Lots of happy people fishing and camping over the Bank Holiday period, the weather is great and some cracking carp are being caught from the Carp Lake so, lots going on – read all about it…
Peg 5 of the Carp Lake has produced a super common carp - the biggest of the season! Jez Gannon, a driver from Coventry, holidayed here on our campsite with his wife Anne. During his stay he fished most days and, using a method feeder fishing into the point of the peninsula with a 12lb main line, 6lb bottom line, a 16 hook and feeding 8mm pellets, he landed a magnificent specimen: a beautiful common carp. This was a personal best for Jez and, luckily for him, Anne was to hand to help him land the fish, witness the catch and take a photo!
With the warmer weather this lake has really livened up. Early morning and evening are the best times to catch with floating dog biscuit or bread being the best baits to tempt them.
The Match Lake is fishing consistently well and all areas are producing really good bags. Typical of this would be Ross Stewart* who had a cracking day on peg 19 of the Match Lake with 34lb of crucians and commons. He fished with 6mm meat to the reeds at 10 metres with a few loose-fed micro-pellets.
We welcome well behaved children like 5 year old Connor* from Weston super Mare who caught a super little fantailed crucian from the Match Lake. Virtually any small bait is working and a sure sign of summer is that the tench are now beginning to show.
The North Pool is fishing really well following the recent improvements. The Stephens family had a great day here. Tony caught 21 fish, Julie caught 12 fish and daughter, Kirsty, caught 10 fish. They used 2mm & 4mm pellets and red maggots on an 18 hook on feeder rods.
The South Pool continues to fish well. The large bream are consistently being caught along with some beautiful double-figured common and mirror carp. The corner pegs are the best with a huge variety of hook baits being successful. Bread and dog biscuit on the surface is working for the large carp.
Rushcombe Lake can be quite tough in sunny conditions but it’s really worth varying your tactics and hook bait. For example, on a day when most people struggled, a couple of enterprising anglers switched tactics and got success. One tried an 18 hook with single red maggot and 1.5lb bottom line and started to catch very well. Another tried chopped worm over micro-pellets and, again, caught very well. As someone once told me ‘show me a patient angler and I’ll show you one with no fish’! It really is worth ringing the changes.
*Photo on our website gallery.