Broad Acres Fishery
Broad Acres Farm
Tel: 07866 721141
or Pete Rice 07510 697224 after 5.30pm
or 01527 821880 (Fax/24-hour answering machine)
Broad Acres has introduced mid-week one-to-one fishing tuition for new, novice and experienced anglers. The two hour sessions cost £10.00 for juniors under 16 and £20.00 for adults plus the cost of the day ticket. Tackle and bait will be provided for anglers who have not fished before although existing anglers should bring their own tackle and the bait they wish to use. Phone Pete Rice on 07510 697224 or Mandy Morgan on 07866 721141 for further information or to book.
Redditch angler Richard Kings set a new venue match record for Broad Acres when his all-carp bag of 315lbs 10oz from Stock Pool beat Andy Checkits' previous record of 304lb 12oz.
Richard fished bread flake over mashed bread eight inches deep down the edge to win the three-hour Friday evening Open Match. His catch of 137 carp put him ahead of second place Pete Rice with 289lbs. The third place weight was 220lbs and whilst all the other anglers had more than 100lbs none of them bothered to weigh in as they realised they were out of the running!
Following the success of recent night fishing sessions at Broad Acres, the fishery is now taking bookings for sessions in 2018 at a cost of £20.00. Anglers need to book in advance and can do so by telephoning 07866 721141 during normal hours or 07510 697224 after 5.30pm.
Broad Acres is becoming increasingly popular as a venue for small club matches and there are still spaces available for 2018 and 2019.
The increase in popularity is said to be due, amongst other things, to the venue's flexible policy on pegging. Fishery owner Dave Broadbent said: "It is great to see an increasing number of small clubs coming to us for their competitions and we are constantly being told it is because we are addressing some of the issues faced when they try to book their matches at larger more commercial coarse fisheries."
Clubs interested in booking a competition at Broad Acres should telephone 07866 721141 or contact Pete Rice on 07510 697224 after 5.30pm.
Redditch builder Paul Jones has broken the Broad Acres record for the biggest fish to come out of the venue with a 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.
|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 clubhouse cafe 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.
Broad Acres' new Lakeview Cafe (right and below left) is run by Mandy Morgan and provides 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.
Facilities were further improved for 2017 with the refurbishment of the ladies and gents toilets and the creation of an outside covered seating area at the cafe and the provision of a hard standing car park near Main Pool.
Main Lake (left), 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 30lbs and plenty of fish in the mid 20s now showing. These are the venue's original stock fish. Since the beginning of 2016 Main Lake is now kept purely for pleasure and carp anglers, although matches which have already been booked on the lake will be honoured.
Excavated in 1992 and opened to anglers the following year, Main Lake is a mixed pleasure and carp water where night fishing is allowed by prior arrangement. Stock Pool, 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.
Stock in both these waters were supplemented during the 2016/2017 winter with the addition of 700lbs of F1 carp between two an eigh ounces in Bill's Pool and 500lbs of F1s of a similar size in Charlie's Pool. These fish feed well in winter and will improve the year round fishing and help to improve the match fishing on both waters.
Charlie's and Bill's pools both 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 fishing can be at Broad Acres can be judged by the fact that the venue match record now stands at 315lbs 10oz. This was set by Redditch angler Richard Kings from a three-hour Friday evening Open Match on Stock Pool and beat the previous venue record set in 2016 by Andy Checkits' 304lb 12oz.
Other great Broad Acres match catches include one by John Harris (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.
As a general rule, anglers currently need more than 80lbs of fish to be in the prizes whilst those with 50lbs usually come nowhere!
Over the past few years Broad Acres has held a series of pre-booked night fishing sessions on Main Lake which have proved very popular. These will again be held in 2018 at a cost of £20.00 and anglers interested in taking part are asked to telephone 07866 721141 or contact Pete Rice on 07510 697224 after 5.30pm.
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. Anglers can also purchase Broad Acres' own 'fish friendly' pellets from the on-site cafe.
As with many other fisheries, anglers are not allowed to use floating baits 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 restrictions are that anglers should use no more than 2kg of groundbait at a session and there is a maximum hook size of Size 10.
Broad Acres Fishery is operated by Broad Acres Leisure Ltd.