• Maggots

Latest Fishing Report


Spring is springing and the weather and the fishing are warming up.  Read on for the latest tips…


Rushcombe Lake:  Bradley* (12) and Vinny* (9) used maggots to catch some lovely carp from this lake on their first visit to Bullock Farm.  They’ve since returned and had another good day.

As we go into the nicer weather, still keep things light so: 16-18 hook; maggot and sweetcorn as hookbait and micro-pellets and maggots as feed.  All areas of this lake are producing, particularly around pegs 31 and 1-5.  The island has been under-fished in recent weeks which usually means it’s ripe for a good day.



Carp Lake:  there are two ways to fish this lake: luncheon mean on a 14-16 hook on the inside margins or tight to the features to produce nice doubles or alternatively, fish much lighter – a size 18 hook out into open water to target the large head of silver fish in this lake.  There have also been some lovely tench coming out at around the 2.5lb mark which has surprised everyone!  The best areas are around pegs 20-21 and pegs 2 & 5.   It’s also worth floating bread on the surface for the larger carp – this can work all day but early morning and evening are the most productive time (so that makes three ways!). 



Match Lake:   Most of the regular fishermen on this lake are successfully targeting the large head of tench in here.  It’s now a year since we restocked the tench but they are still coming out regularly on an 18 hook with a single red or white maggot.  These tactics are also working for the silver fish.  A huge variety of baits are working in this lake but the most important thing to remember is to keep it light – 18 hook, 1.5lb bottom line.  All areas are producing but pegs 13-26 are the most consistent.

Just a reminder to take care and stick to the original path when walking around this lake as the ground at the lake edge is still very soft in places due to the silt removed from the lakes last autumn when we strengthened the banks – there are warning signs. 



South Pool:  use the same tactics as Rushcombe Lake here.  In addition sweetcorn over liquidised sweetcorn is working for the large specimen bream in this lake - they are being caught out in open water.  The carp are being caught on luncheon meat in the margins and the silvers everywhere! 



North Pool:  you’ll notice that this lake has turned bright blue!  The colour is due to a harmless vegetable dye (recommended by the Environment Agency) that we’ve added to suppress early weed growth.  The dye actually gives the fish a lot of confidence so all areas are producing well.  Chopped worm and luncheon meat are tempting the lovely perch in here that run to 2.5lb.  The pasty-sized carp that were stocked last year are consistently being caught on a single maggot and sweetcorn on a 16 hook, 1.5lb bottom line.  The larger carp in here are being caught by floating bread (about the size of a £1 coin). 



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