The lakes are fishing like Bristol City are playing – in top form (guess who wrote this part of the report?!).
The North Pool is producing some excellent bags of silver fish. Made up mostly of skimmers and roach, casters and maggots are the best hook baits but feed a few micro-pellets too. The pasty-sized carp, of which there are many in this lake, are showing best on pellet and luncheon meat on the hook. The large head of perch are being caught on luncheon meat. You really can get a lovely mixed bag on this lake. All areas are producing but the ‘Hovis’ peg is probably the most consistent.
Duckweed has been a problem on the Carp Lake but, thanks to the hard work of Ben & Aaron, it has now been removed. Some really nice doubles are coming out and early mornings and evenings are the best times to fish. Luncheon meat and pellets are the best hookbaits on the bottom but the best tactic is bread crust on the surface. All areas are now producing.
The Match Lake, if you get it right, is in the best form of all the lakes. Single maggot on an 18 hook with a 2lb bottom line out in open water will tempt the many crucians; fantailed crucians; roach; skimmers and bream. Luncheon meat and sweetcorn on the inside margins have been best for the lovely double figured carp we’ve got in this lake. You can expect silver bags of between 35-45lb here.
The South Pool’s large bream continue to show well. The largest of these are pushing 6lb. Sweetcorn or luncheon meat out in open water with no feed is the best tactic for the bream. This is a very sheltered lake so surface baits of bread or dog biscuit will catch the larger carp which go to 14lb in here. All pegs are producing well.
Rushcombe Lake produced some lovely bags of between 35-50lb for Keith Goodwin* staying in The Loose House on holiday. Keith fished pegs 4 & 52 and his tactics were single red maggot; 3lb main line; 2.5lb hook length; 20 hook and 16 elastic on the pole. He also free-lined on the pole with a 14 hook; 3lb line and bread on the top. The 50lb bag of carp and roach was caught on a 3lb mainline; 2.5lb bottom line; 20 hook using 4mm jpz jelly pellets, corn and maggot.
Caroline Etheridge also stayed with us, on the campsite, and caught lots of super fish with her best being a 6lb 2oz* common.
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*Photo on our website gallery.