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North, South and Long Pond Syndicates Catch Reports 2019

We have asked Members to report back to us how they have done during their sessions. This section of the site is not intended to be a hall of fame for certain anglers but to inform you how the waters are coming on and to reasonably reflect the fish that have been caught (and that prospective Members could fairly expect to catch).

Please report your catches back to us and if you would like a picture of a fish you have caught from one of our waters put on the site, if suitable we will do our best to upload it.

North, South and Long Pond Syndicates

With over seventy different 20lb+ carp to 33lb 2oz including several upper twenties to target and new twenties coming through the ranks at a steady rate our complex of waters offer competent anglers quality fishing in a natural rural environment.

It’s not often venues in the Northern region of the UK can claim to offer a choice of three distinctly different and characteristic Lakes to fish on the same site.

Here at Kingfisher Lakes we can; and with a limited Membership and no restriction to length of stay Members can relax and enjoy their fishing in friendly, peaceful and tranquil surroundings.

North Lake

  • 6 acre gravel pit comprising of three main bodies of water; the North, South and Back Bay all connected to each other by two large back channels.
  • Established in 2012 the Syndicate opened to fishing in 2013.
  • Current stock 180 carp; 30 fish per acre, plus home grown fish from successful spawning’s.
  • Lake Record Mirror 30lb 8oz Common 28lb 4oz.
  • 15 swims.
  • No restriction to length of stay.
  • Non fishing Partners and Children are allowed to accompany Members; no fees charged.

South Lake

  • 3.5 acre gravel pit over 275 yards long containing an array of underwater bars, plateaus and features.
  • Established in 2012 the Syndicate opened to fishing in 2014.
  • Current stock 166 carp; 47 fish per acre, plus home grown fish from successful spawning’s.
  • Lake Record Mirror 26lb 10oz Common 18lb 10oz.
  • 9 swims.
  • No restriction to length of stay.
  • Non fishing Partners and Children are allowed to accompany Members; no fees charged.

Long Lake

  • 4.5 acre gravel pit over 320 yards long fringed by reedmace and mare’s tail the Lake contains numerous features including islands and over hanging willows.
  • Established in 2013 the Syndicate opened to fishing in 2017.
  • Current stock 42 carp; 9 fish per acre, plus home grown fish from successful spawning’s.
  • Lake Record Mirror 33lb 2oz Common 26lb 10oz.
  • 7 swims.
  • No restriction to length of stay.
  • Non fishing Partners and Children are allowed to accompany Members; no fees charged.

North, South and Long Pond Syndicates 2019

Well, it’s been a while coming…

You’re reading these Catch Reports on our rebuilt and updated website, the Catch Report section hadn’t displayed or worked properly since 30th May 2018; something to do with it being hosted via Tumblr and all this GDPR stuff that is now in place.

It’s been a challenge to get the website rebuilt, but now it’s done I’ll be updating the Catch Reports and Galleries on a regular basis, hopefully you’ll like the site and visit occasionally to check out what’s been going on.

Best fishes to you all for the year ahead.

Steve

North Lake April 2019

April, sunshine but pretty much no showers saw the water temperature lift into double figures and it was game on…

Paul who ended March with a nice mirror, started April with something twice the size in the shape of a cracking common @ 28lb 4oz, a lovely fish, and a great result, congratulations, the Lake Record Common is returned to you!

Cracking Common 28lb 4oz

Neil B nabbed his first of the year when a 20lb 6oz mirror graced his net, not a bad way to open your Syndicate account Neil!

Mike landed a fine brace of mirrors @ 15lb and 20lb 12oz, cracking result you had there, I’m sure that’s another new 20lb+ for the venue, you can name her ‘Perseverance’ if you wish…

Justin banked his first twenty of the month on the 12th when a 24lb 8oz mirror hit the spreader block, he followed this result up a week later with a “canny haul” that included fish of; 14lb x 2, 14lb 2oz, 15lb, 17lb x 2, 17lb 4oz, 17lb 8oz, 18lb 6oz, 21lb 2oz and 21lb 10oz, yeeha!

Certainly, beats sitting at home in front of the telly Justin, very well done, it was worth moving and changing swims.

Also getting amongst them during April were: Ryan with a lovely 19lber landed during a short spell of feeding activity, Bryan with a fine 20lb 6oz mirror and last but not least Gary who weighed in with a low double and a belting 25lb 14oz mirror.

Some good angling their lads and more than a sprinkling of new 20lb+ carp putting an appearance in as well, great stuff.

I really must find time to go through my photo records, by my reckoning that’s at least a dozen new twenties out across all the Lakes this month alone…

Justin’s 24lb 8oz mirror game on…

North Lake March 2019

At the start of the month the carp were tightly grouped up in several locations and not moving too far from where they’d been holding up through the winter months, they’d started to show a bit more regularly though and a few Members who noted the increasing activity had a dabble for them.

Feeding spells when they occurred were very brief and you had to be in the right place at the right time to capitalise when the carp did have a little munch…

Bailiff Scott managed to be in the right place at the right time on a few occasions, he started the month with a hat-trick of carp a little home grown at 8lb along with doubles of 14lb 8oz and 19lb 6oz.

He returned a week later to bag an 18lb 6oz common and followed that up on his next visit with another home grown and mirrors of 21lb and 21lb 14oz, at least one of which is another new 20lb+ fish for the venue, good angling in some cold and challenging conditions, well done that man.

Other Members catching included Justin with a 15lber, Paul who managed a nice mid double for his efforts and Gary who chipped in with three mirrors to 18lb 3oz.

Well done to all who had a bash, that magic ingredient “sunshine” will see the carp start to wake up and move around a lot more in the coming weeks.

Gary’s 18lb 3oz mirror

North Lake February 2019

2018 was a busy year for us at Kingfisher;

We tackled a host of jobs around the Lakes and we’ll be continuing with the works required to keep improving and developing our venues going forward throughout this year.

We stocked 30 C3 carp into the Stock Pond in October 2018 they averaged nearly 7lb (C3’s normally average around 5lb), so a good year class of fish to grow on being almost 40% larger than normal, we’ll be growing these on over the next few years to get them to a good size before stocking them out.

The North Lake produced several new 20lb+ fish last year and also two different thirty-pound carp a 30lb mirror in April and a post spawn 30lb 8oz mirror in August.

Right Joe’s New North Lake Twenty 21lb

A little more Syndicate history was made when a Member caught four twenties to 24lb 12oz during his session, the first time 4 twenties had been captured by the same angler during the same session.

The carp are growing well in all the Lakes and Chris and I think 2019 has the potential to be a cracking year!

The first Carp of 2019 was caught by Bryan on 21st January when the Lake was still more than half frozen over a lovely mid double mirror graced his net, Joe fishing a day or two later landed a 17lb 2oz mirror both meritorious captures I’m sure you agree!

Joe returned on 8th February and followed up his previous result with a 21lb mirror, a great result!

Even more pleasing was the fact his capture is a new twenty for the North Lake, it was stocked @ 5lb in February 2014, it’ll be interesting to see how the other 5lbers stocked then have progressed…

Closing the month was Richard with a bonny low double, his first of the year.

Well done to those of you who preserved or are persevering through the colder months, this far north any fish caught between December and February is a great result and any fish caught in January even more so!

Keep at them!

South Lake April 2019

Stephen S kicked off the first capture of the month in style when he banked a South Lake beauty of 25lb 4oz, his Guest had a couple of chances but couldn’t quite match his result but at least he bagged one.

Peter landed three doubles to 13lb 6oz, Franky had one a little bit larger @ 16lb 4oz, but it was towards the Easter Weekend when the fish really woke up…

Brian had three takes and landed two mirrors of 16lb 4oz and 26lb 4oz graced his net, the 26lber being a New Lake Record mirror, well done that man!

Temporary Lake Record… 26lb 4oz

His friend Anthony followed him in to his vacated swim and had a great hit landing mirrors of 10lb 8oz, 13lb 8oz, and a ‘quad-trick’ of twenties that weighed in at 21lb 10oz, 23lb 2oz, 25lb 4oz and 26lb 10oz, get in!!

That’s the first time four twenties have been caught in the same session on the South Lake, the 26lb 10oz mirror is also a New Lake Record being a different fish to the former Lake Record that had been caught 8 hours earlier by Brian…

Massive congratulations to both Brian and Anthony, I sense a friendly rivalry coming on!

New Lake Record 26lb 10oz

South Lake March 2019

We all know the old saying;” When the winds in the East the fish bite least” well the same can be said for when the wind direction comes from the North, or worse still the North East…

Proving that you can still catch them during such poor conditions from the South Lake were Peter who netted a low double and a 15lb 8oz mirror, Craig who travelled a fair distance to do an overnighter, the weather worsened considerably during his visit but he was rewarded with a bonny 15lber for his efforts.

Also fishing during the freezing conditions was Les who caught a cracking 21lb 3oz mirror which turned out to be another new 20lb+ for the South Lake having been stocked@ 5lb in February 2014, growing well averaging 3lb+ per year…

Other Members banking fish later in the month included Gary with carp of 11lb and 14lb 4oz, Tommy who nicked a couple of low doubles while stalking to save a blank, and Garry L with mirrors of 10lb 3oz and 17lb 12oz.

Paul managed a hat-trick of carp towards the end of the month landing carp of 14lb 10oz, 17lb and 22lb 12oz, great stuff!

New Twenty 21lb 3oz

South Lake February 2019

During 2018 we ended up stocking 68 carp to 16lb into the South Lake from our Stock Pond and moving half a dozen home grown fish to just shy of 13lb from the North and Long Lakes into the South Lake.

A total of 74 additional fish were introduced, bringing the current stock level of the 3.5-acre South Lake up to 164 fish or around 47 carp per acre.

This is in keeping with our objective of providing a variety of different challenges on the same site with all three Lakes having different stocking levels to reflect this.

Above One of a Brace of Twenties 23lb

The new stock seemed to stir up the original residents and fish could be seen moving and showing fairly regularly over the last three months, and a few carp were banked by those keen enough to wet a line…

Justin made a rare trip away from the North Lake in December and banked a 16lb 10oz South Lake mirror, returning for a day session on the 31st he had a brace of mirrors, a wee one at 7lb 10oz and a nice mid double @ 15lb 6oz, Happy New Year indeed!

Bryan had three takes during his January session landing two a 7lb 8oz mirror and a 16lb 8oz common, he also banked a low double in February.

Dan on his third session of the winter netted a cracking 24lb 10oz mirror, caught on 7th Feb while the water was 2/3rds frozen over, bloody good result, well done that man!

Dan followed up his result with a high single later in the month.

Neil caught his first February carp from the venue with a hat trick of mirrors when he banked fish of 11lb, 13lb and 23lb 12oz, nice one Neil!

Last but by no means least was Tommy who caught a Lake Record common of 18lb 10oz on 15th February, not many commons in the South Lake so a good result there!

Better was yet to come when he weighed in with a brace of twenties @ 20lb 15oz and 23lb later in the month, get in!

The 23lber was a new twenty for the venue and one that seems to be growing nicely Tommy having previously caught the same fish in May 2017 @ 16lb 10oz, that’s up 6lb 6oz in weight in less than two years, a great growth rate for carp this far north!

There might just be a surprise or two due from the South Lake this year…

Long Lake April 2019

A little bit of steady sunshine saw the carp become much more active and moving quickly from one part of the Lake to another, although the water temp was still shy of 10oc they swam with speed and purpose to their chosen destination.

Gary just happened to be fishing in the arrival lounge of the destination the carp had decided to visit, and when they arrived, they fed!

Five chances later and four fish had visited his weigh sling, a couple of home-growns along with a 14lb 10oz mirror and a 23lb 12oz common got him firmly off the starting blocks, incidentally the common is another new 20lb+ fish for the Long Lake having been caught last spring at 19lb, nice!

Not content (cough) with having captured one new twenty Gary returned a week later and bagged another new twenty for the venue when he landed a 21lb 4oz mirror, very nice again!

Bailiff Dave added two more to his running total a home grown 14lb 10oz common and a 21lb 5oz mirror, another new twenty for the water!

Another New Twenty

Paul not wanting to miss out on the fun also got in on the act and netted a 20lb 14oz mirror, another new 20lb+ carp…

A bit of a theme developing here!

Paul returned for another couple of attempts a few days later.

This time he left the prospective new twenties in peace and landed mirrors of 26lb 6oz and 28lb 4oz, very very nice!

Tommy sat it out in the very cold easterly winds, his perseverance was made worthwhile when ‘a beast from the east’ arrived and a 29lb 8oz lump graced his unhooking mat, very very very nice!

Some good angling and good results cropping up on the Long Lake, well done to you all!

29lb 8oz Very Very Very Nice!

Long Lake March 2019

The Long Lake fish generally don’t respond well to Northerly or Easterly winds and we had our fair share of chilly breezes from those directions during March.

The fish didn’t follow their normal pattern of behaviour on the better and brighter days that occurred, they were on the missing list, somewhere, but where?

Bailiff Dave managed to find where ‘where was’ and banked one during the cold condition’s a mirror of 23lb 5oz a new 20lb+ carp to boot, always pleasing to see more push past the twenty-pound barrier!

On a return trip a 26lb 13oz visited his unhooking mat to get it’s photo taken these captures certainly made his efforts more than worthwhile.

I netted his 26lber, in fact I saw the fish crash clear out of the water on it’s initial run after being hooked, as I was standing 50 yards away at the time, exciting stuff for sure!

Ian had a bit of a result when he landed a New Lake Record mirror on the 29th, a belter of a carp that weighed in at 33lb 2oz, massive congratulations to you Ian, very well done that man!

I know you worked hard for that one moving several times to keep in touch with where the carp were moving to and from during the course of your session, very much a case of effort equalling reward in this instance…

New Lake Record 33lb 2oz

Long Lake February 2019

During 2018 the Long Lake produced several new 20lb+ fish it also produced its first thirty in October when Ian landed a belter of a mirror @ 30lb 12oz, congratulations to you Sir!

I think that just about tops your result of catching six carp during one of your sessions that included twenties of 23lb 2oz, 24lb 14oz, 29lb 4oz and 29lb 14oz, let me know if you agree!!

Chris and I are very pleased with the overall progress our carp are making and if they attain a similar growth rate to what they achieved last year things could start to get quite interesting…

Right Home-grown Common heading South

Very few Members had a dabble on the Long Lake over the last couple of months and there ‘s only been one carp banked so far, a little home-grown common in February to me (Steve) being the lucky captor, I managed one other pick up but didn’t connect with it, a blunt hook being my reward…

Mind it was -3oc when I arrived and it was also the first time that I’d cast a line for carp in 15 months, it’s fair to say I was a bit rusty in fact I was as blunt as my hook…

We are very much looking forward to the year ahead and wish Members chasing a Long Lake lump a successful season, go for it!