It has been an excellent summer for Westwood Lakes Fishery with match records tumbling on two of the venues four lakes and plans being submitted for building a further three lakes on the complex, it is fast becoming one of the top fisheries in the East of England.
One of the top lakes at the Lincolnshire fishery is the 30-peg Kestrel Lake. This pool has seven islands, depths of around 6ft and has built up a reputation as one of the best stillwater barbel pools in the country, with fish to 13.5lb present. There are also tonnes of carp, ide and chub in here as 100lb pleasure nets would tesitfy but if you want to target the barbel alone then you best bet is the fish either in the margins or at around 5m. Baits such as worms, prawns, maggots or meat will all work for these fish and the best tactic is to fish for them on the pole or waggler on the deck. For a mixed net of carp which average around 3.5lb, ide and chub your best bet is to opt for either the Method feeder tight to one of the islands or pellet waggler in open water, fishing shallow. 8mm banded pellet is best for this method, feeding smaller versions. Chopped worm and caster, fished shallow is another tactic worth employing for the big ide and chub which go to 5lb.
Last month Martin Kirk broke the match record from peg 1 on Hawk Lake (20 pegs) with a net of 150lb 4oz and this featured mainly small carp and F1’s. Anglers on here fish across to the far side with pellet as well as in the margins for the barbel which average around 1lb and can be caught on worm or meat.
The match record also fell recently on Skylark Lake with a 176lb mixed net falling to meat and pellet on the pole. This water contains carp, F1’s, barbell, tench and skimmers. You can easily catch 70lb of silverfish on this lake fishing maggot short but if you want the carp too then fish to the far bank with pellet over a pellet and groundbait feed. The fish average around 1.5lb in here and you can expect a-fish-a-chuck action.
TIP: Chopped worm and caster is a key bait at this venue so arm yourself with some worms, a pair of scissors and some casters. Try flavouring the mix with some Bait-Tech Predator Plus liquid for extra potency.
Prices: £6 a day
Contact: 01205 724162, www.westwoodlakes.co.uk
Location: Westwood Lakes, Five House Lane, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 7JA
Rules: Barbless only, no braid, no fixed feeders, no floating baits, no dog or cat meat, fishery own nets, no keepnets, no left over bait to be thrown in
Facilities: Toilets, café, tackle and bait shop (open 7 days a week), accommodation