VARIETY DOWN IN DORSET
COKING FARM FISHERY, GILLINGHAM, DORSET
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.