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Kingfisher Lakes

Kingfisher Lakes has been established to provide carp anglers with a choice of venues to fish in the North
Eastern and Western regions of England.

North, South and Long Pond Syndicates Catch Reports 2020 and 2021

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 eighty different 20lb+ carp to 33lb 8oz 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 175 carp; 29 fish per acre, plus home grown fish from successful spawning’s.
  • Lake Record Mirror 33lb 2oz Common 31lb.
  • 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 175 carp; 50 fish per acre, plus home grown fish from successful spawning’s.
  • Lake Record Mirror 28lb 1oz Common 20lb.
  • 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 8oz Common 27lb 4oz.
  • 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 2021

During 2020 our waters produced numerous new 20lb+ fish which is testimony to the fact that they are continuing to grow well in all the Lakes.

The North Lake produced two new 30lb+ fish a mirror @ 31lb 10oz and a common @ 31lb.

The Long Lake also produced a new thirty @ 33lb 8oz, a new Lake Record mirror.

The South Lake saw its Lake Record increase to 28lb 1oz, and it surely won’t be long before it produces its first 30lber, fins crossed!

We intend to net our Stock Pond over the next few weeks with a view to stocking more carp into the South Lake, our aim being ultimately to achieve a stocking level of 200+ fish.

We’ll also be netting the North Lake and intend to move any home-grown carp caught during netting operations to either the Stock Pond or South Lake.

If captured during netting operations we’ll be moving a handful or so of the C3 and C2 carp that escaped from the Stock Pond into the North Lake in the 2015 flood to the Long Lake (which is where they were originally destined for) to further boost fish stocks.

Other than netting operations we are currently undertaking essential maintenance and continuing to make improvements to the site that will benefit Members and the fishery as a whole, onwards and upwards and all that!

We will continue to invest in, improve and develop our venues so they become the best specimen carp waters possible offering a variety of different challenges on the same site with all three Lakes having differing stocking levels to reflect this.

Winter but not for Long

North Lake May – December 2020

Mid May saw Lockdown restrictions ease and Members returned to wet a line after a prolonged period of absence, some of the carp had their first attempt at spawning just prior to the Lake reopening and the fishing was a tad moody…

Amongst those catching twenties were; Mike with a 20lb 3oz mirror, Mark who had mirrors of 22lb 5oz and one of the thirties well spawned out @ 27lb 7oz. John netted the biggest common of the month @ 26lb 14oz and Ian plugged away managing a couple of twenties @ 20lb 4oz & 22lb.

Catch of the month went to Les when he had a double take and caught a cracking brace of mirrors weighing in at 24lb and 31lb 10oz, a new thirty for the North Lake to boot, congratulations Les a great result!

New Thirty for Les 31lb 10oz

Widely varying weather conditions throughout June saw the carp gearing up to spawn and a lot of preliminary ‘will they won’t they’ pre-spawning activity took place until the fish eventually had a proper second go…

Most of the carp caught during this period were either home-grown low doubles or mid – upper double figure fish, the females just didn’t feel the urge to feed being very preoccupied with the build up to procreation.

The carp had a third attempt at spawning in July and the majority of those that had yet to engage fully in their annual ritual managed to do so, phew!

Best captures other than some bonny doubles during this period included; Michael F netting a hat-trick of carp @ 13lb, 22lb & 22lb 4oz, Jordan with a 22lb 4oz common, and Mike W with a 25lb 2oz mirror which was last out around the same time in 2019 @ 21lb 2oz, hope that one keeps growing at that rate…

Typical Upper Double Male Carp 18lb

August and September saw some steady catches being weighed in, amongst the highlights were; Neil D with a string of doubles to 18lb+, Justin with a hat-trick of carp a 10lb home-grown along with mirrors of 20lb 4oz & 22lb, and a 22lb 4oz mirror a few days later, other Members netting twenties included; Sean, and Michael F with fish of 20lb 4oz and 20lb 10oz respectively.

New Member Josh banked a brace at 16lb and 30lb 8oz, his first thirty and a new PB, very nice congratulations, but when’s the twenty coming along?

James D another new Member started well, a brace of low doubles on his first session was followed up with a mid double and his first twenty from the venue in the shape of a 22lb common, a new twenty for the water, his best was yet to come when he banked a 27lb lump towards the end of September, well done, mind you do have a first-rate mentor!

Ian had a haul of doubles to 16lb 12oz, topped off with a 22lb 4oz mirror, returning a couple of weeks later he landed he banked a brace @ 16lb 14oz and 32lb 2oz, his first thirty from the North, canny going congrats to you!

Last but by no means least was Mark H who had his reading activities disturbed by a belting 31lb common, another new thirty for the water, get in, and well done that man!

New Thirty for Mark 31lb

Sadly, COVID-19 cases started to increase during the latter part of the year.

England and Scotland introduced Tier Systems and people returned to living under restrictions, unsurprisingly as people followed the Guidance offered fishing slowed down, and then the ice came….

Chris who lives locally had one last cast and banked the final carp of the year during a short session when a hard scrapping 22lb 8oz mirror graced his net, not sure how impressed Orla was with your result mind….

Chris, Carp Dog and Carp

North Lake January – April 2020

Only one or two Members wet a line in the North Lake towards the end of last year, most Members who did fish over the Christmas and New Year holidays headed to the South and Long Lakes to satisfy their carp fishing urges, a few carp were banked as well, you can find details in the South and Long Lake Catch Reports.

Fishing conditions began to show signs of improving at the start of February; that was until Storm Ciara arrived on 9th Feb bringing heavy rain and very strong winds, she brought us a headache as well with flooding damaging some of our fencing and paths, giving us plenty of work to do to repair, renew, replace and strengthen the damaged areas.

Ciara’s brother Storm Dennis arrived a week later on 16th Feb and the Met Office issued it’s first Red Warning for rain since 2015…

Dennis created more havoc for us to deal with as the rainfall he brought fell on already ‘super saturated ground’ causing additional flooding and further damage to parts of our fence line and road as well as depositing a lot of debris for us to clear up.

Due to high water levels we had no choice but to close the Lakes on 16th Feb until the water receded, and it was 7th March before it was safe enough to open the North Lake to fishing again.

Co-vid 19 Lockdown measures began on 23rd March and angling activities around the UK ceased, and life changed for us all…

On a brighter note:

Although we are living in, and enduring testing times at the moment, life and fishing will return to normal or as near to normal as possible, hopefully sooner rather than later!

I’m sure we’ll see a few new 20lb+ fish this year and possibly a new 30 or two may put in an appearance, and I’m pretty sure Lake Records will be broken again as well.

Indeed, the first carp caught out the North Lake on 12th March this year was a new twenty for the venue @ 22lb 8oz, it was a fish we stocked in February 2014 @ 4lb 8oz – 5lb, very pleasing, congratulations to its captor Peter well done that man!

Until next time stay safe, stay well and look after those that look after you!

Peter’s New Twenty 22lb 8oz

Stocked in February 2014 @ 4lb 8oz – 5lb

South Lake May – December 2020

First off the starting block to catch a couple when the venue opened to fishing again was Scott Mc who weighed in a nice brace of mirrors @ 16lb 10oz and 19lb.

The majority of carp caught by Members throughout May were mid to upper double mirrors, the exceptions being Craig who banked a cracking 25lb mirror, a welcome new twenty for the water, and Tom who managed a 28lb 1oz new Lake Record carp in the form of ‘Two-Tone’, nice going both of you!

One of a Brace 19lb

Franky bagged a few doubles on a couple of visits, his best hit being a hat-trick of carp @ 13lb 2oz, 15lb 5oz and 23lb 7oz, result!

Peter’s biggest in June was a 22lb 4oz mirror, July was his month though as he managed a hat-trick netting fish of 17lb 8oz, 23lb 12oz and 25lb 2oz, lovely, on his next visit he banked a brace of twenties when a 20lb common and 22lb 14oz mirror were brought to the unhooking mat, the common being a new twenty from the South as well, well done that man!

Cracking New Twenty 25lb

There was a bit of intermittent spawning activity during July and the fishing was a bit patchy depending on how the nuptials were progressing, as usual during these times it was mainly the male fish that put in an appearance, you know the crack over excited and hungry…

New Member Josh landed a hat-trick of mid doubles on his first visit and followed it up a few weeks later with a hat-trick of upper doubles to 19lb 2oz, a grand night or two out!

Scott Mc found a productive spot and had two hat-tricks of mirrors off it the first comprising of 16lb 2oz, 17lb 4oz and 19lb 6oz mirrors and the second of three 15lbers to 15lb 9oz, enjoyable fishing on a couple of quick overnighters, the fish were still feeding on both occasions as he was winding his rods in in the morning and more could have been on the cards, but work beckoned and he had to go, agh!

Amongst those catching later in the year were Peter with several 16lb+ fish to his credit, he also caught the final twenty of the year when a 24lb 4oz mirror hit the scales, a nice end to the season for sure.

Les W had the last fish of the year banking a 19lb 2oz lean male mirror towards the end of the year, good show Les!

Another Nice Twenty from the South

South Lake January – April 2020

Well its been an interesting start to the year what with two “once in a hundred-year flood events” happening in the same week in February then that damn virus impacting on the day to day lives of everyone, we live in strange and interesting times.

It’s at times like this I feel sorry for those in society that believe the glass is always half empty, especially since the pubs are shut… far better to believe the glass is always half full, better still to believe your glass is full and over flowing…

I believe positive thinking produces positive results, one Member who had a couple of positive results in December last year was the ever-consistent Justin, he managed a little home grown 10lb mirror on the 23rd, with possibly its Mummy a week later on the 30th when he brought a cracking 24lb 4oz lump to his unhooking mat, nice one Justin a fantastic finish to end your 2019 fishing!

24lb 4oz A Fantastic Way to Finish 2019

Simon had the honour of catching the first carp of the New Year from the South Lake on 12th January when he weighed in a 12lb 8oz mirror, caught over a small bed of boilies and boilie crumb during some very big winds that flexed his bivvies’ ribs, a January fish no matter the size is always a special fish, especially when you’re as far north as we are, well done!

With the water level dropping much quicker on the South and Long Lakes than on the North Lake we reopened them to fishing on the 22nd February.

One Member who had a dabble once a week before lockdown commenced was Dan, he was always a bit unlucky with the conditions he fished, falling water temperatures and white frosts don’t result in productive carp fishing at this time of year, but if you can only go when you can go, you gotta go then.

Dan’s perseverance paid off though when he caught a pre lockdown mirror on 23rd March, the long lean male carp pulled the scales down to 18lb 13oz and ended a run of frustrating sessions, yee ha!

At Last Frustration Evaporation

Long Lake May – December 2020

From a big fish perspective, it was a quieter year on the Long Lake than in previous years, some of the larger fish have now gone well over two years since their last bankside visit, some of those avoiding capture were last out between 28 – 33lb+ which means, hopefully there will be a few interesting carp getting caught during 2021!

The Long is an interesting water to fish to say the least, it continues to produce a steady stream of home-grown carp with a good handful or so recruiting through the ranks almost every year.

During 2020 we moved 16 home-grown carp ranging in size between 8lb 12oz – 13lb 10oz to our Stock Pond, which is something we will continue to do as these fish are quality progeny, in fact the water has produced home-gown commons and mirrors that are now approaching 20lb, which is nice to see…

Even I got in on the act in 2020 banking a bonny 18lb 15oz mirror, not one of the bigger ones admittedly but a most welcome fish as I was recuperating from having been hospitalised 4 weeks earlier, it’s fair to say that one meant a lot to me!

Recovery Mirror 18lb 15oz

The carp were engaged in stop start spawning activity through most of June, and ‘horny male carp only feeding syndrome’ came in to play… Meaning mainly home-grown and mid-upper doubles featuring heavily in the catch reports.

Gary had the his first twenty of the year when he banked a 21lb 6oz mirror, Dave wasn’t far behind with a 20lb 14oz male fish which was a new twenty for the Long as well, he managed a 19lb+ common a bit later.

July saw Gary nab another new twenty @ 21lb 4oz, this fish was stocked into the Long in 2016 at around 10-11lb and this was only its second capture since being stocked, interesting…

Gary had a 21lb 10oz mirror in August, but Dave stole the show starting the month with a 16lb 10oz home-grown, he went on to land a sturdy 21lb 14oz common before being thoroughly tested by a big mirror caught at very close range… it pulled the scales round to 33lb 8oz, a new Lake Record mirror, massive congrats Dave, you earned that one!

New Thirty for Dave 33lb 8oz Lake Record

Other Members catching some of the larger fish included;

Barry with his first from the Lake a 21lb 10oz mirror, to say he was chuffed would be an understatement, I believe the appropriate term is braw!

Dave persuaded another one into the net when he nailed a 23lb 11oz mirror a nice fish to end his season.

Tommy weighed in with a couple of goodun’s when he banked a Lake Record common @ 27lb 4oz and followed it up a couple of weeks later with a lovely 28lb 4oz mirror, good result Tommy!

Gary had the last couple of the year when he banked a brace of 13lb+ home-grown mirrors just before Christmas eve, they’re now swimming happily in our Stock Pond….

Lake Record Common 27lb 4oz

Long Lake January – April 2020

In my last Catch Report, I predicted” There’s normally one or two carp caught over the Christmas period so hopefully we’ll see a ‘cracker’ or two visit the bank…”

Gary banked a winter twenty on 7th December, it weighed in at 20lb on the nose, I know it’s not quite a Christmas carp but surely counts as a festive one as it was captured in the build up to silly season? Anyway, it was a nice result so well-done Gary!

December Twenty 20lb on the Nose

Getting very close to a Christmas carp was Bailiff Dave who netted a cracker on the 23rd December when he banked a lovely 24lb 7oz mirror, it’s fair to say he wasn’t disappointed with his early Christmas present, good going and good angling, get in Dave.

Gary returned on 19th January and caught a lovely male fish of 13lb 10oz, it nearly didn’t happen though… as he was packing down another Member turned up and their ensuing conversation resulted in the rods still being in play as he delayed bringing them in while they chatted, that capture was definitely talked onto the hook, ha.

Dave P managed one of the Lakes home grown carp on 9th February when a lively low double slipped up, the 12lb 8oz mirror punched above its weight during the scrap that followed, we’ve got a fair few home spawned carp coming through the ranks and they’re growing well…

As was proven when Garry L caught one of the Long Lake HG’s on 21st March at 11lb 5oz, this scamp had grown considerably since its first capture in July 2019 when it weighed in at 7lb!

We ask Members to photograph both sides of any carp they catch so we can record and monitor the growth rates of individual fish, you’ve got to know what stock you’ve got and understand the progress they’re making if you intend to develop your venues into the best specimen waters they can become, which is what we’re aiming to do…

Festive 24lb 7oz Mirror for Dave Christmas Came Early