Fishing for Grass Carp - plenty of patience required!

Grass Carp Fishing at Nine Oaks Angling Centre

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Introduction

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A little about Fishing at Nineoaks

 

A good days fishing?

How's this for a beginner - a 6lb Grassie?
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Layout and Aerial view of Nineoaks:-

A plan of the Fishery, its buildings and its lakes

Aerial view of Fishery

An aerial view of Fishery, courtesy of Google
Aerial map, courtesy of Google

Nineoak’s has 3 Coarse lakes holding a mixed head of quality fish. Grass Carp are in all lakes except the Novice’s Pool.

Except for the Novices Pool, each lake has double figure Grass Carp. The largest on-site is around 18-20lb, and the smallest about 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 egg-waffle. Be ever so careful, if you spot one on the surface, not to spook it. Stealth, guile and patience must be your key skills. 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.

During the summer months the best times are definitely early morning and from late afternoon (4pm which is when their dinner bell rings) and the Barbel will be on the lookout for food. They are also known to take bread off the surface, just like a Carp. Maggots while being an excellent bait will also provide Roach and non-carp species too. Method mixes fished with a preferred bait will provide some terrific sport. Dog food, Cat food and tinned "beef tongue" or the likes of Coshida Trout & Salmon Cat Food should produce some good fishing. However, the use of boilies and excessive amounts of ground bait going in are discouraged.

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Our lakes:-

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. Bream are reputed to be in to double figures with a large black specimen infrequently caught. Mainly Bream of around 3/4-1lb mark are caught on sweetcorn.

House is about 10ft deep in the middle with the margins being about 4ft deep. Plenty of features and trees/bushes on 3 sides and a large lilly bed. House. like Main, has a good head of Carp plus Bream, excellent Roach, Tench and a couple of Grass Carp up to 10lb. Carp here go up to 18lb with an average of about 4lb. With its good depth, fishing on the bottom away from the banks generally with sweetcorn, good number of decent Bream are caught. Mainly around the 1-1 1/2lb mark. With a few bigger specimens and plenty of smaller ones to keep you busy.

Novices is between 6 and 8ft deep in the middle. Some tree cover and deep margins. Carp up to 4lb with plenty of 1/2lb’ers and good Roach to keep the novice, beginner or expert angler busy all day. there are a small number of skimmer Bream in this pool. To one side of the Lake there is a thick hedge providing plenty of cover when it’s windy.

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