Tom Maker explains how keeping it simple but effective with his go-to mix will keep the bites coming in the colder months
St Johns Lake
St Johns is probably one of the best known lakes in the UK, fished by top anglers from around the country. There is a good head of carp with most over 20lb, over forty 30lb+, and seven over 40lb. St Johns is home to some familiar fish published in the media like, Big Plated, Small Plated, Box Common, and the Big Common.
The lake has something for everyone, with shallows, gravel bars, plateaus, weed, and is a great way to increase a PB.
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ST JOHNS LAKE FACTS
FISHERY: Linear Fisheries
LAKE SIZE: 18 acres
STOCK: Over 970 carp, with a majority over 20lb. Over forty 30lb+. Seven over 40lb
NUMBER OF SWIMS: 39
LAKE RECORD: Mirror Carp – 48lb 12oz
Common Carp – 48lb 4oz
OTHER SPECIES: Catfish, Pike, Bream, Tench, Roach
PRICE: 2 Rods – 12 hours – £15.50
3 Rods – 12 hours – £18.50
2 Rods – 24 hours – £23
3 Rods – 24 hours – £29
CONTACT: Ian Roper – Head Bailiff
07885 327708 (Mon-Fri 8am – 6pm)
TOP TIPS WITH TOM MAKER
Take Plenty of Bait
Due to holding a large stock of carp and a good head of catfish, making sure you have plenty of bait with you is a must. My mix at Linear is fairly consistent, Krill or Manilla boilies (depending on the time of year), hemp and sweetcorn.
Check the Weather
Checking the weather before you fish is really important, my swim choice is often dictated by what the weather is doing. For example, if the air pressure is low and there is a strong southerly blowing I will choose to fish the deeper end of the lake. Alternatively, if the air pressure is high and there is a northerly blowing I would look to tackle the shallower end of the lake.
Having your Zig kit with you is essential, there is a large stock of fish in this lake and they’re not going to spend all of their time feeding on the lake bed. Even short 2-3ft Zigs could put you a few extra fish on the bank.
Solid bags work very well on St.Johns as the fish can often shy away from big beds of bait, they tend to work particularly well at the start of the week when the fish have seen loads of bait over the weekend. Coupling 2.3mm pellets with a 12mm pop-up offers a great one bite tactic.
- Cars must be parked in designated car parks.
- No driving or parking on the grass around any of the lakes.
- Barbed or Barbless hooks may be uses.
- Fish are not to be retained for long more than 30 minutes, sacks are not permitted.
- No boats, drones, bait boats, radios, guns, fires, picnics, swimming, drugs or heavy drinking.
- No dogs unless on a lead and under control.
- All particles must be well soaked, well cooked and used in moderation and spodding maggots is no longer allowed, however they can be used in PVA bags or feeders but anglers should not be using more than 4 pints per day.
- All Spombs are to be used in conjunction with a ‘Spomb Float’.
- Fixed leads are not allowed, rigs will be checked by our bailiffs.
- Unhooking mats to be used for all fish.
- Wading is not allowed, except in the event of netting and or releasing a fish in shallow water.
- If doubling up in a swim you can only use two rods each unless you’re in one of the handful of large swims dotted around the complex.