Berners Hall

Final - 05/04/2019

The Res has 24 designated swims on 24 acres of water. The depth of water does vary throughout the year but generally, the deepest points are approx. 14-16 feet with a clay-based bottom. The carp get caught on all tactics, bottom baits, pop-ups, Zigs and surface at short, medium and long-ranges all depending on conditions, swims, weed beds and the time of year.

The lake has been carefully stocked with over 600 hand-selected carp & 14 catfish from some of the UK’s best-known fish dealers, some of which we have been growing on in our stock lakes since 2006.  This has ensured there is a good cross-section of all strains of carp including the original fisher pond mirrors, clean commons, heavily scaled mirrors, fully plated and linears. The carp range from brand new virginal doubles to a very large head of beautiful 20’s & as we write this we estimate there are 35+ different 30lb carp present. The current lake record Mirror is a fish known as ‘Rambo’ weighing in at 44lb 9oz and the lake record Common is ‘Buster’ at 40lb.  With both good numbers and sizes of fish present, this water offers a realistic chance of an all round great session.

There are on-site toilets.

Entrance gate is kept locked at all times.

Berners Hall Farm , Ongar , Essex  CM5 0TB

  • Size of Lake 24 Acre
  • Type of Lake Pre-book
  • Ticket Cost £20 day / £30 for 24 hours
  • Biggest Fish 44lb+
  • Telephone 01245 231746
  • Visit Venue Website
Berners Hall The Res 2019

Competitor List

Rank Pairs Weight Fish
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Pre Match Report

Post Match Report

Apart from the excitement of the watercraft draw on Friday morning, nothing else happened. The scales were not required in any peg, although there were a couple of lost fish reported. Saturday was a different matter however. At first light Paula Marriott in peg 13, by the island was the first to catch. She banked three fish for over 50lb. Just before 9am Sam Ely called us and a 15lb+ mirror was recorded on her score sheet. All went quiet again until mid afternoon when Jennifer Garrett in peg 5 had her first fish at over 23lb. This now gave us a first, second and third on the scoreboard but how it was anybody’s guess how it would finish.

Saturday evening saw another small flurry as reigning champion Jane Henthorn landed a 15lber which put her in 4th place. Jen in peg 5 added a second fish which put her on over 40lb. Just after 10pm Jen had her third to take her tally to 73lb 1oz and take her past Paula and into the lead. Paula followed this with a very small fish, just 3 oz over the minimum required weight, but she was still in second place. At last it looked like we had a contest with a fight for the three podium places. After the busier day we were expecting a hectic night but it was not to be. First light Sunday, Paula had a brace to weigh. The first was 25lb 12oz and the second was a banger of 31lb 1oz. This fish was not only the biggest of the weekend but also the biggest in the history of our Ladies events. That was it for this match, but it appeared to be a tale of lost fish. As we were talking to the Ladies it seemed that there had been alot more hooked but not landed.

Paula became 2019 singles champion, taking the first prize of £600, personalised Reuben Heaton specimen hunter scales and trophies. Jennifer Garret took runners up spot with a prize of £300, plus trophy and Sam Ely finished third taking home a trophy and £175 prize money.

The weather conditions were far from perfect, with a cold strong south easterly wind making baiting and casting difficult. During the course of the weekend the wind changed to a northerly. This didn’t improve things much as the water temperature hovered around the 8 degree mark. This could go along way towards explaining why only 4 pegs caught fish.

Jane Henthorn 15lb 2oz

Sam Ely 15lb 7oz

Jennifer Garrett 27lb 12oz

Paula Marriott 31lb 1oz

L-R 3rd Sam Ely, 1st Paula Marriott, 2nd Jennifer Garrett