JUNCTION 12

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Junction 12 is a 15-acre reed lined, rich lake that is situated literally one mile from junction 12 of the M4 motorway. The stock is currently around the 500 mark, with the lake record just shy of 50lb and numerous 30lb+ fish backing it up, providing an average weight of 29lb-31lb, so you can regard yourself fairly unlucky if you don’t catch a 30lber over the course of a weekend.

JUNCTION 12 LAKE FACTS

FISHERY: Junction 12 lake (Reading and District Angling)

SIZE: 10 acres

STOCK: 500 Carp

LAKE RECORD: 49lb plus

PRICE: £400 (non members) £325 (members) Fri-Sun lake exclusive

WEBSITE: www.rdaa.co.uk

CONTACT: Contact form on website

TOP TIPS WITH GAZ FAREHAM

Think Where You Cast

Go easy on the casting if you can, where the lake is only booked out for weekends, they can be a bit nervous when leads start going in all round the lake on a Friday morning

Weed

There aren’t too many really good fishable spots when the weed is up but being on them is vital so Choddies over the weed, or long links and balanced pop ups on showing fish may be the way to go.

Watch the Water

Have a watchful eye, shows on J12 are often subtle, just nose pokes, or little rolls. There are no bream or tench, just a few small Rudd, so if the disturbance was bigger than a palm sized Rudd, it will have been a carp although they don’t always show, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in front of you.

Don’t Ignore Sheltered Areas

They do love a fresh, warm wind but after 12 hours though they’ll as likely be anywhere and always check off the back of the prevailing winds in the autumn as they tend to prefer the sheltered warmer areas then.

Target the Margins

Don’t ignore the margin spots, if you look there’s a few tucked away that a few handfuls of crumb and pellet on might just do you a bite.

Spombs Away

Don’t just fill it in, the J12 carp don’t often respond to big beds of bait for a few days, by which time you’ll be back at home so 6-12 medium spombs is a good starting point for a spot on J12, then build on that.

Bright & Fruity

Early on in the spring, before the weed gets up, singles and a few pouchfuls with a catty is a great tactic to get the bites with bright hookbaits such as Orange Peach and Pepper or Yellow Signature Squids working superbly for me and my clients in the past.

Krill Up

Krill is highly successful on there from early summer on especially but to go one step further try glazing your Krill in LO30 or Liquid Tuna and crust it up in Krill powder, GLM and salt – works every time!

Autumn Baiting

Autumn can get tricky, 12mm Manilla, crumb, caster and maggot and a light touch seems to be the way to get bites later in the year off the silty areas.

LAKE RULES

  1. THE PERSON MAKING THE BOOKING IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF HIS GUESTS AND WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEM WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
  2. NO VISITORS WITHOUT PRIOR AGREEMENT
  3. NO DOGS WITHOUT PRIOR AGREEMENT
  4. 3 RODS MAXIMUM (although I would recommend using just 2, you’ll catch more!)
  5. A MINIMUM OF 15Lb MAIN LINE
  6. NO LEADCORE or LEADERS OF ANY DISCRIPTION
  7. NO FIXED LEADS
  8. NO ZIG RIGS
  9. HOOKLINKS MUST NOT EXCEED 500mm IN LENGTH
  10. ANY PARTICLE BAITS MUST BE PREPARED CORRECTLY
  11. SUITABLE UN-HOOKING MATS MUST BE USED (NOT THOSE THIN SMALL THINGS!)
  12. MINIMUM OF 42” LANDING NETS
  13. NO SACKS OR RETAINERS…UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES EVER!!
  14. ALL FISH SHOULD BE RETURNED ASAP
  15. NO MEDICATING FISH OTHER THAN FRESH HOOK HOLDS
  16. BAITED RODS MUST NOT BE LEFT UNATTENDED
  17. ALL FISH WEIGHTS MUST BE RECORDED (any photos would be appreciated)
  18. NO BOATS OF ANY KIND
  19. NO DRONES
  20. NO LITTER
  21. USE TOILET PROVIDED
  22. NO FISHING FROM ANYWHERE OTHER THAN PERMENANT SWIMS
  23. THE POLYTUNNEL AND AREA AROUND EARTH PONDS IS OUT OF BOUNDS AT ALL TIMES
  24. ANY ANGLER SERVING ANY FORMAL BAN OR SUSPENSION FROM RDAA ARE NOT PERMITTED ON SITE
  25. EXCESSIVE NOISE/DRINKING/DRUNKNESS and LOUTISH BEHAVIOUR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
  26. I, OR ANYONE APPOINTED BY ME, RESERVE THE RIGHT TO INSPECT RIGS AND EQUIPMENT AT ANYTIME
  27. I, OR ANYONE APPOINTED BY ME, RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANYONE FROM THE SITE WITHOUT ANY NOTICE, RECOMPENSE OR REFUND GIVEN. THERE WILL BE NO RIGHT OF APPEAL WHATSOEVER
  28. I, OR ANYONE APPOINTED BY ME, RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, ADAPT OR ALTER THESE RULES AS I SEE FIT AT ANY TIME