Carthagena Fishery, Brooke Lake

Possibly one of the oldest gravel pits in Hertfordshire, formerly known as Heartbreak Pit. Brooke Lake is around five acres in size, it's features and make up make this a carp anglers dream. With reedy fringes, lily pads, gravel bars, silt channels and depths between 8 to 13 feet, there are endless possibilities to fish to and features to find.

The lake is a great place for you to fine tune your skills and learn all the techniques needed to be a successful carp angler. It responds very well to surface baits in the summer but standard bottom bait techniques work year round and the lake still fishes well throughout the winter months.

"Brooke Lake is fast becoming a top this space." Jerry Hammond

Over the last five years we have been developing Brooke Lake into what it is today, each swim has it's area of water to fish to and other anglers do not encroach on your swim. There are 14 swims, 4 of which are doubles bigger enough for two anglers to fish side by side with plenty of room.

A view of the new huts on the Brooke Lake jetty

Micky Ruggles with the new Brooke Lake record

The Lake is stocked with around 200 carp, with the average size being around 18lb, with at least a dozen fish over the magical 30lb mark with one or two fast approaching 40lb. The fish are growing very well each year and we could very well see the average weight going up by 2-3lbs. There is also a massive head of twenty plus pound fish, so plenty to go for and always a chance of a surprise too! The lake is also stocked with Tench to over 12lb 8oz and crucian carp to 4lb so bring your specimen tackle.

Neil with 'Hatchet'

Terry with the 'Advert' fish

Brooke Lake is run as a syndicate fishery and season tickets are available from March 15th.