Roach Fishing? - Welcome to Roach Heaven!

Roach Fishing, not paradise - just our little bit of it, so why not come and give it a try?

a typical Nineoaks Roach! A fine Roach from House Pool Paul Fact from Leicestershire with his fine Roach Nineoaks in Summer


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Layout and Aerial view of Nineoaks

A good days fishing?

Mr R Turner with a 1lb+ Roach - typical of the stamp and quality Roach that can be caught here
6ft 4” tall Richard with one of our lovely big Roach.
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Fishery layout

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

Nineoaks has 3 Coarse lakes, with a good head of decent sized Carp in each lake. The Main lake of about 1 acre, an 1/2 acre House pool and a small Novices pool. There are Carp into the mid-20’s but we are not a “big Carp” water; If it is big Carp that you are after
then this venue is probably not for you. However, if you prefer a good day’s fishing catching plenty of Carp around 5lb and over, and other coarse fish too, then this place would be hard to better. If you preference is fishing with heavy “big pit” gear and 10lb+ lines then this
venue does not fish well with this approach. In fact if you changed your approach to use lighter gear, then you will most likely catch more Carp! Thick lines, to a fish, represents anchor rope and big fish are not stupid. So lighter lines will land you more fish. Also, think about it, what does
a fish weigh in the water - very little as the water supports his weight? Your line, clutch and rod, are to control the pulling power of the fish’s fins and tail, not his weight. He only weighs when he’s out of the water not when he’s in it!
So, fishing here with light gear, small float, floating Bread, floating dog biscuits or other baits or fishing on the bottom can produce some spectacular sport.

Luncheon meat, paste, pellets, small boilies, dog biscuits (floating or sinking) and maggots are also good baits. Other excellent baits include cockles, muscles and prawns (not in preservative), spiced baits including luncheon meat with turmeric or curry powder fished on the bottom or ledger style are tremendous. Late summer, fish with black slugs as bait!

Some of our regulars can produce unbelievable days fishing, one who fishes with fresh sausage in the margins, good for carp and roach. For the better roach try using soft, sweet chick peas. You may have to try several brands before successfully finding one that works for you. BUT, they definitely sort out the better fish, and so worthwhile persevering with!
The anglers that do well all use light tackle, not big heavy hooks or heavy, thick line like “anchor rope”, such as 10lb or even 30lb line!!! A light weight size 10-16 hook, 4-6lb main line with the clutch set properly on their reel. Not sure how to set your clutch, ask Bill (owner)and he will show you?

For Roach fishing we wouldn’t recommend using heavy weight rods of 1lb+ test curves and over, just a nice medium actioned match rod or pole, however it is your choice. For the best fishing with the “adrenaline rush” feeling when your rod bends like you never knew it could; use a quality match rod, light tackle and your clutch set and just wait for some spectacular action; That’s good fishing!

If you like the adrenaline “buzz” of hard fighting fish, where even the smaller fish think they are bigger than they are, then Nineoaks is definitely worth a try?

Here, the best methods are the simple ones. Those anglers that come here with heavy, big pit gear rarely catch many Carp or any other fish. We say that big fish don’t become big by being stupid, they become big by being canny. They know they’re your quarry, what and why you’re there, and so you will have to “out smart” a smart animal.
Fishing with a light rod (for maximum experience, an adrenaline rush, and fun), a maximum of 8lb bs line, 6lb or thereabouts is best. Early mornings, in the afternoons and evenings surface fish with bread, dog biscuits etc. Soft hookable, floating dog biscuits like Baker’s Beef or Chicken or bait banded dog biscuits like Chum Mixer, size 10 hook with a Fly rod,
Fly line and leader, it should be really good. We think it you will find it the most fun, fully fressed, standing up that you’ve ever had! Try ledger fishing a dog biscuit as a “pop-up” which is an excellent bait and method. Other good baits include sweetcorn, luncheon meat, paste, beef tongue (in tins), fresh or frozen cockles, muscles or prawn in the margins
(not those in jars of preservatives, or vinegar or cream sauces etc. - plain frozen no additives) , Worm and Maggots will catch plenty of good Roach and Bream. Most anglers fish the margins, under the overhanging bushes or against the many reed beds, a rod length or two out from the bank, rarely further.

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6ft 4 Richard with one of our many good sized Roach a typical Nineoaks Roach! A fine Roach from House Pool

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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.

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