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Return to The Mill
(Above) Maggots and Mainline
bloodworm pellets.
(Right) When it’s quiet, spodding a
few maggots can work well.
(Bottom) Look after your fish so others
can enjoy them.
following week, but this time I couldn’t make it, and as the days passed I
wondered how he’d got on. I bumped
into him a few days later, and discovered he’d had a right result landing a
lovely 27lb common. I was gutted,
and would have loved to be there just
to see a fish of that size.
It wasn’t until the late 90’s that I
returned to the Mill, and organised a
couple of days fishing with three
friends. Albert had since passed
away, and Tony and Andrea Higgins
now ran the water. A lot had changed
since my last visit; the house that was
at one time a little run down now
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looked superb, and is a real credit to
the hard work that Tony and his
friends had put into it. We spent the
next couple of days trying our best to
wangle a few fish out, and despite a
couple of doubles falling to our group
it was a tricky going to say the least.
We slept in the barn at night after a
trip to the local pub, and like many
anglers before, and indeed after, we
curled up on our bedchairs eager to
start the next day. After another
enjoyable day I left the Mill again with
mixed thoughts.
Despite the impressive additions to
the venue, it was not until 2005 that I
returned once again. This time it was
a charity event in aid of a little local
girl who needed to go to America, and
I’d been asked to take part in the
day’s events. Again it was with pleasure that I set foot on the place, and
with amongst others, Frank Warwick,
Jim Foster, Iain Macmillan, Graham
Slaughter, Tim Denyer, Lee Collins
and Marc Coulson, we were bound to
bank a few fish. The day went well,
most of us banked a few fish, and a
general good time was had by all.
Now at the end of 2008 I decided to
have another few trips on the Mill and
make a determined effort to bank a
few of those lovely old fish that reside
in this intimate little venue. The Higgins family are still involved with the
water but now its Tony and Andrea’s
son Ian and his wife Jane, and Glenn
and Julie Williams who own and live
on the site. The on-site café and
tackle shop is now under new management as well, with local well
known angler and professional
angling coach Roy Russell and his
wife Julie looking after all the angler’s
needs. I can certainly vouch for the
quality of the food, and with a few
trips planned on there over the winter
I can already feel my waistline
expanding rapidly. It was after a chat
or two with Roy I decided a few trips
either side of Christmas were the
order of the day, and booked myself in
for a bit of festive rod bending. The
booking system is easy, and all you
need to do is ring up the day before to
see how many places are available.
With the current stock and excellent
facilities, Cuttle is always a popular
venue with carp anglers.
There are a number of methods
that work well on the Mill, but one
tactic that I wanted to explore was
winter stalking and float fishing, as if
it’s quiet you can usually find a few
fish in the woods area pegs 6, 7, 8, and
9, and with a bit of thought and
stealth, chances close in are possible.
Priming a few marginal areas with a
combination of small chopped boilies,
bloodworm pellets, maggots and a bit
of hemp can be productive, resulting
in fizzing and bubbling as the fish
explored a free meal. Getting them

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