NEW LAKE ADDS TO BARSTON CHOICE
With a number of big matches featuring at the fishery in recent years, including Maver Match this and our very own Supercup Final this year, Barston continues to go from strength to strength, attracting thousands of anglers every month.
2013 has seen the opening of a new lake on the complex called Jakes. This intimate 10-peg water, a former stock pond contains tonnes of carp between 1-3lb and is ideal for those looking for a bite a chuck action with nets to 100lb. Varying tactics are succesful on here including the pellet waggler and pole in the margins. Be careful though as there is also the odd lump to 25lb in here.
The 25-acre, 124-peg Main Lake at Barston is fishing excellently at present, holding a nice bit of colour. Bream and skimmer nets to 40lb are commonplace with tonnes of fish in the 4-6oz bracket falling to small pellets or caster. Simply lay a small bed of micros down and fish over the top at mid-range. For the bigger slabs though we advise you to use bigger 8mm pellets or corn on either the feeder, Method or long pole by feeding heavy. Catching these 3-6lb fish can boost your net to over 100lb on a good day. For the carp, typical commercial tactics will work with the majority of fish in the 5-10lb bracket being caught in nets to 160lb. Paste in the margins is currently working well as is paste at 5m. If you opt for this tactic then fish it while feeding a few pellets over the top by hand or a tosspot.
If it is bigger carp you are after, including the odd fish to 30lb then this lake also contains them. There is a huge head of carp in the 15-24lb range and these can be targeted using bigger baits such as 18-22mm boilies.
TIP: If targeting the specimen carp, don’t feed any particle baits otherwise you will attract the bream. Instead just feed a small amount of whatever you are using on the hook.
Prices: £8.50 a day or £5.50 concessions, £12 a year night syndicate (requires day ticket per visit)
Contact: 01675 444890, www.barstonlakes.co.uk
Location: Barston Lakes, Marsh House Farm Lane, Barston, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0LB
Rules: Barbless only, no mainline braid, no keepnets
Facilities: Restaurant, toilets, disabled pegs, hotel, bar