Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

TOP match­man An­gler Des Shipp is a reg­u­lar visi­tor to this Som­er­set fish­ery, and with triple-fig­ure nets com­mon­place it’s not hard to see why.

Two match-style waters and a spec­i­men carp lake al­low you to fish for both quan­tity and qual­ity. The canal-style Top Match Lake is stocked with carp from 3lb-6lb but there is also a healthy stamp of sil­ver­fish. Try 4mm ex­pander pel­lets and cast­ers shal­low and tight to the far bank. The 5m line is a good al­ter­na­tive if the fish fail to show else­where. The mar­gins are prolific in the last hour.

The 40-peg Pad­dock Lake is the per­fect beginner’s dayt­icket venue. Carp are the main tar­get but there are lots of skim­mers as well. Fish soft ex­panders on the pole, long to the far bank or down the mid­dle in the deep wa­ter. Pegs 1 to 5 are good for 150lb of fish from this small chan­nel.

The 3.5-acre Carp Lake is full of fea­tures to help draw a spec­i­men to the net. With only 16 swims you can cast around and find the un­der­wa­ter bars and sunken is­lands. Nearly all the swims can reach an is­land, but pegs 11 and 10 seem to be the best, with the op­tion of cast­ing into 3ft to 4ft of wa­ter in a bay next to the cen­tral is­land. There are over 700 carp to 30lb present, and boilies, pel­lets and par­ti­cles will all score well on the day. PRICES: £10 Carp Lake, £7 Top and Pad­dock Lakes CON­TACT: 01934 834050 or visit www.acorn­fish­

LO­CA­TION: Acorn Carp Fish­ery, Kingston Sey­mour, Avon, N Som­er­set

RULES: No carp to be sacked, un­hook­ing mat needed for Carp Lake, 10lb main­line min­i­mum on Carp Lake, no lit­ter­ing, no nuts or peas, no lun­cheon meat, no braid, no lead­core, min­i­mum 3lb line on other lakes, 2kg of ground­bait al­lowed be­tween March and Septem­ber

FA­CIL­I­TIES: Park­ing, café, toi­lets, dis­abled ac­cess

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