Oasis lake was once one of our premier match lakes, it has beautiful private lodges on there now.
Each has its own lake side plot with private fishing pegs. View lodges for sale if your interested in purchasing or renting one of these get aways.
Oasis has carp to double figures but the mainstay is F1s between 1lb and 5lb. You’ll also find a lot of barbel to 5lb and some decent chub too, plus roach, skimmers and perch.
There are no real fliers on Oasis but the early pegs 7-10 are always good, as are those in the 50s. In summer the pegs in the 30s are often a good bet, especially if the wind has been blowing in that direction.
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Fishing tight up to the far side is often a winning method, try and find the shallowest water you can, tight up to the bank. Use chopped worm or pellets here on a size 16 or 18 hook to a 10 elastic and 0.12mm (3lb) or 0.10mm (2lb) hooklengths. You’ll also catch plenty of F1s shallow down the central track fishing hard pellets or casters.
The margins hold fish late in the afternoon, with some large carp and barbel coming in. It’s also worth fishing a line at the base of the near shelf at about 5-6m out with pellets, corn or paste.
Expander pellets rule on Oasis in winter. Try and find 2ft 6ins to 3ft of water across to the far side and keep moving lines. Start in front of you and gradually move to the sides as the fish back off. Feed micro pellets with a nice light slim float. Do the same about two thirds of the way across too, with a slightly heavier float to compensate for the extra depth. Maggots are worth a go for the chub and for the small silverfish.
On Oasis I always start a match fishing my top kit with about two or three sections on with pellets or corn. Kinder pot bait in little and often, it’s usually worth a good run of early fish before you venture across to the far side.
Nick Speed, Shimano/Dynamite Baits, Professional Angling Coach