Hordle Lakes Business Fishery Evaluation

Me and my associate in crime, Dave, have simply received again from our fifth or sixth go to to Hordle Lakes (the web site is quite poorly made). Hordle is a industrial fishery nestled on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire. It consists of seven lakes set in 11 acres of wooded land. The lakes predominantly encompass carp, but in addition inventory bream, tench, perch, rudd and roach. The bigger lakes are residence to double determine carp, with ‘Bobs Lake’ having some low 30s.

We first visited Hordle three weeks in the past after we had been in search of a fishery to strive for the primary time, and had been beneficial this lake by a buddy. It wasn’t an excessive amount of of a drive, and the costs are as follows:

  • £10 for an grownup day ticket
  • £6 for a junior day ticket
  • £7 for a registered disabled and over 65 yr olds
  • £12 to nighttime fish, a lot have to be organized by appointment
  • £5 after 3pm, the fishery closes at 9pm

The fishery guidelines are the standard discovered at most industrial fisheries, no barbed hooks, no keepnets except its a match, no synthetic bait aka boilies (however the bailiffs actually do not appear to care) and so on. It appeared like the right place to get again into the swing of issues.

Our first journey was quite unsuccessful, nevertheless this was primarily as a result of us probably not figuring out what we had been doing. We had been float fishing maggot and saved hooking extraordinarily small silver fish, nevertheless after we switched to corn Dave pulled out a small carp.

Not being hindered by our underwhelming catches, we continued to go within the evenings on a weekday after doing much more analysis and increasing our fishing data tenfold via magazines, YouTube movies, and web sites. A useful member of a carp neighborhood discussion board additionally visited us one night and gave us loads of steering and highlighted what we had been doing mistaken.

We lastly began having some success after we switched to a easy pre-made hair rig and ledger, baited with corn, boilie or luncheon meat (I can be doing a overview and rationalization of our hair rig of alternative at a later date). The fish appeared to favour the luncheon meat and it has been our bait of alternative at hordle, nevertheless I’ve additionally netted a number of very nice sized carp off the floor with an imitation canine biscuit, and feeding tesco worth feeder combine. Whichever tactic you strive you might be sure to catch because the lakes are properly stocked and aren’t very difficult.

In the course of the weekdays, the evenings do usher in fairly a number of people who find themselves primarily fishing ‘Bobs Lake’, the one the place the monster carp are. To this point we now have fished ‘Spring Lake’, ‘Lengthy Lake’ and ‘Willow Lake’. We now have had probably the most success from Lengthy fishing in a properly shaded swim on the backside of the lake, catching our private greatest carps.

Nevertheless, my essential gripe with Hordle is the weekend evenings, significantly Saturdays. Every time we now have gone Saturday night, the fishery could be very very busy, which is predicted, however the individuals actually do break the expertise. To place it bluntly, there are a variety of chav children and adults. At the present time you’ll be able to’t kick over a rock with out discovering a trackie sporting chav beneath it, however they appear to flock to Hordle on the weekends. The more severe expertise we now have had has been tonight. We had been fishing Willow lake which we initially needed to ourselves, however earlier than lengthy a few 16-20 yr previous chavs rocked as much as the lake reverse. They had been float fishing and did not actually know what they had been doing, and had been shouting loudly for no obvious motive. When certainly one of them lastly hooked a small silver fish with a hook most likely made out of certainly one of his mums huge earrings, he lifted it out of the lake and not using a internet. The fish flipped about within the air and unhooked itself, hitting the deck from a top of about 4ft. This aggravated me as they clearly did not care in regards to the fish, however what occurred subsequent actually angered me. He kicked the fish again into the lake. Correct booted it again in. You could surprise why we did not say one thing, but it surely was actually not definitely worth the problem, and three minutes down the road 2 different anglers began establishing who had been pals with the chavs. They did not seem as disruptive, however after establishing they whipped out a bong and began burning bowl full’s of marijuana.

The chavs continued to shout conversations to one another throughout the lake, and the one who drop kicked the poor fish again into the lake boasted to his pals about it, and we discovered that the explanation he did it was as a result of it was spawning and eggs had been popping out of it.

Fortunately it was time to depart so we packed up and went on our means. As we had been packing our stuff away, one of many chav’s hooked onto a fish which pulled their rod straight into the lake. It was massively amusing watching them attempting to get it out, which they did finally.

We headed to the automotive and noticed a plastic bag and a loaf of bread wrapper floating in one of many lakes that we noticed another chav children strolling round with earlier. You see this quite a bit, though there are many bins supplied, individuals are inclined to litter in all places.

Other than the above, Hordle is first rate for newbies and professional’s alike, but it surely’s greatest to go within the weekdays as it is vitally busy in the course of the weekends and you’ll probably encounter individuals like those talked about above. There are some good carp to be caught there, and the selection of lakes presents a very good variation of problem. These in search of a peaceable atmosphere with secluded swims would possibly need to look elsewhere.


  • Surrounding woodland areas do create a peaceable ambiance
  • Loads of parking areas
  • Affordable Costs
  • Bogs
  • Burger van open at weekends
  • Good number of species
  • You’ll be able to arrange right away and the bailiffs will stroll round and accumulate your payment
  • Loads of bins dotted round
  • ‘Tiddler Lake’ stocked with small carp, tench, and silver fish, good for youths
  • 7 lakes to selected from.


  • Typically disruptive, loud, thoughtless individuals on the weekends
  • Can get very busy, ‘Bobs Lake’ may be particularly laborious to discover a swim at
  • Not very difficult
  • Among the lakes are on accessible through steep steps or slopes creating accessibility points