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Match Fishing At Messingham Sands
book your match on one of our superb match lakes set in
beautiful surroundings and full of fish, you will find a brief
description below along with some photographs of the Swan Pond and
the New Bit, the Islands Lake and Tripp, with graphics of layout and
pegging. Each lake provides the
dedicated match angler with something different. Please use this
link to view a map
of the fishery. When booking a
match please check the
match peg availability section
before doing so. All details for match bookings can be found in the
section of this site. Please adhere to all
note that our match lakes can only be fished in pre-booked and open
matches. No practise or pleasure fishing is allowed. We feel that by
keeping the pressure off the lakes the match angler will get a
better level of sport than would otherwise be the case.
Swan Pond & Little Swan (58 pegs)
this was all one lake of around eight acres in size, however the bay
which is now known as the new bit became either full of fish or
devoid of fish depending on temperature and wind direction, to
overcome this we built a bank across part of the lake burying two
concrete pipes beneath, meshed with netting to prevent fish movement,
a similar stocking level was then achieved either side of the bank.
This sectioning of the lake worked
well and a winning weight can be obtained from anywhere on match
summer fishing can be quite spectacular when targeting the lakes
Carp, with similar methods working year after year. The average size
of the Carp is quite high with 6lb to 8lb the norm, however fish from
1lb to over 26lbs can be expected.
The preferred bait and the one which has accounted for the vast
majority of the 100lb plus weights over the years is the 11mm hard
pellet which manages to resist the attentions of the hoards of
silver fish. Match anglers use this bait in a number of ways
including the straight lead and up in the water waggler tactics. The
weights can be quite something with a number of 200lb plus catches
taken and many many over the 100lb mark, the Lake Record stands at
391lbs, taken by Barnsley,s Andy Oldham. The fish however are
certainly no mugs and feeding patterns and methods have to be
perfected in order to achieve the best results.
Other methods and more traditional baits such as Corn, Meat and also
Paste all have their day.
winter silver fish angling is truly unbelievable, even in the
coldest of weather most match anglers will be able to get a bite a
cast from Roach and Skimmers on a wide variety of baits.
Swan Pond looking towards the North Day Ticket
Little Swan with a section of the Swan Pond In the Background
Swan Pond looking towards the road
Islands Lake (65 pegs)
lake is around 12 acres in size and was specifically designed as a
match fishery. The lake was formally an open water before it was
drained and a series of banks and islands created by mechanical
diggers, some imaginative planting and mother nature have contrived
to create a beautiful lake crammed full of features with no two pegs
alike. Despite the fact that the lake contains a terrific head of
Carp ranging from 1lb to 17lbs and with a match record of 239 lbs of
these fish, many anglers love the fishing purely for the silver fish. Pole weights of Green and Golden Tench have been caught to 106lbs,
Skimmer Bream nets to 150lbs, Roach nets to 90lbs, Chub nets to 141lbs
and mixed nets containing all species including individual Perch to
4lbs 1oz make this lake an absolute joy for many of the regular and
visiting match anglers. There are also plenty of Crucian Carp F.1's and Ide to be caught and some surprisingly large Roach, the best so far
weighing an impressive 2lbs14ozs.
methods employed on this lake can be many and varied, the silver
fish will respond to maggot, caster, corn, meat, pellets and worm
whilst the Carp weights tend to fall to 11mm hard pellet or meat
fished on the bomb or waggler.
A view from the main roadway over the Islands lake
An angler settles down into one of the secluded swims on the Islands
The Islands Lake an idyllic setting for your match
Tripp Lake (36 pegs)
acre lake is situated off the main complex nestled in the middle of
mixed woodland. Unfortunately it is situated on private land and no
casual visitors are allowed, although this does mean that there will
be no bank side disturbance whilst your match is in progress. This
is a float only venue and the general size of the fish stock is
maintained with this in mind. The carp are from 1lb to 8lbs with the
occasional lump showing up now and again, The Skimmer Bream and Crucian carp are of a good stamp with plenty around the 1lb mark.
These three species dominate the match weights with many catches
between 100lbs and 251lbs being taken. Other species include Chub,
Roach, Rudd, Ide and Tench.
vary according to the time of the year, pellets, corn, meat,
worm and caster being the most consistent with paste being a good
bet throughout the summer.
The Tripp lake set in woodland with 36 well spaced pegs
An angler tussles with one of the many Carp in the lake
You will not be bothered by visitors or walkers when fishing this
HOLLYWOOD LAKE (30 Pegs)
Hollywood Lake is the most recently completed fishery and is situated off the main Messingham Sands complex on
private land and is now being used for matches.
The Lake is
approximately 450 metres long and 30 metres wide with fishing from
the west bank only. Built in two phases, phase one was used for
match fishing for a couple of years prior to the stock lake which
was phase two being incorporated into the fishery to give a total of
has been purpose built to give allow for a variety of possible
tactics, the near side shelf is perfect for short pole fishing and
drops away quickly to around 3 metres depth which extends out
to around 20 metres, here the bottom shelves up to around 2 metres
deep, this shelf extending for the remaining 10 metres to the far
Current stocking includes lots of small Carp to 1lb plus a good head
of 2-5lbs fish and a few in double figures, Crucian Carp, Skimmers, Ide, Tench,
Chub and F1's make up the stocks.
Matches are often won on the pole, with weights to 240lbs taken, although waggler and pellet tactics fished tight to the far bank are now
becoming very successful and at 30 meters the distance for employing
this tactic is just about perfect.
really good weights of Silver Fish have been taken this year,
including several over the 100lbs mark, giving anglers plenty of
options with regard to tactics and baits.
Pegs available, fishing from one bank
Phase 1 of Hollywood match lake
You will not find walkers or spectators at this venue