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Karen's Lake Catch Report

Just a polite reminder about fish care and the use of unhooking mats and cradles after landing fish for photo takes. This is important for welfare of the fish. This video is a good example.

Well the Lake Record has been broken again, within days of each other, this time by Matt Cross. Well done and Congratulations 26Ib 4oz Common, yes its that greedy fish Muffin. 05/05/24.

Congratulations to Martin Whitehead who has caught Karen's new lake record. 25Ib 12oz Common ( Muffin ). Top angling Martin well done. 01/05/2024

New member Liam Astbury caught this cracking 23Ib 9oz Common from Karen's Lake. Top angling Liam.  21/04/2024

Karen's Lake secretary Jake England caught these 2 lovely Carp using his own made Hook baits One Toner PL-acid. Well done Jake. 20/04/2024.

Seb Davidson fishing Karen's Lake Caught

Pearl at 16.8. well done Seb.  08/04/2024.

Ger Vanderhooft reported fishing Karen's Lake.

Had two today first one was only about 5lb the second one was a little bit bigger at 17lb 11oz Jake has informed me that it has not been named and as it has a black spot on its head I've decided to names it Polkadot. 24/03/2024.

Seb Davidson fishing Karen's lake was pleased with this one, well done Seb.

Redeemed myself after yesterday's blank..... First 20lb + of the year and a solid mid double, plus the sun came out briefly. Great day. 20/03/2024.

Oscar Beer reported fishing Karen's Lake.

Great afternoon on Karen’s. Two carp, first was around 4-5lb and then finished on a mid double. 18/03/2024.

Ger Vanderhooft fishing Karen's Lake.

Been a little while since I've fished the lake but can't complain with that for the first Carp of the year here. 16lb 9oz. 17/03/2024.

Seb Davidson had another good day fishing Karen's Lake, landing 15Ib & 12Ib both Mirror's.

Pretty chuffed with these two!!! Both gave a good scrap , caught from the margins. 14/03/2024

Seb Davidson fishing Karen's Lake reported.

Grey and blustery day on Karen's, managed this nice Common. Well done Seb.  13/03/2024.

Jeremy Rogerson fishing Karen's Lake.

Nice sunny day on Karen's, only had the one but what a lovely looking one 15lb 10. Jeremy  was fishing Nash Scopex Squid. Well done Jeremy cracking fish. Fish named Pearl.

And thanks Jason for taking the picture.  05/03/2024

New Members Ste Oliver and his son Elliot fishing Karen's Lake.

First time out to tarka swims with my eldest Friday night 4 fish between us 3 going to Elliot 1 been his new pb at 19lb. Thanks to all bailiffs that gave tips and helped get us sorted with membership. 03/03/2024.

Young Member Oscar Beer fishing Karen's Lake.

New pb today. 19lb common. Only the one today at about 5pm. Slow day but definitely worth the wait!

Thanks Luke Blythe for the help.  03/03/2024.

Jason Fern fishing Karen's Lake.

Had Karen’s all to myself today, was privileged to slide the net under this one at just over 15lb. 09/02/2024.

Seb Davidson fishing Karen's Lake.

Very windy on Karen's, was worth the effort with this nice looking Mirror. 06/02/2024.

Scott Adams fishing Karen's Lake.

First time out for a while, nice to get a couple today, cheers Luke Blythe for taking pictures of the Mirror, both caught on Remix Baits as always. 04/02/2024

Aaron Jones finally managed to catch after Alfie was the top rod on their session. 14Ib Mirror. Well done Aaron. 03/02/2024

Luke Blythe showing how its done.

Cracking night! only the 1 so far but absolutely brilliant. Jeremy Rogerson this is how you catch fish mate:) i’ll have to teach you:) 21Ib Common.

Rik Wall thank you for the pictures:) 03/02/2024.

Seems to be time for the youngsters to catch and show the adults how its done. 

Young Hayden Wall. Nice mirror Carp thank you to Matt Cross for the tips on how to bring him in and netting. Thank you to Rik Wall for the pictures! Didn't weigh him as but reckon around 3-4lbs. 03/02/2024

Young Alfie Jones is showing his dad how its done. Having 2 fish in the last couple of hours. 9Ib Mirror & 12Ib 9oz fishing Karen's Lake. Top angling Alfie. 03/02/2024

Jamie Hinson fishing Karen's Lake.

Slow day at Karen’s very happy to finish with a 24Ib common. Well done Jamie. 25/11/2023.

Mike Jones Fishing Karen's Lake.

This beauty prevented an overnight blank this morning!

My first Carp caught out of Karen’s. 23/11/2023

Ger Vanderhooft & Hannah-Joy reported.

Had a great spooky session on Karen's Saturday night with Hannah-joy. Shame no one wanted to join the seasonal fun. Hannah smashed her PB again with this 21lb 7oz Common so proud of how far she's coming along. Had a total of 7 Carp and one pesky annoying Tench. 29/10/2023.

Seb Davidson fishing Karen's Lake.

Wet and windy short half term session. Cracking 18lb Mirror from the margins. Top netting skills from the lad to help land this beauty. 23/10/2023

Young Luke Blythe reported fishing Karen's Lake. He was buzzing not only did he catch and equal Karen's Lake record with a 24Ib 8oz Common, he broke his own pb. Top angling Luke. Fish was caught on  Krill pop up.  21/10/2023

Seb Davidson reported.

I was lucky enough to have Karen's all to myself today, 17lb Common, 11lb Mirror, 10lb zip, 8lb Ghosty Mirror ( super cool, pic don't do it justice ) and some little beauties


Seb Davidson reported fishing Karen's Lake.

Tough going today, managed to sneak this 17lb common out the margins.  10/10/2023.

Clayton Forrester reported fishing Karen's Lake.

Just a few of the 26 carp that I had last week including Muggins at 24.2lbs, Victor Harvey had some great fish as well, and had a lovely bit of time with Mel and Rob Harvey . Thank you for the pasty. Met some lovely people as well.

It's turning into a beautiful mature lake , well done everyone

Ger Vanderhooft fishing Karen's Lake

Had a lovely session with Hannah-joy Selley, Jake England and Shannon.  08/10/2023

Sam Sheikh reported fishing Karen's Lake.

Nice day at Karen's today. Five in total, 3 Tench and 2 Carp. Largest Tench was just over 3lb, a pb for me. Had great company with Jeremy Rogerson, Spenser Passingham and Clayton Forrester. 05/10/2023.

Jeremy Rogerson fishing Karen's Lake

Nice relaxing day on Karen’s with Sam Sheikh and Spencer Passingham. 05/10/2023

Nigel Nguyen fishing Karen's Lake.

I had a nice afternoon on Karen’s just the two thou, but one was a ghosty, a first for me. Christened on Matt’s D Rig using krill Wafter on a method feeder a quintessence of brown crumb and pellet sweetcorn laced with chilli oil and topped with strawberry syrup payed off after their hunger strike on me yesterday. 03/10/2023

Aaron Heard fishing Karen's Lake.

Would like to thank Jeremy Rogerson for a banging weekend on Karen's Lake and would like to thank the fish gods for my pb which is a 16lb in the net very happy with that.  01/10/2023.

Jeremy Rogerson fishing Karen's Lake.

Had an awesome weekend with Aaron Heard, slow start for us but had a great time, I ended up with 12 and the biggest 23lb 12oz's 01/10/2023.

Seb Davidson fishing Karen's Lake.

What an absolutely amazing day on Karen's with the lad and the dog. 24lb,  21lb, 16lb Commons and a stunning 11lb Mirror. Both 20s from the margins and the rest on PVA bags, lost two but sorted that out after a rig change.  04/09/2023.

Young Luke Blythe fishing Karen's Lake.

Had a wonderful night on Karen’s,

some absolutely fights they put up smallest was around 8 pounds and the biggest was 18 pounds! if it was a pound heavier (18 and a half is my pb) I would beaten my pb.

But I want to give a massive thanks to Rik Wall, Hayden Wall and Jeremy Rogerson for netting me my fish and taking pictures for me.  02/09/2023.

Andrew Lamude fishing Karen's Lake.

Me and the father in law have been members for a couple of years now. We joined because I was looking for somewhere nice to take him, with good parking and toilets. He’s not good on his feet and can’t walk very far at all. The lakes are perfect for him, a good path all the way around, so he can use his scooter.

We mostly fish Karen’s, as carp fishing is easier for him, less tangles!! We share a peg and fish one rod each, so I can look after him!

He caught 3 carp pretty quickly after we set up, biggest 6lb 4, then it went quiet for a long time. I was packing up my rod first, then his rod went screaming off, and he was in for a bit of a battle, not a bad finish to the day, landing a 19lb 4. And I didn’t catch anything, but still really enjoyed watching and helping him.

Just want to say a thank you to everyone that helps look after the lakes, so I can take him fishing, well not sure I want to take him now after he out fished me!!  02/09/2023.

Sam Sheikh fishing Karen's Lake.

5 from Karen's today. Peg 30 I think. Between 5 - 9 lbs. 4 on method feeder rig and 1 on bottom bait with pepperami. A big thanks to Rik and Hayden Wall for the photos and helping net the fish.  01/09/2023

Andy Sanders fishing Karen's Lake.

A couple hours up the lake with the kids. They managed 1 each!! Keeps them smiling!!  31/08/2023.

Young Billy Butler had a good first night fishing Karen's Lake. He managed to catch 23Ib Common ( named the muffin ) Billy caught it on a size 8 hook using Mainline Baits Diamond White 15mm Boilie. Well done Billy top angling young man.   27/08/2023.

Clark Fox fishing Karen's Lake.

I have been a member up here for three years and never fished it until today had this stunning condition common not massive only 14lbs but lovely fish.  22/08/2023

Seb Davidson fishing Karen's Lake

Short session with the lad, fished the margins got rewarded with this 24lb and 10lb common. Well done Seb.  14/08/2023.

Sam Sheikh reported.

Nice day on Karen's yesterday. Only three, including one just over 12lb's. Session was shortened by invasion of flying ants. Thanks to Matt & Will Cross and Ger Vanderhooft for your help in landing my fish. Lot's to still learn, but enjoying my sessions at both lakes.  09/09/2023.

Ger Vanderhooft fishing Karen's Lake.

First night on Karen's had 9 fish including this monster Perch being 4lb.  08/08/2023

Seb Davidson reported fishing Karen's Lake.

Brilliant day spent on Karen's. Well done Seb cracking photo's.  06/08/2023

Jeremy Rogerson fishing Karen's Lake

Nice relaxing afternoon on my local lake. Nice 13Ib 12oz Common.  31/07/2023

Will Cross fishing Karen's Lake.

Nice little 15lb mirror from this weekend on a strange changing weather pattern.  23/07/2023.

Jim Crawford fishing Karen's Lake.

Short session on Karen's yesterday evening. Wanted to fish bread on the surface next to the reeds, but the geese put paid to that idea. Plan B was a big bit of meat, size 4 hook, tied directly to 12lb mono,,,fished 6ft away from a goose shot. 24lbs on the nose. Thanks so much to ( Dennis?) for the photos & helping me with the weighing...much appreciated.  21/07/2023.  Well done Jim.

John Dowse fishing Karen's Lake

Wet and windy on Karen’s but worth the effort. 9 Carp, 2 small pretty Mirrors on bottom baits, dark Mirror 13Ib on a zig rest on floaters, 12Ib 2oz, 13Ib, 14Ib 4oz, 15Ib 17Ib and the best a common at 22lb. Well done John. 10/07/2023.

Jon Gibbons fishing Karen's Lake.

Tough evening session on Karen's tonight. Wind was bearable but the geese were a pain! Lost 1 at the net off the surface but landed 2 on zig's. A 15:12 solid common and a nice 9lb ghostie.  06/07/2023.

Jeremy Rogerson fishing Karen's Lake.

Nice windy day on Karen’s and had the lake to myself had 1 off the bottom 6lb 9 and two off top 15lb Common 14lb 7 Mirror.  05/07/2023.

Robert Bowani fishing Karen's Lake.

Lovely mirror today off the top with tiger bread.  29/06/2023.

New Member Jon Gibbons.

Enjoyed my first trip to Karen's last night for an after work session. Managed 4 fish from 6 takes on the margin rod with this solid 14.8 within 20 minutes, being the biggest . Couldn't buy a bite on the surface rod even though they were taking pretty confidently . Both lakes were looking nice and the other anglers were friendly and helpful, which was appreciated, as was Jake when he showed me around last week  28/06/2023.

Matt Cross reported fishing Karen's Lake.

4 of the six caught on a 24hr session with Jason Fern on Karen's lake peg 27.

1 off the deck, the other 5 from the top in hot conditions, biggest going to 13Ib, till the next time. 17/06/2023.


Jeremy Rogerson reported.

Two nights fishing Karen’s landed 4 and lost 4, now time for the after sun cream.  08/06/2023.

Jason Fern reported.

Had limited time today as promised the long haired Colonel we’d go for a walk when she finished work. Popped up to Karen’s, had a good catch up with Matt Cross as I walked around and decided to drop into peg 36 right up the end after seeing a few fish milling about. Started fishing 2 spots on the bottom once I managed to find them, lots of weed up there! Fired out a few mixers, which was ok but those new young moorhens were a real pain and every 20 minutes or so the goose family would visit and eat everything on the surface! Was really frustrating, there were fish feeding but it wasn’t worth bringing in one of the rods to surface fish, eventually I felt there was a chance so in came the rod in front and out went the surface gear. A battle of attrition then started, me, moorhens, geese and carp! I ended up fishing a single and changed the fox bubble to a korda controller with a longer hook link than normal, and literally a minute after casting it went and an epic battle ensued on my light surface rod! I was elated to slip the net cord under this one! It was hot up there so I wetted everything down and even set the brolly up to avoid getting the fish too hot, I zeroed the scales for my wet net then weighed the fish and it came in at a tad under 22lb! Wasn’t sure I had a good shot so got rid of the brolly quick for one last pic, treated the hook hold and sent this beauty back to the depths!

The walk went well and although it was over 7 miles it took on two pubs and four pints of cider! What a great day.  02/06/2023.

Tarka Swims Bailiff Matt Cross reported.

Great overnight session on Karen's, 5 from the dance floor & 4 from the top, before the geese moved in with the family.

Biggest went to 14Lb 4oz, couple of small hungry future potential stunners, but they only come out at night.  02/06/2023

Scott Adams fishing Karen's Lake

Biggest of three yesterday evening. Well done Scott.  01/06/2023

Spencer Passingham fishing Karen's Lake

A good days fishing yesterday with Jeremy Rogerson landed one and two got away.   

Lesley Taylor caught this cracking 15Ib 6oz Common from Karen's Lake. Well done Lesley.

James Green Reported.

Good day on Karen’s yesterday landed 5 lost 2 ranging from 10Ib to 14Ib. Well done James. 16/05/2023

Jeremy Rogerson Reported.

Nice hot sunny day on Karen’s and had 3 on zig and two off top.  16/05/2023.

Sam Sheikh.

Great days fishing at Karen's. Lost first four fish. Two broken hook links, one in the weeds and one just as I was landing it in the net Then caught this one, a PB, 15Ib 3oz Peg 37 using black foam on Zig rig I was just a little chuffed. Thanks to Spencer and Nigel for the company.  12/05/2023.

Spencer Passingham.

Late start after lunch on Karen’s this afternoon but nicely rewarded with this 15Ib 8oz Common in top condition.

Another lovely warm afternoon no need for brollies or shelters summer is coming trust me. 12/05/2023.

Karen's Lake Secretary Jake England reported.

Sneaked up for a session had 6 in the end 16lb, 15Ib 9oz, 15Ib 2oz and a few small ones.. Well done Jake.

Aaron Heard fishing Karen's Lake with his mate Jeremy Rogerson.

Had a great day up Tarka today my biggest was 10lb 4 on a zig thanks mate for taking the pics.  07/05/2023

21Ib 1oz Common   05_05_2023

Nigel Nguyen reported fishing Karen's Lake

I have had a row of 5 blank sessions at Tarka past month and today I broke the SPELL with a personal best 21Ib 1oz beauty ….made my Day! Well done Nigel. 05/05/2023.

Dan Spearman seems to be getting to grips with fishing Karen's Lake using fly rod tactics. Few more captures Dan recently caught.  05.05/2023

Jeremy Rogerson Reported.

Gorgeous day fishing on Karen’s with Aaron Heard and Spencer Passingham and rewarded with these beauties. 03/05/2023 

Club Secretary John Lane caught this nice 14Ib Mirror from Karen's Lake fishing off the top.  21/04/2023.

Dan Spearman fishing Karen's Lake.

Top couple hours on the lake this evening catching Carp on the fly brilliant fun. 23/04/2023.

John Dowse Reported fishing Karen's Lake.

Very cold start on Karen’s today, had 5 runs that didn’t result in a fish, probably just small Tench. Eventually had a take on a floater which came off. Then put a zig out in the same area and landed this beauty.  20/04/2023.

Sam Sheikh Fishing Karen's Lake

So my first fish from the big boys lake, Karen's. Both caught using a zig rig with black foam. Biggest one was around 10Ib 8oz on peg 35. Couldn't be happier and once again I have to say a big thank you to the other members of this club. Always helpful and informative to a beginner like me. Thank you all! Well done Sam.  18/04/2023.

Ger Vanderhooft reported.

Went up Karen's for a few hours after work had these two off the surface first one coming out at 16lb and the second one at 19lb 8oz.  Well done.  13/04/2023.