Farlows lake is the result of a gravel extraction that begun as early as the 1930s, since the 80s it has been a mecca of Carp fishing and its popularity as a Carp water has grown exponentially in the last 3 decades.
Famous anglers such as Rob Maylin and Steve Briggs honed their Carp Fishing skills on this water and have written extensively about the complex. With an estimated 1200 Carp in 25 acres of water there is always a good chance of catching Carp with the average weight being 17lbs – 22lbs.
There are over thirty five 30lb plus Carp in the lake with the largest resident, ‘the Pretty one’ reaching highs of over 42lbs. In 2013 the lake was stocked with 20 fast growing Leney/Dink strain Carp that weighed up to 22lbs, these fish are already growing nicely and we envisage an approximate weight gain of 5lbs per year.
The original Carp are dark and scaley with some real old characters. Commons and mirrors are plentiful and it is safe to say there are very few day ticket waters offering such a top drawer head of English fish to go for.
Tactics needn’t be complicated with simple rigs and high quality food baits taking the majority of the captures. With so many Carp to target they are hungry and respond well to beds of boilies. Other methods that score well at the right time of year are floating dog biscuit and zig rigs fished a few feet under the surface.
Mirror Carp – 42 lbs 4oz
Common Carp - 39lbs 12oz
Pike – 35lbs plus
Bream – 15lbs plus
Tench – 13lbs plus
Roach – 3lbs 6oz
Perch - 4lbs 12oz
Eel - 5lbs plus