Barston's Specimen Carp Provide Alternative To Match Fishing

Whilst Barston continues to be a renowned match fishing venue, a recent stocking of two carp over 30lb will give specimen carp fishing fans some extra cheer this winter.
The fish were stocked into the 25-acre, 124-peg Main Lake which now holds a huge head of carp in the 15-24lb bracket, making it a worthwhile water for the bivvy boys amongst you, especially if you are looking for a few more runs this winter as well as plenty of space between anglers.

For the matchman, bream and skimmer nets to 40lb are commonplace with tonnes of fish in the 4-6oz bracket falling to small pellets or caster on this lake. 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.

On top of all this, last year saw 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.

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,
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