AS the dark nights draw in and the temperatures begin to ebb away, the carp fishingregulars at Furnace Lakes slip off for their winter of hibernation making way for match and pleasure rods to enjoy world class silverfish sport.
The Sussex complex has hit the headlines on numerous occasions this year for throwing up large mirrors, commons and even catfish but it is the bream and skimmers that are now the main focus, with 70lb plus hauls a genuine possibility.
The six acre, 40 peg, Furnace Lake is the most prolific on the six pond fishery and pole anglers that have already latched on to this cold weather gem have been bagging up on a weekly basis. The lake is very mature and Although it is predominantly a carp water it is also well stocked with tonnes of skimmers, roach and big perch to 3lb as well as bream to 6lb.
For the silverfish two different attacks will work, with an expander pellet over micros and worm and caster over groundbait both producing the goods.
Set up two lines at around 13m out and make sure they are well spread out. Feed one with five big balls of fishmeal based groundbait to begin with and a big pot of micros over the other.
Expect most of the fish to be just under the 1lb mark, although bonus fish of 4lb can show up at any point. The fishery runs a number of silverfish open matches throughout the winter for those that are interested.
TIP: Use a bulk shot around 2ft above your hook with two droppers below so your hookbait falls slower through the bottom layers, skimmers won’t always be found hard on the deck.
Furnace Lakes, Horsham, West Sussex
Prices: £10 a day for one rod on Furnace Lake
Contact: 01403 791163
Location: Furnace Lakes, Guildford Road, Slinfold, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 OQZ
Facilities: Parking, small tackle shop, toilets
Rules: Barbless hooks only.