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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.
Match Lake Maintenance - Lake closed 9th - 13th April 2018
The Match Lake will be closed for maintenance work from Monday 9th - Friday 13th April 2018. We are planning some major work to remove the bulrushes from the main part of the lake and create two new islands. We're looking forward to seeing the results.
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.