News: we’ve completed another great little project recently – a balancing pipe now links Rushcombe Lake with the other lakes*. The increased fresh water supply has increased the level of Rushcombe Lake by around 6 inches without affecting the levels of the other lakes.
We’ve also begun the autumn/winter maintenance programme around the lakes starting with the peninsula and island on the North Pool where it’s now much easier to get into the margins.
Rushcombe Lake: As mentioned above, the influx of fresh water has had a very positive effect on this lake. Typical would be Paul Brown (an engineer from Chorley in Lancashire, here on holiday) who fished all areas of the lake with a variety of maggots on the hook. Paul regularly caught 35-45lb bags but, on his best day, he fished peg 1 where he had a 67lb bag which included mirrors to 9lb, commons to 3lb and roach to 8oz. He fished to the far margin on a pole with an 18 hook, 3lb main line and 22 elastic with two bronze maggots on the hook and standard groundbait.
All areas of this lakes are producing good bags.
Match Lake: like Rushcombe is still a good colour and fishing well. Small hooks and single maggots on light lines are producing 50lb mixed bags of crucians, fantailed crucians and silver fish from all areas of this lake. However, the most consistent areas are tight to the margins around the two new islands constructed back in the Spring (between the bridge and the buildings).
Carp Lake & South Pool: As we hope you realise by now, we always try to be completely honest and accurate about the fishing form. These two lakes do tend to get a lot of leaves dropping into them at this time of year and that makes the fishing hard at the moment. As soon as the leaves have finished falling, the larger fish will colour the lakes up again pretty quickly and they will return to form.
North Pool: has lots of good colour. The right hand side of the peninsula and the ‘Hovis’ pegs at the end of the peninsula are producing good bags. The large head of perch are consistently being caught around pegs 1 & 2 on small bits of luncheon meat. Maggots, bread and sweetcorn are working well on the hook. The large head of pasty-sized carp in this lake are regularly being caught on a single red maggot with an 18 hook and 1.5lb bottom line. Groundbait and liquidised sweetcorn at the best feeds.
As mentioned above, the maintenance work undertaken here has made it easier to fish the inside margins and around the island.
Finally: please send us your photos and catch reports – we’ll do our best to get them on our website gallery; Facebook page, Twitter feed and into our fishing report.
*Photo on our website gallery.