Everything you need to know about Wingham carp lakes

Everything you need to know about Wingham carp lakes

Wingham Carp Lake has produced the biggest carp ever seen in the UK at 83lb 4oz, but what's the history of Wingham and can you fish there? And how much does it cost? We explain all...

Steve Burke, a top specimen hunter known for his perch captures, is the owner and self-styled "creator" of Wingham.

There are two lakes on site. The Carp Lake and the Main Lake.

 Wingham Main Lake (Photo: Peter Wright/winghamfisheries.co.uk)

Wingham Main Lake (Photo: Peter Wright/winghamfisheries.co.uk)

The Carp Lake holds seven different fish over 50lb, previously topped by Black Spot at 60lb 8oz before this freak 83-pounder.

Wingham Carp Lake covers 15 acres and is fished by just 30 members.

Wingham Main Lake is 40 acres and fished by 80 members.

 Dawn over the Main Lake. (Photo: Julian Grattidge/winghamfisheries.co.uk)

Dawn over the Main Lake. (Photo: Julian Grattidge/winghamfisheries.co.uk)

Members are not allowed to talk about their captures directly to the media on pain of losing their tickets.

A 12-month ticket costs £2,075 and there is a £290 joining fee. Short-term options are also available.

There is a waiting list for both lakes.

 Black Spot's top weight of 60lb 8oz was the Carp Lake's previous biggest fish

Black Spot's top weight of 60lb 8oz was the Carp Lake's previous biggest fish

Wingham Carp Lake was stocked with fast-growing three-year-old British fish, one of which was caught at over 30lb just four years later.

Wingham Main Lake was stocked a few years later and only opened fully to carp anglers in March 2015.

Fish have successfully spawned on site and the lake-record 59lb 8oz common and lake-record 60lb 8oz mirror from the Carp Lake were both born at Wingham.

Speaking in 2014, Steve said: “I'm genuinely not surprised at the size they reach at Wingham because when we pull the weed out on work parties it contains so much natural food the weed tries to crawl back in!”

Steve also told Carpfeed recently that his area of Kent, about 10 miles from the coast, has its own micro-climate, though it often produces harsher conditions such as early and late-season frosts.

He believes angling pressure is the biggest deterrent to fish achieving huge weights and, until the capture of the 83-pounder, was confident one of his lakes would produce a 70.

Wingham has been fished by a number of top anglers including Urban Bait boss Terry Dempsey and George Benos.