I visited Charlecombe pond at Rocombe on Tuesday for a short afternoon session. The gate is kept locked at all times now and members must purchase a key in order to gain entry to the car park.
It was fairly warm so I wasn't expecting much action from the carp. I was however quite surprised to see how much surface weed there was at the pond. In fact, in all the years I've been fishing Charlecombe I've never seen weed in there. There is nothing wrong with a little bit of weed, however, I hope that it's not left to get out of control.
I had planned on starting off using a small method feeder. However, I was going to be using some of the Ringers micro pellets which require at least half an hour to soak until they are ready. In the meantime, I put a small float out to see if anything was interested. After about one hour I decided enough was enough and I was going on the feeder.
Using one of Gurus new hybrid method feeders accompanied with a size 16 hook and bait band which was baited with a ringers dumbbell pellet I cast into the middle of the pond. It didn't take long before the tip of my rod shot around and at first, I thought I was into a small carp. It actually turned out to be a little tench of around a pound in weight. As far as I am aware there were no tench in the pond when I was fishing regularly a few years ago, these must be some of the recent additions that were introduced. Anyway, it was really nice to catch a tench, I haven't caught one for absolutely years. Before you tench anglers start getting excited, I don't think the Newton Abbot Fishing Association would have introduced any sizeable tench, they would have gone over to Rakerhays in Newton Abbot were the venue is noted for its large tench.
I went on to catch a further four skimmer bream up to about 1 lb, plus one small roach and a nice common carp of around 8 lbs. All came on Ringers micro pellets and a single Ringer dumbbell wafter pellet. In case you don't know what a wafter pellet is, it's simply a pellet that is critically balanced so that the weight of the hook stops it from floating to the surface. The pellet will actually sit just above the hook and hopefully go into the fish's mouth quite easily.
Charlecombe is most definitely fishing better than it was a couple of years ago. It's most certainly a venue that I will be visiting a lot more this year.
You can fish Charlecombe pond on a day ticket that can be purchased from Tackle Trader in Newton Abbot. Alternatively, you can join the Newton Abbot Fishing Association and either opt for an Association membership, or full membership. Please bear in mind that you have to live within 20 miles of Newton Abbot to qualify for full membership of the club. Association memberships can be purchased over-the-counter at Tackle Trader, however, you have to apply for a full membership and have at least two people who can second you