BOLDINGS SILVER SECRET REVEALED
There’s so much more than carp at this stunning fishery
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.
WORLD OF YOUR OWN
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.boldingspools.com LOCATION: Boldings Pools, Ashley Abbotts, Bridgnorth, Shrops, WV16 4SS
Jordan Hall’s mixed bag included barbel.