Carp Fishing Holidays in Devon
14 September 2016
Welcome to the latest instalment of the Cofton fishery blog. If you can remember, in the last blog you joined me back in the scorching hot months of summer. The fishery was alive and the summer holiday anglers were out on the banks in force. The summer seasons, weekly residents matches, produced some great bags of fish. Along with some spectacular bigger specimens caught by pleasure anglers. Our fishing coaching sessions, which were run twice a week in conjunction with National Fishing Month, also produced some fantastic fish. As well as some promising anglers for the future. As a result I would like to thank everyone who took part in both our family fishing fun days and our resident matches. With the growing support for these events we are able to develop year on year. To build on this we already have a new exciting showcase event in the pipeline for spring time next year. Keep up to date with the blog throughout the winter months where all shall be revealed.
In search of Cofton’s carp…
As we are now well and truly into autumn, like the seasons the fishing is changing and so must our approach. The autumn season can have a moody effect on the fishing and in order to keep putting fish in the net we need to adapt our tactics, something that many anglers don’t do. Simply we have to stop, think and regroup. Throughout the summer season these fish see a lot of bait and generally a lot of the same baits. Over the period of less than a week with schools reopening for another term, the volume of bait that is going into the lakes is reduced by nearly half, combine this with temperatures dropping lower and lower with every night that we encroach upon winter and it becomes clear why the same methods that we were catching on in June and July are no longer producing as many fish.
Recently I have been able to put some hours in on the bank, tailoring my search after some of the bigger Cofton Carp. Although the autumn season isn’t as prevalent as it is in the summer, like the spring it can be a vital window in the angling calendar where you are likely to put some big specimens on the bank. With only having fished four sessions so far chasing the big boys I have already identified where both myself and some over anglers may have been going wrong in our approach for this time of year. Through observing feeding patterns across all lakes the differences are noticeable but equally the similarities amongst them all are clear to see.
Carp Fishing Holidays
Here are 3 top points to consider when targeting the big carp at Cofton;
The bigger stock tend to avoid larger beds of bait. In the summer months you can expect to have to give them the feed, but currently at this time of the year small amounts of freebies around the hook bait are definitely the way forward. During the last session I fished I wanted to put this theory to the test so I located a single hookbait presentation on a spot which I know produces carp of all sizes. On this same spot I had gone about many approaches before, trying figure out how to entice a better stamp, I had tried prebaiting and caught loads of fish but non of any size. I had fished small PVA bags and noticeably caught bigger fish. With this in mind I presented a single standard 16mm bottom bait and instantly saw a result, within 20 minutes of presenting the bait a 17lb long mirror graced my net. Although not one of the big big boys I am chasing to see such an instant result like that is staggering.
Smaller hook baits. Using multiple smaller hook baits rather than one big bait. Not only from my own angling experiences but catch reports from other anglers seem to also produce the bigger specimens. 14mm Bait tech Poloni dumbbells have been working particularly well for me recently, as a little bonus tip for me personally I have caught all my fish in the last few sessions on standard bottom baits.
Observe the obvious areas. Obvious spots such as reeded areas can be great holding spots for carp but they are targeted by many anglers and don’t necessarily hold feeding fish. By observing and trying to locate areas and spots for feeding fish will not only produce you more fish but may also throw up a few bigger weary ones too.
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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