In early 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 capture that she released the tension on the Eel which broke her 12lb line amongst the roots of the nearest tree!
Each of the 3 Coarse lakes have Eels. The photograph above was of an Eel taken out of the Novices Pool and pulled through the wire netting by a Mink until the wire could stretch no further. It was then eaten alive from the stream side 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 Luncheon Meat fished on the ledger. 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 plent of cover when it's windy.