Fish­ery of the Week Eden Brook

Great sur­round­ings and the sport is su­perb

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

CATCH­ING fish is clearly a prime ob­jec­tive of this sport of ours.

But there are some wa­ters where merely sit­ting down and soak­ing up the stun­ning back­drop is enough to put a smile on your face.

At a time an­glers, it seems, want much more than just a few bites from their day on the bank, some fish­eries are up­ping the ante to cre­ate a breath­tak­ing set­ting that makes an im­me­di­ate im­pres­sion upon visi­tors.

Sur­rey’s Eden Brook Fish­ery is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of a venue that pays just as much at­ten­tion to the aes­thet­ics of the com­plex as it does to the fish­ing.

The two lakes – Eden Brook and The Merid­ian – are sur­rounded by a plethora of green­ery, with old oak and wil­low trees dec­o­rat­ing the banks and is­lands.

On a warm sum­mer’s day you’d strug­gle to find a bet­ter set­ting in which to spend the af­ter­noon, and when you chuck into the equation al­most guar­an­teed ac­tion on the fish­ing front you are on to a real win­ner.

WELL-STOCKED WA­TERS

The Merid­ian is home to stacks of carp be­tween 3lb and 8lb, and those that stick to tried and tested tac­tics such as long pole and pel­let, the pel­let wag­gler and the Method feeder have ev­ery chance of putting to­gether a huge catch.

But for venue reg­u­lar and Or­p­ing­ton Tackle & Bait boss Peter Bolt it is Eden Brook Lake that holds the true ap­peal.

“The lake is packed with fea­tures, and at this time of year there will be fish top­ping ev­ery­where you look,” ex­plained Peter.

“Mir­rors and com­mons to over 30lb are the main tar­get, but it is im­pos­si­ble to guess what stamp of fish will come to the net next, which is why fish­ing this lake ex­cites me so much.

“The big carp have bred in­cred­i­bly well and there are now thou­sands of small hand sized carp. You’ll get a fish ev­ery chuck on the pole, Method or pel­let wag­gler, and one chuck can bring a small stockie while the next can pro­duce a per­sonal best dou­ble!”

MOD­ERN FA­CIL­I­TIES

A lot of fish­eries pay at­ten­tion to how at­trac­tive their lakes are but make the mis­take of ru­in­ing all that hard work by cre­at­ing eye­sores else­where on site.

Tackle shops, cafés and toi­let blocks are of­ten a blot on an oth­er­wise beau­ti­ful land­scape, but Eden Brook has been de­signed care­fully so that such things won’t be a prob­lem.

The café is lo­cated in­side a wooden build­ing that slides seam­lessly into the set­ting, and the toi­let and shower block – which are free to use for an­glers – are tucked out of sight.

SPOILT FOR CHOICE

Hav­ing se­lected a peg with an is­land in front of him for the fea­ture with Angling Times,

Peter mused for a mo­ment be­fore pick­ing the wag­gler rod out of his bag.

“There are so many op­tions on ev­ery peg but I fancy a day on the wag­gler. With the num­ber of small carp in here I know the ac­tion will be in­stant, but the chal­lenge will be to get through to those real lumps.

That pre­dic­tion proved to be spot-on as carp av­er­ag­ing around 6oz came to the net at a fast and fu­ri­ous pace, but ev­ery now and then the rhythm would be dis­rupted as a dou­ble-fig­ure spec­i­men took the bait and charged off.

“I’ve been fish­ing for more years than I can re­mem­ber, but the ex­cite­ment of com­ing to Eden Brook al­ways gives me a sleep­less night in the build-up to the ses­sion,” said Peter.

“When it comes to cre­at­ing the com­plete pack­age, this place has re­ally got it sorted.”

There are proper lumps among the pasties.

Peter never knows what’s com­ing next.

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