The Copse and Church Lakes in Essex have been painstakingly and personally developed by Kevin Nash over 16 years and now hold probably the highest concentration of 40 and 50 lb carp of any fishery in the UK, topped by a pedigree UK 60-pounder.
With access previously limited to personal invitation only and friends of Nash Tackle, the venues have been responsible for possibly more personal bests of high profile carpers than any other in the last decade.
“I’ve always considered the lakes as my place to study and research carp growth in fisheries which is one of my passions and I think we’ve made the point down there,” said Kevin who took a record brace of 50s with a 52 lb 2 oz common and a 51 lb 2 oz mirror on Riser Pellet within ten minutes of each on the Copse Lake in 2011. “There are more 50s in The Copse today than there are in most counties.
“What has changed is my recognition that quality carp fisheries are not being developed in significant numbers and a lot of the ones out there are poorly run with no ability to create the right environment for carp or carp anglers – so we have started a Nash Fisheries portfolio,” Kevin explained.
“In terms of desirability The Copse has got to be the next Redmire…”
“The first step is opening a first class fishery at the new site in Royston, Cambridgeshire, and between this and digging and developing a new lake in Essex we have invested over £400,000,” he explained. “To help continue to procure and develop fisheries The Church and Copse will be a revenue stream towards future acquisitions.”
Fishing on both venues will be on a limited numbers basis, with weekly bookings for five day Monday to Friday sessions run like carp holidays to France. The venues have 24 hour bailiffing, toilet facilities and an on site lodge with a kitchen, freezer and shower. Tackle and anglers will be carried via quad bike and trailer, both when arriving and if wishing to move swims.
• Fishing is limited to April, then closing May and June for spawning, both venues opening again July to November. April sessions are being auctioned
The Copse Lake
• 2.1 acres
• The original fish consist of 8 different 50s, 11 x 40s and one 30
• A further 20 naturally spawned and grown on carp from upper doubles to 51 lb
• Previously produced a 61 lb mirror and last year a 59 lb 14 oz common, undoubtedly over 60 lb now.
• Maximum 3 anglers
The Church Lake
• 4.7 acres
• Approximately 70 carp
• 3-4 different 50s
• 10 x 40s
• Majority over 30 lb
• Lake record of over 60 lb
• Maximum 6 anglers