Huckerby’s, Gayton Wood Farm

A venue steeped in carp fishing history and a lake with some great fish up to 30's, what's not to like?

Huckerby's Key Details

Day ticket or syndicate: Day ticket and night fishing
How much?: £5 per day per rod and £10 for the night.
How do I get a ticket?: On the bank.
How busy is it?: Very busy in the summer, you will have to be early or you could miss out, even in winter is usually about half capacity.
Can you drive to the swims?: You can park behind most of the pegs.
On site facilities: None
Nearest tackle shop: Northampton
Average size: 3-6lb
Max realistic size: High doubles
Realistic catch rate: 3-15 per day
Best swims: On the top lake, the steep damn wall end is less intruded on by other anglers and holds more fish because of it.
Best method: Surface or margins
Best bait: Catfood or Dog Biscuits
Ideal fishing range: 0-20 yards
Strange rules you should know: None
Skill level to catch: Beginner.
Location: Gayton, Northants, NN7 3HN

Huckerby's, Gayton Wood Farm

Huckerby’s, or Gayton Wood Farm as it is sometimes known, is a day ticket lake on the outskirts of Northampton that offers great sport for beginner anglers and those looking for a bend in the rod, somewhere to entertain the kids or family alike.

Huckerby's is a great place to do some light-hearted carp fishing like you did as a kid. Leave your boilies, particles and rigs at home and grab the float rod and surface gear with the kids or other half.

- Danny Chapman

What do I need to know?

Two lakes of no more than an a acre or two each are stuffed with carp up to 20lb, largely in the 3-6lb bracket, though the odd bigger fish is caught, it’s rare.

Typically the summer months are very busy with people camping all weekend and using 2 or 3 rods each which can make it difficult for space.

There are minimal natural features to divide up the lake so beware of crossed lines and limited fishing etiquette as it’s largely a place for the beginner carp/coarse angler.

But if you take it for what it is, a stacked runs water for some fun with the family/friends then it is a great little venue.

Margin fishing with cat food works really well but surface fishing is the way forward, especially from the damn wall side and I take the other half there for exactly that in the summer months for a few hours to keep her occupied.

Don’t expect anything big and don’t expect to have lots of space or privacy. Take 1 rod and a bucket of dog biscuits, you don’t need anything else.

I suggest a little size 10 mixer hook using and glueing a dig biscuit to the shank, makes for a much better presentation and less ‘faffy’ that chucking a mixer on the hair every 2 minutes.

You don’t need a float as you’ll get them right under your feet on the damn wall banks.

20-30 fish in a day session is not unrealistic.


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Chappers has been angling since he was five and has spent the last 10-years fishing across the World. Catching carp to 60lb, wild Arapaima to 400lbs, Siamese carp over 200lb, Maekong Catfish to 250lb and 100lb Redtail catfish.

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