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The Stock Pond

So called as it is right next to the stock pond that holds the future of the lake, small fish grown on from spawning.

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

15 Rod Lengths (RL) straight at oblivion, 17 RL to deep area between shallow spots on adjacent margin

Description

Stock Pond is the right hand side of the old No1 swim which was split in two in 2008 when Pole Position became the left hand side of this huge area. As the hot areas indicate this is a close range swim, ideal for the angler who doesn't want to fish at range and prefers to fish in quiet bays.

Finding the edge of the marginal weed which is at about 15 rod lengths and fishing just past it straight at Oblivion is the main area.

A group of fish will use this area almost every week so stick to the hot spots and bide your time. There is no mistaking when they are there as they show well at night, their huge bodies shattering the quiet as the jump at close range and all down the right hand margin.

Notable Captures

Barry Yoemans had a great hit in summer 2012 taking fish to over 50lbs when a large shoal of fish decided to move into Stock Pond and stay there, he fished close leaving them the sanctuary of the far corner of the bay to move around in unhindered. A great tactic that definitely kept the fish there for longer.

Pole Position

So called because it commands a fair amount of open water at this end of the lake.

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

12.5-20 Rod Lengths at the left hand side of Alamo for your middle rod with the other two about a rod length left and right does 95% of the bites. More recently spots have emerged slightly further out. This is classic open water fishing but don't be tempted to fish too far out, close to medium range sees ALL the bait and so the fish have been conditioned to feed here.

Notable Captures

Dave Fuidge caught 'Fudgies' here at 61lbs back in 09 and Single Scale and Fudgies have been braced from here. The giant was caught from here in June 09 and The German has also be caught from the normal spots (60-70 yds) in August 10. The Galaxy and Pips were also braced from here in '11 so it has big fish form especially in Spring and Summer.

Alcatraz

Named after Danny F's favourite swim on Elstow 1 and because there is no escape from the Sun!

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

This swim has one of the few features in the lake straight out from the swim at approx 28 Rod Lengths.

Rods fished close to this area (weed permitting) will always score best. The fish will show directly at the 'W' in the tree line straight ahead of you, they will be at monster range (180yds) in the day, don't be decoyed by this, they will get caught at 25-35 RL, pop the float up at 29 RL and go round to The Beech, it should line up with a very prominent telegraph pole in the distance, this is an area the fish always show at first thing in the morning, indicating a feeding area. If the wind is banging into the swim the fish will show and be caught much closer at around 18 RL so don't cast too far if the wind is banging into the area.

Notable Captures

Darrell Peck had 25 fish in 5 days in 2010 fishing at the 'W' at 130 yards including Rigadon and The Clown both upper 40's back then.

Danny F copied Darrell's tactics in 2011 and had 16 fish in a week including Cluster at 58, Drop Tail at 67 and Fudgies at 74, all taken in daylight at 30 RL.

In spring 2012 Drop Tail was caught on a zig at 72lbs at about 90 yards.

Baxters Hole

Named after Adam Baxter the Director and Editor of all Korda's films. He wanted a swim named after him so he got his wish, so named because 20 to 30 men each year spend time in Baxters......................

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

10 RL slightly left of straight out is the 'hot area'. An area literally made by the baiting of our Bailiff in summer 2012. With weed all around it this is the only clear area, created by feeding fish. Just down the right hand margin past the overhanging tree also produces bites. An ideal swim for anglers who love fishing close in or right in the margins and one that is overlooked by most. Definitely comes alive at night but can look devoid in the day. If an E wind springs up in the warmer months the fish will stack up here.

Notable Captures

Steve has had Brutus, .......and Dave Waker had 7 fish including the mighty Fred at 47 from the 10RL spot in summer 2012.

The Beach

Named after one of Danny F's favourite swims on Walthamstow No2 Rezzi. This swim looks and feels similar to that open water area.

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW

Hot Areas

There is a large dip in the trees above The Pink and Stink swims, all 3 rods fished within this gap at 15-20 RL is the first area and then 12-14 RL to the right straight at the point between Stock Pond and Oblivion is the latest hot area. They will feed very close in and you can bait this area with a catapult by walking down the bank toward Baxters, the float will only be 30 yards out from the margins, no other swims can access this area and several big fish, have come from here.

Notable Captures

Cluster at its first time over 60.

The Tree Line

Named after the 120 yard long tree line that runs away from you down the adjacent bank. It has several viewing holes where you can walk around and watch the fish gliding around under the trees. Don't be fooled though, these fish are beyond anyone’s cast and far more is caught off the trees than next to them.

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

There are many in this swim and poor results come from being transfixed with getting as close to the tree line as possible. The fish you see from the viewing holes are at least 10 feet away from the rig through tangled trees, believe us we have dived it several times. Super close accurate casts do produce bites but you must be on your rods at all times or you they will be snagged before you get to the rod! If you fish like this and start loosing them you will be asked to move swims or move away from the tree line!!

Co's Point

Named after Danny F's dutch 'brother' Co. Co came and looked after the lake whilst the sale was going through and so Danny named his own favourtie swim after his mate for his services to the lake.

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

Where do we start! This swim has produced from 10 yards to 150yards, it really depends where the weed is and what range the fish have been moving through. At range Ali Hamidi had great success casting at the middle of the bald spot and slightly right at 130yds, its rock hard there and clear. There are clear areas at 25 RL again straight out. It seams the further left you go the weedier it gets. There is normally another strip of clear at about 70 yards (18RL). It really depends on how far out you can fish effectively in this huge swim as well as what the bailiffs suggest is the current 'hot' area. Avoid the temptation to spread your rods in this huge swim, and you must not fish well right or left at close range, this cuts off both Tree Line and Scotties which is unfair bearing in mind how much water you have to go at.

Notable Captures

This swim has produced most of the lakes big fish over the last 5 years. The Target, The Twin, Chunky, The Nude Patch Common, Drop Tail, Discus the list goes on. It was a great swim for a big hit but more recently I has slowed significantly but still produces very big fish from time to time.

Scotties Corner

Big Southerly

The Stink

Fishes a superb bit of water, and has plenty of room. This is a swim that is often overlooked in the draw and in the early part of the year, can be one of the most productive swims.

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

There is a large clear area slightly left of the middle of the swim at 18 Rod Lengths, this is only 72 yards! The weed on the bottom of this swim does change during the season and as a result, the hotspots will change but at the time of writing, you need to be aiming at the prominent Christmas tree in the corner of the lake between Baxter’s Hole and Alcatraz and all 3 rods should be fished within a few feet of each another as the clear area appears to be quite long but quite narrow. It is definitely worth casting a lead around the rest of the swim to see if there are clear areas to the left and the right of this area and it is possible to fish up to about 110 yards in this swim without interfering with Co’s Point’s water. You should avoid fishing well right in this swim because of the snags that are to the right of the Pink Swim. If you hook a fish under these circumstances they will almost all kite right towards the snags and it’s very very difficult to stop them from getting in there. This is a swim that fishes well with the wind in its face because of the fantastic prevailing south westerly and westerly winds but it will also produce bites when the wind is off your back, especially in the late season because you are fishing in the lee of the very cold northerly and easterly wind. This swim comes alive at night and where it may look fairly devoid in the day, you will be amazed at how many fish show after dark.

Notable Captures

After the fish spawned last June, this swim did an incredible run of 50+ fish over a number of weeks as the hotspot became more and more prominent and more and more bait went in and over the years, it has produced a number of big fish, including chunky at 66lbs.

The Alamo

Named after Danny F’s favourite swim on Mercers Park in England where he spent many of his days perfecting the art of spodding. This is a large double swim which can easily accommodate 2 anglers but can also be fished by one angler if that is the way that the draw works out. We encourage only friends to double-up in this swim as your bivvies are fairly close together when the rods are out.

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

Over the years, this swim has produced fish at almost every distance from 40 yards out to 150 yards out. It commands the centre of the lake from this bank and as a result, suits long-distance anglers and short-range specialists alike. The fish will amass here when the wind is blowing hard in your face and because of the growth of weed in recent years, close-in spots to the right and left of the swim have been the most productive. Anglers will cast a marker float and gently tease it out of the weed-beds to find the clear areas next to them and concentrate their bait there for best results. As the season progresses, the fish will move further out and spots do appear straight in front of the swim starting at around 17 RL going right out to 30 RL, so it would be necessary to cast around with a bare lead to find the smooth clear areas and then concentrate all 3 rods on these. If you do double-up in this swim, then the left-hand angler should aim directly at the toilet lights at approximately 15 RL as this area has produced a number of huge fish over the years, including The Twin.

Notable Captures

The swim has produced most of the larger residents over the years, and most recently in May 2017, Fudgie's was caught from there at 84lb.

Oblivion

This is named after the terminology Danny and his friends at Mercers Park used to use when they were fishing at extreme range ‘Oblivion’! In fact, it is no longer necessary to fish Oblivion at oblivion range, and now most of the bites come between 20 and 27 RL as a large clear area has opened up in this part of the swim, casting almost directly at the Alcatraz swim.

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

As we have said, a large clear area remains between 20 and 30 RL with the area around 26 or 27 RL being the most consistently fished and therefore, the most productive. The fish will amass in this area when the wind is hammering into it which does make casting a little more difficult but the rewards are there to be had. Put the marker float out to the clear area and then walk around to the point in between this swim and the Stock Pond swim and then bait up from there. You will find that it’s only 20 or 30 yards off the bank from this point and it makes it easy to bait up using the catapult or by putting half a dozen boilies at a time in the throwing stick. You can also spod from this area if you want to put a small amount of particle over your baited spot and it makes re-baiting easy once you’ve had a fish. We have found that your marker float should roughly line up with the Stink Swim when you’re standing round at the grassy reeds just off the point. As with most of the open water swims, this swim should be fished with all 3 rods very close together with probably 6-8ft between each hookbait. You will find that large beds of potamogeton will spring up between this swim and The Alamo and also between this swim and Big Girls and as such, you will need to dump the lead and play the fish pretty hard to steer them away from these beds of weed that come up out of 20ft of water right up to the surface. If the fish do get behind these weed-beds you will need to call a bailiff to go out in a boat and hopefully free it but if you play the fish hard enough, you should have no problems. It’s also worth noting that there’s a large rock in the margins in the front of this swim and if you stand too far back in the swim while your fish is in the edge, it would be possible to cut the line off on this rock, so just be aware of this when you’re playing a fish.

Notable Captures

This swim has done virtually every big fish in the lake over the years and Fudgies was caught at 80lbs 8oz in October 2013. A fish that we’d previously thought had passed away called The Galaxy at 68lbs 14oz, also in October last year; now a seventy pounder, and one of the A-Team.

Big Girls

Named because historically the "Big Girls" frequent this swim especially around spawning time.

Prevailing Wind NE, N and NW
Average Depth 22 feet with shallower margins

Hot Areas

In recent years, this swim has become choked with potamogeton that rises right up to the surface and as such, the hot areas have been extremely close in. If you look to the left in the swim, there is a prominent tree on the opposite tree line almost in the corner of the lake and a lot of fish are caught casting at this tree at only about 20 yards range to a clear area where the two marginal shelves meet. Bites have also come right under the rod tips on the right-hand side of the swim just in front of the first bush to the right and also straight out in front at 21 wraps towards the Stock Pond swim. Efforts have been made to clear the potamogeton to allow people to fish further out in this swim and it has certainly become a fish magnet when the large amounts of weed are here. In the past the swim has been reserved for anglers who are very experienced at hook and hold tactics. If the weed is prevalent again we may reserve the swim for highly competent snag anglers only and if you’re not able to fish totally locked-up at close quarters and play the fish without giving them any line. We hope that as the weed moves in cycles, it will be less weedy in this corner so that the swim is easier to fish.

Notable Captures

Bobby with Single Scale in summer 2012 and also Drop Tail has come from this area several years ago by an angler just fishing a single rod in the day time. The stunning fish called Rapunzel got caught for the first time ever in this swim, 3 years ago, when Danny moved round there as the fish massed up in preparation for spawning at the end of May.