Directions: From Wareham take the A351 towards Swanage. Turn left at Corfe Castle down the road sign posted for Studland and follow the road under the disused railway bridge. About 300 yards on your left you will see a sign saying "Arfleet Mill Lake Coarse Fishing". Go through the gate and travel down the dirt road to the car park.Charges: 4 a day, 2 for a evening sessionContact: The owner is Tom Hunt telephone 01929 480235.Rules: No heavy feeding, boilies, floating baits or barbed hooked. Keep nets are also banned.The lakes: The main lake is just over an acre averaging between 3ft and 4ft with a few deeper holes. The lake was dug in 1978 and has now nicely matured. It is stocked with over 300 carp that run to over twenty pounds with plenty of doubles present. There are also roach, rudd and tench present.The second lake is over the back and is much more mature, dating back to about 1930. It is also much deeper with depths approaching thirty feet in parts. It has produced carp to over twenty pounds, rudd to over two pounds and some very large eels are present. Other species are most likely to be present but I have no details. In some ways this water is a bit of a mystery. Fishing at Arfleet PondsWhen I have fished these ponds, I have always been on holiday in Swanage. This has greatly restricted my fishing as, being on holiday, I can only fish short sessions, so the amount of tackle that I can take is seriously restricted by the space available in the car. I therefore use multi-jointed rods to save space and for the same reason purchase most of my bait down there.Bait is not a problem as a quick trip to the supermarket in Swanage soon provides me with a good range of baits including various sea foods, meats and cheeses. The only feed I might take with me is a can of cooked hemp to provide a small carpet on to which to fish my supermarket bait.My preference is for an evening session of about three hours on the front lake which I find much easier to fish. My usual set up is a powerful four jointed 11ft rod with a test curve of about 1.5lb which is used in conjunction with a centre pin reel loaded with 10lb b.s. line. The terminal tackle consists of a little dibber type pole float with the line tied directly to a barbless size 6 hook.I normally start off with introducing a few handfuls of hemp into a swim that is generally just under the rod top. Then a few samples of bait are introduced over the feed. Cockles work well and are always worth a try. If you are using cockles, I have found two on a size 6 hook work well. The float is set about 6 inches over-depth and fished over the feed. As the carp enter the swim clearing up the bait, bubbles give away their location.Bites tend to be very positive and in Summer I seldom have to wait long for the first bite and would expect to catch about 5 carp ranging in to double figures in a three hour evening session. This is great fun holiday fishing.The deeper lake to the rear of the fishery is much more difficult to fish and consequently subjected to a lot less angling pressure. My approach to this water is somewhat similar to that used on the main lake but being so much deeper the float is changed to a robust pole float with a body down shape, a good sized sight tip and a carbon stem. A tungsten olivette is used as a main weight with a small dropper shot between the olivette and the hook.To fish this lake, I would first bait up with some hemp with a few hook bait samples close in, in not more than 6ft of water. I would take my time to set up before presenting my bait over the baited area. Although I would expect to wait slightly longer for bites, I would certainly expect to catch carp most evenings. The fish from this lake tend to be much darker and there is always the chance of one of the original stock. These can run to over twenty pounds.In all, this is an excellent venue that has a lot to offer both local and holiday maker alike. It is certainly a friendly water where holiday-makers and locals freely exchange ideas.