News: Our winter maintenance programme around the lakes is now almost complete. Lots of trees have been cut back and banks de-snagged. A good example of the work carried out is that you can now fish right up to the island between pegs 12-14 of the Match Lake. The last of the brash will be chipped up and cleared when we next get some dry days so, hopefully, very soon! We’ve already received some great feedback from our regulars on the improvements.
For those of you who may not have heard, we are welcoming Tiffin to the farm to take over the running of the café. The Tiffin team are hard at work completing the refurbishment and are aiming to be open at the end of March. With their excellent reputation at their venues in Clevedon and on on Jersey, we can’t wait to try it!
Rushcombe Lake: even on the coldest days of winter, if you get your tactics right, this lake produces well. For example, the PSV Christmas match was won with just over 43lb by Mark Radford on peg 13. Now that the weather is warming up, all areas of this lake are producing good pleasure bags of around 50lb if you keep it light with an 18-20 hook, 1.5lb bottom line. The best hookbait by far is a single red maggot. Feed either red maggots or groundbait. Other successful hookbaits include other coloured maggots, bread punch and sweetcorn. The roach are being caught mainly in open water and the carp are being caught on the inside and far margins.
Match Lake: again, a single red maggot is the best hookbait. Like Rushcombe Lake sweetcorn and bread punch are also working. A huge amount of skimmers are being caught out in open water if you feed a little groundbait. As mentioned above, with the maintenance work we’ve done, it’s now possible to fish tight to the islands including the two larger islands that we constructed last March. These two islands have now settled down nicely and carp are being caught from very close in, especially if you are fishing on a pole. All areas of this lake are producing including pegs 5-10 that don’t usually produce well in the colder weather
South Pool: Terry Lear, one of our season ticket holders, has been having great success from peg 5 of this lake. Terry has been fishing with rod and line out into open water with a combination of sweetcorn and maggots on the hook for carp to 8lb and bream to 4lb. This sheltered lake remains popular particularly on windy days. The corner pegs are the most consistent.
Carp Lake: is the hardest of the five lakes to fish. For those of you who don’t know, the fish in here go to 25lb and are a little older and wiser. The best tactics are plain luncheon meat or bread on a 16 hook with a 4lb line. There are lots of features in this lake to fish to and that’s where the big ones are hiding! Sometimes overlooked is the area in front of the aerator where the water is deeper but it can produce some excellent doubles. You can also try peg 9 where the water comes in from the North Pool as it’s full of fish but is also often overlooked.
North Pool: is also benefiting from the winter maintenance programme. You are now able to fish tight to the island and along the inside margins of the peninsula. A good hotspot is around the lily pad on peg 1 and the ever consistent Hovis pegs at the end of the peninsula. Try the same tactics as for the Rushcombe Lake.
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