Sandmartin, Bream Fishing, Bluebell Lakes

Primarily a Big carp water but there are some huge bream and tench too!!

Key Details

Day ticket, syndicate or holiday booking: Day ticket
Realistic catch rate: 1 fish a session
How much: £32-35 per 24 hours depending on how many rods.
Best swim(s): Road back near mallard
How do I get a ticket: No booking required. Purchase tickets in shop before session
Skill level to catch: Experienced
How busy is it: One of the quieter lakes on the complex
Location: Tansor, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 5HP
Can you drive to the swims: Some
Best method: Boilie fishing and zigs
On site facilities: Shop, toilet, showers, cafe.
Best bait: Fishmeal boilies
Nearest tackle shop: On site
Ideal fishing range: Up to 30yrd
Average size: Bream 8-10lb
Max realistic size: 20lb

Sandmartin, Bluebell

Where dreams are made for any angler targeting most coarse species on any of the 5 lakes.

Sandmartin is I’d say 10-12 acres. There are 5 lakes on the complex, which is superbly ran by Tony and his family. The whole place really is stunning, and the fish are unbelievable.

It really wouldn’t surprise me if there are a couple of massive 20 lb Bream in sandmartin

David Jones

It really wouldn’t surprise me if there are a couple of massive 20 lb Bream in sandmartin.

The biggest I’ve had is 17Lb-6oz, and that was spawned out (below).

Plenty of massive carp to go at too, the biggest so far is just over 50l with a big head of 30’s and some colossal Tench reside in sandmartin and bluebell lake itself.

I’d always approach Sandmartin using a blend of corn, pellet and hemp, all time bream essentials.

sandmartin bream fishing 2

Rig wise I use a simple lead clip rig, braided hook lengths and a blow back rig with a Korda kurv shank hook in a size 6 barbless.

Fish safely, and make sure the rig can come away so the fish aren’t trailing line and leaders around in case of a crack off.

On the road bank next to mallard there’s a deep gully 40 yards out and a lot of fish, not just bream but a lot of the carp patrol that area so that is always a hotspot of mine, most other anglers too!

I would suggest you shy away from pop ups on the business end and match the hatch, even the bream are wise to the good old pop up rig these days.

Make sure you use strong tackle, even when targeting the bream there’s a chance of hooking a 40+ carp so your gear needs to be up to the job.

For this reason I wouldn’t use less than 12lb mainline due to the big carp that reside in the lake. Nobody wants to be losing fish and having them get tethered up.

Sandmartin Rules

Catch & release only?: Yes!
Are there swim boundaries: You must stick to your swim
Are mats provided?: No
Are bait boats allowed?: No
Are boats allowed?: No
Bait rules: No maggots, nuts, chickpeas or trout pellets
Hook pattern rules: Barbless only
Fish care rules: Make sure your landing net, sling & unhooking Mat are dry before entering the complex to prevent the spread of diseases like KHV
Parking rules: In parking areas only
Rig rules: No braid
Can I use spods/spombs?: Yes
How many rods?: Three
Are dogs allowed?: Yes under control
Is there an age limit?: Under 16's accompanied by an adult
Can I use particles: As above

You’ll need these for your trip to Sandmartin!


There are massive bream, massive tench (in bluebell lake) and every lake has carp in that most angler’s would dream of catching.

Bluebells offers those not looking for carp action some special fish.

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