Nestled close to the Waveney Valley in beautiful South-Norfolk countryside Airfield Lakes has been created to provide action packed specimen carp fishing.
Two Lakes make up this tranquil carp fishery and both are stocked with a selection of the best looking thoroughbred carp in the UK, which are unique to East Anglia. The current venue record, which was caught in this year s fishing trials stands at 48lb 4oz.
We are a relaxed, friendly, family run fishery, managed by Richard Wilby. Our objective is to offer the best day-ticket carp fishing in the area and to become recognised as one of the leading carp fisheries in the country.
Created in 2008 Mustang lake is a specially designed five acre carp lake set on secure private farmland. A huge amount of research and effort has been made in the construction of this venue to ensure day or session anglers of all levels of experience stand excellent chance of catching lots of quality carp.
Mustang Lake has been stocked with over 200 hand-picked carp that have been obtained from a mixture of leading UK fish farmers. In the pre-opening fishing trials that took place in autumn 2010 five anglers banked 42 carp in seven days, which had an average weight of 14lb 4oz. One in ten fish was over 20lb and the biggest banked was 26lb 10oz.
We ve deliberately stocked Mustang Lake with a variety of different carp strains to ensure you never know what type of fish is on the end of your rod. Our carp strains include: Pure Redmire Leney s, Horseshoe x Orchid mirrors, Dinton Pastures offspring, Lea Valley commons, Sutton s and Dinks to name a few. This mixture of fish, which are unique to East Anglia, are a selection of the most beautiful UK pure-bred carp around and ensure many linears, heavily plated mirrors, leathers and rare blue coloured carp have been stocked into the lake. They are also very fast growing, the fish caught in the trials showed an average weight gain of 4lb 10oz, so we are sure that in the next year we will have an even bigger head of 20lb plus fish and our first Mustang thirty.
There are 14 well-drained comfortable swims on the lake with excellent access. Four of the swims are for short range fishing only, the rest allow you to cover good chunks of the lake which suits easy medium range tactics. Because these fish are young and fast growing they do like bait and it showed in the trials that baiting up regularly kept the action coming. Pellets, boilies and corn proved most effective.
The average depth of the lake is 7ft, the deepest part of Mustang is 13ft. There are a number of clay bars and humps on the bottom to make the fishing more interesting. The margins have been planted with over 15 varieties of reed and sedge along with some lily pads to create excellent margin sport and stalking opportunities.
Over 50 years old this former cattle drinking pond has been transformed over the last two decades into a spectacular 1.5 acre pool which is now home to very special carp. If you want to catch big, classic looking pure English carp from the margins or stalking this magical little pool is definitely for you.
Spitfire Pool remained completely private and un-fished for 15 years. It is only in the last six years that a very limited amount of angling has been allowed during the night only in the spring and autumn months. In these trials some truly magnificent carp have been caught and spotted. But during the spring of 2010 Spitfire Pool hit the national headlines when it produced a stunning, previously unknown 48lb 4oz common.
Many other twenty and thirty pound carp have been banked in the limited fishing trials and we are convinced that at least two other 40lb carp are present. But we will not know for sure until the venue opens properly for the first time in March 2011.
In the trials the Pool has proved challenging at times, but has produced multiple catches of 30lb plus carp on more than one occasion. Depths range from 3ft – 7ft and the bottom is mainly made up from clay, silt and silkweed. Because of the size of the carp present in this small pool, we do insist that anglers who fish the venue are well experienced and capable of handling / looking after large carp on the bank.
To ensure the carp in Spitfire Pool continue to thrive and enjoy an unpressured environment, the Pool will only be open for 10 weeks a year. Five of these weeks will be in spring and five in autumn on a week on week off basis. Only a maximum group of three anglers will be allowed on at the same time.
The carp in the lake are old fish that are not particularly hard to catch if you keep rigs strong and simple plus keep angling disturbance to a minimum. In the trials top quality fishmeal proved most effective, but the carp have also been seen feeding hard on pellet and maize in the non-fishing months.
Most of the Pool s margins drop away quickly into 4ft of water and the carp can often be found feeding just a yard from the bank. In sunny conditions the fish like to cruise along the main bar down the centre of the pool and you will often see them with their tails out of the water feeding on the snails and other natural food items in the silkweed. In this situation a chod rig or PVA bag flicked into their patrol routes will be the best tactic.
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New Lodge Farm
Tel: 07706 483084
Annual member cards are obtainable for Mustang Lake, but there are only 12 available and then a waiting list will be in operation. These entitle one year’s fishing using three rods and are priced at £250.
£10 – 12 hours with 2 rods
£12.50 – 12 hours with 3 rods
£20 – 24 hours with 2 rods
£25 – 24 hours with 3 rods
Five nights with 2 rods – £80
Five nights with 3 rods – £100
Seven nights with 2 rods – £100
Seven nights with 3 rods – £125
Non fishing guests (only one per angler) – £2.50 for 12 hours and £5 for 24 hours.
1st November – End of February:
£8 – 8am – 5pm with 2 rods
£10 – 8am – 5pm with 3 rods
Other prices stay the same.
Exclusive for week booking only. Ten weeks available per year, £900 for a maximum of three anglers.
Application form available on request.
The main Fishery gate opens at 7am and is locked at 9pm, except in the winter months between 1st November – 1st March, when it will be open at 8am and shut at 5pm. Day tickets are available on the bank at Mustang Lake from the Bailiffs who patrol the venue regularly.
You may start fishing your chosen swim as soon as you arrive at anytime between the opening hours and then pay the bailiffs when they come round. Only anglers fishing throughout the night (plus one non angling guest) are allowed on the fishery between 9pm – 7am. It is not necessary to book swims on Mustang Lake – we do not take bookings – just turn up and pay the bailiffs on the bank. There is usually room at the busiest of times.
Fishing on Spitfire Pool is restricted to limited number of weeks per year, which must be booked well in advance.
- On-site toilets
Both lakes are fully enclosed with 5ft chain link fencing that has been designed for the angler s own security and most importantly to keep otters out. There are two ample hard standing, secure car parking areas very close to both waters, which will accommodate up to 20 cars.
Airfield Lakes is a friendly, family run fishery. Our policy is to be fair and honest with all visitors to the both lakes. For this reason the rules below are minimal and sensible. We do not want to ask any angler to leave the fishery, but we will not accept anyone being abusive and spoiling the fishing for others, leaving their rods unattended and dropping litter.
On no account are the following to be brought onto the Fishery: Landing Nets, Unhooking Mats, and Slings. We will provide all of these for you
- No driving on the grass at any of the lakes, please park in designated areas and close all gates having passed through
- Up to three rods are allowed on Mustang Lake and two on Spitfire Pool (marker rods must be reeled in once the area has been selected and baited). You must have the appropriate E.A. licence to cover these. Never leave rods unattended.
- Responsible adults must accompany all anglers under the age of 16.
- Only one non fishing guest is allowed per angler. Visitors are allowed on to the fishery briefly during day but not at the night (between 9pm and 7am).
- No carp or pike to be retained – sacks are not allowed, unless an angler has special, written permission.
- Bait boats are allowed only on Mustang Lake, but they must be operated sensibly.
- The unhooking mats provided must be used at all times for carp and pike, please keep fish soaking wet when on the bank and out of the water for the minimum time.
- Pike fishing is only allowed on Mustang Lake from October 1st to March 1st. No live-baiting, sea dead baits only. Rigs must be strong and safe with minimum 18ins wire traces, semi barbed or barbless treble hooks. All bites must be struck immediately – thank you.
- No rowing boats, wading, loud radios, guns, fires, swimming, drugs or heavy drinking will be tolerated.
- NO DOGS EXCEPT ON A LEAD AND UNDER FULL CONTROL, all dog mess must be instantly cleared up.
- NO nuts of any form to be used, but other particle baits such as seeds, peas and beans can be used in moderation as long as they are well cooked and soft.
- Permanently fixed leads are not allowed, they must break free with the minimum of force. Any forms of curved, long shank hook pattern are also not allowed. On helicopter, running and in-line rigs the lead must be able to easily pass over any leader knot. All rigs and leaders must be completely safe. If in any doubt about your rigs, please ask a bailiff for friendly advice- RIGS MAY BE RANDOMLY CHECKED BY OUR BAILIFFS.
- No live fish to be brought onto the site from outside sources. No transferring of fish between waters and no fish to be taken away or killed – The fishery operates 24-hour surveillance.
- The lakes are on private property, so you should do nothing to disturb others, make no noise and keep lights at night to a minimum. Please do not trespass around any of the surrounding farmland and buildings
- There are many rare plants around the lake, do not damage or cut any vegetation without consent. Only numbered swims may be fished, no swim building or clearing is permitted.
- An angler can only occupy one swim at any one time. Please be responsible where you cast.
- Please use the toilet provided, not the bushes.
- Airfield Lakes reserve the right to change the rules and conditions if deemed necessary.
- NO LITTER – PLEASE TAKE IT WITH YOU – THANK YOU
Airfield Lakes accept no responsibility for any injury, illness or damage to persons or property in connection with the facilities provided at the fishery.
- Coarse fishing
- Carp/Specimen fishing
- Pike/Predator fishing