Latest Fishing Report
Carp Lake: it sounds obvious but most people target the larger carp in here and they’re still being caught on floating breadcrust/dog biscuit on the surface and paste or flavoured meat on the bottom. An increasing number of anglers ‘in the know’ are targeting the silver fish in this lake with great success. One line out as above for the large carp and then scaling down on a second rod (we don’t charge for extra rods) to an 18 hook using a variety of baits from bread punch, caster, maggot and sweetcorn, catching a lovely lot of roach and skimmers with the odd tench making an appearance. These fish have naturally bred in this lake over the last 26 years and have grown into some excellent specimens. This lake has been somewhat transformed by the recent work done by Aquatic Solutions UK & Benedict Simmons Landscaping carrying out weed and silt removal.
Match Lake: this lake has also benefitted from the earlier autumn work. Pegs 13-15 and 24-26 have had major reconstruction and there’s been general silt removal from all over this lake. The area from peg 13-26 has now become a hotspot with loads of silvers and tench regularly coming out. You obviously need to go lighter in the cold weather: an 18 hook with a single red maggot as hookbait, micropellet or liquidised sweetcorn has been the best feed. The larger carp are being caught on paste and luncheon meat, this is particularly productive along the new areas of the bank.
Rushcombe Lake: Paul Wilkins sent us a great report from peg 31 on a rainy autumn day:
Hi Phil, Thanks for a great, if not wet day. Weather conditions - awful! Heavy rain throughout the day. Fishing conditions - brilliant!
My pole was left in the bag and I decided to have a ‘day on the tip’. Fishing a medium 20g method feeder, with the 50:50 mix of F1 ground-bait and micro pellets, with a pro-expander pellet as the hook bait, matched to a s.12 hook, the bites came throughout the day. The first came as Phil came round to collect the day ticket and chat about the football (always a bonus when the owner can watch you successfully net a beautiful condition 2lb mirror carp). The second was the best of the day at common at 8.5lb, swiftly followed by a couple of 5lb commons.
The afternoon continued to be equally successful with another 8lb mirror and a 7lb common.
As the rain continued to pour down, the clicker kept rotating and, having weighed and released as I went along, the final tally was 46lb. As an added bonus, the rain eased which was my cue to pack up and head home, content that sometimes fishing in the rain can be brilliant fun.
South Pool: this lake has been under-fished recently but, as has always been the case, the corner pegs are still the best. A great tip is sweetcorn on the hook feeding liquidised sweetcorn to catch the big bream out in open water.
North Pool: all areas of this lake are producing - try the same baits as for the Match Lake. In addition to the lovely pasty-sized carp coming out, there’s a lovely head of perch being caught. Maggots and luncheon meat are the best hookbaits.
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