An excellent Summer Festival last month at the venue, which saw over 24,000lb of fish caught over five days, with an average of 100lb for each man, is evidence that the fishing at Larford has been fantastic this year.
Situated in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside Larford consists of three lakes with a total of 250 pegs and 80 pegs on some of the best barbel and chub fishing on the River Severn.
The complex has become a firm favourite with pleasure anglers because there are huge stocks of smaller carp, roach and skimmers which mean you can get bites all day long.
Triple figure bags are commonplace during every month of the year and recent weights on the venue’s Specimen Lake have been mighty. This lake is around 20-acres in size and is stocked with a wide range of species including roach to over 2lb, chub to 7lb, bream to 15lb, large perch, crucians and tench to 9lb. The lake is most famous, however, for its specimen carp with the venue record standing at 38lb 8oz. All methods are successful, with waggler, pole and tip accounting for many of the bream and smaller carp. Boilies, particles, meat and paste are the best baits for the bigger carp, but also work well for the specimen bream and tench. At the moment the biggest weights are being taken on the chalet bank using three tactics: meat in the margins, 6mm banded pellet shallow at around 13m while feeding casters as well as dead maggot over groundbait in the margins.
Every peg on this six-acre Match lake is capable of producing massive weights of F1s, common and mirror carp, roach, tench, bream, chub, perch and rudd. Pellet is generally the most productive hookbait here, but paste, maggot and caster also regularly account for some big bags. Fish are still being caught shallow but as the temperatures drop presenting your baits on the deck will be more effective for nets over 200lb.
Arena is the smallest of the three lakes on the complex, and only opened in April 2005. Large stocks of mirror and common carp have been introduced along with bream, roach, rudd, tench and perch. The Arena is already producing large catches and promises to deliver similar, if not better, sport than the famous Match Lake. Pellets, particles, meat and maggots are the main hookbaits. This lake is for floatfishing only, and pole short is the best method for large weights.
Contact: 01299 829373, www.larfordlakes.co.uk
Location: Larford Lane, near Stourport, Worcestershire, DY13 0SQ
Prices: One rod - adults £8 per day and concessions £6. Two rods - £16 per day and £30 for 24 hours.
Rules: Barbless hooks only – maximum size 10. Maximum of four bags of pellets per anglers and all feed pellets must be purchased on-site. All nets must be dipped. No cat or dog meat, bloodworm, joker or macaroni. No floating hook or feed baits. No PVA bags or artificial baits.
Facilities: Car park, café, toilets, disabled access.