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n the time since the
Cemex sell-off, Yateley
has had a new lease of
life. Although those
legendary carp like Bazil,
Heather and their
buddies are now long
gone, the new stock has
grown and returned
Yateley to its former
glory. Likewise, its banks
may not now be trodden
by the likes of Terry
Hearn and me, but the
anglers that fish Yateley
now are just as
passionate about the
Yateley carp as we were
20 years ago.
Every lake has come
on leaps and bounds in
this time: The North
boasts commons up to
54lb with a handful
approaching 50. The Car
Park too has numerous good forties. The Split
Lake is a real eye-opener with a good head of
big fish up to 47lb! You would never have
dreamed it. The Pad Lake, South Lake and even
the diddy little Horseshoe and Pump House all
contain big fish. The Pad has numerous fortypluses.
Over the other side of the road there is a
similar story: multiple forties in the Match, some
beasts now in the Copse and The Nursery
holding fish to 47lb and maybe bigger, as its
anglers keep very secret squirrel about what
goes on over there. The Nursery is certainly
Yateley's secret jewel in the crown.
Hence the reason for this book… It’s been six
years since the first two volumes, and the
changes are phenomenal, the fish huge, and
only living five minutes from the complex, I felt
duty bound to record the history further on
these lakes, the UK's true heritage waters. The
format remains much the same: the page
numbers continue through the volumes. Maybe
in another ten years, there will be more history
to record, even perhaps a Yateley British
record… who knows? Now wouldn't that be
I have also decided to include the Yateley
lakes on the edge of the old Cemex complex,
these being Little Moulsham, Mill Lane, Swan
Valley and Sandhurst. Each contain their own


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