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Kingfisher

Our most popular water. Kingfish is about two acres in size and holds 35 pegs. The nearest water to the car park next to the Fishing Lodge, it holds a comprehensive range of fish and is suitable for all styles of fishing.

Kingfisher is shallowest at each end of the lake where there is an abundance of water lilies in about four feet of water. A ledge runs around the whole lake before the banks slope gently down to a maximum of about seven feet along the centre.

In summer, margin fishing with floating bread or dog biscuits is popular all the way round the lake, although anglers are not allowed to loose feed floating baits as these can drift into other anglers swims.

A popular pole and waggler water, Kinfisher is also a good water to fish the swimfeeder or Method feeder in the deeper water. During the mornings most anglers tend to fish on the bottom and come up in the water in the afternoon catching fish at only a foot below the surface.

When doing this, anglers obviously need to loosefeed little and often with hook samples and free offerings to keep the fish in their swim. Pole anglers tend to fish eight to 10 metres out using anything between a 10 and 20 elastic to a 6lb breaking strain line and 4lb bottom length and size 12 to 18 hook. Similar weight tactics are used by waggler anglers.

Most popular baits on Kingfisher are Ringers 4mm-6mm ‘bag-up’ pellets, yellow sweetcorn and pop-up sweetcorn fished a couple of inches off the bottom and luncheon meat. Obviously maggots and casters also work well although maggots can tend to attract the smaller fish which can be a nuisance until you attract the larger specimens into you swim.

Biggest fish in the water are the common and mirror carp, the largest of which in 2006 was a 34lb common carp taken in mid-water from Peg 9 on waggler fished luncheon meat a couple of rod lengths out. Although the commons and mirrors generally run anywhere between 5lbs and 14lbs, there are a lot of mid-20lb fish. The mirror carp are of a similar stamp to the commons although the biggest out in 2006 was 21lbs.

Kingifisher is also stocked with a good head of F1 hybrids between 1lb and 1lb 8oz which can provide plenty of fun and a few crucians which go to over 2lbs.

For the silver fish angler there are roach and rudd averaging 12ozs but which run to 2lbs; perch anything from 2oz to 3lbs; bream to 8lbs – although there are known to be specimens in Kingfisher up to 10lbs – tench betwen 2lbs and 4lbs which rarely show and both golden and blue orfe between 12ozs and 1lb. There are also a handful of ghost carp.