South Our guide to White Springs, the GUC, and hot fish­eries to head for this week

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SPREAD across 37 acres of Welsh coun­try­side and fea­tur­ing five large lakes all of­fer­ing top-class coarse fish­ing, White Springs re­ally needs lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion.

It’s known for its big carp sport, but in re­cent weeks big perch have fea­tured too.

Stripeys are present in a lot of the wa­ters at White Springs but the Big Pit has been in the best form of late.

Stephen Jones had a re­mark­able haul of perch from this wa­ter, with sev­eral fish over 2lb topped by a mon­ster of 4lb 7oz. You don’t need com­pli­cated tac­tics to out­wit these fish ei­ther, as pole or feeder-fished worms, mag­gots or prawns can al­ways be re­lied on for a few bites.

You won’t be short of bites on the Plea­sure Lake ei­ther, where 94lb bag weights have been caught in re­cent matches.

These nets con­sist mainly of carp, bream, roach, perch and the odd tench. Rob Evans had a day to re­mem­ber tar­get­ing the roach on this lake and re­ported catch­ing redfins steadily all day, in­clud­ing a specimen of 2lb.

For those look­ing to smash their carp pb, the 9.5-acre Specimen Lake holds fish to 45lb and a large head of 30lb-plus fish. Cap­tures from the lake of late have been very good for the time of year. No par­tic­u­lar peg ap­pears to be dom­i­nat­ing, with fish av­er­ag­ing over 20lb com­ing from all over.

Boilies are the num­ber one bait for these big fish, and a small spread of whole and chopped baits is enough to get the fish grub­bing around. Sweet pop-up hook­baits are work­ing well at present, with a fish known as Dou­ble D fall­ing to a white banof­fee pop-up just last month. LO­CA­TION: White Springs Coarse Fish­ery, Garn­swllt Rd, Pon­tard­du­lais, Swansea, SA48QG CON­TACT: 01792 885699 PRICES: Plea­sure, New Canal and Match Lakes £8.50 per day, OAPs £7, ju­niors £6.50. The Big Pit £10 per day, Specimen Lake £16 per day, £27.50 for 24 hours RULES: No fixed leads, no barbed hooks, no home-cooked par­ti­cles, must have suit­able sized un­hook­ing mat and land­ing net WEB­SITE: www.white­springs­fish­

Stephen Jones with a 4lb 7oz White Springs perch.

A full rain­bow over the White Springs com­plex.

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