Fish­ery of the Week

Wors­brough Res

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THINK ‘York­shire reser­voir’ and you’ll prob­a­bly imag­ine a hard day’s fish­ing for roach and skim­mers.

This may be the case at many of the county’s big wa­ters, but Barnsley’s Wors­brough Reser­voir is buck­ing the trend. For years it was one of the North’s top bream wa­ters where Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als Tommy Pick­er­ing and Alan Scot­thorne cut their teeth dur­ing the wa­ter’s hey­days of the 1970s and 1980s.

Visit the 75-peg venue these days, how­ever, and you’ll be greeted with a to­tally dif­fer­ent im­age. The bream are still there, all be it in smaller quan­ti­ties, but Wors­brough is now bet­ter known for its carp sport, fol­low­ing the stock­ing of thou­sands of com­mons and mir­rors in a re­ju­ve­na­tion pro­ject by con­trol­ling club Barnsley AC.

The club’s plan was to turn the wa­ter into a match fish­ing mag­net to ri­val the likes of the pro­lific Bod­ding­ton and Dray­ton reser­voirs in the South – and it’s worked!

An­glers vis­it­ing its banks this year have been en­joy­ing plenty of carp-crunch­ing ac­tion with nets ap­proach­ing the magic ton.

“For more than a decade up to 2013 the club reg­u­larly stocked Hook­baits – soft­ened pel­lets and mag­gots. the venue with small carp. These have thrived and grown on, and the venue is now full of fish in the 3lb-7lb bracket, with lots of carp over 20lb too,” said Shi­mano and Dy­na­mite Baits-backed Nick Speed, a reg­u­lar at the reser­voir.

“Wors­brough has de­vel­oped into a fan­tas­tic venue in that you get com­mer­cial-style weights but the sur­round­ings are more nat­u­ral. What’s more, the fish Rel­a­tively ro­bust lines are needed for carp. are in pris­tine con­di­tion as the venue is not heav­ily fished like some of the com­mer­cials nearby,” added Nick.

There are two banks to fish at Wors­brough – the Sh­effield Bank from pegs 1 to 36 and the Barnsley Bank from pegs 37 to 75. The Sh­effield Bank has a con­crete sur­round while the Barnsley side has wooden stag­ing. Both of­fer com­fort­able

“The fish are pris­tine as the venue is not heav­ily fished like some of the com­mer­cials nearby”

fish­ing. Depths vary from around 3ft-5ft at the thin end pegs 1-15 and 48-66, go­ing down to around 11ft at the dam end.

“When it’s warm the fish of­ten shoal up in the shal­lows but gen­er­ally in au­tumn the mid­lake 14-25 and 37-48 are more of a pre­spect for catch­ing net of skim­mers, bream and carp” said Nick. “I usu­ally fish the Method for the carp and a ground­bait feeder for a mixed net, cast­ing 40-60 yards out.”

PRICES: £4 on the bank, Barnsley AC CON­TACT: Barnsley Bait Com­pany, 01226 210183 LO­CA­TION: Wors­brough Reser­voir, off Park Road, Barnsley, S Yorks, S70 5NL RULES : No keep­nets, no meat, Guru X-Safe only for elas­ti­cated feed­ers FA­CIL­I­TIES: Toi­lets on both banks

Wors­brough of­fers com­fort­able fish­ing from most ar­eas.

Nick Speed with a net of carp, now the pre­dom­i­nant species at Wors­brough.

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