Observations from an angler : early June 2020
I have fished Andy’s pool for the last month or so and have found the carp to be very picky, too much bait and I think you attract the roach and Rudd, and not enough they aren’t very interested, I think finding that happy-medium, does switch the fish on! In my last session I found this as I caught 3 fish in very quick succession with the last fish of the 3 being 11lb. I used a single boilie over a small bed of boilies, “matching the hatch” works well! Or fishing a bed of boilies with a bright pop up or wafter. I haven’t targeted any other species but have heard of big silvers coming out, also the carp have still not yet spawned, so I think the fishing should pick up once that moment has been and gone! But a wonderful lake to fish, great for a bigger or a novice, every time you go it’s always a challenge!
Observations from an angler : end of April 2020
The last two sessions I’ve had I’ve been catching off the top on crust and I’ve done well by usual standards, I had 5 tonight in 3 hours, the biggest was bang on 15lb. At the same time it would appear those fishing bottom baits have been struggling. Generally the fish respond well to most standard baits; corn, chick peas, pellet, boilies, meat, bread etc. I’ve noticed more takes on snowman presentations than single bottom baits or pop ups over the last 12 months.
The fish fight well and the average stamp is approaching double figures I would say. If fishing near reed beds the fish run straight for them as soon as they are hooked. I’ve never fished with a pole but I would guess a strong set up would be required here? Most pegs have loads of room behind which I know is great if using a pole.
If you’re after other species there are some big bream by all accounts, I’ve found them to be elusive but I’ve seen some cracking carpets of bream looking bubbles at first light. Lovely big roach and some lovely big perch too. A really good head of roach and perch to be fair.
A selection from April 2020
11lbs common caught on DNA baits yellow flouro wafter
8.3lb carp caught on tangerine dream boilies
23lb 2oz caught in the middle of September on red and yellow sweetcorn. Lots of carp between 8 and 15lb being caught.
A 10lb Bream caught towards the end of the month. 15lb carp and 10lb carp are common to catch. A good amount of silver fish. All still very healthy, strong fish.
A camera in clear water caught some fantastic footage of the numbers and size of fish in the lake. It was a few feet down in the middle part of the lake and was a treat to watch.
End of April and May 2019
8lb 1oz and another 8lb carp caught on sticky baits Manilla. 2 x 10mm Manilla boilies on a hair rig with a small PVA mesh bag with some Manilla pallets as a free offering.
Other catches have been plenty of roach mostly weighing 1.5lb but one of 3lb!
29th September 2018
A lovely condition mid double common caught on semi stiff rig on the high leakage pineapple pop up and small mesh pva bag, caught by Danny Robbins.
27th September 2018
Beautiful 13.8 Common Carp caught last weekend using 14mm Marine Halibut pellet hook bait over 6 and 8 mm marine halibut pellets. Thank you Chris for the photo.
28th July 2018
Lee Stephens had a fantastic first trip to Andy’s Lake catching 5 carp in 6 runs. He was using custom rolled CC Moore Live System with added banoffee dumbell wafters in washed out white color. 1 baited up with a 1 kg of 14mm live system banoffee boilies with a small pva stick of crushed boilies and 3mm pellets. He was casting to the far margin approx. 5ft off the reed bed, using a simple KD rig on a semi-fixed inline lead set up.
10th July 2018
A little tip from a regular fisher, Michael Plummer: before setting up take a walk around the lake to try and spot a few fish. You’ll find them in the margins and reeds.
Michael has been using 14mm Strawberry Cream Boilies and fishing the shallow end with excellent results catching carp.
16th June 2018
Another beautiful carp caught on strawberry dumbells by Matthew Butler.
13th June 2018
Weather – windy and cloudy with a bit of sun 19°C. Method: Swimfeeder filled with ground bait and maggots on hook. Fish: Roach caught to about 8oz
Method: Pole and float with maggots on hook. Fish: Small Roach, Rudd and the odd Perch
Method: Waggler float with sweetcorn as bait, fished up in the water. Fish: Road and Rudd to approx. 1lb
Method: Straight lead with Halibut Pellet as bait, loose feed catapulted round hook bait. Fish: 1 Carp over 10lb
Whilst walking around spotted hundreds of Fry in the margins around the lake. The Carp haven’t long finished spawning. They are very quiet now, but I would think they will come on to feed in the next fortnight.
18th May 2018
14lb Carp caught on spicy sausage!