Anglers should pre-book their sessions the day before fishing
by telephoning 07725 422863 (mobile)
Ticket monies are collected on the bank and are for a maximum of two rods
Anglers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Modder Pool is about one and three quarter acres in size with a small tree-clad island towards the right hand end of the pool from the entrance. The main pegs are along the dam wall (left), which has been cleared of many of the trees and shrubs which previously grew along it.
There are also a couple of jetty pegs along the right hand bank as you approach the water. These should not be used until they have been refurbished.
The lake has a flat and even bottom with sides which slope gradually to about 15 feet out before dropping rapidly to a flat and even bottom about five feet deep.
It is stocked with a common and mirror carp averaging between 3lbs and 6lbs but with a good number known to go between 8lbs and 15lbs. This much is known because during a Henley in Arden Angling Club match on Modder Pool in autumn 2011 one angler had carp to 15lbs. In view of the size of the lake it is highly likely that bigger fish exist in the water.
In addition to the carp, Modder Pool is also known to hold plenty of silver fish including bream, tench, roach, rudd and perch.
Because Modder Pool is fairly shallow it is an easy water to fish with waggler or pole. The recommended line strength for those going after the carp is 6lbs to 8lbs tied to a Size 12 or 14 hook.
One angler who knows the water says that all pegs fish well with the most commonly used baits for the carp being 8mm banded hooker pellets, worm, maggot, caster and sweetcorn, all fished on the bottom. Bread is also another useful bait when fished both on the bottom and as a surface bait with dog biscuits being an alternative. It is also suggested that fishing a Method Feeder is highly likely to produce good results.
Those going for the silver fish should use lighter tackle with 4lb main line to a 1lb 8oz bottom length and Size 14, 16 or 18 hook. Good baits for the silver fish include maggot and caster, worm, sweetcorn and soft hooker pellets. When fishing for the silvers anglers should be prepared for a fight if their bait is taken by a carp.
Whether fishing for the carp or silver fish, it is suggested that anglers feed the swim with three or four large balls of groundbait and then loose feed pellets or hook samples every quarter of an hour to keep the swim going.
Now available for fishing
About three quarters of an acre in size with no clearly defined pegs, Carver Pool can be found through the gate in front of you as you turn into the car park for Modder Pool. It is roughly triangular in shape with trees and shrubs running down to the waters edge along two of its three sides. These are in the process of being thinned and a new path constructed around the edge to give greater access to the water.
Because there are no clearly defined pegs - the water hardly ever having been fished since it was created as part of the M40 construction - anglers can fish wherever they want.
Common, wild and mirror carp have been seen in Carver Pool but little is known about their sizes. A friend of the owner who fished it on one occasion used sweetcorn and said he had a carp a cast with the average size of the fish being about 8lbs - although he saw several bigger fish during his session. It is also known that there are silver fish in the water as the pool is connected to Modder Pool by a stream which runs around the edge of the site.
Little is also known about depths and features in the pool, although it may be safe to presume it has a fairly featureless bottom as it was dug as a settlement pool for the M40 motorway.
When more is known about Carver Pool it is intended that the water will be managed more carefully with existing fish stocks augmented where necessary and improvements made to the bankside to make it a more comfortable venue to fish.
At the moment, though, this will appeal greatly to anglers who want to fish a natural looking water which has not been fished before and where they don't know what they are going to catch next!
How to get there...
Modder Pool can be found down the track behind the Delta Force adventure area in Arnolds Wood off Cut Throat Lane near Hockley Heath.
Anglers traveling towards Solihull on the M42 and M40 should leave the M40 at Junction 16 and head up the A34 towards Hockley Heath and Birmingham. As you enter Hockley Heath take the left turn towards Redditch on the B4101 and after about a mile you will come to a sharp left hand bend with a road coming in from the right. Take this right hand road and continue along here until you come to the entrance to Delta Force on the left. The track to Modder Pool is signed on the right. Follow this for half a mile and it will take you to Modder Pool.
Anglers traveling from the north on the M42 should continue south to its junction with the M40 and take the M40 south leaving the motorway at the first junction (J16) and then follow the directions above.
Local anglers will find Hockley Heath on the A3400 Birmingham to Stratford road.
The entrance to the fishery is off Cut Throat Lane in the wood to the left of the arrow shown on the Streetmap image.
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