Fish­ery of the Week

We­ston Pools

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

“This is a stun­ning com­plex pro­vid­ing fan­tas­tic sport with all species”

IN SOME parts of the coun­try prolific fish­eries are hard to come by, but what they lack in num­bers they more than make up for on the qual­ity front.

Dozens of coun­ties across the UK have a much richer sup­ply of com­mer­cials than Shrop­shire, but this western re­gion can lay claim to one of the finest com­plexes it’s pos­si­ble to find.

We­ston Pools has be­come a ma­jor hit with match and plea­sure an­glers, and it doesn’t take a genius to see why it has be­come such a hotspot.

Put sim­ply, this a fish­ery that pro­vides the full pack­age. The five on-site lakes (a sixth is just a mile away from the com­plex) were the brain­child of owner and pas­sion­ate an­gler Mike Philbin. Months of hard work went into their de­sign, lay­out and stock­ing be­fore build­ing fi­nally started.

Take one look at the fish­ery as you en­ter for the first time and you in­stantly re­alise that it has cracked the for­mula for suc­cess.

Plenty of green­ery has been al­lowed to grow up around the venue, al­though care­ful man­age­ment means that all the sta­ble and well-con­structed pegs are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

Once fish­ing gets un­der­way you are prob­a­bly go­ing to ex­pect the usual com­mer­cial menu of carp af­ter carp – but you’ll be pleas­antly sur­prised.

Guess­ing what will take the bait next is nigh on im­pos­si­ble, with gi­ant shoals of F1s, carp, bar­bel, tench, cru­cians, roach and bream there for the tak­ing.

If that isn’t enough there is a well-stocked tackle shop, a café and a bar to grab a pint once a day of bag­ging has con­cluded.

Top match­man Giles Cochrane is heav­ily in­volved at the fish­ery and is al­ways on hand to share his vast knowl­edge of the pools

Newly-crowned Fish O’Mania champ Andy May has to un­dergo a 100-mile round trip to We­ston Pools, but he be­lieves the ef­fort is more than worth­while.

“I’ve vis­ited hun­dreds of fish­eries over the years but We­ston is with­out doubt up there with the best of the lot,” ex­plained Andy.

“It is such a stun­ning com­plex which pro­vides fan­tas­tic sport with all species. The help­ful­ness of the staff is also a big plus point, and if you are ever in need of a few tips or ad­vice on the best pegs, they will not hes­i­tate to put you on the right lines.”

When asked to pick his favourite lake at the com­plex, Andy paused for thought but even­tu­ally set­tled on Weir.

With that, there was only one place we wanted Andy to tackle up and show his skills for the An­gling Times cam­eras.

“I want to catch ev­ery­thing that swims, and you can’t beat

worms and cast­ers for that type of fish­ing,” he said.

Fish­ing the pole both long and short, he was soon into a busy rhythm, with fish of all sizes, shapes and colours com­ing to the net in four hours of bag­ging.

Even though tem­per­a­tures had soared to al­most 25ºC on the day, the fish stocks had clearly read Andy’s script and at the end of the ses­sion he had amassed well over 70lb.

“There’s a lot of hype sur­round­ing We­ston Pools but there’s no doubt it de­serves ev­ery ounce of credit that heads its way,” con­cluded Andy. PRICES: £8 adults, £6 con­ces­sions CON­TACT: Call 01691 671812 or visit www.we­ston-pools.co.uk RULES: No meat, keep­nets only in matches, bar­b­less hooks, and fish­ery feed pel­lets only

Two chunky cru­cians for Andy May.

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