Fish­ery of the Week

A1 Pits also holds qual­ity bream and tench

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A1 Pits guide

AS FAR as spec­i­men bream and tench fish­ing is con­cerned, Not­ting­hamshire isn’t seen as a great county to visit if you’re look­ing for a per­sonal best.

How­ever, Newark’s A1 Pits is a venue that’s help­ing to re­dress the bal­ance.

De­spite be­ing re­garded as a com­plex for the carp an­gler, the six nat­u­ral gravel pits also of­fer su­perb sport with bream, tench, eels and perch – and in re­cent weeks some carpers have caught dou­ble-figure bream and spec­i­men tench by mis­take.

An­gling Times news ed­i­tor Ian Jones re­cently moved to the area and couldn’t wait to come down and prove that A1 Pits isn’t just a venue for the carp boys.


“I’ve been champ­ing at the bit to give A1 Pits a go, es­pe­cially af­ter hear­ing about the fish caught over the last few weeks,” he said.

“The day be­fore my ses­sion I rang Steve, the on-site bailiff, who told me that the big bream in Pit 6 had been net­ted out a few years ago and stocked into Pit 4. Af­ter find­ing out that this wa­ter also held a good head of tench I was in no dilemma as to where I was go­ing to fish.

“Set­ting up on the spit be­tween Pits 4 and 3, a quick cast around with a marker float re­vealed a clear patch of silt and gravel at 12 wraps out, which fea­tured a depth of roughly 15ft.

“In my right-hand mar­gin there was a good depth of 5ft un­der an over­hang­ing tree – the per­fect am­bush point for a tench.

“I fed this area with dead mag­gots and 2mm Dy­na­mite Baits Krill pel­lets and placed my mag­got rig over the top.

“While this rod was fish­ing I had plenty of time to mix up my ground­bait, mould it into balls and Spomb them out on my bream line.

“I was halfway through do­ing this when the bob­bin on my tench rod smashed up to the alarm and sounded a high­pitched tone.

“Sev­eral min­utes later a mint­con­di­tioned tinca of 6lb 7oz lay at the bot­tom of my net – a new pb, so I was over the moon.

“As the day went on my bream rods re­mained si­lent, and it seemed that the in­tense sun­light and 22ºC air tem­per­a­ture were tak­ing their toll.

“I thought my best chance of a bream would be at night, so at 8pm I Spombed out the rest of my ground­bait so a fresh bed of feed was laid out for these slabs.

“I had two bites dur­ing the night – one was from a 20lb 7oz com­mon on my corn rig and the other fish sadly came off the hook halfway through what was a very, slow pon­der­ous fight.

“A trail of slime up the line told me that a very good bream had been lost. Gut­ted!

“Morn­ing came, and although the bream didn’t show, I was happy with my tench and carp catch. I knew that my next visit could pro­duce a proper slab.

“So why not get your­self down to A1 Pits this week­end? It’s not just all about the carp!”

LO­CA­TION: A1 Pits, Church Lane, South Muskham, Newark, Notts, NG23 6EQ Prices: £10 a day, £15 for 24 hours, £30 for 48 hours, £90 for a week (sev­enth day is free), fourth rod £5 per day, £5 a day car­a­vans

CON­TACT: Steve on 07970 209433 or visit

RULES: No fixed leads or bent hooks, all an­glers to have an un­hook­ing mat and land­ing net, rods must not be left unat­tended, min­i­mum line break­ing strain is 12lb, no bait boats, fires, lit­ter­ing or peanut baits, no braided main­lines (ex­cept for spod and marker rods) FA­CIL­I­TIES: Park­ing, car­a­vans al­lowed

Ian’s 6lb 7oz pb tench caught from A1 Pits.

What could this be – tench, bream or carp?

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