Match Lake: this lake is fishing particularly well. We have been pleasantly surprised by the size of the carp being caught in this lake. Lots of double-figured carp have been caught on predominantly plain luncheon meat but other hook baits are working too. The most prolific area has been from peg 13 to peg 19. The Jordan family* from Fiddington camped here on holiday and amongst their catches was a beautiful common carp from peg 18 – caught on a 16 hook, 4lb line with plain luncheon meat.
Mark Ward* had some nice carp off the top on dog biscuit and a size 10 hook whilst staying here in the Six House on holiday. Among his catch was a particularly good looking koi/mirror carp – photo on our website gallery.
The crucians and tench are not showing particularly well but the skimmers and roach are. All areas are producing silvers. The best tactics have been sweetcorn over liquidised sweetcorn, maggots and bread with size 16-18 hook on 2-3lb line. It’s really easy to overfeed this lake so be mean with your feed – micro-pellets have been the most popular.
Rushcombe Lake: we always strive to be honest and accurate in our fishing reports and so it’s fair to say that, in a couple of recent matches, this lakes has fished hard. However, pleasure fishermen are doing very well, regularly getting bags of between 75-100lb. The best tactics are to use a 16-18 hook with a 2lb bottom line - sweetcorn over liquidised sweetcorn, maggots and bread are also working in here. The roach are being caught out in open water and the larger carp are coming from the margins. All areas are producing but there seems to be three hotspots: around peg 1 where the water comes in; the pegs around the bridge to the island and at the top of the island which is relatively underfished.
North Pool: firstly, just to reassure anyone who’s fished this lake recently, the blue colour in the water is not blue algae, neither has the Medirerranean found its way to Somerset, it’s a blue vegetable dye which blocks sunlight from reaching the weed thus suppressing its growth. It is completely harmless to fish, fishermen and the environment. The good news is that it’s working and the lake is fishing well. The best areas are the right-hand side of the peninsula including the Hovis pegs. Hook baits and tactics as above for a lot of pasty-sized carp that are showing really well at the moment.
Carp Lake: Still remains the most challenging lake at the fishery. If you are patient and fish early morning or late afternoon/evening, there has been a steady supply of really impressive fish coming out. Lots of doubles being caught on bread and dog biscuit free-lined on the surface or small cubes of plain luncheon meat on the bottom. Very little feed is needed.
South Pool: a very popular little lake especially if the weather is wet and windy because it’s so sheltered. The corner pegs are still the best and the tactics mentioned above for the Carp Lake and Rushcombe Lake work equally as well here.
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*Photo on our website gallery.
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