The Tardebigge Team

Russ Guise - Lake Owner

Name: Russ Guise

How many years have you been fishing?: 41 years

When did you start fishing Tardebigge?  41 years ago...!

Which is your favourite swim and why? The Signs, because as a 14 year old ish I ended a three year blank period (missing only a handful of weekends in that time} by landing my very first Tardebigge carp at just past 9.30am on a September morning, followed an hour later by my second.... love that swim!

What made you decide to be a bailiff?

It was a natural occurance, I fished it as a child and eventually took on the lake. I am very proud to help run Tardebigge and maintain this amazing lake.

What is your PB from the lake?

34lb 12oz The Big Common

What would you say to someone thinking of joining the syndicate?

Its not easy on here.... but nothing in life is, if its worth it.


Simon Woodall - Head Bailiff

 Name: Simon Woodall

How many years have you been fishing?: Since I was 7 years old

When did you start fishing Tardebigge?  10 years ago

Which is your favourite swim and why? Caravan as it gives you a lot options and a great view of the lake

What made you decide to be a bailiff?

Wanted to get more involved helping create the best syndicate in the Midlands and share my knowledge.

What is your PB from the lake?

35lb 4oz Tiger Common

What would you say to someone thinking of joining the syndicate?

If you want it easy and a runs water then its not the place for you but if youre willing to put in the effort, think outside the box, then there is no place better.

Steve Breakwell

Name: Steve Breakwell

How many years have you been fishing? 20

When did you start fishing Tardebigge? 2002

Which is your favourite swim and why? The Long. It was the peg I caught my target and personal best from.

What made you decide to be a bailiff? It was an easy decision for me, I love the lake and its stock.

What is your PB from the lake? 

The Mosaic at 39lb

What would you say to someone thinking of joining the syndicate? 

The rewards are there, if you are willing to put the effort in.

James Ball

Name: James Ball

How many years have you been fishing? 17 years

When did you start fishing Tardebigge? 5 years ago

Which is your favourite swim and why? Dont really have one. I let the fish tell me the best peg

What made you decide to be a bailiff?   I was asked and thought it would be a good thing to do as I love the place so much and enjoy keeping it up to scratch.

What is your PB from the lake? 

39lb 10oz The Big Common

What would you say to someone thinking of joining the syndicate? 

We are careful who we add as members to the syndicate. This isnt an easy lake but it is an amazing lake and is going to be a place for the future.

Luke Stevens

Name: Luke Stevens

How many years have you been fishing? I have been carp fishing for 33 years since the age of 12, where I grew up emulating the likes of Billy Rowley, Colin the Carp and Winny on my local lakes, Fens Pools Pensnett.

When did you start fishing Tardebigge? I have been fishing Tardebigge 5-6 years.

Which is your favourite swim and why? Mallins has been very kind to me over the years and commands a nice central area of the lake.

What made you decide to be a bailiff?  Angling ethics are my main principle in fishing, you will never find out of my swim and always as close to the rods as possible. Tardebigge has some real gems and I wanted to contribute to keeping it that way by supporting the bailiff team in ensuring that fish care rules in particular are adhered to 100%

What is your PB from the lake? 

I have to say I'm not a keeper of PB's as I have caught thousands of carp over the years, but I do prefer to target certain fish on my list. I have had mosaic 3 times over 35lb, I think the biggest being 36lb. The two I want most of all are the Stub Tail and Tiger Common, although all of them are gems.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining the syndicate?   Make sure you have cut your teeth somewhere first as Tardebigge fish are the hardest fighting you are likely to come across. In addition it can be very kind but also give you long lean spells so be prepared for the challenges the lake itself and the fish bring. When you join, respect others around you as there are a cracking bunch of lads on there. Above all don't forget to smell the roses along the way!

Stuart Glover

Name: Stuart Glover

How many years have you been fishing? 30 years

When did you start fishing Tardebigge? One year ago

Which is your favourite swim and why? Russ' as thats where I caught the Mosaic from... to be fair I havent fished all the pegs on the lake yet but at present I prefer Russ'.

What made you decide to be a bailiff?   I like being involved in the every day running of the lake... also with my fishing and work knowledge I hope to be able to contribute in all areas... also when you get asked to become a bailiff on such a stunning lake its a no brainer to me??

What is your PB from the lake?   

The Mosaic at 37lb 8oz

What would you say to someone thinking of joining the syndicate? Consider all that comes with the Res first... ie distance to pegs, its not an easy lake with lots of barrowing and also rowing... but ultimately its a stunning place to fish with original English fish in (rare these days). Also be prepared to go long spells without a fish but that next bite could be a fish of your dreams... last but not least... ENJOY!

Behind the Scenes

Yvonne Guise

Yvonne is Mom to Russ Guise. She has been looking after Tardebigge Anglers membership for the last 15 years. Without Yvonne, the Tardebigge syndicate would not have run so smoothly. 

Ollie Guise

Ollie Guise has been helping members for the last fifteen years. Dad to Russ Guise, Ollie is a local legend and is well known for being a font of knowledge about Tardebigge Lake.

Michelle Tuffley

Michelle is a new member of the Tardebigge family. She is partner to Russ Guise and has been helping with Social Media and Events for the syndicate. Michelle now looks after all the admin side of Tardebigge Anglers and is your first port of call if you have any issues.