Wil­low­brook Fish­ery

Won­der­ful Wil­low­brook of­fers some real sur­prises amid the peace

Angling Times (UK) - - UK FISHERIES -

WHETHER you’re a carp an­gler, a fan of rivers or sim­ply af­ter a mixed bag of qual­ity fish, Wil­low­brook Coarse Fish­eries has the lot packed into its sprawl­ing Northamp­ton­shire site, from the River Nene through to the newly­ac­quired Grange Farm Lakes.

Wil­low­brook is a clas­sic nat­u­ral fish­ery with no cafés, snake lakes or ac­com­mo­da­tion. In­stead you get peace and quiet on well-ma­tured lakes well away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of life in pur­suit of fish that re­ally pull back when the float or bite alarm goes! Big carp, tench and bream are the main quarry, but there are also plenty of smaller fish, plus some real sur­prises in the lakes and river.

If carp are your tar­get, the 40-peg Wil­low­brook Lake will be heaven. Well-ma­tured and pic­turesque, Wil­low­brook has that es­tate lake feel to it and, at roughly 12 acres, there’s plenty of space be­tween swims for an­glers to fish a cou­ple of rods in safety.

Stocked pre­dom­i­nantly with mir­ror, com­mon and ghost carp, the fish range from 3lb through to

40lb, and catches of smaller carp ex­ceed­ing 100lb are reg­u­larly taken on pole or wag­gler tac­tics.

For a big carp, try the bait and wait ap­proach. Night fish­ing is al­lowed to let you fo­cus on track­ing down a spec­i­men.

Sil­ver­fish are also a big draw and, un­like many waters, whose tench and bream av­er­age 4lb, the Ryson Lake is a real spec­i­men wa­ter.

Al­though you will still find smaller fish, the depths can pro­duce tench and bream to dou­ble fig­ures along­side roach, rudd, perch and a few big carp.

Again, the lake is large, cov­er­ing nine acres and 34 pegs so there’s lots of room.

Some swims are clas­sic tench ter­ri­tory, with lily pads in the edge where the float or pole will score. The feeder is a pop­u­lar ploy for the bream, cast­ing to the mid­dle of the lake.

Wil­low­brook’s most re­cent ac­qui­si­tion are the Grange Farm Lakes just a few miles away. These are su­per tench and bream waters for float­fish­ing and pike sport is also good when the colder weather ar­rives.

Run­ning wa­ter fans can get stuck into the stretch of the River Nene near to the lakes with bream and roach on of­fer and, for a spot of stalk­ing, visit the tiny Harper’s Brook, a lit­tle stream full of roach and some de­cent chub to 4lb.

Con­tact: 07999 589011/07765 851820 or visit www.wbcf.co.uk

Lo­ca­tion: Wil­low­brook Coarse Fish­eries, Is­lip, Northants, NN14 3LE

Prices: Day tick­ets £7, sea­son day per­mits £70 for Wil­low­brook Lake, £60 for Ryson Lake, £110 for both. Sea­son night per­mit for Wil­l­low­brook Lake £160, £200 for river and Wil­low­brook Lake. Sea­son per­mits for Grange Farm £45 each, mid­week per­mits £35

Rules: No keep­nets (only to be used in matches or with fish­ery con­sent), no fires, night fish­ing only on night sea­son per­mit, no tins at the fish­ery, no bread or float­ing baits, bar­b­less hooks only (size 10 up­wards), ground­bait to be fed in a pole cup or feeder only, day fish­ing from 6.30am un­til dusk, pike fish­ing from De­cem­ber un­til March only, please take all lit­ter home, wher­ever pos­si­ble use un­hook­ing mats

Fa­cil­i­ties: Park­ing

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