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    Nineoaks Fisheries.

    Resting happily within the charming hamlet of Oakford, Nineoaks Fisheries is tucked away just two miles from the seemingly endless stretch of riveting coastlines, set within Ceredigion. Picturesque and peaceful, Nineoaks also boasts first class trout and top coarse fishing and is featured in the Angler's Mail 'Top 100' fisheries to visits.
    Offering a welcoming array of holiday cottages and static caravans, this hospitable accommodation has been appointed 4 stars by the Welsh Tourist Board, and is perfect for couples and families alike- with or without fishing. Snowdrop Bungalow delivers luxury and comfort for up to four people, and is beautifully furnished with a warm and homely feel, while Craigfryn Cottage is a cosy annexe that happily sleeps up to two people. Both are well appointed with showers, fully equipped kitchens, Freeview televisions and central heating.
    While it is not a requirement to spend time fishing when staying at Nineoaks, it is one of the most naturally scenic fisheries in the area. It might be a shame not to take advantage of the three trout pools that contains rainbow, blue and brown trout, or the three coarse lakes that hold all varieties of carp, including Commons, Koi, Mirrors, Leather and Grass, with many weighing up to 20lbs or more. Furthermore, other fish also include Roach, Bream, Skimmer Bream, Trench and Chub and Small Barbel.
    When Ron Cousins, the Welsh Correspondent for The Angler's Mail stayed at the fishery, he thanked Ninoaks 'for two most pleasant days at your fishery.', before going went on to exclaim, 'it was a pleasure to be on the lakes and the fishing was first class'. Visitors concur by thanking Nineoaks for the 'memorable day fishing for the grandchildren and their parents', and another writes, ' thank you for making our holiday so special. Everything was perfect. Lovely bungalow, brilliant fishing and great advice.'
    As one of the least populated counties in Wales, Ceredigion delivers miles of untouched beaches and uncongested coastal footpaths. As such, take your time to unwind and take in some of the spectacular natural bounties the area has to offer. A five minute drive to the South West awaits the sleepy old fishing village of New Quay, dotted with a hotchpotch assortment of colourful, characteristic sea-side houses and gift shops. Be sure to stop by for fish and chips, while overlooking the pretty harbour, and perhaps, if you're with the family, allow yourself the temptation of embarking on a 'Voyage of Discovery'; New Quay is famous for its Bottlenose Dolphins, but the area is also home to seals, gulls and porpoises. The town therefore offers one and two hour boat trips along Ceredigion's Heritage Coast, wherein you may encounter the captivating chance of encountering rare and natural wildlife.
    A short distance away, New Quay Honey Farm exhibits a unique insight into the charming role of the honeybee, whilst also selling honey and meads produced by their own bees. Due to the natural wealth of wildflowers that flourish in these unspoilt lands, the New Quay Honey is of such high quality that the farm is also able to sell their own exclusive cosmetics, wax polish and candles. This lovely experience is one that you do not want to miss. Another opportunity to explore is the Welsh Wildlife Centre, an exceptional reserve and visitor centre, located alongside the River Teifi. Here, fascinating networks of seven different habitats are waiting to be discovered, along a trail of self-guided tours for the whole family to delve into.
    With grounds open from sunrise to sunset, a welcoming atmosphere, superb and homely accommodations and first rate fishing, Nineoaks Fisheries is set within a gorgeous landscape and in the perfect location; it has so much to offer and promises holiday memories to treasure.

    Run by Bill Baker and his partner Valerie, the couple took over the fishery early in 2004. Bill has been an angler all his life and is a former IT consultant who quit the rat-race when he decided on a career change before acquiring the fishery.
    Bill's philosophy is to help all anglers and to educate them to have respect for their quarry, and Nineoaks' surroundings and not to give the 'anti-angling brigade' any ammunition to use against our sport.
    For those anglers wanting to stay at Nine Oaks there are two Welsh Tourist Board Four-star rated apartments in the main Bungalow and two static caravans near the pools. For photographs of the accommodation and prices, please see here for more details.
    They are continuously improving the facilities, including clearing the banks, installing 'fishing pegs', planting Lillie's and other water plants, uprating the outside electrics and installing new high capacity aerators in the coarse lakes and underwater aerators in the Trout pools, plus Wifi and resurfacing the car park. Fish stocks have also been improved with the addition of more Tench plus Barbel and Chub. Together they all help to improve not only the facilities but also the fish stocks and quality of sport.
    Indeed, the changes are already bearing fruit with many anglers catching some awesome Roachand having great fun catching the Barbel and Chub. One of the welcoming improvements has been converting a former outside store into an Anglers' Lodge serving hot and cold snacks, pies and pasties and drinks, ice creams and a range of tackle, bait and accessories.
    Indeed, Bill's bacon and egg sandwiches have gained an excellent reputation - probably making a visit to the fishery worthwhile in their own right!.
    Bill is a qualified angling instructor and approved to teach coarse, game and sea angling. At the time he qualified, Bill was one of only two fishery owners in the UK to be accredited.
    Although loose feeding boilies are not allowed, anglers can use hemp, particles and trout pellets, and most other ground baits and baits which can be bought in the on-site tackle shop.
    Anglers should purchase their day tickets on arrival at the fishery - which opens at 7.30am most days and closes at sunset. Fishing is allowed from sunrise until sunset.
    Although access to the fishery is permitted before the arrival of the bailiff, anglers are requested not to enter private areas, climb gates, cause disturbances or create unnecessary noise.
    Anglers who arrive early should purchase their day ticket when the shop opens at 8.30am, and generally closes at 6.30pm in summer.
    For some awesome Roach Fishing there are plenty of fish like this in each coarse lake. With many over 1lb and several near 1.75lb and a few over 2lb.
    With carp running into the mid-20s, roach to 2lbs plus, tench to 6lbs, bream to an impressive 4lbs, grass carp to 18lbs, koi carp to 4lbs and reputedly eels to over 2lbs which are rarely fished for, the coarse fishing is nicely varied and fairly straightforward, whilst Main Coarse Lake, with its bays, promontories and abundant trees, shrubs and bankside vegetation, provides plenty of features to fish to.
    Open all year the fly-only trout lakes are equally impressive with rainbow and blue trout to 7lbs in all three trout pools, making Nine Oaks a truly rounded fishery for stillwater anglers of all tastes and abilities, whether just looking for a pleasant day's fishing whilst on holiday or on the scout for more serious sport.
    It is hardly surprising then that Nine Oaks is developing a reputation as a quality fishery where the surroundings are as important as the angling, where families and children are welcome and where the hospitality and accommodation is homely and clean and within easy striking distance of some of the best beaches and resorts on the West Welsh coast.

    Main Coarse Lake.

    The largest and most popular of the Nine Oaks' three coarse pools, Main Coarse Lake is easily accessible from the car park and is surrounded by well maintained level grass banks plus plenty of trees, shrubs and marginal plants which make it an attractive and easily accessible lake for both able bodied and disabled anglers.
    At one-and-a quarter acres in size, with 40 pegs and mainly between three and four feet deep throughout, Main Lake is an easy water to fish and holds a good variety of species, including common and mirror carp to the mid-20s but averaging 5lbs to 6lbs; ghosties to 15lbs; and some leather, mirror/koi hybrids which are known to run to 18lbs.
    There are also a few grass carp which run to 10lbs and which are dogged and determined fighters.
    In addition to the carp there are good heads of silver fish including roach to 2lbs-plus and averaging 12ozs, green and golden tench known to run to 6lbs with several fish having reportedly been netted to 9lbs, eels to over 2lbs and bream averaging 3lbs to 4lbs. Indeed, in July 2004 an angler with a 24-inch landing net caught one specimen which was too large to fit in his net!
    The ease of fishing, accessibility to the water and the variety of species make Main Lake popular with both young, older and infirm anglers alike, the experienced and inexperienced all standing a good chance of catching decent fish, and many of them.
    Another attraction of Main Lake is that it is full of features including plenty of bays, an undulating bed with gullies and drop offs and plenty of overhanging trees, bushes and bankside vegetation to provide cover for anglers and fish alike.
    There are few snags and the bottom comprises mainly clay and stones which provide a clean bottom. This means that margin fishing is excellent and popular either on the bottom or on the surface with a good number of fish being taken close in.
    The overhanging trees and bankside vegetation also mean that stalking the margins for carp in summer can be very productive. Indeed, in 2006 the fishery was rated by Improve Your Coarse Fishing magazine as amongst the six best fisheries in the UK for surface fishing for carp.
    Although Main Coarse Lake is not deep, it is definitely worth plumbing the lake to find the hidden features.
    Ledger fishing on Main Lake can be very productive with either a standard bomb or Method feeder packed with Vitalin and sweetcorn with two corn kernels in the hook.
    When it comes to baits, as with most fisheries almost anything goes, although most popular and successful on Main Lake tend to be sweetcorn, soft hooker pellets, maggots and bread fished on the bottom. Floating bread, bread crust or bread flake which is allowed to sink slowly through the water can be deadly during balmy summer afternoons and evenings.
    Dog biscuits and bread crust fished on the surface early morning and evening are also popular, as are pieces of tinned tongue, catfood or raw sausage fished in the margins with a pole float for sensitivity for the lightning fast takes.
    Don't attempt to fish Nine Oaks using 'big pit' tactics as it pays to fish using 4lb to 6lb line with a suggested maximum of 8lbs and recommended hook sizes of 10s or 12s tied straight through - a technique which doesn't even put the roach off! Thick lines and big hooks, however, will put them off.

    House Pool.

    On entering the fishery, House Pool is on the left. Smaller and more uniform in shape than Main Lake, it has a nice bed of lilies which provide a good feature to fish to and a good depth of between eight and 10 feet.
    About half an acre in size and offering a total of 12 pegs, House Pool holds a 40/40 mix of carp and roach with about 15 per cent bream and skimmers and five per cent tench. The carp include commons, mirrors and ghosties up to 14lbs plus at least three grass carp which go to 16lbs.
    Pictured left is Jason Tolley from Castle Bromwich in Birmingham who caught a 16lb grass carp fishing a half-inch square of luncheon meat on 4lb line and a size 10 hook. Jason was float fishing on the bottom just three feet out from the bank when the fish took.
    At an average of three-quarters of a pound and running to two-and-a-half pounds, the roach are in beautiful condition with a lovely blue sheen. A few years ago one angler reported he had caught a 4lb specimen which he said measured 14 inches from the tip of its nose to the fork of its tail. The tench run to about 5lbs and average between 2lbs and 3lbs whilst the bream run to 4lbs with plenty of 1lb-plus fish and good sized skimmers.
    Unlike Main Lake, House Pool has a three-to-four feet deep shelf which drops off quickly to between six and eight feet a rod length out from the bank. The depth in the centre is between nine and 10 feet. Even by the lily pads the water is between five and six feet deep, and here it pays to fish mid-water on the waggler, off and not in the lilies.
    As with Main Lake, House Pool has few snags, but because of the carp anglers are again recommended to use size 10 or 12s hooks and 4lb to 6lb line. Pole anglers should step up accordingly or they too will be broken as a Size 12 elastic will be stretched to the limit when a decent fish takes the bait.
    The fishing can be prolific in Main and House, some anglers regularly catching 200lb per visit during the summer months, which is why it is becoming increasingly popular with Nine Oaks' regulars. It is a disabled friendly site with easy access grassy slopes to some pools for easier access. With peace and tranquillity it is easy to forget time everywhere. With plenty of bushy nooks and crannies to hide away in it is a great place to get away from other anglers and at the same time stand a good chance of catching decent sized fish.
    Again, as with the Main Lake, one of the secrets of House Pool is that presentation is paramount and anglers should keep things as simple as possible. Fishing sweetcorn, maggots, bread or pellets over a bed of pellets or hemp is a great way to start fishing and should lead to positive results. Fishing floating bread or dog biscuits can also produce excellent results on warm afternoons and evenings, and see Bill to show you how to fish mussel for great results.

    Weir, Pallen and Derwen Trout Lakes.

    Stocked with rainbow and blue trout in the 2lbs to 7lbs range and small brown trout, Weir, Pallen and Derwen Trout Pools are well established waters in a delightful and sometimes challenging setting.
    Available on both a 'Catch and Take' and a 'Catch and Release' basis, all three pools are single fly-only waters with depths ranging from 6 to 13 feet and plenty of bays, sloping sides and overhanging trees to fish close to and underneath.
    Weir and Derwen are the largest of the three waters offering some 8 fishing stations each whilst Pallen, the smallest, has 5 stations.

    As one would expect, anglers are advised to watch closely to see which type of fly about or rising from the water and then try to imitate them as best they can. This often means regularly changing flies until you find the 'killing' pattern that fish are taking. Certainly the better anglers change their flies and fishing spot regularly and not at half-hourly intervals.
    Most anglers fishing Weir, Pallen and Derwen tend to use floating lines with a sinking tip, particularly with a Gold Head, Damsel or Diawl Bach fly. In Derwen, however, the fish are known to be partial to a pink coloured Damsel fly.
    Because all three pools are surrounded by trees and shrubs, casting can be challenging in places and anglers need to be adept at the flick or side cast to avoid becoming tangled in the trees. However, this adds to the charm of the waters giving them a very 'natural feel whilst at the same time providing anglers with cover from the fish, and cover for the fish in the clear waters.

    The Novices (Childrens') Pool.

    Being developed from a former series of stock ponds which were once used for growing on trout, Childrens' Pool or Novices' Pool has been developed as an easy-to-fish water ideal for younger anglers holding a lot of fish in the 1lb to 3lb range, a couple of carp betwen 5lbs and 7lbs but nothing over 10lbs.
    Opened to anglers in Autumn 2004, the pool has been developed as an ideal 'Dads and Lads' water where younger anglers can hone their skills without the worry of having their bait being taken by a big fish. This will enable them to learn not only how to attract fish and hook them but also how to play them, look after them on the bank and return them safely to the water.
    With just a dozen pegs, the water holds a variety of species including carp, roach, tench, skimmer bream and one koi carp.

    How to get there.

    Directions from Manchester:

    Take the M60 (South) onto the M56 and head towards Chester.
    At Ellesmere Port branch off and continue on the M53 towards Chester and N. Wales.
    This road then becomes the A55. Remain on the A55 until signs for Wrexham (A483).
    Take the A483 (Wrexham) and remain on this road until Llangurig (A489).
    The A489 becomes the A470 - at Llangurig roundabout take the A44 (Aberystwyth).
    At Aberystwyth take the Coast Road (A487) south for Cardigan.
    Go past Aberarth and Aberaeron and follow signs for Oakford.
    In the village of Oakford turn right at the 'T' junction and almost immediately left. Nearly 100 yards further you should find Nine Oaks Angling Centre on your right-hand side.
    Manchester to Aberaeron is 145 miles approx which, depending on traffic, should take roughly 3.5 hours.

    Directions from Birmingham:

    Take the M6 North to Junction 10a (M54).
    On the M54 head for Shrewsbury.
    At Wellington the M54 ceases and becomes the A5.
    Continue on the A5 past Shrewsbury, heading for Welshpool (A458).
    At Welshpool take the A483 south towards Newton.
    Remain on the A483 towards Llangurig (A489).
    The A489 becomes the A470 - at Llangurig roundabout take the A44 (Aberystwyth).
    At Aberystwyth take the Coast Road (A487) south for Cardigan.
    Go past Aberarth and Aberaeron and follow signs for Oakford.
    In the village of Oakford turn right at the 'T' junction and almost immediately left. Nearly 100 yards further you should find Nine Oaks Angling Centre on your right-hand side.
    Birmingham to Aberaeron is 140 miles approx.

    Directions from London:

    Take the M4 (West) towards Bristol.
    Remain on the M4 over the Severn Bridge. Continue until A48 Carmarthen.
    At Carmarthen take the A40 (Westbound) towards Haverfordwest.
    Approx 30 miles past Carmarthen, take the Coast road (A487) to Aberystwyth.
    Approx 15 miles later you will drive past the Village of New Quay.
    Approx 4 miles further on the left-hand side is a Londis Grocery Store. Follow signs for Oakford.
    In the village of Oakford turn right at the 'T' junction and almost immediately left. Nearly 100 yards further you should find Nine Oaks Angling Centre on your right-hand side.

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    6 lakes (3 Trout & 3 Coarse) at Oakford near Llanarth, Ceredigion, SA47 0RW

    Craigfryn, Oakford near Llanarth, Ceredigion, SA47 0RW

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