Fish­ery of the Week

Record fish swim in this day-ticket stretch

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

We head to the fa­mous Kings Weir stretch of the River Lea

THERE aren’t many places where you have a chance of catch­ing a Bri­tish record for the price of a day ticket, but Kings Weir Fish­ery is just that.

Lo­cated within the Lea Val­ley, this his­toric stretch of river holds dou­ble-fig­ure bar­bel and bream that swim along­side 4lb perch and record-shak­ing chub.

The fish­ing is not easy, but it can cer­tainly be re­ward­ing, and by us­ing a pa­tient and cal­cu­lated ap­proach it is pos­si­ble to catch the fish of a life­time.


Walk­ing the banks of the Lea, it’s easy to see why Kings Weir is such a haven for big fish. Large trees over­hang the river and there are many en­tic­ing rafts to fish be­neath.

The fish­ery didn’t al­ways look like this, how­ever – in the past any snags were cleared, leav­ing the fish with lit­tle sanc­tu­ary from angling pres­sure and mak­ing them in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to catch.

This all changed when An­drew Tred­gett be­came man­ager and de­cided to run Kings Weir as a nat­u­ral fish­ery. That meant any branches or trees that fell into the water were left for na­ture to claim, cre­at­ing the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for fish to grow to im­mense pro­por­tions. One thing hasn’t changed – catch­ing them is still a chal­lenge, even for the ded­i­cated an­gler.


Among the species in Kings Weir, bar­bel are one of the most pop­u­lar tar­gets for an­glers, and the weir it­self is one of the most con­sis­tent ar­eas for these.

There is a swim on ei­ther bank im­me­di­ately be­low the weir, and bar­bel are reg­u­larly caught from these ar­eas. Cast­ing a large chunk of meat into the weir can work well for the fish that reg­u­larly pa­trol along this route. How­ever, if you haven’t had a bite within four hours then the bar­bel prob­a­bly aren’t there.

Cast­ing along the edge of the main flow can also work well, where boilies and pel­lets are re­li­able hook­baits.

A few swims down­stream, at the tail of the pool, there are large ar­eas of slack water. Here, a large shoal of bream can be found, in­clud­ing fish that run to over 10lb. Small pel­lets work well for these fish, and cast­ing a feeder filled with ground­bait should put you in touch.

This slack water also holds perch to well over 4lb. Lob­worms along­side a mag­got feeder can score well.


The big­gest chub can be found down­stream of the weir. Float­fished mag­gots will work well, as can leg­ered pel­lets and boilies. Take time feed­ing the swim be­fore cast­ing out to al­low the chub to gain con­fi­dence.

There are also some big bar­bel and perch along this stretch, so pre­pare your­self for a few pleas­ant sur­prises.

This piece of water is mem­bers only, safely en­closed within a gated area. When you be­come a mem­ber you are given a key that gives ac­cess to this stretch.

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