By Many Waters

This page, a by-product of a furlough, was 'launched' in June 2020 and records, or more correctly, extracts the venues that I have fished and variously, shows them in alphabetical order and then in the order of the number of visits. Unlike one or two of the 'single venue' pages, this page only notes fishing activity and in one or two places, some exposition concerning the venue's place in my affections and of the place itself.

Being blunt, it is a page created purely for my own convenience and curiosity.

Alphabetical Order

Visit Order

The counts for venues fished before 2005 necessarily rely on inferred estimates. Venue 'counts' after 2005 are accurate, or will be once I have finished tidying everything up. In the course of this page's creation, venue names were made consistent, one or two coding errors were fixed and chronological inconsistencies were ironed out. "If it is broken I must fix it."

The page's 'engine' was updated in February 2022, so that it included the dates for each visit to a venue, but with the minor refinement of removing multiple instances of the same date - which were the result of a fudge to allow estimates of visits for some pre-2005 venues; displaying seventeen visits on the same day makes little sense...

This page is named for one of A. R. B. Haldane's less well known works, which, while not quite as entrancing as 'The Path by the Water' is nevertheless a good read and evokes that curious timeless era of the 1930's, while foreshadowing the darkness of the 1940's.

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Venues In Alphabetical Order

All 225 venues I've fished, or at least remembered I've fished, are listed below in alphabetical order, with the number of fishing visits and the dates of the first and last visit. These visit dates are hyperlinked to their respective diary entries.

If the venue has been graced by JAA a number of times, the dates of 'said visits are listed below the venue.

Each venue hyper-links to a second list further down the page, which has the same venues re-arranged in order of 'number of visits'. The 'venue engine' assumes that a venue I've not fished for a decade probably won't be re-visited and then inserts weasel words for those fishing trips pulled up from the depths of the autobiographic memory.

According to this list I've been fishing at least 1123 times and the highest number of visits to any one venue is 91. Give or take. These numbers will change as I add sensible estimates for some old venues. For some of these old venues I've rounded up to '40' as this seems reasonable because I seldom fish any venue much more than that - after 40-50 visits my enthusiasm for a place seems to wane, possibly because I'm 'anchored' to a 'zenith of attraction', then it takes a couple of years for the water to slip off its peak and then for me to move on. Or it's a coincidence. One of those.

A quirk of the site means that some of these 'old' venues will display the same date for both the first and last visits. My biographical memory is good but not that good.

Here are letter links for navigating this section:

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Afon Goch was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 5th July 1983.
Afon Irfon Llangammarch Wells was very probably fished once on the 13th August 2004.
Alvechurch Fishery has been fished once on 10th May 2014.
Arden Alistair's Bridge has been fished once on 8th November 2014.
Arden Fox Pool has been fished once on 18th May 2013.
Arden Orchard Lake has been fished once on 18th May 2013.
Arden The Bowl has been fished twice; on the 8th November 2014 and the 14th May 2016.
Arfleet Mills has been fished 50 times; the first time was on the 14th April 2006; the last time was on the 2nd September 2013.

(1st) 14th April 2006, (2nd) 23rd April 2006, (3rd) 9th September 2006, (4th) 8th June 2007, (5th) 26th August 2007, (6th) 26th April 2008, (7th) 2nd May 2008, (8th) 4th May 2008, (9th) 8th May 2008, (10th) 17th May 2008, (11th) 18th May 2008, (12th) 23rd May 2008, (13th) 26th May 2008, (14th) 11th July 2008, (15th) 27th July 2008, (16th) 5th April 2009, (17th) 10th April 2009, (18th) 19th April 2009, (19th) 26th April 2009, (20th) 17th May 2009, (21st) 24th May 2009, (22nd) 31st May 2009, (23rd) 18th July 2009, (24th) 11th April 2010, (25th) 16th April 2010, (26th) 3rd May 2010, (27th) 9th May 2010, (28th) 20th May 2010, (29th) 3rd June 2010, (30th) 6th June 2010, (31st) 13th June 2010, (32nd) 17th June 2010, (33rd) 19th June 2010, (34th) 22nd August 2010, (35th) 29th August 2010, (36th) 27th April 2011, (37th) 10th May 2011, (38th) 14th July 2011, (39th) 21st April 2012, (40th) 26th April 2012, (41st) 5th May 2012, (42nd) 13th May 2012, (43rd) 20th May 2012, (44th) 3rd June 2012, (45th) 9th June 2012, (46th) 12th August 2012, (47th) 21st April 2013, (48th) 28th April 2013, (49th) 5th May 2013, (50th) 2nd September 2013.

Buggeredifino...

Barcombe Cross has been fished once on 29th December 2016.
Baron's Ponds was fished three times; the first time was on the 21st June 2007, the last time was on the 9th August 2007.

(1st) 21st June 2007, (2nd) 5th July 2007, (3rd) 9th August 2007.

Barretts Park Farm Pond has been fished twice; on the 6th July 2015 and the 6th January 2016.
Barton's Court Kennet has been fished eight times; the first time was on the 7th March 2011; the last time was on the 10th October 2013.

(1st) 7th March 2011, (2nd) 9th March 2011, (3rd) 4th October 2011, (4th) 4th January 2012, (5th) 3rd March 2012, (6th) 23rd October 2012, (7th) 25th February 2013, (8th) 10th October 2013.

Barton's Court Lake has been fished 26 times; the first time was on the 10th November 2006; the last time was on the 10th October 2021.

(1st) 10th November 2006, (2nd) 11th November 2006, (3rd) 30th December 2007, (4th) 20th July 2008, (5th) 19th December 2008, (6th) 5th December 2009, (7th) 9th June 2010, (8th) 8th March 2011, (9th) 5th July 2011, (10th) 5th October 2011, (11th) 4th March 2012, (12th) 27th February 2013, (13th) 9th October 2013, (14th) 11th October 2013, (15th) 5th March 2014, (16th) 17th August 2014, (17th) 1st October 2014, (18th) 3rd October 2014, (19th) 9th November 2014, (20th) 17th May 2015, (21st) 21st March 2016, (22nd) 15th May 2016, (23rd) 6th December 2016, (24th) 23rd September 2017, (25th) 15th September 2018, (26th) 10th October 2021.

Beeches Brook was fished twice; on the 12th November 2006 and the 13th May 2010.
Belfrey Pond has been fished once on 3rd November 2015.
Bishop's Green has almost certainly been fished 18 times; the first time might have been on the 16th September 1989, the last time was on the 22nd March 2016.

(1st) 16th September 1989, (7th) 26th November 2005, (8th) 5th May 2006, (9th) 6th May 2006, (10th) 5th December 2006, (11th) 6th July 2011, (12th) 2nd March 2012, (13th) 5th March 2012, (14th) 24th October 2012, (15th) 24th February 2013, (16th) 26th February 2013, (17th) 8th March 2015, (18th) 22nd March 2016.

Branscombe was very probably fished once on the 1st June 1993.
Breach Pond has been fished 11 times; the first time was on the 24th June 2006; the last time was on the 19th February 2022.

(1st) 24th June 2006, (2nd) 30th June 2006, (3rd) 20th August 2006, (4th) 28th August 2006, (5th) 17th September 2006, (6th) 10th June 2007, (7th) 27th August 2007, (8th) 10th March 2008, (9th) 14th December 2008, (10th) 12th August 2012, (11th) 19th February 2022.

Broadlands was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 16th October 1984.
Bucklebury Ponds was very probably fished 20 times; the first occasion being the 23rd June 1991, the last time was on the 15th October 2005.

(1st) 23rd June 1991, (20th) 15th October 2005.

Burton Mill Pond has been fished twice; on the 17th August 2021 and the 24th June 2022.
Bury Hill was fished the one time on the 27th September 2011.
Butlers Hill Fishery was fished the one time on the 30th August 2008.
Buttermere was almost certainly fished twice; on the 1st September 1992 and the 1st September 1992.

C. Pirates' favourite letter...they spend their lives at C...

Canford Ponds has been fished four times; the first time was on the 16th June 2008; the last time was on the 17th December 2020.

(1st) 16th June 2008, (2nd) 29th June 2011, (3rd) 5th September 2011, (4th) 17th December 2020.

Cannop Ponds was very probably fished once on the 23rd September 1998.
Capplethwaite Beck was fished the one time on the 12th August 2006.
Carnau Lake, as far as I can recall, was fished six times; the first time was around the 10th May 1975, the last time was on the 10th May 1975.
Chesil Beach was very probably fished once on the 1st September 2004.
Churchill Heath Farm was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 16th July 1985.
Clattercote Reservoir was fished twice; on the 29th August 2008 and the 30th August 2008.
Clump Hill Farm has been fished eight times; the first time was on the 23rd December 2014; the last time was on the 19th November 2021.

(1st) 23rd December 2014, (2nd) 18th January 2015, (3rd) 6th August 2016, (4th) 20th September 2017, (5th) 6th October 2018, (6th) 7th October 2018, (7th) 27th October 2019, (8th) 19th November 2021.

Coleshill Pond was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 5th January 1983.
Court Barn Farm was fished six times; the first time was on the 20th December 2009, the last time was on the 12th December 2010.

(1st) 20th December 2009, (2nd) 27th December 2009, (3rd) 31st January 2010, (4th) 21st March 2010, (5th) 5th December 2010, (6th) 12th December 2010.

Court Farm Lake 2 has been fished once on 9th March 2015.
Court Farm Specimen Lake has been fished six times; the first time was on the 7th July 2011; the last time was on the 5th December 2016.

(1st) 7th July 2011, (2nd) 6th March 2014, (3rd) 7th March 2014, (4th) 9th March 2015, (5th) 10th March 2015, (6th) 5th December 2016.

Crooked Willows has very probably been fished seven times; the first occasion being on the 15th October 1993, the last time was on the 3rd August 2013.

(1st) 15th October 1993, (2nd) 18th January 2009, (3rd) 1st February 2009, (4th) 21st March 2009, (5th) 6th November 2009, (6th) 27th February 2011, (7th) 3rd August 2013.

Crummock Water was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 20th August 1984.

Deeferdog

Dairy House Lakes has been fished nine times; the first time was on the 2nd November 2008; the last time was on the 18th December 2015.

(1st) 2nd November 2008, (2nd) 15th November 2008, (3rd) 23rd November 2008, (4th) 25th January 2009, (5th) 7th August 2010, (6th) 19th July 2014, (7th) 30th August 2014, (8th) 7th September 2014, (9th) 18th December 2015.

Darnell Pools was fished the one time on the 3rd August 2011.
Docklow Pools was almost certainly fished four times; the first time was possibly on the 15th October 1979, the last time was on 1st August 2007.

(1st) 15th October 1979, (4th) 1st August 2007.

Drab'd Ditch was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 5th June 1975.
Drake's Fishery was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 17th July 1990.

E bah gum

East Creech was fished three times; the first time was on the 8th June 2008, the last time was on the 8th June 2008.

(1st) 8th June 2008, (2nd) 8th June 2008, (3rd) 8th June 2008.

East Moors Lake was fished three times; the first time was on the 10th November 2007, the last time was on the 31st October 2009.

(1st) 10th November 2007, (2nd) 9th December 2007, (3rd) 31st October 2009.

Edmonsham Smallbridge has very probably been fished four times; the first occasion being on the 23rd November 1998, the last time was on the 28th September 2017.

(1st) 23rd November 1998, (2nd) 3rd June 2011, (3rd) 9th June 2011, (4th) 28th September 2017.

F for fishing.

FLE Fishery has been fished once on 5th November 2021.
Falkenvil Fishery has been fished once on 30th December 2016.
Fisher's Pond, as far as I can recall, was fished seven times; the first time was around the 30th July 1977, the last time was on the 15th July 1984.

Gudgeon. Gudgeon gudgeon gudgeon gudgeon gudgeon gudgeon gudgeon. What?

Gold Oak Farm was fished three times; the first time was on the 30th September 2007, the last time was on the 11th June 2009.

(1st) 30th September 2007, (2nd) 31st December 2008, (3rd) 11th June 2009.

Golden Pond was fished the one time on the 8th September 2011.
Grantham Gravel Pit was very probably fished once on the 1st December 1994.

H for halibut, Hexagraph, herring, hake, hammerhead shark, hoax...

Hambridge Lake was almost certainly fished four times; the first time was on the 27th September 1994, the last time was on the 23rd October 1994.

(1st) 27th September 1994, (2nd) 9th October 1994, (3rd) 16th October 1994, (4th) 23rd October 1994.

Harbour Bridge has been fished once on 28th June 2013.
Headlands Farm has been fished once on 6th September 2015.
Heath Lake has been fished six times; the first time was on the 12th July 2009; the last time was on the 24th January 2015.

(1st) 12th July 2009, (2nd) 19th August 2009, (3rd) 6th February 2010, (4th) 11th February 2012, (5th) 25th October 2014, (6th) 24th January 2015.

Henbury Lakes was almost certainly fished three times; the first time was on the 10th October 1997, the last time was on the 10th October 1997.

(1st) 10th October 1997,

Heron Cottage Pond has been fished once on 28th December 2014.
Highbench was fished eight times; the first time was on the 18th July 2005, the last time was on the 13th April 2009.

(1st) 18th July 2005, (2nd) 20th July 2005, (3rd) 10th September 2006, (4th) 4th May 2007, (5th) 19th May 2007, (6th) 25th May 2007, (7th) 1st June 2008, (8th) 13th April 2009.

Higher Kingcombe Club Lake has been fished four times; the first time was on the 10th October 2009; the last time was on the 29th November 2014.

(1st) 10th October 2009, (2nd) 1st January 2010, (3rd) 30th December 2012, (4th) 29th November 2014.

Higher Kingcombe Lower Lake has been fished three times; the first time was on the 11th September 2012; the last time was on the 31st August 2016.

(1st) 11th September 2012, (2nd) 29th November 2014, (3rd) 31st August 2016.

Highway Farm has been fished once on 7th August 2015.
Holtwood Bascombes has been fished once on 25th November 2018.
Holtwood Millers has been fished three times; the first time was on the 10th May 2019; the last time was on the 15th April 2021.

(1st) 10th May 2019, (2nd) 17th May 2019, (3rd) 15th April 2021.

Holtwood Shambles has been fished twice; on the 11th April 2021 and the 15th April 2021.
Homeclose Fishery was fished twice; on the 18th February 2009 and the 2nd July 2009.
Hordle Bobs Lake has been fished once on 12th July 2014.
Horton Lake was fished three times; the first time was on the 3rd January 2009, the last time was on the 29th June 2010.

(1st) 3rd January 2009, (2nd) 2nd May 2009, (3rd) 29th June 2010.

Hove was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 16th September 1984.
Hucklesbrook has been fished twice; on the 16th December 2018 and the 14th September 2019.
Hyde Lakes was very probably fished once on the 23rd November 1998.

I for instance.

Ibsley Crowe Pool has been fished seven times; the first time was on the 2nd March 2019; the last time was on the 24th January 2022.

(1st) 2nd March 2019, (2nd) 17th March 2019, (3rd) 7th July 2019, (4th) 30th December 2019, (5th) 7th May 2021, (6th) 12th June 2021, (7th) 24th January 2022.

Ibsley Edwards has been fished four times; the first time was on the 2nd December 2018; the last time was on the 17th January 2022.

(1st) 2nd December 2018, (2nd) 6th September 2021, (3rd) 17th September 2021, (4th) 17th January 2022.

Ibsley Stream has been fished four times; the first time was on the 2nd December 2018; the last time was on the 24th January 2022.

(1st) 2nd December 2018, (2nd) 6th September 2021, (3rd) 17th January 2022, (4th) 24th January 2022.

Ibsley Tomkins Pool has been fished three times; the first time was on the 30th April 2021; the last time was on the 24th January 2022.

(1st) 30th April 2021, (2nd) 12th June 2021, (3rd) 24th January 2022.

Innominate Tarn was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 2nd July 1981.

Jumpin Jack Flash, it's a gas gas gas...

Jubilee Lake was very probably fished nine times; the first time was around the 1st October 1990, the last time was on the 30th January 1994.

King carp again. Tch.

Kennet and Avon Canal was very probably fished 20 times; the first time was around the 17th June 1990, the last time was on the 14th February 1995.
Kimmeridge Bay was fished twice; on the 24th August 2007 and the 21st September 2008.
Kingsbridge Packhorse has been fished 36 times; the first time was on the 16th October 2010; the last time was on the 1st April 2021.

(1st) 16th October 2010, (2nd) 31st October 2010, (3rd) 20th November 2010, (4th) 7th February 2011, (5th) 3rd March 2011, (6th) 24th March 2011, (7th) 23rd April 2011, (8th) 12th August 2011, (9th) 19th August 2011, (10th) 14th September 2011, (11th) 10th October 2012, (12th) 5th November 2012, (13th) 23rd November 2012, (14th) 19th July 2013, (15th) 24th September 2013, (16th) 4th April 2015, (17th) 6th April 2015, (18th) 31st May 2015, (19th) 19th June 2015, (20th) 15th August 2015, (21st) 10th October 2015, (22nd) 18th December 2016, (23rd) 11th January 2017, (24th) 2nd April 2017, (25th) 25th May 2017, (26th) 19th August 2017, (27th) 7th September 2020, (28th) 5th October 2020, (29th) 6th October 2020, (30th) 10th October 2020, (31st) 15th October 2020, (32nd) 19th October 2020, (33rd) 22nd October 2020, (34th) 21st November 2020, (35th) 27th January 2021, (36th) 1st April 2021.

Kingsbridge Tranquil has been fished 15 times; the first time was on the 16th October 2010; the last time was on the 5th October 2020.

(1st) 16th October 2010, (2nd) 31st October 2010, (3rd) 15th January 2011, (4th) 7th February 2011, (5th) 11th February 2011, (6th) 6th May 2011, (7th) 10th October 2012, (8th) 5th November 2012, (9th) 9th November 2012, (10th) 24th September 2013, (11th) 16th November 2014, (12th) 4th May 2015, (13th) 30th July 2015, (14th) 25th May 2017, (15th) 5th October 2020.

Kingsbridge Wellington has very probably been fished 15 times; the first occasion being on the 10th December 1997, the last time was on the 25th May 2017.

(1st) 10th December 1997, (2nd) 23rd November 1998, (3rd) 20th November 2010, (4th) 9th January 2011, (5th) 14th February 2011, (6th) 24th March 2011, (7th) 12th August 2011, (8th) 17th August 2011, (9th) 19th August 2011, (10th) 19th September 2011, (11th) 13th October 2012, (12th) 9th November 2012, (13th) 20th January 2013, (14th) 19th June 2015, (15th) 25th May 2017.

Kingsbridge Widgeon has been fished twice; on the 25th August 2011 and the 25th May 2017.

L for leather. Obvs.

L'etang De La Morinais was fished 15 times; the first time was on the 20th June 2008, the last time was on the 24th September 2010.

(1st) 20th June 2008, (2nd) 20th June 2008, (3rd) 6th August 2008, (4th) 9th August 2008, (5th) 10th August 2008, (6th) 17th October 2008, (7th) 17th October 2008, (8th) 17th October 2008, (9th) 28th September 2009, (10th) 29th September 2009, (11th) 20th September 2010, (12th) 21st September 2010, (13th) 22nd September 2010, (14th) 23rd September 2010, (15th) 24th September 2010.

Lake Windermere was fished the one time on the 8th August 2006.
Lakeside Fishery has been fished once on 2nd October 2014.
Latchmoor Pond was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 2nd August 1981.
Lemington Lakes has been fished four times; the first time was on the 15th August 2014; the last time was on the 4th July 2015.

(1st) 15th August 2014, (2nd) 16th August 2014, (3rd) 16th May 2015, (4th) 4th July 2015.

Litton Lake has been fished once on 31st July 2015.
Llyn Cerrig Bach was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 15th April 1975.
Llyn Cwellyn was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 9th July 1983.
Llyn Padern was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 7th July 1983.
Llyn Penrhyn was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 5th May 1975.
Long Lake was very probably fished 14 times; the first time was around the 1st October 1990, the last time was on the 22nd October 1994.
Lower Sharnhill has been fished five times; the first time was on the 4th April 2010; the last time was on the 31st July 2016.

(1st) 4th April 2010, (2nd) 23rd April 2010, (3rd) 4th September 2010, (4th) 12th April 2011, (5th) 31st July 2016.

Luckfield Lake has been fished 48 times; the first time was on the 12th June 2009; the last time was on the 30th October 2017.

(1st) 12th June 2009, (2nd) 20th June 2009, (3rd) 27th June 2009, (4th) 4th July 2009, (5th) 8th July 2009, (6th) 1st August 2009, (7th) 9th August 2009, (8th) 16th August 2009, (9th) 31st August 2009, (10th) 17th October 2009, (11th) 13th December 2009, (12th) 17th January 2010, (13th) 5th April 2010, (14th) 18th April 2010, (15th) 23rd May 2010, (16th) 30th May 2010, (17th) 10th July 2010, (18th) 12th July 2010, (19th) 15th August 2010, (20th) 31st October 2011, (21st) 1st November 2011, (22nd) 2nd November 2011, (23rd) 4th November 2011, (24th) 12th November 2011, (25th) 31st December 2011, (26th) 15th January 2012, (27th) 22nd January 2012, (28th) 28th January 2012, (29th) 7th April 2012, (30th) 14th April 2012, (31st) 22nd June 2012, (32nd) 2nd September 2012, (33rd) 8th September 2012, (34th) 9th December 2012, (35th) 14th June 2013, (36th) 4th July 2013, (37th) 12th July 2013, (38th) 13th August 2013, (39th) 25th August 2013, (40th) 21st February 2014, (41st) 20th March 2014, (42nd) 22nd June 2014, (43rd) 4th July 2014, (44th) 25th July 2014, (45th) 17th October 2015, (46th) 26th July 2016, (47th) 1st November 2016, (48th) 30th October 2017.

Ludlay has been fished once on 5th October 2017.
Lyons Gate has been fished three times; the first time was on the 14th December 2013; the last time was on the 1st January 2020.

(1st) 14th December 2013, (2nd) 14th December 2014, (3rd) 1st January 2020.

Made you zoom in...heh.

Mangerton Coarse Fishing Lake has been fished once on 2nd October 2012.
Mappowder Pheasant has been fished ten times; the first time was on the 3rd August 2012; the last time was on the 20th December 2020.

(1st) 3rd August 2012, (2nd) 9th February 2013, (3rd) 24th May 2013, (4th) 12th September 2013, (5th) 27th December 2013, (6th) 26th April 2014, (7th) 15th November 2017, (8th) 17th February 2018, (9th) 20th October 2019, (10th) 20th December 2020.

Mappowder Pond has been fished four times; the first time was on the 26th April 2014; the last time was on the 14th July 2020.

(1st) 26th April 2014, (2nd) 17th February 2018, (3rd) 20th October 2019, (4th) 14th July 2020.

Mappowder Spring has been fished 17 times; the first time was on the 26th September 2012; the last time was on the 19th March 2021.

(1st) 26th September 2012, (2nd) 14th November 2012, (3rd) 27th January 2013, (4th) 3rd February 2013, (5th) 9th February 2013, (6th) 31st March 2013, (7th) 6th August 2013, (8th) 27th September 2013, (9th) 27th December 2013, (10th) 26th April 2014, (11th) 22nd December 2017, (12th) 17th February 2018, (13th) 12th July 2019, (14th) 20th October 2019, (15th) 14th July 2020, (16th) 3rd November 2020, (17th) 19th March 2021.

Marsh Farm Harris has been fished once on 6th August 2021.
Marsh Farm Hill Pond was fished the one time on the 20th April 2011.
Mayfield has been fished once on 8th July 2015.
Meadow Lake has been fished once on 28th July 2012.
Milton Abbey has very probably been fished 50 times; the first occasion being on the 1st December 2001, the last time was on the 28th February 2015.

(1st) 1st December 2001, (2nd) 1st June 2002, (3rd) 3rd June 2004, (4th) 13th May 2005, (5th) 20th May 2005, (6th) 27th May 2005, (7th) 17th June 2005, (8th) 26th June 2005, (9th) 8th July 2005, (10th) 18th September 2005, (11th) 28th December 2005, (12th) 19th February 2006, (13th) 19th March 2006, (14th) 19th May 2006, (15th) 28th May 2006, (16th) 2nd June 2006, (17th) 11th June 2006, (18th) 9th July 2006, (19th) 30th August 2006, (20th) 8th September 2006, (21st) 18th November 2006, (22nd) 10th April 2007, (23rd) 14th April 2007, (24th) 22nd April 2007, (25th) 27th April 2007, (26th) 5th August 2007, (27th) 19th August 2007, (28th) 2nd September 2007, (29th) 12th January 2008, (30th) 17th January 2008, (31st) 23rd February 2008, (32nd) 16th March 2008, (33rd) 24th March 2008, (34th) 21st April 2008, (35th) 1st May 2008, (36th) 29th June 2008, (37th) 6th July 2008, (38th) 17th August 2008, (39th) 21st February 2009, (40th) 15th March 2009, (41st) 10th May 2009, (42nd) 25th May 2009, (43rd) 15th November 2009, (44th) 14th February 2010, (45th) 14th March 2011, (46th) 30th September 2011, (47th) 23rd December 2012, (48th) 2nd January 2014, (49th) 18th April 2014, (50th) 28th February 2015.

Milton Ponds was fished the one time on the 28th September 2007.
Mystery Lake 1 was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 20th April 1975.
Mystery Lake 2 was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 20th June 1975.

No. Not now, not ever.

Nigel's Pond has been fished once on 12th June 2016.
Nightingale Pool has been fished once on 25th May 2015.
Nightmere has been fished four times; the first time was on the 11th September 2016; the last time was on the 11th June 2022.

(1st) 11th September 2016, (2nd) 1st July 2017, (3rd) 10th February 2022, (4th) 11th June 2022.

Ooks, bill. Hedges for the laying of.

Old Harbour, Paignton was very probably fished once on the 23rd October 1998.
Orchard Lakes has been fished twice; on the 29th March 2011 and the 23rd November 2020.
Osmington Mills Meadow Lake has been fished three times; the first time was on the 3rd August 2010; the last time was on the 16th November 2012.

(1st) 3rd August 2010, (2nd) 29th June 2012, (3rd) 16th November 2012.

Ossicacher See was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 31st January 1973.

Php

Pallington Lakes was very probably fished eight times; the first occasion being the 23rd November 1998, the last time was on the 5th October 2008.

(1st) 23rd November 1998, (2nd) 1st August 2003, (3rd) 24th August 2008, (4th) 31st August 2008, (5th) 7th September 2008, (6th) 14th September 2008, (7th) 28th September 2008, (8th) 5th October 2008.

Parrog was very probably fished once on the 31st August 1991.
Patrick's Lake has been fished twice; on the 22nd July 2011 and the 16th September 2013.
Pednennis Point was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 5th July 1982.
Penn Pond was, as far as I can recall, fished twice; on the 30th June 1979 and the 30th June 1979.
Pevensey was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 1st August 1979.
Pimlico Farm Ponds has been fished three times; the first time was on the 29th September 2007; the last time was on the 1st June 2018.

(1st) 29th September 2007, (2nd) 22nd September 2016, (3rd) 1st June 2018.

Poole Quay was fished twice; on the 14th September 2008 and the 28th September 2008.
Port-Eynon Bay was very probably fished once on the 31st August 1991.
Porth Nanven was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 1st July 1982.

R. Pirates' second favourite letter... 'aaRRRRRR!'

Ratherheath Tarn was fished twice; on the 6th August 2006 and the 10th August 2006.
Revels Canal has been fished twice; on the 11th June 2020 and the 12th March 2022.
Revels Dead Tree Lake has been fished four times; the first time was on the 17th December 2005; the last time was on the 12th March 2022.

(1st) 17th December 2005, (2nd) 18th December 2010, (3rd) 28th December 2015, (4th) 12th March 2022.

Revels Desperation Lake has been fished three times; the first time was on the 5th January 2008; the last time was on the 16th November 2020.

(1st) 5th January 2008, (2nd) 30th December 2009, (3rd) 16th November 2020.

Revels Main Lake has been fished six times; the first time was on the 14th January 2006; the last time was on the 19th November 2020.

(1st) 14th January 2006, (2nd) 22nd December 2007, (3rd) 7th March 2010, (4th) 12th October 2014, (5th) 16th November 2020, (6th) 19th November 2020.

Revels Match Lake has been fished six times; the first time was on the 28th May 2007; the last time was on the 19th November 2020.

(1st) 28th May 2007, (2nd) 8th February 2008, (3rd) 19th September 2014, (4th) 6th December 2014, (5th) 4th September 2015, (6th) 19th November 2020.

Revels Pike Lake has been fished eight times; the first time was on the 28th May 2007; the last time was on the 11th June 2020.

(1st) 28th May 2007, (2nd) 1st June 2007, (3rd) 27th October 2013, (4th) 19th September 2014, (5th) 6th December 2014, (6th) 21st August 2015, (7th) 4th September 2015, (8th) 11th June 2020.

Rhyd y Gari, as far as I can recall, was fished three times; the first time was around the 10th June 1975, the last time was on the 15th June 1975.
Risby Park has been fished once on 9th June 2017.
River Avon, Burgate was fished the one time on the 24th October 2009.
River Avon, The Royalty was fished twice; on the 15th July 2011 and the 23rd August 2011.
River Avon, The Royalty Bridge Pool has been fished once on 2nd July 2014.
River Dart was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 1st July 1980.
River Frome Holmebridge has been fished seven times; the first time was on the 27th December 2006; the last time was on the 14th February 2022.

(1st) 27th December 2006, (2nd) 27th January 2007, (3rd) 24th November 2007, (4th) 23rd December 2008, (5th) 28th December 2008, (6th) 3rd November 2013, (7th) 14th February 2022.

River Frome Stokeford was fished the one time on the 24th December 2006.
River Frome Tincleton has been fished once on 8th November 2021.
River Frome Wareham has been fished three times; the first time was on the 22nd January 2006; the last time was on the 8th October 2012.

(1st) 22nd January 2006, (2nd) 30th July 2012, (3rd) 8th October 2012.

River Frome Woolbridge has been fished four times; the first time was on the 16th December 2010; the last time was on the 2nd December 2015.

(1st) 16th December 2010, (2nd) 21st October 2011, (3rd) 8th November 2012, (4th) 2nd December 2015.

River Frome Worgret has been fished once on 3rd November 2013.
River Itchen, Lower Itchen Fishery has been fished once on 18th October 2021.
River Liza was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 1st July 1981.
River Lugg Bodenham was fished the one time on the 3rd August 2007.
River Nadder has been fished twice; on the 21st December 2014 and the 14th February 2015.
River Sem has been fished twice; on the 1st March 2011 and the 14th March 2014.
River Stour Blandford was fished the one time on the 16th June 2006.
River Stour Child Okeford has been fished six times; the first time was on the 16th September 2012; the last time was on the 1st January 2015.

(1st) 16th September 2012, (2nd) 6th January 2013, (3rd) 16th February 2013, (4th) 17th August 2013, (5th) 1st December 2013, (6th) 1st January 2015.

River Stour Fiddleford was fished three times; the first time was on the 20th November 2005, the last time was on the 16th June 2008.

(1st) 20th November 2005, (2nd) 31st August 2007, (3rd) 16th June 2008.

River Stour Hammoon has been fished twice; on the 15th September 2007 and the 25th July 2013.
River Stour Juliens has been fished once on 3rd October 2015.
River Stour Sturminster Mill was fished the one time on the 16th June 2007.
River Test Timsbury was fished the one time on the 19th October 2011.
River Thames Marlow was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 5th January 1984.
River Thames, Cookham was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 15th October 1977.
River Thames, Henley was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 15th September 1977.
River Thames, Longridge, as far as I can recall, was fished ten times; the first time was around the 15th June 1976, the last time was on the 22nd June 1977.
River Thames, Medmenham was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 15th March 1979.
River Thames, Runnymede, as far as I can recall, was fished five times; the first time was around the 16th August 1987, the last time was on the 16th August 1987.
River Thames, Wallingford was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 15th September 1978.
River Wey has been fished once on 19th June 2013.
Rosscarbery, Cork was fished the one time on the 22nd August 2005.
Round Pond was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 16th July 1987.
Rowners Moat has been fished once on 25th April 2015.

String. Always have a length of good string about one's person.

Sams Lakes has been fished once on 30th December 2014.
Shirkoak Farm has been fished once on 29th December 2014.
Silent Woman Lakes has been fished 22 times; the first time was on the 7th January 2007; the last time was on the 4th April 2014.

(1st) 7th January 2007, (2nd) 13th January 2007, (3rd) 21st January 2007, (4th) 25th February 2007, (5th) 7th May 2007, (6th) 8th July 2007, (7th) 7th October 2007, (8th) 14th October 2007, (9th) 26th October 2008, (10th) 8th November 2008, (11th) 28th March 2009, (12th) 13th June 2009, (13th) 30th August 2009, (14th) 6th September 2009, (15th) 23rd January 2010, (16th) 25th April 2010, (17th) 4th April 2011, (18th) 13th May 2011, (19th) 2nd September 2011, (20th) 16th March 2012, (21st) 29th August 2013, (22nd) 4th April 2014.

South Drain was fished twice; on the 22nd July 2006 and the 23rd December 2008.
Southampton Water was, as far as I can recall, fished twice; on the 15th July 1977 and the 20th July 1977.
Splatcove Point was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 1st July 1980.
Strokins Farm has been fished once on 22nd October 2012.
Sussex_Pond_1 has been fished once on 5th August 2020.
Sweethedges Farm was fished the one time on the 29th December 2007.

Tea. Hot, strong, scented with cinnamon, orange and star anise. Like Mrs. AA.

The Brickyard was fished twice; on the 23rd September 2005 and the 13th October 2009.
The Burn of Durn was very probably fished once on the 10th September 1994.
The Corn Brook was fished the one time on the 5th August 2011.
The Fishpond has been fished once on 7th July 2015.
The Mediterranean, as far as I can recall, was fished five times; the first time was around the 31st January 1973, the last time was on the 31st January 1973.
The Norfolk Broads, Aston Boatyard, Reedham was very probably fished once on the 5th July 1993.
The Norfolk Broads, Bure at Wroxham was very probably fished once on the 1st July 1993.
The Norfolk Broads, Burton Broad was very probably fished once on the 3rd July 1993.
The Norfolk Broads, Cocksholt Broad was very probably fished once on the 2nd July 1993.
The Norfolk Broads, Neatishead Staithe was very probably fished once on the 4th July 1993.
The Pike Pit was almost certainly fished 41 times; the first time was possibly on the 17th June 1985, the last time was on 15th October 2005.

(1st) 17th June 1985, (25th) 16th September 1985, (26th) 25th December 1990, (27th) 1st March 1992, (28th) 15th October 1992, (29th) 1st December 1992, (30th) 4th December 1993, (31st) 12th December 1993, (32nd) 19th December 1993, (33rd) 26th December 1993, (34th) 27th December 1993, (35th) 28th December 1993, (36th) 29th January 1994, (37th) 15th May 1994, (38th) 2nd October 1994, (39th) 14th February 1998, (40th) 14th October 2005, (41st) 15th October 2005.

The Pump Pool was fished the one time on the 22nd August 2007.
The River Amble was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 16th July 1986.
The River Piddle was fished the one time on the 3rd February 2007.
The River Severn, Upton-on-Severn was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 18th July 1977.
The Rye Dyke, as far as I can recall, was fished 20 times; the first time was around the 30th December 1976, the last time was on the 30th January 1984.
The Saxon Ponds has been fished 91 times; the first time was on the 3rd May 2011; the last time was on the 1st July 2022.

(1st) 3rd May 2011, (2nd) 16th June 2011, (3rd) 23rd June 2011, (4th) 26th July 2011, (5th) 19th November 2011, (6th) 24th March 2012, (7th) 16th June 2012, (8th) 13th July 2012, (9th) 21st July 2012, (10th) 18th August 2012, (11th) 21st June 2013, (12th) 24th June 2013, (13th) 1st July 2013, (14th) 8th July 2013, (15th) 13th July 2013, (16th) 18th May 2014, (17th) 26th May 2014, (18th) 16th June 2014, (19th) 29th June 2014, (20th) 19th October 2014, (21st) 21st December 2014, (22nd) 14th February 2015, (23rd) 16th June 2015, (24th) 19th July 2015, (25th) 12th September 2015, (26th) 20th September 2015, (27th) 8th May 2016, (28th) 29th May 2016, (29th) 16th June 2016, (30th) 14th August 2016, (31st) 25th June 2017, (32nd) 6th July 2017, (33rd) 13th July 2017, (34th) 2nd September 2017, (35th) 18th September 2017, (36th) 16th June 2018, (37th) 24th June 2018, (38th) 29th June 2018, (39th) 7th July 2018, (40th) 14th July 2018, (41st) 17th February 2019, (42nd) 16th June 2019, (43rd) 21st June 2019, (44th) 29th June 2019, (45th) 4th July 2019, (46th) 21st July 2019, (47th) 27th July 2019, (48th) 2nd August 2019, (49th) 11th August 2019, (50th) 18th August 2019, (51st) 20th September 2019, (52nd) 16th June 2020, (53rd) 19th June 2020, (54th) 24th June 2020, (55th) 2nd July 2020, (56th) 5th July 2020, (57th) 26th August 2020, (58th) 11th September 2020, (59th) 17th September 2020, (60th) 29th September 2020, (61st) 13th March 2021, (62nd) 30th March 2021, (63rd) 16th June 2021, (64th) 18th June 2021, (65th) 20th June 2021, (66th) 25th June 2021, (67th) 2nd July 2021, (68th) 3rd July 2021, (69th) 15th July 2021, (70th) 17th July 2021, (71st) 21st July 2021, (72nd) 2nd August 2021, (73rd) 4th August 2021, (74th) 12th August 2021, (75th) 19th August 2021, (76th) 29th August 2021, (77th) 13th September 2021, (78th) 11th October 2021, (79th) 16th October 2021, (80th) 24th October 2021, (81st) 21st November 2021, (82nd) 1st January 2022, (83rd) 22nd January 2022, (84th) 19th March 2022, (85th) 28th March 2022, (86th) 22nd April 2022, (87th) 9th May 2022, (88th) 23rd May 2022, (89th) 27th May 2022, (90th) 16th June 2022, (91st) 1st July 2022.

The Victorian Estate Lakes has been fished six times; the first time was on the 26th July 2011; the last time was on the 25th September 2015.

(1st) 26th July 2011, (2nd) 13th July 2012, (3rd) 23rd July 2013, (4th) 22nd August 2013, (5th) 17th June 2015, (6th) 25th September 2015.

The Wetland has been fished 29 times; the first time was on the 19th May 2011; the last time was on the 12th December 2020.

(1st) 19th May 2011, (2nd) 26th May 2012, (3rd) 27th May 2013, (4th) 2nd June 2013, (5th) 31st July 2013, (6th) 13th April 2014, (7th) 3rd May 2014, (8th) 26th May 2014, (9th) 16th June 2014, (10th) 18th April 2015, (11th) 23rd July 2017, (12th) 6th August 2017, (13th) 10th June 2018, (14th) 20th December 2018, (15th) 22nd April 2019, (16th) 28th April 2019, (17th) 27th May 2019, (18th) 9th June 2019, (19th) 24th November 2019, (20th) 1st December 2019, (21st) 13th December 2019, (22nd) 13th May 2020, (23rd) 22nd May 2020, (24th) 29th May 2020, (25th) 5th June 2020, (26th) 25th June 2020, (27th) 10th July 2020, (28th) 22nd July 2020, (29th) 12th December 2020.

TheOldRiverOuse has been fished once on 6th October 2017.
Theale Lagoon was very probably fished three times; the first time was around the 1st November 1990, the last time was on the 15th January 1994.
Todber Firs has been fished once on 3rd October 2021.
Todber Hill View has been fished once on 15th April 2019.
Todber Manor was very probably fished once on the 26th August 2001.
Triangle Pond was fished three times; the first time was on the 28th November 2010, the last time was on the 22nd September 2011.

(1st) 28th November 2010, (2nd) 29th April 2011, (3rd) 22nd September 2011.

Trout Stream, as far as I can recall, was fished six times; the first time was around the 15th March 1975, the last time was on the 15th March 1975.
Turfcroft Farm Fishery has very probably been fished five times; the first occasion being on the 15th March 1998, the last time was on the 21st November 2013.

(1st) 15th March 1998, (2nd) 7th May 2006, (3rd) 1st December 2008, (4th) 3rd December 2011, (5th) 21st November 2013.

U need to get out more

Upper Sharnhill has been fished eight times; the first time was on the 28th March 2010; the last time was on the 31st October 2017.

(1st) 28th March 2010, (2nd) 17th March 2011, (3rd) 7th January 2012, (4th) 28th July 2012, (5th) 31st May 2014, (6th) 12th October 2014, (7th) 7th October 2016, (8th) 31st October 2017.

Veritas Vincit

Vale Farm has been fished five times; the first time was on the 15th November 2013; the last time was on the 7th December 2016.

(1st) 15th November 2013, (2nd) 11th March 2015, (3rd) 16th February 2016, (4th) 23rd March 2016, (5th) 7th December 2016.

WTAF?

Wainsford Lake has been fished three times; the first time was on the 21st July 2018; the last time was on the 14th May 2021.

(1st) 21st July 2018, (2nd) 29th September 2018, (3rd) 14th May 2021.

Warmwell Heron Lake has been fished once on 22nd November 2012.
Washingpool Farm has been fished once on 17th June 2014.
Wedgehill Ponds Lower has been fished twice; on the 24th September 2018 and the 4th January 2019.
Wedgehill Ponds Middle has been fished five times; the first time was on the 24th September 2018; the last time was on the 20th December 2021.

(1st) 24th September 2018, (2nd) 28th December 2018, (3rd) 1st January 2019, (4th) 4th May 2019, (5th) 20th December 2021.

Wedgehill Ponds Upper has been fished five times; the first time was on the 28th December 2018; the last time was on the 20th December 2021.

(1st) 28th December 2018, (2nd) 1st January 2019, (3rd) 4th May 2019, (4th) 23rd April 2021, (5th) 20th December 2021.

West Compton was fished twice; on the 15th September 2011 and the 12th October 2011.
Weston Shore, as far as I can recall, was fished 11 times; the first time was around the 15th July 1976, the last time was on the 15th July 1976.
White House Lake, as far as I can recall, was fished 50 times; the first time was around the 2nd December 1974, the last time was on the 15th May 1975.
Whitemoor Lakes has been fished four times; the first time was on the 1st October 2005; the last time was on the 13th August 2016.

(1st) 1st October 2005, (2nd) 8th December 2013, (3rd) 2nd July 2016, (4th) 13th August 2016.

Windwhistle has been fished once on 9th March 2014.
Wing Lakes was very probably fished once on the 1st June 2003.
Winterborne, Stickland was fished the one time on the 15th September 2006.
Woodfry's Farm has been fished once on 21st March 2015.
Woodpecker Pool has been fished twice; on the 2nd November 2015 and the 25th May 2016.
Woolhampton Drain was very probably fished once on the 14th May 1995.
Worcester & Birmingham canal was, as far as I can recall, fished just once on the 18th July 1977.
Wytch Farm has been fished 24 times; the first time was on the 22nd September 2006; the last time was on the 14th March 2022.

(1st) 22nd September 2006, (2nd) 8th October 2006, (3rd) 14th October 2006, (4th) 22nd October 2006, (5th) 2nd December 2006, (6th) 17th December 2006, (7th) 2nd January 2007, (8th) 3rd February 2007, (9th) 17th February 2007, (10th) 11th March 2007, (11th) 18th March 2007, (12th) 13th May 2007, (13th) 30th June 2007, (14th) 12th August 2007, (15th) 9th September 2007, (16th) 1st December 2007, (17th) 7th December 2008, (18th) 21st December 2008, (19th) 24th June 2010, (20th) 10th October 2010, (21st) 17th May 2011, (22nd) 8th July 2012, (23rd) 16th December 2012, (24th) 14th March 2022.

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Venues Listed in 'Number of Visits' Order

All 225 venues I've fished, or at least remembered I've fished, are listed below in order of the number of fishing visits. Where the venue was fished 'before records began', the words "an estimated" appear along with the year of the first visit. In other words I've guessed. A bit.

Each venue below is hyper-linked from the alphabetically arranged list above and those venues fished more than twice are reciprocally cross-linked. If I felt it necessary to write something about the place, link to some relevant part of this site, or even to include 'google maps', then this is included as well.

At some indeterminate point in the future I may include the venue's location and some kind of review. If I can be hedgehogged. It would be an unwise reader who indulged in the suspension of his own respiration until such a review appeared.

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(1) The Saxon Ponds has been fished 91 times.


The Saxon Ponds: Has its own pagePete's Ponds.

(2) Arfleet Mills has been fished 50 times.


Arfleet Mills: Has its own pageGone, but not forgotten....

(3) Milton Abbey has been fished 50 times.


Milton Abbey: Has its own pageGone, but not forgotten....

(4) White House Lake was fished an estimated 50 times, starting in 1974.


White House Lake: A water that has its own place in my personal narrative, a full description can be found hereSo so many small perch....

(5) Luckfield Lake has been fished 48 times.


Luckfield Lake: Has its own pageA good spot.

(6) The Pike Pit was fished an estimated 41 times, starting in 1985.

(7) Kingsbridge Packhorse has been fished 36 times.

(8) The Wetland has been fished 29 times.


The Wetland: Has its own pageOne of Pete's Places.

(9) Barton's Court Lake has been fished 26 times.


Barton's Court Lake: Another water that both the LoD and myself were already familiar with, before we made each other's acquaintance. I had perhaps only fished it a few times with the bother as it was 'half-way' for a while. It is (or was) a decent mixed fishery, with a good head of carp (which was the majority vote on the bank) but also a good head of perch, roach, rudd, bream, a few tench, pike and some feisty bream roach hybrids. The LoD once even caught a small brown trout on a twitched worm. It can be hard graft; there have been flat days when scratching for small rudd and roach was the best way to ensure sport and even that has failed. Having said that I've had some fine fish including three 20lb carp, although two of those were '19lb' on the day with the scales subsequently found to be a 1lb out...dammit.

There was a small fish loss in 2015, although it does not seem to have caused too many long term issues.

(10) Wytch Farm has been fished 24 times.

(11) Silent Woman Lakes has been fished 22 times.

(12) Bucklebury Ponds was fished an estimated 20 times, starting in 1991.

(13) Kennet and Avon Canal was fished an estimated 20 times, starting in 1990.

(14) The Rye Dyke was fished an estimated 20 times, starting in 1976.


The Rye Dyke: A water of 'first times', it also has its own pageCatching fish from up a tree. Twice..

(15) Bishop's Green has been fished 18 times.


Bishop's Green: Life has a way of strewing coincidences in one's path and I am the first to admit that this is a combination of shorter odds that one might think, that such things must happen to someone, and confirmation bias. Still, this gives one some pause for thought.

This venue was one of the first commercial fisheries I ever heard of, way back in 1989 and its easy fishing was initially a joy. That it then faded out of my fishing life, only to return some years later as a venue for occasional jaunts with the LODLaird of Dunbar - he also being familiar with the area and the venue - is 'one of those coincidences'. I have since come to appreciate the place a little more, even if on occasion it is a smidge over-easy. That said, the carp are lean, fight hard and under this layer there are gudgeon making a living and possibly, although I have not the heart to try this, providing food for the carps.

The lake itself, known as 'Smithy's Lake', was originally dug in 1983, is some 40 × 100 yards, an acre or so, and has considerable variations in depth, from 7-8' at the south end, to the shallow sloping west bank and reedy north end at only 18" or so. Essentially the bed of the lake follows the contours of the slope it was dug from. If it was possible, I would transplant the lake and its topology to a green field over the road in an instant. I might remove a few of the carp though.

As of 2022, I have fished it some 18 times. It seems probable I will fish there again.

(16) Mappowder Spring has been fished 17 times.

(17) Kingsbridge Tranquil has been fished 15 times.

(18) Kingsbridge Wellington has been fished 15 times.

(19) L'etang De La Morinais was fished an estimated 15 times, starting in 2008.


L'etang de la MorinaisIf you prefer a beautiful eight acre lake to yourself, completely unspoilt, pristine carp, excellent facilities, appreciate the very essence of fishing, enjoy a nice malt whiskey under the stars & ran by an owner who has a real passion for angling. Well, you will like it here.: This must be the most peaceful and unspoilt fishery on earth to go carp fishing...it is an ideal carp fishery if your preferred approach is float-fishing the margins, free-lining, casting to bubblers, fishing floaters or snooping about looking and waiting for that opportunity. Or alternatively, not bothering to cast at all; finding a comfortable trunk to rest your back against, dipping your hat over your eyes and having a little snooze.

L'etang de La Morinais does not claim to have several tons of pellet reliant carp crammed into a surface area of water, where fish health issues remain a real risk. There are around 130 carp from double figures through to sixty pounds. The first thirty was landed in 2006, the first forty in 2007, with forties now being caught regularly.

JAA personally endorses its fine fish, one of its 40lb carp, two of its 30lb carp, atmosphere, location and hospitality, and has fished it 15 times...so far.

(20) Long Lake was fished an estimated 14 times, starting in 1990.

(21) Breach Pond has been fished 11 times.

(22) Weston Shore was fished an estimated 11 times, starting in 1976.

(23) Mappowder Pheasant has been fished ten times.

(24) River Thames, Longridge was fished an estimated ten times, starting in 1976.

(25) Dairy House Lakes has been fished nine times.

(26) Jubilee Lake was fished an estimated nine times, starting in 1990.

(27) Barton's Court Kennet has been fished eight times.


Barton's Court, the River Kennet: Although I was aware of the river fishery, I never thought to fish it until the LoDLaird of Dunbar introduced me to the place. Luckily, I am a sucker for small streams and hatch-pools, even when the fish are few and far between. Over a number of visits I caught some very good perch, some fine grayling, some cute brown trout, the odd chub, the odd bream and 1,276 stockie trout. Coarse fishing there was often hard work. It seemed to us that sport was getting thinner as years went by and although I always enjoyed my time there, it has been a year or three since either of us visited. I wouldn't rule out a return.

The fishery is currently being restored and there is no coarse fishing while this is under way...but it is lovely there, so I hope to return at some point.

(28) Clump Hill Farm has been fished eight times.

(29) Highbench was fished an estimated eight times, starting in 2005.

(30) Pallington Lakes was fished an estimated eight times, starting in 1998.

(31) Revels Pike Lake has been fished eight times.

(32) Upper Sharnhill has been fished eight times.

(33) Crooked Willows has been fished seven times.

(34) Fisher's Pond was fished an estimated seven times, starting in 1977.


Fisher's Pond: It seems apposite that one of the first places, if not the first I fished in the UK was called ‘Fisher’s Pond’. This three acre pond in Colden Common is an old artificial lake created by an earth dam at one end, which was adorned with a fine old red brick sluice gate. The pond was, legend has it, constructed 700 years back to allow the Bishop of Winchester to have fish supplied to his table. I fished his old stock-pond on-and-off for almost a decade.

It’s here:

In the 1970’s this was only commercial in the sense you paid for a day-ticket. Fishing was allowed in one of the few pitches by the old swimming pool, which was a dignified name for an area of the pond enclosed by half-circular timber fence covered with corrugated iron, presumably to stop the hapless swimmers from venturing into the deeps. Certainly in the early days of the big fishing adventure, I blanked here. The first fish I can recall catching was a small roach in 1977 or thereabouts. The penultimate time I fished here...as far as I can can recall... I caught a carp on purpose.

That was long ago and far away bh And it was so much better that it is today... and in the 1980’s it became a dedicated carp and fish farm, which it still is.

(35) Ibsley Crowe Pool has been fished seven times.

(36) River Frome Holmebridge has been fished seven times.


The River Frome (in general): At the time of writing (February 2022) I've fished the Frome in divers places, totalling some 17 odd times. During that period, I've nabbed eight grayling, seven brown trout, 'some parr', a sea-trout, a dace and a roach. I like it enough that I keep going back, but would only observe that one trip to the Lower Itchen fishery yielded over twice as many grayling in one trip and even the sole visit to the Test at Timsbury provided more than eight grayling. It may be inferred that (1) I must like the Frome (2) I'm not good at fishing it or (3) it's an average grayling fishery or (4) some combination of those last two.

Won't stop me going though.

(37) Carnau Lake was fished an estimated six times, starting in 1975.


Carnau Lake also has its own place in my personal narrative, a description can be found hereSo so many small perch...and eels.. Apart from bronze age shackles, it was also the place where I 'found' my first ever tench.

I have noted it was fished 6 times. It is more than that of course, but I fished the 'downstream' end at least twice and the reed-bed at the upstream end at least twice and on two more occasions from the far bank. These recollections at least, are sufficiently delineated that I can count them as separate trips.

(38) Court Barn Farm was fished an estimated six times, starting in 2009.

(39) Court Farm Specimen Lake has been fished six times.

(40) Heath Lake has been fished six times.

(41) Revels Main Lake has been fished six times.

(42) Revels Match Lake has been fished six times.

(43) River Stour Child Okeford has been fished six times.

(44) The Victorian Estate Lakes has been fished six times.


The Victorian Estate Lakes: These old estate lakes were sympathetically restored and then managed by Peter Rolfe; they have since changed managers and although I retained a ticket for a year, it was chronically underused so I let it lapse. They have their own pagePete's Lakes on the Crucian WebsiteAll Things Crucian.

Pete also wrote a book dealing with the restoration and management of these Victorian Estate Lakes, "Reflections on Still WaterEarly in the nineteenth century, a country squire somewhere in Wiltshire made a good marriage. With money to spare, he made five interlinked lakes of similar size by damming three small valleys. From the upper lakes the issuing brook flowed into the last two in the chain, Brach Pond and Eelstage Pond. Below these it passed through a broad valley of rich grazing land until it joined a sparkling trout stream, which in its turn boosted the flow of one of the most famous fishing rivers in the country.". This was published in December 2015 and tells the story of his work there, and the fishing and wild life - a mixture of the practical and the inspiring.

(45) Trout Stream was fished an estimated six times, starting in 1975.


Trout Stream: As noted elsewhereIt was a stream and it had trout in it. this is 'an' Afon Crgyll, and it can be found here:

It was certainly the place I caught my first fish in the UK. I hope yet that it was prophetic that this first was a sea-trout, as was the second.

If I recall the various venues of Anglesey with any affection, then this is the place I feel the greatest affection for. The time and place seem far off, as if viewed through a reversed telescope, like an old half-recalled dream - I have returned in my dreams - and three decades later 'trout stream' still embodies fishing for the sheer joy of it.

(46) Lower Sharnhill has been fished five times.

(47) River Thames, Runnymede was fished an estimated five times, starting in 1987.

(48) The Mediterranean was fished an estimated five times, starting in 1973.

(49) Turfcroft Farm Fishery has been fished five times.

(50) Vale Farm has been fished five times.

(51) Wedgehill Ponds Middle has been fished five times.

(52) Wedgehill Ponds Upper has been fished five times.

(53) Canford Ponds has been fished four times.

(54) Docklow Pools was fished an estimated four times, starting in 1979.

(55) Edmonsham Smallbridge has been fished four times.

(56) Hambridge Lake was fished an estimated four times, starting in 1994.

(57) Higher Kingcombe Club Lake has been fished four times.

(58) Ibsley Edwards has been fished four times.

(59) Ibsley Stream has been fished four times.

(60) Lemington Lakes has been fished four times.

(61) Mappowder Pond has been fished four times.

(62) Nightmere has been fished four times.


Nightmere does not exist.

This odd placeholder is for those waking dreams with ponds and pools that occasionally appear a little in advance of the alarm clock. Some of these I've visited more than once. There are 4 of these so far and I can recall two other night-venues that I've repeatedly visited and those will appear just as soon as I've found the notes I made.

(63) Revels Dead Tree Lake has been fished four times.

(64) River Frome Woolbridge has been fished four times.

(65) Whitemoor Lakes has been fished four times.

(66) Baron's Ponds was fished an estimated three times, starting in 2007.

(67) East Creech was fished an estimated three times, starting in 2008.

(68) East Moors Lake was fished an estimated three times, starting in 2007.

(69) Gold Oak Farm was fished an estimated three times, starting in 2007.

(70) Henbury Lakes was fished an estimated three times, starting in 1997.

(71) Higher Kingcombe Lower Lake has been fished three times.

(72) Holtwood Millers has been fished three times.

(73) Horton Lake was fished an estimated three times, starting in 2009.

(74) Ibsley Tomkins Pool has been fished three times.

(75) Lyons Gate has been fished three times.

(76) Osmington Mills Meadow Lake has been fished three times.

(77) Pimlico Farm Ponds has been fished three times.

(78) Revels Desperation Lake has been fished three times.

(79) Rhyd y Gari was fished an estimated three times, starting in 1975.

(80) River Frome Wareham has been fished three times.

(81) River Stour Fiddleford was fished an estimated three times, starting in 2005.

(82) Theale Lagoon was fished an estimated three times, starting in 1990.

(83) Triangle Pond was fished an estimated three times, starting in 2010.

(84) Wainsford Lake has been fished three times.


(85-84) The following venues were fished twice only: Arden The Bowl

, Barretts Park Farm Pond

, Beeches Brook

, Burton Mill Pond

, Buttermere

, Clattercote Reservoir

, Holtwood Shambles

, Homeclose Fishery

, Hucklesbrook

, Kimmeridge Bay

, Kingsbridge Widgeon

, Orchard Lakes

, Patrick's Lake

, Penn Pond

, Poole Quay

, Ratherheath Tarn

, Revels Canal

, River Avon, The Royalty

, River Nadder

, River Sem

, River Stour Hammoon

, South Drain

, Southampton Water

, The Brickyard

, Wedgehill Ponds Lower

, West Compton

, Woodpecker Pool



(112-225) The following venues were fished once only: Afon Goch

, Afon Irfon Llangammarch Wells

, Alvechurch Fishery

, Arden Alistair's Bridge

, Arden Fox Pool

, Arden Orchard Lake

, Barcombe Cross

, Belfrey Pond

, Branscombe

, Broadlands

, Bury Hill

, Butlers Hill Fishery

, Cannop Ponds

, Capplethwaite Beck

, Chesil Beach

, Churchill Heath Farm

, Coleshill Pond

, Court Farm Lake 2

, Crummock Water

, Darnell Pools

, Drab'd Ditch

, Drake's Fishery

, FLE Fishery

, Falkenvil Fishery

, Golden Pond

, Grantham Gravel Pit

, Harbour Bridge

, Headlands Farm

, Heron Cottage Pond

, Highway Farm

, Holtwood Bascombes

, Hordle Bobs Lake

, Hove

, Hyde Lakes

, Innominate Tarn

, Lake Windermere

, Lakeside Fishery

, Latchmoor Pond

, Litton Lake

, Llyn Cerrig Bach

, Llyn Cwellyn

, Llyn Padern

, Llyn Penrhyn

, Ludlay

, Mangerton Coarse Fishing Lake

, Marsh Farm Harris

, Marsh Farm Hill Pond

, Mayfield

, Meadow Lake

, Milton Ponds

, Mystery Lake 1

, Mystery Lake 2

, Nigel's Pond

, Nightingale Pool

, Old Harbour, Paignton

, Ossicacher See

, Parrog

, Pednennis Point

, Pevensey

, Port-Eynon Bay

, Porth Nanven

, Risby Park

, River Avon, Burgate

, River Avon, The Royalty Bridge Pool

, River Dart

, River Frome Stokeford

, River Frome Tincleton

, River Frome Worgret

, River Itchen, Lower Itchen Fishery

, River Liza

, River Lugg Bodenham

, River Stour Blandford

, River Stour Juliens

, River Stour Sturminster Mill

, River Test Timsbury

, River Thames Marlow

, River Thames, Cookham

, River Thames, Henley

, River Thames, Medmenham

, River Thames, Wallingford

, River Wey

, Rosscarbery, Cork

, Round Pond

, Rowners Moat

, Sams Lakes

, Shirkoak Farm

, Splatcove Point

, Strokins Farm

, Sussex_Pond_1

, Sweethedges Farm

, The Burn of Durn

, The Corn Brook

, The Fishpond

, The Norfolk Broads, Aston Boatyard, Reedham

, The Norfolk Broads, Bure at Wroxham

, The Norfolk Broads, Burton Broad

, The Norfolk Broads, Cocksholt Broad

, The Norfolk Broads, Neatishead Staithe

, The Pump Pool

, The River Amble

, The River Piddle

, The River Severn, Upton-on-Severn

, TheOldRiverOuse

, Todber Firs

, Todber Hill View

, Todber Manor

, Warmwell Heron Lake

, Washingpool Farm

, Windwhistle

, Wing Lakes

, Winterborne, Stickland

, Woodfry's Farm

, Woolhampton Drain

, Worcester & Birmingham canal

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