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When you visit us at Bullock Farm we hope that you will have a great experience whether you’re fishing, camping or staying in our holiday cottages. Unfortunately, the cost of maintenance, refurbishment and investment in new stock doesn’t come for free and therefore we’ve had to make the difficult decision to increase some of our prices. We hope you will agree that the new prices still offer excellent value for money.
So, for the first time since 2010, we’ll be increasing our fishing prices for day tickets and season tickets. With effect from 1st July 2018 our new prices will be £8 for adults and £6 for Juniors (14 & under) / OAP’s / Disabled. There is still no charge for extra rods. Season tickets will increase to £160 for adults and £120 for concessions.
On the campsite, prices for adults will be £8 per person per night, children (14 or under) will be £5 per night, dogs will remain the same at £1 per night and the price for an electric hook up will also remain the same at £3 per night. Use of the shower/toilet facilities are still included in the price. These increases will also take effect from 1st July 2018.
If you have an existing booking for after 1st July 2018, we will honour the price quoted at the time your booking was made.
Cottage Holidays 2018
Sadly, due to illness, a regular customer has had to cancel a two week holiday in August. Therefore, the Six House is now available again for weeks commencing 4th and 11th August. We also still have some availability for the Loose House in June, July & August. Take a look at our cottages page for full details of our lovely cottages - click here.
Changes at The Lambing Shed - Welcome to Edesia's Kitchen!
We are delighted to announce that we are welcoming Edesia’s Kitchen to The Lambing Shed. We are really looking forward to having Richard and the Edesia’s Kitchen team on board. You will be assured not only of delicious locally sourced food but also of a warm welcome.
They have a wealth of experience in the catering trade currently providing food for another fishery in Somerset and, prior to this, their background was in the licensed trade, catering within the National Trust and other national organisations.
The café will be closed throughout May to undergo a complete refurbishment and will re-open in June. You can find out more about them and see sample menus by clicking here www.edesiaskitchen.com
Please come and give them a try, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
Their contact details are:
Tel: 07568 696707
Match Lake Improvements
The Match Lake had some major work carried out to remove the bulrushes from the main part of the lake and create two new islands at the beginning of April 2018. We're really pleased with the results and the feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. During the course of the work an estimated 250 tonnes of silt was taken from the lake bed and used to infill the new islands so you will need to replumb! Aquatic Solutions UK carried out this specialist work for us with an amazing piece of machinery called a Truxor meaning that we could carry out the work without having to remove trees etc and making minimal mess. A great job! Photos on the Match Lake page and Facebook.
New Stock Introduced - Tuesday 20th March 2018
New stock arrived into Rushcombe Lake on Tuesday, 20th March.
We took delivery of a further 1,000 pasty-sized stock fish - a mixture of commons and mirrors from Staffordshire in superb condition and very lively!
We topped up our stock for the third year in a row and it’s worth mentioning that, when we introduced the new fish last year, the fishing stepped up a gear almost immediately - to such an extent that the pleasure bag was broken with Tim Hadland weighing in 245.35 lb, breaking the previous record of 216lb set by Mark Bellringer in 2013.
Lakes & Campsite Maintenance and Improvements
A huge amount of maintenance and improvement work has been undertaken over the winter months including cutting back overhanging trees, clearing the banks, replacing swims, revamping the bridge to the island of Rushcombe Lake to make it more accessible, and improvements to the campsite, etc. Thanks to Benedict Simmons Landscaping for their hard work in the cold weather.
Our new website is now live! We have spent the last few months updating and refreshing the content and style of our website and also making it mobile responsive so it will be much easier to browse through it on your mobile phone and tablet. We’d like to thank Alistair Whiteley for the web design, Jamie Dodd for the superb photography and Phil Wiseman for the great drone footage and video which can be viewed from the homepage. Let us know what you think...
Record-breaking pleasure bag from Rushcombe Lake!
Tim Hadland has had a few great sessions here lately but on Wednesday 19th April 2017 he caught an amazing 245.35lb of fish from peg 30 of Rushcombe!
Tim fished 3 ways: on a long pole (13) meters to the far bank with corn and pea-sized paste on a size 16 hook over micro-pellets in only 10 inches of water to have the biggest fish of the day at 9lb. When it slowed down he went down the inside margin on a size 14 hook, 2 foot from the bank with a fish here and there. But what caught him more fish than he expected was a 15 gram method feeder casting 2 meters short of the far bank in deeper water with micro-pellets and banded pellet and corn as a change bait that worked. He used a size 18 hook and 3lb bottom with a 6lb main line.
Tim estimates he had 170lb of small fish from 4oz to 2lb and around 75lb of larger fish between 3lb and 9lb. His bait was half a tin of sweetcorn and 1kg of micro-pellets.
A tip from Tim is never to take your eye off your rod as he had lots of bites from fish around the 1lb mark and very nearly lost his rod!
NEW STOCK HAS ARRIVED!
Thursday 9th March 2017 was a lovely, sunny spring day - ideal to introduce some beautiful new carp. Approximately 1,500 fish were delivered from Staffordshire: 1,000 have gone into Rushcombe Lake and the remaining 500 into the North Pool. They are a mixture of common, mirror and linear carp and are in superb condition. They are already stirring things up - bring some pellets! Photos on our gallery.
We had an interesting day on 21st September 2016. The Environment Agency asked if they could put some traps into the lakes to see whether we had any invasive or unwanted species. The traps were put in place and then retrieved the following morning. We're very pleased to report that we didn't find anything we didn't want or shouldn't have! What we did find were lots of beautiful little roach, some stunning little linear mirrors and perch - all in really great condition. Fish for the future! Photos of what went on can be viewed on Facebook - click here and please 'like' our page.
It's so nice when customers take the time and trouble to let us know that they've enjoyed their stay with us so, we're delighted to have found this in our visitors' book in the Loose House.