Now that autumn has well and truly arrived, we have started our usual maintenance programme around the lakes. This involves cutting back trees, clearing out the margins and removing snags. Ben & Aaron have started on the North Pool trimming back the margins on the peninsula and island (lots of fishermen have been saying this is where the fish have been hiding!) so, fishing on the inside margins is a good target area – they are still hiding there! The other lakes will be done over the coming months.
Rushcombe Lake: it was great to welcome back Ray, John, Bob & Doug (the Gloucester boys) for a few days fishing. Over the course of their visit they had some good sport on this lake. Top baits were 4 & 6mm punched meat, sweetcorn and maggots. They used 16-18 hooks, fed 2mm pellets and sweetcorn with green pellets also proving very good. They caught a grand total of 496lb 3oz which was well up on their total for this time last year of 389lb 2oz.
Kevin Gamlin* and his friend visited recently and we were chuffed to bits when they later gave us a 5 star review.
Carp Lake: whilst talking of 5 star reviews, we were also lucky enough to receive one from Glen Beaver who came along with Nery McMahon* from Kingswood in Bristol for their first visit. Nery caught a lovely common carp from peg 12. She float fished on a size 14 hook using spam as bait.
All areas are producing but do walk around to pegs 9 & 10 that benefit from the constant water flow from the North Pool. It’s a really good colour here. Bread and dog biscuit on the surface are working well.
South Pool: the corner pegs continue to fish well. This sheltered little lake is consistently producing good pleasure of over 65lb. The usual hookbaits of red and white maggots, luncheon meat and sweetcorn feeding just a few micro-pellets or maggots should work here. The large bream that inhabit this lake are mostly being caught on sweetcorn right out in the middle of the lake - no feeding is necessary.
Match Lake: loads of silver fish are coming out – mainly roach and skimmers. In addition, crucians and perch are showing well all over this lake. The two best hookbaits have been single red maggot and bread punch. Micro-pellets and liquidised bread are the best feeds. The large carp, however, have been falling to luncheon meat on the hook fishing tight to the inside margins or the islands.
North Pool: as mentioned above, the margins have been cleared out on this lake so lots of mixed bags are being caught, particularly on the right hand side of the peninsula. A 16-18 hook with a large variety of hookbaits will catch the many pasty-sized carp and perch in this lake.
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*Photo on our website gallery.