thecarplake

Carp Lake

The Carp Lake, stunning, approximately 15 acres with five purpose made double swims positioned around the lake to give each angler plenty of water to target their fish, over 2 acres of water per swim. Depth of water between 7 and 9 ft depending on the time of the year, as it is a gravel pit there are many features like gravel bars, small gullies, silty areas with the odd clay spot. The only snags you will find are in the margins.

The Fish

We have got a good head of carp to be caught by our guests with a few fish over 60lb, a huge number of 40's and 50's with very few doubles. It would be fair to say that the average fish would be 40lb+. There are some beautiful fish here, lovely colours, fighting fit with pristine mouths due to the way we care for them. We have been watching these fish grow over the years, and one of them could be your one of a lifetime.

  • Johnnys

    Johnnys

  • Conifers

    Conifers

  • Baby Bay

    Baby Bay

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    Conifers

  • Biggies

    Biggies

  • Baby Bay

    Baby Bay

  • Baby Bay

    Baby Bay

  • Conifers

    Conifers

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    Gate

  • Johnnys

    Johnnys

  • Biggies

    Biggies

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    Gate

  • Biggies

    Biggies

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    Johnnys

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    Gate

The Swims

All the swims have purpose built steps down into the water to facilitate unhooking and weighing of the fish, method we insist upon due to the size and quality of our fish.

The swims are large enough to accomodate two bivvies with plenty of space between them, they are laid with gravel making them very comfortable whatever the weather. Be sure to have strong bivvy pegs to secure your bivvy on the gravel. Upon arrival anglers can park in the car park and head to the reception area. Once the swims are choosen anglers are welcome to drop their gear off at their swim using their cars and then return them to the designated car park thus no need to bring barrows.

Bait & Tactics

Season 2017 - only our lake boilies will be allowed, this is for the welfare and benefit of our fish, also giving our guests an even playing field.

baitBait and tactics for the carp are very straight forward with our own established bait available for you to purchase on site, frozen in 5kg bags. This bait is the main diet of our fish, between 2 and 3 tons going in every year.  Hookbaits such as wafters, pop ups, hard hookers etc. are of course permitted. You are not allowed to bring particles onto the fishery or to use any particles as hookbaits such as tigers, corn, maize etc.

We recommend a simple semi-fixed safety bolt rig when fishing for a carp with a length of suitable tubing approximately 1m, safety clip which allows the swivel to be fixed into the safety / lead clip, a quick change swivel for the hooklink which will help with the unhooking process too. The tubing should be fixed to the lead clip to protect the fish but the tail rubber must be able to move up the tubing to allow the lead to discharge. Hooks need only to be a size 10 or 8, we prefer size 10 hooks but please no hooks bigger than a size 8 and of course all must be barbed.rig400x300

 

Mainline should be as per our rules 0.35 diameter minimum, this is to ensure your line will be strong enough to land our fantastic fish safely and protect you from snapping up, especially should you hook one of the catfish that resides in the carp lake. Please do check when purchasing your line that it is 0.35 diameter, for more details we suggest you look here.

We do hope that you will enjoy fishing our venue and do not forget at the end of every rainbow there is a pot of gold!

rainbowSo you'll believe,
This fish I'll leave,
And off I'll go again.
To sit and wait,
With line and bait,
And hope it's not in vain.
(A Fisherman's Wish by George Savige)