Fly Fishing for Carp

Day Ticket or Self-Catering Carp Fishing Holidays in a Cottage, a Bungalow or Static Caravans


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A good days fishing?

Young Morgan Fly Fishing For Carp
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Fishery layout

A plan of the Fishery, its buildings and its lakes

Aerial view of Fishery

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Fly Fishing For Carp While Staying in first class Holiday Cottages or Static Caravans. What could be better?

Surface Fishing for Carp using floating baits such as bread, dog biscuits like Bakers Soft Beef or soft chicken, egg-waffle, Marshmallow or Chum Mixer type plain small biscuit is tremendous. Or try something different like Dried chicken in molasses. In 2006 in an article in the Angling Magazine “Improve Your Coarse Fishing” Nineoaks’ was selected as one of the UK’s Top 6 Fisheries for “Surface Fishing For Carp”!

The technique is to first get the Carp feeding confidently. We do this by throwing out a handful of dog biscuits and NOT fishing. Just be patient and wait until they’re all gone. Then throw out some more, and only start fishing when they are only two biscuits left. Strike when the Carp has sucked you’re bait down. Throw in some more biscuits, but this time a little closer to you than before. By doing this we can gradually bring them towards us, as they get into a feeding frenzy gobbling our freebies and losing their caution. The closer to you they are the less line we have to lift off the water to strike, which helps making it easier to catch more Carp. But, you must keep giving them the freebie dog biscuits.

Also, keep the bottom three feet of your hook length (line from you hook) greased or coated in mucilin so that it doesn’t “sag or sink” under the water and “spook” your quarry! *** This is most important ***

We are located just 2 miles inland from the Aberystwyth to Cardigan Coast Road (A487). Which means we are close to New Quay and Aberaeron, for beautiful beaches, crystal clear seas and shopping nearby.

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Carp stalkers are encouraged to be considerate and courteous to our other anglers. One angler known as sausage man fishes the margins using a float road, pole float and fresh sausage as bait. The takes are extremely fast, so he holds the rod at all times. He misses many but he catches lots and many around 8-10lb about 12” from the bank.
The better anglers do not use pods and snooze, they have the rod close by at all times. I would recommend having the handle of your rod resting on the edge of your seat next to your thigh. That way when a fish bites the rod is immediately to hand, no stretching to a pod or down to the ground. By the time it takes to stretch out the fish will have had your bait and spat the hook out. Remember, a fishes reaction time is 10 times faster than yours. By the time you’ve spotted your float, indicator or what ever move, the Carp has had the hook and bait in his mouth, stripped it, found the hook and spat it out, and you’ve thought “oh, I’ve got a bite”! So, you have to be quick, no lazy fishing here. Notice I haven’t mentioned boilies, not many angler’s fish them and so they’re not really recognised as food. They do catch but not as often as the other baits. Oh, and don’t use big, heavy hooks like the raptor etc. bog standard, 10, 12’s and 14’s are about right for all the fish here, even the small Roach will take a bait on a size 10! As we’re not heavily match fished they’re not particularly hook shy.

What will change your catch rate is the presentation of your bait, no long tails from your knots. I’ve always found that the grinner knot presents the bait superbly, is a strong, small and neat knot. If you don’t know how to tie it ask me and it would be a pleasure to show you how I tie grinner knots the easy way, my way. Usually when angler’s are not catching it is usually they’re knots and how they tie them that are letting them down. Their hooks are not “in-line” but sit at an angle to the line, so when they strike instead of the hook pulling in to the fish it pulls out, away from the fish. With a grinner knot the hook is in-line with the line and so moves accordingly. Once I’ve tied a grinner knot for an angler, they usually catch before I walked 10 yards away! Presentation is everything!

Margin fishing is good at any time, and is excellent as dusk settles, and night anglers often stop fishing in the very early hours saying “if we didn’t stop we wouldn’t get any sleep” often having landed about 70 Carp in a 24hr session up to 18lb and occasionally bigger.

Overall a place definitely worth a visit and an excellent place to stay whether for a fishing holiday or a family holiday.

Ledgering and method fishing can be very good and light float fishing spectacular but as already mentioned don’t use “big pit” tactics or thick line. Use 5-6lb line and #10 hooks (which will be straightened). Using line of 8lb breaking strain and over will definitely reduce your catch rate, so fish light with reasonable hooks (not 6+) and catch plenty of fish!

Good baits are bread (and on the surface), sweetcorn, maggots and cooked mussel, NOT mussels in jars or various sauces or flavourings, just fresh or frozen mussels. If you’re not sure how to put them on the hook, see Bill (owner) and it will be a pleasure for him to show you.

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, Campbells Meat Balls in Tomato sauce (rinse the sauce out in your swim) should produce some good fishing.

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About The 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.

Gift vouchers are available that can be used for lessons, tackle and equipment, Birthdays or Christmas for redemption at the Fishery only.

Night fishing (by arrangement) can be truly spectacular, call to arrange a session.

The center is located about 2 miles inland from some of the best sandy beaches and beautiful coast line in Wales. There are plenty of things to do and see just a short drive away. Many fisheries are usually isolated and once on-site you have a long travel to find other things to do. Here, you can fish in the morning, take the wife out during the day and return for some spectacular afternoon and evening fishing. What more do you want - a fantastic holiday, superb accommodation and awesome fishing, and no “black marks”?

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