Autumn Carping – A Special Time For Carp Fishing Holidays in the UK
06 September 2017
Carp fishing holidays in the UK booming this Autumn
Written by Luke Broderick, Fisheries Manager at Cofton Holidays.
The days are getting shorter and the nights are drawing in, meaning Autumn is arriving! In my opinion September and October are the most prolific for carp fishing. Perhaps a reason why we find carp fishing holidays to be so popular at these times! The carp are feeding hard in preparation for the harsher conditions to come and they start to take on their winter colours. This results in some stunning specimen!
It also marks a change in the way I go about my carp fishing, I find that a good bait is more important than ever, and for me it’s all about the boilie! A quality boilie on a simple rig fished over boilie freebies will start to account for a lot of fish at this time of year.
Our onsite tackle shop now stocks a range of mainline baits. The pick of the bunch is the frozen cell boilie, a high quality product that the carp just seem to love!
I’ve also been utilising the new mainline match range. The range of small pop-ups and wafters are great additions to hook baits. Personally, i’ve been having success tipping my cell boilies with pineapple wafters from the match range. However, there are plenty of options for you to do your own thing, should you wish to tailor the bait to your own preference. We’ve been having great feedback from our visiting anglers who have also utilised this range with great results!
That’s not to say that alternative bait companies haven’t enjoyed success at Cofton! Other favourites of mine include Sticky Bait’s Krill, Star Baits GLM and CC Moore Live System.
Simple rigs, proving the most effective
Don’t over complicate things, simple seems to be the way to go! Currently the trend is to over-complicate carp rigs, whereas in my opinion basic carp rigs are still catching more fish, Keep rig components to a minimum and concentrate on keeping everything pinned to the bottom.
Here’s the carp rig i’m currently using; A Korda lead clip system with tubing, 2oz pear lead, a 20lb N Trap hooklink, to a size 10 wide gape barbless hook. A PVA foam nugget completes the rig and ensures the hook is free of debris. Once the nugget has surfaced, it can be used as a baiting aid to improve the accuracy of freebies.
Fish care also plays a part in how i construct my rigs. The lead needs to eject should the line break or the fish becomes snagged, as i’d never want a fish to become tethered. As such, i use a lead clip system, of which there are many currently on the market. The one i’m currently using is made by Korda and comes as part of a kit with rig tubing, which not only pins your line behind the lead to the lake bed but also protects the fish from the line lifting the scales of the fish whilst the fish is being played.
Awesome Autumn Deals on Carp Fishing Holidays with Accommodation
We’ve just enjoyed a hugely successful summer here at Cofton, with lots of fish making the bank! I’m interested to see how the lakes are going to respond to the quieter banks in this post summer holiday period. I’m quietly expecting some great results! Make sure you stay connected with our blogs, Instagram and Facebook to see how we get on! Come and experience our 5 fishing lakes yourself.
We’re offering 20% off short breaks in Devon between 22nd September and 21st October 2017.
Some of your kind words...
A brilliant stay as always. We stayed in a cottage this time which was beautiful and very well equipped. Lots of lovely little touches with a welcome hamper and lots of board games. Hubbie was well impressed with the huge TV too. Loved the courtyard and we were lucky enough to have the weather to BBQ 2 of the days. All the staff from reception to the shop to the entertainment were friendly and very accommodating of both my girls. Used the chippy which has recently changed hands and the food was still great. There is lots to do, loved the swimming, the zip wire, the park and walk in the woods and around the fishing lake. Have to be honest though we missed the caravan...... will definitely be back, hopefully in the Fernworthy van with the hot tub.
Had an amazing weeks holiday. The park was immaculate, the outdoor pool was spotless and the cleaning blocks were cleaned regularly. All the staff were very helpful and the shop on site was reasonably priced. We went with two kids (aged 6 and 7) and our dog, the kids were never bored and had an amazing holiday. We will definitely be returning next year!
My family and I stayed for 5 nights in July, aged between 13 and 40 and we all had a brilliant family stay. The teenagers loved the outdoor pool and the woods and we all loved the donkeys. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and it’s still got a lovely relaxing atmosphere and has all the facilities you could want for a camping holiday. I must say the fish and chip shop is the best we have ever had at a holiday park, reasonable prices and good sized portions. We have booked to come back again on 25th August for a week and can’t wait!
I visited when my relatives came over from Canada and fell in love. I was lucky enough to stay for a week last August for my sons 2nd birthday. It has got to be one of my favourite places to go. Absolutely beautiful, quiet, good facilities, lovely restaurants. The staff are outstanding. I can't wait to come back again this year!
Stayed in campervan for a weekend. Great campsite good location, plenty of things for all to do. Great fishing lakes all in a short walk through the woodland to the lovely Dawlish Warren and Dawlish. Couldn't fault.
Highbridge, United Kingdom
We have had a wonderful experience, the site is very clean, ALL the staff were friendly and helpful especially the bar supervisor, entertainment was second to none, we'll 100% return...
The Warren Family
I just want to say how impressed my fellow Motorhomers and Caravaners were with the welcome and service we received during our stay. Staff in the office were polite and helpful at all times. Scott the restaurant manager was most accommodating when I enquired about reserving space for 25 to 30 of us for lunch after a walk. The service in the restaurant was speedy the food hot and varied. We were very pleased with the standards. Staff in the restaurant were cheerful and polite and helped make our meal most enjoyable. We had such a good time that we will be returning again next year for our Xmas Rally.
The best holiday park we've been to in our motorhome. Our children aged 2 and 4 loved it. Great facilities, entertainment and activities in one of the best parts of Devon!
Delicious fish and chips, friendly and helpful staff and delightful woodland.
Suze - Cornwall
Good location and dog walking, we'll be back and it can't come quick enough.
David - Portsmouth.
Loved the Zumba class! Can't wait to come back!
Elise - Exeter.
A* facilities, always very clean. The pool and food offer great value for money!
Stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage, stunning views over the Exe Estuary.. fantastic place for a family holiday
Ian - Australia.
My little girls aged 2,3 and 5 loved the entertainment.. all they can remember is fun, fun and more fun!
Anonymous - Cheshire.
Quiet and relaxing in a stunning location.. Can't wait to return
Ethan R, Burnham-on-Sea
We usually camp 3 times a year and hire a caravan after the Christmas break at Cofton, and will continue to do so. We thoroughly recommend staying there. Great for families or just the 2 of you.
Jilly B, Cheltenham
Go for swimming and food at this fabulous holiday camp... facilities A-star so clean and just great value for money would defo use over and over again which I do.... I'm a regular visitor. Dip and dine always good option as the food and snacks are fantastic in the bar cafe area near swimming pool!
Excellent toilet block and lovely hot showers. The on site pub was spot on with really friendly staff..
Joan L, Bromsgrove
The superbly equipped Woodside Cottage was beautifully clean with a fantastic Hot Tub. Waking up to horses and cows in the rear field.. stunning!
So friendly and clean, it’s a home from home and we couldn’t go a year with a visit!
Bernice Procter, Swindon
I always pay a visit to Amelia's Pantry, you can just Relax, Indulge and Enjoy!
‘Wonderful facilities, especially the swimming pools! In a lovely setting, for us it is simply the best campsite we have found.’
Margaret Hayes, Leeds
We have been coming to Cofton since 2009 and have stayed at least 12 times. We love everything about Cofton: the location and scenery in and around the park, the quality and cleanliness of accommodation, the friendly welcoming atmosphere; Everything about Cofton is great!
Ethan Robinson, Somerset
‘Dog walks, cycling, lovely country pubs… It suits our every need’
Kay Hancock, Bristol