Ben Raymond from Bristol fished peg 12 for an excellent 50lb bag with commons to 8lb and mirrors to 5lb. Ben used a 16 hook and 6lb bottom line alternating with banded pellet or corn. He fed pellets and fished tight to the inside margin.
Match Lake: this lake is in excellent form with loads of good mixed bags coming from all over the lake.
Bullocks regular Martin Pitman from Bristol fished peg 1 and had a bag of just over 100lb which included commons to 8lb, mirrors to 7lb, crucians to 1.5lb, skimmers to 1lb and roach to 9oz. He fished on the pole with an 18 hook, 6-8 elastic, 1.5lb bottom line alternating his hookbait between luncheon meat and pellet. He fed 4mm pellets. Martin caught the silver fish out in open water but the larger carp came from the areas tight to the island.
North Pool: also fishing really well.
Rob Brain from Bristol, a North Pool regular, fished peg 14 and had an excellent 64lb bag which was evenly split between silvers and carp - the largest of which was a lovely 10lb common. Rob fished on the pole with 8 elastic, 6lb line with hook bait of pellet alternated with white maggot and feeding micro-pellets. Virtually all his fish were caught tight to the islands. To show this wasn’t a fluke, he returned the next week to the same peg and had a 65lb bag with mirrors to 6lb, commons to 11lb, roach to 1lb and skimmers to 1.5lb, not unsurprisingly using the same tactics.
A lot of perch are still showing around the lily pads on peg 1 and the ever-popular Hovis pegs at the end of the peninsula are producing a lot of pasty-sized carp. As a general rule keep to a 16 hook or smaller and feed little and often. A huge variety of hook baits are working.
South Pool: the large bream continue to show well along with the carp that run to over 10lb in here. The corner pegs remain the favourite and this is the lake that’s particularly sheltered in the inclement weather! Try bread on the surface or sweetcorn over liquidised sweetcorn on the bottom.
Carp Lake: a good collection of doubles have been coming out of here. In the summer months it’s really worth trying bread crust or dog biscuit on the surface presented next to one of the many features in this lake. This tactic really does work best for the larger fish in here. Alternatively, luncheon meat on a 14-16 hook on the bottom has been the most consistent hook bait. As you would expect, early mornings and evenings are the best times to fish here.