Luton Angling Club

The first annual 24 hour New Moon Carp Match was held at Beckerings Reservoir over the weekend of 12th & 13th June. The bright conditions meant that the fishing got off to a slow start and it was 9 hours before the first fish was caught. During the evening James Muncaster landed four mirrors including the largest fish of the match at 23lb 6oz. Also on the score sheet was Bob James and Michael Smith who swapped second position during the night with Bob landing the second biggest fish a 21lb 7oz mirror. Only one more fish was caught when it got light on Sunday morning with Brett Herdman taking a 13lb 13oz mirror.

The final hooter sounded at 9am and the results were as follows:
James Muncaster1st James Muncaster 61lb - 4 fish - largest 23lb 6oz
Receives the trophy, plus JAG Products stainless equipment, CC Moore Session Pack and Nash Terminal Tackle worth over £242
2nd Michael Smith 40lb 4oz - 3 fish - largest 16lb 2oz
Receives Fishing Wizard bait, luggage from Browns of Leighton Buzzard and CC Moore Session Pack worth over £124
3rd Bob James 36lb 7oz - 2 fish - largest 21lb 7oz
Receives CC Moore Session Pack and bait donated by member James Beardwell worth £54
4th Brett Herdman 13lb 13oz - 1 fish
Receives CC Moore Session Pack worth over £24
Our thanks go to JAG Products, CC Moore, Fishing Wizard, Nash Tackle and Browns of Leighton Buzzard who kindly donated the prizes.

James Muncaster (left) receives his JAG Products stainless from Steve Sharp
James Muncaster (left) receives his JAG Products stainless from Steve Sharp

At North House Lake on the Wyboston Complex Glenn Millier landed a 19lb common.
At Woodlands Tony Sessions had a good day with a good number of tench and carp backed up with a smattering of roach and bream, all on pellet. Regular to the venue Nobby Parkes had another good day and was into the tench on Friday, with 11 gracing the folds of his landing net. Pellet and corn were the winning baits. Luton based Mick Ward had a bumper day of tench on sunday, with 11 fish coming to corn and pellet.

Opening day at Barretts Mere saw the fish in a very obliging mood. Veterans Taffy Thomas, Alan Deacon, and David Delamere caught hand sized rudd one a chuck on Monday, all fish coming to corn. Some very pretty koi were also taken, bringing a few smiles in the process. On Wednesday Taffy, Alan, and Alan's son Wayne Deacon had another Rudd filled day - Alan taking in excess of 50 rudd, and a number of koi/carp by the time he spoke to Damon the bailiff at 3pm. One angler was reported to have taken a ghost koi of 10lb off the top with bread on Wednesday morning. Dave Brosnan was kept busy catching plenty of roach and rudd on Friday afternoon on a mixture of corn and maggot. He fed off the smaller roach and rudd by feeding a handful of dog biscuits to keep them away from his hookbaits - top tip that! Mark Brooks was also enjoying some frantic roach and rudd sport, and also managed to land a nice gold and black koi in the process - small irregular pieces of meat on the hook was the winning bait.

Luton AC matchman and life member Barry Bashford fished the mere on Saturday with pellet as bait and amassed in excess of 100 roach, 100 rudd, and loads of carp. Despite losing 2 specimens he went home happy. Graham Lawson from Milton Keyenes was into the crucians on Sunday with fish of around 12oz -1lb coming to corn and meat. Bailiff on the water, Damon Smith took his son Peter (10) and youngest daughter Jasmine (9) for a few hours on Sunday and all went home happy after some frantic rudd and roach action - all fish coming to corn hookbaits.
Match Results:

Roman Urn fished the Globe stretch of the canal with most competitors breaking into double figures, the top weights were:
1st 33lb which included a 12.5lb carp plus skimmers, roach and perch
2nd 17lb 11oz skimmers, roach and perch
3rd 17lb skimmers, roach and perch
4th 15lb skimmers roach and perch
Luton AC invested over £20,000 in stocking and fisheries improvement work during 2009. This investment is ongoing and is reflected by the number of work parties that took place throughout March, April & May. Membership prices will remain unchanged for the coming season with all waters except the river sections remaining open for the full 12 months.
This week sees the start of the river season and members can use the fantastic new secure off road car park area created in May this year at the Great Ouse Lavendon. Access to the car park is via a locked gate using the club key with a further gate allowing access down to the river.
An error in the newsletter has been highlighted by G J W Titmuss Ltd of Wheathampstead who will give members a discount of 5% (not 10% as stated in the newsletter) on angling specific items on production of your membership book.
Fishing Wizard who are based near Broxbourne in Herts are receiving rave reviews from members and are offering Luton AC members a 5% discount on purchases in store. Luton AC have a good many members based in that area and Gary Hodges the owner will give the discount on production of your membership book. Fishing Wizard can be found at 5 Meridian Building, Nazeing Glass Ind Est, Nazeing New Road, Herts EN10 6SX 01992-460969
If any other tackle shop or even non angling related companies would like to offer discounts to Luton AC members please contact the Luton AC Press Officer Steve Sharp on 07704462635.
Please phone/text your catch reports from Luton AC waters to 07704462635 or email and  if you have pictures taken on your phone send picture messages to 07578 312031 . Remember to always use an unhooking mat when targetting specimen fish, keeping the fish as low to the ground as possible when taking photos.

Check out the Luton AC website at for all the latest catch reports, news, pictures and membership details.
Out of the area CC Moore who sponsored the Beckerings Carp Match are holding an open day at The Carp Society Horseshoe Lake Lechlade Glos on Saturday 3rd July between 10am and 4pm. It should be a great event with lots of things going on, competitions, technical demonstrations, special offer prices, practical displays by CC Moore consultants (who will actually be fishing) and lots more.
Anglers like Alan Welch, Ben Hamilton, Kevin Wilson, Gaz Fareham, Phil Buckley, Mike Brown, Jake and Dan Wildbore, Myles Gibson, Adam Randall, Adam Smith and more will all be on hand to offer advice and techincal consultations on a number of angling methods whilst being able to demonstrate them as they fish. This will be a great opportunity for anglers of all ages and abilities to meet and interact with some of the most successful anglers in the industry in a way which is very rarely staged. Handouts will be given to visitors to enable them to get the most information possible out of the anglers they have in front of them. It should be a great learning experience for those who attend and represents a great opportunity to increase their knowledge of the latest methods and tips that have helped these anglers bank some of the most sought-after fish in the country.
Ian Moore of CC Moore will also be there, willing to answer any bait-related questions that relate to their range or other products they have experience of using in baits.
Finally here is an interesting site for you to browse which shows named fish around the country
Steve Sharp