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Big Fish Column: A damp week and low water temperature makes for challenging conditions

Ian Welch

It never rains but it pours! A somewhat damp week made for very tough fishing around the local venues last week with catches relatively few and far between for the few who braved the conditions.

The rivers in particular were very challenging with the first flush of falling leaves adding to already tricky conditions.

Thankfully the local commercial pools have continued to produce some decent fishing and although water temperatures are beginning to fall the stillwaters are still in good shape for the time of year, and are likely to remain so until the first frosts begin to bite.

Finch Farm results

Finch Farm is undoubtedly the pick of the local fisheries and Ray Brooker recently brought me up to speed with results from the past fortnight.

Despite the fact we are now into October the venue‘s catfish have continued to feed and High Wycombe angler, Frank Hill, had a fine day session on the Catfish Lake last week banking a specimen of 43lb and one of 32lb plus several others up to 20lb. 21mm halibut pellets were Frank‘s successful bait.

The Main Lake on the same complex has been producing lots of crucian carp along with a few of the larger carp and plenty of silver fish. A species that many anglers will not have caught, pumpkinseeds, have also been showing to pleasure and match anglers, Ray himself netting ten in a recent session.

For those who are not aware, pumpkinseed are members of the sunfish family, are native to North America, and were first introduced to the UK in 1890s as an aquarium fish. They are now naturalised in the UK and, although uncommon, they do thrive where they establish themselves. They rarely top 6oz in weight but if you fancy something really different then Finch is well worth a look.

Finch is also now worth a look for predator anglers too as the Pike Lake is now open, I hope to have a report from there later in the month.

Any anglers wishing to report catches may contact me at

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