Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

THE preda­tor sea­son has kicked off in fine style at Bury Hill Fish­eries, so why not try for one of the venue’s big perch, zan­der or pike now that the weather is start­ing to cool?

Dur­ing the first week of ac­tion some im­pres­sive catches of all three species have been re­ported from the venue’s Old Lake, with vis­it­ing an­glers bank­ing dozens of fish in the 2lb-5lb range, along with the odd larger spec­i­men.

Small sec­tions of roach, sprat and mack­erel pre­sented on size 6 or 8 hooks or on hair rigs have been the top baits for the zan­der, which go well into dou­ble fig­ures at Bury Hill, as do the pike, which have been caught to 30lb in pre­vi­ous win­ters.

For the zan­der, there’s no need to fish at long range, with an­glers con­sis­tently catch­ing just 10m-15m out, par­tic­u­larly from the pegs in the 20s. The last hour cou­ple of hours of day­light have proven par­tic­u­larly pro­duc­tive for numbers of zan­der. One of the most pop­u­lar tac­tics is to fish with the bail arm open so that the zeds don’t feel any re­sis­tance when they pick up the bait.

The fish­ery also hires out punts for those who fancy fish­ing afloat – a fun way to catch and one which af­fords stun­ning views of the lake in its au­tumn colours. PRICES: £12 a day for one rod, £9 con­ces­sions, £6 boat ticket LO­CA­TION: The Boathouse, Bury Hill, Fish­eries, Old Bury Hill, Dork­ing, Sur­rey, RH4 3JU

CONTACT: 01306 883621 or visit www.bury­hill­fish­eries.co.uk

RULES: No live­baits or freshly-killed dead­baits; dead­baits must be frozen sea baits, un­less bought from the fish­ery. All fish to be re­turned, 12lb min­i­mum main­line, no braid, un­hook­ing mat and large land­ing net re­quired, no lures over 6ins.

FA­CIL­I­TIES: Tackle and bait shop, toi­lets, park­ing, dis­abled ac­cess, lake­side café.

The Old Lake at Bury Hill is bril­liant for preda­tors. Bury Hill of­fers qual­ity zan­der fish­ing.

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