Bush Farm opens in April!

Bush Farm is the exciting new name on the Essex day-ticket scene.

It’s the brainchild of Essex carper, Lee Hornsby, and he told us how it came about. “It was painfully clear that, unless you were lucky enough to be in one of the local syndicates, there was precious little good carp fishing in the Upminster area of Essex. So, when the chance came, we bought our new water, Bush Farm, from CEMEX. It’s a 4.5-acre old gravel wash pit that’s been a fishery since the 1960s, but there was lots of fishery management work to do before we would be happy to open it.”

Lee and his team set about removing 2000 small, stunted commons from the lake, and undertook a costly restocking programme, with fish from Korda’s own Simon Scott, at VS Fisheries. “There’s nothing now smaller than C5 (a five-summer fish) in the lake, and a lot bigger ones too!” Lee told us, “The new stock tops out at 32lb, and there are also 20 originals too. Our ambition is for the lake to become a thirties water that everyone can access.”

The lake itself is far from a hole in the ground, being a mature pit, and Lee and his team have already done significant swim work installing power on site. His plan is to have power sockets in every swim by the time the lake opens on the 1st April!

Lee told us a little more about the fishing at Bush Farm, “It’s a shallow pit, between 4ft and 5ft all over. That means it’ll fish well all year round, even during the winter. We’ve test-fished it already, and simple tactics are scoring well, as you might expect!”

The good news for the anglers of Essex, and elsewhere, is that Bush Farm is totally open access. Rather than just turn up though, you will have to become a member first, for the princely sum of £30, which pays for your key to access the lake. Once you’ve secured your key, you can fish for £25 per 24 hours.

If you’re interested in joining Bush Farm, you can check out their Facebook Page, or turn up at the lake for a look around, first hand! The gates will be open every Saturday from March 1st to April 1st for prospective members to look around (fishing starts on April 1st). For more information, or to secure your membership, call 01375 371200 from the 1st March onwards.

Lee gave us the inside track on a new syndicate that he’s currently working on too – which is set to open in 2017. Essex carpers, watch this space!