Oli’s Blog… Carping4Heroes 2016

Hi my name is Oli Cooper I fish at manor farm fishery in Biggleswade a lot and there has been a charity match on damsel and carp lake recently. As my dad is a former Royal marine I thought it would be nice to help out at the Carping4Heroes charity match and all the money raised went to Help For Heroes. I message Sue at manor farm and she asked Simon at Carping4Heroes if they needed any help. Simon answered “yes please! We have had a few marshals cancel on us late so any help would be appreciated!” So on Saturday the 23rd I headed up to manor farm, they draw was done and he anglers started fishing!

After a quick 11 mins someone had caught the first carp a low double 3 minutes later another was caught on Damsel but by a different person and they got quicker and quicker up until about 1ish where I think the fish started to realise that they were being fished for and almost every swim was taken on both lakes. Still a few fish being caught and us marshals were running around a lot.

Time passed quickly, it was 4 o’clock and the anglers reeled in. Ian Chillcot and another angler arrived for a Q&A session all the anglers wrote in and the questions were answered. One of the questions was ‘is it essential to drop leads’ Ian Chillcot went on to say no he rarely drops his leads unless the lake is extremely snaggy or weedy!

After the Q&A it was the raffle and there was some really big prizes! Trips to Spain, scope brollies, delkims, tackle!!!! Loads of goodies to get! After quiet a few tickets being taken out mine was finally called I had won some leads which I was happy with.

After that the anglers started fishing again at around 8 o’clock and the fish had reacted to the rods being out of the water positively and the fish were coming thick and fast. As marshals were running around like headless chickens! It got dark and after a long day the other marshals Carrot and Steph told me that they would do the night and I can sleep in my bivvy so that’s what happened. But in the morning a 20.7 lbs came out of damsel which ended up being the biggest fish out which I thought was small, even though the match was only a night normally a 20+ comes out of carp per night.

The match ended at 11 with a winning weight from damsel of 117lbs in 24 hours! Each of the tri services plus Royal Marines and civilian teams were represented by 6/7 pairs each and those pairs weights were added together to find the winner of the whole match and the winner was Royal Navy & Marines Carp Team with 177lbs and 8oz! Then they took home the Darren Martin Memorial Trophy! In total the event raised £14,479 which will be given to Help For Heroes! A fantastic cause!

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Oli’s Blog… Carping4Heroes 2016

Over £14,000 raised at Carping4Heroes 2016

Carping4Heroes 2016 took place over the weekend of 22-24 July at Manor Farm Lakes in Bedfordshire and to date it was our biggest and best fundraiser ever.

On the Friday evening we were entertained by Elliott Porter a singer/songwriter and then by a 4-piece band called Hawthorn Levi, both acts got the crowd going and set the bar for the remainder of the weekend, during the evening we held our traditional auction with just over £2000 being raised.

Saturday 23rd was kicked off by the match draw and this year we had 98 anglers fishing in a pairs match competed for by 7 teams, at 11am the hooter sounded and within 11 minutes we had our first fish which fell to the RAF carp teams Alex McKenzie who also won the DNA Baits sponsored first fish trophy.

The temperature almost topped the 30 degree mark and the fish were more interested in each other than wanting to grace the anglers landing nets, however a few did fall to surface and zig tactics throughout the day and all the while, friend of the event Brian Skoyles visited pairs and gave surface fishing demo’s with tips and tricks to help enhance their own skills.

We were lucky enough to have the guys from Rod Hutchinson in attendance with a range of products on show and also Bait-Tech who had a variety of their baits on offer, and to top off the weekend we also had Reality Carp Fishing filming the event and the guy’s from Carp-Radio interviewing anglers, guests and veterans for their popular online show.

At 5pm our BBQ was in full swing complete with a fully licensed mobile bar and our Q&A was kicked off by event organiser Simon Bangert with Ian Chillcott and Brain Skoyles delighting the crowd with their honest yet informative opinions on all things carp fishing and pokemon related.

All anglers were back out fishing for 7.30pm and a sudden rush of captures kept our marshalls busy up until midnight when things quietened down, that was until 1st light when again there was a sudden surge in captures and the leaderboard was looking extremely tight for the team competition, however one pairing of Steve Brown and Matt Mackay of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines team seemed to be out in front and with the conditions making the fishing difficult, they looked to be uncatchable and at the final hooter they cemented their Nash sponsored pairs victory with a haul of 117lb 13oz and Matt also took the Carpworld sponsored individual title with 65lb 3oz and the Atomic Tackle biggest fish title with a common of 20lb 7oz.

The winning team was the Royal Navy & Royal Marines carp angling team with 177lb 8oz who took home the Carp Talk sponsored Darren Martin Memorial trophy but they were pushed hard by last year’s champions the R.A.F.

It was a fantastic weekend with plenty of memories and friendships being made and the real winners were the charities as the event raised £14,429 with Stuart Thurston winning the most sponsorship raised award with a staggering £900.

Event organiser, Simon Bangert said “It’s a superb achievement to break the £10k barrier for a single event and I thank everyone who took part and supported the weekend, including all our sponsors and the venue, the continued efforts of Carping4Heroes and similar events is hugely appreciated by our armed forces and veterans alike and we must never forget that those who are unfortunate to become wounded, injured or sick often require support for life, making such events important in ensuring the support offered by Help for Heroes and Combat Stress can be accessed in years to come and not just in the short term.

Over £14,000 raised at Carping4Heroes 2016

Latest Catch Report 25th July

Craig Connolly
Becks Lake is back on form here at Manor Farm. A group of mates came down from Middlesborough and were well rewarded: Robert Simons took 5 fish to 12lb, Chris Willet 17 fish to 14-8 and Sam took 4 to 21-8, it was their first trip here and they said they would be down again.

At the other end of the lake Peter took 5 fish to 26-4, the largest reported fish out of Becks this season so far, while his girlfriend, Alex, caught her first ever fish weighing in at 21lb on the nose and Josh, aged 9, was delighted to catch a 14-8 carp.

On Booneys Darren Mullin spent the weekend and caught 7 fish to 23lbs, Craig Connolly snared a 25-2 on a zig rig, lots of fish fell to surface fished baits with Toby taking 4 to 24lb.

On Winters Lake Michael Buckingham captured a superb 24-11 common from his first cast on the surface in the far bay and went on to take 2 others. His friend Nicky Cresswell also took 3 fish to 25-6. and Ashley Kenny took 5 fish to 26-10.

On Blunham pleasure anglers enjoyed a steady stream of smaller carp and bream.

Carp Lake and Damsel Lake were host this week to Carping4Heroes where in excess of £14,000 was raised for this worthy charity.

Latest Catch Report 25th July

Latest Catch Report 18th July

Chris Hayward

Damsel Lake has been popular this weekend with quite a few 20’s being caught, including a 20-1 common by Mick Cooper right in the margin and under a tree.

On Blunham Lake Rob Lamont took the bailiff’s advice and again fished close to the margin and under a tree and was pleased to catch 5 carp to 13lb.

Last weekend on the Canal Dave Worgan caught over 20 carp to a total over 100lb. Having suffered a few blanks a friend brought Jamie Hazzle up to Booneys lake where he was delighted to catch a beautiful dark common.

Mark Gentle returned to Booneys having not fished it for a while and was rewarded with 13 fish to 21-13 on a 48 hour session fishing pop ups over a bed of hemp and corn.

Chris Hayward continued to have success, this weekend taking 6 fish to 22-4.

On Winters Lake Adam Chambers banked a 22lb common and Wez Oakman caught an 18-8 common on Cell boilies soaked in Korda Bumbleberry Goo.

Latest Catch Report 18th July

Macey Wins Charity Fishing Event


FORMER Olympic decathlete Dean Macey emerged victorious against PDC Chairman Barry Hearn, former world number one Rod Harrington and current stars including James Wade in the annual Haven House Charity Fishing Day.

The PDC Charity Fishing Chamionship was held for a fourth time on Sunday July 10, taking places at Manor Farm Fishing in Bedfordshire.

World number six Wade – along with wife Sammi – joined PDC Chairman Barry Hearn and Director Rod Harrington amongst the star-studded field for this year’s event, alongside fellow players Darren Webster, Steve Brown, Richie Howson and Jason Lovett and walk-on girls Daniella Allfree and Charlotte Wood.

Former players Chris Mason and Bobby George also took part, alongside celebrities including comedian Ricky Grover, boxing’s Anthony Crolla, Spencer Oliver, Nicky Cook and Paul Smith Jnr and snooker’s Steve Davis and Ian McCullough.

However, it was Essex’s former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Macey who took victory, landing 27lb 4oz of fish, ahead of darts ace Lovett (24lb 15oz), with Angler’s Mail columnist Steve Collett third with 24lb and keen fisherman Howson fourth with 23lb 4oz.

“Winning was a bonus,” said Macey. “The best part of the day was helping raise money for a great charity and spending time with such inspiring and friendly people.”

The event was sponsored by fishing tackle specialist Sonik Sports. See @pdcfishingchamp on Twitter for more photos from the event.

For more information about Haven House Children’s Hospice or to make a donation, visit www.havenhouse.org.uk.

Final Totals
Dean Macey 27lb 4oz
Jason Lovett 24lb 14oz
Steve Collett 24lb
Richie Howson 23lb 8oz
Ian McCullough 18lb 9oz
Barry Hearn 8lb
Steve Brown 7lb
Bobby George 6lb 6oz
Chris Mason 4lb 14oz
James Wade 3lb 12oz
Paul Smith Jnr 2lb 14oz
Steve Davis OBE 1lb 2oz
Rod Harrington 10oz
Charlotte Wood 6oz
Spencer Oliver 4oz
Nicky Cook 2oz
Daniella Allfree, Sammi Marsh-Wade, Ian McCormack, Anthony Crolla, Matt Herber, Ricky Grover, Ricky Rayment, Darren Webster – all 0lb

Macey Wins Charity Fishing Event