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Hampshire is a county which leaves the carp angler spoilt for choice when choosing a lake.
The following list details a selection of carp venues in the county and gives an indications of difficulty and size of fish.
Badshot Lea Big Pond - Difficulty: Easy
In Aldershot this Farnham Angling club (FAS) controlled water has long been an ideal first water with a high stock of fish into the 30s.
Frensham Pond - Difficulty: Hard
This 30 acre pit is oe of the classic carp waters and has been fished by many of the greats in the formative years of the sport. Original Leney's are now very scarce. The water is controlled by FAS and night fishing is through a booking system.
Mill Lane - Yateley - Difficulty: Hard
Now a form favourite with the big fish circuit, Mill Lane, another FAS pit, has a long reputation for being a tough nut to crack, not least due to the high
popularity it has enjoyed for the last 10 years. For the dedicated Angler a 10 fish season being a good result. But with a small stock, approx 30-40 fish in 9 acres, which rivals virtually any water in the country for average weight it is more popular than ever. Tafs and the big Whiskers having both been angled at 50lb+.
Cemex Yateley Complex - Difficulty: Easy to Very Hard One of the most famous complexes of lakes in the country, and ripe with History, the Yateley complex is not quite the mecca of low stock big fish waters it once was offering a more balanced selection of Venues. Once known for the famous 40s waters, only the Car Park still offers that level of historical experience.
However other waters on the venue such as the bookable pads, revitalised North and day ticket Sandhurst offer something for everyone.
Broadlands - Difficulty: Easy
A long stalwart of the day ticket carping scene Broadlands, near Romsey, still offers a great option for rod bending action.
Frimley - Difficulty: Medium
This complex of 4 lakes, long famous for big commons, is run by Cemex. Pit 3 is probably the lake which most developed the reputatoin of the complex and is now syndicate run but pits 1 and 2 offer and easier but still rewarding challenge. Pit 4 is the largest and
perhaps most interesting challenge.
Hatchet Pond - Difficulty: Hard
A hitoric pit set within The New Forest offering a low stock in its 12 acres on a day fihing only basis. Its most famous resident the Orange Fish at 40lb+. Season tickets are bought from the Forestry Commission with day tickets available at East Boldre Post office.
Nutsey Lake: Difficulty: Hard
Whilst mainly famous for being a bit of a one fish wonder, hosting the beautiful Nutsey Fish which has a long history of going 50lb+ this 2acre pit does hold some nice looking other fish. Controlled by the Test Valley angling club with tickets only available to nearby residents.
Last Edited by: erikb on the 26 February 2012