If it’s bites you’re after then you certainly get plenty on Bennys Lake, our most recently stocked water. Bennys was formerly a specimen lake and then a trout lake but in 2014 we opened it up as our new mega match venue. It has primarily been stocked with a huge number of F1 carp which average 4-8oz and run to over 2lb. This water can be pleasure fished too and it’s perfect for beginners and children. Bennys has 60 pegs and depths between 4ft and 8ft can be found just a few metres from the bank, with around 10 – 12ft of water in the middle.
Mainly F1 carp but there is a smattering of proper carp between 3lb and into double figures, which provide a surprise or two! There’s ide, chub and perch in this lake.
This is a new water so there are no real fliers. The main bay of the lake is usually preferred, especially pegs 1-13.
There’s no need to fish on the bottom very far out because of the amount of fish present and the depths. Fish between 3m and 5m out, feeding balls of 2mm micropellets or loosefeeding 4mm hard pellets. Try both soft and hard 4mm pellets on the hook. Maggots can also work well. The other main option here is to fish shallow a little bit further out, either with pellets or sloppy groundbait, the latter must be cupped in not thrown.
Fish a bit further out on the pole in the winter months, the main bay of the lake is where most of the fish like to sit. Still feed quite aggressively as these are hungry young fish. A small pellet feeder can also work in the coolest weather.
Take plenty of bait when fishing Bennys Lake as you’re looking to catch between 200 and 400 F1s in the summer months! I like to feed golf ball sized balls of soaked micropellets, throwing them around my float every chuck for speed.
Dale Shepherd, 2 x Fish O’Mania finalist, Lindhome Winter League winner