The dour winter weather hasn’t dampened the spirits of anglers visiting Royal Berkshire Fishery in recent weeks who have been enjoying some bumper roach sport.
The fishery is also highly regarded for its top class carp action but in recent months it has also been given the thumbs up with the silverfish anglers following the capture of numerous breath taking silverfish hauls. While many fisheries have struggled to draw customers in since the turn of the year, the Windsor complex has been packed every weekend, with match and pleasure anglers determined to catch a 40lb plus net of roach.
Each of the three lakes is home to a big head of the species and there is every chance you could land a new personal best on your next visit, with individual fish to over 2lb having been recorded.
Sensitive presentation is essential on all the pools if you want to keep the bites coming, with the long pole the best tactic. Wire stemmed floats, light lines and a fine wire hook are the order of the day, with casters and maggots the best hookbaits for guaranteed action. If you want to sit it out for one of the bigger residents then a 4mm or 6mm expander pellet is worth trying.
Start off by presenting your baits on the deck and catapult a few freebies over the top every minute or so. This will see the fish come up in the water, with a rig at half-depth producing better later in the day.
At most places it is wise to lower your expectations in winter but at Royal Berkshire Fisheries there is every chance your next session could be the most prolific you’ve ever had.
TIP: When targeting the roach, use a nice soft elastic to avoid bumping fish
Prices: £8 for one rod, £10 for two per day.
Location: Royal Berkshire Fishery, North Street, Winkfield, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4TE
Contact: 01344 891101, 07976 967976, www.rbf.co.uk
Rules: Barbless only, max line breaking strain 8lb, no keepnets, carp unhooking mats must be used, no floating baits, no radios, no braid, no nuts, no halibut pellets, no bread as bait