Popular with both pleasure and match anglers, the three-quarter acre Top Pool is the first water you come to on entering Coppice Lane Pools and although only 10 years old is heavily stocked, holding a large head of fish in a concentrated area.
Rectangular in shape with a long central island, it has 28 pegs and is deepest at the end furthest from the entrance where a nine-foot hole can be found just off the end of the island before the water shallows to six feet.
Along both sides there is about four-and-a-half feet of water whilst out from the entrance bank it is only about three feet deep. The pool was constructed with a shelf all the way round which is about two feet under the surface and runs out about three feet into the water - an ideal spot for picking up cruising carp in the summer months.
Holding predominantly mirrors and commons from 3lbs to 15lbs, Top Pool was restocked in February 2010 and all the silver fish distributed between Bottom and Middle Pools. This has turned Top Pool into a predominantly carp water although there are tench to 4lbs.
An ideal pole water, Top Pool is also popular with waggler anglers whilst many of the locals from nearby Hammerwich and Burntwood also fish it with a swimfeeder, both to the island and in open water. Although it has 28 pegs, it is never used for matches of more than 20 entrants to ensure that there are pegs for pleasure anglers when there is a match.
Although Top Pool has no particularly favoured pegs, some anglers prefer to head for the corners - the entrance end being favoured in summer because it is shallower and the far end in winter because it is deeper.
With the central island being 13 metres from both main banks, fishing to it with the pole is popular as it enables anglers to place their bait against the island. Most popular baits for doing this tend to be caster, corn, soft hooker pellets, paste and maggots. Try shallow in the summer and feed pellets lightly.
When fishing the pole in summer, a minimum of a Size 14 elastic with a 14s or 16s hook is recommended. In winter it is recommended that anglers fish light with a Size 10 elastic.
Another popular technique is to fish up in the water at the far end of the pool using pole or waggler whilst other favoured techniques are to fish the swimfeeder either against the island or in open water and to fish the waggler close in to the margins, particularly in summer.
Top Pool also fished well in winter with one angler taking 35 carp fishing only a foot deep whilst spraying maggots every cast. However, most anglers tend to go for a more traditional approach in the colder months, fishing worm, maggots, casters, corn or pellets.
Much work has recently been completed on Middle Pool including removing silt, installing new landing stages removing some of the trees and shrubs which had invaded the water and replacing them with younger specimens. Parts of the pool have also been made deeper and the pool slightly widened.
The place to head to for carp to about 5lbs, crucians and many quality silver fish over the 1lb mark, some of which were introduced when the pools were restocked in February 2010, Middle Pool is an attractive 'natural' water for anglers who like traditional fishing.
Ideal for those who want to get away from the main thrust of things, Middle Pool is oval shaped with an island at one end and a bed of reeds running between it and the bank, pretty to look at but ideal for fish to bolt to once they have been hooked!
Around much of the sides, the pool is only two to three feet deep whilst just over five feet can be found just off the island in the main body of the pool and a maximum of six feet or so in the centre. This makes the pool ideal for waggler or pole.
This water holds tench which were stocked about five years ago and are now hitting the 2lb-plus mark. There are also large numbers of roach and rudd to a similar size and a small head of skimmer bream to over 2lbs.
However, the hardest fighting fish are the mirror and common carp which now run up to 5lbs.
Most popular techniques are to fish the pole or waggler, either 12 to 18 inches deep in open water with single maggot or caster for the rudd and roach or close in the margins, up against the island or amongst the reeds for the carp, tench and bream. However, if fishing near the reeds you will need to scale up your tackle as the fish know immediately where to head for when hooked.
Middle Pool is a good water all year round and almost anything goes as far as bait is concerned in the summer, whilst in the colder months maggots, pellets, caster, corn and worm work best.
As with Middle Pool, the origins of Bottom Pool are again virtually unknown, believed to be natural farm ponds or ponds created over 30 years ago. Whatever its origins, Bottom Pool is another pretty, out-of-the-way water with some interesting features at its far end. It is an ideal water for anglers who want to get away from the thrust of things.
An ideal place to head for if you want to fish for the unknown, Bottom Pool is about two to three feet deep around the margins. Whilst shallow at just three feet at its deepest at the inlet end, it drops to between six and seven feet in the centre by the outlet.
With carp up to 12lbs and averaging about 4lbs to 5lbs, Bottom Pool is again a mainly silver fish water with perch, tench and skimmers to about 1lb 8oz and roach and rudd to about 1lb. There are also good heads of crucian carp which average about 1lb.
A general pleasure water, Bottom Pool is again ideal for pole or waggler with anglers tending to use quite fine tackle and techniques vary from fishing up in the water for the roach and rudd to fishing on the bottom in open water or close into the margins for patrolling fish.
Most favoured baits again tend to be caster, corn, soft hooker pellets and maggots in summer and maggots, casters and worm in winter.
Opened in 2007, this new pool has generated a lot interest from both pleasure and match anglers. Roughly an acre in size, it is the shape of a guitar with a large base with two islands in the base and a long straight stretch with a sunken island planted with reeds down the centre.
The average depth is about six feet off the ledges and the deepest area is about nine feet. The pool has two inside ledges which will make it ideal for margin fishing. It has 32 well spaced pegs that are easily accessible from the new car park with the remainder being only a short walk away.
The new pool has been stocked mainly with mirrors, commons, tench and crucians to 3lbs as well as skimmers, roach and rudd. The carp now run to 16lbs.
An early informal match held before the water opened saw 14 anglers catch a total of more than 450lbs of fish between them in five hours. The current record is 134lbs in five hours whilst average weights are around 45lbs to frame. Favoured pegs include Pegs 4, 8, 12, 14, 18 and 25.
It is a pole and waggler angler's dream as there are no snags in any of the pegs, and all have inside reeds which the fish love to congregate around.
Generally you only need to fish between four to six meters out just off the ledge. Favorite baits are pellet, corn, casters and paste. Recommendations for set up are Size 12 to 14 elastic, 4lb to 6lb line and 14s to 18s hook. In winter, fishing to the islands with a swimfeeder has already produced good results.
The pegs have been designed to cater for all requirements and incorporate a flat concrete base with imprints to give grip in the wet, two keepnet holders for use in matches and an umbrella pole holder.
Although there is a small step down to all of the pegs, the water is suitable for accompanied disabled anglers.
For those who like to fish the feeder and waggler, the islands are between 30 and 35 meters away. Either spraying maggots or casters up in the water to tight dropping a light feeder or lead tight to the reeds on the island can produce results.
With depths that vary between six feet down the centre of the track to between eight and nine feet in the deepest areas, the pool has two inside ledges which will make it ideal for margin fishing. It will have about 30 well spaced pegs that are easily accessible from the new car park with the remainder being only a short walk away.
Match bookings are now being taken for Becketts and Bridge Canal Pool for 2016 and 2017. For details of prices and availability please contact Lawrence Beckett on 0121 351 5198 or 07702 695827 (mobile). Alternatively, please call Paul on 07913 017861 (mobile - evenings only); Martin on 07976 013011 (mobile) for general information or the Jamie, the Fishery Manager, on 07933 488986 in the daytime.
Bridge Canal Pool
Opened in March 2009, the new 31-peg Bridge Canal Pool at Coppice Lane is ideal for pole, waggler or swimfeeder fishing, having been built to give 13 metres to the island from most pegs, a three feet deep shelf all the way round the edge and a six feet deep track in the centre.
Stocked with a mix of mirror and common carp between 8oz to 5lbs, tench and skimmers to a similar size and roach and chub averaging 8oz, this is an easy water to fish with good quality pegs and a flat, even bank which is suitable for disabled anglers in dry weather.
The matches that have been held so far on Bridge Canal Pool have thrown up some impressive weights with anglers needing on average between 30lbs and 50lbs to be in the frame. These match weights have been fairly consistent as the pool holds a 50/50 mix of silver fish and carp. One pleasure angler reported netting 105 carp at a sitting and the current match record stands at 100lbs 12oz which was again set by Clive Poole in 2011 with a bream and carp catch taken on paste fished to the island. Anglers should note that keepnets are allowed only in matches.
Because it has been developed as a canal style match water, Bridge Pool has proved popular with pole anglers fishing the long pole to the island or the short pole down the track. So far the most popular technique has been to fish light and to feed little and often.
Many anglers also favour fishing the waggler either close into the margins or in the centre of the track, whilst those wanting to fish near the island are also going for small cage feeders or straight through Arlesey bombs.
The most popular baits so far have been soft hooker carp pellets, sweetcorn, paste baits, casters, chopped worm and maggots, all fished over micro-feeder pellets which have been first dampened down.
If the success of the new Becketts Pool is anything to go by, it won't be long before the new Bridge Canal Pool is proving ever more popular with anglers as both pleasure and match weights climb.
Specimen Carp Lake
Opened in 2012, the new Specimen Carp Lake at Coppice Lane Pools has has matured nicely and has been designed with dedicated and experienced anglers in mind, being stocked only with double figure fish which are now being caught to 26lbs.
About three acres in size, it averages five feet in depth with a sunken island and has four spacious grass pegs on either bank of the water. It is available for day tickets and longer stays to anglers aged 18 and over.
Anglers looking to stay for more than a day must book and pay in advance either by visiting the fishery or making an Internet Bank Transfer to: NatWest Bank; Sort Code: 51-70-32; Account Number: 80582907. Anglers should include their own name as a reference. Bookings will only be accepted on receipt of payment.
The lake is predominantly stocked with commons and mirrors although about 10 per cent of the fish are leather and ghost carp. The mirrors are the bigger fish, running to over 20lbs whilst the commons go to just under 20lbs although the average size for both is between 15lbs and 20lbs.
Although the water has been dug with a gradually sloping bottom which runs from one to three feet at the car park end down to six feet at the far end, there is a large submerged island about two feet under the surface in the centre of the lake which covers about a third of the total area of the lake. This is where the fish love to hold up in warmer weather and is a good target for summer fishing.
Tried and tested carp fishing methods have worked well so far but it still pays to experiment with techniques and baits. So far most anglers have had success fishing pop-up boilies with anglers saying they do well using zig-zag rigs. Most anglers also bait their swims using pva bags packed with pellets and sweetcorn.
The lake record is currently held by Oldbury angler Craig Wilde (pictured right) for his capture of a 25lbs 6oz common taken in March 2016. Craig, who runs CND Baits, was fishing one of CND's own 12mm King Crab Wafters on a drop back rig about 60 yards out from Peg 1.
Pegs need to be booked and paid for in advance by contacting Jamie on 07933 488986. Jamie should only be contacted before 5.30pm and is not available on Tuesdays or Sundays. For security purposes the gates to the new pool will be locked between dusk and 7.00am.
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How to get there...
Coppice Lane Pools is just a few miles through the countryside from the Muckley Corner roundabout on the A5 near Brownhills.
On the roundabout, drive into Hall Lane next to the petrol station and follow this road. After about half a mile Hall Lane joins Coppice Lane. On a right hand bend you will see a small pond on the right and as you come out of the corner a triangle of grass with a road going off to the right. Take this and the entrance to Coppice Lane Pools immediately on your right.
Satnav owners should enter the postcode WS7 0JY.
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