Chris Long, Dave Price and George Evans dropped in at Golden Oak for the week at short notice early this summer, only going on to land the boss at 63lb 8oz!
Details of your catches: 2 singles, 12 twenties, 7 thirties and the boss at 63lb 8oz. All in great condition and put up a good old fight.
Your best tactics/bait/rigs: After finding out from dick that the fish have a constant feed containing lots of maize and pale pulses going in I opted to top my baits off with a bit of plastic corn. Had a cracking few days and it wasn’t long before the other two anglers cottoned on changing to a pineapple pop up over dicks party mix. Listen to his advice, fish the spots that are known for producing and be sure to pin your lines down. Don’t ignore the shallows, had some great days watching the fish basking in the sun with no more than a rod, mat and net. Nothing better than hearing your persistence pay off when your drag starts screaming.
Were the facilities what you expected? The facilities on site are second to none. We were fully prepared to spend the full week in our bivvies and arrived to find a beautiful building with three bedrooms, all ensuite, dinning area with all the facilities you need to prepare a slap up meal, a well maintained garden and patio area and even sky tv. If by any chance there is anything that you need or have forgotten, speak to joe and dick and they are always happy to accommodate.
Were you happy with them? Was above and beyond our expectations.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend? Would recommend golden oak lake to any group of keen anglers. The fact that you are not tied to a peg means you are free to roam and drop in your baits wherever takes your fancy and the fact the the lake is all your means there are no other anglers to worry about. I would also recommend this place for anyone who struggles to find the time or money due to family commitments. This place is ideal for the family to relax, visit the resident goats, horses etc whilst allowing you to drop in a couple of lines. The gardens roll straight onto the lake (with gates to keep the kids away :)) allowing you to socialise whilst being close enough when your alarms begin to sound.
Would you recommend our services to a friend? We opted to take the food package which was very reasonably priced. I can’t describe how good the food was, full english in the morning and a home cooked three course meal in the evening. Joe is a miracle worker in the kitchen and you will not find a better pastry anywhere else. If you are a fussy eater like myself, Joe is more than happy to offer up an alternative.
General comments: We booked golden oak a week before we were due to leave due to our original booking with another complex being cancelled so we were just happy to have somewhere to fish. We were blown away when we arrived to find that the whole site and accommodation was ours to use as we please. Joe and dick can not be more accommodating and it was lovely to sit down and have a beer with a couple who care so much about their business, fish and guests.
Don’t arrive with the preconception that you know it all, listen to what they have to say and take their advice. We did after having a slow day and managed to bank the boss at a new lake record of 63lb 8oz. The fish are beautiful, it’s nice to see a fish with everything intact. The food on site was amazing and after showing pics of the facilities and fish to some of my fellow anglers, i already have competition for the dates i want next year, missus in tow if i can convince. 5 star plus. Thanks for a great week Joe & Dick and see you sometime next year.
For more information on Golden Oak follow the link – Fishing Holidays