Early Spring Carp Fishing On Celtic Lakes

It is now mid March so spring must have arrived by now.. right? With the weather seemingly on the change for the better, our resident carp and coarse fishing adviser Simon Howells decided It was finally time to break out the carp fishing tackle, and head out for the first fishing trip of the year!

Celtic lakes fishery map

Celtic lakes fishery map

My truck was packed to the brim with fishing gear for the three day outing from Tuesday until Thursday,  and I headed off on a journey to deepest rural Wales. The chosen venue was Celtic lakes resort, near Lampeter. Celtic lakes offers superb fishing on 6 waters of varying sizes, all heavily stocked with carp to 35lb+ and catfish to 85lb as well as a mix of coarse fish including tench, roach, rudd, perch and bream. I reached the lakes about lunch time, and after speaking to Janet the fishery manager had a good look around the lake and picked my swim for the few days fishing.  During the setting up of the bivvie and the rest of the fishing gear it was a really nice day; sunny with hardly any clouds at all and even though it was mid March it was fairly warm. Indeed one or two fish were spotted on the surface, so a mental note was made of where they were, so a bait could go out in that area!

Everything set up and ready for a run

Everything set up and ready for a run!

I decided to fish a three rod set up. I placed my left hand rod out tight to the island with mainline cell as a hook-bait over a bed of robin red pellets. The middle rod was for the catfish into open water, so on went the large halibut pellets, with  mainline halibut syrup to give them some extra zing. The right hand rod was going out on the right side of the island where there was a large cut between the two islands. On this rod I would be using the new Nash TG boilies. To attract the carp I put out a bed of Nash TG stick mix and chilli hemp, then threw in some white chocolate and coconut ground bait, Nash TG flakes and finally tandoori shrimp liquid to finish off! I have to say it smelt really nice and if I was a carp I would definitely be trying some. It made me hungry anyway!

Carp bait all ready to use

Carp baits all ready to use

Well I didn’t have to wait that long really as the left hand bite alarm started bleeping and the swinger started going!  After a short fight a small but lovely common carp at 6lb – 2oz graced the net. The light started to fade and the night drew in. Nothing happened for a long time until my left hand rod went again just after I had got into bed and turned the light out for the night… I shot out of the bivvy lifted into the fish and once again it didn’t feel very big. After another brief fight I landed a common carp of 6lb – 9oz at about 1.20am. After putting the fish back it was straight back into the bivvy to get some shut eye.

6lb 9oz common carp

6lb 9oz common carp

In the morning I was woken up by very high winds at about 5.30am, it was seriously blowing a gale and chucking it down with rain and sleet, the temperature had dramatically plummeted. Poking my head out of the bivvy door I could see fresh snow dusting the hills!  What a change from Tuesday and this would really affect the fishing if the temperature didn’t go back up slightly! Unfortunately nothing happened all day Wednesday, but hey that’s carping for you! Thursday was here before I knew it. There was no change in the weather but the wind had eased a little and to be fair I was thinking of jacking it in early. While pondering this I put the kettle on for a brew and a quick bite to eat, and lo and behold my left rod screamed away with another common carp that weighed 8lb – 3oz.

The final carp of the trip goes back

The final carp of the trip goes back

Sadly this was the last carp of the trip and it was time to pack everything down in the pouring rain, and head home! I will be returning soon as I really want to get one of the specimen cats from the lake and some bigger carp… so in the words of Arnie.. I’ll be back Celtic lakes!

 

 

 

Lamby Lake

Lamby Lake is a young fishing club in Cardiff Wales, situated in Parc Tedelerch.

The coarse fishery is being run by a team of well known local anglers who are dedicated to helping produce one of the top coarse fisheries in Wales. We pride ourselves on quality, not quantity.

Already an exceptional coarse fishery for Wales, we are working hard to make it the best. This means planting aquatic plants stocking more fish and controlling weed and vegetation growth

Facilities on offer at  Lamby Lake
Disabled access: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toilets: Yes
Refreshments: No
Day passes: Yes
Web:http://www.lambylake.com/

Grange Springs

Grange Springs is set in the beautiful Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the Royal Forest of Dean bordering one side and the gently rolling hills and valleys of South Wales on the other. Experience premier Coarse and Carp Fishing with top quality fish in a stunning location.

Facilities on offer at Grange Springs
Disabled access: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toilets: Yes
Refreshments: No
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 0796 9460850
Web: http://www.grangespringsfishing.co.uk

 

Eisteddfa Fishery

Whether you enjoy a relaxing day’s mixed coarse fishing or the challenge of bigger carp you will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and great views at Eisteddfa Fishery. For the game angler we have two Trout Lakes, one bait and fly, and the other fly only.

If it’s variety and good sport you’re after then the Pleasure Lake with 28 nicely spaced pegs and well grown margins offers both pole and rod anglers the chance of some
big mixed bags. If you prefer carp fishing, why not target the bigger carp at the ‘Carp’ Lake. The lake record currently stands at 25.5lb.

Facilities on offer at Eisteddfa Fishery
Disabled access: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toilets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 07753 818414
Web:http://www.eisteddfa-fisheries.com/

Brynmill & District

Brynmill & District AC run 2 waters in the Swansea EnterprisePark on behalf of the City & County of Swansea Local Authority. We are responsible for providing a coarse angling leisure facility for the city, that caters both for the Pleasure, Specimen and Match angler alike

Facilities on offer at Brynmill & District waters
Disabled access: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toilets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Web:http://bdac.btck.co.uk/

Commonwood Fishery

Commonwood Fishery is a coarse fishery set in 60 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside near to Wrexham Town.

There are match and pleasure lakes plus a specimen Carp lake. There are lots of underground features to fish to. Pegs on the specimen Carp lake are large enough to cater for 3 anglers plus bivvies. Several pegs have their own private entrance with a gate that can be locked.

Day tickets are available. Matches and the specimen pool can be booked in advance.

Facilities on offer at Commonwood Fishery
Disabled access: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toilets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 07968207331
Web: http://www.commonwoodfishery.co.uk/home-3116.html

Cefn Mably Lakes

Set in the rolling Welsh countryside Cefn Mably Lakes is a fishing complex situated between Newport and Cardiff and only 5 mins from the M4. there are 8 lakes in tootal all set outamongst beautiful Welsh countryside.

Facilities on offer at Cefn Mably Lakes
Disabled access: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toilets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 01633681101
Web:  http://www.cefnmablylakes.co.uk/index.html

Bron Eifion Fishing lakes

The 6 acre Coarse Lake at Bron Eifion is classed as a commercial fishery featured regularly on TV and in National Fishing Magazines.

It has a reputation of being one of the most densely stocked lakes in Wales and the North West region.

In July 2004 Bron Eifion hosted an International match between Wales and Scotland and can boast to being the first commercial fishery in Wales to host such an event.

Bron Eifion is also the first fishery in Wales to be honoured with the title of “Centre of Excellence” by the Welsh Federation of Coarse Anglers (WFCA) in the year 2008.

Facilities on offer at Bron Eifion Fishery
Disabled access: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toilets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 01766 523512
Web:  http://www.broneifion.com/

Gweryd Lakes Carp Fishery

Llyn Gweryd, is now regarded as one of the leading Carp waters in Wales and is regularly reported in the angling press. Rob Hughes featured Llyn Gweryd on the Carp Show on Sky. Crafty Carper magazine and Total Carp Fishing have both featured the lake in editorial in recent years as a commercial fishery of repute.

Gweryd is a natural spring fed lake set 1000ft above sea level in stunning mountain scenery. Its wild fish were roach and perch and historically it was stocked with trout. Over 20 years ago it was changed to a coarse lake and was then stocked with rudd, tench, bream, and crucian carp and with common, mirror and ghost carp of then up to 15lb in size.

Facilities on offer at Gweryd Lakes
Disabled access: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toliets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 01824 780230
Web: http://www.gwerydlakes.co.uk

Dyffryn Springs Fishery

Dyffryn Springs is an established fishery on the western outskirts of Cardiff within two minutes of Culverhouse Cross and five of Junction 33 of the M4. The Fishery is situated in the beautiful open countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan in the small village of Dyffryn. There are currently six lakes on site: Waycock, Thaw, Goldsland, Reservoir, Wallace and Worleton. These are all fed from our own springs providing the highest quality water.
Trout Fishing Tuition is available with our resident instructor Mat Holloway who is a qualified institutor holding the Salmon and Trout Association’s National Instructors Certificate. Report from June – Jason and Alun from Cardiff reported landing plenty of carp to 6lbs, Andrew and Dennis from Cardiff reported netting over 40 carp between them.

Facilities on offer at Dyffryn Springs

Disabled access: Yes

Tackle Hire: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Refreshments: Yes

Day passes: Yes

Phone: 029 2059 5929

Web: www.dyffrynsprings.co.uk