News: We will be taking delivery of a further 1,000 pasty-sized stock fish on Tuesday 20th March. They will be a mixture of commons and mirrors and will be coming from Staffordshire. They should be with us around mid-morning and their new home will be Rushcombe Lake, If you would like to witness them being introduced, you are very welcome to come along.
We are topping up our stock for the third year in a row and it’s worth mentioning that, when we introduced the new fish last year, the fishing stepped up a gear almost immediately - to such an extent that the pleasure bag was broken with Tim Hadland weighing in 245.35 lb, breaking the previous record of 216lb set by Mark Bellringer in 2013.
In addition to the above, a huge amount of maintenance has been undertaken over the winter months including cutting back overhanging trees, clearing the banks, replacing swims, revamping the bridge to the island of Rushcombe Lake to make it more accessible, and improvements to the campsite, etc. Thanks to Benedict Simmons Landscaping for their hard work in the cold weather.
Rushcombe Lake: in the cold weather this lake has been fishing hard first thing in the morning but improving later on in the day. We’re getting good reports of pleasure bags of up to 40lb if you fish nice and light with a 1.5lb bottom line and an 18 hook. Small pieces of luncheon meat and white maggots are the best hook baits. The best areas to target are around the newly revamped bridge and the early-numbered pegs along the car park.
Match Lake: after Rushcombe, this is the most productive lake to fish. Single white maggots and pinkies are the two best hook baits - little or no feeding is required. The basin from pegs 14-26 is the best area to target. Lots of bags in this lake have been made up of mainly silver fish with some lovely roach to over 2.5lb with a few perch and carp mixed in. You can expect bags of 35-40lb.
Carp Lake: there are some nice doubles being caught on luncheon meat with a 16 hook and 3lb bottom line but it is hard work for the carp. Some of our regulars fish very light on this lake and catch a surprising number of roach which are obviously not the target for this lake, but good fun nevertheless. The best pegs are 20, 21 & 10.
South Pool: in all honesty, this lake has not been fished lately. However, the colour is very good for the cold weather and, when it’s wet and windy, this little lake is a good place to be as it’s particularly well-sheltered. Lovely bream in here to 6lb.
North Pool: is fishing well particularly in the margins. The fish are much easier to catch now that Ben has had a major cut-back of the banks making the inside margins and island margins as snag-free as we can possibly make them! The lovely stock fish we put in here this time last year are still showing well and there are some cracking perch in here to 1.5lb. The right-hand side of the peninsula, especially peg 1 and the ever-popular ‘Hovis’ pegs, have been the most productive areas.
Finally: please send us your photos and catch reports – we’ll do our best to get them on our website gallery; Facebook page, Twitter feed and into our fishing report.
*Photo on our website gallery.