Pegs 1-20 These pegs are regularly used for matches as all matches are on this bank, and if the wind is coming from the north, the end peg could be full of fish! All four foot deep.
Pegs 21-40 These pegs have some hidden features and if you draw the right peg and find the feature, you will bag up if you get it right! The island is also a realistic target for casting to. Pegs 33 to 37 are on the island. All pegs are four foot deep on the pole line.
Pegs 41-60 Certain conditions can favour these pegs and they are probably the ones that get fished the least, so you will need to figure out how best to catch on these pegs. Four foot going down to 7 foot deep at peg 60.
Pegs 61-80 The water deepens underneath the electricity wires from around 7' to 15' so these can be good pegs in the cold if the fish are searching for some depth. Otherwise try catching on the drop, or in the margins.
Pegs 81-100 When the wind comes from the South you may find the fish in the top corner around peg 80 but the whole section 80-100 have produced decent weights. All pegs are four foot deep.
Pegs 101-125 This is a well fished section with lots of feed going in around here, popular pegs include the ones opposite the island which is reachable with a good cast. Some pegs are on the back of the island, a good 90 yard chuck. All pegs are four foot in depth again.
Particularly good pegs for wheelchair users are between 90-120 and have nearby parking. Please note that there is a public footpath around the lake (including a bridle path down the River bank) and ask that you do not block the footpath. Beware of leaving poles in particular on the path, as you might find the occasional horse or bike coming down the path.
At 12 metres wide with a central island running down its length, the 22-peg Matchpool has been designed specifically with the pole in mind. Depths vary from two feet around the sides to seven feet in the middle. The pool has been stocked with Carp and F1s, along with some silvers, to give all year round sport.
In colder weather it is advisable to fish maggots, caster and worms for the rudd and silver fish and when it warms up to use pellets and sweetcorn to target the carp. The pool fishes well from all pegs all year round, but fishing to the features - up against the island, near to the lily pads or close in by the side has tended to provide best results so far.
Match catches are improving steadily all the time and are now typically being won with weights of between 60lb and 80lbs, and it is anticipated these will improve further following a stocking of crucian carp, skimmers, roach and rudd. We will not allow any further anglers on the matchpool if you have a minimum of 16 anglers. (or pay for 16 anglers)
Barston Lakes' stretch of the River Blythe varies between shallow, fast-running stretches to slow moving lengths with deeper holes where an angler can stay for much of the day
Although only narrow, the size of the River Blythe belies its reputation as a fishery as there are a wide variety of fish available, many of them running to decent sizes. These include good sized pike into double figures, chub to over 4lbs, trout to at least 3lbs, perch over 2lbs plus good stocks of roach over 1lb as well as dace, carp and eels.
Whilst it often pays to move up or down the river once you have taken several fish from a swim, many anglers are content to stay in one peg for hours at a time waiting for the fish to come to them rather than try to follow the fish
Whatever your preference, the Blythe is ideal for fishing the pole, trotting a waggler downstream, holding the float on the bottom or mid-water in the backwaters or ledgering either in the quicker water or in the deeper pools which can be found along its length.
As for bait, virtually anything goes with traditional baits like maggots,
worms, and bread being popular favourites as are paste baits, luncheon meat,
sweetcorn and plain or flavoured coarse fish pellets.
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