Holidays are meant to be relaxing – a destination where you can go to unwind and forget about the trials and tribulations of everyday life. What better way to do just that than to take a nice quiet spot next to a lake, unpack your fishing gear and watch the world go by?
Here at Allens Caravans, our guests can do just that when they choose any of our caravan sites with fishing lakes. Some of our holiday parks with fishing facilities are:
We encourage all of our guests, young and old, to sample fishing, regardless of whether you are a seasoned fisher or you don’t know the difference between blade bait and buzz bait. Fishing is an activity for those looking to de-stress, kick back and take it easy or, in the name of healthy competition, catch the biggest fish!
With as many as 40 private fishing pegs when you visit Weir Meadow located in Evesham, Worcestershire, our holiday parks lend themselves to a quaint experience ideal for anyone with a passion for fishing. Weir Meadow is a fantastic spot for barbel fishing due to the churn of the weir.
Whilst the fishers are reeling in the catch of the day, there are still plenty of other activities for those who may not be so keen about spending several hours riverside hoping for a bite. With children’s facilities, arcades and easy transportation into nearby towns and cities, non-fishers need not feel compelled to sit on their phones all day, even if our caravan sites do offer free Wi-Fi.
We have just as many amenities at our other sites, including our Severnside resort in Stourport-on-Severn in Worcestershire. It is situated on the banks of the River Severn and surrounded by Redstone Rocks and caves. The town centre is within walking distance, and there is plenty of history to explore. Salmon, trout, grayling, bream and roach are all common catches here. The site has something to offer the whole family – not just the fishers, including:
If traditional river fishing isn’t for you, then why not take a trip to our popular Sunbeach site for your caravan fishing holidays? Here, you can throw your lines into the Irish Sea from our North Wales park, which makes for a spectacular setting in the summer. Some of the most common types of fish that can be caught here include trout, barbell, roundfish, flatfish and eel.
The beach is also a romantic setting, perfect for any couple looking for somewhere to intertwine romance and fishing. If you can find time in your schedule to spare you from your favourite hobby, Sunbeach is located on the outskirts of Snowdonia National Park. Therefore, one of the most obvious tourist attractions nearby is Mount Snowdon, which can be climbed on foot or via the Snowdon Mountain Railway. However you choose to ascend Britain’s tallest mountain, make sure to drop into the gift shop and take plenty of photographs to show your friends and family!
Other amenities and advantages of our Sunbeach park include:
At The Springs, located near the market town of Pershore, our guests can sample a slice of luxury at our environmentally friendly holiday park. Private lakes offer a fantastic fishing experience for those who want complete peace and quiet, while The Springs is also the only park under the Allens Caravans umbrella in which you can make the most of luxury lodge hire.
In between mornings and afternoons spent by the lakes fishing, take the opportunity to indulge in luxury and make the most of your holiday. The members club oversees a private eight-acre lake, while the park also houses a fantastic state-of-the-art heated swimming pool where you can relax and unwind. Exquisite scenery surrounds the park, making for beautiful landscapes that provide a gorgeous natural backdrop to your fishing holiday.
For those who prefer a more active lifestyle, The Springs is also home to various water sports activities. Take to the water and create memories that will last a lifetime. Other amenities include:
Overstone Lakes is one of our most popular holiday parks for fishing. At our caravan holiday park in Northamptonshire, guests can make use of all of the onsite facilities, including a heated outdoor swimming pool, making for the ideal spot to kick back and relax. Of course, though, those that are partial to a spot of fishing will head towards the lakeside.
Overstone Lakes houses superb coarse fishing, which is sure to see many take part throughout August as it is National Fishing Month. Whether you come with friends or family, Overstone Lakes has something to offer for everyone. So while the fishermen head off to the lake with their rods and bait, everyone else can enjoy the onsite facilities including the social club, children’s play area and other activities.
The caravan holiday park is perfectly located for those that like to get closer to nature with woodland walks in the countryside. Overstone Lakes is set in 115 acres of greenery, providing somewhere new for you to explore every day.
At our caravan holiday parks, everyone is welcome and that could not be truer in the case of Overstone Lakes, where we open our doors to pets. There is no need to look for kennels to leave your faithful friend – this is their holiday, too!
When you stay with us for a week or two, it is only natural to wish that you could prolong the experience. Well, with the option to buy your own holiday home at our sites, you can pay us a visit anytime you like and allow us to host your fishing holiday anytime.
Fishing is one of those outdoor hobbies that you can enjoy all year round, whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring. The true fisherman is not worried about mud or rain, as long as he or she sees the catch of the day in their net. With your own static caravan, you can come to us anytime.
Most of our parks are open 10 months of the year, closing during the winter months before reopening in spring. To put your mind at ease, our parks have a manager on site all year round, meaning that your caravan and any personal belongings will be safely looked after.
As always, fishing is a game of patience and perseverance. As well as those two virtues though, it is also a game of timing. Experienced anglers will know the best times and conditions, but some of you might need a bit of advice or even a bit of a refresher. When you come to our fishing parks you can fish at any time of the day, but there are specific times of day that could yield better results.
During spring, the mornings aren’t a great time to fish. The fish don’t bite because the water is so cold, due to the low sun which struggles to heat it up. However, the recent end to winter means that fish are in need of food, and they are spawning, so you might find that certain areas of water are a hive of activity.
As the water starts to warm up a little, fish begin to bite a little more. You should make the most of the spring breezes, though, and fish downwind of the shoreline as this is where the wind will push the warmer water, and with the warmer water comes the fish.
When early evening rolls around, the fish are ready to eat. The position of the sun means the water is warmer, so their metabolism is peaking, and they are wide awake and hungry. This means the water will be abuzz, and you have more chance of a catch. For the UK’s best fishing holiday experiences, then look no further than right here!
Between the dawn and mid-morning, you are in prime fishing time during the summer. The temperature is just right for the fish, but you will struggle to find hungry fish because they have plenty of naturally occurring shelter and food.
Fish like warm water, but not too warm. As the summer day goes on, your fishing potential peters off as the fish retreat to cooler (deeper) water. This is fine if you just want a lazy day by the lake or river, but is not ideal if you want to make some good catches.
During summer, the early evening is a great time to fish, with plenty of activity in the water. From dusk until dark, with the cooler water, you will see plenty of fish. So you can relax all day and still catch a spot of premier fishing before supper.
Hot days make for lazy fish and slow days for anglers. Cold-blooded fish cannot adapt to exceptionally warm or exceptionally cold temperatures. They tend to retreat to quiet, more oxygenated corners and rest.
The middle of the day is generally too hot and too bright for fish. Early morning, just before and just after dawn, and early evening, around dusk, are prime fishing times. Mid-morning is best because the shallow water is likely to have warmed to the perfect temperature for your scaly friends.
Pay attention to the temperature because your bait, speed and strategy will depend on how hot or cold the water is.
Wind is a big deal when it comes to fishing, and everything from its speed to its direction will dictate your fishing experience. You will need to anticipate how you cast your rod, where the wind and subsequent current will blow the fish, and what fish will brave winds and which will retreat.
Storms and changeable weather are something that affects fishing because fish are sensitive to weather and atmospheric conditions. Pre-cold front, fish are generally hungrier, but post-storm, fish are less keen.
If it is overcast, or if there is light rain, your chances of catching something tend to improve. These conditions make the shallow water a more appealing place for fish, whilst rain on the surface of the water means fish can’t see you so easily. Make the most of these days.
In the river, there are a few common hot spots that tend to hold quite a few fish. Ideally, you want to be looking for things like weeds in the river; these provide cover for fish, especially in a river that doesn’t have much weed growth.
Another river fishing hotspot is the islands. These can be found in most rivers around the UK. They provide a great opportunity to attract a cluster of different fish species, however; you should consider safety before diving in too deep.
If you are planning to become an expert in river fishing or even if you just want to improve your chances, polarised glasses are definitely the way to go. They will help you to locate fish that are swimming around the river, making them ideal for those who just want a quick fishing session. They will help to save time searching for fishing hotspots and may help your chances of catching a big one!
If you are going as a pair, group or even on your own, there is nothing stopping you from striking up a conversation with a few of the locals. Not only can you share your experiences, but you can also provide each other with advice, tips and tricks on fishing in general! (They may even point out some of the best spots).
Have you already tried your hand at fishing but failed to catch a single thing? If so, then keep plugging away, or try somewhere different. No two fishing holidays are the same and, like anything, fishing is a skill that is developed over time. It isn’t uncommon for newbies not to catch anything on their first attempt because you could be doing it all wrong.
Fishing is a waiting game that, admittedly, is not for everyone. This is why fishing is often described as the perfect relaxing activity as it allows for plenty of time to kick back and relax. It could be the case that the bait you are offering simply isn’t attracting the interest of the fish, or you may be scaring them away for any number of reasons.
Besides, it’s not really about catching fish, is it? Whether it is a chance to catch up with friends and family, or the opportunity to be alone with your thoughts, the perfect fishing holiday will leave you feeling relaxed and ready to attack the week head-on when you return home. That’s if you do find yourself leaving our humble little sanctuary, of course.
There is nothing worse than coming back from a trip feeling stressed out and tired, so try to enjoy yourself. Even if you don’t get a nibble one day, soak up the mild autumn weather and try again the next day! You can also make the most of your trip by – again – striking up a conversation with fellow fishers and remembering that you are living the dream.
Of course, you can’t always keep your catches, but that doesn’t take away from the achievement. For those you do keep, though, what do you do with them? And even if you end up buying your fish from the local market, do you really know your fish? You might know what you are buying, but do you know how it has been treated, preserved and even cooked?
Well, whether you want an idea of how you can cure your fish post-catch or you just want a better idea of what you’re after when you go to find tonight’s dinner, read on.
Here are three ways to finish off your fish.
Salt or sugar curing fish has long been a popular practice for preparing fish. There is evidence of salt-cured meat and fish from ancient civilisations, several millennia BC. Today, we salt-cure fish with standard table salt, which removes the water content and halts bacterial growth. Sugar-curing is most commonly used for salmon. Honey and syrups usually constitute the “sugar” the fish is coated in.
Smoking fish was originally done to simply preserve the fish, for use at a later date. We have since developed a taste for smoked fish, and now, the practice is a popular one. Fish need to be salted and dried before they can be smoked over a fire. In traditional fishing villages, smoking would occur in a designated smokehouse. To smoke your own fish though, you can purchase or construct home smokers.
Ok, this one isn’t quite as traditional as, say, pickling or drying your fish, but it is a popular post-catch treatment. Batter has a long history of being beloved by the British people, and we defy you to find a more quintessentially British way of enjoying fish in the summer. You can see how to cook the perfect batter or perhaps try making a beer batter of your own.
These three options are the most popular, and thus, the ones you’ll most likely want to try. Think about your palate; do you like rich and smoky, something distinctive, or lots of seasoning? Choose a treatment that appeals to your tastes or try something completely new, just because.
Knowing your fish from rod to plate will make the experience of catching (or buying!) your own dinner that much more enjoyable and rewarding. After all, if you’re an expert at the lake, you may as well be one in the kitchen, too!
Have you been convinced to try your tackle at one of our caravan parks? If so, and you’d like more information on the parks or any other Allens Caravans amenities, please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to advise on your next holiday.