It’s not all carp on the Canal Pool

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

THE West Mid­lands area has an abun­dance of com­mer­cial match waters. Most of them tai­lor their stock­ing poli­cies to the match an­gler, and you’ll of­ten find they are carp-heavy for that rea­son.

But dig a lit­tle deeper and you might just dis­cover that there is of­ten more to th­ese fish­eries than just a net­ful of F1s. Take Soli­hull’s Alvechurch Fish­eries, for ex­am­ple. Many an­glers might avoid the venue in the be­lief that it’s just four carp-filled holes in the ground. But that couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth.

Ig­nore the match re­sults and there is the po­ten­tial to en­joy a su­perb day’s plea­sure fish­ing with barely a carp in sight.

One wa­ter to pro­vide just such an op­por­tu­nity is Alvechurch’s Canal Pool. This 27-peg lake was de­signed for the match an­gler

and although it does con­tain small carp, it’s also rammed with fish seen by match­men as ‘nui­sance’ species.

Ide, bar­bel, roach, chub and bream all thrive in this rush­lined lake, and by adapt­ing your ap­proach slightly you can en­joy a great day fish­ing for them and avoid­ing the carp.

The lake has only been open since 2015, but it has ma­tured su­perbly in that time and the fish fight re­ally hard. Venue bosses have been re­port­ing ris­ing match records on this wa­ter this sum­mer, with weights top­ping 200lb – in­clud­ing sil­ver­fish nets to an in­cred­i­ble 100lb-plus.

As far as tac­tics go, the lake is around 13m wide so you can reach the far bank on the pole, but a lot of the sil­ver fish weights come from an­glers fish­ing in the mar­gins, where the depth goes down to 2ft as op­posed to 7ft down the cen­tral track.

A top kit or wag­gler is all you need to catch ide to 2lb, chub and skim­mers to 1lb and bar­bel to 2lb, and this can be done from ev­ery peg on the lake.

Mag­gots, worms and cast­ers are all top baits for the sil­ver fish in here.

The catches may be of a tra­di­tional na­ture, but be­ing on a top com­mer­cial wa­ter means you can en­joy all the ben­e­fits of the on-site fa­cil­i­ties.

PRICES: £9 a day (Mon­day and Tues­day £7), £8 con­ces­sions. Ar­row Spec­i­men Pool is £12 a day

CON­TACT: 0121 445 4274, 07944 191 915, www.alvechurch-fish­

LO­CA­TION: Alvechurch Fish­eries, Bit­tell Road, Birm­ing­ham, B45 8BW

RULES: Bar­b­less hooks only, one rod max, no bait boats, no cat/ dog food or nuts to be used, all fish to be net­ted, no fixed rigs or elas­ti­cated method feed­ers to be used, no fires or bar­be­cues

FA­CIL­I­TIES: Dis­abled toi­lets and pegs, tu­ition avail­able, café, tackle and bait shop

Use a mix of pel­let sizes to catch all species.

A fine net of sil­ver­fish from the Canal Pool.

Try feed­ing a mushy ball of chopped worms, pel­lets, corn and cast­ers.

Cast­ers, mag­gots and worms are top hook­baits for the sil­ver­fish.

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