Willows Lake

Final - 23/09/2016

The whole lake will be used

The lake is approximately 22 acres in 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. There is also a new toilet block on the Farm Lake.

Gate opening and closing times 1st April – 31st October 7am to 8pm

Postcode AL4 0RY

  • 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
Albans Lakes, Willow Lake 2019

Competitor List

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Pre Match Report

We have five pairs fishing this time who also fished last year. We decided to move to Willows Lakes to allow for extra pairs to enter if required and also to give everyone a chance to catch fish. This lake can be prolific at times and is more suited to this kind of event. The match will commence at 2pm Friday with baiting and marking an hour before. On Saturday there will be a 2 hour break from 2 to 4pm when there will be a B-B-Q / social. The contest will end at 2pm Sunday when our 2016 winners will be crowned champions on the presentation stage.

Post Match Report

We held the out of the bag peg draw at 11am. Everyone then made their way to the pegs in good spirits. Once set up the competitors waited for the 1pm horn which signified the start of baiting and marking. On the sound of the second horn an hour later the match commenced. It was a relatively slow start but by nightfall Friday we had 8 pairs who had put fish on the scales. In the lead we had daughter and father, Casey and Jason Gutteridge 3lbs behind wife and husband, Joanne and David Barlow in second place. 4lbs behind them were another daughter and father duo, Ruby and Brian Byford. The other 5 pairs having fish were separated by no more than 1 fish. At this stage it was looking like a very close contest and I wouldn’t like to hazard a guess at who would be finishing on the podium.

Before first light Saturday, Joanne and David weighed in five more fish taking them to within 4lb of the leaders Casey and Jason who hadn’t managed to add to their tally. At this point while unhooking a fish, David ended up with the hook deeply embedded in his own finger. Under the circumstances the best course of action was for them to leave the match and go to the local A & E department to have it removed. After the treatment they returned to their swim and managed to bank another fish before 10am, not a bad achievement as this now put them in the lead. The rest of Saturday morning was fairly quiet all the way up to the 2pm break. The B-B-Q social went down well as it gave everyone the chance to rest their swims and unwind for a couple of hours, socialising with the other competitors. As it was an outdoor event we were all pleased that the weather was very kind to us.

Darkness came and the top two from the previous night were now reversed. Following on behind were four pairs and less than 7lb separating them. Third were Margaret and James Heggarty, fourth were Kay Holloway and Nathan Crowder, fifth were Susie Faust and Thomas Duncan Dunlop, sixth were Ruby and Brian Byford who had now not caught in the last 24 hours. The rest of the pack were chasing but at least every peg had now caught fish, which is not always the case with these contests.

Sunday morning came around and we had to make our way round to Kay Holloway and Nathan Crowder who weighed three fish which elevated them up to third place. Unfortunately, following the weigh in  they had to pack up and head home due to a family emergency. There were only another four single fish out before the end of the match and the existing positions stayed the same. We had quite a few Bream out, one catfish and reports of several lost fish, but nothing happened to change the proceedings. It was a great event, thoroughly enjoyed by all the competitors with the eventual winners and runners up being new entrants for this year and third place fishing the event for the second time. We have already had people contact us regarding next year’s event, so roll on 2017 and congratulations to our new champions Joanne and David Barlow who received personalised powder blue Reuben Heaton scales, trophies and a cheque for £600. Runners up Casey and Jason Gutteridge receiving trophies and a cheque for £300 and finally third placed Kay Holloway and Nathan Crowder who’s trophies were presented to their good friends Candy and Lee Bruce on their behalf and a cheque for £200 which will be posted out to them.

Amanda Curtis and Ady Baumforth 9lb 6oz

Amanda Curtis and Ady Baumforth 9lb 6oz

Lee and Candy Bruce 7lb 6oz

Lee and Candy Bruce 7lb 6oz

Margaret and Jomes Heggart  16lb 6oz

Margaret and Jomes Heggart 16lb 6oz

Kay Holloway 6lb 4oz and Nathan Crowder 14lb 9oz

Kay Holloway 6lb 4oz and Nathan Crowder 14lb 9oz

Linzi and Terry Overend 6lb 2oz

Linzi and Terry Overend 6lb 2oz

Thomas Duncan Dunlop 7lb 13oz and Susie Faust 11lb 6oz

Thomas Duncan Dunlop 7lb 13oz and Susie Faust 11lb 6oz

Samantha Horton and Mick Webb 5lb 15oz

Samantha Horton and Mick Webb 5lb 15oz

Michael Litton 13lb 5oz and Sam Hoskins

Michael Litton 13lb 5oz and Sam Hoskins

Casey 11lb 1oz and Jason Gutteridge 15lb 11oz and Callum's son

Casey 11lb 1oz and Jason Gutteridge 15lb 11oz and Callum’s son

Joanne and David Barlow 7lb 1oz

Joanne and David Barlow 7lb 1oz

3rd Lee and Candy accepting on behalf of Nathan Crowder and Kay Holloway

3rd Lee and Candy accepting on behalf of Nathan Crowder and Kay Holloway

2nd Casey and Jason Gutteridge

2nd Casey and Jason Gutteridge

1st Joanne and David Barlow

1st Joanne and David Barlow

Group shot of all competitors

Group shot of all competitors