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Rackerhayes is just outside Newton Abbot on Kingsteignton Road, directly behind the Tesco Superstore (g.r.865725). The complex consists of 6 waters, which are Island, First, Dores, Linhay, Weedy and Wheel Ponds. The complex is padlocked and an Association key is required to access the car park and all of the waters. This gate is to be kept closed at all times. Once in the car park there is a large map showing each of the waters and the swim numbers for this complex.
Island Pond (Open to all ticket holders)
Island is a lake of about 5 acres, which has two distinct areas, known as the front and backwaters that are separated by an island. It is the first lake on the right when viewed from the car park. This lake holds most species and is considered our specimen carp water, holding numerous fish of over 30 lbs. In addition, it holds a large head of tench to 10lbs, good-sized roach, rudd, pike, bream and eels. Recent summers have seen algal blooms affecting the water but recent hard work by volunteers should rectify this problem.
Island was opened to all ticket holders at the start of last year Mark Waite is the bailiff. Most methods work well, with boilies being the favoured bait for the larger carp. For the match or pleasure angler the pole is effective in the front waters with the waggler or feeder working well in the back. The tench fishing is often excellent.
First Pond (Open to all)
First Pond is about 2 acres and holds a good head of carp, tench, roach and bream. This water fishes well all year round, and is the first water on the left with the River Teign bordering its bank. This pond tends to become heavily weeded in certain areas during the summer months: do not let this put you off as perseverance will be rewarded.
The bailiff for this pond is Mike Mudge; it is open to all in possession of a valid day ticket or membership. The pole works well in the deeper areas and maggot or caster float fished on the drop can be productive. It has roach, carp to 28lb, tench and a large number of jack pike, providing a varied days angling.
Wheel Pond (Open to all, Juniors have priority)
This water is reached from the path between Island and First Ponds. Its plan is oval with the spoil from the excavation making a large island in the middle. The pond has twenty plus pegs with the distance between the near bank and the island varying between twenty and thirty feet with an average depth of between four and six feet.
Neil Bradford looks after this pond which is an ideal beginners water as catches are numerous and almost guaranteed. It holds carp to 14lbs, Crucian carp, roach, rudd, perch, golden orfe, tench and the occasional small pike. Best baits are maggots, pellets and sweet corn, with bigger baits on the bottom for the larger carp and tench.
Linhay Pond (Open to all)
This water is of approximately 3 acres and is reached by walking to the left of Wheel Pond. The bailiff, Malcom Sugden, has put in hundreds of hours over the last ten years improving the water. All species are available in this pond, but most concentrate on the bream and tench. Please note: There is a boilie ban in place on this water.
The left hand bank of this water is normally quiet and a peaceful days fishing can be enjoyed, catching the sun for practically all day during the summer months. Pole and waggler fishing work well, with worm, caster and pellets accounting for some good weights. The very top of this water is now sectioned off from the main water; this is now a no fishing area as it is a stock pond.
Please note Dores became a full members only water from January 2009
Dores is our largest water being about 9 acres. Most swims are accessed from the Rackerhayes car park although the backwaters are reached by driving to the end of Homers Lane at Kingsteignton (g.r.869729) where there is a padlocked gate, opened with an Association key. This pond holds a very large head of carp with twenty and thirty pound specimens; the tench are superb with the average fish being about 6lbs, and an 8lbs fish not uncommon. The club record of 11lbs15oz came from this water.
The bailiff of this water is Neil White. There are a number of floating platforms on this pond, which allow the (Full Senior only) angler to get right out onto the water. All species are present with some big eels and excellent bream to 9lbs, with a good head of silver fish and perch. Normal methods work for the carp with the bigger waggler or feeder producing results for the match or pleasure angler.
Weedy Pond (Open to all)
This is a circular pond of just under an acre and is reached by walking to the right of Wheel Pond and then continuing over the stile. Much work including the otter proof fencing has been carried out in recent years both by the summer evening work parties and the bailiff Gary Saxton.
Platforms make fishing easy and big bags of fish can be had with the most minimal of gear. By the end of the summer in 2006 a lot of the carp stock had increased in size with most now being 5lbs+.