With a huge head of specimen carp, Thorpe Lea is arguably the best place in the country to bag your first 20lber.
The Surrey venue, adjacent to the M25, was stocked with 2,500 carp 10 years ago and now boasts a huge head of upper doubles, 20s and even a few 30s. With so many inhabitants, locating fish is fairly easy. The 18-acre lake, which has three islands does get a little weedy in spring but gravel and silt patches are still easy to find, and the carp will feed in most areas and at various depths.
Fake corn has been a constant winner at the venue with anglers taking fish on fake kernels in PVA bags over spod mix but Thorpe Lea really can produce on all tactics, including small bright baits and PVA bags which are a good starting point. Regular spodding will keep the action coming, but single baits fired out at range can score when the place is busy. Aside from the carp, specimen perch are definitely Thorpe Lea’s hidden gem.
Prices: £12 a day for adults (£9 for juniors). £24 for 24 hours. Each under 18 must be accompanied by an adult over 21.
Contact: 07934 000559 or www.thorpeleafishery.co.uk
Location: Thorpe Lea Fishery, Thorpe Lea Road, Thorpe, Egham, Surrey, TW20 8PG
Rules: No baitboats, braided mainline or unattended rods allowed. Barbed hooks only and the only particles allowed are hemp, corn/maize and pellets. Nets must be at least 36 inches and large unhooking mats must be used.
Facilities: Toilets, tackle shop and food hut. Local takeaways deliver to the gates.