BEGINNERS GUIDE

Packhorse Lake,

Kingsbridge

Find out tips and tricks, watch videos and learn how to approach Packhorse!

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Float fishing

Surface fishing

Perch fishing

Method fishing

CARL AND ALEX/

FISHING TUTORIALS

Catching with corn

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ROB HUGHES

GET FISHING

TUTORIALS

Casting

Playing and landing BIG fish!

Playing and landing small fish

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PACKHORSE

TIPS AND INFO

Packhorse, the largest lake on the Kingsbridge complex, is the ideal place to start if you're new to fishing or would like the very best chance of a fish or two.

STARTING OFF

  • The best place to start off is in the margins, close to the bank - making life a lot easier when fishing with a float and less casting to worry about when ledgering. This is very often where the fish are!
  • Fish often patrol the bottom of the marginal shelf (the area where it goes from being very shallow near the edge to deeper out towards the middle)
  • This is usually  2-3 rod lengths out from the bank.
  • Also, look for lily pads and reed beds - always fish holding spots!
  • Plumbing the depth is the easiest way to find this spot, the video below explains how to do this!

WHERE TO START

The new carp park is located to the east of Packhorse

Please vacate these swims if requested by a disabled angler

This area is best avoid for beginners due to underwater snags

Great choice of beginners swims - with reeds, lily pads, islands and features to fish to.

Plumbing the depth

GOOD BAITS

CARP

Pellets

Sweetcorn

Boilies

Luncheon meat

Dog biscuits

Bread

Maggots

GOOD TACTICS

Method feeder

Float fishing

Ledgering

Surface fishing

Pellet waggler

PERCH

Worms

Maggots

Prawns

Artificial lures

Small deadbaits

Float fishing

Ledgering

Drop shotting

ROACH

RUDD

BREAM

TENCH

Maggots

Castors

Sweetcorn

Luncheon meat

Method feeder

Float fishing

Ledgering

 

Watercraft!

Float or ledger?

Setting up a float

Swimfeeders explained

Club member Richard Barlow with two lovely perch from Packhorse.

Check out the Get Fishing with Rob Hughes  YouTube channel here!

  • When putting your loose feed in, remember little and often is the best way to start - you can't take it back out! This gets the fish competing for food and easier to catch.
  • If you start off float fishing on the bottom, be prepared to fish higher up in the water, especially in the warmer months.
  • In the spring, summer and autumn, most species spend most of their time off the lake bottom - surface fishing, shallow floats and pellet wagglers can often out-fish baits on the bottom.
  • In the winter, reduce the amount of loose feed significantly - the fish don't eat much when it's cold

CARP

BREAM

ROACH

PERCH

EELS

22lbs +

4lbs +

2lbs +

3lbs +

4lbs +

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