We now expect all fish that look to be on, above or near to fifty pounds to be kept in the water for all unhooking, checking, weighing and photographing. We have been doing this with the new cradles for a while now and it’s the only way to ensure their safety.
NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
The Moorlands carp can be very obliging by head and shouldering or clouding up the water where they have decided to feed.
By watching for subtle signs of water movement or patches of bubbles you can often work out where you need to place a bait, then it’s just a matter of how, when and how much.
The good news is that there are no “permanent flying swims.” There are swims which can fish better than others each week, but these are likely to be different every week, as the fish move from area to area and visit every corner of the lake.
It is also worth noting that all of the central lily pads are planted in smooth sided large, plastic bins to prevent the carp being able to get into the roots.
Obviously they can still get round the back of the pads but are then easily untangled with a little help from us.
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This is the swim which controls the mouth of the eastern arm. it gives access to quite a length of overhanging trees along the forest bank opposite, plus a lot of near side bank to the left, plus the margin of the stock pond wall, creating a bay with only one swim.
Adjacent to the Royal Box continuing the arc of water round to the start of the forest bank and eastern arm, also with central lily pads. the options from this swim are vast, watercraft is the key, but do not discount short range areas.
This swim gives a very wide arc of water to fish to, from the near bank lily pads to it's right, round to the centre of the lake. there are so many options, you often feel that you need 12 rods to cover them all.
Positioned in the centre of the meadow bank it gives access to fish to the old stream between the first two central lily pads.thesestwo pads as well as the near-bank pads to the left of the swim are god spots, but the shorter line, where the hard shoulder meets the soft clay should never be ignored.
The nearest swim to the lodge, and gives access to be able to fish across to the dam wall as well as the first central lily pads
This swim covers a lot of water, but be careful not to fall into the trap of copying many of the hunreds of anglers before you, by fishing to the obvious features.
This swim is at the opposite end of the dam wall to 1st Pontoon, so offers the chance to fish to the other half of the dam with it's overhanging trees, as well as the first central lily pads and needs similar advice not to miss the short range feeding areas.
This swim and Middles, to the right offer access to the central area of the main bowl with the stream bed, first,second and third central lilypads being the obvious features. yet again, the short range spots must never be overlooked, as it was one of these short spots that produced the then lake record at 57.14lb in 2010
This swim and Mistletoe , to the left offer access to the central area of the main bowl with the stream bed, first,second and third central lilypads being the obvious features. yet again, the short range spots must never be overlooked, as it was one of these short spots that produced the then lake record at 57.14lb in 2010
This swim is opposite the Royal Box so has access to the edge of the the third central lilypad as well as a large natural feeding area in the centre of the lake and the island to the right. The feeding area is a bloodworm bed that attracts the fish every year, and has a clear hard base surrounded by soft clay.
Sat inbetween the main bowl and the start of the southern arm this swim is often overlooked but can produce some big hits if fished thoughtfully. The bend of the bank produces a large bay aroung the back of the island to the left of this swim and the bay is virtually one large lily bed. it often requires it's anglers to bait up in order to hold some carp, but has produced many big fish.
So named because of a large cage that used to hold birds of prey for falconry, and the bones left over from their meals.
It offers access to the start of the southern arm and the forest bank on the far side, as well as the fourth central lilypad. it is a very popular swim and can be a good anbush point when the carp patrol the forest bank overhangs.
Be careful not to be too tempted by he far bank, and overlook the middle of the arm, as i have seen anglers with all their rods against the far bank, and fish feeding within 10yds of their rod tips.
Gives access to a long section of the forest bank with overhanging trees which are regular holding spots, there are a few weed beds that are in the centre of the southern arm which usually hold fish.
Gives access to a long section of the forest bank with overhanging trees which are regular holding spots, there are a few weed beds that are in the centre of the southern arm which usually hold fish. There is another bloodworm bed to the right if the swim.
This swim along with Rocky Bay to the right, are cut as a pair so that anglers can fish together, but still have their own water to cast to. Again, they have the forest bank overhangs aswell as the obvious small bay on the far bank. Again, watching the water is key for both swims.
This swim along with Leaning Tree to the left, are cut as a pair so that anglers can fish together, but still have their own water to cast to. Again, they have the forest bank overhangs aswell as the obvious small bay on the far bank. Again, watching the water is key for both swims.
One of a pair cut with Snag Bay. Both have plenty of water to fish to as there is 75yds of the southern arm to the left of the swim. Named as there was the remains of a small structure which stuck out from the forest bank opposite. There are times when casting needs to be extremely accurate, within 12" of the far bank, and the best baiting pattern can be to spread boilies along the patrol route, so that carp get used to finding a few baits as they move along.
One of a pair cut with Jetty. Both have plenty of water to fish to as there is 75yds of the southern arm to the right of the swim. The swim was named due to 3 fallen boughs which allowed anglers to fish 'locked up' to these snags but unfortunately, we found numerous rigs hanging from branches, so removed them. it is now a far bank bay with overhanging trees which almost touch the water, but are clear beneath the surface. The bay also holds a clear, hard depression which started out as a catfish nest, but has been maintained by the feeding actions of the carp.
This is the last swim before the marsh at the end of the southern arm and is the shallowest swim on the lake, however, it can be a fantastic swim to fish for anyone who likes the solitude of being in the 'wilderness' of the countryside. it has produced some superb captures and is the first choice for some of our regulars.