• Is there suitable parking for disabled anglers?

    Is there suitable parking for disabled anglers?

    • Yes, I have tried to make all the lakes as accessible as possible. Hornbeam lake has a dedicated disabled car park which is situated next to the toilet block. The other lakes all have car parks adjacent to them, with several pegs only 5-10 yards away.
  • Do you allow matches? Could my club come and have a match at Homeclose? Why can`t I use a keep net?

    Do you allow matches? Could my club come and have a match at Homeclose? Why can`t I use a keep net?

    • The simple answer to both of these questions is No. This is a fish health and welfare decision due to the simple fact, based on experience throughout the fisheries industry, that placing any number of fish in a confided space for any length of time, to me, simply isn't the best idea where the fish's welfare is concerned. It's nothing personal against match anglers, I just want to look after my fish so you can enjoy catching fit and healthy fish.
  • Will your net dip damage my landing net?

    Will your net dip damage my landing net?

    • No, not at all. I use a disinfectant called Virkon® Aquatic, which has been developed specifically for the aquaculture industry. It is used widely in and by fish farms, fisheries, zoo's, salmon shrimp and Koi industries etc. It is completely safe for nets and you and yes don't worry, it is supposed to be pink.
  • Where do I get a rod licence?

    Where do I get a rod licence?

    • Anyone over the age of 12 who wishes to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eels in England, Wales or the Border Esk region of Scotland requires a rod licence to fish with a rod and line, if you get caught without one you can be severely finned. Rod licenses are issued by the Environment Agency, and can be purchased at your local Post Office or through the Post Offices Website. Licenses can be purchased from one days cover to 12 months cover.
  • Which lake has the biggest fish?

    Which lake has the biggest fish?

    • This all depends on what species you want to target. Hornbeam Lake holds the biggest Tench, Bream, Rudd and Perch. Buckthorn Lake holds the biggest Carp.  At the beginning of the 2012 season the biggest Tench comes in at 7lb, Bream at 8lb, Rudd at 3-3.5lb, Perch at 2lb and Carp at 11lb.
  • Why don`t you have Carp in all your lakes?

    Why don`t you have Carp in all your lakes?

    • I wanted to create a fishery that isn't completely Carp crazy, stocked with carp, carp and more carp. Don't get me wrong, I like catching Carp but they're not the only fish that swims.

      I personally feel that the fishing industry is heavily carp orientated, I'm not saying that is a bad thing, lots of people enjoy catching them and there are lots of mixed coarse fisheries all over the country that stock all their lakes with Carp. The commercialisation of the fishing industry has allowed fishing to be a much more accessible sport and as such has brought in lots and lots of new anglers, and that is a wonderful thing.

      But, like myself, there are lots of anglers who don't want to catch carp every time they go fishing, that is one of the great things about this sport, its diversity. We're all different and we all get different things from fishing.

      So I created Hornbeam and Ash lake for these anglers, those of us that enjoy catching all fish, not just carp.