This well-ap­pointed four-lake com­plex in Es­sex of­fers every­thing from

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

IVERSITY isn’t a word that’s of­ten as­so­ci­ated with the modern com­mer­cial fish­ery, but take a look at Claver­ing Lakes in Es­sex and you’ll find a com­plex that’s suited to all types of an­gler.

The four well land­scaped wa­ters have been stocked uniquely to please all vis­i­tors – so whether it’s a new per­sonal best, a 30lb net of sil­ver­fish or a 100lb match weight of carp you’re af­ter, this fish­ery has the cre­den­tials to help mark that chal­lenge off your list.

With an on-site tackle shop and café avail­able as well, Claver­ing has all the hall­marks of a com­fort­able and wel­com­ing fish­ery that thrives on putting the an­gler’s needs first.

Here’s an ex­clu­sive Angling Times over­view of this truly fan­tas­tic fish­ery. We hope you en­joy it! With a match record of 228lb, it’s easy to see why this pool is reg­u­larly booked week-in, week-out – 100lb bags of carp are of­ten taken by plea­sure an­glers who fish shal­low with pel­let and down the edge with corn or paste, but a whole va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent meth­ods will catch.

For a gen­eral mixed bag you can’t go wrong with a mini Method feeder cast into open wa­ter with a sin­gle or dou­ble dead red mag­got on the hook. Equally, fish­ing chopped worm over mi­cros at 11m will find plenty of bream, tench and perch – at least un­til the carp mus­cle in! This large 3.5-acre wa­ter is given its name thanks to the large com­mon, mir­ror and ghost carp that oc­cupy it.

Fish to a re­sound­ing 40lb are in here, with plenty of runs avail­able from carp be­tween 10lb and 25lb as well. The lake is also split in two by a bridge, which helps to chan­nel the fish as they move from wa­ter to wa­ter. This ‘al­ley’ is a favourite mark for an­glers who fish the pegs sur­rounded by the bridge, and of­ten pro­duce the best runs through­out the day.

Tac­ti­cally, try sin­gle boilie hookbaits over PVA bags of 6mm pel­lets, ground­bait and bro­ken-up boilies to catch – but at this time of year you can find a lot of fish down in the mar­gins.

Feed ar­eas ad­ja­cent to bank­side veg­e­ta­tion with plenty of par­ti­cles – in­clud­ing corn, hemp and mi­cro pel­lets. Over this bed of feed you can fish your bot­tom rigs or glo­ri­fied float out­fits that are strong enough to cope with a gi­ant carp!

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