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Time to update with the first report of 2018. As usual the fishery has been very quite of the Christmas period although that is already starting to change. The fishing is slow not a lot of feeding possibly due to the colder weather, some ice on the water of last couple of days. A couple of night anglers who ventured out recently did catch carp to around 8lbs, and a few others even tried bread on the surface, as I did not see them leaving I cannot say if they caught or not. What I can say is that after they left I saw several carp feeding on the bread slices they left on the water. Obvioulsy a good sign.
Next match is January the 21st which will be a silver fish only match.
This will be my last post until the New Year . There have been few anglers thiose who have ventured out have caught carp and silvers.The method needs to change slighty with ar lighter baits and lines working well. That said the recent Pembrokeshire match was as unusual as it was difficult fishing. The winner was one of only 3 who caught carp , he eventually weighed in with a bag of 5.5 kilos. The reason it did not fish on the day is anubodies guess, normally winter match fishing at this venue is productive.
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Hapus - Merry Christmas and Happy New
Pretty quiet up on the fishery at the moment. This is not unusal for late November especially as the weahter is also not very nice either. I will probably not be posting many updates until the New Year. I will post results of any matches we have, the next is on December 3rd on the bottom lake. In the mean time why not take advantage of purchasing a voucher for the fishery as they make ideal Christmas Presents, you can include camping, or tourinng van hook up if you require. Contact the fishery for more information.
Some excellent fishing from Mark for Sunday's Match. He quickly realised the silver fish were not feeding. He switched to the carp by the end of the match he had taken 29 kilos together with his 1 kilo of silvers it was enough to take the honours in todays tightly contested match. Steve was 2nd with a slightly heavier carp bag but his roach bag was just a couple of fish lighter.
Total weight for the match was approx. 160 kilos which is not bad for a cold November day.
Mike and Trevor came over from the Gower to spend yesterday doing a bit of fishing in the sunshine . Mike caught over 50 roach, rudd and this cracking perch. Trevor had a few smaller carp and plenty of silvers.
As normal; at this time of year the carp are feeding well. As the water cools carp tend to feed extra in ready for the colder winter months where thier natural feed such as insects etc get less and less. Its a really good time of year for carp fishing well worhjt a visit. Silver fish are prolific and there are plenty of 1lb size fish being caught . Yesterday while I was chatting to two anglers at different sides of the lake each caught a rudd of that size. Perch continue to grow and especialy on the top lake are plentiful now.
Pictures are from Sept 17 just a couple of cruising carp , just waiting to be caught.
Carp are feeding well with plenty of fish being caught. One Pembrokeshire Piscatorial member, who was here yesterday for a day's pleasure angling caught over a 100lb of fish which included 15 carp. Stephen Harrison a first time visitor caught this one late afternoon on floating bread crust , again it was one of the many carp he caught.
The night anglers are reporting busy nights . The latest to venture out was delighted to take over a dozen carp with the largest at 14.5 lbs.
Anglers who are looking for quality silver fish and or perch will also be delighted to hear that almost daily I now get reports , not only how big some of them are but the condition of the fish as well.
Plenty of carp continue to be caught and as usual simple methods work best. This young girl was overjoyed to catch a few carp, I must add aided by her dad who has been a regular angler at the fishery since he was a youngster with his dad over two decades ago. It just goes to show how if you teach children how to fish it will give them pleasure through out their life.
The fishing is constant and plenty fo fish being caught , carp to double figures silvers to 2lb and perch again up to 2lbs, the perch are mainly caught at the top lake. Also a few nice sized eels have been landed lately. September is almost apon us and normally the carp in particular feed well possibly feed ing up ready for the winter.
Just a couple of pictures that the Harkin Brothers sent to me from their Monday session. Fair play to them for braving the weather just goes to show what a good bivvy and perseverance can achieve. August has had some excellent results for all anglers with both carp and the silver fish angler reporting some stunning catches.
Tactics have been varied along the lines of what the weather throws at us that particular day.Floating baits are always a good way to tempt carp ( please note floating baits are not allowed arround the lilly beds)
Sunday's match was won by Steve Harrison with a great bag of 31 kilos. Including this wonderful bag of carp. (bottom picture).Other notable catches came from Mark Close. He finished 2nd with help from this carp bag((top picture). Well done all who fished today in challenging conditions.
Some excellent fishing during July, with the last weekend particulary good. One angler send over a dozen pictures of he carp he caught. It would be fair to say that there was nothing over double figures but the quality of he ones he did catch was stunning. Usually when carp are feeding as prolific as they were on the weekend then the big carp are also feeding albeit with more caution . As is normal the match angler have also been delighted with he quality of the silver fish again with some specemins fish being caught. Finally I heard today from a regular angler here that on his previous visit he caught a Perch of at least 2.5lbs from the top lake. If you visit the bird watching page on this web site you will see the extrodinary amount of birds we have around the fishery. The woodland in particular is a joy in the early morning listen to the morning chorus. Anyone wishing to expereince this we offer a camping facility within the woodland itself. A night around a campfire with in a perfectly private area is a joy in itself. Contact the fishery for details.
Just a couple of photos from my phone camera from the week, It has been fishing well over the last week with plenty of quality silvers and several double figure carp landed. Oddly I thought they had finished spawning but there were signs of the carp spawning again this past few days. Once they do spawn carp always feed really well. Night anglers are also reporting good catches.
Night fishing is by appointment only , spaces available for July August
The carp have now finished spawning and are feeding. Best method this week is surface fishing although the pleasure anglers have been catching top quality roach and rudd using feeders on the bottom.
There have been carp to 15lbs caught recently the bigger ones are happy to just cruise on he surface. Night anglers have also been reporting good catches.
It has been a good month with good catches being recorded. Carp were very active for most of May but started to slow towards the end of the month. This was down to spawning whcih is not at all unusual. A change of weather has strung out the spawning and as a result the carp are quieter than usual. That said there are plenty being caught and certainly plenty feeding. Plesure anglers are still catching excellent bags both in numbers and quality.
At last some very decent weather in Pembrokeshire although the east wind keeps the bigger fish down in the water. That said they are starting to bask on top and will happily come up for floaters especially in the evenings.
With the weather getting warmer so angler numbers and catches go up. Night anglers in particular have been reporting busy nights with plenty of carp being caught. That said there have not been any of the bigger 15lb plus carp caught recently or indeed this year. There is plenty of signs that the big fish are feeding and ocasionally showing themselves on the surface of the water, no doubt taking in the early spring sunshine.
The bigger roach rudd and perch are certainly getting caught on a regular basis. Meat , pellet and paste are the favorite baits for carp and soft pellet and maggot for the silvers.
The recent match was won by Steve with a very credible 13.9 kilos of fish which included 4 carp . These he caught late in the match and was just enough to overtake Jonathan who weighed in with 13.5 kilos but he had only two small carp and a good silver fish bag.
It has also been a busy weekend with night anglers reporting decent catches with carp up to 12lbs . The bigger carp are hiding away somewhere obviously waiting for the for warmer weather . There has been a cold wind over the surface this week and some pretty sharp nights resulting in the bigger fish seeking deeper water again. Plenty of quality roach and rudd showing which is another indicator that the water temperature is a few degrees down as the bigger roach feed well in these conditions.
The competition to land the pure white carp is still running £100.00 if landed. (terms and conditions apply).
Paul Wilkinson led the way with several carp from both lakes last Saturday., probably landing well into double figures by the end of the day. It was a very sunny warm day and Paul had taken full advantage of the carp enjoying the warmth on the water and feeding near the margins. A few he reported to be around the 10lb mark but all the carp were in excellent condition, which is always nice to hear as it shows that the fish have survived the winter months where there is obviously less feed in the water. There have been both carp and silvers caught daily since. There is another match on Sunday 2nd April , they will be using the bottom lake. All anglers not in the match please us the top lake.
Good match today where the Pembrokeshire Piscatorial club were back on form after their disappointing January match. Today all anglers caught and weighed in . Top honours went to Jonathan Davies with a splendid mixed bag of carp, roach, rudd and perch. Total weight 18.7 kilos ( 41 lb 3 oz ). Second 12 + kilos and third 10 + kilos. Oh and I did add the picture of Brett Kilner, as to be fair he did catch a fish today!
Jonathan with his silver fish bag
Since then anglers have been dusting down their tackle and venturing out. I believe that no one has left the fishery without catching fish. Carp have been active although no big carp has been landed from either lake this year , yet! That said the sport size carp upo to 7lbs have been plentiful. With March now apon us and the evenings drawing out hopefully we will see on the banks soon .
Last weekend there were a few hardy anglers fishing. Friday night anglers had early success and continued through the night until morning. It then went quiet and remained so until around mid day. Their largest carp was 11lbs.
The Previous Sunday we had the first Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match of the year.
Pembrokeshire Piscatorial's sent me this Match report
"This weeks match was a silver fish match at Llyn Carfan (Pembrokeshire Coarse Fishery). Weather was OK with intermittent wind and showers. Didn't fish well with 4 dry nets and low weights. Deeper end of the lake fished better with the cooler conditions. Mark Close won the match with 2.9 kilo, Brian Hammond 2nd with 1.2 kilo and Stephen Mackay was third with 800g. Well done everyone that fi...shed. Tight lines. "
Yes it was a difficult match on Sunday there was no reason that we know of for the low weights. Theses guys usually have bags of over 10 kilos for their silver fish matches. That said what they did not mention in the post, several carp were caught from all around the lake . They of course are not included in the weigh in as it silver fish only match.
Picture weigh in summer match.
Good match again today. Chris Kidd was again the victor with an excellent 28.3 kilos (over 62Lbs). 2nd and 3rd had 18 kilos and 10 respectively. As usual all the anglers in the match weighed in. The fishing in general has been a bit slower because with the cold nights the fish are not as active as in the summer months. The carp today were being caught on maggot which is a sure sign winter is on it's way.
This is a copy of an email I recieved from a happy angler. I need say no more.
The picture top was taken from a distance. It is only interesting because Keith while netting the fish, his rod snapped although did manage to land the 15lb carp. This was the second rod that was snapped here yesterday the first angler was stunned as he did not even get a view of the fish but had previously caught Barbell up to 16 lb on the same rod. He maintained it must have been a monster. Maybe natural feed is getting scarce and the bigger fish are looking for food.
The Perch is the latest caught from the top lake, they must be on same diet as me as the are certainly getting bigger!
Good fishing as usual plenty of fish caught. Charlie Benson (above right) visiting from London had a wonderful few days. Ollie took a a lovley 6lb carp on his first attempt using a fly rod, third picture below. My European camper also had a great weekend as per middle picture below.
Pembrokeshire Piscatorial club were back for their Sunday League Match ,It was won by Jonathan with 23 kilos.
Dave Rook also had a good 30 hour session on the top lake where he caught plenty of carp but none over 13lbs .
Last week has been excellent for all anglers with specimen fish caught from both lakes. Dave Rook led the charge with an excellent 18 pound fish from the top lake. Caught using a fly rod and dog biscuit. Paul Anderson followed on with some beautiful carp (both in size and quality) from the bottom lake. He caught 25 in total during a Saturday session. Lisa gets the prize for best quality roach with a stunning fish taken with a light waggler float, sweetcorn bait, six feet out from the bank on the top lake.
Sunday's match was won by Paul Ellis with 22.8 kilos , 2nd Keith just 800 grammes behind and 3rd Chris 18+ kilos. the were several 14 kilo bags and as usual all the anglers caught enough to weigh in adding to the their league tally for this season.
The fishing was also good on the top lake where all anglers reported catches of various sizes. Some fished for silvers and others carp. The carp were not feeding off the top but ledgering worked well as did margin fishing.
The both lakes have been prolific over the last few weeks with all fish feeding happily which keeps the anglers happy which in turn makes me a Happy Chappie
Excellent fishing since my last report.
During the final weekend in April several all night anglers reporting good catches. Dave who did a 36 hour stint, left a happy chappie catching his first grass carp from the top lake. A 20lb specimen that was in perfect condition. It looked as if it had never been caught. He also caught an 18lb common which was in equally good condition
May started the same with a good number of fish caught ,both carp and silvers . Terry was back to form, these are two separate fish, (pictured below) he landed at least another two decent carp. John and Kenzie and Archie and his dad also having a very decent day's fishing. There is also an example of the quality of roach to be caught at the fishery landed early May, also pictured below.
With the spring sunshine fish are appearing higher up in the water with the bigger carp basking and showing themselves but not yet taking free offerings of floating baits.
There are plenty of fish being caught mainly smaller carp up to 10lbs. There are plenty of signs of bigger fish which are very rooting about the margins. Hopefully these double figure fish will start to be caught within the next few weeks.
It's been a busy month here at the fishery. Firstly we had to replace some pipes that run under the lake . That was not such a problem but the clear up work has been a drawn out affair. Thankfully the last two weeks has the weather has been kinder. It is now fishing well and all pegs are again accessible .
Plenty of fish being caught , although none of the bigger carp (over 13lbs ) There seems to be a glut of 3,4 and 5lb fish getting landed. This may be down to lighter match type tackle being use or the fact that while the water was very low we took advantage and cleared some of the lily beds along with changing the bottom of the lake in some parts. I believe that the fish have had to change their hiding places and seek feed elsewhere. Either way it's well worth dusting down the tackle and paying us a visit.
David was back today caught a couple of carp. These pictures are of his mid-week session. Terry on his first weekend of the year had a great day , taking seven carp the largest was a 11lbs 14 oz, common. The pleasure match anglers were taking plenty of silvers using poles, and fishing out in the middle of the lake. While you in the area why not visit Barafundel Beach pictured below, it is considered one of the best in Britain.
Carp feeding over the weekend . Mathew and Dan caught five between them on Saturday . Sunday a new angler to the lakes caught 3 in a couple of hours of afternoon fishing. All the fish were under 6lbs.
Earlier in the week with the warn sun on the water it certainly had the fish feeding .On Bottom lake there was a number of carp and roach caught, . The largest carp was by Martin he thought it must have been close to 20 lbs. There is a sharp frost again tonight so I guess the early morning fishing will be a bit of a challenge.
Both lakes fished well today considering it is January. Several carp caught over 20 in total, largest at the deep end of bottom lake at 10.5 lbs. The others were between 3 and 8lbs. Surprisingly very few roach showing today a few were taking carp bait on the bottom lake , those caught were good quality 1lb plus fish
We have been working on the bottom lake , repairing a pipe under the water and some landscaping. Removing some of the overgrown lilies. It is now back in use, although it may take a bit of time to finally seed certain areas, please check with the fishery were to peg out before you start fishing.
Top lake, considering the clear cold water , there are fish taking on a regular basis , it is advisable to bring a variety of baits to be sure of success.
20th January, at last a sunny day for the anglers to test themselves. I must say although fish were caught, 5 carp, several roach, rudd and perch it was still a difficult day for them. The very cold crystal clear water did not help matters.
Comment: I've fished here about 7 times in all weathers and never blanked!! love the place very quiet and peaceful the owner Huw is a great help!!! Can't wait to get back there.
"Say's it all--Nice to see someone is already looking forward to some early 2016 fishing."
Mike (Pennard, Gower, Swansea
Yesterday's (Sunday) match. The was a good frost over night which made it a slow start for the first hour of the match. Thereafter there were some excellent silver roach caught and the carp were still feeding well. Mark Close won with 22.7 kilo. Paul Ellis 2nd with 18 kilo and Brian Hammond 3rd with 14.1 kilos.
The top lake also fished well with several carp being caught and indeed lost with the anglers failing to keep them out of the Lilies.
Dave Rook and his mate did a weekend night session and pulled their rods in during the early hours just to get some sleep. This patterned continued the following Thursdaywith another night angler who also pulled his rods out of the water to get some kip.
The results of Sundays match helld on the fishery as sent to me from the Pembrokeshire Piscatorial Club.
Pembs wrote: "6 hours of sitting on a hard box and endurance test of holding a 14m pole didn't compare to that of the iron man challenge well done all. The match was at Llyn Carfan Tavenspite. Another interesting match with rain over night changing normal tactics. Jonathan Davies won with 33 kilo of carp taken mostly On single castor at 5m. 2nd was Chris kidd feeding ground bait and dead maggots and fishing paste over the top with 19 kilo. Joint third was Paul Ellis and Steve Harrison with 11.5 kilo.
Todays (2nd August 2015) Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match had a winning weight of 27.7 kilos. All anglers weighed in and left happy.
Another Grass carp caught yesterday (Sat 1st August 2015) at over 26lbs , I have been promised a picture I will post when it arrives.
I also received the following message from regular Anglers Sue and Garry. Again after a session on the 1st August.
"Had the best days fishing ever at Pembrokeshire Coarse fishing - (Huw John ) caught 13 carp - (which beats my record of 12)- the biggest was 16lb 7oz - Gary Brumby managed 4 carp - he was too busy netting for me to catch many himself, lol, - fab day, fab weather thank you hubby xx"
Several double figure carp to 16lbs caught during the week, and a two pound tench came out of the bottom one again . The silver fish anglers also reported good numbers and quality catches.
Carp have been usual sizes up to 12 lbs with the biggest I heard of this week just over 15lbs.
Young Archie had his best Saturday for a while with at least four carp the biggest 9lb. (The carp Archie is holding in the picture is from a previous visit.)
Spring is traditionally a good time for carp because with the warm sun on the water the big carp will start to bask on the surface and quickly return to feeding through out the day in preperation of the spawning season. This is a good time to start using surface baits again dog biscuit or bread being the favoured baits.
The day ticket price for 2015 will remain the same and regular anglers will still be able to use last years day ticket stamps to collect enough for your free days fishing.
Although I am looking forward spring arriving properly, there are signs it is almost here. Snow drops out,buds on the trees and daffodils are shooting up. The best sign is the bird song , are they happy winter is almost over or courting mates for spring , who knows. Either way its a joy to hear them.
Although it is late in the year the fish are still feeding well, this is no doubt down to the recent warm weather. Carp are caught on a daily basis with Sean Pearce on a night session taking 10 carp during the night. It had started slow and heavy rain for an hour or so kept the fish down in the water. When the rain passed the fish soon started taking pellet on a hair rig and continued throughout the night. The recent Pembrokeshire Piscatorial Match was won by Mark who landed with 26 Kgs +, Jonathan Davies was second with 18 odd and Chris Kidd was a distant 3rd with 13 Kgs (Chris commented after the match, last match the angler who fished the same peg failed to get a Kilo, enough said!!). Chris Kidd obviously did not mind coming 3rd this in this match -- it is the taking part that counts! Incidentally Mark caught 9 Carp and so did Chris. All in all it is well worth a visit even if the days are shorter.
A barbecue lunch was provided by the hosts at Llyn Carfan. National fish month provided booklets the Get Into Coarse Fishing a very useful guide to help in where to fish ,how to fish, safety , identify fish guide etc. Along with a National Fish Month Log book to keep a record off, Venue,Date,Fish Caught,Bait, Method and weather conditions on the day.
In general the fishing at Llyn Carfan has been excellent with several double figure carp caught along with Graham Kent's one that got away. He hooked but lost a monster grass carp , which took refuge in the lilly pads and took his hook. His day was not made any better when the helpful owner suggested that the first rule of fishing is to learn how to tie your hooks properly!
The recent pembrokeshire Piscatorial match produced a winning weight of over 19 kilos in a mixed bag. The runner up also had 19 kilos but was just a few grammes under.
Both lakes are producing large bags of fish, with quality carp showing from both lakes and no angler visiting the fishery failing to catch during recent weeks. Best catches from the bottom lake Dave Barnett from Manchester recently took several double figure carp and a 25lb grass carp during three separate day trips to the fishery. He took all on ledger with swim feeders and 12mm pellet. Trish Middleton using a float rod, fishing near the edges with good results taking over a dozen carp to up to 11lbs during a 5 hour stint.
First tench to be caught in the bottom lake for 10 years or so, this is one of three this spring.
Good weekend with plenty of fish caught. Best of them a 23 lb grass carp caught by Garry from Brynmawr who was staying for the weekend with his wife who also took several carp including a great Mirror carp and small tench. This is the first tench from the bottom lake for many many years
Some excellent fishing recently with good quality carp and silver fish being caught. With clear water on both lakes it is advisable to use light tackle and choose your methods carefully.
with Spring arriving now is a good time to dust off your tackle and possibly put new line on your spools ,clear out any old hooks from your tackle box . Replace items as needed. It is also worth throwing any old baits you have left over from last year as with all food stuffs they do have a use by date. If opened already they will go off and lessen your chances of catching fish.
The surprising catch during February was a wild brown trout of around 2 and a half pound in weight. It was caught by Viv Hill on a small size 16 hook baited with punched luncheon meat while using float rod while winter fishing for Roach. The fish was returned to the water it will be interesting to see how long it will be before it is caught again.
There has been two matches over the last couple of weeks. Both fished well with the winner taking over thirty kilos of fish each time. It is also interesting that it is rare for the same couple of pegs to produce the winner. It is usually the best angler and a bit of luck that produces the best bags at this fishery and not the favoured peg.
There have been good numbers of carp out over the last week or so nothing huge but up to double figure
. That said there has been another smashed pole when fighting the big carp.
For the first time in many years a small tench was taken from the bottom lake, all out big one disappeared or at least are never caught so it is nice to hear of this one
Fishing over the weekend was mixed with reports of good catches but also some very quite periods. A young boy and his father turned up again following a coaching session by the fishery owner. This time they had bought their own rods and were confident enough to fish on their own. They both took fish with fathers best a 7 lb common carp and his son beating him with a 9lb 6 oz carp.
The top lake again produced excellent results on Sunday with small carp to 2lb and plenty of silver fish being caught.
Good numbers of carp and silver fish during this late summer period. Silver fish on the top lake are simply quality fish match tactics work best. There are still plenty of carp being caught. This is a good time to catch carp as they are active in the water and looking to feed up for the coming winter months.
The latest match was won with 15.4 kilos . the second place angler also took 15. kilos. All sixteen angler weighed in with decent weights.
The grass carp top picture was the second 20 plus fish that week , Spence who was down from Liverpool also took a big grass carp from the middle of the bottom lake. He took it from the same peg as his son Jack had his 20 pound grass carp back in June.
There have been some excellent quality silver fish caught from both lakes during the last couple of weeks one roach was weighed at over 2lbs that one from the top lake.
"From Dan .(bottom picture) Here is the grass carp I caught on Thursday 28th! It took me nearly an hour to bring it in after it took a piece of bread about 30ft out! It weighted 21lb 5oz! Brillant haha regards Dan"
A 3 hour coaching session for Antony and his Mum (Daisy) went well. Antony catching over a dozen silver fish on the hired rod that had been provided by the fishery. We went for simple method of a waggler float in about 3 foot of water (close into the bank.) Using both maggot and sweet corn for bait over a dozen roach and rudd were caught and Antony lost a nice carp when his line snapped.
Daisy and Antony were pleased with their short introductory session to coarse fishing and will be returning soon.
Visiting the area from Newcastle I6 year old David with one of the carp he caught at a recent visit. David is obviously a natural at fishing taking this carp on a rod hired at the fishery. Having listened intently to the coaching team he then put the advice in to practice taking numerous silver fish and 3 very respectable carp.
The top catch for the month is a 38 lb grass carp caught by regular angler Sue Brumby , she used dog biscuit in the middle of the bottom lake to lure the carp in and a single biscuit to hook it.
The top lake is also fishing very well, John a Liverpool match angler using match tactics are taking over 80 x 2lb carp a day during his two week break to the area
The open day as part of the National Fish Month proved a great success with good numbers and a variety of fish been caught. Joel a fishing officer with the Natural Resources Wales brought extra rods and poles to teach a variety of tactics to the young anglers who turned up on the day. The fishery also put on barbecue lunch with tea and coffee. No one left with out catching fish
which is a testament to this prolific fishery.
Some excellent fishing with good numbers of Carp being caught . John who is staying at one of the touring van pitches took 17 carp last Monday all over 7 lbs and up to 12 lbs.
The silver fish are still catching well with some large fish up to two pounds taken.
Sunday 28th July is out open day were we will have coaches available to give some tips and tricks to all. Refreshments will also be on hand.
12 year old JackJones took a 20 lb 12 oz grass carp on June 1st 2013 at Llyn Carfan Coarse fishery.
Jack who travels with his family from Liverpool is a frequent visitor at the fishery. This is by far his best catch to date, Taken on floating dog biscuit on a very warm sunny day.
The wekend was very busy in angler numbers and fish caught Graham Barton took 12 decent carp on Saturday Morning his best being 14 lbs.
Carp have been caught in good numbers but nothing over the 15 pounds reported last month.
A recent match on the top lake was won by Jonathon Davies with 18 kilos there was however a big drop to the second place who only managed 11 kilos , all ten anglers did however weigh in.
The recent warmer weather has got the carp moving higher in the water and along the margins. There has also been some excellent large roach been caught.
Spring must be just around the corner where with sun on the angler back I am sure we will start to see good number of the bigger carp being caught again.
Due to it's success we are again going to continue with or offer of, fill a card with a stamp on each visit and have a free days fishing. (Adults only offer) children are already half price.
To few anglers about to give an accurate report on fishing. The snow and ice has put the carp down in the water but silver fish are showing in the clear water. Large shoals can be seen under the surface.
Hopefully the weather will soon start to pick up and with the longer days just around the corner anglers will again be keen to dust off their tackle and pay a visit.
Pembrokeshire Piscatorials are here for their annual Christmas match. I will give a report on how they get on later date.
It is worth mentioning that after the recent frost the carp are far deeper in the water and take more persuading to feed.
I wish you all a very merry christmas and happy new year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2013 were we hope the weather will be kinder than in 2012.
PS the match was won by Chris kidd with 11.5 kilos.
With the weather and shorter days there has not been an lot of anglers on the lakes. Those that have ventured out have all managed to catch fish most of which have been carp. Mark from Whitland
braved the elements and cold last Saturday morning and took two nice carp to 9 lbs and lost another two. He maintained that one of the lost fish was the hardest and strongest run he had , had at the lake. His 12 lb line broke resulting in him loosing his feeder and ledger. luncheon meat in small cubes had attracted the fish in the first place.
A recent silver fish match with Pembroke Piscatorial's resulted in Chris Kidd taking the spoils with approximately 9 kilos. Others were close behind and all contestants weighed in.
Carp have been caught on a regular basis with the best at 18 lbs.
In the last few days a match angler from Oxford visiting the area was delighted to take good mixed bags on the three days of his visit ( He is here again today 13/11/2012).
An interesting story from October.
Two guys turn up early one morning. It was blowing a gale and they sat facing the wind at the far end of the bottom lake. When chatting to them I did advise that they move up the disabled area where there was more shelter.
This guy fished on the peg where I had advised them too. He took eleven carp 8 lb and 18 lbs. There must be a moral there somewhere !
September has been a mixed month on the lakes. Some anglers are struggling to catch while others are taking numerous fish.
Terry had another grass carp of 23 lbs on a floating dog biscuit.
The cooler weather has put the fish deeper in the water with less activity on the surface.
The silver fish are plentiful with bigger roach taking larger baits on light tackle.
The large grass carp are like buses, you wait ages then three come along at once.
Terry took a 33 lb. 3 oz last Sunday this is the third 30 lb plus we have had over the last month. What made this more remarkable is that Terry took it on a floating dog biscuit when the other end of the lake was being used for a Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match. His one carp would have given him second place as Jonathan Davies netted over 17 kilos of fish to win the match.
September is a great time to catch carp with the lakes being quieter it is also the ideal time to get those last few evenings before the nights draw in.
- For those who wish to try fishing or thinking of coming back to the sport. Llyn Carfan is now offering,
a day's fishing,
- rod hire,
- an hour tuition,
- free EA licence ,
- bacon roll and a hot drink
- all for only £15.00.
- to book call
On June 30th we are holding a fun day at the fishery to celebrate Pembrokeshire Fish week and our new access and habitat improvements. We will be offering discounted fishing some fun games for prizes tour of the site and most important tips on how to fish the water. Fun starts at 10 am For more information please give me a call on 01994 240819.This event is again sponsored by FBM Holidays
Liz who visits with her caravan took her largest fish to date lst weekend a 10.4 lb common carp, she puts it down to her new pink rod!
Mark Brummett and
Scott Howard had a fantastic days fishing Sunday with over 27 carp caught between them. They fished both lakes using a variety of methods if you average their fish at 8lbs each this gives a total bag of 216 lbs.
The top lake is fishing well with the recently stocked carp taking small baits giving good sport on fish between half and one pound.
The bottom lake needs bigger bait if you wish to avoid the smaller silver fish. I would not recommend maggots at this time of year. Peter Jordan who fishes for the silvers had one of his best days fishing during some inclement weather last Thursday.
Graham Kent caught an eighteen pounder from the bottom lake last Saturday. He was getting a little agitated as he had been broken three times during the morning so this common carp made up for his earlier disappointment.
Dave Rook took another grass carp of over 20lbs this is the second grass over 20 reported this spring.
The new stock of small carp are being caught on the top lake although lighter tackle is needed to tempted them
- 2012 -2013 matches
The following dates are booked for matches. This will apply to the bottom lake only. Top lake will be open to public as normal.
2nd September 2012 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
14th October 2012 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
16th December 2012 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
6th January 2013 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
If you would like to arrrange a match at this venue please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
You may also book the whole lake/s for yourself (and friends) if you wish to experience what it would be like to own your own water for a day or longer. Contact email@example.com for dates and prices.