Cofton Coarse Fishing Catch Report
05 June 2017
We’re asking our loyal residents for their review of the week’s action.
This week was Adam Townsend’s turn; Monday 29th May – Sunday 4th June
On Monday I squeezed in a couple of hours in from late afternoon until the early evening on Luscombe Lake. A couple of carp to start the week including a 11lb Ghost and a 9lb Mirror. Both fell to meat fished to the centre of the lake.
Tuesday saw me on Trusham Lake for a few hours in the evening, where I snagged 2 carp of 12lb and 5lb. One fell towards the point of the island to meat and the other fell to pellets towards the centre of the lake, just off of the willow. After seeing a fair few decent sized carp jumping, I decided I would focus my attention on this lake for the rest of the week.
Wednesday brought torrential rain almost all day, however it dried up enough to tempt me out for a couple of hours on the bank in the evening. Another two carp of 14lb and 12lb came out, both to sweetcorn and both tight to the margins in the corners of the lake!
On Thursday, after a lovely morning sea fishing off the wall in Dawlish, I spent the afternoon and evening back on the lake! In between rain showers I managed another two carp of 13lb and 3lb, both fell to corn in the margins.
On Friday, I decided to move into the area behind the island after seeing a fair few fish moving in that area the night before. I was starting to think I was stuck on two fish per day so as you can imagine I was chuffed to land 9 fish over the course of the day, the highlight of which was a stunning 22lb Common Carp. Also gracing the bank on Friday were a couple of 13lb’ers, plus a 14, 15, 4, 8, 10 and a 3! I was fishing with mussels and prawns for most of the day, with the most success coming from mussel on the hook over a scattering of prawn and mussel. Yet again the fish came tight to the margins and the island under the willow.
I took another six fish on Saturday, including a 20lb Common in addition to a 12, 12, 10, 7 and a 6. The pair of 12’s came as a double take, which was quite entertaining on a small lake with lots of margins and snags for them to get into. I’m happy to say that both fish were both landed and returned safely, I even managed to get a photo of them both on the mat at the same time!
Onto the final day of my holiday, and the first day without any rain – I even managed a bit of sunburn! Having banked 23 fish so far (including a 20 and a 22) i’d already had a great week on the lakes, so the only goal I could really set myself was to get to 30. This could possibly be ambitious considering how temperamental the lakes can be at times coupled with the soaring temperature – meaning the fish may not have been feeding as aggressively as they previously had. However, I’m pleased to say I pulled out another 8 bringing my tally to 31! This included a stunning Ghosty of 18lb, who put up an amazing fight – he really didn’t want to come in! Alongside him I landed three 13’s, a 12, 10 and to finish the holiday and hit my target were a couple of 3lb’ers in the dying light. Once again it was the prawns and mussels combination doing the damage, although the last two fell to pellet. It was the same story as the fish came tight to the margins or from under the willow. I also had around 6 missed runs later in the day, the only difference being the rigs which were using the heavier 3oz leads, whereas I’d been using 2.5oz up to that point. I feel that the leads may have been bedding into the silty bottom more, preventing the fish from picking the bait up properly – i’ll definitely stick to lighter leads in the future!
All in all, a great weeks fishing that even the most terrible of weather couldn’t spoil!
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