From spurned park lake to bream mecca

A neglected park lake that was left to ruin is being labelled as the nation’s best bream and tench water after a series of 100lb plus catches of the species were taken during trials.

Derby’s Allestree Park Lake has been devoid of anglers for several years, with government funding cuts leaving the controlling council unable to employ patrol staff.

In a last gasp bid to regenerate the complex, officials from the Earl of Harrington’s AC struck a deal last month with the authorities to run the fishing, pledging to undertake a major clean-up operation as part of the contract.

Many viewed the move for unknown quantity as a gamble but the decision was soon vindicated when club member Shane Tooth used a simple Method feeder setup with pellet hookbait to bank 24 big slabs to over 7lb and the odd tench for a staggering 130lb plus haul.

Determined to prove the achievement wasn’t a fluke he returned days later and put in an even more assured performance as he slipped the net under 28 bream for another triple figure netful.

“It’s an attractive lake and I thought I’d give it a go but I certainly didn’t expect to land almost 250lb of bream in just two sessions,” explained Shane.

“It took an hour to get them going each time but once they turned up the action never stopped. It is stuffed with big bream and I’m confident even bigger bags are on the cards soon,”

Club treasurer Teresa Parr has been inundated with similar reports from other members and believes it helps highlight the true potential of park lakes. She said: “We’ve also gained four other similar waters as part of the deal and we have high hopes they can be just as prolific. Such lakes are underrated but they are capable of producing catches that can rival what commercial fisheries provide.”

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