Peatling Match Lakes are also suitable for disabled anglers with hard roads to almost every peg on all five lakes. Able-bodied anglers can also drop off their tackle at their pegs before parking their vehicles in the car park.
The two largest waters - Boat Pool and Old Lane Pool - are heavily stocked with carp whilst the smallest of the three waters - Silver Fish - is what its name suggests - a predominantly silver fish water which makes it good for year-round events. Of the two new lakes, Pump Lake has two central isdlands and is stocked with match-sized carp whilst its sibling Marsh lake has a long sunken central island and is stocked with silver fish.
Matches are now regularly won with around 120lbs of fish and quite often anglers need 80lbs to even get in the frame, particularly on Boat Lake and Old Lane Lake.
Pegs on all five waters are available at £8.00 each and anglers should note that the gates are closed and locked after a match has finished so it pays to move their vehicles out of the car park!
Lake 'A' - Boat Pool
The first lake you come to on entering the Peatling Pava Match Lake site, Boat Pool - or Lake 'A' as it is sometimes known - is about three acres in size and accommodates up to 37 anglers on well-spaced pegs.
With a central island, Boat Pool has banks which drop straight down to five feet before the bottom slides gently to a maximum of about seven feet, making the water easy to fish wherever you are drawn.
Whilst most anglers use the pole in open water or in the margins, some prefer to revert to fishing the feeder towards the island. Waggler fishing, though by-and-large not as popular as the pole, is also a good method.
With sweetcorn, luncheon meat, cat and dog food the most popular baits, it is just a question of finding the fish, which can be anywhere from the margins to open water and then holding them in your peg.
As the fish tend to roam the lake, anglers have an even chance of catching with the corners being most productive some days and the open water producing winning weights the next.
Because there is not a lot of weed or natural food in Boat Pool the fish rely heavily on anglers' bait, which helps to bump up match weights when competitions are held.
Stocked predominantly with small carp around the 4lbs mark, Boat Pool does hold a susbtantial number of much bigger fish as well as good heads of roach, rudd, bream and skimmers.
This means anglers can use a wide range of baits with the decision resting on which fish are in your swim. As a result it pays to go equipped with a general selection which should include maggots, casters, luncheon meat, sweetcorn and paste or coarse fish pellets.
Lake 'B' - Old Lane Pool
Slightly larger than Boat Pool at three-and-a-half acres, Old Lane Pool has 44 pegs, is deeper than Boat Pool and has two islands.
Also, unlike Boat Pool, Old Lane has a gently shelving bed going down to an average depth of about six feet, although up to 12 feet can be found in parts which makes it a good water for winter competitions. The corners also tend to be slightly deeper than the average depth.
Once again the predominant species are carp with plenty of match-sized Mirrors, Commons and Ghost Carp plus a fair scattering which run to 12lbs and the odd fish even larger. In addition there are crucian carp plus a large number of roach between 8oz and 12oz but running to well over 1lb in weight.
Popular with both pole and waggler anglers, Old Pool can also throw up some good weights to leger anglers, particularly in the deeper water where float fishing can prove difficult because of the depths.
When it comes to baits, luncheon meat, sweetcorn and pastes work well, as do maggots, worms and bread, although with the large head of carp in the water it is also worth trying small to medium-sized flavoured boilies fished on a hair-rig.
As one would expect with a water showing few obvious features, fishing to the islands is an obvious choice if you draw an appropriate peg, whilst elsewhere fishing the margins is also productive.
Those anglers who prefer the open water should bait up well and feed regularly to attract the fish and keep them in the swim.
Lake 'C' - Silver Fish
The smallest of the three lakes at about an acre and a half, Silver Fish is the furthest pool from the car park but offers more features, water plants and bankside vegetation than the other two Peatling Match Lakes.
Also, its central island is within easy casting distance of all the pegs on the water, which makes it more popular with waggler and swimfeeder anglers than with pole enthusiasts.
Silver Fish can accommodate up to 25 anglers quite comfortably and again is quite deep for its size with the bottom rising towards the island where the water can become quite weedy, making it a great holding spot for the fish in summer.
As its name implies, Silver Fish holds a good head of roach, rudd, bream, barbel, chub, golden tench and olive tench, making it a good year-round venue which regularly throws up weights averaging 20lbs to 30lbs even in colder weather.
A lot of anglers who fish competitions on Silver Fish tend to use rod and line with maggots, sweetcorn and luncheon meat being the most favoured baits.
Lake 'D' - Pump Lake
At an acre-and-a-half in size and with 30 pegs, Lake D or Pump Lake as it will be known, opened in Spring 2008 and is already throwing up winning match weights to 120lbs with most club match anglers needing 60lbs to 70lbs to be in with a chance of grabbing the top spot.
With sides which drop pretty well straight down to an average depth of eight to 10 feet, both Pump and its new neighbour Marsh lake have deliberately been made fairly deep to provide the fish with cooler water in summer. For about 25 feet around the two central islands is a sunken shelf which offers about two feet of water, which makes a nice holding spot for fish in warmer weather, whilst between the islands are a couple of deeper holes where the bottom falls to between 12 and 15 feet.
Because Pump is stocked predominantly with mirror and common carp averaging between 2lbs and 3lbs with the biggest running to 8lbs, fishing the pole, method or traditional feeder are all popular technicques, although unusually for a match venue the waggler more than held its own in 2008. In addition to the carp there are a smaller number of crucian carp and bream.
Whichever technique you fish, during the summer months it pays to put out a good bed of feed - between eight and 10 tins of sweetcorn not being uncommon - and to fish sweetcorn, luncheon meat, cat meat, pellet or punched bread on the hook. A popular favourite in its first year was German smoked sausage - which just goes to prove that carp will eat anything humans eat!
Lake 'E' - Marsh Lake
Similar in size to Pump Lake but with 27 pegs, Marsh is different in that it has a long central sunken island which is being planted with marsh reeds and tussocks and is deeper with an average depth of 10 feet, making it slightly harder to fish with the waggler.
Stocked with a mix of silver fish to about 1lbs 8oz, Marsh holds roach, rudd, bream, perch, golden and green tench and, more unusually, a head of barbel and ide. There are also a few escapee carp from Pump Lake.
Like Pump, Marsh has banks which are cut steeply down to the bottom, whilst the sides of the sunken island slope at about 45 degrees which make an ideal feature for the fish to cling to.
Although this water has been little fished since it opened in Spring 2008, it is again expected that anglers will need to feed quite heavily in summer and that best results will be obtained by fishing either on the slope of the island or in the margins.
Popular baits used so far in the few matches which have been held on Marsh include maggots, sweetcorn, casters and small cubes of luncheon meat with liquidised bread having proved a great attractor.
How to get there...
Peatling Match Lakes can be found just outside the centre of the tiny village of Peatling Parva, just a short drive through the countryside from Lutterworth off either the M1 or M6 motorways. After leaving the motorway, drive through Lutterworth town centre to the garage on the left hand side of the road and you will see a turning to the right signposted Gilmorton.
Follow the road to Gilmorton and pick up the signs for Peatling Parva. Drive straight by the turn for Peatling Parva village and you will see the fishery on the right hand side as you head towards Bruntingthorpe.
If you should become lost, go to 'The Shires' pub car park and you will see the fishery from there.
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