is the biggest of the lakes at Stubpond,
and the main match fishing lake, with 70
purpose made pegs surrounding a central
island running the full length of this rectangular
lake, with the island between 15 and 24
metres away from each peg. The depth varies
between 5ft and 8ft, and there are rush
beds off the island, and some lily pads
around the edges.
Peg 1 is in the near left hand corner as
you approach the lake from the main car
park, and the pegs run clockwise around
the lake from this point. Pegs 1 to 12 and
60 to 70 opposite them are much favoured,
but this is one of the fairest match lakes
that I have fished, and the winning weight
could come from almost anywhere.
The prevailing summer wind blows down the
lake towards peg 1, and I suspect that's
why this is often the better end of the
lake, as we've said elsewhere, a warm wind
in to your face often produces the best
catches on stillwaters.
in 1986, this lake is almost two acres in
size, with thirty comfortable pegs, and
is ideal for club bookings. The biggest
fish on the entire fishery are in this lake,
with Carp up to 25lbs and 'Ghosties' up
to nearly 19lbs, together with the usual
back up of Tench, Rudd, Roach, Perch and
Chub, plus the occasional Bream up to 8lbs.
The pegs in the corners are often best,
with the ones with the wind blowing in to
them being best of the lot.
lake is usually used as a growing on pond
for the smaller carp and bream etc., making
it ideal as a beginners pond because of
the large stocks of small hungry fish. However,
last time that I was there, the pond had
been emptied prior to some modifications
being done to the banks, so you will have
to check in the news page to see if fishing
has started again on this lake.
lake was built in 1986, and stocked with a variety
of Carp, Tench, Bream and Crucians. It was then
deepened and made smaller in 1996, giving depths
up to 16 feet, and restocked with further Bream,
Tench, Perch, Chub, Roach, Rudd and Skiimers,
plus a few Sturgeon. This lake holds many big
fish, and the depth close in to the bank makes
it ideal pole fishing water. But beware, when
the big carp take, they tend to dive straight
into the deepest water, which is quite close
in, and many a pole has been broken by this
sudden rush to the depths. Favoured pegs are
on the gypsy camp bank, with the causeway bank
probably being the worst, although the corners
can be quite good.
recently constructed lake is really nice, with
an island no more than 11 metres away running
down the middle of the lake. Depths are good,
averaging between 5 and 7 feet, and cover is
growing nicely on the central island. An ideal
pole fishery, and very pleasant to fish except
for one very important point.
are 54 pegs in an area that should have held
20. In defence of the lake, they normally only
put a maximum of 30 anglers on the lake, giving
every angler a blank peg to their left or right,
but it would have been better still if they
had left every other peg out to start with !.
What a shame...it's a really good design, and
it's stocked with lots of Carp and Bream, plus
the normal silver fish.
If you want a days pleasure pole fishing it's
absolutely ideal, and if Robert will let you
run a 20 peg club match on it at a reasonable
price then take it, but don't expect to get
54 people on there without getting complaints
from 54 very upset anglers !!. Incidentally,
the far end usually produces the best weights.