Theale 1 Syndicate Lake

Theale 1 is a mature 20+ acre gravel pit nestled between the River Kennet and Clay Brook and after years of neglect is being developed as a carp syndicate lake with the aim of becoming one of the best 'English carp' fisheries in the country.  With an ambitious programme of improved fishery maintenance and development we believe we are on the road to something special.

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The early years of tree work along with significant ‘snag removal’ of fallen trees from the lake has paid dividends and allowed good regeneration of the shaded out reed fringe and development of the smaller trees such as Hawthorn, Hazel and Field Maple. Additional planting of these smaller trees has started with over 400 Hazel, Field Maple and Hawthorn added and with more planned for the coming years.

Another major development is that the lake has been completely and securely 'otter fenced' to protect the fish from this threat into the future. Security gates also protect the bridge approach on the stream side.

A hard path now runs all around the lake.  The construction of swim fronts and steps has been completed with 26 swims on the main part of the lake and a further 5 'day only' swims in the snags area.



The lake has many underwater features with bars and humps, a central channel, a drop off towards the Eastern end and beyond the reed bed spit at the Western end is a snaggy back arm area with an 'everglades' feel. The main body of the lake itself is weedy with plenty of natural food and this is bourne out by the significant growth rates of the stockies so far. There is a crayfish population to contend with but a continual trapping programme is in place and numbers are dropping. 2017 saw the removal of 885kg or an estimated 21,000 crayfish with a further 830kg in 2018 and with increased trapping in 2019 almost 1200kg; this dropped to 430kg in 2020 and only 290kg in 2021.

The exact number of 'originals' is still unknown but the six most sought after, which all go 'thirty' are pictured below; there are also several other mirrors to mid 'twenties' and a number of old double figure 'cricket bat' commons which can be seen on the Theale 1 Originals page HERE; however the future is all about the 'stocked' fish.


The Common

Black Spot

The Traveller

The Friendly

Split Tail

  • Whitetips 35lb
  • ~269 23lb15oz
  • ~240 21lb14oz
  • ~228 20lb +
  • #239 21lb x450
  • #275 22lb 6oz 1016
  • #194 21.10
  • #182 20lb 716
  • #142 22lb 12oz 1016
  • Lily 33lb 2oz
  • #309 24lb4oz
  • #300 20lb 4oz
  • #284 25lb 14oz
  • #283 28lb.12oz
  • #281 21lb 11oz
  • #268 28lb 7oz
  • #266 20lb+ 317
  • #259 22lb 10oz b 317
  • #235 27lb 4oz
  • #212 29lb 2oz
  • #127 30lb 60z
  • #210 28lb 8oz
  • #209 22lb.6oz
  • #180 25lb.3oz
  • #141 21b
  • #140 24lb

We have now stocked 360 of our own stunning hand selected English fish, mostly mirrors with a few exceptional commons. From the first stocking of 300 fish from 8-16lb in 2012/13 we have one hundred and seventy four 'twenties', fourty six 'thirties'and two 'fourties'; the largest currently being 'Whitetips' at 43lb. A further stocking of fifteen fish from 8-12lb  took place in 2016; eleven of these are now 'twenties' and four are ' thirties' to 36lb +. Another stocking took place in November 2018 with fourty eight fish added between 14lb and 21lb; twenty four of these are now 'twenties', two are 'thirties' and one has already passed the 40lb mark. The most recent stocking in February 2021 saw four low 'twenties' added.. More information on the history of our fish can be seen on the Carp Stocks page. Some of those that have already been out as "twenties" and 'thirties' are featured and more fish can be seen on the Theale 1 'stocked fish' page HERE.

The largest banked mirror is 'Whitetips' last out at 43lboz and the largest common is the original 'The Common' at its top weight of 33lb; the largest 'stocked' common reported is 32lb 10oz.

Theale 1 is also an excellent tench water with numerous fish in the 5-8lb range with several 9’s and 10's and the largest reported to date being 12lb 6oz. Bream to 14 lb 10oz, pike to 21lb and perch to 2lb 8oz have also been caught.

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More information about T1 Syndicate membership can be found HERE.