Having been a keen all round fisherman for the last 35 years, and focussing most of my UK fishing on carp I had gotten a bit disillusioned with modern carp fishing venues mainly over stocked puddles stuffed with obese unhealthy carp, and that’s without the bivvy culture and swim hogging that goes on! I wanted to create something different!
My ethos when developing Serenity Lakes was growing quality fish in a natural environment. We have limited water available so the lake had to be modest, but with pockets to 3m deep (averaging over 2m when full) with marginal shelves, reed beds and an island there is plenty of features for the fish to enjoy. Minimal marginal tree cover means there is plenty of wind over the lake, promoting good oxygen saturation and ideal growing conditions, both for the fish and the biodiverse insect life the fish feed on. In order to gain maximum growth rates we supplement the natural food larder in the lake with a balanced cereal based pellet as well as high protein carp pellets that encourages healthy growth, but not at the expense of the fishes long term wellbeing.
Currently there are around 80 carp with 4 known thirties and at least 20 fish that will hopefully hit thirty this season, the average catch weight this year of 24lb shows the fish are obviously doing well and we have recorded growth rates over 6lb/year in some of our fish! I am tracking the fishes growth, so when you catch I would love to be text a picture of the fish (each side) plus the weight. I am very confident we will see lots more new 30lb fish this year, and hopefully our first 40lb fish in the next year or so! The fish have come from three different suppliers, to achieve variety in looks and growth rates.
The lake is not an easy lake by any means, there is abundant natural food and a relatively low stocking density. I have found success fishing the marginal reeds and casting to fizzing fish.
My favourite tactic is a PVA bag filled with pellet or chopped boilie cast close to reeds with a snowman rig or glugged pop up. If you do get a fish stuck in the weed there is a boat available (you must wear a life jacket and be able to swim) or give me a call on 07977 222884 and I will come and free it. Please do not pull for a break when you know a fish is weeded, the last thing we want is tethered fish.
To protect our carp we provide Nets, Weigh slings and unhooking mats, please do not use your own. I would be devastated if we became infected with KHV or similar. Please treat any wounds or hook holes with Klinic or similar before returning them. Please read the sensible rules and abide by them. if you are unsure handling large carp please call me when you have one In the landing net and I will pop down and help.
If you fancy a challenge we would love to see you! If you need any help or advice whilst at Serenity please do not hesitate to contact me!