The Kingfisher Pool


The ‘in’ baits: Corn-  Pellet – Worm and Caster – Maggot

The well thought out pool, shaped in a kind of horseshoe shape with an island in the middle. The pool, which is constantly stocked with all species of fish, holds 32 anglers.

The pool holds an excellent stock of carp in all sizes from 2lb to 5lb marks, which are excellent weight builders in a match situation. The bigger specimens in the pool boast the 15 lb mark plus the pool holds hundreds of 10 pounders. By any means you’ll know once you’ve hooked one of these fin specimens, in mint of condition, because of you tingling arm ache!  These carp are often caught on pellet and corn approach but persevere with any method or bait and you will be in for a long hard fight.

The crucian carp are caught at the closest and shallowest water, known to be the shallowest of 12 inches. You can catch these fish on float fished corn or double maggot, being the best two baits to use. The tench in the pool average the 3lb mark bit the biggest to date is an 8 pounder. When the carp are not feeding, these tench will no doubt give you a 30 lb no problem at all. the tench are in the finest of condition and always offer an exhilarating fight right to the net. The best method to catch these slimy fish is to float fish an expander pellet at about five meters.

Crucian carp are stocked into the pool in high numbers and substantially boosted the weights by a considerable amount. recent open matches anglers have managed up to 35lb of these 8oz-1lb fish. This is a massive achievement by any standards.

Apart from the main species in the pool i.e. the carp and the tench, there are plenty of silverfish to be targeted. There are plenty of bream in the pool averaging 6lb apiece. There is also a big head of skimmers in the pool, which are regularly, caught at 6oz a fish. The bream in the pool have recently been caught in high numbers on macaroni cheese on a float method. Apart from this bait the bream and skimmers will come to the net one after another on worm corn and expander pellet.

Recently some big roach, perch and chub have been captured from the lake and were said to be edging the 2lb mark, which in this case is specimen hunting! This is a massive bonus to the fishery and you could easily amass 25lb of silverfish without even trying, that’s just how good this pool is to fish. These magnificent silverfish are often caught high up in the water using a delicate float and using caster hook bait, constantly firing a pinch full around the float. These fish will be small to begin with but as the feed keeps going in you will get into some better fish.

From peg 1 to peg 8 is an average depth of 4-5 feet. All of these pegs have a fairly flat bottom. Pegs 1, 4,5,6,7 and 8 all have outstanding, margianal cover as in the beds of reeds close to the bank, which sprout in the summertime. Peg 1 has a stack of hay to the right hand side but you need 16 metres of pole to reach it, although it is under the surface so there may be one or two hefty snags. Pegs 3 and 4 offers the advantage of a tree stump at 14.5 meters, this peg is were the matches can be won or lost depending on how you fish it and on the conditions. You then run along to peg 6 and 7 were there is an aerator at about 25 meters. In the summer months the carp tend to hang around this feature a lot but unfortunately it can only be reached with rod and line. The next main feature peg on this side is peg 8. Apart from having the close in reeds it offers a bale of hay down the left margin, also it’s where the fresh spring water enters the pool. 1 meter away from the bale of hay there is a hole in the depth were it drops a bit deeper.
Pegs 9, 10 and 11, 12, 13 are the shallower pegs on the lake as the depth is only about 3-4 feet. These pegs are exquisite in the warmer months of the year. At 9 meters there is a slope in the depth were you gain another 6 inches of water, on these pegs this is were the majority of fish are caught from. Peg 11is a corner peg and if the wind is blowing into the corner, no other peg comes close. Because of the heavily protected marginal cover 80 lb bags could easily be caught if the conditions were correct. If no success you could convert to the rod and line and chuck it toward the island at about 3o meters.
Pegs 14 to 18 have a massive change in depth as the water drops to 5-10 feet. You can get into this much water by fishing at the bottom of the second shelf. All of these pegs along the bank have reed-lined margins, which offer excellent cover. On peg 14 the better anglers have managed to plumb around the peg and find a hole of a one-meter radius. This is usually were you will catch a big bag of fish from.