Pay a visit to the his­toric Yate­ley...

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

NESTLING in an area steeped in carp angling his­tory are the eight Yate­ley wa­ters owned and con­trolled by Farn­ham Angling So­ci­ety, each with its own spe­cial past.

The com­plex is split into Yate­ley South and Yate­ley East. The South Com­plex con­sists of Horse­shoe Lake, Pump­house Lake, Tree Lake and the well-known South Lake. Horse­shoe Lake is tar­geted mainly for its stocks of spec­i­men bream and tench, with both species grow­ing to over 8lb. These fish fall through­out the year to an­glers fish­ing over a baited area with a Method feeder.

Next is Pump­house Lake, an in­ti­mate 1.3-acre wa­ter and home to num­bers of tench and carp. It’s a great bag-up wa­ter with good weights of fish be­ing caught through­out the year to an­glers fish­ing the wag­gler or ground­bait feeder.

Across the road you have the South Lake. This iconic ma­ture gravel pit is full of fea­tures and, as with most Yate­ley wa­ters, is a carp an­gler’s haven.

It holds more than 300 carp, a mix of com­mons and mir­rors to 40lb. Pa­tient and well thought out tac­tics will catch them, with the mar­gins be­ing deadly spots to those who stay hid­den.

The pick of the bunch from the East Com­plex has to be the Match Lake. At 13.8 acres there is plenty of wa­ter to go at hold­ing some proper Yate­ley char­ac­ters. Ev­ery­thing in this lake seems to grow big. The carp reach weights of 48lb, the bream are near dou­ble fig­ures and there are mon­ster cat­fish over 60lbs in there too.

Some of carp angling’s big­gest names have stalked the banks of the Match Lake be­fore chas­ing the gi­ants of the Car Park.

If mir­ror and com­mon carp are not your thing you still have a wa­ter with its own slice of angling his­tory to go at.

The beau­ti­ful, se­cluded Sum­mer Pit was for­merly home to mon­ster cru­cians of Bri­tish record size.

Af­ter a slight de­cline the club has put in lots of work to re­store it to its former glory.

The tench reach over 9lb and there are still cru­cians of 3lb­plus present.

This is a perfect wa­ter for mar­gin work on pole or wag­gler.

LOCAYateleTyI,O HNa:nYate­ley,ts,GU46Hants,7UU GU46 7UU C 0O7N54T6A C72T4: 07546317or visit724317 or visit FAS Mem­ber­ship Cen­tre at Gold Val­ley, Gold Lane, Gov­ern­ment Road, Alder­shot, Hamp­shire, GU11 2PT

PSeRnICioErS £:102 per year plus £25 join­ing fee. Over-65s £51 per year plus £10 join­ing fee. Stu­dents and dis­abled an­glers £51 per year plus £25 join­ing fee. Ju­niors £25.50 per year plus £10 join­ing fee R RULES: TUwLoErSo:dsT­wom­ax­i­mum,rods­max­i­mum,hooks hooks size 14 and larger must be bar­b­less, mem­bers can only fish the same swim for a max­i­mum of seven con­sec­u­tive days F SAeCcuILrIeTlIoEcSk:ed gates, toi­lets W wEwBwS. IfTaErn: haman­gling so­ci­ety.com

The Match Lake holds carp to 48lb and big cats.

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