The big tench have been on the feed at Willowbrook this summer and it is still not too late to get in on the action.
The 9-acre, Rysons Lake is the hotspot for them and they go to double-figures meaning strong gear is required, particularly in the weedy swims. There are also big bream to over 14lb, carp to 35lb and tonnes of silverfish (roach and skimmers) to go at for those of you just looking for a bite.
Depths vary from 4-10ft on this pool but you don’t need to find the deepest water to catch. That said the main tactics is to fish the traditional open end feeder with a sweet groundbait and worm or corn on the hook, or even the Method feeder chucked out towards the middle. However, if you choose a peg with features such as lily beds or overhanging trees you can target them using waggler tactics, balling in with groundbait.
Willowbrook Pool is a mature, picturesque but typical commercial style water of approximately twelve acres. Predominantly stocked with carp ranging in size from 3 to 40lbs with typical catches in excess of 100lbs. There are 40 fishable pegs making this an ideal match venue.
If you prefer running water there is also Harpers Brook. A ultra-narrow river containing chub to 4lb and roach; ideal for the roving angler.
TIP: Fish dead depth when targeting tench because they may drop the bait quickly and you will not see the indication.
Prices: £7 a day, or £60 a year for Rysons and £70 for Willowbrook Lake
Contact: 07999 589011
Location: Willowbrook Coarse Fisheries, Mill Lane, Thrapston, Northants, NN14 3LE
Rules: Barbless only, no tins, no bread or floating baits, pike fishing December to March only, no fires, night fishing for night permit holders only
Facilities: Disabled access