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Kingslakes Holidays, Chilla, Highampton, Devon, EX21 5JS

Weekly Catch Report

Weekly catch report from Kingslakes’ resident fish expert Andrew 

Catch report 12th – 18th July

Heavy rain at the beginning of the week followed by bright sunshine and high temperatures has made the fishing this week challenging. The best results have been early morning or late evening sessions.

Kingfisher lake is still producing some quality fish this week with many fish falling to either dog biscuits fished on the surface or solid pva bags of pellets and boilies. The best fish of the week going 17lb 9oz.

Blackbird lake has been producing some beautiful scaly mirrors this week with the best tactics being the method feeder fished with high oil pellet and 10mm boilie hook baits.

Kitchen lake has been quite spotty this week with all the anglers who made sure their hook bait was positioned close to the lillies or iris (within 6 inches) caught very well but if they dropped short they struggled for a take. Carp were the dominant species this week with fish to just over 10lbs falling to the method feeder with boilie or pellet hook baits.

Jenny Wren lake has produced some beautiful tench this week with a dozen fish to over 3lbs and plenty of fish over 2lbs. Float fished paste over beds of micro pellets has produced the best results.

Nuthatch lake has produced some stunning barbel and chub this week with some anglers taking over a dozen in a session. A stunning 4lb 8oz chub graced the back this week to float fished maggots. The majority of the fish coming close to margins.

Woodpecker lake continues to produce some quality catches of tench and crucians this week with the best results coming to float fished maggots and worms.

A bonus this week was returning angler Steve and his family targeting the 12 rogue carp that are present in the lake and managing to catch 3 of them to just under 9lbs. They have since been removed to grow on for the future.

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Look forward to seeing you soon

Andrew

Catch report 5th – 11th July

Sunshine and showers all week has kept the fishing consistent.

Kingfisher lake has been producing some quality doubles this week with the vast majority coming less than a rod length from the bank. Small beds of 15 and 12mm boilies over a light scattering of pellets.

Blackbird lake has improved this week with the rain seeming to bring the carp on the feed. Plenty of carp between 8 to 12lbs were banked using the method feeder and 12mm pellet hookbaits.

Kitchen lake has been producing some nice bream to just shy of 4lbs to float fished corn. The carp are feeding well, with the best method being soild pva bags and bright fluro pop up hook baits.

The better tench from Jenny Wren lake have been gracing the nets of a few anglers this week with fish pushing 5lbs coming to float fished maggots.

Nuthatch lake has produced some great bags of tench, bream, roach and barbel to simple float fished pellet paste over beds of 4mm pellets.

Woodpecker lake has been producing some quality catches of tench and crucians this week with the best results coming to float fished maggots and worms over beds of hempseed fishing close to the lilly pads.

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Look forward to seeing you soon

Andrew

Catch report 28th June – 4th July

More settled weather this week definitely helped the fishing across the site.

Kingfisher lake has been fishing very well this week with loads of fish coming off the top to free lined bread and dog biscuits. Over 35 doubles from 10 to 17lbs have been banked. Apart from the surface fishing, simple method feeder with 8 and 10mm pellet hook baits have taken some beautiful fish.

Blackbird lake has been productive this week with the fish proving a little hook shy when targeted on surface baits but those that persevered managed the odd one. Again float fished corn or meat has produced some nice fish over beds of pellet and hemp, fished close to the margins.

Kitchen lake has been producing some quality roach and perch to over a pound on float fished prawn whilst loose feeding maggots. The carp still coming out thick and fast with surface tactics proving the best method of the week.

The tench on Jenny Wren lake are coming out in good numbers still with the majority of anglers catching over 15 fish a day. The most successful tactic has been float fished corn and pellet paste over small beds of hempseed.

Nuthatch lake has produced some hectic barbel sport this week with one angler taking 10 in a day. The crucians and tench are also feeding well to float fished corn and luncheon meat.

Woodpecker lake still continues to fish well with plenty of mixed silvers and the odd large bream coming out to float fished maggots and worms.

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Look forward to seeing you soon

Andrew

Catch report 21st June 2021

The weather being clear and sunny for most of the week has meant fishing conditions have been better early morning or late into the evening.

Kingfisher Lake has produced some fantastic mirrors and commons this week with 20 plus fish between 10 – 13lbs. The best fish of the week was a stunning mirror of 16lb 7oz caught on the method feeder close to the island on a 10mm pellet hook bait. The fish are really responding now to large beds of pellets and boilies and are putting the weight back on after spawning.

Blackbird Lake has been a little tricky this week but those putting in the hours have been graced with multiple catches of between 4 to 10 fish. The best being a beautiful 11lb mirror caught literally 3 inches from the near margins.

Kitchen Lake continues to fish exceptionally well with maggots taking various catches of bream pushing 4lbs and tench to over 2lbs. The carp are responding well to the method feeder and 10mm hookbaits.

Jenny Wren Lake’s tench have been feeding well with fish bucking the trend and coming out all hours of the day. The most successful tactic has been either black cap feeder fished with maggots and hemp or open ended cage feeder with a good ground bait mix and pellet hook baits.

Nuthatch Lake’s mixed silver species are definitely coming on with plenty of quality roach, bream, tench and barbel coming out to both the pole and waggler tactics. Fishing within 6 inches of the near margins seems to be producing the most consistent results as yet.

Woodpecker Lake fished very well this week with even a rogue carp being netted at 10lb 9oz. Crucian carp and tench being caught in large quantities to float fished maggots fished near the lilly pads and marginal trees.

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Look forward to seeing you soon

Andrew

Catch report 7th June 2021

Beautiful sunshine and high temperatures this week led to the carp in Kingfisher and Blackbird to carry out their annual ritual of spawning. This of course made fishing on these lakes very tricky and every angler left them to get on with it in peace and quiet until they had finished. Later in the week both sets of lakes began to fish slightly better with the best results coming on Kingfisher with fish falling to surface fished bread and dog biscuits in the late cooling evenings.

Kitchen Lake has fished well this week with bream pushing 4lbs and perch to over a pound. Float fished prawn proving to be the winning method whilst loose feeding with maggots.

Jenny Wren Lake’s crucian and tench have been feeding steady this week with beds pellets and hempseed fished in conjunction with maggots proving successful. Best of the tench went to 3lb 12oz

Nuthatch Lake continues to produce plenty of hectic sport to float fished corn and maggots. Most of the fish coming from right under your feet. Great to see some of the new barbel coming out and doing well.

Woodpecker Lake has been in exceptional form with loads of crucians, perch, roach and tench coming out to float fished maggots.

Stuart and Jason came out for their first fishing session of the season and they had over 20 fish each in a short couple of hours.

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Look forward to seeing you soon

Andrew