27th March 2015
Firstly, Phil hopes that you enjoy your fishing as much as he’s enjoying Bristol City being top of the 3rd Division and winning at Wembley!
The Match Lake is fishing well at the moment. The fish have now spread out so all pegs are producing. Typical would be Richard Perrett, a printer from Bristol, who fished peg 5 for a bag of 45lb. He fished on a pole tight to the island with a 16 hook, 8 elastic and 3lb line with luncheon meat on the hook feeding a few pellets. His bag included commons to 7lb, crucians to 1lb and skimmers to 0.5lb.
Tim Cox stayed on our campsite for a few days and also had good results on this lake. He fished peg 20 on the pole only 3-4 metres out in open water towards the rushes. He fed a mixture of maggots, casters, hemp and corn. He had most success on double red maggot as a hookbait and ended up with a bag of about 40lb made up of crucians, fantails, roach, skimmers and perch. Two days later he returned to the Match Lake and fished peg 22. He used the same tactics as above for very similar results with a bag of about 40lb. This time there were slightly less crucians but more bream and perch. Also in his bag was a 5-6lb common with a even bigger one getting away after managing to shake the hook after a 5 min fight against the pole. This was Tim’s first visit to Bullock Farm.
The Carp Lake remains tough but Tim also tried this lake out. He fished peg 13 and had fish to just over 14lb on 8mm krill flavoured pellets. His tactics varied between straight lead with a pva bag of pellets and a method feeder with mix of groundbait and micro pellets.
The South Pool is also producing well - all pegs are producing. In addition to the large bream which continue to show well, the silver fish and carp are also being regularly caught. A huge variety of hook baits are working but single red maggot, plain luncheon meat and sweetcorn have been the best. An 18 hook and 2lb bottom line is about right.
The North Pool is also fishing reasonably well for the time of year and producing some good bags. Pegs 1, 2 & 3 and the Hovis pegs on the end of the peninsula have been the most consistent. Try the same tactics and baits as the South Pool but, in addition, bread on the hook has been successful in tempting the many pasty-sized carp in this lake.
Rushcombe Lake is not fishing quite as well as the North & South Pools or the Match Lake. You will need to go really light with an 18-20 hook and single red maggot. Pegs 1-8 and the area around the bridge have been the most productive areas. Feed should be kept to a minimum with micro-pellets being the favourite.