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Big Fish Column: Steady rather than spectacular week for local anglers

Last week continued the recent theme of steady rather than spectacular sport but there were some decent returns from most of the local commercial pools, with both big fish and pleasure anglers getting amongst a few fish.

Finch Farm result

On the pleasure front Anthony Foster tackled Finch Farm Fishery, alternating between a waggler and a very light feeder outfit, to take carp to 6lb, tench and bream to 3lb and some cracking roach. Maidenhead–based Ant used maggot, corn and small cubes of meat to tempt all the fish.

Royal carp

Carp fishing at the Royal Berkshire continues to improve and Windsor rod Terry Wood netted three fish to 16lb 8oz during a session on Lake One. Shellfish flavoured luncheon meat on a barbless size 10 hook to 8lb was the successful tactic.

Trout returns

Jonno Randall reports that it was an incredible week on Haywards Farm Lake with a lot of fish caught, including some eight double figure specimens – all of which were returned.

The result of the week went to Dean Reid who, fishing with a friend from one of the fishery boats, netted two estimated 20lb rainbows amongst the 36 fish the pair brought to the boat. White snakes stripped quickly back was the killing method.

Although snake patterns have got amongst the fish there were a lot caught on buzzers too and, as is so often the case in the clear water, covering the water in front of you and then moving quickly on is the order of the day.

Other notable captures on last week‘s roll of honour were made by venue regular, Simon Mann, who landed a couple of very big fish and bailiff, Jeff Brearley, who is pictured here with a cracking 12lb rainbow.

Meet Jeremy Wade

Staying with Haywards Farm Lake, iconic writer, TV presenter and extreme angler Jeremy Wade will be starring at the 2019 Sportfish Show at the Sportfish Game Fishing Centre on 11th and 12th May 2019.

A biologist with a special interest in rivers and freshwater fish Jeremy has been travelling to the world's most remote rivers for 35 years and has starred in three classic fishing shows: Jungle Hooks, River Monsters and Mighty Rivers. He is also the author of two great books, the angling classic, Somewhere Down the Crazy River, co-authored with Paul Boote and River Monsters.

Jeremy will be present throughout the entire show weekend, where he will be giving talks about his adventures, signing copies of his new book, How to Think Like a Fish and sitting on some of the question and answer panels with other leading fishing celebrities. Jeremy will also be giving fishing demonstrations on Haywards Farm Lake, well worth a visit!

Full details of the show can be found at:

The Week Ahead

The forecast finally suggests we will have a consistently warm week with no sharp overnight temperature drops, with lots of us looking to get out and wet a line over Easter the fishing could be fantastic.

Any anglers wishing to report catches may contact me at




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