If you enjoy fishing a commercial with plenty of features to target then Rayne Lodge Fishery in Essex will be right up your street. Comprising three lakes, the southern complex has a host of islands, lily pads, overhanging trees, reed beds and mud banks to tempt a bite from this weekend.
The best carp fishing here has to be on the Top Lake, where summer match nets have reached in excess of 300lbs before.
Fishing a Method feeder with a banded 6mm pellet to one of the islands will account for a lot of bites; however the margin fishing here is second to none. A top kit and around 8 tins of sweetcorn is all you’ll need to pull out over 100lb of quality carp off the deck.
Similarly, The Middle Lake is one acre in size and also has an island which is often targeted with a feeder, although the shallow fishing here is also very good. Roach to 2lb reside in this lake as well as crucians and carp to 18lb which are often caught shallow on soft hooker pellets or double caster.
Any pegs with overhanging trees are good areas to target these fish up in the water. The same can be said for The Bottom Lake with shallow fishing also producing good mixed nets of fish even in the current climate. However, the string of small islands located at around 13m out are perfect for pole enthusiasts who can fish down the slope with 6mm expander pellets over a bed of hemp and micros. This tactic is currently working well for tench and bream to 5lbs as well as a number of carp well into double figures.
Prices: £8 a day, £5 concessions
Contact: 01376 345 719 or 07710 483 850
Location: Rayne Lodge Fishery, Rayne Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 2QT, www.raynelodgefishery.co.uk
Rules: Strictly no fish are to be removed from any of our lakes, barbless Hooks only permitted, ground bait a max of 1kg per person, keepnets are only allowed in organised matches, keepnets must be a minimum of 10ft, no fish to be retained for longer than 6 hours.