is the original coarse fishing lake at Willinghurst.
It's quite an old lake, with a reasonable depth
close in on many pegs.There is a long narrow
island close to one bank, with a narrow strip
of water behind it, and that's where we'll start
our tour. There is a very good peg by the nearest
point of the island.
You can catch carp over against the island,
but they are very near to rushes and trees,
so you are likely to lose quite a few. It's
very shallow in this area, but there is a slight
depression about halfway to the island and slightly
to the right of where you are sitting, and this
is the real hotspot. Keep feeding pellet and
the fish will move in and feed there. It's a
potential match winner.
The remainder of the island is not normally
pegged, although it is possible to catch a few
fish along there when pleasure fishing. We now
come to the back bank. There are some good looking
pegs, with bushes along the waters edge, and
these are all capable of producing a winning
weight on the right day. As on so many carp
lakes, wind direction makes all the difference,
if the wind is blowing into that bank then the
fishing will be good. If it's blowing straight
in to either corner then that is a potential
winning peg, you've just got to do it right
The next bank is the deepest on the lake, and
although most of the pegs are capable of producing
a good weight, the outstanding swim is the little
bridge over the connecting strip between the
two lakes. The fish swim backwards and forwards
through this bridge, and I've seen huge bags
of fish taken only inches from the bank in this
peg. The next peg leading in to the corner is
a real feast or famine peg. I've won an open
from there when the wind blew into it, but when
the water's flat calm it can be a real grueller.
We're now on the front bank, with the 'portaloo'
behind us, and there are a couple of decent
swims amongst the rushes before we reach the
point sticking out into the lake.
It can get very crowded on here on match days,
with pole sections and landing nets everywhere,
we often have four pegs on here for our club
matches !. I've fished dozens of matches on
the Willinghurst lakes, and I've never drawn
the actual point, one day perhaps?. They are
all good, match winning swims on the point,
and fish can be caught on a variety of methods.
There are just two more pegs on the lake, between
the point and the island.
I've seen some very big fish caught from them,
but they're not easy fishing, with lots of reeds
for the fish to charge into. It's hook, hold
and pray fishing. All in all a very fair match
lake, with a high proportion of match winning
swims, and lots of scope for the pleasure angler.
Old lake with
New lake in the distance