El­ph­ick’s Fish­ery

...but El­ph­icks of­fers some­thing for all an­gling tastes

Angling Times (UK) - - UK FISHERIES -

IF YOU fancy catch­ing one of the big­gest carp in the UK for the price of a day ticket, El­ph­ick’s Fish­eries is surely the place to head for! Swimming around in the North Lake at this Kent com­plex is the Big Girl, a mir­ror carp that has been caught at over 60lb. But there’s far more than just that one fish to tar­get. The West End Lake has re­cently pro­duced a 50lb lin­ear mir­ror, not to men­tion the many 20lb and 30lb fish across all six lakes on site.

Small won­der, then, that the spec­i­men lakes prove so pop­u­lar with carp an­glers from across the UK, and with an at­trac­tive range of tick­ets on of­fer from a sim­ple day ses­sion to a full week – plus great fa­cil­i­ties– El­ph­ick’s is very much the ul­ti­mate mod­ern day fish­ery.

Each lake has its own park­ing within easy reach of swims and pegs are ‘all-weather’ – built of As­tro­turf, stone or bark – to make for a pleas­ant day when the weather takes a turn for the worse! The Fish­ery Lodge car­ries drinks, snacks and sweets, and is stocked with the lat­est bait and ter­mi­nal tackle.

Ladies, Gents and dis­abled toi­let fa­cil­i­ties are pro­vided within the Lodge and are open from 7am daily un­til clos­ing time – there’s even a shower for overnight an­glers. Por­ta­ble toi­lets serve ev­ery lake out of hours and are pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned ev­ery week.

The Lodge and sev­eral ar­eas of the lakes have been de­signed with the dis­abled an­gler in mind. The build­ing has a shal­low ac­cess ramp, ex­tra-wide doors with no sills and a fully-fit­ted dis­abled toi­let. Sev­eral of the lakes have hard ramps and level all-weather swims to fa­cil­i­tate the use of wheel­chairs. Open all year, seven days a week (ex­cept for a Christ­mas break), gates open from 7am-7pm in the sum­mer.

Carp an­glers can pick from the Ket­tles, Pullen’s, North, Prairie or West End Lakes. Carp to 60lb plus big tench and perch and mas­sive cat­fish are in the North Lake. Pullen’s and West End have min­i­mal pegs to make for a quiet ses­sion, but plea­sure and match an­glers are well looked af­ter with the Sand­wich and Plan­ta­tion Lakes.

Sand­wich is a 20-peg sil­ver­fish lake hold­ing tench, bream, big perch, roach, rudd, chub, orfe and even dace. This lake hosts many matches.

Plan­ta­tion is a well-stocked carp wa­ter hold­ing six swims. It was de­signed as an in­tro­duc­tion to spec­i­men carp fish­ing, and there are a good num­ber of de­cent carp to go at.

Con­tact: 01580 212512 or visit www.el­ph­icks-fish­eries.co.uk

Lo­ca­tion: Spel­monden Road, Ton­bridge, Kent, TN12 8EL

Prices: Spec­i­men Lake £40 for three rods and 24 hours, £25 for three rods on a day ses­sion. Var­i­ous longer stay ses­sions are avail­able – please check the web­site for de­tails. Day tick­ets for Sand­wich and Ket­tles Lake £9, £13.50 for two rods, Plan­ta­tion and Prairie Lakes £6.50, £15 for two rods – again, these lakes have other longer stay op­tions or for us­ing ex­tra rods – please check the web­site.

Rules: EA rod li­cence re­quired, max­i­mum three rods per an­gler on the spec­i­men lakes, all night an­glers to be on the com­plex at least 30 min­utes be­fore the fish­ery closes, no con­ces­sions for any spec­i­men lake, non-fish­ing night guests lim­ited to one person per an­gler per night and must pay a £10 in­sur­ance pre­mium, no tents, wind­breaks or non-fish­ing-re­lated camp­ing gear, fish­ing from recog­nis­able swims or pegs only, park­ing in des­ig­nated ar­eas only, all nets, slings and un­hook­ing mats to be dipped be­fore fish­ing, all fish to be re­turned to the wa­ter safely and as quickly as pos­si­ble, bar­b­less hooks only, no dogs, swimming, fires, lit­ter, loud ra­dios or TVs, nuts, bait boats, sea fish­ing tackle or unat­tended rods, keep­nets, sack­ing, lead­core, wire traces, tre­ble hooks, live or dead­bait­ing or spin­ning

Fa­cil­i­ties: Fish­ery lodge sell­ing drinks, snacks, bait and tackle, toi­lets, shower, dis­abled ac­cess to many swims

El­ph­icks Fish­eries, Spel­monden Road, Ton­bridge, Kent, TN12 8EL

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