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Benedict Simmons Landscaping has been busy going around the swims on all five lakes, replacing wood where necessary and keeping them in good order.
South Pool: this a great little sheltered lake. Season ticket holder, Terry Lear has had success on here with chopped worm (about an inch long) on a 16 hook and 4lb bottom line to catch carp to 10lb and a good head of silver fish. The large bream that inhabit this lake are still being caught on sweetcorn on the hook, feeding a little bit of liquidised sweetcorn.
Match Lake: is very prolific at the moment if you’re after silver fish. Lots of roach, chub and skimmers are being caught all over this lake. The best tactics are to fish on the pole out into open water with an 18 or 20 hook, 1.5lb bottom line with red/white maggots, casters or bread punch as hookbait. Feed a few micropellets. Some of the larger carp in here are showing on luncheon meat on a 16 hook presented in the margins.
Carp Lake: as you would expect, the wise fish in here are the most difficult to catch. Torn luncheon meat (as opposed to cut) is the best hookbait but don’t be surprised to see them taking floating bread crust and dog biscuit in the margins. Not something you would normally target in a specimen lake like this, but over the years a large head of silver fish has built up offering good sport on the more challenging days. The same tactics as for the Match Lake will work here.
North Pool: following the introduction of the blue dye earlier in the year, this lake is now clear of weed and all areas are producing. There are a lot of pasty-sized carp in here which have been feeding well. They’re best caught on luncheon meat or sweetcorn on the hook with micro-pellets, liquidised sweetcorn and liquidised bread being the best feeds. The end of the peninsula, the ‘Hovis’ pegs, are ever-popular but check out some deeper holes at the back of this lake (along the hedge closest to the campsite) that we’ve created whilst doing repairs back in the summer.
Rushcombe Lake: people who know this lake will know that there are basically two species in here: roach and carp. The roach are being caught out in open water using a single white maggot on the hook or bread punch presented on an 18-20 hook seems best. The carp are more reluctant but are most likely to be caught along the margins with a slightly larger hook, using bread, luncheon meat and soft pellets on the hook and feeding a few micro-pellets to keep them interested.
Tiffin Café: for those of you who are enjoying the excellent fare on offer, please note they have revised their opening hours for the winter – please check before you come to avoid disappointment: Tiffin at the Farm/ 01934 833125
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