Broad Acres Fishery
Broad Acres Farm
Tel: 07990 953860 (mobile)
or 01527 821880 (Fax/24-hour answering machine)
The 1,000-plus F1 carp which were introduced into Charlie's Pool at the beginning of summer 2011 have improved the year round angling on the water, particularly the fishing over winter. Most of the fish weighed about 8oz when they were stocked but are growing quickly and are now coming out at over 1lb. Prior to the introduction Charlie's was predominantly a silver fish water.
Redditch builder Paul Jones has broken the Broad Acres record for the biggest fish to come out of the venue with this beautiful full-scaled common carp which weighed in at exactly 30lbs.
Paul was fishing meat on a Size 12 hook, 15lb main line and 5lb hook length from Peg 20 on Main Lake when he took the fish during an evening session on the lake.
|Part of a former 80-acre beef and sheep farm, Broad Acres Fishery has been developed since the early 1990s into a four pool match and pleasure venue with its own small clubhouse, on-site mobile snack bar, and ladies and gents toilets. Much of the fishery is suitable for disabled anglers and there is ample car parking a short walk from the pools.
Mag's Snack Bar is open at peak times from April through to October. It serves a range of hot and cold food and drinks including All Day Breakfasts, a selection of burgers, hot dogs, hot and cold sandwiches, toasted snacks and confectionery.
Main Lake, the original and largest of the Broad Acres waters, is well stocked with a range of carp and silver fish with the carp running to 26lbs and plenty of fish in the low 20s now showing. These are the venue's original stock fish.
Excavated in 1992 and opened to anglers the following year, Main Lake is used as a pleasure and match water. Specimen Lake, which was enlarged in the late 1990s, is home to carp to 30lbs and also has a large head of silver fish.
The other two waters - Charlie's Pool and Bill's Pool (right) - were both created in 1999 with help from Billy Makin who developed the highly successful Makin's Fishery at Wolvey to the north of Coventry, now run by British Waterways.
Both these pools have three islands running down their length with 11 metres of water between each island. Stocked with smaller fish than the other two waters, these are ideal for club matches and pleasure pole fishing.
An indication of how well the match angling can be at Broad Acres can be judged by the fact that the match record on the Main Lake was set by Broad Acres regular Richard Chatwin at 186lbs from Peg 13. This beat the previous record, set in late 2007 by Scott Smith with an all-carp catch which weighed in at 163lbs whilst fishing a Triplex AC match.
Scott is proving to be a very capable angler and is taking after his father Clive Smith who was an England International. He fished a 16m pole on Peg 23 on Main Lake and fed his swim with Broad Acres pellets.
Other great Broad Acres match catches include the one by John Harris (pictured left) who had a mainly carp bag which weighed in at 126lbs. On this occasion John fed with casters and fished meat on the hook from Peg 6 on Main Lake.
Currently anglers need more than 80lbs of fish to be in the prizes whilst those with 50lbs usually come nowhere!
During 2012 Broad Acres held a series of pre-booked night fishing sessions on Main Lake which proved very popular. These will again be held in 2013 and anglers interested in taking part are asked to telephone 01527 821880 and leave their details on the answering machine.
Broad Acres has also relaxed its rules on permitted baits, allowing for the first time coarse fish feeder pellets and soft hooker pellets to be used. However, anglers should use only Broad Acres' own 'fish friendly' pellets which can be obtained on site from Mag's Cabin.
As with many other fisheries, anglers are not allowed to use floating baits, groundbait or keepnets whilst the list of permitted baits includes luncheon and flavoured meats, maggots, casters, sweetcorn, bread, cat meat, prawns and worms, as long as they are washed and do not contain peat. The only other restriction is a maximum hook size of Size 10.
Broad Acres Fishery is operated by Broad Acres Leisure Ltd.