Rob Hales' latest fishery offers amazing sport from every peg

A brand new ‘runs water’ that’s producing over 20 fish in a session has been labelled one of the most prolific and beautiful specimen carp fisheries in the country.

The Sitch is an old estate lake nestled deep in secluded woodland and is the latest creation of Rob Hales ¬ the man behind some of the Britain’s most successful carp fisheries including The Monument and Acton Burnell.

At 26 acres, it’s been stocked with 450 carp running to over 30lb, with dozens of fish over 20lb. The majority of the resident stock, however, are low double-figure specimens, affording visitors non-stop action from any peg on the lake.

A trial 24-hour fishing session at the virgin water, which is situated on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border, saw more than 20 fish fall to a variety of methods, topped by a new lake record weighing 32lb 8oz.

“We wanted to create a fishery that was all about getting loads of bites in stunning surroundings, and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” said Rob, who runs The Sitch with his friend and business partner Eddie Matthews.

“Fisheries like The Monument and The Avenue are all about big fish, but this is about providing loads of bites with the chance of a couple of twenties or the odd 30-pounder thrown in. The average size of fish at the moment is 12lb to 14lb, but they are a very fast-growing strain, and by this time next year I expect them to average around 17lb.” The fishery not only boasts purpose-built pegs, but each swim is also furnished with its own parking area that can be reached by a road running all the way around the venue. The Sitch is being run on a syndicate basis at a cost of £400 per member per year and, although all this year’s spaces have been filled, Rob is already looking for applicants for next year.

“I’m not surprised that it’s been so popular because it’s one of the most stunning fisheries I’ve seen and creates a perfect little world for fishermen,” said Eddie.

“I want anglers to write to me and get their names down on the waiting list for next year because this venue is already something else ¬ and it’s only going to get better.”