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   Old Thread  #508 20 Apr 2014 at 10.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
We'll that didn't go to plan lol!
Hardest fishing I've ever had at the venue.....never seen so many feeding fish stacked up in the corner of 11 n 12 before in 11 years of abbey trips,albeit on and off.
Fished 16 and tried EVERYTHING I possibly could to get a take to no avail.
Didn't think moving was an option due to the rest of the lake being pretty devoid of feeding fish...
Out of the 7 that fished only 3 fish caught!
Fair play to the lads in 11 though,had a trip of a lifetime including some of the named biggies...
Wasn't overjoyed at driving through the crap Friday traffic to get there early sat morning and the first anglers that day to fish heron,to find the 4 best swims(arguably)already taken ...up against it from the start and not sure what the answer is as I hate draws as much as the next person but least it'd be a level playing field from the off.....
Having said that,it's still my favourite venue in France and I'll certainly be returning to set the record straight at some point in time.......

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   Old Thread  #507 20 Apr 2014 at 2.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi ru, we are coming down in may three of us for our first time on the abbey complex fishing fox lake, we booked up early last year but sadly one of our party was diagnosed with cancer last last year, hes being having treatment for several months and it has taken its toll on him , my question is what is fox like for more social fishing , under normal circumstances we wouldnt care if we fished together we are there to catch fish , however due to the present circumstances we feel it would be good to fish together to keep a eye on him and help when needed, I must say he is a capable angler and thought of this holiday has got him thro alot in the last months but still as friends it good to help if we can ... many thanks ru !
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   Old Thread  #506 17 Apr 2014 at 11.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #505 17 Apr 2014 at 11.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can count on one hand the number of times I've had to use a boat to land a fish from any of the lakes at Abbey.... and before you say anything, no, I'm not from Norfolk, so it's 5 or less

If your set up is correct, then it should limit the chances of a fish becoming weeded in the first place. Simple things like having a tight clutch, fishing bowstrings, using drop off leads and having the tips up will naturally draw the fish to the surface on it's initial run..

Also, simple things like fishing sensibly, i.e up to weedbeds and not in them, will help. Just because your echo sounder shows a 6" hole in the weed, while it's floor to ceiling thick for 20yds around it, doesn't mean you should drop a rig there!!

(or go home moaning that you lost the few fish you hooked.... by blaming the fishery to compensate for your stupidity and catch at all costs mentality!)

In a short space of time, I have managed to create spots at least as big as a 2 man groundsheet on 3 of the lakes here and managed to get Anglers on them during the same week, to catch fish. All you need do is find an area the fish are comfortable in/around, chuck a few handfuls of bait in and repeat over the first few days of the trip, resisting the urge to fish it until you're sure they're feeding hard.. You'd probably do it on your water back home, so why not here? I tell everyone to expect a fish a day from Fox or Heron, so if you've got to sit it out and bag a brace a day during the second half of your stay and still reach the required 'target' then surely it's worth it, no? You can clear a surprisingly large area by doing this and normally overnight too. Granted, the approach isn't suitable in every swim but they've all got margins, be it far or near and at least 50% of my captures come from within 10ft of the bank!
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   Old Thread  #504 10 Apr 2014 at 8.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm out for 5 nights on Heron mid August. Sounds like I'm going to need a boat with all the weed reported that time of year!
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   Old Thread  #503 10 Apr 2014 at 7.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
We should be there quite early sat mornin,some of the lads comin down from Preston so tryin t miss the fri night rush hour but we'll see.cant do anything till light anyway but prob bump into you queuing at reception....

Pity you can't get there earlier mate,12 can be a cracking swim when conditions are right so might not be available by Monday but it's sometimes better to let fate decide....least you'll have a good excuse if things don't go to plan....

see you all on the bank then


Cheers Andy


PS.....can't use rowing boats yet,not weedy enough.
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   Old Thread  #502 10 Apr 2014 at 6.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
gutted i can't be out there earlier andy, but other commitments means i only get to travel out monday ,
but then if 12 is open i know where to find you
as for boats i dont know its my fist trip out to abbey
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   Old Thread  #501 8 Apr 2014 at 5.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Andy, what time are you getting there on the 12th?
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   Old Thread  #500 8 Apr 2014 at 8.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
From the looks of it there now doin particle, not sure on the price but it's on there website so maybe someone can let us know prices
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   Old Thread  #499 6 Apr 2014 at 6.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
12 might be taken mate,out there on the 12th ...... That's if it's open,can only imagine it's quite weedy already due to the mega mild conditions.....any info on whether boats can be used on heron for landing fish?
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   Old Thread  #498 6 Apr 2014 at 11.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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congratulations first ru on the birth of your daughter
im out there on the 14th Ru what sort of offers are you open to as 12 is one of the swims i would favour
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   Old Thread  #497 5 Apr 2014 at 6.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Less than a week until I fishing Abbey Lakes (Kingfisher) for the first time. any updated news
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   Old Thread  #496 5 Apr 2014 at 4.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We're see about that Rupert (swim 8) next Saturday LOL
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   Old Thread  #495 4 Apr 2014 at 10.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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"8 is mine"
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   Old Thread  #494 3 Apr 2014 at 10.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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PS Yes, Kingy 9/10 is a single swim..

1 is a double, 2/3/4 are singles, 5 is a huge double, as is 6, 7 is a single, 8 is mine, 9/10 another BIG double
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