25th February 2015
Free fishing! To celebrate 20 years since we opened the lakes here, free fishing is being offered to everyone over the weekend of Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2015!
Whether you’re an experienced angler, a novice or just a little ‘rusty’; a regular customer or have never visited us before; there are no hidden catches, just turn up and fish for free! You can try any of our five lakes: the Carp Lake, Match Lake, North Pool, South Pool or Rushcombe Lake. (Normal fishery rules will apply). We’ll also be giving away free fishing for a whole year to one lucky person – details to be announced on our website; Facebook page and on Twitter nearer the time.
If you’d like to stay for the weekend, we have plenty of space on our lovely campsite and The Lambing Shed café will be open from 7.30am – 3.30pm each day. The lakes are open from dawn to dusk and we look forward to welcoming you for what we hope will be a great weekend.
Maintenance: Ben has now carried out a huge amount of maintenance over the five lakes: trees have been trimmed back, the banks have been cut back and the lakes have been raked to remove as many snags as possible and it looks good! Pictures are on our Facebook page.
The Match Lake is the most productive lake at the moment. The best areas are from peg 13 through to 26. A lovely lot of roach, skimmers and crucians are being caught out in open water. Paul Faiers and his father in law Chips fished recently and reported that a few carp were also coming out on the inside margins. The best baits have been maggots, pinkies, bread punch and soft pellets. You need to feed very little and keep it nice and light with an 18-20 hook on a 1.5lb bottom line.
The South Pool is almost fishing as well as the Match Lake. Try the same tactics as above but the larger bream to 5lb are being caught out in open water on sweetcorn. The corner pegs remain the best areas to fish from.
The Carp Lake remains tough. The deeper areas around pegs 1-5 have been the most productive. Apart from the baits mentioned on the Match Lake you can also try spicy luncheon meat with a 16 hook and 4lb line.
The North Pool is also fishing reasonably well for the winter particularly on the right-hand side of the peninsula. Terry Lear has been particularly successful catching some lovely perch on the edge of the lily pad on peg 1. Again, similar baits and tactics as for the Match Lake are working here.
Rushcombe Lake is fishing hard in the cold weather but fishing well on milder days. The best areas on this lake are around the bridge. Aforementioned tactics should work here too.