in some very lovely Surrey countryside, this
fishery has 10 lakes, mostly stocked with carp,
plus numbers of roach, rudd, tench etc. The
lakes are spread over a 650 acre estate, with
three different access roads, depending on which
lakes you want to fish. The venue might lack
some of the 'home comforts' of some of our other
featured fisheries, but it does offer excellent
carp fishing, with some carp up to 20lbs, and
many big bags taken by both match anglers and
Methods at Willinghurst...
makes a pleasant change to have a days fishing
here, after the strict rules of so many day
ticket fisheries ( who muttered Gold Valley
? ), to the best of my knowledge there is only
one rule at these lakes, and that's the fairly
normal one of 'Barbless Hooks Only'. They also
allow you to pay an extra £3.00 on top
of the day ticket and use a proper carp keepnet,
making the water an ideal venue for a 'knock
up' between a handful of lads, without having
to book swims months in advance.
all of you 'pellet heads', form an orderly queue,
this is a real pellet water, the carp love them.
Most of the lakes contain a big head of roach
and rudd, so this is a real big bait venue,
with corn, meat, paste, banded pellet, chum
mixer or worm all being successful on the right
day. Hemp and pellet make an excellent feed,
balling in groundbait doesn't normally work,
but the 'method feeder' can be deadly sometimes.
Favourite methods are pole,
running line down the edge or method feeder.
You don't need to fish a very long pole, 11
metres maximum, and often 5 or 6 metres is ideal.
As in most day ticket carp fisheries, the big
fish will come into the bank as the days wears
on, and late afternoon / evening are the best
times for catching a big carp in close.
As in so many still waters,
the secret to catching fish is to fish with
a warm wind in to your face, and to keep feeding.
There's no need to feed vast amounts, but you
must keep some feed going in to the swim all
of the time, even if you're not catching anything.
The biggest mistake that the occasional fisherman
makes is that he doesn't feed often enough.