Kingfisher is our most popular water and is situated opposite the Lodge (handy for food and drink orders!). The lake is circa 2 acres in size, has 35 pegs and a comprehensive range of fish suitable for all styles of fishing.
Kingfisher is shallowest at each end of the lake where there is an abundance of water lilies in 4 feet of water. A ledge runs around the whole lake before the banks slope gently down to between 6.5 to 7 feet.
Common and mirror carp are the largest fish in the water with weights caught up to 34lbs. The common and mirror carp generally run between 5lbs and 14lb with a lot of mid-20lb fish. The mirror carp are of a similar stamp to the commons. For the silver fish angler there are roach and rudd averaging 12ozs running to 2lbs; perch from 2oz to 3lbs; bream to 8lbs, there are known to be specimens in Kingfisher up to 10lbs – tench between 2lbs and 4lbs which rarely show and both golden and blue orfe between 12ozs and 1lb. There are also a handful of ghost carp.
In the summer, margin fishing and shallow fishing is popular all the way around the lake. Anglers are not allowed to loose feed as these can drift into other anglers swims.
A popular pole and waggler water, Kingfisher is also a good water to fish the swim feeder 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 loose feed little and often with hook samples and free offerings to keep the fish in their swim. Pole anglers tend to fish 8 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 hooks. Similar weight tactics are used by waggler anglers.
Most popular baits on Kingfisher are 4mm-6mm ‘bag-up’ pellets, hard pellets, paste, luncheon meat, yellow sweetcorn and pop-up sweetcorn fished a couple of inches off the bottom. Maggots and casters also work well although maggots sometimes attract the smaller fish which can be a nuisance until you attract the larger specimens into your swim.