Barston is out of the or­di­nary

Five-star Mid­lands com­plex for an­glers and golfers alike

Angling Times (UK) - - MIDLANDS -

FROM the five-star club­house over­look­ing the main lake to the sheer di­ver­sity of an­gling across the four lakes built around the plush West Mid­lands Golf Course, fish Barston Lakes and you know they’re rather special.

The sprawl­ing 124-peg Main Lake is home to a range of species and has a typ­i­cal depth of 5ft-6ft. Spec­i­men carp an­glers love the place and Barston runs a mem­bers’ only syn­di­cate that al­lows night fish­ing – oth­er­wise it’s dawn to dusk.

Av­er­age size of the fish is 8lb-15lb, but the lake reg­u­larly pro­duces twen­ties and a cou­ple of 30lb fish add a bit of spice.

Bivvies are al­lowed, but please do not ob­struct the pub­lic perime­ter foot­path.

The Main Lake also holds big F1s, while skim­mers are in­creas­ingly dom­i­nant, with 100lb nets reg­u­larly taken in matches on the pole or a small cage feeder.

Then there are the mil­lions of roach and perch that are of­ten ig­nored by the match brigade.

The Match Lake is a canal-type wa­ter where all pegs have ac­cess to an is­land. It holds thou­sands of small carp and a few big­ger ones.

The relav­tively new Daisy’s and Jake’s Lakes are home to big carp, F1s and a mix of silver fish. Daisy’s is open for day tick­ets, while Jake’s is for night fish­ing mem­bers only.

When you’ve fin­ished fish­ing, re­tire to the club­house for a pint and the chance to take in live sport in the bar – or, if you fancy, treat your­self to a meal in the im­mac­u­late res­tau­rant.

You’re re­ally spoilt for choice at Barston Lakes.

Barston Lakes, Soli­hull, B92 0LB

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