Blythe Waters Fishery
Tel: 01582 843454 for match bookings and season permits
Tel: 01675 443306 for the bailiff
Birmingham specimen angler Stevie Duggan has landed one of Blythe Waters best carp with this beautiful 25lbs 7oz fully scaled common taken from the fishery's Home Pool.
Stevie, who fishes Blythe Waters once a month, was fishing Peg 10 in the deeper water having spodded chopped boilies and particles with a heafty measure of pellets to several swims. On the hook he used 10mm home made Essential Baits shellfish B5 boilies on a size 12 Korda wide gape B hook to 12lb Korda Supernatural hooklength and a backleaded 15lb Fox soft steel main line.
Stevie was fishing with his friend Chris Cooper and between them the couple had several more carp to 19lbs.
The Canal and River Trust West Midlands season permit now covers Blythe Waters and Earlswood Lakes' Engine and Windmill Pools and is available to new members.
Full permits, which allow anglers to fish any day of the week, cost £156.00 a year or £130.00 for concessions. The permits run from April 1 until March 31 and allow anglers to fish a second rod at no extra charge. Concessionary permits are available only to anglers who possess a concessionary rod licence and these may be checked by staff.
Blythe Waters offers five attractive lakes set in pleasant rolling countryside between the villages of Hampton-in-Arden and Knowle to the east of Solihull. Although Blythe has rapidly become established as a popular match venue, it is also well suited to pleasure anglers.
The fishery has good facilities for disabled anglers, particularly on Cherries Pool which is next to the main car park, and has large and even purpose-built fishing platforms which are suited for the less able anglers. Popular with family groups, Blythe Waters offers concessionary tickets to lady anglers as well as juniors, OAPs and the disabled.
In addition to the angling, there are facilities for five touring caravans for anglers who want to visit the fishery for short stays or angling breaks of up to a month at a time. The site is available for Caravan Club members only.
Stocked with decent sized carp, bream, tench and roach, the fishery also holds a good head of perch, silver bream, gudgeon, golden orfe, daddy ruffe, barbel and a few chub. There are no pike in any of the waters.
Next to the car park is an unmistakable grass-roofed clubhouse. Open every day for the sale of tickets, the clubhouse also serves hot and cold drinks, light meals and snacks most mornings.
Details of opening times are posted in the clubhouse window. In addition to the cafe area, the clubhouse also offers toilet and shower facilities.
Adjacent to the still waters, anglers can also fish a one mile stretch of the River Blythe which has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The river contains good numbers of dace, chub, perch and even a few trout, although it is very shallow in summer.