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Fishing Report


Late Spring


News: We are delighted to announce that Edesia’s Kitchen will be operating the café at the Lambing Shed, reopening after a refurbishment on Saturday 2nd June 2018. We’re really excited about this – more details on their website.

As some of you may have already seen, we have now completed a major project on the Match Lake. We have removed the large bank of bulrushes in the centre of the lake along with approximately 250 tonnes of silt. At the same time we have built two new feature islands in the ideal spot to hold the fish and for you to fish to. Thank you again to Aquatic Solutions UK for doing such a great job. For those of you who haven’t seen a Truxor in action – this is a great bit of kit, ideal for this work - photos* and details on our website.


Rushcombe Lake: the 1,000 new pasty-sized carp introduced into this lake in March are settling in well and are being regularly caught all over the lake. The best hookbait for these fish is (unsurprisingly) pellets but luncheon meat, maggots, sweetcorn and bread are all working really well too. Most of the larger carp in here (5-10lb) are being caught in the margins. The excellent head of roach are being caught out in open water, typically on a single red maggot. Lots of pleasure bags are coming out at around 50-60lb. This is also an excellent lake for less-experienced anglers as proved by Ella-Grace (aged 7 ¾) who sent us a couple of lovely photos* of fish that she caught which are on our website gallery.


Match Lake: we had a visit from regulars ‘The boys from Gloucester’ who all fished around the new islands on light tackle using a combination of luncheon meat and maggots on the hook. They ended up with 40-50lb bags of silver fish. These are showing really well in this basin (pegs 14-26).which has been dredged as mentioned above. Regulars: you will definitely need to replumb in this area as it’s a lot deeper.

Whilst walking around during the work we noticed lots of large carp around pegs 7 & 8. They still appear to be there so it may be worth targeting that area.


South Pool: this lake is living up to its reputation as an excellent bream water. During the last week a lot have been coming out mainly in open water. Try sweetcorn on the hook with no feed. For the other species in this lake (carp, tench, roach, rudd, etc) try the corner pegs and the inside margins.


Carp Lake: is now fishing well. Mark Robinson recently had a nice bag of 100lb+ with carp up to 15lb 9oz from peg 20. All areas of this lake are producing well. Try luncheon meat and pellet as hookbait - floating dog biscuit and bread crust are also worth a try in the early morning/evening.


North Pool: there are some lovely fish coming out here – see the photo of Terry Bird* on our website gallery to give you an example. Terry fished off the Hovis peg which, along with peg 1 is the most consistent peg on this lake. Luncheon meat and bread are the best hookbaits, feed micro-pellets in moderation for the best results. In common with the other lakes a 16-18 hook is about right.


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.

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