19th May 2015
Adding some lovely stock into Rushcombe Lake has really stirred things up and it’s fishing really well. Over 1000lb of pasty-sized carp of around 1lb each were introduced and are making their presence felt amongst the existing residents!
Pete Hancock and friends from Oxfordshire were staying in our holiday cottages and were some of the first to fish the newly revived lake. There are some great photos on our website gallery. Martin Jones from Whitchurch was also there and had a good day with 13 carp amounting to 28lb – photos also on the website gallery. Joe & Timea Kantor from Hungary paid us their first visit and caught beautiful carp to 5lb using a 5lb line, 16 hook and slim worms – again photos on the gallery.
Trumping this though is Eric Bates, retired from Barnet, who has caught the largest fish to date from this lake. After a good tussle, Eric’s fish weighed in at 15lb 15oz (as much as he wanted it to weigh 16lb the scales wouldn’t tip quite that far!) and was caught with a lobworm on a size 10 hook freelined to where he could see several large fish grubbing around. By the end of the day he’d caught 120-130lb of fish – an excellent bag! Eric’s detailed report is on our Facebook page.
The Match Lake is also fishing well at the moment. Eric fished here on his next visit and persevered through foul weather initially to get 14 carp, several skimmers and a couple of roach. At Phil’s suggestion he changed to casters in open water for more carp, tench and skimmers all taken on the pole with a 3lb 6oz line and an 18 hook. His total for the day was 75-85lb.
Also of interest in this lake are some of the koi carp. Ben Burgoyne caught a stunning one (looks like a giant goldfish!) on double sweetcorn from the island. Photo on the gallery.
The South Pool is also producing well. Steve Pitman brought daughters Ella & Lydia along for a enjoyable time catching over 20 fish in total. They caught a lovely 4lb bream and a 5lb mirror carp both on double red maggot, floated on the bottom with size 14 hook. Great photos are on our website gallery.
The North Pool is also fishing well. The perch in this lake are showing well on luncheon meat. Peg 1 by the lily pads is the best spot.
The Carp Lake remains tough but there is a good array of doubles coming out now.