Andy's Fishing Lake
Andy's Fishing Lake was formed by damming two shallow V-shaped valleys which join together by what is now the dam wall, out from which about 20 feet of water can be found.
From here the water shallows with between eight and 10 feet being found where one arm runs towards the conservation wildlife pond. The shallowest water, at just four feet, is in the bay by the car park as you come onto the fishery.
Although the deep water can be good for ledgering for the carp and bream, anglers do not need to fish much further out than a couple of rod lengths with the newly planted margin reeds already proving holding areas for the fish.
Another popular area which has already been throwing up good catches, particularly of carp, are the pegs on either bank near the causeway which separates the main lake from the wildlife conservation lake.
Here between eight and 10 feet of water can be found a couple of rod lengths out and with the causeway and several banks of reeds proving features for the fish, this is well worth a try if the pegs are not taken.
Popular techniques here are fishing the pole, waggler or a surface bait in warmer weather when the carp can be seen moving around under the surface.
Whether fishing for the carp or the silver fish, pellets are a good feed and hook bait as this is what the fish were fed on for a couple of years before the lake opened for angling. As a result all species take them readily.
So far the most popular technique for fishing Andy's Lake has been with the waggler, although the pole is becoming increasingly popular with those fishing close in. However, several anglers have already had their 18s elastic snapped and several have had their top sections smashed, so it pays to beef up your tackle a bit to ensure you don't join them!
When fishing for the carp, most anglers use a 10lb to 12lb line strength with Size 8 to 12s hook. In addition to pellet, plain yellow sweetcorn is already proving a killer bait whilst 15mm halibut pellets keep the small stuff away - although you will even pick up 2lb mirrors and commons on these. Although several regulars have tried boilies they say these are not yet readily accepted by the fish.
For anglers who opt to fish the deeper water for the carp, a good technique is to ledger with a cage feeder, packing the cage with a selection of freebies and blocking the end with small amounts of general purpose groundbait.
A feeder fished in the deeper water can also prove effective for the bream, although these have so far proved sporadic with the best catches to date having been taken on sweetcorn, pellets and red maggots.
The waggler has proved most effective so far for those anglers after the roach and rudd, which are already topping the 1lb mark and can put up an initial fight almost as good as the carp.
The bigger roach are not hook shy and will generally take a single piece of yellow sweetcorn on a Size 12 to 16 hook... two regulars have even reported catching them on a bare hook! in common with the carp they will also take a 6mm to 8mm banded pellet, bread flake or paste baits, although fishing maggots will naturally tend to attract the smaller fish.
Running to 4lbs in weight, the tench have so far proved fairly elusive, but the best methods being straightforward waggler tactics with pellets or sweetcorn in the shallow bay by the car park.
As a general rule, unless you are heading down towards the pegs next to the causeway between Andy's and the wildlife conservation pool, fish just the other side of the reed beds or further out in the shallow bay next to the car park. Also, don't overlook fishing close in to the margins as the fish are often holding up here.
Regular feeding with groundbait or loose feeder pellets also attracts the fish quickly and holds them in your swim whilst those anglers who fancy surface fishing should use bread, dog biscuits or floater pellets.
How to get there...
Andy's Fishing Lake is near the English border with South Wales. Travelling from the M5, follow the motorway to its junction with the M50 and then follow this to Junction 4. On leaving the motorway, take the first exit onto the A40, signposted Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth.
After about two miles take the fourth exit off the A40 at the big roundabout and head onto the A49 signposted Hereford. After passing the Penethley Nurseries and Hotel, you will see the A4137 coming in from the left from Symonds Yat. Stay on the A40 and turn left at the next crossroads signed for Orcop (if you come to Harewood End you have gone too far). Follow this road for about a mile and you will come to a small crossroads signed Tretire and Pencoyd. Go straight on for a further half mile and you will see the entrance to Andy's Fishing Lake on the right.
Travelling south from Hereford, head out of the city on the A40 Ross on Wye road and travel through Much Birch and Harewood End. After leaving Harewood End keep uyour eyes open for the sign for Orcop on the right. Follow this road for about a mile and you will come to a small crossroads signed Tretire and Pencoyd. Go straight on for a further half mile and you will see the entrance to Andy's Fishing Lake on the right.
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