Pembrokeshire Coarse Fishery
- For those who wish to try fishing or thinking of coming back to the sport. Llyn Carfan is now offering,
a day's fishing,
- rod hire,
- an hour tuition,
- free EA licence ,
- bacon roll and a hot drink
- all for only £20.00.
- to book call
Spring is traditionally a good time for carp because with the warm sun on the water the big carp will start to bask on the surface and quickly return to feeding through out the day in preperation of the spawning season. This is a good time to start using surface baits again dog biscuit or bread being the favoured baits.
The day ticket price for 2015 will remain the same and regular anglers will still be able to use last years day ticket stamps to collect enough for your free days fishing.
Although I am looking forward spring arriving properly, there are signs it is almost here. Snow drops out,buds on the trees and daffodils are shooting up. The best sign is the bird song , are they happy winter is almost over or courting mates for spring , who knows. Either way its a joy to hear them.
Although it is late in the year the fish are still feeding well, this is no doubt down to the recent warm weather. Carp are caught on a daily basis with Sean Pearce on a night session taking 10 carp during the night. It had started slow and heavy rain for an hour or so kept the fish down in the water. When the rain passed the fish soon started taking pellet on a hair rig and continued throughout the night. The recent Pembrokeshire Piscatorial Match was won by Mark who landed with 26 Kgs +, Jonathan Davies was second with 18 odd and Chris Kidd was a distant 3rd with 13 Kgs (Chris commented after the match, last match the angler who fished the same peg failed to get a Kilo, enough said!!). Chris Kidd obviously did not mind coming 3rd this in this match -- it is the taking part that counts! Incidentally Mark caught 9 Carp and so did Chris. All in all it is well worth a visit even if the days are shorter.
A barbecue lunch was provided by the hosts at Llyn Carfan. National fish month provided booklets the Get Into Coarse Fishing a very useful guide to help in where to fish ,how to fish, safety , identify fish guide etc. Along with a National Fish Month Log book to keep a record off, Venue,Date,Fish Caught,Bait, Method and weather conditions on the day.
In general the fishing at Llyn Carfan has been excellent with several double figure carp caught along with Graham Kent's one that got away. He hooked but lost a monster grass carp , which took refuge in the lilly pads and took his hook. His day was not made any better when the helpful owner suggested that the first rule of fishing is to learn how to tie your hooks properly!
The recent pembrokeshire Piscatorial match produced a winning weight of over 19 kilos in a mixed bag. The runner up also had 19 kilos but was just a few grammes under.
Both lakes are producing large bags of fish, with quality carp showing from both lakes and no angler visiting the fishery failing to catch during recent weeks. Best catches from the bottom lake Dave Barnett from Manchester recently took several double figure carp and a 25lb grass carp during three separate day trips to the fishery. He took all on ledger with swim feeders and 12mm pellet. Trish Middleton using a float rod, fishing near the edges with good results taking over a dozen carp to up to 11lbs during a 5 hour stint.
First tench to be caught in the bottom lake for 10 years or so, this is one of three this spring.
Good weekend with plenty of fish caught. Best of them a 23 lb grass carp caught by Garry from Brynmawr who was staying for the weekend with his wife who also took several carp including a great Mirror carp and small tench. This is the first tench from the bottom lake for many many years
Some excellent fishing recently with good quality carp and silver fish being caught. With clear water on both lakes it is advisable to use light tackle and choose your methods carefully.
with Spring arriving now is a good time to dust off your tackle and possibly put new line on your spools ,clear out any old hooks from your tackle box . Replace items as needed. It is also worth throwing any old baits you have left over from last year as with all food stuffs they do have a use by date. If opened already they will go off and lessen your chances of catching fish.
The surprising catch during February was a wild brown trout of around 2 and a half pound in weight. It was caught by Viv Hill on a small size 16 hook baited with punched luncheon meat while using float rod while winter fishing for Roach. The fish was returned to the water it will be interesting to see how long it will be before it is caught again.
There has been two matches over the last couple of weeks. Both fished well with the winner taking over thirty kilos of fish each time. It is also interesting that it is rare for the same couple of pegs to produce the winner. It is usually the best angler and a bit of luck that produces the best bags at this fishery and not the favoured peg.
There have been good numbers of carp out over the last week or so nothing huge but up to double figure
. That said there has been another smashed pole when fighting the big carp.
For the first time in many years a small tench was taken from the bottom lake, all out big one disappeared or at least are never caught so it is nice to hear of this one
Fishing over the weekend was mixed with reports of good catches but also some very quite periods. A young boy and his father turned up again following a coaching session by the fishery owner. This time they had bought their own rods and were confident enough to fish on their own. They both took fish with fathers best a 7 lb common carp and his son beating him with a 9lb 6 oz carp.
The top lake again produced excellent results on Sunday with small carp to 2lb and plenty of silver fish being caught.
Good numbers of carp and silver fish during this late summer period. Silver fish on the top lake are simply quality fish match tactics work best. There are still plenty of carp being caught. This is a good time to catch carp as they are active in the water and looking to feed up for the coming winter months.
The latest match was won with 15.4 kilos . the second place angler also took 15. kilos. All sixteen angler weighed in with decent weights.
The grass carp top picture was the second 20 plus fish that week , Spence who was down from Liverpool also took a big grass carp from the middle of the bottom lake. He took it from the same peg as his son Jack had his 20 pound grass carp back in June.
There have been some excellent quality silver fish caught from both lakes during the last couple of weeks one roach was weighed at over 2lbs that one from the top lake.
"From Dan .(bottom picture) Here is the grass carp I caught on Thursday 28th! It took me nearly an hour to bring it in after it took a piece of bread about 30ft out! It weighted 21lb 5oz! Brillant haha regards Dan"
A 3 hour coaching session for Antony and his Mum (Daisy) went well. Antony catching over a dozen silver fish on the hired rod that had been provided by the fishery. We went for simple method of a waggler float in about 3 foot of water (close into the bank.) Using both maggot and sweet corn for bait over a dozen roach and rudd were caught and Antony lost a nice carp when his line snapped.
Daisy and Antony were pleased with their short introductory session to coarse fishing and will be returning soon.
Visiting the area from Newcastle I6 year old David with one of the carp he caught at a recent visit. David is obviously a natural at fishing taking this carp on a rod hired at the fishery. Having listened intently to the coaching team he then put the advice in to practice taking numerous silver fish and 3 very respectable carp.
The top catch for the month is a 38 lb grass carp caught by regular angler Sue Brumby , she used dog biscuit in the middle of the bottom lake to lure the carp in and a single biscuit to hook it.
The top lake is also fishing very well, John a Liverpool match angler using match tactics are taking over 80 x 2lb carp a day during his two week break to the area
The open day as part of the National Fish Month proved a great success with good numbers and a variety of fish been caught. Joel a fishing officer with the Natural Resources Wales brought extra rods and poles to teach a variety of tactics to the young anglers who turned up on the day. The fishery also put on barbecue lunch with tea and coffee. No one left with out catching fish
which is a testament to this prolific fishery.
Some excellent fishing with good numbers of Carp being caught . John who is staying at one of the touring van pitches took 17 carp last Monday all over 7 lbs and up to 12 lbs.
The silver fish are still catching well with some large fish up to two pounds taken.
Sunday 28th July is out open day were we will have coaches available to give some tips and tricks to all. Refreshments will also be on hand.
12 year old JackJones took a 20 lb 12 oz grass carp on June 1st 2013 at Llyn Carfan Coarse fishery.
Jack who travels with his family from Liverpool is a frequent visitor at the fishery. This is by far his best catch to date, Taken on floating dog biscuit on a very warm sunny day.
The wekend was very busy in angler numbers and fish caught Graham Barton took 12 decent carp on Saturday Morning his best being 14 lbs.
Carp have been caught in good numbers but nothing over the 15 pounds reported last month.
A recent match on the top lake was won by Jonathon Davies with 18 kilos there was however a big drop to the second place who only managed 11 kilos , all ten anglers did however weigh in.
The recent warmer weather has got the carp moving higher in the water and along the margins. There has also been some excellent large roach been caught.
Spring must be just around the corner where with sun on the angler back I am sure we will start to see good number of the bigger carp being caught again.
Due to it's success we are again going to continue with or offer of, fill a card with a stamp on each visit and have a free days fishing. (Adults only offer) children are already half price.
To few anglers about to give an accurate report on fishing. The snow and ice has put the carp down in the water but silver fish are showing in the clear water. Large shoals can be seen under the surface.
Hopefully the weather will soon start to pick up and with the longer days just around the corner anglers will again be keen to dust off their tackle and pay a visit.
Pembrokeshire Piscatorials are here for their annual Christmas match. I will give a report on how they get on later date.
It is worth mentioning that after the recent frost the carp are far deeper in the water and take more persuading to feed.
I wish you all a very merry christmas and happy new year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2013 were we hope the weather will be kinder than in 2012.
PS the match was won by Chris kidd with 11.5 kilos.
With the weather and shorter days there has not been an lot of anglers on the lakes. Those that have ventured out have all managed to catch fish most of which have been carp. Mark from Whitland
braved the elements and cold last Saturday morning and took two nice carp to 9 lbs and lost another two. He maintained that one of the lost fish was the hardest and strongest run he had , had at the lake. His 12 lb line broke resulting in him loosing his feeder and ledger. luncheon meat in small cubes had attracted the fish in the first place.
A recent silver fish match with Pembroke Piscatorial's resulted in Chris Kidd taking the spoils with approximately 9 kilos. Others were close behind and all contestants weighed in.
Carp have been caught on a regular basis with the best at 18 lbs.
In the last few days a match angler from Oxford visiting the area was delighted to take good mixed bags on the three days of his visit ( He is here again today 13/11/2012).
An interesting story from October.
Two guys turn up early one morning. It was blowing a gale and they sat facing the wind at the far end of the bottom lake. When chatting to them I did advise that they move up the disabled area where there was more shelter.
This guy fished on the peg where I had advised them too. He took eleven carp 8 lb and 18 lbs. There must be a moral there somewhere !
September has been a mixed month on the lakes. Some anglers are struggling to catch while others are taking numerous fish.
Terry had another grass carp of 23 lbs on a floating dog biscuit.
The cooler weather has put the fish deeper in the water with less activity on the surface.
The silver fish are plentiful with bigger roach taking larger baits on light tackle.
The large grass carp are like buses, you wait ages then three come along at once.
Terry took a 33 lb. 3 oz last Sunday this is the third 30 lb plus we have had over the last month. What made this more remarkable is that Terry took it on a floating dog biscuit when the other end of the lake was being used for a Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match. His one carp would have given him second place as Jonathan Davies netted over 17 kilos of fish to win the match.
September is a great time to catch carp with the lakes being quieter it is also the ideal time to get those last few evenings before the nights draw in.
- Liz who visits with her caravan took her largest fish to date lst weekend a 10.4 lb common carp, she puts it down to her new pink rod!
Mark Brummett and
Scott Howard had a fantastic days fishing Sunday with over 27 carp caught between them. They fished both lakes using a variety of methods if you average their fish at 8lbs each this gives a total bag of 216 lbs.
The top lake is fishing well with the recently stocked carp taking small baits giving good sport on fish between half and one pound.
The bottom lake needs bigger bait if you wish to avoid the smaller silver fish. I would not recommend maggots at this time of year. Peter Jordan who fishes for the silvers had one of his best days fishing during some inclement weather last Thursday.
Graham Kent caught an eighteen pounder from the bottom lake last Saturday. He was getting a little agitated as he had been broken three times during the morning so this common carp made up for his earlier disappointment.
Dave Rook took another grass carp of over 20lbs this is the second grass over 20 reported this spring.
The new stock of small carp are being caught on the top lake although lighter tackle is needed to tempted them
- 2012 -2013 matches
The following dates are booked for matches. This will apply to the bottom lake only. Top lake will be open to public as normal.
2nd September 2012 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
14th October 2012 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
16th December 2012 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
6th January 2013 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
If you would like to arrrange a match at this venue please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
You may also book the whole lake/s for yourself (and friends) if you wish to experience what it would be like to own your own water for a day or longer. Contact email@example.com for dates and prices.