2024 Top Lake Bookings

The 2024 diary is now open for exclusive bookings. 

Exclusive full lake hire carp fishing by appointment only, located near Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.


The Top Lake is our specimen carp lake available for group bookings only with a maximum of 8 anglers to fish at a time. The Top Lake holds a good head of stunning carp including 25 known 30lb+ fish with 6 fish now over 40lb (May 2023). The official lake record is now 43lb.12oz a fish called The Little Dark Mirror and this isn't the biggest recorded fish known. We have had six different reported 40s inc a 45lb mirror and a 41lb common. We still have fish yet to be caught including the biggest fish known as The Grey Mirror! The current stock is around 150 fish but that is just a best guess now as new fish are coming through each year.


The Top Lake is Exclusive Full Lake Hire 8 people maximum (2023 prices)

£400 for the weekend 3pm Friday - 4pm Sunday. Times will vary depending on day light.

£850 for mid week exclusive bookings fishing 7am Monday to midday Friday.

mid weeks can be split into 2x 48hrs from Monday 7am to Wednesday 8am or midday Wednesday to midday Friday £400 48hrs.
£1250 for combined weekend and mid week 7am monday to 6pm sunday.
This option allows you to fish right through gifting you 5hrs free fishing on the friday.

The Top Lake is closed on Sunday nights.

We do not offer day tickets on the Top Lake.



The Catfish Lake (Carp and Catfish) Exclusive Full Lake Hire 6 people

£300 for the weekend 3pm Friday - 4pm Sunday.

£150 for 24hr 5pm to 5pm the following day.

£600 for 7am Monday to 12 noon Friday.

Day tickets are 7am to 7pm or 7pm to 7am 12hrs £15 for 3 rods per person

This lake has a mix of catfish, carp and koi but is mainly a catfish lake.


The Match Lake Exclusive Full lake 8-10 people maximum

£60 for the day 7am to 7am or dawn to dusk in the winter, there is no night fishing on the match lake.

Day tickets £10 for 2 rods and £5 for OAP's

Top Lake Feature Pictures

We are running a feature picture gallery for the better quality pictures sent in...all pics need to be actual pictures and not screenshots or the quality will not be good enough to use. Forward your pictures and catch reports to Phil via the fishery WhatsApp please.


The Top Lake is our exclusive booking only specimen carp fishing lake

We have a varied selection of pristine common and mirror carp as well as some of the most beautiful ghost carp in the country. The mirror carp are descendants from the original Croatian fish which Phil hand reared from 2-3" fish over 18 years ago. Some of these original fish are now over 45lb and have the genetics to achieve 50-60lb+ fish with the right conditions and quality fishmeal boilies. Over the years the fish have naturally spawned with the ghost carp which has produced some stunning colours and scale patterns. One such fish is Orange Spot which is now around 28-30lb and a much sought after fish to tick off the list. Fishing on the top lake is not the easy and can be frustrating at times but the rewards are there. We do offer advice but it is entirely up to you if you want to take it onboard. Our beautiful carp fight hard in the oxygen rich water and then once safely netted you will see they are in immaculate condition, testiment to the HNV fishmeal boilies they are fed and the attention to detail with water quality and the aquatic environment.
At present we have had 6 different 40s out during 2023 with the biggest verified weight at just over 45l. There are several different known carp over 30lb with plenty of 20s and lots of stunning new scaley carp growing on each year thanks to our successful spawnings and fishery management.

Fishing on the Top Lake, as with all 3 of our lakes, is by advance booking only. Bookings can be made by email, WhatsApp or calling our booking line between 9am and 5pm monday to friday on 07455442253. If you have not booked in advance you are not, and will not be permitted to fish. The Top lake is for adults only, we do not allow under 18s to fish on this lake even with an adult. Sorry but, this is down to insurance restrictions and beyond our control.
We feed the fish all year round on a blend of V12 and Bio-Maple freezer boilies. We only feed boilies now so the carp gain the full dietry requiements and more. We stiopped feeding pellets as they break down too fast, feeding mainly the roach and rudd. We can also add immuno stimulants to the boilies and tweak the energy levels depending on the time of year.

Please note: we have a minimum 15lb line rule due to the nature of our hard fighting big carp, especially the common carp. A large high sided unhooking mat or at least an XL beanie type mat is a must have item, along with a 42” minimum landing net, a retaining sling to transport fish from the water to the mat and some form of fish care kit to treat hookholds etc.

Every angler should have some sort of a bucket to be able to quickly fill with FRESH lake water to pour over the fish and keep it wet at all times. This should be something every carp angler automatically does however, sadly this this does not always happen! So this is a note to anyone that does not know to keep fish wet at all times. If the fish is all foamy on the matt you are not keeping it wet enough, pour more water over the fish. Please look after our fish as they are extremely valuable and treated like our pets. Be mindful with them on the bank so they can remain healthy with as little stress as possible.


The New Top Lake record is a fish called The Little Dark Mirror, now at 43.12, Norman was also recorded at the same weight in 2022. These are not the biggest in the lake as there have been reports of fish over 45lb but this is the biggest to be landed and then verified by us.

Maximum number of anglers on the top lake at the moment is 8. We do not allow any random visitors to the Top Lake or people walking round. Wives and girlfriends are welcome to visit or fish with you.


No shelf life boilies are to be used, popups and wafters are fine. Preserved off the shelf packet boilies and particles are not allowed. Dynamite, Mainline and Nash particle is allowed as it is cooked in the packet with no preservatives. 


No maggots or casters to be used on The Top lake, they really dont do the fish or water quality any good at all! We are all about the fish health so please dont use maggots, rigs and bait will be checked. Worms are fine to use instead if you want to use naturals during the winter months.


Bait boats are allowed at the moment as long as they are used safely. Please do not drop rigs in the reeds, the pads or too far under bushes and trees where the fish are likely to be snagged, common sense is advised...or they will be banned. 


Thank you

The Catfish Lake

The catfish lake started off with over 100 wels catfish but over the last couple of years the carp population has greatly increased so now the lake has become a good alternative to the top lake. The biggest catfish to be landed last year was just over of 80lb. The carp run to 30lb and can prove to be good sport during the day when fishing for catfish can be tricky. Most methods work for the catfish including boilies, halibut pellets and deadbaits.

Barbless hooks and free running leads only.

Fishing is by advanced booking only, call or text our booking line on 07455442253. This lake is adults only as it is an irrigation reservoir so the water level does drop quite a lot making the bank slippery when wet.

Exclusive bookings on this lake are £300 for the weekend 15:00 Friday to 16:00 Sunday and £600 for a mid week 07:00 monday to 12:00 Friday.

24hr tickets are £30 for 3 rods starting 07:00am or 18:00pm for 24hrs fishing. 12hr Day tickets £15 for upto 3 rods fishing 7am to 7pm.

The Match Lake is our general pleasure fishing lake
This is the smallest of the three lakes in our complex covering just under an acre in size which has 10 purpose made gravel swims. This lake is perfect for beginners and general pleasure anglers who jus want to catch a varied mix of different fish. Species include carp, ghost carp, crucian carp, koi, ide, roach, perch and bream. The Ide are some what of a rare fish which anglers travel far and wide to hope to catch here. They have been landed at over 8lb in weight which is some where near the British record. We allow this lake to be booked for matches during the week, this is priced at £60 for the day fishing 7am -7pm. Bookings need to be made in advance to avoid dissapointment as the lake can get very busy during summer weekends.

To book please call or text 07455442253 and please allow at least 24hrs notice. Do not just turn up and fish as you will be asked to leave.

Tickets are £10 for rods per person, OAP's and disabled £5 or £60 for the full lake maximum 10 anglers.

Fishing is 7am to 7pm, no night fishing on the match lake.

No keep nets please unless fishing one of the club matches.

Prices and Times for Bookings




Please note: The Top Lake is now exclusive full lake bookings only, we no longer offer day tickets. 


Top Lake Prices 2023

£400 for the 48hr weekend group booking 3pm Friday to 4pm Sunday maximum 8 anglers

£400 for the 48hr mid week group booking 7am Monday to 8am Wednesday maximum 8 anglers

£400 for the 48hr mid week group booking midday Wednesday to midday Friday maximum 8 anglers

£850 for mid week exclusive bookings fishing 7am Monday to midday Friday maximum 8 anglers.

Please note: All prices quoted are for the full lake exclusive, not per angler. A 25% deposit is required for every booking.


The Top Lake is completely closed on Sunday nights. 


The Match Lake... fishing is from 7am - 7pm for a day ticket, no night fishing. £10 for 2 rods per person. OAP's £5.

The Catfish Lake... fishing is from 7am - 7pm for a day ticket and 7pm - 7am for a night ticket. £15 per person for 3 rods for every 12hrs fishing..

To book send an email with possible dates to earlshallfisheries@gmail.com

Exclusive Full Lake Group Booking Prices 2023


The Top Lake (8 anglers)

£400 for the weekend 3pm Friday - 4pm Sunday.

£400 for 7am Monday - 8am Wednesday.

£400 for midday Wednesday - 1pm Friday. 

£850 for mid week exclusive bookings fishing 7am Monday to midday Friday.
£1250 for combined weekend and mid week 7am monday to 6pm sunday.
This option allows you to fish right through gifting you 5hrs free fishing on the friday.

The Top Lake is closed Sunday nights to allow the fish chance to rest.


The Catfish Lake (6 anglers)

£300 for the weekend 5pm Friday - 5pm Sunday.

£150 for 24hr 5pm to 5pm the following day.

£600 for 7am Monday to 12 noon Friday.


To book
To book send an email with possible dates to earlshallfisheries@gmail.com or WhatsApp the lake phone on 07455442253.

Please call our booking line during office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 07455442253 out of office hours you can also WhatsApp and we will do our best to reply first thing the following day. Please remember we are very busy and will not always be able to answer, any abusive behaviour via calls or messages will not be tolerated, nor will it be tolerated on the bank towards the bailiff or other anglers. Anyone doing so will not be booked and these type of messages will not be replied to. 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the bank during your booking.



Fishery Bait


Bio-Maple Freezer Boilies

We have a new bait for 2022. The same base mix as the previous V12 boilie, minus the Robin Red element to give it a natural fishmeal colour. All natural ingredients form a creamy, maple, yeasty aroma coming which stimulate the taste receptors of the carp, triggering a sustained feeding response. High levels of corn steep liquor, hydrolysed liver and krill form part of the baits natural attraction. This bait is fed to the fish during the quieter times throughout the year to keep the fish actively feeding on boilies. 


Maple Prices

!kg bag maple boilies £10 (sorry no bulk deals as the bait is very expensive to produce now with ever increasing costs of the natural ingredients).

Wafters and popups are £5 per tub

Liquid food glugs for £7.50 per 200ml bottle. 


All bait to be ordered a couple of weeks prior to fishing as it is all rolled fresh. We try to keep a stock of 15mm Bio-Maple onsite in the freezer but to be sure please order in advance.V12 boilies can be rolled to order as well but there is a very long lead time now due to such high demand so we have had to take them off the site for the time being, when available they are £55 per 5kg bag. 

Fishery Rules Top Lake

Advance exclusive group bookings only.

We do not allow visitors to the lake, we have signs up saying no visitors so this means NO VISITORS... the fishery is a tranquil place to relax in quiet surroundings without random people walking around.

Large unhooking mats are a must and carp care liquids to be used at all times, unhooking mats to be placed on the grass and not on the gravel swims.

Please treat all fish caught with some form of carp care product, all considerate anglers should have a bottle in their tackle bag.

No sacking of fish at all, especially in the summer! We advise retaining slings to rest the fish after a fight and to carry them safely from the water to your wet unhooking mat.

All carp anglers must have a water bucket to pour fresh lake water on the carp whilst on the unhooking mat. Fish need to be kept wet so please follow this advice. Please fill the water bucket once you have landed the fish and it is safely in your landing net. Then when you have your mat wet, the water bucket filled, then you can transfer the fish safely to the mat making sure all the fins are tucked under the fish. Please respect and care for the fish.

During the summer when some weed is around we have a minimum 0.40 line rule, during the winter season (15th November-1st March) 0.33 is suitable.

No leadcore, rigs will be checked.

No fixed leads, all leads must pull out of lead clips easily and drop off or slide up the line without any restriction.

If using braided mainline then a long length of tubing must be used. No other types of leaders to be used with braided mainline please.

No nuts of any description including tigernuts. No nuts or tigernuts as hookbaits either.

No shelf life boilies please, this is to help protect the gut health of our fish and the water quality.

Barbless hooks are required now due to several trailing fish this year. All the common brands such as Nash, Fox, ESP, thinking anglers and Korda etc are advised. 

No maggots or casters as feed or as hookbaits.

Maximum three rods per person.

Rods must not be left unattended due to the fish being very powerful and takes can be extremely quick. 

All anglers must be over 18 years of age to fish on the Top Lake.

No guests unless you have been allowed by speaking to us first. Anyone caught at the lake with visitors will be asked to leave as it is all private property,

No Dogs.

Anyone caught leaving rubbish will not be allowed back onto the fishery, on the whole most anglers fishing with us in 2023 have been extremely considerate and left no rubbish at all, thank you. Filter tips and wrappers are the main things left behind they count as rubbish. All swims are checked before and after!

No fires, BBQs are permitted but must be placed on the gravel, please dont burn the grass.

The speed limit is 10mph through the farm, anyone speeding will be asked to leave and will not be allowed back onto the fishery again. We have very large farm machinery in use on the farm and many blind corners. We also have children playing and walking about in the yard and up the lanes so please be careful and reduce your speed.

All anglers must hold a valid EA fishing licence.

All visitors and anglers enter Earls Hall Farm and Earls Hall Fisheries at their own risk. We will not be held responsible for any injuries, losses or damages during your visit.

All bookings for the Top Lake, Catfish Lake and the Match lake must be made in advance by calling or texting the booking number or by email. We do not accept facebook messages for bookings. The phones are answered from 9am to 6pm. Text messages will be answered as soon as possible.

Thank you for reading the rules and we hope to hear from you soon.

Some people may think the rules are excessive but if you put yourself in a fishery owners shoes and imagine it as your own lake with all the hard work that goes into running a fishery plus the value of the fish then you would agree with the rules and probably add more.

Booking fees apply and refunds will not be offered if you cancel your booking once it has been agreed.



To book please call, text or WhatsApp on 07455442253 It is not always possible to answer straight away so please leave a message, any messages after 6pm will be replied to asap but please be respectful of the times. You can also email with an advanced booking and we will get back to you asap. Do not attempt to just turn up and fish on any of the lakes, you will be asked to leave.


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