Northern anglers are set to receive a major boost, courtesy of a forward-thinking fishery boss’s ambitious plans to create the country’s finest specimen ‘superwater’.
With access to the majority of big-fish locations available only on expensive syndicate tickets, Premier Fisheries boss Cyril Brewster has decided to open a venue where anyone can afford to target mammoth specimens.
Plans have been drawn up to stock the six-acre lake in Cheshire with a variety of species relocated from nearby Doddington Lake, including carp to 40lb-plus, bream to over 14lb, pike to 30lb, tench to 9lb and perch of more than 4lb.
“Doddington contains some real monsters, but the lake is very clear and shallow, and the fish are virtually impossible to catch. Boating at the weekend causes a lot of commotion and makes angling difficult,” said Cyril.
“These large fish are wasted left where they are. Instead, I want to make them accessible to every angler. Creating this new fishery is the perfect opportunity,” he added.
The lake’s big fish are set to be moved into the new fishery, which Cyril wants to name The Royal, in just over a month’s time. And day-ticket anglers could be fishing there as early as June this year if the restocking goes smoothly and the fish settle in to their new environment.
For years, pleasure anglers from across the North have lacked access to the kind of specialist day-ticket waters typically available only to anglers in the South. Northern specialist angler Bob Roberts believes Cyril’s new creation could go some way towards helping redress the balance.
“The Royal will inspire anglers to go out and catch big fish and that can only be a great thing,” said Bob.
“Catching a huge fish from a smaller stillwater may not be as much of an achievement as taking one from a river, but if it creates enjoyment - which I’m sure it will ¬ then I think we should support the idea,” he added.
Despite the celebrations, a number of high-profile big-fish anglers cast doubts over the proposed new water.
“The fish in Doddington are fine examples of their species because there are so few of them in a large body of water,” said northern big-fish ace Gary Knowles.
“I’d be totally against moving them from their natural environment into a commercialised pool. Anglers in this country need to stop confusing difficult fishing with bad fishing and try to get to grips with these waters, rather than make excuses,” he added.