As a bailiff i get to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life, but no matter who they are or where they are from, they all want to know the same things. So we have compiled a list of top Crowsheath tips and questions, and now you can all have a bit of inside knowledge about the lakes.
What bait works best?
A quality carp bait is always a good start which can be found on every tackle shop shelf. But topping your boilies off with something visual like a small pop up or fake corn can really help to get you bites.
Do they respond to a lot of bait?
Yes, and no depending on the length of your session. For short sessions a scattering of boilies or particle, rather than a bed of bait seems to work best. For longer sessions then a nice bed to hold them in your swim is a good tactic, but they can take a while to get on fresh beds if they are too overpowering.
What are the best colours to use?
Over the years through fishing here myself, and by watching everyone else who fishes the lakes, I have found that yellow and washed out pink seem to be the best colours to use. So tipping your favourite bait with something visual can really give you and edge.
Do zig’s work?
Yes they do! In both winter and summer. But not enough anglers use them, and the ones that do, may not be fishing them as effectively as they could.
Where are the best swims?
They are all good swims, and on different days will produce different results, this is because no two swims are the same. Every swim has a variety of depths to fish to and getting tight to the features ensures you are shallow enough when the water is warmer, otherwise you could be in deeper water. The best advise is to fish the close margin rather than going for the long cast to the far margin and have a good look around the whole lake for signs of activity, rather than picking the closest swim to the car park.
Do the carp follow the wind?
They do on a warm wind, but get on the back of a cold one. When the wind changes from a warm South Westerly to a warm North Easterly, that is the time to be right on the front of the wind. Other than that, they dont really?
How many carp are there in the main lake?
It is difficult to put a true number on carp stocks, but from reports over the 4 years that i have been a bailiff. I would estimate that there are at least 400 – 450 carp over 10 pound in eight and a half acres. There are around 120 carp over 20 pound, with more being added to the total as our upper doubles are graduating. There have been 7 different 30+ pound fish that i have witnessed with my own eyes, which have all been big common’s, except a lower 30 mirror, and a mystery 40+ pound mirror that i have seen pictures of but not yet seen on the bank. The average size carp is around 16 – 18 pound which is a very respectable average, especially for a day ticket water, and because of our strict fish safety and welfare rules, every fish is pretty much immaculate and one for the photo album. We also grow on our own carp in our stock ponds which are netted on a regular basis and anything that is over 10 pound, gets put into the main lake, so you would be quite unlucky to catch anything under that figure.
Are there any Catfish still in the main lake?
Yes there are, and there is at least one that should be well over 100 pound by now, as it was last out 4 years ago at 96 pound. But any Catfish that are caught, must be reported to the bailiff and removed from the lake.
Are there any smaller species in the lake?
Yes, we have quite a few different species, which are Roach, Rudd, Perch and Crusian carp. They are all pretty much of specimen size, but trying to find a small fish in a big lake can be more challenging than finding the carp sometimes. But if you can find them and keep them in your swim? you are in for a great day on the float. But for a real good day on the float, you should try our carp and coarse lake where everything under 10 pound goes.
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