Nineoaks has 3 Coarse lakes, The House Pool, Main Lake and the Novices pool. Each lake holds some truly excellent Roach, and many anglers have described it "Roach fishing to die for". Plenty of Roach 1/2lb+, many Roach 1lb and over with several specimens 2lb or more and 15" or more in length.
Our management practices has ensured that our "average" Roach size has dramatically increased the average size of Roach being caught. As already stated 1/2lb Roach and above being regularly caught.
Best baits: maggot, sweetcorn, cooked mussel, chopped worm, bread, luncheon meat, dog biscuits, soft pellet, paste and float fished soft Chick Peas. Also, cocktail baits such as worm tipped with a sweetcorn and on occasions just the sweetcorn skin! Try Vitalin and sweetcorn mixed as a method mix with corn on the hook.
During the summer months the Roach are feeding nearly all day. Good baits are Sweetcorn, luncheon meat, Bread (including floating bread) and Maggots all generally provide the Roach and non-carp species all day long. Do not overfeed with any ground bait, little and often really is the best way. Roach are incredibly inquisitive and the "plop plop" of feed going in regularly draws them in. You need your bait to be the equivalent of a £10 note on the floor in a crowd of fish. Ask yourself how long the £10 note will be there - not very long! So, with careful feeding your bait can become the £10 in a crowd of fish. That should be when you have a brilliant day's fishing! Other baits, such as Chick peas pick up the better Roach. Method mixes such as Vitalin (dog food) mixed with a tin of corn and its juices with 2 or 3 sweetcorn on the hook can provide continuous sport most of the year. Dog food and Cat food regularly produce some super fishing, as does Campbells meat balls. However, we do discourage lots of groundbait going in, feeding little and often does best.
• Main has an average depth of 4-5ft. There are plenty of trees, bushes and bays all around the lake that provide lots of features to fish in to and under. A good variety of Carp of all sizes with the biggest going into the mid-20's. Main also has some excellent Roach fishing, skimmers, Tench and Grass carp up to 14lb. We also have some excellent Roach fishing with Roach up to 1 1/2lb with plenty around the 3/4lb mark. Tench go up to 3lb.
• House is about 10ft deep in the middle with the margins being about 4ft deep. Plenty of features and trees/bushes on 3 sides and a large lilly bed. House. like Main, has a good head of Carp plus Bream, excellent Roach, Tench and a couple of Grass Carp up to 10lb. Carp here go up to 18lb with an average of about 4lb. Some awesome Roach fishing with a large shoal congregating towards the center in summer months and about 1-2ft down. Roach go over 2lb. Tench up to 5lb.
• Novices is between 6 and 8ft deep in the middle. Some tree cover and deep margins. Carp up to 4lb with plenty of 1/2lb'ers and plenty of good Roach to keep the novice, beginner or expert angler busy all day. To one side of the Lake there is a thick hedge providing plenty of cover when it's windy. Novice has no Tench worthy of note.