Profile: Wetlands

CONTINUING with our look around the local commercials this week we turn our attention to the Wetlands Animal Park and Fishery.

Situated at Sutton-cum-Lound it covers over 32 acres with two large lakes providing a mixture of sport to suit the matchman or carp specialist.

But it is the casual angler that we will be focusing on.

The main match lake has 48 pegs with roach, perch, bream, tench, ide and carp to in excess of 20lbs, although fishery manager Clive informs us that there are plans to move the larger fish to the back lake.

He has recently stocked 500 commons and mirrors in the 1lb to 2lb range to supplement the already prolific stocks.

Although the lake is considered to be primarily a match lake Tuesdays and Thursdays are given over to the pleasure angler and last year’s top match weight of 196lb gives an indication of the sport.

The pegs are well spaced and the fish are well spread throughout the lake and will fall to most methods, although pellet and paste attract larger lumps.

The back lake is available for pleasure fishing every day and although it is a mixed fishery it does contain carp in excess of 30lb so we would advise you to beef up your tackle accordingly to avoid broken poles and crack offs.

There are 30 pegs and Clive has plans to improve peg access and on-site parking for the lake.

The cost for the day for both pleasure and match bookings is £6 per peg and the beauty of this venue is that for the non -anglers in the family there is the surrounding animal park.

For further details and rules call Clive on 01777 818099 or visit


AT Lakeside, Ranskill, Wednesday’s open on the main lake was won by Ben Holmes who pole fished caster on peg 11 to put together a winning net of ide and skimmers weighing 47lb 11oz.

Saturday’s teams of four event saw Wayne Spencer triumph fishing the maggot feeder on peg 4 for a bag of 42lb 11oz.

Regular visitors DJ Angling held a contest on the second strip pond on Sunday with Danny Myers putting together a winning net of skimmers, ide and goldfish weighing 36lb 15oz on peg 6.

Over on the trout lake Nigel Patterson cast his various buzzers or cats whisker on a floating line to help slip his landing net under 14 fish to an impressive 8lb.

At Riverside near Bawtry Friday’s open was won by Dave Evans on peg 36 with 11lb 13oz taken on waggler fished corn.

Lee Hasset was a close second on peg 4 with 11lb 6oz tempted on pole fished maggot.

Down the road at Lodge Farm, Tuesday’s contest was won by Ian Temple who pole fished pellet to good effect landing 103lb 12oz from peg 34.

Andy favell was second with 69lb 5oz from peg 36.

Wednesday’s veterans was fished on the signal pond where John Gunn pole fished maggot and caster to help put together a winning net of 27lb 8oz from peg 25 with Lenny Squires in the runners-up position on peg 39 with a level 25lb on the groundbait feeder.

Thursday’s open event on the Long Island was won by Steve Nemass also fishing the ground bait feeder for 50lb 6oz from peg 90.

Chris Smith settled for second on next peg 89 weighing 28lb 14oz taken on bomb and corn.

In Saturday’s match Smith went one better fishing bomb and meat on peg 80 and weighing 40lb 10oz.

Dave Evans employed waggler fished corn on peg 99 to weigh 23lb 5oz.

At Sherwood Farm Fishery the first match was on Sherwood Lake last Tuesday where the competitors had to fish through holes in the ice.

Dave Round alternated between the pole fished with caster and maggot at field side peg 14 landing 6lb 3oz of small roach, skimmers and perch.

He made it back-to-back by also winning the Wednesday open on the Holmedale Lake where he again pole fished caster and maggot for small roach and perch to record 12lb 6oz.