With a big 32 acres of water to fish this long, open, reed fringed lake has become very popular as a day ticket water.
As with the other ticket waters the stocking policy on the Brasenose One Lake is on-going and more carp are being raised to go into this water in the near future.
It boasts a huge head of thirties with several now going to mid 40’s.
There are tracks around most of the lake and parking in many places is within easy walking distance of most swims.
Brasenose Key Info
What is it like?
Brasenose One is a phenomenal water. I have watched the lake and the fish grow and mature over time. Years ago when it first opened, and we got the opportunity to fish there, it was full of fish – 1800,1900 single to double figure fish. They have flourished ever since and the lake now boasts, at a guess, over 250 carp over 30.
When you are having it off and experiencing big hits, you are very likely to catch multiple 30’s and you never know, you might even be lucky enough to land a 40, of which I’d guess there is now 8-12. For an open access day ticket venue, it is quite staggering really.
When you are having it off and experiencing big hits, you are very likely to catch multiple 30's and you never know, you might even be lucky enough to land a 40, of which I'd guess there is now 8-12.
They Follow The Wind
With the lake being around 30 acres in size, a large windswept pit, the fish do follow the wind. Any South to Southwesterly wind, the far riverbank side heading to the point is a fantastic area.
If there is an easterly blowing then the causeway bank between the two lakes – B1 and B2 is a brilliant area for producing carp.
Bait Is Your Feature
The lake itself doesn’t have any features as such. It is generally very flat with depths ranging from 10ft-14ft in most places. Consequently, your bait is the feature.
The lake is nearly 300yrd wide and as a result fishing at distance can be a real benefit, especially if you can outrange the guys either side of you. One thing I would say and it’s my biggest tip is that if you can’t fish far, don’t introduce bait that you can’t get your main rods to.
I see this all the time, anglers spodding long, and then struggling to get their rigs the same distance. Your bait has to be a feature so make sure that you fish to it. I would much prefer an accurate baited area at 80yrd than a mish mash of bait at 110yrd. Wait for the fish to come to you, don’t go chasing the fish around. If you have put your bait out, commit to your area and they will come.
On the odd occasion, if you notice fish showing beyond or in front of your spot, then you can always go for the solid bag approach which can work really well. A solid bag full of pellets, with a little bright wafter or pop-up can often score when they aren’t getting their heads down on the larger areas of bait. Zig-rigs can also be a good method, again, if fish are showing but won’t dip down onto the baited patch. This can also be down to the angling pressure. As leads are constantly thrashed through the water, the fish spend a lot of time off the bottom so a sliver of black or yellow will often fool them.
Brasenose One Rules
Tom Maker is a carp catching machine. He likes nothing more than receiving several runs in a session. Tom is an expert on the Linear Fisheries complex and specialises in accuracy.