MSSC Angling Report: Trip to East Delph Lakes

MSSC Angling trip to East Delph Lakes

The first MSSC Angling trip of the summer was at Whittlesey’s East Delph Lakes, a set of picturesque day ticket carp lakes set in the fenland countryside. We had the ‘Back Lake’ booked for 24 hours to see what six of us could lure out of the murky depths.

On arrival we were met by James Mackay the owner of the lakes. He had recently taken over the lakes and has great plans for their future after purchasing the site a couple of years ago. James, like many anglers had a dream of owning a fishery, after a few false starts he managed to secure his lakes. So leaving his teaching job in Walthamstow and selling up his London home, his family finally took advantage of the lower Fenland prices to secure the fishery ownership dream.

Our booking was for the Back Lake, a venue of about two acres with a healthy stock of decent sized carp to about twenty six pounds. The six of us spread out to cover all areas of the lake. It did not take Andy B long to fool the wary carp with a twelve pound fish on a piece of floating crust. Unfortunately that was all the action we had over the next few hours despite our best efforts. It seemed the ideal time to reel in and get the BBQ sparked up, with Andy D and Mick D donning the chef’s hats and cooking up a host of burgers, chorizo and bratwursts sausages. After washing down the evening meal with some of Mick’s IPA’s and followed up with a couple of rounds of banter we were ready for settling down for the night with a mission to catch some more carp.

12Andy B’s twelve pounder

The next fish came to my rods, a nineteen pounder just before dusk. Throughout the night Stuart S, Iain A and I managed to add a few smaller ones to the teams tally. The chilly night soon came to an end with a beautiful misty dawn, highlighting what a lovely, tree lined wildlife oasis East Delph Lakes is. The first rays of sunshine brought an eleven pounder to Andy D, which turned out to be our last fish as the wary carp were successfully avoiding all our efforts to trick them.


Mike’s nineteen pounder


Andy D’s eleven pounder

Based on our trip, we can all thoroughly recommend this excellent little fishery for both scenery and its pretty carp. A rematch is being planned!