Just a reminder that we are open every single day of the year in daylight hours even during the coldest weather.
Rushcombe Lake: The colour in this lake is still very good. As regulars on this lake will know, there is an excellent head of carp and roach in here. Most recently, the best hookbait by far has been single white maggot on a 20 hook, 1.5lb bottom line, with as little feed as possible – just a few micro-pellets or a few maggots sparingly fed. The roach have been coming out in open water and the carp from the near and far margins. It’s very possible to get pleasure bags of 35lb using this method.
All areas of this lake are still producing but try a short walk down to the end of the island – especially in winter, this is an under-fished area.
Carp Lake: it’s obviously quite hard to tempt the larger carp at this time of year but, some of our regulars have been dropping down to light tackle with small pieces of spicy luncheon meat and catching a surprisingly large amount of perch and silver fish – not what you’d expect in a specimen water but good sport!
All areas are producing but do have a walk around to see where the best colour is.
South Pool: this little lake is always popular in the winter as it’s the most sheltered of our five lakes. The colour is very good due to the large number of specimen bream in here but the carp and silver fish are also being caught on the ‘bait of the moment’ single white maggot. To catch the bream don’t feed at all, rely on your hookbait.
The corner pegs are still the best and most consistent.
Match Lake: there are two ways to fish this lake: really light – a 20 hook, single white maggot and 1lb bottom line when you can expect to catch lots of silver fish and perch mainly out in open water but also adjacent to the reeds as well. Or, if you go a bit heavier with a 16-18 hook with a 2lb bottom line with spicy luncheon meat, red or white maggots and bread punch, you can expect a slightly slower day but good bags of crucians, fantailed crucians and carp are coming out.
The best areas are from peg 14 – 26.
North Pool: the level of this lake is up well and the margins have been cut right back and cleared so, the best tactic here to catch the fish that have been hiding, is to fish light either along the inside margins or tight to the island. There are some lovely perch of over 1lb in here plus silver fish and the pasty-sized carp that we stocked at the beginning of 2017.
The best areas are along the peninsula including the ever-popular ‘Hovis’ peg at the end.
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.
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