In common with most lakes at this time of year, our lakes are fishing really well. A good indication is when you have someone who has never fished here before and, on their first attempt on the Carp Lake, they catch a scale-perfect common* (caught using a method feeder and double red maggot) and they then follow up with a lovely 1lb 14oz perch* from the South Pool caught on double red maggot. Welcome to Jamie Snowden! The perch have been showing really well in both the Match Lake and the South Pool this year.
Rushcombe Lake: winning match weights are just over the 40lb mark (Kingswood Disabled Angling Club) and pleasure bags are around 80lb. There are lots of carp in the margins to around 10lb and lots of roach out in open water to 2lb. Most hook-baits are working if presented on a 16-18 hook with a 1.5lb line. The best feed has been micro-pellets and a variety of trade groundbait mixes. All areas of this lake are fishing well.
Young Felix Tucker* caught his first ever carp from here with banded pellet using a cage feeder, size 16 hook and 3lb hook-length. Maisie Papworth* (aged 8) also caught her first fish – a lovely linear mirror.
South Pool: one of the stars of the new video on our newly updated website, Steve Jefferies, is shown catching a slightly unimpressive roach but, he has also been getting some excellent bream*. The larger bream are consistently showing in this lake but there are also some hefty double-figured carp along with the aforementioned perch in here too.
North Pool: is also fishing really well. Typical of the stamp of fish coming out is the kind that Richard Gillard* from Banwell caught - a lovely common on luncheon meat from the Hovis peg just as Phil was walking past him on his evening round.
The Hovis peg and the right hand side of the peninsula are the most consistent areas. Most hook-baits are working – again on a 16-18 hook.
Carp Lake: Matt Dowle* caught a super scale-perfect common from the Carp Lake on a method feeder with an 8mm krill dumbell as a hook bait. This was his first visit to Bullock Farm and he caught this lovely fish within an hour of arrival! As you would expect, early mornings and evenings are the best time to fish this lake. Dog biscuit or bread on the surface are working well.
Match Lake: Mike Sage* had a lovely common from here, float fishing with luncheon meat on the hook.
More typical of this lake are the large numbers of crucians, fan-tailed crucians, roach, rudd and skimmers coming out on a variety of hook-baits: maggots, casters, bread punch and luncheon meat have been the best with the larger carp being caught on the inside margins and close to the numerous islands. All areas of this lake are producing well.
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*Photo on our website gallery.