View Full Version : Thorpe Lea - Great Job RMC!

23-06-2004, 21:46
went today in some of the worst weather i have experienced, not ideal fishing, followed the wind and fished the far right corner as u get in from car park adacent to the island as the wind was howling in there, got there at 1 fished till 9, ten runs, seven fish on the bank upto 11.4lb, but basically i entered there for my first time and the verdict, all the bad news about the litter and kids problem has gone, i found the place extremely tidy and i dont think i saw one junior on the lake today, had a chat with one of the baliffs who was extremely helpful in pointing me in the right direction (baits, hot spots etc) and the fish, well i dont think i have experienced such hard fighting fish in a long time, so packing up tonight it was a nice start to the season at a water i will definately be returning to and i would recomment to anyone who wants to start carping or someone wanting a decent bend in their rod! nice one RMC, great water http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

23-06-2004, 21:56
Nice to hear some praise for the place. Its a runs water, somewhere to go for some fun.......and it sounds like you had just that.

23-06-2004, 22:03
yea after hearing all the bad stuff on here about it i wanted to set the record str8 i mean it may be a one off, the weather was as bad as it cud have been but still managed a few in a short time, yea its a great water with potential, those fish are extremely hungry!going again next week before i hit chertsey for some bigger specimins!

23-06-2004, 22:04
Too right Miller http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

24-06-2004, 07:15
Think i may have to take my oldest boy as he is keen to go fishing , but a session on the CP may be a bit of a big step for the little fella ...LOL

Are there any rules on Juniors i need to no about , any age restirctions as hes only 6 ?

Wnat to get him hooked at a young age , so i can save some money when i need to buy my next carp porter
Hes big for his age & would make an excellent tackle sherpa..LOL

Also what about guests ? is it acceptable to have my youngest with me (4 years old) but not fishing just sitting with Dad?

24-06-2004, 07:24
Going to ask the same thing myself as my boys' 10 & i would like somewhere where he has a good chance of catching before the boredom sets in. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

24-06-2004, 11:21
Thanks for the reply Ian

although i think i will end up regreting taking them, if they where anything like me , when my dad first took me...LOL

Dad, when can we go fishing agian , Dad are we nearly there yet!...

Still its what it should all be about really

24-06-2004, 12:02
May I suggest, from my perspective as a fishing mum, that an unending supply of crisps and sweets generally keeps the incessant chattering at bay ... can't talk with a face full of food http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

The tackle box is the best .... what's that? what's that? what's that? *contents strewn all over the deck* then as they watch you tackle up ... why? why? why?

Good luck http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

24-06-2004, 14:16
Are the swims close enough together so a father & son can both fish together enabling me to assist my boy should he be lucky enough to hook a fish or is it a problem for us to double up in a swim with 4 rods? http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

24-06-2004, 14:19
Yes they are, mown grass round most of lake too

26-06-2004, 19:15
Although new to carp fishing myself i took my 2boys 11 and 9 last weekend .On returning from watering the undergrowth i was amazed to find said 11 year old reeling in 10lb mirror with me arriving in time to net up.Both boys went on to play in two fish each[with my rods]for me to net up,niether lad having caught anything larger than an 8oz Perch previously.Needless to say they were beaming all the way home totally surprising me.So in answer to your question take your son encourage him to partake and be prepared to be surprised.

27-06-2004, 16:06
And that's what its all about. http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

27-06-2004, 19:35
Thorpe Lea is indeed a fantastic place to get a bend in your rod but unfortunately my day today was completely ruined by mindless muppets on the lake, so I dont think i'll be returning there again. Its a shame that all the great work RMC have put into the place is being spoilt by idiots.

Was all nicely setup and getting plenty of runs when a kiddie next to me decides he wants some action so he continually casts right over my swim. Not only my swim, but also my mates next to me. Even asking him to cast straight made no difference. So i decide to move further down the bank, get set up once more, land a few fish and then have to put up with kids running into the trees in my swim to gather sticks so their fathers could light fires right next to me.

Then a few of our traveller friends appear and decide that they will drive their cars/vans to their swims instead of walking and then decide to start screaming at their kids/wives/friends etc. I also over-heard one of them say that if he lands a big one he'll stick it straight in his car. This was all too much so i decided to leave vowing never to return. I know its difficult but cant something more be done to stop these people from spoiling decent folks fishing. Im not afraid to get a slap from anyone but trying to reason with drunken pikeys is not my idea of fun.

Please dont think im slagging off the lake here as i think it is a fantastic place and a lot of hard work has gone into it but some of its visitors are quite honestly just scum.

27-06-2004, 20:33
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May I suggest, from my perspective as a fishing mum, that an unending supply of crisps and sweets generally keeps the incessant chattering at bay ... can't talk with a face full of food

[/ QUOTE ] Thanks Ali, that always used to work on my mum too http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

27-06-2004, 20:59
Fivenil -

I too was at TL today, and I saw the same things as yourself. I nearly got bowled over by the white Transit van as I walked to my swim. The unsavoury activity only subsided when the thunderstorms came through.

I stayed until 9pm, cleaned up all the litter (not mine!) from around my swim, then back to the car. As I walked back, I thought to myself that the bailiffs were going to need a fair few bin liners to clean up the mess that some of today's "anglers" had left behind - far, far too much to be regarded as an "acceptable amount" in any shape or form.

As has been said previously - RMC have done the local and visiting anglers a great service by opening this venue. Great sport - great value, especially for the kids. However, they must really get a grip on the bailiffing and policing policy of TL before it goes to the wall. This is in no way a reflection of, nor the fault of the current on-site bailiffs - there simply needs to be more of them, permanently on patrol, and the right to eject those that break the rules, or make things unpleasant for the rest must be enforced. The undesirable element must be dissuaded in some way from coming to TL before it turns into a free-for-all down there.

I'll still be going, but weekdays only - you can forget the weekends.

28-06-2004, 08:29
I was over there twice this weekend, first saturday evening from six til about half eight - it took me a good hour to find enough room to get a bait in the water + that was only because 3 lads were packing up. During this time, some travellers had driven round to the far side just along from me, parked their vans behind their swims and bivvied up(for the night ??). They then set about catchin a few fish much to the amusement of their families who were shreiking and shouting the whole time.....at this point i had enough and left.

Went back over there yesterday about lunchtime for a walk about(with the intention of maybe getting the rods out for a few hours + giving it a better crack), and saw exactly the same thing as previously mentioned, people lighting fires, unattended rods, and was utterley disgusted when i walked past a dead carp....in the swim where they bivvy had been the previous night !!!!!!

One observation tho on a positive note, i didn't really see a litter problem http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif........although i also didn't see any bins either (perhaps i just missed them!!)

Anyhow, I left.........

28-06-2004, 08:54
A few bits of litter in my 2nd swim so i bagged them up. One thing i refused to pick up was the rather large jobbie that someone had left near my swim.

28-06-2004, 09:06
Better prevention of these people entering the fishery in the first place. Also making it xompulsory that anyone that fishes it has a valid rod license.
It seems like every fishery rule has been broken at Thorpe Lea. Deffinately the need for stricter bailiffing, and i too will only be fishing midweek.

28-06-2004, 11:00
One problem is that some of these people are quite aggresive so any heavy handed approach could end in confrontation. Some of us dont mind a bit of that but not everyone who fishes whats that sort of aggro.

28-06-2004, 11:08
Bundle........bundle.......bundle........bundle... ....(chanted in a school playground way http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/blush.gif )

You are right though mate, would rather go and blank on my deathly quiet syndicate than risk getting involved in this [censored]...

28-06-2004, 11:11
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would rather go and blank on my deathly quiet syndicate

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and you do........... http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/tongue.gif http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

28-06-2004, 11:13
Only because of the damn hooks I was using (excuses excuses).

We'll see tomorrow night fella http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

28-06-2004, 13:35
Im actually surprised the pikeys havent tried to put their caravans on the banks yet.

28-06-2004, 17:37
Took my boys aged 9 &amp; 12 there again yesterday afternoon for 4 hours - just as the heavens opened. The place was rammed and I walked 3/4's of the way round lumping my gear with me trying to find a swim - luckly found another dad and lad just packing up so jumped in to their swim. Was suprised to see 2 dead carp on the banks - 1 on the R/H side by the greenhouse &amp; 1 at the back of the lake, they looked like they had been there for a couple of days at least.
Anyway as I'm lumping the gear around the lake a blue mondeo, a silver Corsa &amp; a white transit all drove past - for a moment I thought I was back on a french lake as the frenchies wont fish anywhere unless they can hang their rods out the boot.
As far as the fishing was concearned both boys had a couple each - the biggest of which was just under 16lbs and all bar one were in very good condition.

In summary great fishery with good rod bending action BUT there is a definite call for a full time - on site bailiff. At least untill the Undesirables have been cleared off to go and bother somewhere else. Also a few bins around the place might at least persuade some of the monkeys to dispose of their litter in a bin as opposed to leaving it in the swims.

28-06-2004, 18:41
Hey Tugs old pal don`t carp on [get it carp on] about lugging gear around
buy a barrow or load the kids up

28-06-2004, 18:48
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load the kids up

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Ah yes, Sherpa kids ... it's the only reason I take the blighters

28-06-2004, 20:16
As i was leaving, 1 of the pikeys was sat in his car beeping his horn as there was a car parked across the gap that he wanted to drive through so he could park next to the lake.
The front of these people is unbelievable sometimes.
Even the French are better behaved http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif

29-06-2004, 17:18
A barrier has now been erected across the 'access point' that has been used so should stop illegal access.

If anyone has problems on TL please phone the office on 01932 583630


29-06-2004, 19:56
Thats good news Viv. Hopefully that will stop the idiots.

29-06-2004, 21:19
Lets hope that sorts out that problem Viv, I was worried that i was gonna be asked if i wanted my swim tarmaced - you know wev'e just done the swim round the corner and we have got a bit left over sort of thing.

Any thoughts on a more high profile baliff though - even if just at weekends.

Shame to let a few of the great unwashed comunity spoil an otherwise great venue.


29-06-2004, 23:59
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I was worried that i was gonna be asked if i wanted my swim tarmaced - you know wev'e just done the swim round the corner and we have got a bit left over sort of thing

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hehehehe http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

05-07-2004, 11:32
I have to say I was wondering whether to go down there with all the talk of pikies, but I thought [censored] it I'll give it a go - and i'm glad I did! I saw no litter, no pikies or white vans , it's a nice lake. I also got my rod licence checked which is rare for me but very good for the lake if there are problems with certain anglers.

Fishing was good as well!!! http://www.rmcangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif