Thanks to a well maintained stocking programme anglers visiting Hill View Fishery have been enjoying some bumper weights in recent weeks with nets topping 300lb making for some of the best fishing in the country.
All the lakes are fishing well but for the biggest weights and bigger carp you are better off setting up on the venues Heron or Moorhen Lakes which have 40 pegs between them. These two lakes are stocked the same to cater for the bigger matches so they are both well-stocked with carp averaging anything between 6-12lb. There are also plenty of silver fish including F1 carp which can be caught on corn or pellet on the pole. To make the most of your swim though you are best targeting the carp and the top tactic for these is to loose-feed pellet at around 9m and fish pellet or corn over the top. You can use the fake varieties on the hook to save time if necessary but you will need to move in closer to the near bank as the session goes on as the fish grow in confidence. In the last hour or so you will even find fish under your platform.
If the fishing is hard, which it rarely is, you can use the Method feeder or bomb further out or tight to the islands with small pop-up boilies or pellet.
For a nice pleasure net or if you prefer smaller carp then there are the 12m strip canals. These four canals, each with 14 pegs are shaped like a proper canal and have depths to around 6ft down the track. All four are stock the same with a good head of carp from 1-3lb as well as loads of small tench. Thr trick here is to start across the far side on the pole feeding pellet before moving down the track or on the near shelf later in the session. A net of 200lb is easily possible here.
Prices: £7 one rod £8 for two, fishing is from 8am-8pm non-residents, dawn til dusk for residents. Pleasure anglers must contact the fishery prior to fishing on weekends.
Contact: 01684 296719 or 078405 79087, www.hillviewlakes.biz
Location: Cherry Orchard Lane, Twyning, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 6JH
Facilities: Toilets, bait shop, café (Wed, Sat, Sun) BnB, lodge accomodation
Rules: No keepnets, barbless only, no hemp, no bloodworm or joker, no groundbait, fishery own pellets