11th February 2014
As we write this report, parts of the country are suffering horrendous flooding issues but thankfully, we are, so far, unaffected. We are very lucky here in that our local Internal Drainage Board (North Somerset) seem to know what they are doing! Our sympathies go out to all those who have been affected.
Despite the challenging weather conditions, we have had virtually no frost and therefore the colour of the lakes is excellent and the fishing is good.
Ben is continuing with the maintenance work around the lakes – where the trees have been cut back, the resulting brash is now being chipped up so that it doesn’t blow back into the water and cause any snags. Visit Ben’s website at: www.benedictsimmons.co.uk
The best two lakes at the moment are the Match Lake and the South Pool. These are both well-sheltered from the south-west wind.
The two Bath anglers who arrived on Sunday in terrible weather (sorry, I didn’t get their names) started off with a hearty breakfast in The Lambing Shed café and then fished pegs 13 & 15 of the Match Lake. They both fished on the pole out in open water, alternating between 18 and 20 hooks with single maggots and virtually no feed going in. Both had good bags made up of silver fish including some nice skimmers, bream and fantailed crucians. If you try these tactics you can expect pleasure bags of around 35lb. All areas of this lake are producing similar bags.
The South Pool is producing slightly bigger bags as the specimen bream in this lake (which go to around 5lb) are being caught regularly. Apart from maggot and pinkie on the hook, sweetcorn and bread punch are worth a try.
The Carp Lake is looking really promising. It’s an excellent colour and good catches are coming from here - if you use light gear with paste or pellet on the hook you should have a good day.
The North Pool also looks great particularly after the above-mentioned maintenance work. The end of the peninsula and the right hand side of the peninsula are the best areas to fish but don’t discount trying floating bread on a small hook in the margins to tempt some of the lovely doubles in this lake.
Rushcombe Lake, largely because it faces the prevailing south-westerly wind, has not been greatly fished lately which suggests to us that, if you pick your day, you will have a good day on here!
It’s half-term in this area next week so come on down and have a go.
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