VA­RI­ETY DOWN IN DORSET

COK­ING FARM FISH­ERY, GILLING­HAM, DORSET

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

WHETHER it’s spec­i­men carp or bags of sil­ver­fish, Cok­ing Farm has some­thing for you.

The Dorset fish­ery con­sists of five well-stocked lakes. Three spec­i­men lakes con­tain a mix of carp to well over 30lb along with cat­fish to over 40lb.

Along­side is a runs wa­ter for an­glers who want a bend in their rod, and a mixed-stock plea­sure lake where bags of sil­vers and carp are guar­an­teed.

PRICES: £8 per day, £15 per 24 hours Rush Lake only, other lakes re­quire book­ing, prices avail­able on web­site CON­TACT: 01747 839879 LO­CA­TION: Cok­ing Farm Fish­ery, Shaftes­bury Road, Gilling­ham, Dorset, SP8 5SF

RULES: Bar­b­less only, no keep­nets, no nuts

OAK SPEC­I­MEN LAKE Oak Lake is 4.5 acres with an av­er­age depth of 6ft. It con­tains 400 fish from 12lb to 30lb-plus, with a large head of twen­ties. Half the stock is over 20lb, so it isnt an easy wa­ter, but the re­wards are great. An­glers can ei­ther re­serve spe­cific swims or book out the en­tire lake. MEADOW LAKE This 4.25-acre lake with two is­lands is still fairly new. It has been stocked with 120 hand-picked carp av­er­ag­ing 20lb. The pool has 10 well-spaced swims. LONG LAKE This runs wa­ter is 4ft-8ft deep. The lake con­tains a mas­sive head of 1,200 carp be­tween 5lb and 20lb and some cat­fish too, mean­ing bites are pretty much guar­an­teed any day of the week. WOOD­LAND SPEC­I­MEN LAKE One of the harder waters, on the fish­ery, this lake holds 300-plus carp and 30 cat­fish. There is a good head of 20lb-plus fish and six known 30-pounders. The depth of the 3.5-acre lake is be­tween 8ft and 15ft, and there are plenty of fea­tures in­clud­ing gravel bars. RUSH LAKE A 200lb plea­sure net is pos­si­ble on this three-acre pool with 30 pegs and depths av­er­ag­ing 9ft. There are some great tench and cru­cians in here, the big­gest tench to date weigh­ing 8lb 11oz and oth­ers from 6lb-8lb, plus 2lb cru­cians. There is a good head of bream in here up to 8lb, and roach and rudd up to 3lb.

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