in Coventry & Warwickshire
BY PETER CLIFF
[11 MAR 99] LOCAL ANGLING TRACKS THE WEATHER
The Coventry and Warwickshire angling scene is a bit
like the weather. When it's cold, windy and raining its awful, but when the sun
comes out the fish start feeding like theres no tomorrow.
Although most fisheries are reporting a low turn out, those
who do brave the elements are catching some decent fish.
Good catches are coming in at Packingtons
Molands Mere in Meriden where local engineering company managing director Aubrey
Smith from Balsall Common recently took a nice 20lb 10oz pike using a mackerel, and one
nine-year old, fishing with his dad, landed an even better 27lb 10oz specimen fishing
roach deadbait in Horseshoe Bay.
This winter has also seen the water's carp record broken
yet again, this time with a beautiful 38lb Mirror which was caught by Birmingham angler
Other waters on the site are also doing well with 4-5lb carp
regularly coming out of the recently reshaped Anniversaries; 2-4lb tench from the deeper
parts of Siblings and good catches of roach and bream from Gratuities.
Gearys, being shallower, is quick to react to the
weather and cold snaps turn the fish off instantly although they quickly recover when the
sun comes out and temperatures rise.
Over in Coventry, John Bloors new Frog Hall
Match Pool has had a storming start to the year. The last match in February was
won with 47lbs with second place coming in at 42lbs. The next two weights were 29lbs and
28lbs, but other back-up weights are unknown because many anglers didn't bother to weigh
in once they saw 40lbs-plus weights coming out.
Its not surprising that Sunday matches are
booked up well into the future with most Saturdays also taken. However, for mid-week dates
are free for those who can get away.
Lambsdown Lake, Johns main Meadowlands
water, is also fishing well with a recent match being won with 24lbs and back-up weights
of 17lbs and 14lbs.
Warren Pool is yielding 30lbs bags of
Crucian Carp for pleasure anglers with most of the fish being in the 12oz to 1lb 4oz
Tunnel Barn Farm at Shrewley, near Warwick, reports
nice carp between 8lbs and 10lbs coming out of Top Pool where decent shows of bream are
also falling to the pole, whilst several perch over 2lbs have been taken on Bottom Pool.
Things are also on the boil at The Riddings
Fishery, Grendon, near Atherstone, a delightful but little known spot which
offers something for every one from specimen carp to silver fish and crucians.
Indeed, the Specimen Pool, which is the most
difficult of the Riddings water to fish, has been giving the best results of late with
seven 20lb plus carp being taken in the last week of February alone and half a dozen
between 14lbs and 19lbs. All are falling to legered boilie.
Results from Riddings Pool, the
fisherys main match and pleasure water, also stack up well. The most recent
Wednesday Open was won with 19lbs with 18lbs and 12lbs coming in second and third. Again,
plenty of carp are showing in the 8oz to 3lb range whilst those going for roach can have a
netful if they use casters.
Meanwhile, on the local trout scene, a decent few weeks
have been had at Ardencote
Manor, Claverdon, near Warwick, despite some appalling weather - and the
hardy types have been catching some decent fish. Intermediate lines is the favoured method
at the moment with Gold Head Damsels and Cats Whiskers once again the flies to use. Best
catch last week fell to Ian Mochrie of Coventry who had five fish for 16lbs 4oz including
one at 4lbs 4oz which was taken on a cats whisker. A good number of limit bags were taken
and the average fish weight was 2lbs 8oz.
The Troutmasters "Fish-Off" for Ardencote is on
Sunday 14 March so the fishery will be closed on that day to non-participants but
spectators are welcome to watch.