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22 Jun 2018

First Carp Open Day a great Success!

Suffolk Water Park held their first Open Day this year on Saturday 9th June.  Over 200 people visited throughout the day with over 45 anglers fishing 24 hours on the Big Lake and Traditional Lake!  

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At the Open Day, bait & tackle companies Bait-Tech (With their Gaby Fish Pillows, pictured above!), NASH, Gardner and Ridgemonkey all set up displays and held bait & rig clinics and NASH displayed their entire titan bivvy range, chairs and bed chairs.  

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Gardner tackle set up their stand right outside the shop and they got great feedback with their rig clinics by James Clark, as a result we're now stocking bait screws in all sizes and the new Spod and Marker Braid!

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There was bankside cooking by Simon Bishop for Ridgemonkey and Dave Levy and Dave Lane from the TV show “Carp Wars” mingled with the anglers.

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It turned out to be a fabulous day weather wise too with anglers old and new bringing their families to view the stands, including the brightly coloured Gaby Fish Pillow stand, children played in Tee-pees and tried their hand at Hook a Duck.  

 Gaby Fish Pillows outside the shopSuffolk Water Park Open Event Carp
 Fathers & children with their purchases!Suffolk Water Park Open Event Carp


The NASH Team introduced their new Hooks and sharpening kits including the new Tungsten Range, which we will be stocking as soon as they come in!

There were a few competitions running and NASH ran a Casting Competition for the Anglers, donating some fantastic prizes!  It’s always popular and anglers can show their competitive side whilst getting the chance to win some amazing products.  So far we’ve raised £200 in Aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

 Casting CompetitionSuffolk Water Park Open Event Carp
 NASH Rig clinicsSuffolk Water Park Open Event Carp


Visitors mingled with the reps and chatted with anglers on the lakes for tips and advice. Stuart Mill said, "Over all it was a fantastic Day with a nice steady flow of visitors, which is great for us and the reps as we could speak to them all individually and had the time to give them all the information they wanted!"

Jimmy Wigg fished the Big Lake straight after the Open event and after chatting with the NASH reps he landed 3 Carp to 37lb 12oz (3 Scale)!

But the NASH guys couldn't leave with out catching a few Carp!

Tony from the NASH Team with a lovely Mirror from the Traditional LakeSuffolk Water Park Open Event Carp
Mike from the NASH Team with CLOVER at 33lb from the Big Lake.Suffolk Water Park Open Event Carp

Thank you to all the Companies who supported us this year and to the volunteers who came to help out (In particular: Darren, Neil, Martin, Zach, Jenny and Ed!).

Suffolk Water Park will certainly hold the event again in 2019 making it for all anglers, Carp & Coarse, and inviting other companies to join them too! Watch this space!

 Munching on tasty grub @ Arthur's VanSuffolk Water Park Open Event Carp Brunch anyone? @ BEX's BarSuffolk Water Park Open Event Carp