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   Old Thread  #20 6 Feb 2024 at 8.02pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #18
Yes I agree. Seems such an easy and obvious answer to the biggest problem with fishing there. Check in, look around back to the clubhouse for a draw for each lake. So easy and most of all fair for everyone.
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   Old Thread  #19 6 Feb 2024 at 8.01pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #18
Iíve never understood why that never happened .
One of the problems is limited members of staff and so many checking in and out on a Saturday .
Normally just one bailiff booking people in and out.
Sure the money Seb earns from the angling he could afford some extra staff.
Evelyne does the bookings there was a couple of young French lads cutting down a few trees and tidying up.
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   Old Thread  #18 6 Feb 2024 at 7.33pm    Login    Register
Best thing they could do for abbey is to do weekly bookings Saturday to Saturday and have a peg draw on Saturday morning. Theres some lovely fish in the lakes but I wont go back all the time they carry on like they are currently.
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   Old Thread  #17 5 Feb 2024 at 10.34pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #16
I emailed them a few weeks back to ask a few questions about if things might change now Dave has gone. Iíve not even had a reply.
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   Old Thread  #16 3 Feb 2024 at 9.24pm    Login    Register
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Saturday is like wacky races .
I first fished Abbey around 2010 and the booking system has never really improved since then .
Iím not sure of the answer to be honest .
Fished Attila on an exclusive at the end of October last year and back out in May to fish Attila again.

This will be my last trip to Abbey had some nice fish and some great memories but far better venues around .
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   Old Thread  #15 3 Feb 2024 at 7.19pm    Login    Register
I went to heron last spring, an absolute shambles on the Saturday morning of people who were switching lakes and had priority, someone turned up on the Wednesday for his Saturday trip others on Friday, sure enough 90% of the stock were in pegs 13/14 which seemed conveniently roped off for tackle consultants who duly turned up and had about 40 odd fish, I said to my mate give it a couple of months and it would be splashed across social media, sure enough " such and such slay heron " absolute joke. The place was also alive with rats,
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   Old Thread  #14 30 Jan 2024 at 3.46pm    Login    Register
Unless you've got a exclusive on Abbey, getting a decent swim is a mission.
Dave has now left and there's a new bailiff,no idea who he is tbh.
I think I'm pretty much done with going there now,smaller lake exclusives for me and my pals from now on
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   Old Thread  #13 30 Jan 2024 at 1.24pm  1  Login    Register
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That place has been ruined by the current Bailiff, itís pretty much a Bait Boat or Blank water now too.

Iíve fished it 4-5 times now and the last time was plenty to put me off for good.

Same experiences with getting there early Saturday only to find lads from previous weeks had pre-booked first dibs then lads got there the night before getting 2nd, 3rd & 4th choice.

I had the same, swims 13 & 14 had 90% of the stock in front of them, they didnít move all week, I managed to find a small group of fish early evening on my last night, moved onto them but no good and had to be away in the morning.

Thereís no way Iíd waste my money fishing somewhere like that again, not until the way itís run changes.
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   Old Thread  #12 29 Jan 2024 at 4.40pm  1  Login    Register
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Sorry to hear you had a **** week, however I ain't exactly shocked by your experience and hopefully it'll make people think twice before booking.

Personally, i'd avoid anywhere like that like the plague. In fact, I don't think i'd fish any commercial unless it was an exclusive. People are only there for two things, big carp and clout on social media. The former is achievable elsewhere without the stress of having to queue up for scraps. You just look like Oliver Twist and end up a grand out of pocket. **** that.

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   Old Thread  #11 29 Jan 2024 at 0.27am    Login    Register
I was actually at abbey on heron in 2023 in August. I went down a day early and got there in the bivvy area on the Friday. We were first there so thought we would have first swim choice. When we arrived two lads on wildboar from the week before had booked a second week on heron. They had first choice which i did think was fair.

Long story short go to youtube and watch the trakker video with a guy called alex. They were in peg 13 and 14. If you cant get in those pegs i honestly wouldnt bother going at that time of year. They guys were really nice but the fishing was dreadfull if you were anywhere else but these pegs.

The fish had been held up there for 3 weeks and held up another 2 after we left.

The odd fish was picked up by lads in peg 16 off the side of the island and my friend in peg 7 actually landed the biggest fish of the week in peg 7 on the first night, called nemo at just over 63lb. After that we didnt even have a liner. The lake was barren with no weed. Im not sure if they used any dye but the story's of big weed beds wernt true.

I moved 4 times around the lake to no avail.

One look with a drone and 95% the stock was up that one arm. And they drifted around the point at night for an hour or so, They then moved straight back in.

The lads in 13 and 14 i think had every single big / named fish with the exception of nemo my mate caught first night. It was like clubbing seals.

Based on that i would avoid that lake like the plague at that time of year unless i could guarantee those pegs.

Fox and Kingfisher fished well though. Kingfisher pegs 5 and 3 were best and on fox the bank shared with heron 👍
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   Old Thread  #10 22 Jan 2024 at 3.18pm    Login    Register
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Seeing as I'm on the forums today i thought id drop on this thread and let you know how my trip went in AUG 2023. It may help others in the future.

So in short, it was quite possibly the worst experience id EVER have (I don't think it'll ever get topped).
We arrived around 4am Saturday morning, car park was rammed. We got a couple hours sleep and we soon found out we'd be sharing the lake with 2 of the Nash team (i wasn't concerned, its new to me, quite surreal seeing them and talking to them in person).

Then came 7:45, the masses flood towards the club door. Me and my mate were like 6th in the queue and he said to me we've got a good spot here (He fished it last year! 2022). Then the doors opened and numbers were being called out.. one by one these people were heading in, after a brief from the bailiff they're out, and sprinting to there vehicles. Me and my mate didn't know what was going on, not until we were the last ones stood outside the shop.
So it turns out, whoever turned up the night before at 7pm (first come first served) got a ticket with a number on, this corresponds to the order of play Saturday morning!
So this was completely new to me and my mate, despite his previous experience.

We got out on the lake and started looking round, there was lads already set up all over.. my mate said to me, this isn't good, all the hot pegs are taken.
With not many swims left to choose, we setup on 15 & 16. Nothing to report the next day, no signs at all. My mate went for a drive and saw that 20 &21 were getting freed up. We moved in hope for some activity. But nothing for 2 nights.

We eventually asked if we could change lakes after hearing that 10,12,13 and 14 were already at double figures with captures.
So we looked at Kingfisher. We'd seen a nice double swim 5&6 but there was a bucket in there. Turns out the bailiff was fishing it and told us we couldn't fish there. Ended up opposite on 9&10 due to the masses of weed present. To our surprise the next morning the Nash Team was in 5 & 6, setting up and being shown spots (quite literally the bait boats in convoy saving GPS locations).

Unfortunately i blanked that whole week, my first trip to France. I did get my first ever catfish at 46lbs which was great. But we are carp anglers! My mate managed 2 carp, a near 50 and a 30. So he had an OK trip i suppose. But all in all, it was a pretty dreadful experience for me. It was nice to be on the bank with my mate but the fishing side of it i definitely wont be doing it again, not there anyway.
Ive plans for redemption at another location this year, lake exclusive with a bunch of lads from my syndicate water. fingers crossed it pays off this time.
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   Old Thread  #9 12 Feb 2023 at 9.17am    Login    Register
In reply to Post #4
Fished Abbeylakes a good few times, and got there on a Friday as was fishing Heron lake and went around the vans in car park and spoke to all the lads fishing Heron and they all agreed to do it on the 1st come first pick basis, was simple to organise and worked well, lads who got there first get free choice of the lake 99.9% of anglers have morals and would agree to sorting it out but you get that .01% who are so ignorant and don't give a fook!
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   Old Thread  #8 11 Feb 2023 at 7.05am    Login    Register
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Sounds idyllic...
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   Old Thread  #7 10 Feb 2023 at 9.32pm    Login    Register
So many better lakes in France to fish.
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   Old Thread  #6 10 Feb 2023 at 8.10pm    Login    Register
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**** me thatís stressfulÖÖ
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