What The Media Say
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One of "50 waters you must fish in 2008" (see below)
"An impressive complex of lakes"
"All pegs are feature-packed"
"The Dog's Bullocks..."
"Very popular with matchmen and pleasure anglers from Bristol & South Wales"
"If you're on the information superhighway have a look at www.bullockfarm.co.uk or call Phil 'C'mon City' Simmons on 01934 835020"
"Flavour of the month with a lot of Bristol's discerning matchmen"
"Fifty waters you must fish in 2008" - Angler's Mail, 8th January 2008...
We are very proud to be listed in this cracking feature as one of the 50 waters you must fish in 2008. The Angler's Mail asked their six regional experts to suggest the best venues to fish and we were lucky enough to be included with the comments:
"Why you must fish here: bites, bites and more bites from this fish-stacked venue; and it seems as though there are as many features as fish! Key details: Phil Simmons has been steadily creating a first-class fishing complex: 5 lakes all holding big stocks of fish with a massive head of smaller carp, crucians, plus tench and silvers.
Bigger carp roam the Carp Lake and in summer when the vegetation is lush, you can forget there are other anglers around you. In winter scale down to single maggot, bread punch or smaller corn.
There are great facilities here: ample car parking, cafeteria services, and accommodation.
Interesting fact: North Pool featured in a series of Hovis television adverts featuring ducks.
Recommended by Brian Gay."
"This well established complex has become a firm favourite with local matchmen and visiting anglers alike"
"The Carp Lakes holds specimens to 26lbs and individual catches have reached over 150lbs"
"Constantly improving fishery"
"A massive hit with local anglers and holidaying visitors"
"4 heavily stocked lakes"
BBC3 - Don't Tell the Bride
Phil has made yet another TV appearance (for no fee I should add!), this time on national TV. Earlier in the summer we were approached by Tom Sims who was appearing on the BBC3 programme 'Don't Tell the Bride ' asking if we would have space to put a yurt to accommodate his wedding guests. For those of you who aren't familiar with the programme, the groom is given £12,000 towards the cost of his wedding but has to organise the whole event himself with no input from his bride at all. Unfortunately Tom's yurt dream didn't come to fruition therefore there was no wedding reception here but Phil did make a couple of brief appearances in the programme. You can view a bit about the programme on the BBC i-player: click here .
BBC Points West
On Thursday 29th May 2003 Rushcombe Lake was stocked with 28,000 carp. Will Glennon from BBC Points West came along to record the event and interview Phil for a short slot on the local evening news.
We also featured on an edition of Points West not long after we originally opened the lakes in 1995. Kevin Burden who was the BBC's local Environment Correspondent, came down to film and interview Phil regarding the transition of our redundant pig slurry lagoon into the Match Lake.
Angling Times - 100 Greatest Stillwaters...
We are delighted to appear in the Angling Times feature "100 Greatest Stillwaters you must fish".
"Top Place for Carp"
"Popular Bullock Farm Complex"
Improve Your Coarse Fishing
"Plenty of bream and tench"
"Features Galore at Bullock Farm"
Advanced Pole Fishing
"A brilliant Somerset Club Match venue"
"A cracking complex of lakes called Bullock Farm"
"A venue full of nooks and crannies where nearly every peg has at least one feature and some boast several"
"This place is 20 minutes from my home in Bristol and I rate it as one of the finest venues in the South-West"
"It's ideal for club bookings"
"Book it up - you won't be disappointed"
Aardman - The Hovis Commercial...
You might have seen the series of Hovis adverts where two ducks were discussing whether to have white or brown bread for tea but you may not have realised that the ad was filmed here in June 2005 on the North Pool. Award-winning Aardman Animations spent a few days with us here and those ads were the result. Fascinating to see how much preparation goes into making something which lasts for just a few seconds!
There are some photos of the event in the photo gallery.
BBC Radio Bristol feature...
For those in our local area, you may be interested to know that we have been featured on BBC Radio Bristol.
The shows went out at 6.45pm on three consecutive Fridays in January 2007 on Ben Prater’s drive-time show. Ben interviewed ‘Big Phil’ (so the diet’s not making it then?!) about the fishery on the 12th and spoke to two fishermen about their catches the following week. The feature was called the Bristol Kipperdrome!
We also featured on an early morning Star Radio programme when the station's Angela Cassidy made a visit to Kingston Seymour in November 2008.