Baits & Tactics.
'Cornish Ken' Townley.
is the main ghost carp lake on the complex, containing at least three
twenty pound plus Ghosties. The fish are in wonderful condition and
can be quite obliging at times. However, I would suggest that you keep
an open mind about how and where to fish for the carp of Fletchers
Lake as they can change their habits almost overnight. Certainly if
the weather is hot, still and sunny the fish will readily come up to
the top and floating baits stand every chance of a take. Bear in mind
however, that these fish have seen it all before so they are not
easily fooled. If you can see the fish cruising amongst the tall stems
of the rushes you can often intercept them with a single Chum Mixer. I
suggest that you keep all the main line off the surface of the lake by
draping it over the stems themselves, allowing only the hook-bait to
touch the surface.
you spot the fish cruising on the surface in the middle of the lake
you may need to scale down your main line so that it doesn’t spook
the fish. Try using a bubble float to add casting weight, with a large
floating trout pellet as bait. This can be attached to the hook using
a rubber bait band. Try to get the fish feeding on floating pellets by
firing out a large PVA bagful into the middle of the lake. It won’t
sink thanks to the buoyancy of the pellets inside, and when the bag
melts the floating pellets will spread out on the surface. You can
order floating pellets directly from Haith’s Supercatch (see the
links page), or why not ask John and Wanda to pre-order you some
before your holiday?
While the fish love to come to the top, they also like feeding on the bottom. I suggest a carpet of small baits such as Trigga chops or Big Fish Mix boilie crumb. These fish really respond to good bait so why not ask one of the bait rolling companies such as Rollin Baits of Rotherham to make you a few kilos of small (10mm) baits. Any of the top base mixes will do, but Trigga seems to take bigger and better fish.
Major John’s Lake.
biggest carp on the complex lives here, along with some of his very
impressive mates. The fish are pretty cute but if you are prepared to
try something a bit different by way of bait and presentation, you
should get your string pulled!
usual approach on this lake is to try to get the fish feeding in the
corners of the lake rather than concentrating on the islands. I am not
saying they don’t hang around the islands – they do – but they
also like to cruise the margins, especially in the right angled
corners at the far end of the lake and on the point of the Monk Bay.
like to introduce chopped and crumbed bait in a line leading out from
the margins a distance of about four yards. This intercepts the fish
are they cruise the margins and the deeper water just off the bank.
area that has always produced for me is the first corner on the north
bank (looking up the lake with the guest house at your back).
usually fish a paste-wrapped boiled bait over the top of the bait
carpet, but if you are prepared to put up with the attentions of the
smaller fish in the hope of a big ‘un, try floats fishing trout
pellet paste with a steady trickle of free paste as groundbait.
Natural baits such as maggots, worms and even bread flake are always in with a shout and are worth a try when standard tactics seem not to be working.
is the hardest lake on the complex. It’s seen it all and because of
the particle ban you can really only use boilies, pellets and/or The
Method. One Method Mix that has done really well on this lake is the
Haith’s Supercatch mix, SuperRed (see the links page). Try moulding
this around a Fox In-Line Carp Feeder in conjunction with a small high
attract hook-bait. Fire out a carpet of Trigga pellets to get the fish
many years the standard approach on Tanners has been small baits,
light leads (1oz), slack lines, back leads etc. Naturally such a
approach has been successful but after six or seven years of steady
pressure the fish have started to wise up to this method. Last year I
caught more fish on big baits – 24mm Trigga – than I did on small,
and by changing to shorter hooklinks with three and four ounce leads I
managed to change twitches into full-blooded runs. All the best active
baits work here – NRG, Assassin-8, etc. – but again Nutrabaits
Trigga seems to be the boss bait at the moment.
is a real runs water, the ideal place to stir those jaded buzzers into
life! Literally crammed with fish, the lake fishes brilliantly
throughout the summer and autumn months, so you are guaranteed action
while on your holiday. The fish hit surface baits, with great enthusiasm, while bottom baits
are devoured with equal gusto.
about anything goes as far as bottom baits are concerned but I suggest
a really dense carpet of Trigga Pellets with a few 15mm Trigga boilies
over the top.
the surface Mixers & Floating Carp Pellets will bring you results.