Created in 2003 as a purpose built, featured match lake
Surface Are: 1 Hectare
Shape: Irregular shape consisting of a large island to fish from, a further two islands and lily pad patches. The maximum depth is two meters, the margin shelf is 0.5 meters and sunken reefs are 0.5 meters deep.
Magpie has 36 evenly spaced pegs all slightly differing in their capability to hold fish. All pegs have excellent, near bank, marginal features, with a shelf at approximately 3m, which enables you to fish short on all swims. Added to this is the numerous rush islands and lily pads, making this mature lake a different challenge on each peg.
This is the lake to choose if you want to really bag up. Being the most mature of the match lakes, the average stamp reaches anywhere from 3lbs to 12lbs+, making it very easy to put over 150lbs on the scales from the majority of the pegs. Magpie holds Rookery Waters Match record at 518lbs!
Spring/Summer – Meat, Corn, Paste, Maggots, Worms, Casters, Bandums and Pellets
Autumn/Winter – Maggots, Pellets, Corn, Hi Viz pop ups and Bread
Spring/Summer – Pole in the margins and pellet waggler. pellet shallow, meat or paste short at 5m, feeder to the far bank can also produce whilst your near margin is fishing slow.
Autumn/Winter – lightly feed pellets with 4/6mm soft expander pellet fished tight to the features. Corn and maggots work in the edges. Dobbing bread to features when the weather is extremely cold can produce excellent results.
Record Match Weight:
Steve Dorks – Peg 28 – 518lbs
Caught on Sunday the 12th of August 2018, his tactics were to fish caster shallow at 6m for the full 6 hours of the match