Holme Pit Holme Pit is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and forms part of a Local Nature Reserve. The pond (originally a stock pond for the Clifton family estate) and surrounding area remains largely unchanged for more than 200 years. Fish stock wise, best estimate is between 20 and 30 carp to around 30lb, including mirrors and commons. There are plenty of bream, roach, rudd, perch, pike, tench and, of course, eels! The carp can be a bit "moody" at times but various tactics and baits work in both open water and along the reed beds, and try floater fishing up "the Arm" during warmer weather.
Aerial shot of Holme Pit
River Trent 'The Pads' Biggest carp is a 29lb mirror with plenty of doubles and twenties caught over the years. The carp can be caught right under your rod tip in the pads or from "the wall" which is around 30 metres out. Don't ignore the wooded areas either end. There are also plenty of bream, chub, pike and barbel.
Aerial shot of The Pads
River Trent 'The Willows' This stretch has produced carp to 28lb. Although not as prolific as the Weir field for big barbel, never underestimate this area for barbel, as well as chub, bream and pike.
River Trent 'Barton Ferry Field' Over the years this stretch has produced carp to 30+lb, barbel to 15lb, chub to 7lb, bream to 8lb and pike of various sizes. Don't overlook the margins.
Ferry Field opposite the entrance to the Erewash Canal
River Trent 'The Weir Field' (Beeston Weir, Clifton side)
Well what can we say............loads of big barbel, carp, chub, bream and even salmon caught throughout the season. Please Note: The Hydro Power Station compound is private property and is not included in your TVA membership.
The Bay downstream from the Weir
Aerial shot of the Weir showing the beach
Catching carp from the River Firstly, with many of the carp being nomadic, location is critical. Some say sitting it out after pre-baiting is best while others just bait up while fishing. Generally, river carp aren't fussy eaters so a a pop up, balanced or bottom bait, particle or boillie will all work in the right conditions and location. Use strong sharp hooks, abrasion resistant hook link, minimum of 15lb mainline and a lead proportional to the flow. Secondly, be patient and you never know what might turn up!