Main Lake Hawkhurst Fish Farm in Kent
This picturesque 4 acre Carp and Catfish specimen lake is well known for being one of the best and most prolific day ticket big fish waters in Kent and Sussex. With both Common and Mirror carp nudging the 40lb mark and Catfish to over 80lb this lake is definitely not for the faint hearted! Current Lake records are held by the following anglers: 39lb 2oz Mirror caught by Paul Brown, 41lb 10oz Common caught by Simon Mehegan in May 2021, and an 84lb Catfish landed by Dave Leftley in August 2019!
The lake is well established with attractive features such as reed lined edges, several islands, two bridges and lots of underwater features, giving anglers plenty of options to fish towards. The bottom of the lake is clay with silty areas and average depth of 5ft. The deepest depth is around 10ft in the corner where the outlet is and Catfish corner near swims 5 and 6 has deeper water which often holds some of our larger catfish. Round the islands are shallow at around 1.5 feet so it’s worth finding the bottom of the island shelf where is goes down to around 4-5 feet. The fish use these margins as patrol routes so they are well worth placing a bait near to. The banks are gravel lined so access is easy even in the worst of conditions there is parking nearby so you never need to transport your gear too far.
Strong tackle is a must and minimum tackle requirements do apply. A 42 inch specimen landing net and large unhooking mat are essential and a minimum of 15lb breaking strain mainline is also compulsory to help handle such large fish. For more information about tackle requirements please see rules section. There are 14 swims on this lake although we only allow 11 anglers on at any one time and it’s two rods max to reduce angling pressure.
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