Except for the Novices Pool, every lake has double figure Grass Carp. The largest on-site is around the 20lb mark, and the smallest around 6lb. The Main lake has about 4 Grassies, and the House Pool 2. Of the The Trout Pools, Pallen and Derwen have 3 each. The best method to fish for them is to use floating baits, such as Bread or Chum Mixer dog biscuits. However, they have been caught on sweetcorn and waffle. Use light line, around 6lb or 8lb is ideal with the line floating on the surface would be perfect. If you find that your line sinks then use a little grease to get it to stay on the surface, the natural grease that you find around your nose or the back of your ears is excellent. Fishing for Grass Carp requires patience and stealth, especially when trying to stalk them.
In an article in Improve your Coarse Fishing during 2006, on surface fishing for Carp, Nineoaks was chosen as one of the best 6 fisheries in England and Wales. If you like the adrenaline "buzz" of hard fighting fish where even the smaller fish think they are bigger than they really are, then Nineoaks is definitely worth a try.
• 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. Floating dog biscuit or large pieces of floating bread especially from 4pm nearly all year - awesome Grass Carp fishing.
• House is about 8-10ft deep in the middle with the margins being about 4ft or so deep. Plenty of features and trees/bushes on 3 sides and a large lilly pad. House, like Main, has a fine head of good Carp, plus Bream, excellent Roach, Tench and Grass Carp up to 10lb, Barbel and Chub. Floating dog biscuit especially from 4pm and during warm summer days when the Carp are on or just under the surface - fantastic fishing for the Grass Carp.
During the summer months the best times are definitely early morning and afternoons from 4pm (when the dinner bell rings) when the Carp go on the feed, and surface fishing is excellent. Good baits all year round are Sweetcorn and luncheon meat; Dog biscuits and float fished bread, thick toast or egg waffle morning and evenings. Maggots, while being an excellent bait, will generally catch the Roach and occasionally non-carp species too. Method mixes or vitalin mixed with sweetcorn, plus 2 or 3 sweetcorn on the hook can provide some awesome sport with well over 100lb of Carp being caught in a session. Frozen or Fresh Mussel, Prawns or Cockles as well as Dog food, Cat food and tinned beef tongue, Campbells Meat Balls all regularly produce some super fishing. However, we do discourage the use of boilies.