How To Catch A 20lb+ Mirror Carp Whilst Enjoying Peace And A Quiet Beer
September 14, 2016 at 1:31 PM
When the darling kids are screaming bloody murder and the bin lorry has woken you up far earlier than you wanted, your mind is crying out for relaxation and all you want is to climb into the 4 by 4 and take yourself away to a quiet stretch of water. The still surface broken by your line and the calming sight of the ripples running scared in circles. Oxforshire boasts some of the finest carp fishing sites in the country, hidden away among the lush countryside these spots offer a haven for those who need to get away from it all for a while.
Fernhill Farm Coarse Fisheries is located in the sleepy village of Milcombe, just south of Banbury off the A361. Three mature lakes await you, all well stocked with a variety of fish including roach and carp, some of which are known to have grown to over 30 lb. If you need to get away for more than a day this fishery can provide accomodation in the form of six berth mobile homes or a quaint lodge, all equipped with colour T.V., fitted kitchen and shower and toilet facilities. If you feel the need to explore then the countryside surrounding the fishery is beautiful, perfect for a day trip. The countryside can be rugged at times so it would be advisable to have a sturdy vehicle at your disposal (a personal favourite of mine being the Great Wall Steed, for more information on this workhorse talk to Dowleys ) but the views are definitely worth the effort. Most importantly, the pub. The local lies a short stroll from the farm but be warned, the locals have heard every tall fishing tale there is.
Home Of The Beasts
Linch Hill Fishery is another gem of a spot that promises tight lines and happy fishing. Their lakes are home to monster carp weighing in at upwards of 40lbs, with two known residents tiing the scales at 50+lbs. Located in Stanton Harcourt the fishery has all the facilities a keen day angler could wish for, including shower and toilet facilities and a highly regarded eatery Cafe J. This fishery is a mature and settled site and as well as offering huge carp the lakes also contain roach, perch and rudd, with pike season running from 1st November to 1st March.
These two spots are great for a quiet retreat and a few hours spent with just you and the water. My advice? Load up the 4 by 4, turn the phone off and hit the road.
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