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The Coveys

A ‘Covey’ is a group of Partridges which is where the name for our match lakes originates from!

The Coveys consist of 6 lakes with 173 pegs in total across the 6 lakes combined.

Coveys 1 – 4 are our match exclusive lakes that aren’t available for day tickets.
Covey 5 & 6 when not in use for a match are available for day ticket. Please see our weekly Lake Availbility on our Day Ticket page here

The Covey Lakes are set over 5 acres of scenic countryside and has been called the UK’s number one match fishing venue. The Covey has been designed with 6 individual lakes to form a 173 peg match water as they are all designed to compete fairly against each other with the same widths/depths and style snake lakes! No pegs or rods over lap each other making this a unique fishing water. There is a complex pump system throughout the 6 waters to aerate and provide perfect conditions for these heavily stocked waters comprising of large F1, Mirror, Ide and Commons. The carp weigh up to approx 12 lbs but this weight is always being increased as the fish are growing steadily, but the majority are between 1 lbs – 6 lbs.
In 2019 winter we added a record number of F1 stock fish weighing 2 lbs each, spread across the Coveys we added 6,000 lbs to keep our match fishing waters to the high standard they are known for.

Our match attendances week in week out are some of the highest in the UK (even in the snow, storms and hail!) so you will be sure to have a good day with a welcoming atmosphere to everyone from beginners to professionals.

The Coveys are at their deepest 7ft and 10 inches in the shallowest points across and 11 – 14m wide. Ideal for pole fishing with many different styles of fishing which work well consistently producing huge weights all year round, with a record match weight caught on the 10th of September 2015 on Covey 3, peg 52, Ste Openshaw caught 291lbs and 6oz of mirrors, commons and ide by fishing caster shallow and worm down the edge!

Open Matches run all year round

Open Matches: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
Over 60’s and Disabled Matches: Mondays, Fridays
Over 55’s and Disabled Matches: Wednesdays

Match Rules

Barbless Hooks Only
14s Maximum Hook Size
Above bait bans apply.
In-line method feeders only
No Elasticated Methods – except for Guru X-Safe system
8 pint bait limit per Match.
2 Kilo Ground Bait (In addition to the 8 Pints above)
Two keepnets, or more, must be used from the start in all Matches.
All keepnets to be placed drying on the bank behind your peg and not put in the water until 15 minutes before start of match.
A 66lb limit in each net with fish distributed evenly between nets.
No swinging fish in, a landing net must be used for every fish.
No bait to be thrown in after the Match. Bait Bins are Provided
No pole cups over the water before all in.
No fishing over aerator ropes.
Match official decisions are final.
Offenders will be disqualified.

Gardening Rules

You may trim any vegetation above the water’s suface, but do not pull any vegetation out of the water. No cleaning of the lake bed before the start of the match.
Please gather trimmed vegetation neatly on the bank.
If there is loose trimming from bailiff works, you may scoop it out with your landing net.
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