Charlcombe used to be my all-time favourite fishing venue, you really couldn't go wrong. However, I don't know what has happened to the place but the fishing has gone down the toilet. I visited there today and didn't catch a single thing, not even a decent bite. There were a couple of other guys fishing who caught a few bream and several small tench between them, but no carp whatsoever. Obviously you can't always expect to catch fish when you go fishing, sometimes you do have days when nothing goes right. Having said this, I know Charlcombe and I know what it used to fish like, I find it difficult to believe that things can be so different without some interference. In other words, I believe that a lot of the carp have been taken out and put in the ponds at Newton Abbot. Two or three years ago Island Pond suffered a devastating algae bloom which killed nearly every fish in the pond, including some very large carp. When spring ponds were closed, the carp that were owned by the Newton Abbot Fishing Association were taken out and put in Island. I'm beginning to suspect that the same thing has happened to Charlcombe pond but I don't have any proof. You would think that on a lovely warm day in the summer, there would be some sign of carp, whether that be tail patterns when ground baiting, or fish taking bread from the surface, absolutely nothing whatsoever.
I will probably give it one more go in a couple of weeks time to see if it was just a one-off, but if the same thing happens again I see absolutely no point in wasting a whole day when you're not going to catch anything.