Passies Pond Main Lake
About five acres in size and with 50 permanent pegs, the Main Lake has many features to fish to and has been designed to eliminate hot spots so that anglers have an even chance of catching wherever they fish on the water.
For the most part the Lake is about four feet deep near the bank with a deeper channel which runs up to nine feet deep through the middle.
The Main lake opened in 1990 and can be fished from dawn 'till dusk in the summer and from 7.00 am until dusk in winter. This is an ideal water for pleasure anglers because no club matches are held on it and there is no pre-booking of pegs.
Stocked with Mirror, Common and Ghost Carp up to over 20lbs, tench to 10lbs, Perch to 4lbs, and decent Crucian Carp, roach and rudd, the water also holds a fair head of chub which are for the most part in the 3lbs to 5lbs range, although larger fish to 7lbs have been caught.
Because the Main Lake is generally shallow it is a popular waggler and pole fishery, although anglers wanting to reach greater distances use either weighted floats or feeder.
However, fishing at distance is only really required for those after the chub and these anglers generally tend to fish close to the island using swimfeeder and double floating maggot.
To get the desired effect you need a pot or jar with an inverted lip in which you can soak maggots for a couple of minutes. The inverted lip prevents the maggots from escaping from the pot.
Once the maggots have been soaked they should float and a couple of any colour on the hook and a few mixed with groundbait and ordinary maggots in the feeder usually do the trick. Stop the feeder about four feet from the hook and you should be in with a chance of some decent chub.
For most other species fishing close in usually works. The carp are frequently caught near the bank - as are the big tench - with the carp liking luncheon meat, either bread flake or floating crust, flavoured sweetcorn and carp pellets - boilies, trout pellets and chum mixer are not allowed. Early in 1999 an 18lb 7oz pure white Ghost Carp was taken. Although fishery owner Trevor Passmore has seen several carp over 20lbs, the 20lb mark has yet to be breached.
The tench are particularly fond of worms, so fishing a nice Dendrabaena or pieces of sweetcorn over a bed of chopped worms in any of the pegs near the reeds is a favoured technique. This also works well for the perch with many specimens between 3lbs and 4lbs being taken this way in the 1998 season.
The Crucian Carp average about 1lb 8oz but run much larger. Indeed, already in 1999 a 3lbs 4oz specimen has been taken. The crucians tend to favour float-fished bread punch or bread flake fished either on or just off the bottom.
Waggler fishing four or five rod lengths out tends to result in catches of roach and skimmers which often reach 30lbs-plus. The best catches are usually taken on maggot or caster.
Passies Pond Match Lake
About six acres in size and with 68 permanent pegs which have been spaced a minimum of 15 metres apart, Passie's Match Lake has been designed like a canal and is available for clubs, corporate events, school or group days when arranged with the Centre of Excellence. It is also super for day-ticket fishing when not being used for competitions.
The fishery has been constructed in such a way as to provide good sport in both summer and winter and is stocked with commons and mirrors between 4oz and 10lbs, bream to 6lbs, quality tench to 5lbs and roach, chub and perch.
Built next to the Main lake, the Match Lake runs to six feet at its deepest point with the bottom of the lake having been shelved to enable both pole and waggler fishing with legering when the conditions require.
The platforms are large enough to accommodate tackle boxes and the lake has been designed to allow 14-metre poles to reach the far bank on most pegs, although the bigger carp are often taken by anglers who turn around and fish close in to the near bank using worm, luncheon meat or sweetcorn!
For anglers who have never match fished the lake before a good starting point is to use the long pole fishing caster and maggot on the far bank. For the carp and tench chopped worm work well whilst the deeper water in the middle holds the bream which need groundbaiting to get going.
How to get there...
Passies Ponds are located on the Coombes Road between Lancing College and Steyning, opposite the Old Shoreham cement works.
For further information visit the Coombes Farm web site.
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