Fishing Report


May 2017       




News: The pleasure bag record has been broken on Rushcombe Lake – see below for details.




Rushcombe Lake: is still fishing really well!  Tim Hadland* has had a few great sessions here lately but he has trumped them all with an amazing 245.35lb of fish from peg 30! Tim fished 3 ways: on a long pole (13) meters to the far bank with corn and pea-sized paste on a size 16 hook over micro-pellets in only 10 inches of water to have the biggest fish of the day at 9lb.  As it slowed down he went down the inside margin on a size 14 hook, 2 foot from the bank  with a fish here and there. But what caught him more fish than he expected was a 15 gram method feeder casting 2 meters short of the far bank in deeper water with micro-pellets and banded pellet and corn as a change bait that worked.   He used a size 18 hook and 3lb bottom with a 6lb main line. Tim estimates he had 170lb of small fish from 4oz to 2lb and around 75lb of larger fish between 3lb and 9lb. His bait was half a tin of sweetcorn and 1kg of micro-pellets. A tip from Tim is never to take your eye off your rod as he had lots of bites from fish around the 1lb mark and very nearly lost his rod!


To show this is no fluke, Graham Fry, one of our season ticket holders from Weston super Mare fished peg 9 on the pole with a 16 hook, 4lb line and 14 elastic.  He fished to the far and near margins using punched brown bread and liquidised sweetcorn to take a fabulous 142lb bag.  He had 55 fish in total including mirrors to 6lb and commons to 4lb.




Match Lake: is silver fish heaven at the moment! All areas of this lake are producing great bags of roach and skimmers.  Any small hookbait is working but bread punch and single maggot feeding a few micro-pellets are the best baits.


This is a great place to bring a novice fisherman as they are likely to catch a nice lot of fish.  This was proved by Harry Simmons* (our 4.5 year old Grandson and part-time bailiff!) who has caught his first fish! Harry fished peg 1 of the Match Lake with his Dad, Ben, and had 7 fish in total including a nice bream and some little roach.


Harry Brewer*, aged 3.5, came fishing with his Dad, James. Dad baited up and landed the fish but Harry had a little 6' 6" spinning rod so he was able to hold the rod, strike when the float disappeared and reel the fish in all by himself. Harry first came here to fish a year ago at just 2.5 - just proves you are never too young to start fishing!




North Pool:  continues to fish really well benefitting from the recent restocking.  Loads of perch are coming from pegs 1 & 2 and lots of pasty sized dominated bags coming from all over the rest of the lake.  Bread punch, maggots and flavoured luncheon meat are the best hook baits.




Carp Lake: the best time to fish this lake is early morning and evening with floating bread or dog biscuit you can expect carp to 15lb.




South Pool: the larger bream and carp in this lake continue to be consistently caught along with the silver fish.  Open water on sweetcorn on the hook have been the best tactic for the bream.  The corner pegs are still the most consistent.


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