13.08.2018The wild carp have been prolific this year obviously the weather has flushed them out to open water. It is good news for the pleasure angler as these 5lb odd size fish will certainly give you a run for your money on lighter tackle. Not so good for the big fish hunters as they often pick up baits meant for the larger carp. That said some of the larger fish have been caught 17lb the biggest this month other anglers have reported being smashed often when trying to fish to close to the lily beds. Some people never learn ! Top lake also fishing well with reports of excellent quality carp being caught again given that we have original wild carp in there , we get comments on how hard these fish fight. Next Match is on Sunday 19th AugustGreat Bag of silvers 20.07.2018Unbelievable the amount of carp we have had caughthere during the last month. While they have been predominantly 5 lbs range several bigger ones to 15 lbs have been landed. The frustrating thing is that there are plenty of big one cruising or just basking in the sunshine. Silverfish are as usual plentiful in both lakes.20.06.18
Next match Sunday 24th June 2018 Pembs Piscarorial club.
There has been very good fishing here of late with lots of carp being caught and as usual excellent qulity roach and rudd.
Mick spend a few days on the bank and enjoyed himself as usual. On the evening he targeted the carp he was eventuall rewarded with a carp just under 15lbs. During the hot weather surface fishing was king but with brood of ducklings appearing it has been more of a challenge for this method08.06.2018Sorry folks for the delay in an update but life has been very busy of late.Busy week, must be the tropical weather, wall to wall sunshine. Paul Wilkinson started the week with a full day's catching carp on Monday. Not only did he catch all day and lost count but also caught some of the biggest carp he has managed to land here. Tuesday remained the same with carp being landed from all around the bottom lake. Liam ended the day with over 20 of them. The carp always feed well at this time of the year as spawning has now passed and they will happily feed up for the rest of the summer.
Lots of sightings of this white carp why not try your luck catch it and win £100.00. £1.50 extra on entry fee , must be paid prior to starting fishing.14.05.2018
Good match on Sunday, the first of the new season for the Pembrokeshire Piscatorial club. Winner was Yorkie with 15 1/2 kilos . The weather had been cold over night but Sunday the Sun came out and it was a warm day with very calm conditions. The previous day the fishing again went well , local angler Shaun caught 11 carp with largest being just short of 12 lbs . Terry also had a good day catching 6 carp . Picture Match day 13.05.201808.05.2018Happy campers over the Mayday weekend. The sunny weather certainly had the carp feeding happily. These are just a small selection of the pictures that I had sent to me.
Many methods appear to work once you have the fish feeding, it is always worth taking a bit of extra time to plumb the depth especially if float fishing. Floating baits worked ok but eh fish are very alert to this method and again some preparatory work is required to get them feeding. Please note that floating baits in or around the lily pads is banned, this is to protect the fish trying to drag them out of the lily beds only harm the fish and frustrate the angler!23.04.2018.
There has been some great fishing here over the last month. Several young anglers have had the taste of catching their first carp , some even their first fish. Carp are plentiful with both lakes showing good catches with double-figure carp also being caught.
Sunday's match . Jonathan won with 21 kilos Chris Harris 2nd with a few grams less and the third place also took 20 kilos. Excellent day for the Piscatorial lads.
hough very cold for the Easter break but it does not stop the hardy angler catching some lovely fish. Alf was more than happy he found the fishery while visiting Pembrokeshire for the first time. These are only some of the 20 odd carp he caught over three days. The second angler in the pictures also had a couple of nice days and caught a few that are pictured as I happened to be chatting with him.
The beginning of this month was very quiet, the weather saw to that although it did give us a stunning landscape to admire.
Anglers who have ventured out since have all been rewarded with some decent catches, carp showing up to 10lbs but mainly smaller ones down to less than a 1lb. This shows the excellent condition of the water and will help maintain stock levels over the next few years.
Sue and Garry enjoying their Morning, Sue also caught 6 carp yesterday after staying a night at the fishery in their new toy. You could say it was a brilliant weekend. See picture below.
I had 30 minutes with grandson yesterday and managed to find a few small roach to keep him happy.
Today's Sunday Pembrokeshire Piscatorial League match was won by Mark with an impressive 25.7 kilos. Yorkie came second with 16 kilos third place went to Brian with 13 kilos.
It should be noted that when I walked around it is these three anglers who I chatted to. Clearly
I gave them good advice!! Pictures shows
Mark with one of his early catches and the other happy anglers during the contest.
Well done these hardy anglers who braved very difficult conditions and a few naughty carp to fish last Sunday's silver fish only match.Results have been passed to me and pasted below.
So last Sunday’s match was a wet a blustery day at LLyn Carfan (Pembrokeshire Coarse Fishery)
Tavernspite. It was our annual silver fish match Jon Davies won with 4.25 kilo 2nd was Brian Hammond with 3.35 kilo and Steve Harrison was 3rd with 2.8 kilos. Fishing would go quite as carp moved in to graze pushing the silvers away. Tight lines everyone
34 year ago we were the first purpose-built fishery in Pembrokeshire. We have since grown into a top class carp and match fishery. Situated in a peaceful valley with an abundance of birds and wildlife. The fishery contains two lakes known as top and bottom lakes. The sunset at the top lake is the picture above.
Time to update with the first report of 2018. As usual the fishery has been very quite of the Christmas period although that is already starting to change. The fishing is slow not a lot of feeding possibly due to the colder weather, some ice on the water of last couple of days. A couple of night anglers who ventured out recently did catch carp to around 8lbs, and a few others even tried bread on the surface, as I did not see them leaving I cannot say if they caught or not. What I can say is that after they left I saw several carp feeding on the bread slices they left on the water. Obvioulsy a good sign.
Next match is January the 21st which will be a silver fish only match.
This will be my last post until the New Year . There have been few anglers thiose who have ventured out have caught carp and silvers.The method needs to change slighty with ar lighter baits and lines working well. That said the recent Pembrokeshire match was as unusual as it was difficult fishing. The winner was one of only 3 who caught carp , he eventually weighed in with a bag of 5.5 kilos. The reason it did not fish on the day is anubodies guess, normally winter match fishing at this venue is productive.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends and customers , and yes, all our customers are considered friends.
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Hapus - Merry Christmas and Happy New
Pretty quiet up on the fishery at the moment. This is not unusal
for late November especially as the weahter
is also not very nice either. I will probably not be posting many
updates until the New Year. I will post results of any matches we have, the next is on December 3rd on the bottom lake. In the mean time
why not take advantage of purchasing a voucher for the fishery as they make ideal Christmas Presents, you can include camping,
van hook up if you require. Contact the fishery for more information.
Some excellent fishing from Mark for Sunday's Match. He quickly realised the silver fish
were not feeding. He switched to the carp by the end of the match he had taken 29 kilos together with his 1 kilo of silvers it was enough to take the honours in todays
tightly contested match. Steve was 2nd with a slightly heavier carp bag but his roach bag was just a couple of fish lighter.
Total weight for the match was approx. 160 kilos which is
not bad for a cold November day.
Mike and Trevor came over from the Gower to spend yesterday doing a bit of fishing in the sunshine .
Mike caught over 50 roach
, rudd and this cracking perch. Trevor had a few smaller carp and plenty of silvers.
As normal; at this time of year
the carp are feeding well. As the water cools carp tend to feed extra in ready for the colder winter months where thier
natural feed such as insects etc get less and less. Its
a really good time of year for carp fishing well worhjt
a visit. Silver fish
are prolific and there are plenty of 1lb size fish being caught .
Yesterday while I was chatting to two anglers at different sides of the lake each
caught a rudd of that size. Perch continue to grow and especialy
on the top lake are plentiful now.Pictures are from Sept 17 just a couple of cruising carp , just waiting to be caught.
Carp are feeding well with plenty of fish being caught. One Pembrokeshire Piscatorial member, who was here yesterday for a day's pleasure angling caught over a 100lb of fish which included 15 carp. Stephen Harrison a first time
visitor caught this one late afternoon on floating bread crust ,
again it was one of the many carp he caught.
The night anglers are reporting busy nights .
The latest to venture out was delighted to take over a dozen carp with the largest at 14.5 lbs.
Anglers who are looking for quality silver fish
and or perch will also be delighted to hear that almost daily I now get reports ,
not only how big some of them are but the condition of the fish as well.
Plenty of carp continue to be caught and as usual simple methods work best. This young girl was overjoyed to catch a few carp, I must add aided by her dad who has been a regular angler at the fishery since he was a youngster with his dad over two decades ago. It just goes to show how if you teach children how to fish it will give them pleasure through out
The fishing is constant and plenty fo
fish being caught ,
carp to double figures silvers to 2lb and perch again up to 2lbs, the perch are mainly caught at the top lake. Also
a few nice sized eels have been landed lately. September is almost apon
us and normally the carp in particular feed well possibly feed ing up ready for the winter.
Just a couple of pictures that the Harkin Brothers sent to me from their Monday session. Fair play to them for braving the weather just goes to show what a good bivvy and perseverance can achieve. August has had some excellent results for all anglers with both carp and the silver fish
angler reporting some stunning catches.
Tactics have been varied along the lines of what the weather throws at us that particular day.Floating baits are always a good way to tempt carp ( please note floating baits are not allowed arround
Sunday's match was won by Steve Harrison with a great bag of 31 kilos. Including this wonderful bag of carp. (bottom picture).Other notable catches came from Mark Close. He finished 2nd with help from this carp bag((top picture). Well done all who fished today in challenging conditions.
Some excellent fishing during July, with the last weekend particulary
good. One angler send
over a dozen pictures of he
carp he caught. It would be fair to say that there was nothing over double figures but the quality of he
ones he did catch was stunning. Usually when carp are feeding as prolific as they were on the weekend then the big carp are also feeding albeit with more caution .
As is normal the match angler have
also been delighted with he
quality of the silver fish
again with some specemins
fish being caught. Finally
I heard today from a regular angler here that on his previous visit he caught a Perch of at least 2.5lbs from the top lake. If you visit the bird watching page on this web site
you will see the extrodinary
amount of birds we have around the fishery. The woodland in particular
is a joy in the early morning listen
to the morning chorus. Anyone wishing to expereince
this we offer a camping facility within the woodland itself. A night around a campfire with in
a perfectly private area is a joy in itself. Contact the fishery for details. Just a couple of photos from my phone camera from the week, It has been fishing well over the last week with plenty of quality silvers and several double figure carp landed. Oddly I thought they had finished spawning but there were signs of the carp spawning again this past few days. Once they do spawn carp always feed really well. Night anglers are also reporting good catches.
Night fishing is by appointment only , spaces available for July August
The carp have now finished spawning and are feeding. Best
method this week is surface fishing although the pleasure anglers have been catching top quality roach and rudd using feeders on the bottom.
There have been carp to 15lbs caught recently the bigger ones are happy to just cruise on he
surface. Night anglers have also been reporting good catches.
It has been a good month with good catches being recorded. Carp were
very active for
most of May but started to slow towards the end of the month. This was down to spawning whcih
is not at all unusual. A change of weather has strung out the spawning and as a result
the carp are quieter than usual. That said there are plenty being caught and certainly plenty feeding. Plesure
anglers are still catching excellent
bags both in numbers and quality.At last some very decent weather in Pembrokeshire although the east wind keeps the bigger fish down in the water. That said they are starting to bask on top and will happily come up for floaters especially in the evenings.
Sunday 7th May Match, top weight was from a newcomer to the match Steve Woodward who had travelled from Aberystwyth, he weighed in 16.8 kilos followed by Johnathan Davies with 15.7 and Brian Hammond 14.57 the fourth placed angler was only a few grimes away with 14.35. These were very decent weights considering that the carp are starting to group ready for spawning and a group of Cardiff boys had fished it through the night landing over 25 carp caught between them some into double figures. Picture above is of Carmarthen angler Colin Gilley with one of the many stunning roach he caught during a day session he had targeted carp but with the carp not showing a lot of interest the quality roach and rudd were happy to except free offerings of halibut pellets and dog biscuits. 2nd picture above is just a bag of carp caught in the match but I thought I would send it so you can see the quality of the fish here.
With the weather getting warmer so angler numbers and catches go up. Night anglers in particular
have been reporting busy nights with plenty of carp being caught. That said there have not been any of the bigger 15lb plus carp caught recently or indeed this year. There is plenty of signs that the big fish are feeding and ocasionally
showing themselves on the surface of the water, no doubt taking in the early spring sunshine.
The bigger roach rudd and perch are certainly getting caught on a regular basis. Meat ,
pellet and paste are the favorite
baits for carp and soft pellet and maggot for the silvers.
The recent match was won by Steve with a very credible 13.9 kilos of fish which included 4 carp .These he
caught late in the match and was just enough to overtake Jonathan who
weighed in with 13.5 kilos but he had only two small carp and a good silver fish
It has also been a busy weekend with night anglers reporting decent catches with carp up
to 12lbs .
The bigger carp are hiding away somewhere obviously waiting for the for warmer weather .
There has been a cold wind over the surface this week and some pretty sharp nights resulting in the bigger fish seeking deeper water again. Plenty of quality roach and rudd showing which is another indicator that the water temperature is a few degrees down as the bigger roach feed well in these conditions.
The competition to land the pure white carp is still running £100.00 if landed. (terms and conditions apply).
Paul Wilkinson led the way with several carp from both lakes last Saturday., probably landing well into double figures by the end of the day. It was a very sunny warm day and Paul had taken full advantage of the carp enjoying the warmth on
the water and feeding near the margins. A few he reported to be around the 10lb mark but all the carp were in excellent condition, which is always nice to hear as it shows that the fish have survived the winter months where there is obviously less feed in the water. There have been both carp and silvers caught daily since. There is another match on Sunday 2nd April , they will be using the bottom lake. All anglers not in the match please us the top lake.
Good match today where the Pembrokeshire Piscatorial club were
back on form after their disappointing January match. Today all anglers caught and weighed in .
Top honours went to Jonathan Davies with a splendid mixed bag of carp, roach, rudd and perch. Total weight 18.7 kilos ( 41 lb 3 oz ). Second 12 + kilos and third 10 + kilos. Oh
and I did add the picture of Brett Kilner, as to be fair he did catch a fish today!
Jonathan with his silver fish
bagSince then anglers have been dusting down their tackle and venturing out. I believe that no one has left the fishery without catching fish. Carp have been active although no big carp has been landed from either lake this year , yet! That said the sport size carp upo to 7lbs have been plentiful. With March now apon us and the evenings drawing out hopefully we will see on the banks soon .
Last weekend there were a few hardy anglers fishing. Friday night anglers had early success and continued through the night until morning. It then went quiet and remained so until around mid day. Their largest carp was 11lbs.
John Adshead from Whitland pictured with his first carp of 2017 .
He landed a slightly bigger one just 5 minutes afterwards and continued throughout catching throughout the day.
The Previous Sunday we had the first Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match of the year.
Pembrokeshire Piscatorial's sent me this Match report
"This weeks match was a silver fish match at Llyn Carfan (Pembrokeshire Coarse Fishery). Weather was OK with intermittent wind and showers. Didn't fish well with 4 dry nets and low weights. Deeper end of the lake fished better with the cooler conditions. Mark Close won the match with 2.9 kilo, Brian Hammond 2nd with 1.2 kilo and Stephen Mackay was third with 800g. Well done everyone that fi...shed. Tight lines. "
Yes it was a difficult match on Sunday there was no reason that we know of for the low weights. Theses guys usually have bags of over 10 kilos for their silver fish matches. That said what they did not mention in the post, several carp were caught from all around the lake . They of course are not included in the weigh in as it silver fish only match.
Happy New Year . Here are a few photos of a couple of cold but happy anglers fishing over the Christmas period.
These are just a sample that were sent to me they are not the biggest caught here but certainly excellent quality fish.
Its been a that sort of month with some anglers reporting a decent days fishing and others saying it was quiet. Clearly at this time of year you need to adjust you tactics and use lighter line, fish will no doubt be in the deeper water and feeding less. Maggots are good to attract fish into a swim and then maybe switch to a bigger bait for the larger carp.
Picture weigh in summer match.
Good match again today. Chris Kidd was again the victor with an excellent 28.3 kilos (over 62Lbs). 2nd and 3rd had 18 kilos and 10 respectively. As usual
all the anglers in the match weighed in. The fishing in general
has been a bit slower because with the cold nights the fish are not as active as in the summer months. The carp today were being caught on maggot which is a sure sign winter is on it's
This is a copy of an email I recieved
from a happy angler. I need say no more.
`HAPPY DAY(s)` again at Llyn Carfan (29th Sept. 2016)
After a couple of months off without fishing at Llyn Carfan I chose today well ...as the weather was dry, sunny and breezy. I fished the bottom lake from about 9am to 7pm .... and throughout the day the fish didn`t stop biting. I switched from two rods on the bottom to one on a float and one on the bottom with great success. I ended up with 17 super carp and about 40 lovely roach and a few rudd. I lost 4 good carp on the way in. The carp ranged from 1-2 lb up to 3 at 6-8lb. I caught 8 of the carp in the last hour as the early evening feeding seemed to take off. I started catching small roach after lunch and quickly switched to a bigger bait and immediately caught bigger roach ... with about 25 being around the one pound mark.
As ever, the Llyn Carfan fish seem to `punch well above their weight` ..... every carp (and the big roach too) seem to fight and take as if they are double or treble their actual weight. Time and time again today I thought I was into a good double figure carp ...judging by the fight and many runs the fish make towards the lilles and weed ... and then end up netting a powerful carp around 5lb or whatever. As ever, every fish I caught was in beautiful condition, lean, powerful and pretty wild. Not many coarse fisheries have fish with these qualities in my view.
As a `pleasure angler` today really was a pleasure ...and well worth my trip from Gower and back.
Thanks again Huw,
Mike (Gower, swansea)
Another week has flown by and Autumn is now with us, days are getting shorter, weather cooler ,
even some wind and rain in the mix. The fishing however
remains good and plenty of carp caught over the week. Mike Cuthberston
and Anne came down to have a three daybreak .
Mike fishing had plenty of fish mixed bags with roach and rudd as well as carp. John Dove did a 24 hour
session where he landed 24 carp. Some were between 15lbs and 20 lbs. Local anglers Shaun, Mathew, Micky P were here on Saturday I am waiting on the reports of how they got on. HINT, for carp anglers. This is one of the best times of the year to catch big grass carp.13.09.2016
The Match on Sunday was won by Chris Kidd total weight of 18 Kilos, but as is normal and one of the pleasures of angling you never really know what lurks beneath the surface. Chris and the rest of the match anglers all whom have fished hereon a regular basis foryears , were more than a little surprised when Chris caught a 5 lb wild brown trout. It was returned to the water unharmed! In general it is fishing really well with all species of fish on the feed pellets and luncheon meat are particularly good for the carp.
Luke with the white ghost carp.
The picture top was taken from a distance. It is only interesting because Keith while netting the fish, his rod snapped although did manage to land the 15lb carp. This was the second rod that was snapped here yesterday the first angler was stunned as he did not even get a view of the fish but had previously caught Barbell up to 16 lb on the same rod. He maintained it must have been a monster. Maybe natural feed is getting scarce and the bigger fish are looking for food.
The Perch is the latest caught from the top lake, they must be on same diet as me as the are certainly getting bigger!
Good fishing as usual plenty of fish caught. Charlie Benson (above right) visiting from London had a wonderful few days. Ollie took a alovley 6lb carp on his first attempt using a fly rod, third picture below. My European camper also had a great weekend as per middle picture below.
Pembrokeshire Piscatorial club were back for their Sunday League Match ,It was won by Jonathan with 23 kilos.
Dave Rook also had a good 30 hour session on the top lake where he caught plenty of carp but none over 13lbs .
Last week has been excellent for all anglers with specimen fish caught from both lakes. Dave Rook led the charge with an excellent 18 pound fish from the top lake. Caught using a fly rod and dog biscuit. Paul Anderson followed on with some beautiful carp (both in size and quality) from the bottom lake. He caught 25 in total during a Saturday session. Lisa gets the prize for best quality roach with a stunning fish taken with a light waggler float, sweetcorn bait, six feet out from the bank on the top lake.
We were also very pleased to host the Bishop of St David's on a visit to the area. Whilst here we did a manage to encourage him to try fishing where a few small roach were caught.
Some great fishing from both lakes there are good catches being reported daily. With seasoned anglers beating their personal best on the carp and children taking their very first fish. Mixed sizes on all the stocked fish giving a nice mix and keeping everyone happy. Methods vary from surface fishing to halibut pellets on a ledger , the margins are also very productive for those on an evening session. Here are a few of this weeks pictures.
Ask when you arrive at the fishery about our latest competition , Catch Snowy or one of his two mates , (all white ghost carp) and win £100.00 Entry fee 1.50 above normal day ticket price. Terms and conditions apply.
Sunday's match was won by Paul Ellis with 22.8 kilos , 2nd Keith just 800 grammes behind and 3rd Chris 18+ kilos. the were several 14 kilo bags and as usual all the anglers caught enough to weigh in adding to the their league tally for this season.
The fishing was also good on the top lake where all anglers reported catches of various sizes. Some fished for silvers and others carp. The carp were not feeding off the top but ledgering worked well as did margin fishing.
The both lakes have been prolific over the last few weeks with all fish feeding happily which keeps the anglers happy which in turn makes me a Happy Chappie
The last month has been busy on the lakes hence one of the reasons I have not updated .
There have been plenty of specimen carp and roach caught along with the normal day to day carp averaging around 7lbs.
The night fishing guys are also reporting good returns. Some get tired and pull their rods in for a rest.
With the carp having spawned last weekend it was feed time. Carp were being caught from all pegs, it almost got to easy with some people reporting having caught 20 or more in a session. They appear to have quietened down this week but there are still many fish caught. On both lakes Carp are showing feeding off the top of the water and also in the margins. As usual the silvers are catching well, along with odd tench also perch to 2.5 lbs from the top lake.
I almost forgot to mention the two grass carp pictured below
20.lbs bottom lake 16lb 3 oz top lake.
Excellent fishing since my last report.
During the final weekend in April several all night anglers reporting good catches. Dave who did a 36 hour stint, left a happy chappie catching his first grass carp from the top lake. A 20lb specimen that was in perfect condition. It looked as if it had never been caught. He also caught an 18lb common which was in equally good condition
May started the same with a good number of fishcaught ,both carp and silvers . Terry was back to form, these are two separate fish, (pictured below) he landed at least another two decent carp. John and Kenzie and Archie and his dad also having a very decent day's fishing. There is also an example of the quality of roach to be caught at the fishery landed early May, also pictured below.
It is fishing well here at the moment. Sunday's Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match which was held on the bottom lake as won by Brian Hammond with 22.10 kgs Chris Kidd was second with 10.4kgs
There are smaller carp to approximately 8lbs caught daily the bigger fish are more elusive with the largest recorded this month a 14lb common caught by John Kaye who also took several qualityroach during his morning session. Mike who has been travelling over from the Gower for the winter fishing also had a good day last week with a pile of good size roach up to about 1lb mainly on luncheon meat on the bottom and some on red maggot ... plus two lovely rudd about 1lb each along with loads of smaller roach he also reported having caught two nice perch ... just under 1lb each ..again on red maggot. A first for him on the bottom lake
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Pembrokeshire Piscatorial Association Club Match Dates
Sunday April 17th 2016 winner 2.10kgs
SundayJuly 3rd 2016
Sunday August 7th 2016
Sunday September 11th 2016
Sunday October 23rd 2016
Sunday December 4th 2016
Sunday February 19th 2017
Sunday April 2nd 2017
With the spring sunshine fish are appearing higher up in the water with the bigger carp basking and showing themselves but not yet taking free offerings of floating baits.
There are plenty of fish being caught mainly smaller carp up to 10lbs. There are plenty of signs of bigger fish which are very rooting about the margins. Hopefully these double figure fish will start to be caught within the next few weeks.
It's been a busy month here at the fishery. Firstly we had to replace some pipes that run under the lake . That was not such a problem but the clear up work has been a drawn out affair. Thankfully the last two weeks has the weather has been kinder. It is now fishing well and all pegs are again accessible .
Plenty of fish being caught , although none of the bigger carp (over 13lbs ) There seems to be a glut of 3,4 and 5lb fish getting landed. This may be down to lighter match type tackle being use or the fact that while the water was very low we took advantage and cleared some of the lily beds along with changing the bottom of the lake in some parts. I believe that the fish have had to change their hiding places and seek feed elsewhere. Either way it's well worth dusting down the tackle and paying us a visit.
David was back today caught a couple of carp. These pictures are of his mid-week session. Terry on his first weekend of the year had a great day , taking seven carp the largest was a 11lbs 14 oz, common. The pleasure match anglers were taking plenty of silvers using poles, and fishing out in the middle of the lake. While you in the area why not visit Barafundel Beach pictured below, it is considered one of the best in Britain.
Carp feeding over the weekend . Mathew and Dan caught five between them on Saturday . Sunday a new angler to the lakes caught 3 in a couple of hours of afternoon fishing. All the fish were under 6lbs.
Earlier in the week with the warn sun on the water it certainly had the fish feeding .On Bottomlake there was a number of carp and roach caught, . The largest carp was by Martin he thought it must have been close to 20 lbs. There is a sharp frost again tonight so I guess the early morning fishing will be a bit of a challenge.
Mike Pennard had another fantastic days fishing here. He took a dozen carp , all in the mid range to about 7lbs. He caught at least some of them on a maggot clip . This allows you to place up to 10 maggots at a time to tempt carp on to them. The pictures are some of last years fish, caught by 80 year oldTed . He gave me these pictures earlier today they speak for themselves. The Perch in particular is a beauty probably the biggest I have seen from the top lake.
Both lakes fished well today considering it is January. Several carp caught over 20 in total, largest at the deep end of bottom lake at 10.5 lbs. The others were between 3 and 8lbs. Surprisingly very few roach showing today a few were taking carp bait on the bottom lake , those caught were good quality 1lb plus fish
The following is a lovely email we received at the fishery from Mike Pennard who travels from the Gower to fish the water.
Today was just my third day-ticket on the water and after the torential rain and winds of my previous two visits I chose the day well as it didn`t rain and there was hardly any wind for a change. With it being January, though still quite mild, I really wasn`t sure what to expect ...would any fish be feeding ...should I just try for some winter roach ... might I be lucky and catch a hungry winter carp ? To be honest, what with the terrible wet December weather .... I was just glad to get out of the house and drive the hour and bit from The Gower to Tavernspite. Today I was the only angler on the water .
After 25 yrs. away from coarse fishing I`m still getting back into the swing of things and am somewhat bewildered by the new hi-tech tackle and profusion of baits and things ...so my approach is `keep it basic` and see how things go. My previous two visits to Llyn Carfan in the autumn had been great .... with a good mix of small and medium roach and rudd on the float and a few single figure carp fishing on the bottom, all with basic baits. I really didn`t expect today to be even better than these trips as it was January and most fishing goes right off through the winter. How wrong I was.
Today I began catching small roach on the float through the morning and by lunchtime I had also caught five common carp ranging from 1-2lb up to a couple just under double figures ! As the afternoon turned dull and colder I thought the best was over and was quite happy with my lot. I gave the float a rest and concentrated on finding a few more carp ...and my luck was in. By packing-up time at 4pm I had landed five more carp with two in double figures .. the best one 12lb. For some regular and `serious` anglers this might not seem wonderful ... but for me, this was my best ever day`s fishing. When I last fished (in the 1980`s) the coarse fishing was poor and hard work .... and a good day was catching a couple of roach or a bream maybe.
I`m what I guess is called `a pleasure angler` ....and today was nothing but pleasure for me , thanks to Huw`s wonderful fishery and hospitality. Today, it was a bit cold, the ground was soaking and I didn`t know what to expect ...and it ended up being brilliant. Best of all, every fish I`ve caught at Llyn Carfan so far has been really hard fighting and quite `wild`. I`ve heard that some fisheries are over-stocked, over-fished and the fish come in like a wet sack. In my experience, none of these apply to Huw`s fishery. I`m so glad I`ve found this well managed and friendly fishery . I guess the limit on baits and no-grounbait and no keepnets all contributes to the quality of water and fish. I recommend it to anyone. To date, I`m still learning how to fish again and how to fish this water .... and I`ve not even seen Huw`s other lake yet !
Again, "many thanks Huw" for such a great fishery and for getting the fish to be in such great condition.
(Photo of one of today`s carp attached)
Mike (Pennard, Gower, swansea)
We have been working on the bottom lake , repairing a pipe under the water and some landscaping. Removing some of the overgrown lilies. It is now back in use, although it may take a bit of time to finally seed certain areas, please check with the fishery were to peg out before you start fishing.
Top lake, considering the clear cold water , there are fish taking on a regular basis , it is advisable to bring a variety of baits to be sure of success.
20th January, at last a sunny day for the anglers to test themselves. I must say although fish were caught, 5 carp, several roach, rudd and perch it was still a difficult day for them. The very cold crystal clear water did not help matters.
Happy New Year all.
Comment: I've fished here about 7 times in all weathers and never blanked!! love the place very quiet and peaceful the owner Huw is a great help!!! Can't wait to get back there.
"Say's it all--Nice to see someone is already looking forward to some early 2016 fishing."
The Pembrokeshire Piscatorial Match proved to be a good battle between Chris and Jonathan today. Chris the eventual winner with 12.6 kilos Jonathan just few grammes less came second. All anglers weighed in and left happy chappies.
Has been a quiet couple of weeks with anglers having decided that with this weather it is a good time to store the tackle ready for next year. It is advisable to check you tckle and bait boxes and clean out any old bits that are lying hidden in there. Remove all old hooks from the box, Line on the reels should be checked possibly taken off and carefully disposed off. I find that cutting it up or burning it in a safe conmtainer works well. Wipe down the rods and above all wash and try and air dry your nets.
We have a match on the 6th December which will be the last match of 2015 for the Pembrokeshire Piscatorial's. I will post the results as soon as I have them.
This is an old picture of a character who fished here when we first opened in 1984. He once held the lake record then 15lbs (not this picture), from that moment on every time he telephoned me he would introduce himself as " Ed, who caught the big one" . Sadly this lovely man is no longer with us , I miss our chats putting the world to rights.
The bit below has been cut and paste from our feedback page on our own web site
Just to say "thanks" again for a great day of fishing (despite the dreadful weather) at your lovely fishery today. What with the weather conditions today ...and it being my first visit ... I`m really pleased with the nice carp and pile of nice roach and rudd I caught.Sorry about the umbrella that launched itself into your lake. The things some anglers will do to get a new umbrella !!"
Mike (Pennard, Gower, Swansea
Not a bad week with some good and some quieter days . I did not hear of anyone who had not caught anything and several reporting numerous catches. Today on the top lake Terry and Mark said it was quiet before lunch but the bites and catches picked up a lot as the sun warmed the water. It was tee shirt weather today, so no wonder anglers are having difficulty in deciding on which tactics to use.
Yesterday's (Sunday) match. The was a good frost over night which made it a slow start for the first hour of the match. Thereafter there were some excellent silver roach caught and the carp were still feeding well. Mark Close won with 22.7 kilo. Paul Ellis 2nd with 18 kilo and Brian Hammond 3rd with 14.1 kilos.
The top lake also fished well with several carp being caught and indeed lost with the anglers failing to keep them out of the Lilies.
If all anglers are giving me correct numbers we have had over 40 carp this weekend. Archie and James caught steadily all day on Saturday. James also spent another successful few hours here today. Even Graham caught well this morning . I say "even" as he has struggled all year catching fish. Maybe it was the change in his method that brought about the result today! Nothing of any size though his biggest was 7lbs. In general oover the last month it has been excellent fishing. September is always a good month but the lovley late summer weather has certainly had a positve effect of both fish and anglers. The picture below is a grass carp 26.5 lbs that Dia Woods caught in the summer. This picture won him a prize from the Anglers Mail. Please send your to me and you could also be in with a chance to win a prize.
Peter caught several carp today. In fact there were carp caught from all over the lake today again. The carp feeding on both lakes no doubt making the most of the lovely autumn sunshine to feed up for winter.
If anyone fancies a fun charity fishing competition, why not try this.
Over the last week both lakes have fished exceptioanlly well. Mark as mentioned in a previous comment returned several times and ended his holiday stint with over 60 carp.
Dave Rook and his mate did a weekend night session and pulled their rods in during the early hours just to get some sleep. This patterned continued the following Thursdaywith another night angler who also pulled his rods out of the water to get some kip.
The results of Sundays match helld on the fishery as sent to me from the Pembrokeshire Piscatorial Club.
Pembs wrote: "6 hours of sitting on a hard box and endurance test of holding a 14m pole didn't compare to that of the iron man challenge well done all. The match was at Llyn Carfan Tavenspite. Another interesting match with rain over night changing normal tactics. Jonathan Davies won with 33 kilo of carp taken mostly On single castor at 5m. 2nd was Chris kidd feeding ground bait and dead maggots and fishing paste over the top with 19 kilo. Joint third was Paul Ellis and Steve Harrison with 11.5 kilo.
I have added a poster of the Osprey Open held at Amroth for all you sea anglers out there.
Great fishing at the Pembrokehire Coarse fishery over the last week or two, at least two grass carp over 20 lbs . the first being 26.5 and the second 24.5lbs. There were numerous carp caught over the last weekend . Weather conditions were challenging with heavy and persistent rain. Young David however has also had a good couple of sessions using the fishery hire rods. In all last week he landed over 20 carp the biggest into double figures and none under 5 lbs.These were caught using a simple waggler float and fishing close to the banks.
Todays (2nd August 2015) Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match had a winning weight of 27.7 kilos. All anglers weighed in and left happy.
Another Grass carp caught yesterday (Sat 1st August 2015) at over 26lbs , I have been promised a picture I will post when it arrives.
I also received the following message from regular Anglers Sue and Garry. Again after a session on the 1st August.
Had the best days fishing ever at Pembrokeshire Coarse fishing - (Huw John ) caught 13 carp - (which beats my record of 12)- the biggest was 16lb 7oz - Gary Brumby managed 4 carp - he was too busy netting for me to catch many himself, lol, - fab day, fab weather thank you hubby xx"
An evenings fishing at the Pembrokeshire Coarse Fishery
Plenty of fish beencaught , today a pleasure angler caught 197 fish mainly Roach and Rudd along with several Perch. This was on the top lake.
The weekend produced a lot of carp nothing over the 12 pound mark but still good fighting fish . All clean and in excellent condition.
Dave had a good day on the top lake today (Sunday 12th July) . He lost count of the number of carp he caught. Nothing huge but he was very impressed with the quality and fight they gave him.
Several double figure carp to 16lbs caught during the week, and a two pound tench came out of the bottom one again . The silver fish anglers also reported good numbers and quality catches.
Picture Pembrokeshire land mark Tenby Harbour by night.
Fished well here over the week with several carp caught. Best return I heard of was 11 carp during a afternnon evening session.
The night anglers had a great time catching carp through the night.
Carp have been usual sizes up to 12 lbs with the biggest I heard of this week just over 15lbs.
Young Archie had his best Saturday for a while with at least four carp the biggest 9lb. (The carp Archie is holding in the picture is from a previous visit.)
A recent angler sent us a lovely email ,its always nice to have some feedback.
5th July, had a really good day's fishing, set up on the top lake using float tackle, minimal weight and a size 16 hook. Bait was sweetcorn. Had a bite a chuck and managed to land some decent roach, rudd and the odd carp. Later in the day I switched to a size 14 hook and Spam. Caught roach to 1lb, more carp and a couple of decent size eels. Been coming here for 3 years, this was the best day yet. Thank you.
The fishing has been mixed over the last few days. There are plenty of fish being caught , both carp and silver fish. There is also the odd tench and small perch coming out. The very hot humid weather has put the carp down ( it seems anglers are never happy with the weather) and only in the evening are they starting to cruise the margins again. Picture is the last fish of the day 30.06.2015.
The angler was also broken three times prior to landing this one.
Both lakes continue to fish very well. Carp are caught on a regular basis although anything over 16 pounds are few and far between. Its
not that they are not here but many people just fail to land them. Silver fish
are as usual plentiful with many over a pound getting caught frequently. Perch on the top lake again up to about a pound in weight. Pictures are of some of Pembrokeshire scenic views, we are only 5 miles from the nearest beach and the start of the Pembrokeshire National parks.
Fishing has been mixed over the last two weeks due to some spawning and some strange weather patterns going from hot to cold to and then a deluge of water from the stream cooling the water surface,sending the carp deeper. There has howeverbeing some good catches reported with Carl the top weekend fisherman.On a day session taking 15 carp with the largest 15 lbs .7 ozs, the rest were from 5 to 10 lbs. He feeds a bed of hemp and sweet corn to get them feeding . Fishing luncheon meat or pellet on a hair rig over the top of it.
It has been a quieter week on the carp front , I put this down to the fact that the weather has once again turned decidely chilly. The carp had started to spawn last weekend, this cold snap has put that on hold which unfortunately also effects that catch return rate. That said there have been many carp caught but nothing of any size 10lb fish about he biggest.
There has been numerous large roach and rudd caught the quality so far this season has been terrific.
I caught this one on a bit of luncheon meat close to the bank using a waggler float.
Please go to the bird watching page on this site, there is an interesting write up on the type and number of different species of birds that can be found at the fishery. Bird watching in Pembrokeshire
Excellent fishing at the moment. Todays match weights were. 1st 23 kilos, 2nd 21.5 kilos, 3rd 18.7 kilos. All angler weighed in and went away happy.
Garry Brumby caught a beauty from the top lake on the 16.05.2015. a stunning 16lb 6 oz common carp. He and his wife caught several others of various sizes.
Top baits are pellets, luncheon meat, floating dog biscuit, it also helps to have some loose feed pellets to hand.
Good pleasure fishing on both lakes . Plenty of mid size carp up to 10lbs the bigger beasts are being very evasive. As usual the roach and rudd are being caught for those who fish for them and indeed some bigger roach taking carp baits.
I am sorry if these reports are not showing as up to date. Fasthosts who have taken over the hosting of this site clearly are not as fast as they should be!!!
The fishing over the last few weeks has been exceptional with numerous carp been caught from both lakes.
Best Roach of the week.
Plenty of fish caught again over the weekend, Top Angler was Terry with nine carp in total .
10.04.2015Paul Wilkinson while caught this common carp on a floating dog biscuit, one of nine carp taken during a day session on the bottom lake.
Kyle Weston Common one of six that day.
In general there has been some excellent fishing and the carp now starting to feed readily after the winter period. This is not unusual as the weather gets warmer. This was also evident on Easter Sunday when the Pembrokeshire Piscatorials had their first match of this year at Llyn Carfan. Mark Close won the match with 18 kilos of carp.
Paul Wilkinson while caught this common carp on a floating dog biscuit, one of nine carp taken during a day session on the bottom lake.
In general there has been some excellent fishing and the carp now starting to feed readily after the winter period. This is not unusual as the weather gets warmer. This was also evident on Easter Sunday when the Pembrokeshire Piscatorials had their first match of this year at Llyn Carfan. Mark Close won the match with 18 kilos of carp.
Another fantastic weekend for the anglers. Good number of carp caught from all swims and on both lakes.I saw at least a dozen mid size carp taken from the bottom lake. It was a good sign that floating bread worked well. Large pellet was also an effective bait.
In general the fishing over the last few weeks has been very good witht the usual mix of carp and silver fish coming out. The quality of the roach is something that is alwsy commented apon by pleasure anglers. Largest carp I have seen this month 12.6lbs.
Funny day today, an angler came early and fished until about 12 pm I did not see him catch anything. Early afternoon someone came and took over the peg he had fished from and caught 6 lovley carp. The largest was 12.9 oz . Maybe the water just got warmer, Maybe the first angler was a beginer, who knows maybe just luck!
The fishing has been mixed over the past week. There have been some good days with double figure carp being caught and other days when the cold wind blows accross the water where only the silver fish roach and rudd take bait. The top lake contiues to fish well with smaller carp up to 3lbs plentiful, lighter match rods and tactics work best for these. The bigger carp up there are also being caught but far fewer in numbers, this could be down to the smaller fish taking the bait quicker as it drops through the water.
Spring is traditionally a good time for carp because with the warm sun on the water the big carp will start to bask on the surface and quickly return to feeding through out the day in preperation of the spawning season. This is a good time to start using surface baits again dog biscuit or bread being the favoured baits.
The day ticket price for 2015 will remain the same and regular anglers will still be able to use last years day ticket stamps to collect enough for your free days fishing.
Good week with plenty fo both carp and silvers being caught . Top lake very productive with smaller carp up to 3 lbs plentiful.
Bottom lake had several double figure fish caught , anglers need to use lighter tackle due to the water being a lot clearer at this time of the year.
Nice to see fish caught every day again, that is over the weekend and today. Today has seen some nice carp mid range size.
Although I am looking forward spring arriving properly, there are signs it is almost here. Snow drops out,buds on the trees and daffodils are shooting up. The best sign is the bird song , are they happy winter is almost over or courting mates for spring , who knows. Either way its a joy to hear them.
Has been a quiet couple of week on both lakes, a few fish caught but hardly enough angler to give an accurate picture .Weather has certainly no helped with cold damp conditions.
Mog Morgan aWelsh international angler who has written many words on the pleasures of fishing wrote in his Western Mail page this week. The quote was in reply to someone who had told him he had not time to go fishing. "if you do not have the time to go fishing, you should re visityou priorities". It's hard to disagree with him.
Early in the New Year and fishing is going well. This is helped by the very mild weather we are having. There is plenty of movment on the water with both silvers and carp showing and feeding. A couple of lads doing a weekend stint seem to be catching on a regular basis.
I hope to see you on the bank very soon.
The last match of 2014 brought good results. Jonathan Davies being the eventually winner with 28 kilos over 60 lb of fish. Second and third had 19 and 15 kilos respectively.
Mark the Manchester plumber fished here three times last week. Early starts meant the frost was still on the ground and the fishing was slow. When the sun came up things changed and he managed over a dozen carp the largest just tipping the scales at 15 lb. Mark was delighted he had bothered to make the trip as his local lakes are not producing much at this time of year.
Possibly the frosty mornings have put the carp down in the water as there are less numbers being caught. Anglers need to change tactics by usimg lighter line and smaller hooks and choose your baits carefully. Natural baits tend to work best during the winter months as the carp in particular tend not to feed as much or as often. Next match is on Sunday 7th December bottom lake.
Although it is late in the year the fish are still feeding well, this is no doubt down to the recent warm weather. Carp are caught on a daily basis with Sean Pearce on a night session taking 10 carp during the night. It had started slow and heavy rain for an hour or so kept the fish down in the water. When the rain passed the fish soon started taking pellet on a hair rig and continued throughout the night. The recent Pembrokeshire Piscatorial Match was won by Mark who landed with 26 Kgs +, Jonathan Davies was second with 18 odd and Chris Kidd was a distant 3rd with 13 Kgs (Chris commented after the match, last match the angler who fished the same peg failed to get a Kilo, enough said!!). Chris Kidd obviously did not mind coming 3rd this in this match -- it is the taking part that counts! Incidentally Mark caught 9 Carp and so did Chris. All in all it is well worth a visit even if the days are shorter.
Quiet week not a lot of anglers about , maybe it has something to do with the weather!! Plenty of fish moving around feeding as the water is still warm-ish . Great time for Carp as they will be feeding up ready for the colder winter months.
Pembrokeshire Coarse fishery (Llyn Carfan) is the top Coarse fishing venue in Pembrokeshire. Double figure carp are caught at a regular basis, it's when you trying catching the 20 pound plus fish is when the problem starts. Roach and Rudd are also caught in large numbers with 2lb fish sometimes taking floaters meant for carp. Tench are now large fish but very difficult to locate and catch.
25.09.2014Mark,a regular angler at the fishery when visiting the area caught this 20lb plus carp during one of his summer visits to Pembrokeshire. Fishing his usual spot on the far , deeper, end of the bottom lake he used a couple of ledger rods and red robin pellets to good effect. The pictured fish was one of many big carp he caught during this year. Mark is planning a winter trip this year hoping that his run of luck continues.
The fishing in general has been very good over the past month, I have not heard of anyone failing to catch fish during their visit out here, whilst many have done really well. The recent Pembrokeshire Piscatorial Match was won by Paul with 28 kilos of fish. Not bad for a warm Sunday.
The top lake has continued to fish well for smaller fish, including several perch, the 1 to 2 lb carp and silvers are plentiful . With bigger carp coming out for those who fish for them.
The fishing continues to be excellent with a large number of carp being caught every day. It is possibly the cooler weather that has the fish feeding up ready for winter.
Over the last weekend there was over 200 carp caught with a variety of methods. I am not aware of any monster fish but they were all of decent size with an average of 7lbs.
The silver fish anglers have also been taking good bags of quality fish.he fishing continues to be excellent with a large number of carp being caught every day. It is possibly the cooler weather that has the fish feeding up ready for winter.
The silver fish anglers have also been taking good bags of quality fish. This morning 27-08-2014 one angler took a fish every cast during his 4 hour stint. All Silver fish with some of them on the 1lb mark.
11.08.2014 Our recent open day was a great success. Joel and the two Richard's from Wild Fishing Wales came along to help coach newcomers to angling. All participants caught fish and many of them carp for the first time.
A barbecue lunch was provided by the hosts at Llyn Carfan. National fish month provided booklets the Get Into Coarse Fishing a very useful guide to help in where to fish ,how to fish, safety , identify fish guide etc. Along with a National Fish Month Log book to keep a record off, Venue,Date,Fish Caught,Bait, Method and weather conditions on the day.
In general the fishing at Llyn Carfan has been excellent with several double figure carp caught along with Graham Kent's one that got away. He hooked but lost a monster grass carp , which took refuge in the lilly pads and took his hook. His day was not made any better when the helpful owner suggested that the first rule of fishing is to learn how to tie your hooks properly!
The recent pembrokeshire Piscatorial match produced a winning weight of over 19 kilos in a mixed bag. The runner up also had 19 kilos but was just a few grammes under. 06.07.2014
As part of the National Fish Month we will be holding A Family Open Day on Tuesday August 5th 9am to 4 pm. It is an ideal day to try coarse angling.
There will be experts and coaches on hand to offer advice and tips on what makes a successful angler.
Tackle can be provided although limited so if you do have your own bring it along.
A Barbecue lunch and tea /coffee will be provided free of charge .
The fishing is excellent at the moment with carp caught on a daily basis. Today 15th July A local Whitland angler, Mark, caught 6 carp all over 8 lbs and with the heaviest over 13lbs. David Sausse also took 3 smaller carp. Silver fish are great sport for the match angler but in the very warm weather I would avoid maggots as a bait as they tend to bring in the very small fish.
Great for kids though as they are sure to catch all day on them. Latest news 16/07/2014
June continued to fish well with only one barren spell during the hot and humid period. Thundery weather always put the carp down in the water, during such times the angler needs to adjust his tactics.
There have been reports of numerous carp to double figure and above from both lakes. There have also been exceptional roach and rudd caught. Some specimen
size and others just quality fish in condition and colour. Local anglers Chris and his brother Russell from St Clears took 15 carp between them on Sunday with the largest into double figures. Several other carp were also reported with the largest known to me was a 14 pound common from the top lake. Terry staying on site also had a good day Saturday with 15 carp out of the top lake , these were predominately smaller match size carp of 2 to 3 lbs.
Match fisherman Mark also had a successful Sunday with an estimated 50 lbs of silvers and a further 3 carp. Mark is hoping to repeat this performance during the forth coming Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match where nets will be allowed so he can have an accurate weigh in.
Llyn Carfan continues to fish well with a recent match on the top lake weighing in a winning weight of 10.7 kilos of silver fish. Twelve anglers participated and as is usual for this venue all caught sufficient fish to weigh in their bags.
With the weather improving carp are now again showing on the surface where floating baits are successful as is fishing the margins, both methods require the bait to presented properly in order to attract the carp in. This weeks top angler Rob Ashead from Whitland taking 12 carp with the largest a 25lb grass carp from the bottom lake.
Until the end of September 2014 Llyn Carfan are running a weekly top angler contest. The fish of the week which must be verified and photographed will win the angler a free days fishing on their next visit. Full details and rules can be obtained from the fishery.
Both lakes are producing large bags of fish, with quality carp showing from both lakes and no angler visiting the fishery failing to catch during recent weeks. Best catches from the bottom lake Dave Barnett from Manchester recently took several double figure carp and a 25lb grass carp during three separate day trips to the fishery. He took all on ledger with swim feeders and 12mm pellet. Trish Middleton using a float rod, fishing near the edges with good results taking over a dozen carp to up to 11lbs during a 5 hour stint.
Top catch on the top lake is 50lb plus bag of mixed silvers and carp by local lad William Thomas. William fished a waggler float and frequently changed baits between maggot, castor and sweetcorn.
The top lake will be closed for a Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match on the Sunday 25th May. Bottom lake will fish as normal.
First tench to be caught in the bottom lake for 10 years or so, this is one of three this spring.
Good weekend with plenty of fish caught. Best of them a 23 lb grass carp caught by Garry from Brynmawr who was staying for the weekend with his wife who also took several carp including a great Mirror carp and small tench. This is the first tench from the bottom lake for many many years
Some excellent fishing recently with good quality carp and silver fish being caught. With clear water on both lakes it is advisable to use light tackle and choose your methods carefully.
with Spring arriving now is a good time to dust off your tackle and possibly put new line on your spools ,clear out any old hooks from your tackle box . Replace items as needed. It is also worth throwing any old baits you have left over from last year as with all food stuffs they do have a use by date. If opened already they will go off and lessen your chances of catching fish.
The surprising catch during February was a wild brown trout of around 2 and a half pound in weight. It was caught by Viv Hill on a small size 16 hook baited with punched luncheon meat while using float rod while winter fishing for Roach. The fish was returned to the water it will be interesting to see how long it will be before it is caught again. 11.02.2014 The first Pembrokeshire Piscatorial Match of the year was held on Sunday 26th January 2014. Eleven very hardy anglers braved a down pour while setting up which continued for the first three hours of the match, the rain eventually turned to sunshine , this was followed by cold sleet and hail by the end of the 6 hour match . Despite the very changeable conditions decent weights were recorded the winner new member Brian Wesley weighed in an excellent 31 kilos (68.2 lbs) All anglers weighed in and the lightest bag just over 4 kilos.General fishing is good with both carp and silver fish taking on light tackle.
The warm weather is certainly making the fish active with lots of movment in the water. I feed the the fish a couple of times a week to help maintain the condition of the fish.
Anglers who have been out over have caught fish although the water is very clear and your tactics should take account of this.
Hello fellow anglers and may I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
There is very little activity on the lakes at this time of year. The odd few anglers that do venture out are still taking fish and carp are very active. Although I would suggest lighter line and baits. Silver fish are feeding in shoals again light tackle and a good attracting bait such as maggots. Move on to bigger baits and moved slightly away from the ground baited target area for the larger fish.
I hope we will see you on the bank all again in the New Year. 20.10.2013
There has been two matches over the last couple of weeks. Both fished well with the winner taking over thirty kilos of fish each time. It is also interesting that it is rare for the same couple of pegs to produce the winner. It is usually the best angler and a bit of luck that produces the best bags at this fishery and not the favoured peg.
There have been good numbers of carp out over the last week or so nothing huge but up to double figure
. That said there has been another smashed pole when fighting the big carp.
For the first time in many years a small tench was taken from the bottom lake, all out big one disappeared or at least are never caught so it is nice to hear of this one
Fishing over the weekend was mixed with reports of good catches but also some very quite periods. A young boy and his father turned up again following a coaching session by the fishery owner. This time they had bought their own rods and were confident enough to fish on their own. They both took fish with fathers best a 7 lb common carp and his son beating him with a 9lb 6 oz carp.
The top lake again produced excellent results on Sunday with small carp to 2lb and plenty of silver fish being caught.
Good numbers of carp and silver fish during this late summer period. Silver fish on the top lake are simply quality fish match tactics work best. There are still plenty of carp being caught. This is a good time to catch carp as they are active in the water and looking to feed up for the coming winter months.
The latest match was won with 15.4 kilos . the second place angler also took 15. kilos. All sixteen angler weighed in with decent weights.
The grass carp top picture was the second 20 plus fish that week ,Spence who was down from Liverpool also took a big grass carp from the middle of the bottom lake. He took it from the same peg as his son Jack had his 20 pound grass carp back in June.
There have been some excellent quality silver fish caught from both lakes during the last couple of weeks one roach was weighed at over 2lbs that one from the top lake.
"From Dan .(bottom picture) Here is the grass carp I caught on Thursday 28th! It took me nearly an hour to bring it in after it took a piece of bread about 30ft out! It weighted 21lb 5oz! Brillant haha regards Dan"
A 3 hour coaching session for Antony and his Mum (Daisy) went well. Antony catching over a dozen silver fish on the hired rod that had been provided by the fishery. We went for simple method of a waggler float in about 3 foot of water (close into the bank.) Using both maggot and sweet corn for bait over a dozen roach and rudd were caught and Antony lost a nice carp when his line snapped.
Daisy and Antony were pleased with their short introductory session to coarse fishing and will be returning soon.
Visiting the area from Newcastle I6 year old David with one of the carp he caught at a recent visit. David is obviously a natural at fishing taking this carp on a rod hired at the fishery. Having listened intently to the coaching team he then put the advice in to practice taking numerous silver fish and 3 very respectable carp.
The top catch for the month is a 38 lb grass carp caught by regular angler Sue Brumby , she used dog biscuit in the middle of the bottom lake to lure the carp in and a single biscuit to hook it.
The top lake is also fishing very well, John a Liverpool match angler using match tactics are taking over 80 x 2lb carp a day during his two week break to the area
The open day as part of the National Fish Month proved a great success with good numbers and a variety of fish been caught. Joel a fishing officer with the Natural Resources Wales brought extra rods and poles to teach a variety of tactics to the young anglers who turned up on the day. The fishery also put on barbecue lunch with tea and coffee. No one left with out catching fish
which is a testament to this prolific fishery.
Some excellent fishing with good numbers of Carp being caught . John who is staying at one of the touring van pitches took 17 carp last Monday all over 7 lbs and up to 12 lbs.
The silver fish are still catching well with some large fish up to two pounds taken.
Sunday 28th July is out open day were we will have coaches available to give some tips and tricks to all. Refreshments will also be on hand.
12 year oldJackJones took a 20 lb 12 oz grass carp on June 1st 2013 at Llyn Carfan Coarse fishery.
Jack who travels with his family from Liverpool is a frequent visitor at the fishery. This is by far his best catch to date, Taken on floating dog biscuit on a very warm sunny day.
The wekend was very busy in angler numbers and fish caught Graham Barton took 12 decent carp on Saturday Morning his best being 14 lbs.
It has been a very funny spring the weather has being cold wet turning even colder with strong Easterly winds. Anglers have had to change tactics sometimes two or three times in a single day.
Carp have been caught in good numbers but nothing over the 15 pounds reported last month.
A recent match on the top lake was won by Jonathon Davies with 18 kilos there was however a big drop to the second place who only managed 11 kilos , all ten anglers did however weigh in.
The recent warmer weather has got the carp moving higher in the water and along the margins. There has also been some excellent large roach been caught.
Largest landed this year 19 lb common by Sue Brumby,
Between snow and the persistent wet weather the fishing has been slow, well slow in angler numbers. There have been some hardy anglers taking silver fish the carp are being caught but not in the numbers we see in warmer weather. Those that are caught are normally on the bottom with feeder filled ground bait working better than hooked pellet.
Spring must be just around the corner where with sun on the angler back I am sure we will start to see good number of the bigger carp being caught again.
Due to it's success we are again going to continue with or offer of, fill a card with a stamp on each visit and have a free days fishing. (Adults only offer) children are already half price.
To few anglers about to give an accurate report on fishing. The snow and ice has put the carp down in the water but silver fish are showing in the clear water. Large shoals can be seen under the surface.
Hopefully the weather will soon start to pick up and with the longer days just around the corner anglers will again be keen to dust off their tackle and pay a visit.
Quiet on the fishery at this time of year although there is a match going on as I write.
Pembrokeshire Piscatorials are here for their annual Christmas match. I will give a report on how they get on later date.
It is worth mentioning that after the recent frost the carp are far deeper in the water and take more persuading to feed.
I wish you all a very merry christmas and happy new year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2013 were we hope the weather will be kinder than in 2012.
PS the match was won by Chris kidd with 11.5 kilos.
With the weather and shorter days there has not been an lot of anglers on the lakes. Those that have ventured out have all managed to catch fish most of which have been carp. Mark from Whitland
braved the elements and cold last Saturday morning and took two nice carp to 9 lbs and lost another two. He maintained that one of the lost fish was the hardest and strongest run he had , had at the lake. His 12 lb line broke resulting in him loosing his feeder and ledger. luncheon meat in small cubes had attracted the fish in the first place.
Over the last month the fishing has been a bit mixed although few have been and left without landing fish.
A recent silver fish match with Pembroke Piscatorial's resulted in Chris Kidd taking the spoils with approximately 9 kilos. Others were close behind and all contestants weighed in.
Carp have been caught on a regular basis with the best at 18 lbs.
In the last few days a match angler from Oxford visiting the area was delighted to take good mixed bags on the three days of his visit ( He is here again today 13/11/2012).
An interesting story from October.
Two guys turn up early one morning. It was blowing a gale and they sat facing the wind at the far end of the bottom lake. When chatting to them I did advise that they move up the disabled area where there was more shelter.
They left at lunch time telling a guy who just turned up that they had not had a bite and were of to another fishery.
This guy fished on the peg where I had advised them too. He took eleven carp 8 lb and 18 lbs. There must be a moral there somewhere !
P. S The Oxford angler mentioned earlier who today is on the top lake has just informed me that he is delighted not only with the small carp (to a pound) which I had advised him to fish for but the size and quality of the roach. To catch these you need very light tackle with 1.5 lb bottom and maggots as an attractor bait possibly switching to larger baits such as sweet corn . Please note maggots are only advisable during the cooler months.
September has been a mixed month on the lakes. Some anglers are struggling to catch while others are taking numerous fish.
Terry had another grass carp of 23 lbs on a floating dog biscuit.
The cooler weather has put the fish deeper in the water with less activity on the surface.
The silver fish are plentiful with bigger roach taking larger baits on light tackle.
The large grass carp are like buses, you wait ages then three come along at once.
Terry took a 33 lb. 3 oz last Sunday this is the third 30 lb plus we have had over the last month. What made this more remarkable is that Terry took it on a floating dog biscuit when the other end of the lake was being used for a Pembrokeshire Piscatorial match. His one carp would have given him second place as Jonathan Davies netted over 17 kilos of fish to win the match.
September is a great time to catch carp with the lakes being quieter it is also the ideal time to get those last few evenings before the nights draw in.
- For those who wish to try fishing or thinking of coming back to the sport. Llyn Carfan is now offering,
a day's fishing,
- rod hire,
- an hour tuition,
- free EA licence ,
- bacon roll and a hot drink
- all for only £15.00.
- to book call
On June 30th we are holding a fun day at the fishery to celebrate Pembrokeshire Fish week and our new access and habitat improvements. We will be offering discounted fishing some fun games for prizes tour of the site and most important tips on how to fish the water. Fun starts at 10 am For more information please give me a call on 01994 240819.This event is again sponsored by FBM Holidays
Liz who visits with her caravan took her largest fish to date lst weekend a 10.4 lb common carp, she puts it down to her new pink rod!
Mark Brummett and
Scott Howard had a fantastic days fishing Sunday with over 27 carp caught between them. They fished both lakes using a variety of methods if you average their fish at 8lbs each this gives a total bag of 216 lbs.
The top lake is fishing well with the recently stocked carp taking small baits giving good sport on fish between half and one pound.
The bottom lake needs bigger bait if you wish to avoid the smaller silver fish. I would not recommend maggots at this time of year. Peter Jordan who fishes for the silvers had one of his best days fishing during some inclement weather last Thursday.
Pembrokeshire Coarse Fishery
Graham Kent caught an eighteen pounder from the bottom lake last Saturday. He was getting a little agitated as he had been broken three times during the morning so this common carp made up for his earlier disappointment.
Dave Rook took another grass carp of over 20lbs this is the second grass over 20 reported this spring.
The new stock of small carp are being caught on the top lake although lighter tackle is needed to tempted them
- 2012 -2013 matches
The following dates are booked for matches. This will apply to the bottom lake only. Top lake will be open to public as normal.
2nd September 2012 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
14th October 2012 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
16th December 2012 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
6th January 2013 Pembrokeshire Piscatorial
If you would like to arrrange a match at this venue please email email@example.com for further details.
You may also book the whole lake/s for yourself (and friends) if you wish to experience what it would be like to own your own water for a day or longer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and prices.