All the time, dedication and sheer hard work has finally paid off for the anglers at Butterley Reservoir.
After weeks and weeks of much-needed weed removal, three and a half tons of carp have been stocked - which has changed the whole dynamics of the fishery.
Gone are the days of gin-clear water and just a few bites, if the results from the first match after the stocking are anything to go by.
Eighteen very lucky anglers fished the match and needed over a 100lb for a section win!
Lee Nussey came first with 154lb 13oz, second place went to Dave Frith with 125lb 7oz and third place went to Paul Williams with 122lb 7oz.
The first six anglers weighed in nets of over 100lb each - with everyone opting to use the method or cage feeder filled with a mix of crumb and pellet.
On the hook, maggot, sweetcorn or boilies did the business.
With the carp all averaging around the 5lb mark, a staggering total match weight of 1,100lbs was recorded.
It can be argued the fish are newly-stocked and easy to catch, but this match was held on an extremely cold and windy February 6!
Day tickets are available on the bank from the fishery bailiffs, just choose your peg and start fishing. Adults tickets are £5 with junior and concessions just £3.
Yearly membership is available from the bailiffs or local tackle shops, priced at £35 for adults and £15 for juniors.
Half-year, night and three-rod permits are also available.
For the predator hunter, pike fishing is available on a day ticket with special rules on tackle, etc.
A couple of the ‘big girls’ have been landed recently weighing in at 24lb 4oz and 21lb 8oz along with various high doubles. The ‘24’ is a young unknown fish, not previously photographed.
All junior pikers must be accompanied by a competent adult angler.
The fishery, which has a large free car park, is situated next to the Midland Railway Centre on Butterley Hill at Ripley.
All anglers are requested not to walk on the railway lines.
Telephone the club secretary: Mrs. Pat Woodward on (01773) 745837 for fishery rules and further information or e-mail: email@example.com