A few days into August 2011, a large (3" diameter) Eel was caught during the day on luncheon meat in the Main Pool about 6" from the bank under overhanging branches. The young lady that caught it was so startled by her "horrible" capture that she released the line tension and the Eel then broke her 12lb main line in amongst the roots of the nearest overhanging tree!
Each of the 3 Coarse lakes (and presumably the Trout Lakes too) have Eels. The above photograph above was of an Eel that had been dragged out of the Novices Pool and pulled through the wire netting (we think by a Mink) until the wire mesh could stretch no further. It was then eaten "alive" from the stream side right up to the netting! Other large and smaller Eels have since been caught, unfortunately we do not have photographs of them or their captors.
Night Fishing, early morning and late evening often produces an Eel or two. Best baits have been lob worms or large pieces of Luncheon Meat fished on the ledger close-in near the banks and under trees. Here you will find out more about Night Fishing.
• Main has an average depth of 4-5ft. There are plenty of trees, bushes and bays all around the lake that provide lots of features to fish in to and under. A good variety of Carp of all sizes with the biggest going into the mid-20's. Main also has some excellent Roach fishing, skimmers, Tench and Grass carp up to 14lb.
• House is about 10ft deep in the middle with the margins being about 4ft deep. Plenty of features and trees/bushes on 3 sides and a large lilly bed. House. like Main, has a good head of Carp plus Bream, excellent Roach, Tench and a couple of Grass Carp up to 10lb. Carp here go up to 18lb with an average of about 4lb.
• Novices is between 6 and 8ft deep in the middle. Some tree cover and deep margins. Carp up to 7lb with plenty of 1/2lb'ers and good Roach to keep the novice, beginner or expert angler busy all day. To one side of the Lake there is a thick hedge providing plenty of cover when it's windy.