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A list of venues in Berkshire, including basic information and contact details.
Aldermaston Mill, Aldermaston, Berkshire
River Kennet: The famous lawn swims below the weir are popular spots to try for big barbel and chub and this season seem to be providing the biggest catches with barbel up to 14lb 8oz and chub up to 5lb so far. The upper swims have slower water and hold good numbers of bream, roach and dace. On hot days when the water is clear swim feeder tactics with maggots is a must and meat or pellet when the water is coloured. These methods are used by most and generally quite successful, but of course trotted maggots, casters and bread will always prove to work well too. On the lake, carp up to 15lb 2oz have been caught recently using floating crust on the warmer days. For further information contact Peter Arlott on 01189 712365 or 07881 620554.
Barton Court, East Lodge, Kintbury
Their lake is fishing very well at present, carp up to 30lb 2oz amongst the recent catches using method and hair rigged corn. Meat also a strong favourite to be used by many anglers. Float fishing maggot has proved to be the bait for the silverfish and many of the bream and skimmers appearing on a regular basis. £6 1 rod, £10 2 rods, £15 3 rods For further information please contact Bob Bailey on 01488 658905 or 07860 252717.
CEMEX Burghfield/Woolwich Green
The match Lake is predominantly a carp water with the largest at 18lb 2oz. Other species include perch to 3lb 1oz, crucians 2lb and tench 6lb 8oz.Use of the method feeder with corn as hookbait proves to be the winning method in matches where 100lb bags are common place. PVA bagged pellet also works well too as does paste and corn on the pole. The current five hour match record for the venue stands at 168lb 8oz.
Nearby, CEMEX Woolwich Green at Theale seems the place to be for any match or pleasure angler as it’s well stocked with tench, carp and bream. There’s no monsters though in this pool but it’s fishing extremely well. Using corn, pellet or paste on the pole is proving to be a real winner. But don’t dismiss waggler and feeder tactics as these will score too. Again, £10 per day or hire of whole venue available at £10 per peg. Day Tickets available from Reading Angling Centre only, for further information call Tony on 01189 872 216 or for booking whole venue contact Mick or Mike at CEMEX office on 01932 583630.
New Farm Fishery, Maidenhead
The carp lake seems to maintain consistent form whatever the weather this year. Multiple catches are still the norm with anything up to 10 fish possible in a day session. Maggots are still a winner but they have a taste for boilies and pellets too especially when the former are popped up an inch or two off the deck. No 20s have shown recently so one of these specimens is well overdue an appearance. The progeny of these fish spawned last year are now big enough to get caught and are being transferred to the match lake to boost the sport on there. Tel Steve or Roy on 01628 638882 or visit www.newfarmfisheries.co.uk
Pondwood Farm, nr White Waltham
Tel: Mick Holdaway 01189 345299 or visit www.pondwoodfisheries.co.uk
River Thames, Windsor
The free stretch in Home Park from the railway bridge to the Victoria road bridge has thrown up a few good barbel. You’ll need to fish until well after dark for best results and for goodness sake don’t put out too much bait or the ravenous bream hordes won’t leave you alone. Good chub to well over 6 lb inhabit the stretch too; they can be caught during the day on bread flake or after dark on pellet or boilie. Shoals of bleak can also be seen in a couple of areas. Home Park has produced good perch in the past and the sergeants won’t be far from those bleak shoals.
Theale Pit, Theale
This water has been doing well with match weights up into the high hundreds. Method expert John Tilley made peg 1 work for the first time this year by taking a 166lb mainly on the pole in the margins as well as stringing a few together on the method. Dave Stratford-Wey is another who has lots of success here, especially with pole and meat He banked an impressive 195lb off one of the form pegs and was well clear of some equally creditable ‘ton’ weights. Even the cold weather has not stopped paste from working… yet, but it won’t be long before meat, corn and maggot to fully take over. Peter Kay had fish to low doubles in his 183lb win from peg 2, narrowly beating Ernie Malyon on peg 1 with 174lb. Organiser Mick says he expects the matches in winter to keep producing good weights due to consistent water levels. Tel: Mick Deadman 07901 766477.
Two lakes, plus a short stretch of the River Blackwater. Recent catches of carp up to 38lb and tench up to 6lb have been caught primarily using boilies and particle baits. Method and hair rigged corn is also a strong favourite. Lake Two has produced big pike in the past using dead-bait but lures are very popular too and will prove a winner. The bream and silverfish are showing particlulary well especially on warmer days, and maggot is proving to catch even the smallest of fish. From 1st November to 14th March the fishery is open week-ends only, then after that its open daily. Opening times 8am to 7.30pm or sunset if earlier. £7.50 per day. Tel : Trilakes office on 01252 873191