Stuart Gardiner

A winters day at Churchgate Lakes

I have been following Churchgate lakes on Facebook a while now and could not help but notice how the owner was very clearly putting so much time, effort and expense in making the fishery really top class. For me seeing fisheries put back investment into venues so as to make the whole fishing experience better for anglers is a huge plus in deciding where to fish.

This was also emphasised in a big way when booking, contacting the fishery on how to book etc I could not have been helped enough even down to booking me a decent swim with the option of changing it should I not fancy it as this was my first time fishing here, I did not need this very kind gesture as the swim booked was perfect with the choice of 2 islands to fish towards with a decent depth of 6-8ft. The very impressive tackle shop on site was well stocked with all the major brands stocked for carp & coarse fishing with fresh maggots and casters etc available also. I think pre booking and paying for a designated swim is a welcome bonus and saves the mad bun fight rush at most fisheries that do not operate a smooth user friendly system like this.

My approach for this cold December day was going to be medium size 30g method feeder around the islands using 2mm micros and groundbait mix with a 10mm mainline bread boilie helped with a dash of sweetcorn goo which i find a pretty deadly combination, but sadly not today casting every 20 mins as not wanting to over feed i tried several spots around the islands trying to find any feeding fish not so much as a liner.

After 3-1/2 hours I changed tactics fishing towards the furthest island in open water using a small open end feeder with ground bait plugged maggots inside with 2 red maggots on a size 16 on a helicopter rig. Bites came fairly quick landing 3 nice bream from 2lb-5lb the biggest, all things considered 3 nice fish on a hard winters days is excellent in such pleasant surroundings. I will most definitely return in the new year.

Best wishes to everyone and lets look forward to a better 2021 and many more tighter lines.

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