Gaz Fareham talks us through his top tips to creating the perfectly crusty Krill mix & the best supercharged Hookbaits.
Junction 12 is a 15-acre reed lined, rich lake that is situated literally one mile from junction 12 of the M4 motorway.
It is run by the Reading and District Angling Association and is part of their club book, however it is available for full lake booking on a weekend on a day ticket basis to the public for a measly £400!
JUNCTION 12 FACTS
FISHERY: Junction 12 lake (Reading and District Angling )
SIZE: 15 acres
STOCK: 500 Carp
LAKE RECORD: 49lb plus
PRICES: £400 (non members) £325 (members) Fri-Sun lake exclusive
CONTACT: Contact form on website
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
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 WATERS
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.
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.
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.
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 AND 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 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 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
“One of my biggest frustrations is when I meet the anglers to let them into the fishery on the Friday morning”
I do a little speech on what I expect of them and what they can expect of me….
The very first question is…..”got any tips?”…..
I then run through spot finding- try not to make too much disturbance/look for spots between 20m and 40m from the bank.
Baiting- Don’t spomb too much/bait lightly with mostly boilies.
Bite time- Is normally between 8.30am and 11am and then again between 1pm and 4pm
The fish don’t ‘show’ very often, so keep your eyes peeled and cast to any ‘showing’ fish immediately…not once you’ve finished your fag/bacon butty/tea etc but straight away!
While running through all of this, I look around to a sea of ponderous nods……..Then I turn up on the Saturday morning, only to find half the anglers spombing 10kg of ‘whatever’ all over the place, the other half are wandering around (during bite time) saying ”we haven’t seen a fish!”
When fishing J12 you need to make a decision as a group ….’do we want to catch fish or have a social.’
Either is fine with me but you can rarely have both.
We see many returning anglers from both the ‘social camp’ and the ‘want to catch fish camp’ which goes to show J12 can appeal to most.
THE PERSON MAKING THE BOOKING IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF HIS/HER GUESTS AND WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEM WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
1. NO VISITORS WITHOUT PRIOR AGREEMENT
2. NO DOGS WITHOUT PRIOR AGREEMENT
3. 3 RODS MAXIMUM (although I would recommend using just 2, you’ll catch more!)
4. A MINIMUM OF 15LB MAIN LINE
5. NO LEADCORE OR LEADERS OF ANY DISCRIPTION
6. NO FIXED LEADS
7. NO ZIG RIGS
8. HOOKLINKS MUST NOT EXCEED 500mm IN LENGTH
9. ANY PARTICLE BAITS MUST BE PREPARED CORRECTLY
10. SUITABLE UN-HOOKING MATS MUST BE USED (NOT THOSE THIN SMALL THINGS!)
11. MINIMUM OF 42” LANDING NETS
12. NO SACKS OR RETAINERS…UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES EVER!!
13. ALL FISH SHOULD BE RETURNED ASAP
14. NO MEDICATING FISH OTHER THAN FRESH HOOK HOLDS
15. BAITED RODS MUST NOT BE LEFT UNATTENDED
16. ALL FISH WEIGHTS MUST BE RECORDED (any photos would be appreciated)
17. NO BOATS OF ANY KIND
18. NO DRONES
19. NO LITTER
20. USE TOILET PROVIDED
21. NO FISHING FROM ANYWHERE OTHER THAN PERMINANT SWIMS
22. THE POLYTUNNEL AND AREA AROUND EARTH PONDS IS OUT OF BOUNDS AT ALL TIMES
23. ANY ANGLER SERVING ANY FORMAL BAN OR SUSPENSION FROM RDAA ARE NOT PERMITTED ON SITE
24. EXCESSIVE NOISE/DRINKING/DRUNKNESS and LOUTISH BEHAVIOUR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
While we would encourage the more social side of angling, please respect our property and our stock.
I, or anyone appointed by me, reserve the right to inspect rigs and equipment at anytime.
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.
I, or anyone appointed by me, reserve the right to change, adapt or alter these rules as I see fit at any time.
Del Shackleford RDAA Fisheries Officer