us informed about boat usage by mid June.....don't want to pack mine unecessarily...cheers mate
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   Old Thread  #522 18 May 2014 at 7.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Any update on abbey (heron) Rupert, have the fish started spawning yet? I'm out on the 25 may
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   Old Thread  #521 10 May 2014 at 4.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers Ru, hopefully ill have timed my trip just right then!

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   Old Thread  #520 10 May 2014 at 4.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The fish have been feeding hard all over the Complex for what seems like ages now, that's always a sign they're on the run up to it. For at least 3wks, there have been reports of fish shoaling up, 'chasing' and even the odd one of fish crashing about in the shallower margins too but they certainly haven't started spawning properly!

The water is currently between 12.5įC and 14įish around the edges, although the recent temperatures aren't helping knock it past the 17-20įC that's needed!

Even with the cooler weather, I'd guess that spawning'll occur sometime in the next fortnight to three weeks..
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   Old Thread  #519 10 May 2014 at 3.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Mitch,

Yep, there are a couple but there are also a handful of single pegs that are situated very close to each other, so you can still fish as a 'pair' if needs be
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   Old Thread  #518 10 May 2014 at 2.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Ru,

Any signs of the fish shoaling up for spawning yet? Over end of June so hope that they have got it out of their system on Attila by then!

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   Old Thread  #517 5 May 2014 at 11.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi lads is there any double pegs on wild boar
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   Old Thread  #515 2 May 2014 at 8.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Eh up ru! Yeah defo a toughy but always half expect that on venues where your fishing for the quality n size that abbey offer but hey oh that's fishin I guess!
Hasn't suprised me at all that the fish have spread out,they got hammered in there that week we fished.started showing a bit in front of 15-17 a day before we left but couldn't really get a rig to em from 16.
Be kingfisher f me again next time I think,lovely water with still some unknown whackers in there I think.
Tight lines for rest of season to everyone that's on there this year....

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   Old Thread  #514 2 May 2014 at 10.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Andy,

It was a toughy, eh! Since then the fish have spread all over Heron! The 'Crazy Hats' week has been well documented on FB, as was the week before (1 after you!).... 16 has fished really well over the past 2 weeks but ALL the fish have come from 2 spots less than 10ft from the bank (seriously!!)
I can't remember the last time the fish fed this hard on the run into spawning, the guys in 11-12 wound up on 67 fish between them, the following week saw a 35 fish haul from the opposite end of the Lake too?? Hasn't just been the multiple captures that are unusual either, the amount of recaptures is amazing, with Single Scale, Gums, The Grey Lady, The Unknown and Shoulders all slipping up on more than one occasion.. The Unknown is usually a once a year fish but it slipped up twice in 3 days last week, Gums was last out in November 2011 and that's now been on the bank 3 times in the past fortnight!!
Judging by conditions (the amount of early season sunshine, water temps, fish chasing each other, etc..) it looks like they'll spawn quite soon, possible mid May, which'll ease any worries I have after a very late spawning (end of July) left us with a couple of casualties last season!

Fox has continued in much the same vein, with fish coming out all over the Lake! It produced a couple of big hits, back to back, in the past fortnight, with Steve Shaw taking 30 fish and then Matt Miller having 28! This week's already got one chap on 21 fish, Humpy has had a couple of visits to the bank, both times over 70lb, the latter being at a new Lake record of 70lb 14oz!

Kingfisher is truckin' along nicely, the average weight in there is far higher than previously thought and even though there are a fair few upper 20's landed each week, their numbers are easily outweighed by the number of 40lb+ Carp!

Attila was a bit of a slow starter this season but it's now up to full speed, Danny Champion is flying from Peg ?
and is up to 19 fish (I think), with 8x 40's amongst them!!

Wildboar isn't to be sniffed at, it's producing huge numbers of fish, in amongst them, a couple of stand out catches.. A double take in the first week of April, saw a 42+ and a 46 Mirror landed.. A couple of Dutch regulars had 3 40lb+ fish on the bounce (including a gorgeous slate grey Mirror of 45.12) and last Friday night, we had a 45+ fully scaled on the bank!!

For more (regular) updates, feel free to look at the NEW Abbey FB page (with 'likes' not friends) as that's easier to keep topped up with pics, etc..

Regards,

Ru
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   Old Thread  #513 2 May 2014 at 8.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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See your PM mate, apologies for the delay but I've been proper busy and really ill recently!
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   Old Thread  #512 29 Apr 2014 at 11.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is spodding a real no no on Fox? I use a boat but my mate I'm coming with refuses to, says it's cheating. He will spod. Don't really want to fish away from me partner but if it means catching or not I will. I got 2 boats but he still wont use one.
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   Old Thread  #511 25 Apr 2014 at 3.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks mate
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   Old Thread  #510 24 Apr 2014 at 11.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not necesserally needed but can be helpful.
Echos in heavy weed can be unreliable in my experience and I always double check with marker rod just In case.
Polorised glasses and a tall tree can be a much better advantage,on heron certainly.
Spodding a bit of a no no on fox though so if your thinking about particles then a boat is the obvious answer.
I'm sure Ru will be able to offer you some good advice as to what's best to do.
Enjoy your trip.....

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   Old Thread  #509 23 Apr 2014 at 8.52pm Login so you can post / reply