Amongst the vineyards of Halfpenny Green lie two magnificent lakes, both of which are providing anglers with some amazing fishing this summer. One of them, Heron, has only been opened to the public since June and has already seen nets close to 100lb being caught.
The venue is also planning to open a third lake sometime next year but it is the original Moorhen Lake which is the most prolific. Every one of the lakes 28 pegs offers the chance of a net over 100lb with match weights having been recorded close to 200lb this year. This lake is predominantly a carp water with fish averaging around 3lb but there are also the odd bream to around 8lb as well as tonnes of roach to 2lb. It is important to take plenty of bait with you for these fish as the 194lb match weight this year was landed by using up to no less than eight pints of micro or 2mm pellets as feed and then fishing a bigger 4 or 6mm banded expander pellet over the top. Keep the pinging or toss potting the feed in and keep moving the bait for more bites. At this time of year the mainstay of the catches are being made shallow or in the margins where paste or corn can also work. From pegs 23-25 or 12-14 you can reach the island using the pole and these can be good pegs on harder days.
Heron Pool (29 pegs) is deeper, averaging around 9ft, and is well-stocked with a whole host of different species including carp to 15lb, bream, ide, barbel and chub averaging around 1lb as well as golden and blue orfe. Fishing on here therefore provides you with a sense of un-expectancy, as you never know what you are likely to hook next. Successful baits on here include corn, meat and pellets, with typical commercial tactics paying dividends. The island at 20m can also be targeted with a cage feeder filled with maggots and pellets. Like Moorhen though, the fish are currently feeding well up in the water at present.
Tip: Plummet accurately on Moorhen Lake as there are plenty of depth variations and underwater features to aim at.
Prices: £6 a day, £5 concessions, one rod per ticket
Contact: 07905 031327 or 01384 820861, www.halfpenny-green-vineyards.co.uk
Location: Halfpenny Green Vineyards, Tom Lane, Halfpenny Green, South Staffordshire, DY7 5EP
Rules: All nets must be dipped at the poolside, no keepnets, barbless only, landing nets must be used for fish over 4oz, no groundbait, no Method feeders
Facilities: Toilets, café