TAC­TI­CAL Brief­ing Best in the West

Within easy reach of the M5 mo­tor­way in Devon, Cofton Coun­try Hol­i­days of­fers a huge range of ac­tiv­i­ties and ac­com­mo­da­tion, with fish­ing just one of the star at­trac­tions. Re­porter Steve Lock­ett takes a peek…

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

WITH the beau­ti­ful South Devon coun­try­side and coast very near, and with a stag­ger­ing ar­ray of things to do on site, Cofton Coun­try Hol­i­days should be on the wish list of ev­ery an­gler.

For those with fam­i­lies, through to re­tired cou­ples and even sin­gle an­glers, there will never be a dull mo­ment at Cofton. Along­side the five lakes, there are swim­ming pools, sports ac­tiv­i­ties, evening en­ter­tain­ment and restau­rants and bars in abun­dance.

Ev­ery lake has its own sep­a­rate iden­tity, but pel­lets are a great start­ing bait all across the com­plex.

On the carp lakes, a Method feeder loaded with damp­ened pel­lets, baited with ei­ther a bright pop-up, a wafter, or grain of corn, works well. Swing­ing a feeder along the mar­gins is a great op­tion, but cast­ing to the is­lands is im­por­tant in pegs where you cast to them, as they have al­most ver­ti­cal slopes, where the fish love to pa­trol.

Float­ing baits tempt carp on Mam­head Lake, but carp can of­ten be seen cruis­ing on all of the lakes, when it's warm. The fish on Lus­combe and Trusham are very cute, but the re­wards are there for those pre­pared to work. Mag­got clips are a win­ner here, espe­cially when the water is cooler.

8 mm boilies pre­sented over pel­let feed is also a top method, be­cause the carp pre­fer small baits. Mus­sels and prawns on strong float tackle will bring perch to 4 lb and eels to 3 lb. Pole fished corn over damp­ened mi­cros brings big bags of skim­mers, fish­ing tight to Pow­der­ham’s float­ing is­lands.

A sum­mary of the lakes

Mam­head Lake. With a mix of species, in­clud­ing lots of smaller carp, this lake is a great water for bites ga­lore. It av­er­ages 4 ft, but there are a few shal­lower and deeper spots, per­fect places to catch fish for those pre­pared to plumb up. There are 26 pegs in to­tal, split be­tween two bowl-shaped ar­eas ei­ther side of the ac­cess bridge. This lake is also a perch hotspot, and de­spite be­ing known as the match lake, has some very large fish of all species.

Pow­der­ham Pool. A good head of tench to 5 lb, lots of skim­mers and bream to 8 lb are among the rea­sons for try­ing a ses­sion on this pretty and pop­u­lar pool. Plumb­ing up is a must, with var­ied depths be­tween 2-8 ft and fea­tures ga­lore. The float­ing is­lands, lily beds and reed-lined mar­gins are per­fect ar­eas to tar­get the fish. Keep­nets can be used here, for those who want a record of the day’s hec­tic sport. Pegs 1 and 2 are by the deeper water, com­ing into their own later in the year.

Ash­combe Pool. Tucked away in the far cor­ner of the site, and with only nine pegs, this in­ti­mate pool al­lows a quiet day for those who pre­fer it. On days with few other an­glers around, this venue will be great for bait­ing a few spots and ro­tat­ing be­tween them. Fairly shal­low, at 2-3 ft, with a few deeper spots to 5 ft, the carp run to 20 lb, and can be found along­side the mar­ginal fea­tures. A good head

Cofton Coun­try

Hol­i­days is a su­perb place for a quiet angling hol­i­day, with pretty lakes to suit an­glers of all abil­i­ties. of sin­gle-fig­ure fish will give great sport, but a known 20 lb ghost carp is an at­trac­tion for many.

Lus­combe Lake. Larger carp, in­clud­ing some into the 20s, are the draw here. With lots of dou­ble-fig­ure fish, runs can be ex­pected on well-po­si­tioned rigs. An ac­tive stock man­age­ment pol­icy means sil­ver fish are re­moved to the match lakes, al­low­ing the carp to grow on in com­fort. Very shal­low on the near bank, with many ar­eas around 2-3 ft, but a deeper area on the far bank, where depths drop to 5 ft, of­fers prime sport year-round.

Trusham Lake. This is the venue for those who want to grap­ple with a large carp, as there are fish to 24 lb swim­ming in the depths. The deep­est lake on site, with some spots down to 10 ft. The

Lots to smile about – venue reg­u­lar Shaun Watts dis­plays a pretty Cofton carp, taken while stalk­ing with hired kit from the on-site shop.

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