New Claygate's Sophie Lake Is A Great Choice For Tench

The management at this picturesque three-lake complex are always working hard to take it to the next level and there latest development has given sport a major boost.

Most snake lakes are associated with solely carp and F1s but Lake Sophie is the exception to the rule. In recent months it has been drained an desilted, with certain areas dug out further to create deep holes to make the bigger fish that often seek sanctuary easier to locate.

Carp to 15lb are plentiful but in recent weeks it is the tench sport that has tempted anglers back time and time again. Catches of up to 20 fish a day are being taken on worm and maggot, with specimens averaging between 3lb and 6lb. Big bream are also a possibility, with slabs to 10lb falling for the same approach.

Bagging enthusiasts are catered for with the well-stocked Lake Eva which is throwing up 150lb plus nets of small carp on a daily basis, with pellet the best offering.

Over on the Lake Amy the focus is on specimen carp and with fish to over 30lb it’s easy to see why it is a winner with locals. Mainline Cell boilies are working well when produced at the bottom of the island shelf alongside a small pva bag of pellets or crushed boilies.

Top tip

Flavourings work well here and a liberal coating of any krill flavoured product on your pellets will help hold the shoals of carp, bream and tench for longer.


Prices: £8 for one rod on Sophie and Eva, £12 for two rods on Amy

Contact: 07770 513448 or visit

Location: New Claygates Lakes, Collier St, Marden, Kent, TN12 9PL

Rules: No fixed rigs, barbless hooks only

Facilities: Parking