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Fishing Report


(N)Early Spring!

News: it will be immediately obvious when you next arrive at Bullock Farm that Benedict Simmons Landscaping have been hard at work over the winter months tidying up and making improvements!  They’ve been cutting back the banks, raking out snags and fencing.  You’ll also see some smart new signage around the place.
Match Lake:  despite the continuing awful weather, this lake is fishing really well.  There is a great colour over the whole lake.  The best areas have been from peg 14-26.  One tactic over and above anything else has been to fish with a 1lb bottom line and a 20 hook using a single red or white maggot presented on the bottom feeding a few micropellets.  If you follow these tactics, you can expect a 40-50lb bag of mixed silver fish.  Lots of roach and skimmers up to 2.5lb have been coming out.  A few chub, rudd, carp: crucians, leather, commons and mirrors have also been making an appearance.  Most of the fish have been caught out in open water. 
Rushcombe Lake:   as the ground is so wet at the moment, rather than parking alongside your peg as normal on this lake, we are asking people to use the hard area of Rushcombe car park to avoid causing damage to the ground alongside the lake.   Your co-operation is very much appreciated.  Fishing-wise, there are two hot spots on this lake: the first is either side of the bridge to the island and secondly pegs 1, 2 & 3 where the water enters the lake.  Tactics-wise the same methods as mentioned above for the Match Lake are working well to catch some nice pasty-sized carp and some lovely roach – again out in open water. 
Carp Lake:  hasn’t been fished a huge amount over the winter.  There is a good head of silver fish in this lake and targeting them with the same tactics as above is well worth a try.  If you are going to go for the larger carp in here, small bits of luncheon meat or bread crust on the bottom is the best bait.  A 16 hook on a 4lb line should do the trick. The best pegs are 19 & 20, 5 & 6.
North Pool: the right-hand side of the peninsula, all the way down to the ‘Hovis’ pegs is the best area to fish.  Lots of perch are coming out here, particularly around the lily pads between pegs 1 & 2 and the far margins from the ‘Hovis’ peg.  Where we have done a lot of work at the back of this lake (nearest the campsite hedge – pegs 19-25) we have also created some deep holes out in open water.  It’s well worth plumbing accurately to find the deeper water where the large carp to over 13lb have found a very comfortable home.  Luncheon meat on a 16 hook have been the best bait and hook size to attract these lovely fish. 
South Pool:  this is definitely the lake to head for if the weather is wet and windy!  Because of the large bream in here the colour is particularly good at present.  In addition to the tactics already mentioned above, sweetcorn on the hook with no feed, presented out in open water is the best way of catching the lovely bream which go up to 6lb.     
Tiffin Café: will soon be extending their opening hours for the Spring – click this link to their website for up to date information:   Tiffin at the Farm or call them on 01934 833125.
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  • The complex consists of five lakes, 141 swims
  • Heavily stocked, large variety of coarse fish
  • Day tickets £8 Adults, £6 Junior/OAP/Disabled (we do not charge for extra rods)
  • Open dawn to dusk, 365 days of the year (no night fishing)
  • Two beautiful self-catering holiday cottages converted from a 300 year-old stone barn
  • Spacious campsite with electric hook ups
  • Toilets & showers
  • Lakeside car parking
  • Match rates - concessions available
  • Tiffin Cafe at Bullock Farm


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Phil & Jude Simmons





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    Reuben Naish

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    Nick & Libby

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