Injured fish leads to banning of leadcore at Bury Hill

The owner of one of the country’s most popular day-ticket fisheries has banned the use of leadcore in a bid to prevent damage to his fish stocks.

Bury Hill Fishery boss David de Vere (inset) has made the ruling after finding several fish either tethered or trailing lengths of the material on both the Old Lake and the Temple syndicate of the Surrey complex.

“To be honest I’ve been considering banning leadcore since last year,” David told Angling Times. “When we recently found a couple of fish showing signs of injury caused by the product it was the final straw, and I decided to ban it before it led to the death of one of our carp.”

Leadcore has been the subject of controversy for many years, but many carpers consider it to be an essential tackle box component.

“There are loads of alternative products on the market which are just as good as, if not better than leadcore,” said Bury Hill’s on-site tackle shop manager Russ Evans.

“A lot of anglers automatically incorporate it in their rigs without thinking about why they are using it and whether it is actually required for the situation they’re in,” he added.

The move certainly hasn’t affected catch results at the venue - in the last week Temple Lake produced 12 thirties to 37lb 11oz, along with numerous twenties, and the Old Lake provided anglers with countless doubles and 20lb-plus fish.

One of those cashing in on the action was venue regular Sean Howard. Fishing to open water on Temple Lake, the local rod banked a brace of thirties weighing 32lb 11oz and 31lb 9oz - all without the aid of leadcore. “I’ve never been a fan of it and I’m pleased the ban has been imposed,” said Sean.

Bury Hill isn’t the first fishery to outlaw the controversial product.

Several high-profile big-carp venues, including Catch 22 in Norfolk and Oxford’s Orchid Lakes, also have bans in place.

Mid Kent Fisheries boss Chris Logsdon banned leadcore on all his waters - including Britain’s record carp venue Conningbrook - after finding a dead 33lb carp tethered to an underwater snag last year, but later reversed his decision.

“After consulting with several experienced carp anglers I lifted the ban on the proviso that it is only used for helicopter-style rigs where the hooklink can be shed easily.

“If I find anyone abusing this rule I will put in place a permanent ban with no discussion or warning,” said Chris.