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Roman Pool at Alcott Farm Fishery in Weatheroak,Alcott Farm Fishery

Icknield Street
Weatheroak
Alvechurch
Worcestershire
B48 7EH

Tel: 07718 159951
or   01564 824051




Although Alcott Farm Fishery is only a short drive from Junction 3 of the M42 motorway and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020, it is still a relatively little known and little fished venue.

The farmhouse which offers bed and breakfast at Alcott Farm FisheryHaving said that, it is popular with a growing number of regulars who love the open banks, quality pegs and clean, fin-perfect fish.

Alcott Farm is an out-and-out pleasure fishery which does not hold matches and where there are few rules with the exception that nets must be dipped before starting fishing and keepnets should be used when the sign at the entrance shows they are allowed. Boilies are not allowed and, as with most fisheries these days, only barbless hooks are allowed.

Willow Pool at Alcott Farm FisheryThe facilities at Alcott Farm have recently been further improved with the provision of toilet facilities, resurfacing of the car park and paths which enables cars to be parked near pegs when the ground is not too wet, the removal of many small fish and the addition of larger stocks to improve the angling further.

The pools were developed on former marshland at Alcott Farm in 2000 as the result of a partnership between farm owner Jane Poole and semi-retired construction engineer Richard Jennings who now runs the fishing on behalf of Jane and her husband John. John is an internationally acclaimed horse trainer and rider who has produced horses to Olympic standard for the British team.

Looking back towards the entrance to Roman Pool at Alcott Farm FisheryIn addition to helping husband John run the 65-acre equestrian Stud Farm and livery business at Alcott, Jane also runs the bed and breakfast side of the farm, which offers two double rooms and two twin bedded rooms in the farmhouse and a self-catering cottage in an adjoining converted stable block.

The two older pools, which can be found near the entrance to the long post-and-rail drive which leads to the farm, were both dug in 2000 whilst the newer silver fish pool - Banana Pool - was opened in 2011.

Roman Pool at Alcott Farm FisheryRecently work has also been carried out to landscape the banksides with trees and shrubs whilst a hardcore and plainings drive and car park have also been installed which now serve all three pools.

There is a gated entrance from the car park to the bankside which enables anglers to drive their cars to near their pegs in the dry summer months.

The grass track around the pools is a great advantage for disabled anglers, for whom eight timber pegs have been specifically created on Roman Pool with assistance from the Environment Agency.

B and B and self-catering accommodation at Alcott Farm

The lounge in the farmhouse at Alcott FarmPart of the self-catering cottage at Alcott FarmOne of the farmhouse bedrooms at Alcott Farm

In addition to the angling, Alcott Farm offers bed and breakfast accommodation in four rooms in the main farmhouse as well as self-catering accommodation in converted stable cottages across the courtyard and a new Scandanavian-style lodge. The self-catering cottage accommodation has been awarded a four-star rating by Visit Britain whilst the farmhouse accommodation is three-star rated. Anglers who stay in the accommodation enjoy free fishing at Alcott.
For further details of the accommodation at Alcott Farm please click here.

2018 angling ticket costs and opening times

Adults
OAP/Disabled
Day Ticket
(7.00am - dusk)
£6.00 (per rod)
(Max two rods)
£5.00 (per rod)
(Max two rods)

Anglers should start fishing - day ticket fees will be collected on the bank
Children under 16 must be accompanied.
Season tickets are available at £70.00 for adults and £60.00 for concessionary anglers.


A double disabled peg on Roman Pool at Alcott FarmRoman Pool

The pool nearest the entrance at Alcott Farm Fishery, Roman Pool is about 100 metres long by 50 metres wide and offers about an acre of water with an island in the centre and some 20 well-spaced pegs timber pegs, some of which are double sized.

Eight of the timber pegs have designed specifically for disabled anglers.

Deepest at the end furthest from the entrance where up to eight feet of water can be found, Roman Pool gradually shallows to about four feet deep near the car park. Because the sides drop virtually straight to the bottom, the maximum depth for each peg can be found all the way round the pool.

There's plenty of open water on Roman Pool at Alcott Farm FisheryRoman Pool is stocked predominantly with common and mirror carp which are known to run to just over 20lbs but which average between 4lbs and 5lbs. There are also decent heads of crucian carp to about 1lb; tench to over 2lbs and bream which now average between 2lbs and 3lbs.

In addition there are plenty of quality roach which are frequently caught between 1lb and 1lb 8oz but which run to 2lbs and some handsome perch to 2lbs which give a good account of themselves once hooked. New for 2018 were some F1 carp which were stocked early in the year.

Another shot of Roman Pool at Alcott FarmTo reduce the risk of disease, in line with the other waters at Alcott Farm, Roman Pool is no longer used for matches but pleasure catches in excess of 100lbs are regularly taken, particularly in the warmer months. Also, several anglers report being broken by big fish. A 26lb common carp was caught and witnessed in 2017 but anglers who fish the venue regularly believe there could be even bigger fish in the lake.

This all goes to make Roman Pool a great spot for both serious anglers and those looking for a few hours pleasure fishing with members of their families.

Fishing the pole on Roman Pool at Alcott FarmAlthough there are no particular hot pegs in summer the best fishing is usually done by anglers casting to the island or, when the venue is quiet, fishing close in the margins. The deeper water is usually most productive in winter.

Pole and waggler both work well on Roman Pool, although anglers can't quite reach the island with the pole and tend to bait up a swim as far out as they can get or fish down the bank in the margin.

When it comes to baits, expander pellets fished over a bed of groundbait or feeder pellets are proving increasingly popular whilst maggots, luncheon meat and sweetcorn are particularly effective for the carp with smaller baits such as maggots, casters and single sweetcorn kernels popular with those after the tench and silver fish. Anglers should note that boilies should not be used on the fishery.

Fishing the far end of Roman Pool at Alcott FarmBecause they give the best access to the island, the pegs in the centre of the road bank and those directly opposite on the farm bank are popular whilst the far two corners where the water is deepest are also well worth a try.

Although there are few rules at Alcott Farm, keepnets and landing nets must be dipped thoroughly before fishing with keepnets being allowed when the weather is not too hot. Braided line is not allowed and the maximum hook size permitted in Size 12. Groundbait should be used only in moderation and the venue allows barbless hooks only.



Willow Pool at Alcott FarmWillow Pool

At just a quarter of an acre in size, Willow Pool is oval shaped with only six designated pegs, although anglers can fish wherever they want on the grass banks of this open, snag free water. It can accommodate about eight anglers in comfort.

Willow Pool is easy to fish because it has an average depth of only five feet with two or three occasional deeper holes where the bottom drops to eight feet. These provide ideal holding points for the fish in winter but makes plumbing the depth essential for those anglers who want to target these deeper points.

Willow Pool - a pleasant open water with plenty of roomAlthough Willow Pool is not as big as Roman Pool, it is stocked with a similar range of species and sizes, so the opportunity to catch some nice fish is as good here as for those on Roman Pool.

As a result, there are carp well into double figures to be caught as well as some nice roach, perch, tench, F1 carp, rudd, bream and crucians. Indeed, the opportunity to catch some nice fish was enhanced early in 2018 with the addition of further stocks of F1 carp.

Plenty of fish for anglers of all agesWillow Pool is again predominantly a pole and waggler water with maggots, sweetcorn, luncheon meat, pellets and bread being the most favoured baits.

Although the size of Willow Pool may put some anglers off fishing it, this is not a water to be dismissed lightly. Also, because of its size it is a great pool for younger anglers or those wanting to try out new techniques and is a great little venue, being stocked with a decent stamp of fish for those looking for a pleasant day's fishing in the countryside.



New Banana Pool at Alcott FarmBanana Pool

Banana Pool, the recently constructed silver fish water at Alcott Farm, is a banana shaped canal-style pool with a central island nine metres out which runs down its spine - making it ideal for either pole or waggler fishing.

Built with sides which drop straight down to an average depth of five feet, Banana Pool has two deeper holes at each end where the bottom drops to about eight feet. These provide ideal holding points for the fish in winter but make plumbing the depth essential for those anglers who want to target these deeper points.

Another shot of Banana Pool at Alcott FarmTo provide year round angling, the water is stocked with roach, rudd, ide and chub to 12ozs; bream to 1lb; crucian carp and barbel to 2lbs; perch over 2lbs; and tench to 3lbs. At the beginning of 2018 a head of F1 carp were also introduced and these are already providing great sport. The most productive baits again tend to be sweetcorn, luncheon meat, maggots and pellets.

Banana Pool has 10 purpose-built pegs but again anglers are allowed to fish wherever they want from the grass banks which surround the water.

Alcott Farm's website
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Alcott Farm has a comprehensive website with information and photographs on all aspects of the venue from the history of the site through the fishing available. The site can be found at www.alcottfarm.co.uk.

How to get there...

Click on the map for more detailAlcott Farm Fishery is a short drive from Junction 3 of the M42 motorway. On leaving the motorway take the A435 towards Birmingham and immediately after the Esso garage take the slip road to the left. At the T-junction turn left into Watery Lane and turn left again at the next cross roads into Weatheroak Hill.

Turn left again opposite the Coach and Horses pub into Icknield Street (signed Beoley Narrow Road) and the entrance to Alcott Farm will be found about half a mile on the right shortly after you pass the entrance to the two pools. Drive up the long post-and-rail drive to the farmhouse.

Please note that Alcott Farm is south of the red circle on the Multimap link between the circle and the M42 motorway.


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