Wepre Park

Coun­try-park pool turns the cor­ner

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

LOTS of el­e­ments com­bine to trans­form a wa­ter into an an­glers’ par­adise, not least top-class fish­ery man­age­ment.

The work put into the de­vel­op­ment of tackle shops, a café and good ac­cess is easy to see, but the ef­forts made to en­sure that a venue and its stocks re­main in tip-top con­di­tion of­ten go un­no­ticed.

Bosses at The Rosie Pool in Con­nah’s Quay, Flintshire, have worked tire­lessly in re­cent years to over­haul the com­plex, and they are now reap­ing the re­wards.

The fish­ery used to be hit by reg­u­lar fish kills due to over­stock­ing and de­bat­able man­age­ment tech­niques, but the new com­mit­tee of the con­trol­ling an­gling club have sought ex­pert ad­vice and worked won­ders.

Vis­i­tors are now greeted by the per­fect sce­nario – stun­ning scenery, com­fort­able sur­round­ings and in­cred­i­ble fish­ing. The club has struck the per­fect bal­ance be­tween a com­mer­cial and a nat­u­ral pool, work­ing hard to main­tain the site while stock­ing a va­ri­ety of species in­clud­ing fully scaled mir­rors to dou­ble fig­ures, ide to over 3lb, stacks of roach over the 1lb mark, qual­ity bream and true cru­cians over 3lb.

MAN­AGE­MENT PLAN

Plenty of bites are as­sured, but this isn’t the sort of place to head to for a 100lb haul – half that is a much more re­al­is­tic tar­get.

Fish­ing In The North West web­site blog­ger James Davies has played a big part in the ren­o­va­tion.

“The fish­ery had been dogged by so many prob­lems over the years, but by putting into place a man­age­ment plan cre­ated by fish­ery ex­pert Andrew El­lis we have turned The Rosie Pool into some­thing very spe­cial,” he said.

“We’ve re­moved thou­sands of tiny fish that were us­ing up valu­able oxy­gen, worked on the sur­round­ing trees so that more light and wind can get on to the venue, and ripped out a huge lilly bed to im­prove wa­ter cir­cu­la­tion.

“Add to that a sen­si­ble new stock­ing pol­icy and you soon re­alise that a lot of work has gone into cre­at­ing the fish­ery you see to­day.”

BITES GA­LORE

With 30 pegs to at­tack you re­ally are spoilt for choice. Each swim of­fers some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Pegs at ei­ther end have large clumps of lilies to put a bait next to, an is­land in the mid­dle is the ideal tar­get for chuck­ing a wag­gler, and the open wa­ter of­fers some­where for the fish to pa­trol when wa­ter tem­per­a­ture starts to fall.

“Ev­ery peg has gen­uine po­ten­tial and you are pretty

much guar­an­teed bites from any­where if you do it half right. With such a va­ri­ety of species, it’s dif­fi­cult to guess what you’ll land next,” added James.

And so it proved, as James worked his way to a 40lb mixed net of carp, roach, skim­mers and cru­cians for our cam­eras.

“It’s amaz­ing just how good this fish­ery is when you com­pare it to the state it was in only a cou­ple of years ago. All the hard work is pay­ing off and has helped pro­vide one of the re­gion’s best up-and-com­ing wa­ters,” con­cluded James.

FISH­ERY OF THE WEEK THE ROSIE POOL, CON­NAH’S QUAY, WALES

James Davies took carp and true cru­cians.

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