ASHLEY TINKLIN had a dream angling holiday just 100 miles from home when he landed mighty mirrors of 49 lb 2 oz (pictured) and 45 lb 12 oz.

Nottinghamshire-based Ashley booked up for his ‘angling holiday’ at Holme Fen Fishery in Cambridgeshire, where he spent time with nine mates for six days.

The 33 year-old said: “We rented the whole lake and there was five personal bests smashed including me beating my old 26 lb 12 oz PB twice.

“I added two others of 22 lb 8 oz and 17 lb 12 oz and all were caught on Vortex Baits’s Squid Liver pop-ups,” added the assistant at Phils Bait & Tackle in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Holme Fen is a water to watch

Holme Fen Fishery is far from the average ‘angling holiday’ venue. It is located not far from Huntingdon near the village of Colne on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens. And it’s gained a big reputation for quality big carp.

The venue – with Meadows and Poachers pools – was carefully developed from a recently completed gravel extraction site. Martin Dawson and Mike Hawes, who have run it since 2010, both have extensive experience of managing fisheries of this type.

Ashley Tinklin shows the 45-pounder from his visit to Holme Fen.

Ashley Tinklin shows the 45-pounder from his visit to Holme Fen.

They say on the official Holme Fen website: “The complex has been purposely designed as a specimen carp, day ticket fishery, where PB’s will be regularly broken.

“It is available for individual or group bookings of 48, 96 or 144 hours at £40 per night, starting Mon, Wed and Fri.

“The Meadows is 26 acres in size and currently holds approximately 200 fish, with approx. 40 fish over 40lb and a current lake record of over 64 lb.

“In addition, Poachers Pool is 4 acres in size and stocked with approx. 90 carp in excess of 35 lb, open for group bookings of up to three anglers.”

Dates for the remainder of 2016 are £40 per full day on Meadow, £90 on Poachers, but are fast being snapped up via the website’s booking page. They are taking full week reservations into 2017 for ten anglers via email to – the general bookings page for 2017 will open on January 9.

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