And the winner is, this roach at 1lb.4 oz x 8 = 11lb 2.0z.
Caught by Huw John during an evening session while using 2 in 1 Fujka hook baits. He used a waggler float and placing two 5mm yellow pellets on a size 14 hook did the trick. Alfie came 2nd who just pipped long time leader Kensie , each with with carp to just under 11lbs.
November has been a reasonable month for the hardy anglers that did venture out. Carp are now lying in deeper water and not feeding as much as although we still have then caught on a daily basis.Surprisingly the perch are not being caught as much as I would expect at this time of year. Possibly the summer spawning small fry are keeping them well fed. Silvers and Rudd are plentiful with some excellent sizes being caught.
Last Sunday's match was very low on numbers but those who did make it found it was very good fishing . Yorkie won with 12 plus kilos mixed carp @ 8 plus kilo plus a silvers bag @ 4 kilos. Ken came second with 8 kilos. A bigger silver bag but only one carp.
The catch rate is still high conisdering it is mid November. Plenty of carp being along with quality silvers and perch being caught. There is still time to come along and try to beat the 2022 fish of the year compeition. There have been many close contenders recently but all falling just short. Perch is my favorite for taking top spot by the end of the month, there have been some excellent ones caught recently with worm or prawn being the favorite bait.
Next Match Sunday 13th November on the bottom lake.
The warm weather continues and the carp and silvers are still feeding actively. This makes for a fun day's fishing and happy anglers. Come along and make the most of the last of autumn before the winter sets in and conditions get far more challenging.
Last Sunday's match was won by Brian with 54lb of fish. His carp bag alone was just under 25lb. There were less anglers than usual, but those who did fish the match were rewarded with lovely weather and a great day's fishing. On the day the silver fish rather than the carp were the predominant catch.
Plenty of carp being caught by pleasure anglers up to double figures . A few perch and carp have been weighed as they looked big enough to win the fish of 2022 competition. Unfortunately they have fallen just short of the required weight. Although the top spot has now changed with only a little over two months to go. Kensie who has held the number 1 spot since April has finally been replaced by Huw who caught a stunning Rudd of 1 lb 4 0zs, which under the handicap multiplier rules has now taken top spot at 11 lb 02oz.
(Rudd are multiplied by 8. 1lb .4oz = 11lb 2 ozs.)
Big rudd are particulary hard to catch as they have to compete with roach and carp. In fact this one was caught while targeting carp using a waggler float ,size 14 hook and using Fujka 8mm Fatboy pellet bait.
We are into September and this is the month where the fish and carp in particular tend to feed up for the winter. It is an ideal time to visit and try and catch the best fish of the year. Our fun competition that will win some lucky angler £200 on December the 1st.
Rules can be found on this website and at the fishery notice board on arrival
This young man was delighted with his carp. It was one of many fish he and his dad caught that day. But as this was the first carp he had ever caught, you can be sure he will remember where, how and when forever.
A very competitive match yesterday.with several anglers in with a chance of winning. Nine anglers fished the match and caught approximately 170 kilos of fish between them. The eventual winner was Keith whose 25-kilo carp bag beat Marc by only a couple of kilos. However, adding his bag of silvers which added another 10 kilos he pulled ahead of the competition and took the match. The pictures are of the first two anglers weighing in.
Considering the weather has been so hot for the last week or so the fishing has been excellent. We are lucky that we have a good flow of cooling water from a stream that has helped maintain good water quality and both lakes remain at their normal levels.
Carl had another very successful day here this week, the last of this years holiday. His tactic this time was to put a small sliver of bacon on a band and then cover the hook with a ball of the fisheries own ground bait mix. What was a surprise his first three fish using this method were all small tench. Later during the day carp did move in to his swim and left a very happy angler.
A few pictures from the week, I just hope the kite who was flying over the fishery was not eyeing up the carp basking in the sunshine.
Carl, an angler from Liverpool who has visited us every year as he has done for the last 30 years, has returned again this year. On his first visit this week he landed 14 carp, several big perch, roach and a couple of small tench from the bottom lake. He found that his usual method of floating bait/bread was not working this time. He changed tactics by putting a pellet along with the bread and additional weights close to the hook, so it sank to the bottom. This worked well and he soon began catching fish. Sometimes small alterations to your weights and hook length make all the difference.
I have added a couple of wildlife pictures that can be seen around the lakes to keep the anglers happy during the quieter fishing times of the day.
Carp are feeding happily although in the hotter part of the day they tend to bask rather than feed. An ideal time to try a bit of surface or margin fishing. Be vigilant as we are still getting rods pulled into the water as Jeremy discovered on Friday. He unlike the chap in the picture he only got wet up to his knees retrieving it. It was a good day for him and his brother with 30 odd carp between them, upto 9 but not over 10lbs.
Top lake is a challenge with plenty of good size carp showing themselves but very hard to catch. ,That said I have had several up to 9lb using a float and light tackle using simple methods. This appears to work but you're in trouble with these hard fighting fish if you try to bully them in.
Or £200 competition is still ongoing but no one yet has managed to beat Kensie to date, many have weighed in just a few ozs short. I predictted it will be beaten within the month.
Our friendly heron has now taken to swimming across the water
1st July 2022
The work on weed control is complete and it's all back to normal.
It did not take Mr Heron to find a new fishing spot after we cleared some of the Lillies from this corner! The largest fish I weighed this week was a 10.2oz common carp, this is only 13 ozs short of being the lead contender for our specimen £200 competition. It was caught by John Fitzgerald who is staying on site. I have also had reports of 4lb perch and 15lb carp from other anglers. Visit us for a day's angling you never know you may improve on the present leader, especially when taking the handicap system on perch and roach into consideration
For those of you who follow us on Facebook you will be aware that we had lowered the water level in the botom lake, this meant we had to stop the fishing on it for a ten days. This work was undertaken to enable us to remove some curly tip pond weed that had found it's way into the lake and had started to establish itself. I am pleased to say that we have now completed the task and refilled the water in the lake to normal fishing level.
We will respectfully ask that all angler now to inspect their landing nets (or keep nets if in a match) for any signs of weed or seeds before you start fishing , if anythinbg is found please make the effort to use our hose pipe located by the toilet block to wash the nets before you start fishing.
Pictured below, Trish with a lovley quality ghostie carp caught on the day we started to lower the water level. Who will be the first person to be pictured with a carp now that the bottom lake is open again?
Last Sunday's match was won with a mixed bag of 10.5 kilos, second place was just 250 grams less. Marc who came second complained that he had lost 8 carp to the weed! This weed was a small patch of curly tipped pondweed. It would have been better to have avoided fishing over it with match gear in the first place!
The fishery will be dropping the level of the water sometime within the next week or two, to remove this curly tipped pondweed. During that period the bottom lake will be closed for two days. The top lake is open as usual. Information on timing will be placed on our Facebook page, search for Pembrokeshire Coarse fishing.
A lovely picture of this young lady on a fishing trip with her dad.
Alfie is just a few ounces short of taking the lead in our £200.00 fish of the year competition. Considering he only took up coarse fishing towards the end of last year this is a great effort and his best common carp so far.
With the warmer weather fish have being very active with plenty of carp showing and some beauties being caught. Yogi a regular angler caught a common estimated to be in the region of 15lbs last week, he was so excited as it is his biggest fish to date that he put it back without asking me to weigh it and into enter our summer competition.
We have been so impressed with the catch rate Fjuka baits that we decided to stock them at the fishery. During the month of May, there will be a 20% discount on these baits. Feed pellets and other baits are also available. I will soon be adding the range for purchase on our website. In the meantime, if you wish to purchase any and have them delivered to your door please email us at the fishery.
Some excellent fishing lately with all species of fish feeding and being caught. I have weighed several perch to just under 3 lbs
( which equate to 10.5 lbs) and Roach to a 1.5 lbs (which would equate to 9 lbs) but none have beaten Kenzie and his 10lb 15oz common carp which he caught on Easter Sunday. There have been bigger carp caught this week but the anglers did not inform me and have then weighed. Being weighed by a member of the fishery team is a requirement of the competition rules.
Below are just a few of the fish which were not weighed or as in the case of the perch not quite heavier enough.
First Tench of the year. Interesting colours it looks like a hybred between gold and green tench. The photos of last Sundays match have been lost, the carp bags trumped the match with a winning weight of just under 12 kilos.
I had a young man from Cardiff visit this week on his first fishing trip. A few minor adjustments on his set up and he was soon catching roach and rudd. Sadly his picture was one of the ones that have been lost. If and when I recover these pictures I will add to the post.
Another carp for local angler Mathew Nethercott from the top lake. Although very early days but that would be the front runner in our new specimen fish competition. Robbie and Flynn during their first camping trip of the year also had a couple of good days on the bottom lake. Using a fly rod to catch roach kept Flynn busy while Robbie used the same tactic to target the carp with some success.
Next Match Pembrokeshire Piscatorials April 10th . Please use top lake if not fishing the match.
Updated March 26th 2022
With the wonderful sunshine this week the carp are basking just under the surface of the water. That does not make them any easier to catch but at least you can see they are there. Mathew and his mate did have a good afternoon session on the top lake one day this week with 7 carp landed
The Perch was far bigger than the photograph suggests. To give you an idea the net length is 18 inches . It made Colins day it is the biggest perch he has ever caught.
After the cold snap last week the carp have now started moving around and feeding readily. The water is still cold and clear just to keep it challenging to catch them.
COMING SOON NEW SPECIMEN FISH COMPETITION 2022
From April 1st to November 30th 2022 the largest fish caught and verified will win £200.00 on December 1st 2022. To make it fair to all anglers a multiplier will be applied to silver fish and Perch. This will be as follows, Carp as weighed. Silvers (Roach) x 6 ( 2lb Roach = 12lbs) Perch X 3.5 (4lb Perch + 14lb).
Details of terms and conditions will be found on our website
Updated March 3rd 2022
Last Sunday's match was won by Keith who targeted the silver fish.
He made the correct decision as he caught steadily all day, I was not given the actual weight but he landed 630 fish. Some going!
Carp were elusive in the cold clear water with only four being landed on the day.
Due to the International rugby match on television I did not take any photos of the weigh in. I added a couple of sunset pictures and the match in progress instead.
Updated February 24th 2022
Spring is begining to bloom at the fishery a sign that it is the time of year for fair weather anglers like myself to dust off the rods , replenish and cleaning your tackle box in preperation for your first outing of the year. It is fishing well at the moment as the pictures below will testify. She and her Dad were visiting the fishery for the first time last Saturday (the day after Storm Eunice as you can see she left one very happy lady.
There is the final match of the Pembrokeshire Piscatorial club 21/22 leauge at the fishery on Sunday 27th 2022. Please use the top lake if your not fishing the match.
Updated February 2022
February 2022Not a bad start to the year the weather has been reasonable. However the water is very clear at this time of year so fishing the deeper channels in the middle is best option. Lighter baits and line also help. Plenty of silvers and Perch with the carp a bit hook shy at the moment., That said we have seen many of the smaller commons landed of the month.
Dean who is sponsored by Preston Innovations and his mate Andy tested their skill on the more difficult the top lake on a cold clear day in December . The silvers in the photos are a selection of their catches.
JANUARY 3RD 2022.
Happy New Year to you all.
Good day for Mathew today he came to target the perch. He caught plenty of fish including many perch but it was only in the last hour that he caught this beauty. Chris, his fishing partner for today also had a good day with 6 carp. Another angler also a Mathew decided on a couple of hours on the top lake no doubt trying to catch the monster that he not only failed to land on his last trip. In fact he failed to get to the top water so did not even see the fish. However today he was and rewarded for his efforts with a stunning mirror carp.