Lake with 25lb pike and huge perch will open this au­tumn

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - MARK PECK Se­nior re­porter

DAY-TICKET an­glers could soon be tar­get­ing record-break­ing fish at a venue that’s open­ing to coarse angling for the first time ever.

Angling Times can ex­clu­sively re­veal that perch to al­most 6lb and monster pike will be just some of the huge fish on of­fer at Lake Sav­age later this year.

The for­mer trout fish­ing venue in Theale, Berk­shire, has been taken over by game fish­ing re­tailer Sport­fish, which im­me­di­ately drew up a raft of plans for the gravel pit.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the fish­ery is be­ing spon­sored by lead­ing spe­cial­ist preda­tor tackle man­u­fac­turer Sav­age Gear.

The huge po­ten­tial of the new lake has al­ready been high­lighted

Chris Lowe tests the preda­tor po­ten­tial. by Sav­age Gear-backed Chris Lowe, who was given ex­clu­sive one-off ac­cess for a test ses­sion. He not only net­ted a 25lb pike while drop shot­ting for perch, but also heard sto­ries of other gi­ants.

Chris be­lieves Lake Sav­age is ca­pa­ble of mak­ing a re­al­ity of the prom­ise it has al­ready shown.

“The pike I caught had al­ready spawned, so we al­ready know there are fish over 25lb in here – and that is just the tip of the ice­berg,” he said.

“A huge perch was re­cently dis­cov­ered, and al­though it was dead, it weighed well over 5lb.

“Fly an­glers in the past have caught spec­i­men stripeys, so who knows what else the lake could throw up?” he added.

Sport­fish is cur­rently in the process of mak­ing im­prove­ments to the fish­ery, in­clud­ing re­stock­ing Lake Sav­age to im­prove sport still fur­ther at the com­pany’s new Game Fish­ing Cen­tre be­fore it opens some time this au­tumn.

Ian Welch, who is over­see­ing the project, told Angling Times: “As well as im­prov­ing swims we will be net­ting our on-site trout lake, tak­ing out all the pike and big perch and in­tro­duc­ing them into our new preda­tor lake.”

“Lake Sav­age has bags of po­ten­tial, and I’m hop­ing it will whet the ap­petite of lure an­glers who want to come and fish it.”

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