We’re lucky to be experiencing some really lovely weather lately with sunny spells virtually every day. Mornings and evenings are chillier but the lakes are still fishing well.
News: We’ve now started the process of re-vamping our website, part of which will be to make it mobile and tablet friendly. There’ll be new photos along with aerial footage taken from a drone that we had here recently. On the day the weather was great and so was the fishing – the 10 or so anglers that were here were catching consistently – the evidence will be on the website when it’s launched later in the year.
Match Lake: this is the most consistent lake at the moment. Experiment with a host of small hookbaits, including maggots, casters, bread punch and (strangely successful) multiple dead maggots presented on a 16 hook! Chatting to a first-time visitor on peg 3, this method caught a bag of 40 fish comprising skimmers, roach, crucians and fantailed crucians. Similar bags to this are being caught all over this lake. Keep the feed light - micro-pellets are the favourite. The larger carp in here are falling to small pieces of luncheon meat targeted to the margins.
Rushcombe Lake: a little bit inconsistent of late. Some people are struggling to catch many but others are having nice pleasure bags of 50-60lb. The best hook-baits have been bread, red maggots and sticky red pellets. You really need to vary how you fish as sometimes the margins and sometimes the open water are producing the most. People are also catching well 3-4 inches off the bottom so this is also worth a try.
Carp Lake: Steady fishing here. Bread and dog biscuit on the surface, spicy luncheon meat on the bottom are what’s currently working. Some nice carp of 10-15lb are showing. The best pegs are 5, 6, 9, 20 & 21.
North Pool: Regulars, Mike Edwards and Dave Mutton, fished their usual spot, halfway down the peninsula, both catching nice mixed bags. The perch have been showing really well in here this year and Mike was catching them to just over 1lb. The best hook-baits are sweetcorn, maggot, bread and soft pellet. The hotspot is still the ‘Hovis’ peg.
South Pool: This cracking little lake is fishing really well. Whilst the above-mentioned filming was taking place both the fish and the fishermen obliged by performing nicely! Evidence will be seen when the new website is launched. Try the same hook-baits as for the North Pool.
Finally, please send us your photos and catch reports – we’ll do our best to get them on our website gallery; Facebook page, Twitter feed and into our fishing report.
*Photo on our website gallery.