Mixed - Albans Lakes, Willow

Final - 28/09/2018

Willows lake (old match lake)
Again we will be using the whole lake as this event is so popular. The size with depths ranging between 3ft and 12ft.  Willows is the carp runs water of the venue with a stock of 7,000 plus carp between 3lb and 30lb plus with an average size of around 15lb.
There are many features on this lake including an island, margins, gravel bars, silt spots and deep channels. The lake has been known to do big weights of carp over 48hr sessions of up to 700lb plus.
There is an onsite tackle shop and Cafe/Burger bar serving hot food and drinks during opening hours. If you would like food delivering to your peg there is a small charge of £1.00 that goes towards the ‘www.carping4charity.com’
Toilets are open 24 hours, 7 days a week with running water. These are cleaned and inspected every day. Drinking water is available from the tap outside.

  • Size of Lake 22 acres
  • Type of Lake Day ticket
  • Ticket Cost £20 per 24 hours
  • Fish Stock Large stock with 20lbs and 30lbs+
  • Biggest Fish 30lb+
  • Features Island, margins, gravel bars, bays and silt beds.
  • Telephone 07921 766581
  • Visit Venue Website
Willows Mixed 2018

Competitor List

Rank Pairs Weight Fish
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Pre Match Report

Willows Lake Pegs 1 to 14

Willows Lake pegs 15 – 26

Post Match Report

The 2018 Mixed Carp Cup was an extremely tight match with an exhilarating finish in which there was only 3lb between the top three places. Fourth place was taken by our 2017 champions, the ever consistent Kay Holloway and Nathan Crowder.

New to the carp competition scene, Jennifer Garrett and Craig Hook, in peg 14 got off to a flyer by catching a 20lber for their first fish and carrying on that vein to take and hold the lead for the first 24 hours. Following that their swim slowed considerably and for a time they were out of the top four. By Sunday morning  pegs 17 and 19 had started catching and were neck and neck and then peg 14 came back into the reckoning with a mid morning surge. The reigning champions on the opposite bank were also making steady progress and were now in touching distance of the three pace setters.

Jane Henthorn and Alan Atkinson were in the running on Saturday evening but their catch rate dropped off through the night and morning. However Candy and Lee Bruce in the next peg along had a great Saturday and Sunday morning catching steadily once the sun came up, but they just ran out of time when the hooter sounded at noon and ended up with a very credible weight just shy of the 200lb. There were lots of other fish out shared between 18 pegs which meant there were only 7 pairs not registering fish.

We had 190 fish grace the bank for a total weight in the event of almost 2,275lb. The top 4 weights were all in excess of 200lb and the next 4 were all 100lb+, which were made up of mostly doubles and some twenties. Willows Lake is a fantastic match venue when the conditions are right and this is easily one of the best competitions we have held on there. This event has a popular social aspect to it  where we break the fishing up with a BBQ on the Saturday afternoon. This always seems a good idea as resting the swims for a few hours always produces fish once the anglers return to their pegs. We usually end the year with this one but this time it’s different as we are at Barston next weekend for our big one, The British Carp Cup final.

Brian Byford – Miranda Brown

Jack and Jenna Lamb

Jackie Potts – Mike Ryan

Jane Henthorn – Alan Atkinson

Jason Sandiford – Tania Williams

Jennifer Garrett – Craig Hook

Kay Holloway – Nathan Crowder

Lee and Candy Bruce

Mark Wozencroft – Natalie Chapman

Paula Marriott – Darren Pace

Sam Ely – Matt Oakley Biggest fish of the weekend 21lb

Sarah and Craig Davey

Shaun and Becky Sharman

Terry and Linzi Overend

Wayne Snodin – Ellen Beedham

L-R 3rd Craig Hook-Jennifer Garrett 2nd Brian Byford-Miranda Brown 1st Matt Oakley-Sam Ely