SILVERS GALORE AT ALL-ACTION ALVECHURCH
It’s not all carp on the Canal Pool
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-fisheries.co.uk
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.