The picturesque nine-lake complex offers everything the modern carp and specimen angler could ever want. At the centre of the rich portfolio of large and unspoilt waters is the legendary St Ives Lagoon, a venue steeped in angling history which is home to stunning original big carp to the upper 40lb bracket, including a few very elusive up and coming fish which have barely seen the bank. A hundred carp were introduced three years ago, the largest of which so far during the early part of the 2014 season has made nearly 19lbs! But it's not all big carp on the agenda - the Lagoon is also home to huge tench and a shoal of monster bream, with fish to 19lb banked in 2012, and so far this season, fish to over 15lb, as well as good numbers of pike approaching 30lb.
Big carp anglers are also very well catered for at St Ives with the famous Shallow Pit, the stocks of which include around 20 fish over the 30lb mark to a best of 48-08lb, as well as double-figure tench and bream and plenty of pike over the magical 20lb barrier.
Then there is the intriguing Meadow/Fjords Lake, a big and wild mature gravel pit where watercraft and good old fashioned effort may just help you catch the fish of a lifetime! As well as one of the most sought after carp in the land - The Black Linear - the beguiling 100-acre lake is also home to The Round Brown, which came out at 44-14lb this year (2014) as well as an ever-growing 300-strong band of stunning stockies, which have now touched 30lb, with fish in the 20-25lb range common
The bream and tench in Meadow/Fjords also grow very big, having been caught at 17lb-plus and over 12lb respectively, as do the eels, which have been landed to over 8lb. The biggest lure for many visitors, however, is the handful of massive mirror and common carp in Meadow/Fjords which have been seen many times ... but never caught! One or two of them have been estimated at well over 50lb... and it's only a matter of time before one of these is banked. Will you be the one to make carp fishing history?
Moving on, the 40-acre Long Reach Lake is another untapped wilderness for big fish anglers, with carp to over 40lb, double-figure tench and bream, monster eels and some very large pike swimming in its fascinating depths, but if big bags of fish are your thing, check out Andersons, Ivo and Tricor Lakes, which as well as big and beautiful carp to over 30lb, also each contain good numbers of tench, bream and silverfish. These mature and well-stocked lakes offer the perfect setting for an action-packed weekend, and the Ivo is even available for match bookings!
So whether it's huge stunning English carp, massive tench, bream, eels or pike you are after - or indeed just somewhere peaceful and unspoilt to compile a big match-winning net - give Gordy a ring now and get yourself down to St Ives - you won't be disappointed!
A hundred carp were introduced three years ago into The Lagoon, the largest of which so far during the early part of the 2014 season has made nearly 19lbs!