Probably the largest mixed fishery on the Lower Broadheath site, Sycamore Pool is suitable for pole, waggler or feeder fishing and offers a good selection of fish including carp, bream and tench to over 8lbs, some big roach, chub to 5lbs and even the occasional barbel.
Because of this it is an ideal venue for anglers of all abilities and no matter which technique you choose you are likely to catch a net of decent fish.
Sycamore now also holds the five-hour match record for Lower Broadheath following Scott Smith's impressive performance when he took an all-carp bag weighing 291lbs 6oz. Scott fished sweetcorn over pellets to take the new record from Peg 20.
Just as impressive were the back up weights - with the top 14 placed anglers all weighing in with over 100lbs! Second place was taken with 230lbs 8oz, third with 224lbs 6oz and fourth with 216lbs 0oz. On the same day, a match fished on Willow Pool was won with 219lbs 8oz with second place coming in with 195lbs 10oz and third place with 148lbs 13oz.
As with all the Lower Broadheath waters, the far side of the pool nearest the stream which runs along the fishery boundary offers the deeper water with the bottom sloping gradually to a maximum of about 10 feet when viewed from the entrance side of the water.
Because it is a good mixed fishery, nearly all techniques work well, although when the fish are in the deeper water the pole and feeder are probably most popular.
Corn and meat baits are the most predominantly used, although chopped worm often provides excellent results particularly if you bait the swim well. Fishing maggots on the waggler is also popular and productive, but this technique runs the risk of attracting some of the smaller nuisance fish such as small roach, rudd, perch and skimmer bream.
With a backdrop of trees, Old Pool is the original fishery at Lower Broadheath and holds the venue's biggest carp, some of which are reported to run to over 30lbs.
Particularly popular with pleasure anglers, Old Pool is predominantly a carp and roach pool. Shallower at both ends where there is about six or seven feet of water, the bottom falls to between 10 and 12 feet in the centre whilst off Pegs 20 to 23 there is about 10 feet of water. There is also a deep hole off the end of the jetty, although this is so small that it is not worth finding.
Although sweetcorn, luncheon meat and worm are the most popular baits, many of the anglers visiting Old Pool are now having success with most exotic offerings including some of the new flavoured baits. As one would expect, maggots are a popular bait but again these can have the drawback that they attract smaller nuisance fish and can lead to irritating false bites. However, these small fish can often have the benefit that the disturbance they cause attracts the larger fish which push them out of the swim and can lead to some excellent catches.
Home to a great number of big fish, Willow Pool is one of Lower Broadheath's main competition waters and until July 2005 held the fishery match record with a 231lbs 2oz haul taken in July 2003 - a record which still stands for the water.
Generally deeper than Old Pool with an average depth of about 12 feet, Willow is deeper at the Old Pool end than at the Ash Pool bank where between six and seven feet of water can be found between five and seven metres out.
Widely regarded as 'everybody's favourite' because of the general stamp of the fish, Willow holds a good head of quality carp to over 20lbs plus some good tench and, until recently, bream between 4lbs and 5lbs. Whilst the bream were a common sight, these have not shown as often in the past couple of years.
Although the tench tend to average about 3lbs there are a good many fish a lot bigger than this as well as a good head of decent rudd and Orfe running to 4lbs.
According to some anglers there are more big fish in Ash Pool than any of the other Lower Broadheath waters and with carp to over 20lbs and some big ghosties, plus a decent head of good sized tench and bream, there's certainly plenty to go at.
Again, like the other pools, Ash is quite deep with six feet of water four to five metres out falling to just over 10 feet in the centre.
Whilst the pole is again a popular method for fishing this water, the feeder works well as does waggler fishing, although it is not usually necessary to fish far out as good catches can be taken near the side.
Indeed, many anglers fishing Ash Pool prefer the tried and tested technique of fishing two rods with one fished in open water and the other dropped down the margin - a cracking method for picking up the patrolling carp, particularly in the summer months when they swim up and down under the banks picking up anglers discarded bait.
A pleasure water with over 300 double figure fish, Island Pool offers plenty of space for Club matches and plenty of fish for the competitors - so much so that even when not being fished for matches it is a popular pleasure water and well worth a visit.
The largest known fish to come out of Island Pool to date was a 32lb 9oz common carp caught by Colin Corbett early in 2005 on luncheon meat.
Although Island is well-established, it seems that over the past couple of years this pool has really come into its own with most anglers preferring to fish along the two main banks, rather than either end of the pool, where there is a ledge which runs the length of the pool. Although it is traditional in waters like this for people to fish on top of the ledge, that doesn't seem to work on Island and the most favoured technique is to fish a small ledger down the face of the ledge where it runs into deeper water.
In addition to the usual mix of carp, roach, rudd and some tremendous crucian carp, Island Pool is also home to an unusual blue strain of carp which have been nicknamed 'Blueys' because of their colouring. These fish have a reputation for fighting three times as hard as conventional carp with anglers likening them to a double decker bus once they get going!
In addition there is a small head of shubunkins up to 2lbs plus and some koi carp.
As may be expected, the most favoured techniques for fishing Island Pool is the pole with sweetcorn, luncheon meat, chopped worm and maggots again being favoured baits.
The most recent and smallest of the Lower Broadheath waters, Elgar Pool has matured nicely and was given its name because it is the water nearest to the birthplace of Edward Elgar, the world-famous composer, which is just over the hill from the fishery.
Although Elgar is only small at about three-quarters of an acre in size, it holds some big fish and is well-worth the trip to the top of the fishery if the other pools are looking busy.
Ranging in depth between six and eight feet and offering 17 well-spaced pegs, Elgar has a reputation for its large roach as well as Common, Mirror and Crucian Carp. In addition, there are a lot of rudd in the water which offer great sport, particularly in summer when fishing for them just under the surface with caster certainly provides an entertaining few hours!
Those after the bigger fish are advised to fish pole or waggler using sweetcorn, luncheon meat or chopped worm.
How to get there...
Lower Broadheath Fishery is situated just off the main B4204 Worcester to Martley road behind the Elizabeth the Chef bakery. From Junction 7 of the M5 motorway take the A44 to Worcester. At the first roundabout turn left taking the A4440 to Hereford, Malvern and Leominster. Continue straight over the next four roundabouts following the signs for Leominster. At the fifth roundabout turn left towards Leominster and Bromyard on the A44 and after this the first right signposted Lower Broadheath and Elgar's Birthplace. Go right at the first crossroads signed Hallow and Martley and at the main road turn right onto the B4204.
After half a mile you will see a complex on the right with signs for Elizabeth the Chef and Vandemoortele. Turn into this complex and continue straight ahead heading towards the rear of the bakery. At the reception for Elizabeth the Chef turn right and continue towards the trees at the end where you will see a sign for Phil O'Brien Services. Turn left here and continue through the five-bar gate and down the old track which leads to Sycamore Pool and a parking area. To reach the other pools, turn right and follow the track which leads to Oldbury Farm.
Please note that the Multimap.com reference shows Oldbury Farm and not the pools, which can be seen between Oldbury Farm and Temple Laugherne. To reach the pools follow the directions above. Click on the map to go to the relevant section of Multimap.com.
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