There’s so much more than carp at this stun­ning fish­ery

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

THE carp and F1 po­ten­tial of the na­tion’s big­gest commercials is well pub­li­cised, but each of th­ese fish­eries has a se­cret side that is well worth un­cov­er­ing.

Boldings Pools is widely praised for the big bags of mir­rors and com­mons it pro­duces on a daily ba­sis, but the gi­ant hauls of sil­ver­fish have some­how crept un­der the radar.

Set in the stun­ning Shrop­shire coun­try­side, the com­plex is set well away from the hub­bub of daily life and each of the 14 pools of­fers plea­sure and match fish­ing bliss.

Bag‘em Match­baits and Mid­dy­backed Jor­dan Hall is one of its big­gest fans and there is one word he is keen to stress when Boldings is the topic.

“This place is all about va­ri­ety and it is much more than just a com­mer­cial full of carp. I’ve lost count of the num­ber of 60lb-plus sil­ver­fish catches I’ve had this year and th­ese hauls are made up skim­mers, tench, bar­bel, roach and cru­cians,” he said.


Al­though there is a healthy head of sil­ver­fish in all the lakes, the four stand-out op­tions are Ch­est­nut, Deep­dale, Sy­camore and Wil­low Pools.

“If you came down here mid­week you could eas­ily sink into your own lit­tle world. The com­plex is so big and vis­i­tors can spread out to give them­selves plenty of space,” said Jor­dan.

Be­fore you make your way into the heart of the com­plex you have the op­tion of tak­ing ad­van­tage of all the mod­ern-day fa­cil­i­ties, with a big break­fast in the café the per­fect way to get the day un­der way. There are also toi­lets and a tackle shop to stock up on es­sen­tials.


Al­most ev­ery an­gler has a big bait tray at­tached to their box that is of­ten loaded with all sorts of baits to pro­vide them with plenty of op­tions.

But when it comes to putting a big Boldings bag to­gether, Jor­dan has a very empty tray.

“All you need is a tub with sev­eral pints of casters. They are the ideal bait, as fish from a few ounces all the way up to dou­ble fig­ures will eat them, keep­ing you guess­ing what will take the bait next,” said Jor­dan.

Peg 35 on Sy­camore Pool was his choice when Angling Times came to town, and his open­ing gam­bit was to fish at 13m in 7ft of wa­ter.

Sen­si­tive rigs pro­vide you with the best chance of spot­ting even the cutest of bites.

Our man’s win­ning rig was made up of Middy Lo-Viz 0.16mm main­line to a 0.12mm hook­length and a size 20 KM-2 bar­b­less hook.

In or­der to pre­vent any break­ages, a Hi-Viz 6-10 Shock­core hol­low yel­low elas­tic was used with a puller bush to help land hard-fight­ing bar­bel.


Within min­utes of start­ing, his float had buried.

At many fish­eries the first fish of the day are usu­ally tiny roach and rudd, but this time a 2lb skim­mer was net­ted. At Boldings large num­bers of tiny fish are not a prob­lem.

“Each time the float goes un­der you can be con­fi­dent that the elas­tic is go­ing to zip out and a qual­ity fish will be at­tached to the other end,” said Jor­dan.

In just a few hours he ac­cu­mu­lated over 50lb of big skim­mers, bar­bel and the odd tench. The sil­ver­fish se­cret is now out of the bag.

PRICES: Adults £7, OAPs £6, un­der-16s £5 CON­TACT: Call 01746 763255 or visit www.bold­ LO­CA­TION: Boldings Pools, Ash­ley Ab­botts, Bridg­north, Shrops, WV16 4SS

Jor­dan Hall’s mixed bag in­cluded bar­bel.

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