|Fishery Name: Charity Lakes - Main Lake|
|Address: Common Lane, Great Witchingham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5QP
|Grid Reference: Entrance Grid Ref: TG 09680 18400
Car Park Grid Ref: TG 09508 18000
|Sat Nav: NR9 5QP|
|Phone Numbers: ?|
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The largest of the three lakes at the fishery at 5.7 acres the 'Main lake', also known as Church lakes was at one time home to Norfolk's largest carp 'Baby Face' weighing a fantatsic 53.10.
The possibility of catching this fish alone drew many anglers to the fishery and the lake is still the main focus for carp fishing at Charity Lakes today for the quality of the fishing this lake provides and superb condition of our carp.
This tree lined lake has a small central Island with depths varing from 9 feet to around twenty feet and has several gravel features, a shallow key hole bay is out of bounds to fishing but during spawning times the carp can be viewed here in numbers. The lake is weedy in the shallower areas at times throughout the summer months yet the weed is the key to the success of the lake producing high water quality and the invertabrate life which helps the fish attain the impressive growth characterstics
The low density stocking also ensures the fish have the right conditions to maximise their growth potential and the lake currently holds a large stock of thirties and produces many further carp to 38lb with lots of others around the high twenties. Our future stocking program will be centred on this lake using selected high quality fish with double figure weights being stocked in following seasons.
The Main lake is not so well known for its tench fishing and has managed to hold onto its secrets for far to long, yet produces large tench every season and has recently produced tench to 12.12lb with many others pushing the double figure mark, tench of this quality are now rightly gaining anglers attention and we expect to see more fish of this calibre brought to the net along with some quality bream to 16lbs. Pike also thrive in the lake with an impressive fish at 30.08lbs caught December 2012, with others around the mid twenties.
Charity lakes Fishery Rules:
1. The Management /Trustees reserve the right to close all or part of the fishery at any time
2. All anglers must be in possession of a current EA rod licence and shall comply with the Salmon and Fresh Water Fisheries Acts and Bylaws thereof. In particular, Baited rods must be attended at all times.
3. Fishing on the lakes is permitted only from swims provided.
4. Unauthorized use of fishery keys is forbidden and may result in suspension or refusal of a permit.
5. The parking of vehicles and siting of bivvies within the fishery should be done so with due regard for the convenience and safety of other users.
6. No radios (personal earphones excepted), fires or litter. Any angler found with litter in their swim will be held responsible for that litter.
7. No swimming, bathing, paddling, boating, sailing, skating, or use of dinghies for any fishing purposes.
8. Children under the age of 14 may not night fish unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
9. Dogs must be kept on a lead and under full control at all times. Owners are required to clean up after their dogs. A dog bin is situated out the main gate.
10. Anglers must show consideration for all other users and comply with reasonable requests of the bailiffs.
11. No access or egress to the fishery to be made: GMT between 8.00 pm and 7.00 am, BST between 10.00 pm and 5.00 am or except In an emergency, or Where the judgment of the bailiff on duty permits the rule to be waived.
12. The use of a baitboat is permitted provided that respect for other anglers is observed.
13. No keep nets to be used. Adequate sized landing nets and unhooking mats must be used.
14. Specimen fish should be retained only for as short a period as necessary before being photographed and returned.
15. Only fixed lead rigs that incorporate safe systems by which the lead can pull free of the rig are permitted.
16. Barbless or semi-barbed hooks only may be used.
17. All particle baits, including seeds, nuts, grains or pulses must be properly prepared including soaking for 24 hours prior to cooking.
18. No fish may be brought to or removed from the fishery, or moved from one part of the fishery to another.
19. The practice of retaining a swim by leaving tackle, bivvies or any other equipment unattended is not permitted.
20. Guest Tickets. Each angler may have five 12 hour guest tickets in any one season.
21. Acceptance of a guest or season permit is deemed to be acceptance of these rules
22. The landowners do not accept responsibility for any personal loss or injury and/or loss or damage to property.
Additional Rules for Pike fishing:
23. 2 rods only. (this is a conservation measure to preserve pike stocks)
24. No live baiting. This ensures non-movement of fish on the site and the possible spread of disease.
25. Barbless or semi-barbed treble or double hooks only. No more than two hooks on each trace.
26. Minimum breaking strain line of 15lbs.
27. Wire traces must always be used - 18 x 30lbs b/s.
Additional Rules for River Fishing
28. Members must not trespass outside of the river fishery boundaries at any time.
29. Exceptional care must be taken when fishing the river as a natural rural, area conditions can change quickly with rising water levels and banks becoming slippery or undercut, members are required to inform bailiffs immediately should any areas be noted as unsafe.
30. All gates to and from the river must be closed and secured at all times after use as these form part of the otter protection for the fishery.
31. Members may form their own fishing areas/swims. However in order to do so, they may not cut down trees, create any structure, or damage the bank in any way.
Field Testing of Bait Products on behalf of Third Parties
32. Disclosure of the intent to test bait on behalf of a third party is a mandatory requirement of your application.
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