Longlake CWA Fisheries is a carp lake based in Sonning, Reading, United Kingdom. It has a stock of around 80+ carp and is 9 Acres in size. The biggest carp is over 49lb+
The lake was stocked in March 2012 with 33 Leney strain carp from Lower Berryfield Fisheries, these I had selected 2 years previously, and they had been growing on in the LBF stock ponds awaiting my first lake. 25 of these fish were between 2lb and 5lb, with 8 doubles up to 18lb in weight.
I also stocked 25 fish from my own stock pond, all of my fish were between 3lb and 6lb when stocked.
To compliment these smaller fish, I also selected and purchased 20 of Simon Bartlam’s Dinton strain fish, these were between 14lb and 23lb when stocked, and these have grown on to become the big girls of the lake.
The plan was to keep the stocking at a low level, less than 80 fish in 9 acres of water, as the fish grew, I knew we would loose a few fish each year due to spawning issues etc., but Mother Nature would find a balance.
We are now 7 years into the project, the lake has transformed from a hole in a field into a magnificent fishery, with carp to nearly 50lb present. As the fish are still quite young.
There are now 6 different fish over 40lb in the lake, The Admiral being the biggest at 49.08, The Red Fish at 43.04, Big Zip at 42.08, BBQ Zip at 42.10, Lead Head at 41lb, The Sargent at 40.12 and we also have three others over 37lb along with a good number of other amazing looking thirties.
The lake itself is carrot shaped, with 7 feet of water at the shallow end and 17 feet at the wider deeper end. The water stays clear almost all year round, and the fish have taken on some fantastic dark colours due to the clarity of the water.