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New boss has big plans for this pro­lific fish­ery

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

AGOOD rep­u­ta­tion in angling cir­cles can take many years to ac­quire.

This is one of the rea­sons why very few com­mer­cial venues are house­hold names. One that is, at least in the north of Eng­land, is Brook­side Fish­ery.

The War­ring­ton com­plex has for years been one of the re­gion’s go-to places for those want­ing big bags of fish, com­pet­i­tive match fish­ing and the chance to catch spec­i­men carp and cats.

The 10-lake site was taken over by new man­age­ment last month and boss Mark Ni­choll is al­ready mak­ing his mark with some ex­cit­ing plans.

“My first task has been to im­prove the aes­thet­ics of the place,” he told Angling Times. “This will in­clude cut­ting back bushes and sort­ing out the ac­cess, then we’ll look at de-silt­ing the lakes and im­ple­ment­ing a re­stock­ing pro­gramme.

“I want to re­build the toi­lets, and later open a new café. I also want to make the com­plex more dis­abled-friendly and cre­ate a lake for be­gin­ners to angling.”

Mark’s pos­i­tive vi­sion has al­ready been noted by angling blog­gers Fish­ing in the North­west, who paid the fish­ery a visit to see at first hand how good it is.

The team were rep­re­sented by sea­soned an­glers Adam Bowen and Dave Williams, who opted to fish on the pro­lific King­fisher Pool, just one of nine fish-packed lakes on site.

The pool has three is­lands and lots of mar­gin fea­tures, and is stocked with tonnes of carp in the 2lb-5lb range, in­clud­ing the odd dou­ble, as well as lots of chub, ide and skim­mers.

“Be­ing able to park be­hind al­most all the pegs on this wa­ter is re­ally ap­peal­ing, es­pe­cially with the amount of gear some an­glers carry,” said Adam.

“The wa­ter it­self has a well spaced bank and three is­lands that are al­ways worth a chuck on the bomb or Method feeder.

“There are no al­lo­cated pegs at the mo­ment, which al­lows an­glers bet­ter ac­cess to fish the fea­tures – this is great for so­cial angling, and for par­ents who want chil­dren close to them while they fish.

“The sport it­self was ab­so­lutely non-stop all day for both of us,” Adam con­tin­ued.

“I con­cen­trated on work­ing long and short pole at dif­fer­ent depths with a va­ri­ety of baits, which all pro­duced bites from carp av­er­ag­ing 2-5lb.

“We also fished the Method, al­ter­nat­ing the feeder with bomb and pel­let, and both tac­tics pro­duced plenty of carp fish­ing tight up to the is­land. If you want plenty of bites and en­joy work­ing for them, this place is ideal.”

More info on this and other wa­ters in the area at: www. fishinginthenorth­west.co.uk PRICES: £7 a day adults (two rods max­i­mum), £5 con­ces­sions. Night fish­ing £25 per night CONTACT: 07464 607875, www.brook­side­fish­eries.co.uk LO­CA­TION: Brook­side Fish­eries, Beau­mont, Tar­por­ley Rd, Whit­ley, War­ring­ton, WA4 4DT RULES: No keep­nets, bar­b­less hooks only, no nuts, ground­bait in cups or feed­ers only, no live­baits, max hook size 8, no pole fish­ing on Lin­ear Lake. FA­CIL­I­TIES: Café (Thurs­days, Satur­days and Sun­days only), toi­lets

Dave Williams bagged up on King­fisher Pool.

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