Barston Lakes

Va­ri­ety is the name of the game at this top fish­ery

Angling Times (UK) - - UK FISHERIES -

VA­RI­ETY is the name of the game at Barston Lakes, the four lakes on site of­fer­ing the a wide range of species to go for and an equally vast num­ber of meth­ods to catch them on.

Fish­ery boss Nigel Har­rhy has spent years care­fully nur­tur­ing and stock­ing his lakes to of­fer some­thing for ab­so­lutely ev­ery­one – but Barston re­wards the an­gler pre­pared to work at their fish­ing.

Bites are plen­ti­ful from smaller fish on all lakes with roach, perch, small skim­mers and small carp re­ward­ing a ba­sic ap­proach – but put the ef­fort in and you’ll be stuck into the big skim­mers, F1s and mas­sive carp for which this West Mid­lands wa­ter is fa­mous.

Flanked by the glo­ri­ous West Mid­lands Golf Course, Barston Lakes’ jewel in the crown is the Main Lake, of­fer­ing over 120 com­fort­able pegs, many ac­ces­si­ble to dis­abled an­glers. Depths range from 3ft to 7ft, with an is­land and golf green is­land that can be reached on a long cast from some swims.

Fish the float or pole at close range for sil­ver­fish and a few carp and F1s that will move close in late in the day. How­ever, a long cast with the Method or cage feeder will see you in with a shout at catch­ing the carp, which run to 30lb. Fish of this size also make Barston a hit with the overnight carp an­gler – the venue hosts lots of carp matches ow­ing to its pro­lific na­ture.

The long pole an­gler will find plenty of ac­tion from bream, skim­mers and F1s fish­ing pel­lets. On a few pegs, the mar­gins can pro­duce re­ally big carp late in the day.

For a change, check out the small Match Lake, a snake-type wa­ter ideal for the long pole with carp be­tween ounces and 10lb on the menu plus a range of sil­ver­fish. The newer lakes, Daisy’s and Jake’s, are un­der­go­ing reg­u­lar stock­ings of fish to con­stantly im­prove sport.

Park­ing is avail­able be­hind one bank of the Main Lake to cut out a long walk, and when you’ve come off the bank, make sure you pay the deluxe club­house a visit. Serv­ing meals and drinks, you can un­wind with a spot of live sport on the big screens or take in the view from the mas­sive pa­tio over­look­ing the Main Lake.

Con­tact: 01675 444890 or visit www.barston­

Lo­ca­tion: Marsh House Farm Lane, Barston, Solihull, B92 0LB

Prices: Day tick­ets £8.50, con­ces­sions £5.50. Twelve and 24 hour tick­ets also avail­able

Rules: No keep­nets ex­cept in matches No carp sacks Bar­b­less hooks only No sur­face fish­ing No braided main­lines No fires, lit­ter or bar­be­cues Dogs must be kept un­der con­trol at all times

Fa­cil­i­ties: On-site club house of­fer­ing meals, snacks and drinks, toi­lets, dis­abled ac­cess to pegs and am­ple park­ing.

Marsh House Farm Lane, Barston, Solihull, West Mids,

B92 0LB

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