Fish­ery of the Week Wors­brough

Once home wa­ter of the Barns­ley Blacks, Wors­brough has changed with the times

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - CON­TACT: Barns­ley Bait Com­pany on 01226 210183 LO­CA­TION: Wors­brough Reser­voir, off Park Road, Barns­ley, S Yorks, S70 5NL DAY TICK­ETS: £4 on the bank

EVEN our great­est an­glers have to start at the bot­tom, and there is one very spe­cial venue where the ca­reers of many such leg­ends took flight.

Barns­ley Blacks’ Alan Scot­thorne (main pic), De­nis White and Tommy Pick­er­ing are house­hold names that have a strong affin­ity with Wors­brough Reser­voir.

On the out­skirts of the South York­shire town of the same name, Wors­brough was among the finest sil­ver­fish waters of its time.

The stars honed their skills there in the 1980s and 1990s as they pur­sued its vast shoals of roach, bream and hy­brids.


Fast for­ward to the present day and the fish­ery has un­der­gone some­thing of a trans­for­ma­tion that has played a sig­nif­i­cant part in keep­ing its banks busy.

With dozens of com­mer­cial fish­eries spring­ing up close to Wors­brough, the man­age­ment came up with a cun­ning plan to keep their angling cus­tomers happy. That came in the form of a large stock­ing of carp sev­eral years ago.

The com­bi­na­tion of mir­rors, com­mons and qual­ity sil­ver­fish struck all the right notes, and an­glers could only guess what might show up next.

Dy­na­mite Baits and Shi­manobacked an­gler Nick Speed is an­other high-pro­file an­gler who cut his teeth at Wors­brough, and although he ven­tured else­where to build his ca­reer, the revamp has drawn him back.

“I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber my early ses­sions on Wors­brough and how they helped me fall in love with fish­ing. Although the reser­voir is now very dif­fer­ent, the fish­ing is ev­ery bit as good as it was back then,” ex­plained Nick.

“One day you can put to­gether a big bag of bream that could in­clude big skim­mers and slabs over 4lb, while the next could be dom­i­nated by carp that are al­ready break­ing into dou­ble fig­ures.”


All 60 fish­ing spots look iden­ti­cal, but each one of­fers some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent be­neath the sur­face.

One end is ex­tremely shal­low but it grad­u­ally gets deeper as you go down the reser­voir, with depths slop­ing down to 12ft at the dam wall end.

In re­cent weeks pegs 12 to 26, 35 and 36 have been pro­duc­ing bites from both bream and carp.


When bream come into the equa­tion you could be for­given for think­ing that an old-school ground­bait feeder ap­proach would fare best.

While that is true in the sum­mer, it’s all change now au­tumn is here.

The Method feeder is king at the mo­ment, and you’ll have no short­age of ac­tion with a small

flatbed ver­sion.

With such a large ex­panse of wa­ter in front of you, try­ing to ‘give it the big ’un’ and hit the hori­zon when cast­ing your feeder may seem like the ob­vi­ous thing to do.

In fact it is much more ben­e­fi­cial to chuck shorter dis­tances with a lot more ac­cu­racy.

“Wors­brough may have changed over the years but it has lost none of the charm that I re­mem­ber from when I was younger,” said Nick.

“The new face of the fish­ery has made sure it has kept in touch with the modern angling scene and it is the ideal place to for both new­com­ers and ex­perts to wet a line this weekend. Give it a try.”

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