Badshot Lea Big Pond
Badshot Lea, Aldershot, Hampshire
OS Map Reference: SU 682 489
Postcode: GU9 9LQ
Water Type: Mature Gravel Pit
Designation: Carp & Specimen Water
Size: 16 acres
Maximum Depth: 10 feet
Head Bailiff: Mr. A. Loten
Deputy Bailiff: Mr. M Hurdle
Local Surrey Police: 101
Roach to 2lb
Bream to 10lb
Carp to 24lb+
Tench to 11lb
Grass Carp to 34lb+
Catfish to 68lb
Koi Carp to 15lb
Perch to 3lb
Pike - Rudd - big Eels - Roach/Bream hybrids
A popular mixed coarse fishery for many years, the Big Pond is now gaining a well deserved reputation as an excellent catfish water. With sixteen well-stocked acres to choose from, finding a swim to enjoy a successful session is seldom a problem.
Species include Roach to 2lbs, Bream to 10lb, Common & Mirror Carp to 24lb, Perch to 3lb and Tench to 11lb.
The lake also provides an opportunity to catch some of the more exotic and non-indigenous species like Grass Carp to 30lb +, Wels Catfish to 68lb and Koi Carp.
In recent seasons, the Society has spent time and effort monitoring and improving the quality of this water and has successfully increased the stock.
Toilets and fresh water are available in the Car Park.
Click through the image to to view the video that takes you for a walk around this venue:
Tactics for the Carp have centred around single baits with groundbait sticks or pellet bags over recent years, although the time might be right for a comeback of fishing over particles or pellet.
The Bream and Hybrids give excellent sport on the pole or feeder and large bags are easily attainable with either maggot or pellet as a bait.
The Catfish offer an interesting challenge and once you have hooked a decent sized specimen you will know why they are such a popular quarry. Most cats come out to anglers fishing for Carp, but a live bait presented just sub surface is a killing method.
Remember to set your clutch properly to avoid being flat lined if you connect with a Catfish, which grow to over 60lb !
The A.O. King Trophy – Best Specimen based on percentage of National Record
Mr D J Snell was this years winner with a 32lb 4oz Grass Carp caught on the 1st July.
April to January 2009
Mr Steve Ball caught a 36lb 11oz Common Carp during the 24-Hour Charity Match on 14th May.
With many anglers fishing for the Carp, the outstanding Bream and silver fish potential can often be overlooked by pleasure anglers unfamiliar with the water wishing to fish on the pole, the waggler of the quiver tip.
The method feeder and maggots or pellet often account for large bags of Bream, including occasional Tench of all sizes and Carp from 5lb to 30lb+. 60 lbs of mixed species are quite common among pleasure anglers who know the fishery catches include Bream 5-6lb, with plenty of 8lb and occasional specimens of 10lb+. The silver fish can be excellent, with nets of good quality Roach to 1lb+ and Roach-Bream hybrids to 1lb and Perch being caught on the pole and those fishing the waggler.
The Carp will respond to standard tactics, with a large bed of bait producing multiple catches of Carp, Grass Carp and often include a Catfish. As the water warms up and the fish start to move up through the water, surface fishing can be great fun and quite productive.
Generally the Carp at the Lea can be quite accommodating, falling to most methods, including hemp and pellets, ground bait with corn, boilies, maggots, paste, worms, fish baits and bread with Method-feeders and almost any hook bait bringing good results. The larger fish, 20lb+ and up to over 35lb for both Common and Mirror Carp tend to be caught on bigger baits such as big boilies and pellets. If fishing is quiet, ring the changes to see what will work on the given day. The Grass Carp start moving as the water warms in late April and May and plenty are normally caught by maize, pop-up baits or even ‘zig’ rigs.
The large and very powerful Catfish are usually caught by accident by the Carp anglers, using heavy gear that is capable of landing such fish, although many may hook them only to have them surge off and left to wonder as what it may have been ! Few anglers have the equipment to safely weigh these large Catfish if caught, so please leave them in the water in a landing net, preferably held by a fellow angler or firmly secured to the bank whilst you quickly get some help. Please do not try to deal with them with inadequate kit, you will need extra unhooking mats, a very large and strong weigh sling and a serious set of scales.
Farnham Angling Society Record
- All banks may be fished.
- Please ensure that the gate is locked at all times, even if it was open on your arrival.
- Night fishing is allowed, but we must stress that junior members are not permitted to fish at night without an accompanying AND adjacent SENIOR MEMBER. (see bye-law 4.r)
- Please note Bye-law 4. j.2 and 4.v pages are specific to this water.
- No carp to be retained in keepnets.
The Forestry Commission have advised that due to a theft (not angling related), and a subsequent gate repair being required, Lodge Pond will be closed to FAS Members from 4pm today until 9.00am Friday 2nd December 2016.
The access code for the main gate will also be changing, so to obtain this, all Members should obtain this be either:...
a) Visit the Alice Holt Visitor Centre with their current handbook and their staff will give them the code. They are open 9.00am - 4.30pm Monday - Saturday
b) Call the Creel on 01252 - 320871, and Mick or Fran Borra will provide the new code,
c) Call Andy McLaren the Lodge Pond Head Bailiff (phone number in handbook), for the code.
d) Private message me (Ian Gray) your current FAS handbook number via Facebook for the new code.
2016 Pike 'Teach-Ins' - The 3 sessions are held at the Badshot Lea Big Pond car park and are approximately 3-hours in duration.
You don’t need to book for a teach-in, but for further information, please contact Mike Slater on 07967 736815.
You must be prepared to handle pike during the teach-in session, so water proof trousers are advisable.
1/. Sunday 18th September 2016 Pike Teach-In - Badshot Lea Big Pond Car Park: 10.00am - 1.00pm
2/. •Saturday 24th September 2016 Pike Teach-In - Badshot Lea Big Pond Car Park: 10.00am - 1.00pm
3/. Sunday 2nd October 2016 Pike Teach-In - Badshot Lea Big Pond Car Park: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Please remember that to qualify for a ‘Pike Fishing permit stamp’ in your Handbook, attendants must arrive before the stated time of each teach-in session (times indicated above) and bring the required equipment as per bye-law 4.s.ii a-g (see pages 10-11 to allow for a tackle check otherwise you will not be able to complete the teach-in).
The required tackle is listed below and will be available to purchase on the day.
1. Monofilament main line must have a minimum breaking strain of 15lbs. Braided main line must have minimum breaking strain of 50lbs.
2. 24" (60cm) long pike traces made with high quality wire [minimum 25lb breaking strain]
3. Large knotless landing net with 36" long arms
4. Large unhooking mat
5. 12" long artery forceps
6. Side cutters, able to cut problem hooks when caught in the soft throat tissues or gill rakers.
7. An adequate Carp/Pike weigh sling.
8.A sensitive and effective bite detector system which shows ‘drop back’ as well as runs.
24 Hr Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match
Fundraising once again for The Second Chance Children’s Charity in Portsmouth.
We already have 11 Pairs pencilled in, so still have places for a further 7 pairs. It would be great to again get 18 teams as it will help us increase the funds we raise for the kids.
To book your team’s place or for more details please contact me on 07584 – 023911.
If you would like to support this great charity but don’t wish to fish the match, you could always support the event by sponsoring me or others that are taking part.
Regards, Jon Hyatt – Charity Match Organiser
a) Pairs fish together in the same or adjacent swims.
b) Junior teams are welcome, but parents must provide written consent.
c) The draw for swims take place at 10.00am on Saturday 7th May with the match starting at midday.
d) Normal Farnham AS rules apply, but to maintain fairness to all competitors, bait boats are still not allowed.
e) The match finishes at midday on Sunday with the presentations in the main car park at about 1.30pm.
Farnham Angling Society’s 24-Hr Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match fished at Badshot Lea Big Pond on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd May 2015
Farnham Angling Society’s 24-Hr Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match fished at Badshot Lea Big Pond on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd May 2015
The event raised over £2,552 (to date, but this will increase as more sponsorship has been pledged), in sponsorship for The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham. Massive thanks to our match organisers again this year, brothers Jon & Glen Hyatt, who managed to get 16-pairs taking part: a record number of entries. Also, thanks to all of the tackle shops and fishing tackle and bait manufacturers that donated prizes for the event.
Included in the event was a 40lb Catfish that was hooked by Jason Agate, was freed by Lee Fraser from a willow branch, then wiped out both Michael Whitney and Dan Dickerson in the adjacent swim, before it broke Jason’s line, only to be handlined in by Dan ! The fish didn’t count as was not landed on rod and line, but was returned safely after a great photo with both Dan and Jason.
Meanwhile, a nameless angler took an unexpected early bath, but his partner Chris Farmer was happy to help him back out as they each soldiered on. At the end of the event, side bets saw Simon King our Chief Bailiff having to pay Kel Roberts a ‘Trading Places’ style £1.00 whilst Mark Hurdle once again happily collected £10 each from both Les Malcolm and Roger Wilkinson.
Most importantly though, thanks to all those that raised funds by fishing the match and to those that supported us in raising funds. Jon is already planning on how we can improve on the success of this year’s event through the use of volunteers to act as marshalls to help with the 6-hourly weigh in and photos of fish in keep nets and photographing the Carp and Catfish as they are caught and possibly with a BBQ during or at the end of the event.
Match Results are:
1st - Trevor Hopkins and Paul Hopkins 262lb 3oz (Pegs 22 & 23) - Winners of complimentary Farnham AS handbooks for the 2016/17 season. This pair of diehard Stockbridge Pond bailiffs again stayed awake through the night on the quiver tip, though most of their fish fell to boilies and PVA bags with chopped/crushed and whole boilies in cast to showing fish.
2nd - Kel Roberts and Dave Willis 232lb 0oz (Pegs 26 – 28) – Tackle prize won. The pair of Mill Lane bailiffs landed a great swim and narrowly missed top spot with a catch of Carp and Bream.
3rd - Joe Lunn And Dan Green 98lb 12oz (Pegs ) - Tackle prize won. Did well to catch 3 Carp on the Sunday morning to boost their catch of Carp and Bream from Pegs along the Dirt Bank.
Other prizes awarded:
a) Most sponsorship raised - Ian Gray with £740 – A Haven caravan weekend break in Blackpool !
b) Largest Carp 23lb 6oz by Ross Norminton - Tackle prize won
c) Largest Bream 8lb 9oz by Paul Hopkins - Tackle prize won
d) Largest Tench 8lb 0oz by Andrew Cowell- Tackle prize won
e) Largest Cat 26lb 4oz by Trevor Hopkins - Tackle prize won
The rest of the results:
4th - Mark Hurdle and Alex Royall 66lb 14oz
5th - Les Malcolm and Steve Fry 63lb
6th - Mark Gilliam and Jamie 52lb
7th - Paul White and Ross Norminton 49lb 6oz
8th - Jon Hyatt and Andrew Cowell 47b
9th - Michael Whitney and Dan Dickerson 33lb 12oz (photo)
10th - Chris Farmer and Vincent McDonald 22lb 7oz
11th - Ian Gray and Simon King 17lb 3oz
12th - Roger Wilkinson and Ratty 16lb (photo)
13th - Lee Fraser and Jason Agate 14lb 9oz
14th - Darrin and Ashley Boxall – 7lb 3oz
Craig and Darren - tbc
Carl and Paul Wilkinson – tbc
The prizes for this year’s event were donated generously by Aqua-Trix, team willow Willow Park Fishery, Crowthorne Angling Centre, Tackle Up Fleet, Hampshire Tackle, Gardner Tackle, Deception Angling Catfish Pro, Charwood Baits South East Hampshire Carp Handlers & of course Farnham Angling Society (FAS).
Massive thanks again to Jon Hyatt and Glen Hyatt (whose partner dropped out meaning he couldn't fish the event - bad luck fella), for organising the whole event and taking care of the considerable workload that it involves. Good on you guys and thanks for already agreeing to run it again next year and seek to make it even better.
A massive thank you from Farnham Angling Society to David Benton, Duncan Smith, Adrian Fautley, Ryan Boyda, Josh Curd, Nigel Sharp & Brad Bickell (for returning from having attended previously as a Junior), for kindly donating their own time and braving the weather to help at the Carp Academy last weekend on The Old Pin on Badshot Lea Big Pond last weekend.
Many thanks as always to Hampshire Tackle for providing such a great deal on all the bait for the event once again.
The Juniors/Intermediates that attended were Billie Turner, Karl Butler, Reece Butler, Jack Cooper, Matt Gaines, James Holtham, Robbie Lunn & Jimmy Pullen, all of whom caught and who had some great Carp & Catfish, some of which are shown below.
Well done to Dave & the rest of the team for once again giving their time to help our Junior members become better anglers who will hopefully assist others in the future and follow the great example set by Brad & thanks to him for all the great photos . . . . . . well done everyone.
Badshot Lea Complex: Big Pond, Small Pond & Kings Pond.
The use of Farnham AS landing nets, keep nets, unhooking mats and weigh slings.
The provision of this equipment is scheduled to cease as from 1st April 2014, i.e. for member using the 2014/15 handbook.
However, we have established that we do not have enough of the equipment to go round for the members that are taking advantage of the long overdue fine weather and making use of the complex, as a result all current Members with a 2013/14 handbook may use their own equipment with immediate effect.
Chief Bailiff, Head Bailiffs at Badshot Lea Complex & The Executive Committee
Stocking at Badshot Lea Big Pond
25 pristine Carp, including Mirror, Common & Fully Scaled fish between 14lb & 16lb have been stocked into Badshot Lea Big Pond. Please see the link that shows 10 of these stunning fish.
The Executive Committee - 3rd February 2014
Free tuition on tactics - Helicopter rigs and other methods with Duncan Charman.
Venue - Badshot Lea Big Pond.
Meet 9am in Main carpark - Fish 10am - 2pm
Pegs 58 & 59 closed from 7am to 4pm on the 28th.
Free angling tuition available to Junior Members. Call me on 01252 315271 or 07928 617006 to book your place (or Mick or Fran at The Creel on 01252 - 320871 in the first instance), limited to 6 juniors on a first come first served basis. You will need to provide your name and FAS 2013/14 handbook number.
Juniors do not need to bring tackle as they will be able to use mine that will be set up for demonstrations and junior use, however if they wish to learn and then fish with thier own tackle, then that's fine.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards, Duncan Charman
Midday on Saturday 25th 'til midday on Sunday 26th May. Draw at 9.00am. (The last Bank Holiday weekend in May)
The primary aim this year is to raise funds for The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, have fun and to catch some fish. This match is purely for pleasure, with the emphasis on fundraising, I must emphasise that unless sponsorship is paid in full within 3-months of the date of the match the matter will be referred to the Executive Committee for their full and final consideration.
A maximum of 15 pairs may take part. Pairs fish together in the same or adjacent swims. Junior teams may compete - written parental consent required.
The draw for swims takes place at 10.00am on Saturday, fishing starts at midday.
Normal FAS rules, but to maintain fairness to all competitors, bait boats are not allowed.
The event concludes with the prize giving in the main car park on the Sunday afternoon by 2pm.
To book your place, call Mark Hurdle on 07970 – 423784. You will need to send the following to Mark Hurdle at 26 Lipscombe Rise, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2HP.
a) A cheque for £50.00 made payable to ‘The Phyliss Tuckwell Hospice’.
b) Your team details –
1/.Competitors names, addresses and telephone numbers.
2/. FAS permit numbers.
3/. The name of your team.
Please remember, all existing KHV measures will remain in force at the Badshot Lea complex during the 2013/14 season and ALL competitors have to abide by the measures regarding the use of:
a) Landing nets b) Keep Nets c) Unhooking mats d) Weigh Slings
For more information or to book your teams place, please call Mark Hurdle on 07970 - 423784 ASAP.
Our brand new promotional film advertises Farnham Angling Society and specifically the Badshot Lea Complex with details of the fisheries and winning methods to get the best from each of these waters. Special thanks to Brian Gay of V2V (http://www.v2vangling.co.uk/) for all his help and guidance during the making of this film.
Just click on the link to watch the video....
Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary & The Executive Committee - 20th March 2013Read More....
Thanks to all the bailiffs who entered the bailiffs match on June 23rd 2012. We had 10 pairs of anglers who are all bailiffs on different waters or Committee Bailiffs.
Everyone had a great time and all the teams caught.
First with 173b 7oz was Glen, a bailiff on Tarn and Warren, and Paul, a bailiff on River Valley.
Second with 137lb was Mark and Les, bailiffs on Badshot Lea Big and Small Ponds.
Third 109lb 2oz was Alby and Andy, bailiffs on Badshot Lea Big and Small Ponds.
The largest fish caught was a 31lb 4 oz catfish caught by Andy, bailiff on Badshot Lea Small Pond.
Thanks to Terry, Carol, Wendy and Phil for the great job they did on the BBQ, also to the Executive Committee for the trophies and supplying the food.
Fred Durbridge - Chief Bailiff
Following this year’s 24-Hour Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match which is organised by Farnham Angling Society and takes place on Badshot Lea Big Pond near Farnham, Surrey, The Second Chance Children’s Charity in Portsmouth will receive in excess of £2,000.
This is the 12th year that we have run the match to commemorate the late Mr Jack Frost, our previous Secretary who gave 40-years of service to the Society and who was an active charity worker.
Since starting as a match fished by 8 individual anglers fishing on the Old Pin, it progressed to a pair’s match that normally occupies the entire lake.
My sincere thanks go to all the anglers that took part, as at one stage it looked as though the match may have to be cancelled, but a typical late run saw 12 teams register.
The weather was glorious, and had been for the week before the event, with a northerly wind turning into a steady north easterly wind pushing diagonally across the lake.
At 9.45am the draw took place and the teams all headed off to their pegs to see what the next 24-hours would bring.....Read More....
Junior Jimi Loten has claimed the FAS record for a Ruffe with a 1oz 4dr Ruffe that was caught from Badshot Lea Big Pond on 28 October 2011 and carefully weighed using electronic kitchen scales !
Jimi showed that his specimen hunting, for which he is fast making a name for himself, is not just confined to Barbel such as this 16lb 4oz specimen that he took from Carters Hill in July this year which was just 8oz off the existing FAS record.
Want to fish for Pike, then remember you need to have attended an FAS Pike Teach In !
There is no need to book. Anyone wishing to fish for Pike on FAS waters must attend a Pike teach-in. This includes all guests and exchanged members.Anyone who is not a member may also attend a teach-in, all are welcome.
Please remember that to qualify for a 'Pike Fishing permit stamp' in the Handbook, attendants must arrive before the stated time of each teach-in session (times indicated below) and bring the required equipment as per bye-law 4.s.ii a-g (see pages 10-11 to allow for a tackle check by FAS officials, otherwise you will not be able to complete the teach-in).
All required tackle will be available to purchase and sold at 10% discount (cash transactions only).
You must be prepared to handle Pike during the teach-in session. All Pike Teach-Ins completed for 2011/12 Season and the next Teach-Ins will start in September 2012. For further information contact, Mike Slater 07967 736 815.
Trevor Hopkins has broken the FAS Common Carp record, catching Scar at 40lb 14oz. This was included within an amazing haul of 35 Carp, with only 2 under 10lb and the best of the rest at 19lb 13oz. This included 10 Grass Carp, with 3 over 20lb, and the biggest at 23lb 10oz. he also had a a Catfish of 29lb 9oz. Trevor caught all the fish from the same swim over 7 nights fishing, over the course of 10-days on and off Badshot lea Big Pond.
The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham received £3,306.11 thanks to the members of Farnham Angling Society following the 2011 24-Hour Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match at the clubs flagship Badshot Lea complex. On the Sunday 29th May 2011 David Benton & Nigel Sharp were declared the winners, the two specialists having fished well to catch 155lb 3oz of Bream & Carp. They had been pressed hard all the way by Mark Hurdle & Ben Ivory who finished second with 118lb and Ian Gray & Simon Walmsley who came third with 98lb 6oz of Bream, Roach, Perch and Rudd and Tench. The better specimens landed included a 16lb 1oz Common Carp, a 10lb Bream and 7lb 5oz Tench. Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary of Farnham Angling Society, explained "This is the 11th year we have run the match to commemorate the late Mr Jack Frost, our previous Secretary, who gave 40-years service to the Society and who was an active charity worker." The winners of the match received complementary permits for next season. In addition, the junior & senior anglers raising the most sponsorship, those finishing in the second & third placed teams and those individuals landing the best specimens all won fishing tackle prizes that had been generously donated by the owners of Hampshire Tackle, Gold Valley Angling Centre, Nash Baits, Tackle Up, The Creel, Guildford Angling Centre, Backhurst Bait Supplies, Rokers Animal Feeds, Goldsworth Angling, Westfield Angling and Nigel Sharp.Read More....
The Big Common at Badshot Lea Big Pond has been caught several times this season, and has now broken the official FAS record for the species as it continues to pack on weight for the coming winter. Jason Clarke of Nottingham caught the Big Common at 40lb 3oz on 29th September to claim a new FAS record, having seen it topping at 30m the previous day, he spodded about half a kilo of maize and used 4 pieces of maize and a piece of fake corn on a 3 inch hooklink off a size 10 hook. Earlier this season, John Triggs landed the big Common Carp at 38lb 0oz on 26th June, 4oz short of the FAS record. He then had the good fortune to catch it again on , but this time at 38lb 8oz in August and claimed the new FAS record. Stott McDermott then caught it at 39lb 1oz to claim the FAS record on 29th August, but this has now been broken by Jason Clarke's capture. Since it was caught at 40lb 3oz, it has been caught twice at 39lb 12oz, by Jamie James on 4th October and by Peter Hooper on 11th October. Who could be next ?
Following this years (2010) 24-Hour Jack Frost Memorial Charity Match that took place at Badshot Lea Big Pond on the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May 2010, The Second Chance Children's Charity will benefit from a donation of £1,771 via Farnham Angling Society. Now in it’s 10th year, the match commemorates the late Mr Jack Frost, who gave 40-years of service to the Society and was an active charity worker. The matches have now raised a total of £25K that has been donated to The Second Chance Children's Charity based in Portsmouth and the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham. On behalf of FAS I again express thanks to the 20 anglers that took part who enjoyed the match and congratulations to all for raising the funds.Read More....
Congratulations to Daniel Ibbott pictured with a fish of a lifetime, caught on 15th April 2010 at Badshot Lea Big Pond, a fantastic Tench of 10lb 10oz. This has been accepted as the new FAS record by the Executive Committee having been witnessed by two Junior Members.
Off Lower Weybourne Lane, Badshot Lea, Hampshire
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From the roundabout (Shepherd and Flock) at the eastern end of the Farnham by-pass take the exit road sign posted Aldershot after 200m take the 2nd exit on the mini-roundabout sign posted to Badshot Lea and Trading Estate.
Pass Sainsbury’s superstore on your right, go straight across another mini-roundabout and continue about a mile to traffic lights.
Turn left into Lower Weybourne Lane. After about 0.25 miles turn right into the car park, immediately before the railway bridge and the Sea-Cadet hall.
Alternatively, approaching from the direction of Farnborough on the A325, turn left at Heath End between the Royal Arms public house and the petrol station.
Proceed down the hill, straight across the cross roads, and continue until you pass beneath the railway bridge and past the Sea Cadet hall on your left.
The car park is then immediately on the left.
A further car park is now available with access from the A324 Lower Farnham Road, the new car park has been built next to the existing pedestrian access gate to the Small Pond.
All parts of the Complex can be reached from the car parks. The waters can also be reached from Boxalls Lane along a footpath parallel with the railway line,